On Spencer Street, between Dekalb Ave and Kosciuszko St, there is a small stretch of three-story townhouses very common for that area of Bedford-Stuyvesant.

But take a walk down Spencer, and you might notice something rather unusual– a townhouse at the end of the block unlike the other six. There is something odd affixed atop of the building. It is, in essence, another apartment building two more stories high and constructed in a style that in incongruous with its bottom half. It is a structure that was added only two months ago.

According to an article recently published in the New York Post, it’s the new trend: buildings on top of buildings– a way for developers to work around the dwindling pool of real estate in New York City, while also enhance and modernize the “character” of existing properties.

But is this really a smart way to build or a greedy excuse for more, more, more?

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Photo: NY Post

Jeffrey Charles-Pierre, board president of Neighborhood Housing Services of Bedford-Stuyvesant, a Brooklyn nonprofit that develops affordable housing, jumped on board with the idea. NHS wanted to grow its two-story office building at 1012 Gates Ave. in Bed-Stuy into an affordable rental:

Were the lowest building in our area, and [we] wanted to do something to generate income, he said. So his organization plans to construct five modern-design floors right on top. Charles-Pierre says theyre working to secure financing for the project scheduled for completion by 2020.

Have you seen any of these buildings-on-top-of-buildings going up in your area?

They say necessity is the mother of invention.

But what do you think? Does this recent trend in construction represent good economic sense? Or is it simply an excuse for greedy development?

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  1. This Is nothing but greed pure and simple! Developers g ave no regard for the character of a neighborhood. It would be different if this was an attempt to provide real affordable housing for folks but instead they charge obscene amounts of money for these eyesores!

  2. So far they are eye sores in Brooklyn. What many neighbors don’t know is they can band together and file a lawsuit to attempt to block the addition. Their was a supreme Court case out of New Orleans years ago. What the judge ruled is attached roll houses are like an ensemble in a symphony you take one and make it different you change them all.

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