The construction here caused cracks in the foundation at the building next door...and now someone is using the site to dump garbage. Thanks, rampant development!
A former neighbor checks in via the comments.
I lived on the second floor of 530 East 13th until last January. Ours was the apartment with the terrace overlooking this "space". There were three huge trees which gave a beautiful dappled effect on a sunny day. Then in August '08 the so-called construction began. I came home from work one day to discover that all three trees had been felled. Work stalled almost immediately, but by then it was too late, and our apartment became infested with rodents almost overnight. I disposed of 11 mice between August and December (and those were just the ones I caught).
Previously on EV Grieve:
A dormant construction site on East 13th Street