They set out to profile the architecture in DUMBO amid the proposed historic district plan and found several folks rushing through construction (assumed because of the plan). In particular, the post focuses on 215 Plymouth, which was proposed to be included in the plan.
From the post:
The building, she explained, was included in the proposed historic district. (Like numerous structures around Dumbo, it retains a hand-painted sign on the brickwork, badly faded but still legible: “Peerless Paint and Varnish.”) Ms. Ryan said she suspected the owners were trying to get a step ahead of regulation by doing the work before the historic district is formally established by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Sure enough, at 215 Plymouth, two workers were jackhammering a small area of the ground-floor facade. They kept at it while City Room snapped away. A front-loader appeared to cart the pile of rubble from the sidewalk.