Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Breaking: The Mystery Lot likely facing a luxurious end

Oh no!


The Real Deal is reporting this afternoon that developer Charles Blaichman has purchased the long-vacant Mystery Lot on East 14th Street for $33.2 million. Among other projects, Blaichman teamed with Jay-Z for a boutique hotel/development deal near the High Line that eventually imploded.

Excuse us: We need a minute to compose ourselves.

Previous Mystery Lot coverage here.

19 comments:

Goggla said...

Nooooo!

Maybe OWS can camp out here...

Crazy Eddie said...

ET is awaiting this, he is currently in orbit in his stealth spaceship. He will blast it to atoms. Anyway, my fantasy.

Anonymous said...

Bummer. Had always dreamed of a huge a vegetable garden.
123 Third Avenue has ruined my immediate micro-neighborhood enough.
Is it true, as I have heard, that there are height restrictions (or number of story restrictions) on buildings that do not occupy a major cross street or avenue?
In other words, can we hope that this will not be a particularly massive building in height?

Adam K. said...

Wow! Sure, it would be nice if the lot became, say, a park and not yet another shiny new development, but the city sure as hell doesn't have $32m sitting around, so development it is! I'm just glad it's going to be *something.*

Lux Living said...

I heard the new IHOP is slowly crawling across 14th street and expanding!

argie said...

Can I swear in the comments???

Well, to be polite to fellow readers, I'll tone it down and say: crap!!!! This sucks!!!!

Marty Wombacher said...

ET no longer will have a place to phone home to! Just as sad as that fallen down photo of him. We need to put up a tribute while we can!

Anonymous said...

Darn, the graffiti that you can see from 14th St. says Pac Man, so I was hoping that it would become an arcade or Showbiz Pizza.

Anonymous said...

Agree with Goggla. #OccupyMysteryLot

blue glass said...

it was to be expected. unfortunately.
the history of the block is long and full of community involvement.
we lost most of our community some time ago and now we can only loudly or silently protest.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know who owns the abandoned building across the street (across 13th street)? It's been empty for years.

Marty Wombacher said...

#OML!

Jeremiah Moss said...

jesus save us from this ugly fate.

blue glass said...

the empty building on 13th street was a rooming house that became a drug den when one of the owners died and his wife could not control some of the tenants.
it has a long, somewhat sad, history.
the city took it over but never figured out what to do with it.
the city has a website that lists owners or managers, violations, etc.

Stedman said...

It was inevitable that it would be developed into something that would make money for some fat cat. I wonder if the street people who like to sleep on the 13th Street side will stay.

Anonymous said...

Isn't this in the area that was rezoned?

Anonymous said...

I can only pray that this lot will be eternally haunted by the ghost of Lenny Bruce, who played the Jefferson Theatre (which used to stand on the lot).

glamma said...

they made a b*llsh*t re-zoning law a few years back (the same one that allowed for destruction of the mars bar building) that you can build above the height restrictions if you provide "affordable" apts, or rent to a community center or dr's office or something to benefit the community. but time after time the developers just build whatever they want and NEVER get fined and those rules NEVER get enforced. a building in harlem for example they xdestroyed a community park and said they would out an asthma center in the ground floor, but then rented to a chain store intead with aboslutely zero repurcussion from the city. this city is a devlopers playfield these days, they can get away with whatever they want, and they know it, bloomberg's people always, always, always look the other way. it's criminal, and as a result this will be known as the age of mass extinction in NYC . their is alsmost zero protection for our architecture, cultural institutions, skylines, neighborhood integrity.. seems like anything that isn't landmarked is fair game for the vultre$.

Anonymous said...

Are you people really mourning the loss of that empty lot that looks like a scene out of the third world? You think that hideous blight is better than a new building? Really? Certain people in NY like living like feral animals. No one in Paris would mourn the loss of an empty lot, that's for sure.