I’ve always hated these two eyesores on B’Way and 91st. I’m glad to see these heaps come down.
This junk is still here as of Aug 17th
I’ve lived in the Greystone Hotel, catty-corner to this property, for 25 years, and have an inside scoop on some of the less savory details (I know one of the many brokers who was involved in, ahem, enticing current residents to abandon their homes (a couple of whom have lived there for decades) to make way for this “Luxury Living” oppurtunity (and thank GOODNESS, since the DEARTH of new luxury living dwellings at $6K+ a month is CRIPPLiNG the neighborhood.)
The current building is landmarked; demolition negotiations were granted once the buyers (begrudgingly) agreed to save the recently COMPLETELY overhauled facade of the exterior. This took years of painstaking repointing work done by master craftsmen/women, so at least that will be saved. But let’s get real: the renderings are lamely mediocre at best, and there is ZERO charm nor effort apparent in the proposed integration the nearly century old masonry with the on-the-cheap, bland beige box, cheap windowed, slap-it-up and shake’em -down boring (BORING!!!) box of 12-14 stories going up. Maybe we’ll get lucky and master dash of artistic endeavor will save the day. But I’m not holding my breath. AND, personally, I’ll lose another precious 2’by2’ view of blue sky. But hey, Manhattan, Madhattan, Mannahatta, is what it is; I just find it so dang frustrating that new owners won’t invest even 1/10TH more and make something special. But they don’t have to look at it. As for the NEW Upper West Siders who can afford these abodes, well, obnoxious comes to mind, but that would be rude. I try to remain upbeat and optimistically look forward to the folks who seem to genuinely grateful to live here. In the Greystone, however, they are the slim minority. Yes, that is a critque of people. But that is the reality. Edit if you must.
PS: Oh! And FAREWELL, MY BELOVED PAIN QOUTIDIAN. THAT building is going down to the ground, along with the cafe and the jobs held by the wonderful people who work there who have become more than servers, but good friends.
Thanks for the update, Gary.
Is the building on corner with the BoA landmarks? It would be nice if its facade is preserved.
Has demolition stared on the other building$?
This is great news. I hope they leave the building on the south corner though. This, together with Extell’s new building on 96th St., will enhance this area.