129 West 67 Street (Kaufman Center)

Address: 129 West 67 Street
Block: 1139
Lot: 8
Landmark status: No

Contact

Lydia Kontos
Executive Director
Kaufman Center
129 West 67 Street
New York, NY 10023

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Summary of site plans and status

UPDATE: 8/15/2006
The Board of Standards and Appeals has granted a variance (Z.R. Section 72-21) to enlarge an existing community facility building (Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center)___________________________________________________________________________________________________
UPDATE: 4/15/08
The projected opened on January 8, 2008. Council member Gale A. Brewer spoke, highlighting the $1,000,000 the Council allocated from the Fiscal Year 2008 Budget to the expansion. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer also spoke at the opening event. Borough President Scott Stringer also allocated an additional $500,000.

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The Kaufman Center applied to the Board of Standard and Appeals (Application #127-06-BZ) for a minor waiver of floor area and rear yard requirements to allow the proposed enlargement of the center. The architect is Robert A. M. Stern. The following includes the project details:

• Restoration of the Kaufman Center’s façade, including the addition of beautiful new glass surfacing materials

• Redesign of the main entrance, creating a more inviting and efficient facility

• Expanded space for music classes, receptions, special events and theater workshops. These spaces include two new classrooms and a flexible educational/event space on the balcony level

• A fully ADA-accessible concert space including renovated restrooms and entryways and ADA-accessible artist’s spaces backstage

• Enhanced audio-visual capabilities in Merkin Concert Hall, including updated listening systems for hearing impaired concert-goers and students

• Redesign of Merkin Concert Hall’s lobby to make it more attractive, welcoming and functional for pre and post-performance activities

• Expansion of lobby space to better serve the two schools

• Replacement of finishes and restoration and reupholstering of the seating in Merkin Concert Hall

• Structural and mechanical improvements, including the installation of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system

• Restoration of the Kaufman Center’s façade, including the addition of beautiful new glass surfacing materials

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