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Robert Sullivan <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 9 Aug 2013 10:27:43 -0400
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A brick row house that is one of only two documented stops in New York
City on the Underground Railroad has a new penthouse with oversized
windows. Preservationists say the addition not only violates
construction codes, it literally stands in the way of its rich

The building at 339 W. 29th Street, once owned by the abolitionists
Abby Hopper and James Sloan Gibbons, was among 12 row houses
designated by the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission as a
historic district in October 2009. That means no major exterior
changes are allowed without approval.

The inside had long ago been turned into a 10-unit apartment building.
The current owner, Tony Mamounas, bought the building in 2004 and
began renovations a few years later. He has said that he had
permission from the buildings department to construct the extra floor
before the home was declared a landmark, and he sued the city to
continue the work and allow for tenants to move inside.


Bob Sullivan
Schenectady Digital History Archive
Schenectady County (NY) Public Library