Modernization of an older public housing project / Completion 2003

The program consists of modernization of entrance lobbies for a 28 building public housing project designed in 1958 by the firm of Harrison & Abramovitz.  The entrances are distinguished by cantilevered canopies typical of the firm's better known designs.  The project is also noted for scenes in the film The French Connection, were its original entrance details are visible.  The needs assessment revealed advance states of deterioration due to water damage, site settlement, and loss of original details, which resulted in the following interventions:

  • Rebuilding concrete entrance platforms and addition of accessible ramps
  • Rebuilding lobby canopies with new stainless fascias, roofs and drainage system
  • Replacing storefronts with stainless and security glass system
  • Removal of water damaged masonry piers and enclosure at each side of the lobbies with the
    new glazing system
  • Renovation of lobby interiors with new mailboxes, tile finishes, and lighting