Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Meet your new neighbor on Avenue A


[View from Avenue A]

Here's a follow-up to our earlier post about 438 E. 12th St., the residential-retail complex that will replace the Mary Help of Christians lot along Avenue A between East 11th Street and East 12th Street...

Somehow we missed all the renderings that CB3 posted of the new building (thanks Curbed!) ...


[View from East 12th Street]


[View from East 11th Street]

In total, there will be 158 residential units, though it kinda looks more like 11,058 units.

Meanwhile, two blocks away, here's a reminder of what awaits on the corner of East 14th Street...



Previously on EV Grieve:
New residential complex at former Mary Help of Christians lot may include rooftop swimming pool

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yay! More boxes! Glass! Square! Characterless! Hooray!

Gojira said...

Holy Christ, what a hideous piece of bland shit. What bottom of what barrel are these developers scraping to find the visionless functionaries being used to build this "world-class architecture"?

Anonymous said...

Ya, that's right . They should build some more tenement apt. Those are great to live in.

nygrump said...

The tenements at least breathe, these buildings are sealed concrete slabs.

Anonymous said...

We need more housing.

Gojira said...

12:29, nothing says we need more housing at the expense of taste, imagination, quality, attractiveness and inventiveness. But that is what we are getting; featureless blocks of masonry and glass built as quickly and cheaply as possible. It's like the architecture of post-war Soviet Russia, and it should have no place whatsoever in New York.

bowboy said...

EVG, how about a post that puts together all these recent building designs? Seems like they all look the same - boxy, two-tone red & grey, overlapping setbacks of squares. 50 years from now will the all neighborhood look like this? And will preservationists be screaming to save these tetris models? Did architectural creativity die this decade?

Anonymous said...

While all you idiots had your fingers up your asses going crazy over the 7-11 on this corner you totally overlooked this monstrosity of greed and poor taste right across the street.

Anonymous said...

These are no different than tenements except that these would be housing the moneyed migrants, instead of the poor immigrants, and would be paying exorbitant price to live in a tenement-like housing. Shows you their loftiness.

Anonymous said...

The Austrian secession or gaudy period needs to be returned immediately !!

Anonymous said...

Agreed bowboy! After a gasp of horror, I thought of poor 100 Ave A, where plywood went up the other day. That poor old theater is going to look just like this soon enough.

Anonymous said...

The protests over the 7-11 started in 2012, long before anyone realized what was going to happen to MHoC and that corner. My my, Anonymous 2:17, why are you being such a tool?

EV Grieve said...

@bowboy

Can do!

Glenn Belverio said...

Oscar Niemeyer, a Communist, designed stylish buildings for low-income people in Brazil. Here we have the opposite: Generic, bland structures for the rich.

Anonymous said...

sorry you can not have it both ways

East Villagers complain about the bars overrunning neighborhood with the bridge and tunnel crowd

and then complain when builders want to upgrade the housing in the area

which will lead to less bars and more amenities for the neighborhood

sorry it is not 1983 anymore

Anonymous said...

“and then complain when builders want to upgrade the housing in the area which will lead to less bars and more amenities for the neighborhood”

I call BS on this. The demo tenant that will occupy these cheaply made shitholes, just like all the other so called luxury rental and condos here, will be students or just post college types, 3-4 roommates per apartment, transients, mostly financed by their parents. Couples or families? I don’t think so.

Anonymous said...

Right - these will be priced at $1000-1500 per sq ft and demand 20% down. So all the families who need 2 bedrooms will be forking over $250K in cash and then $5-6000 a month on a mortgage. You do make enough for a mortgage like that, right?

Or paying $4500 / month in rent (first. last, security and brokers fee in cash, please)

So, no, people like most of us won't be living there - it will be like my building is rapidly becoming - a combination of massively over paid Wall St tools in their late 20s or trust-funded, family-backed people in their early 20s.

This neighborhood is not for people like most of us any more - the sooner we get the clue and move the happier they will all be.

Anonymous said...

Damn..this monstrous mother will keep 7-11 in business.

Scooby said...

Dreadful copy and paste architecture. No uniqueness, no character, no design, no ventilation, no soul, no life. These are storage units for characterless, soulless, lifeless fodder. What happened to humanity (like this ALL happened while we were "putting our fingers up our asses at the 7-11" - I think not, ya bollocks!) that this absolute SHIT even qualifies as a "living" space. It is a death sentence of chemicals. The people that come up with these shitboxes are not architects but hacks. No - it's not 1983 but it is not one or the other. For fuck sake come up with something that has substance to it...

Anonymous said...

I am surprised that the three little buildings on the corner of 12th and A aren't part of this. I guess the owner didn't want to sell.

Anonymous said...

I don't think the two are mutually exclusive. Ive seen cities grow a lot more gracefully. These quickly built glass boxes of little imagination are a direct result of electing a businessman born in another city. Without a connection to our city our mayor treated it as a game of monopoly. And we are all to blame for not being more aware , I respect those that get involved and try and speak out about their community. Bravo 7-11 protesters and community board attenders.

Anonymous said...

@7.36 Do you seriously think that a Bill Thompson administration would have made and that Bill DeBlasio will make a difference on what gets built on any corner in the East Village?

Anonymous said...

Twelve years of this has done in the "middle class"... it's Ovah.

Anonymous said...

@Oct 30,9:11pm - Instead of getting into a political argument may I suggest an article in Arch Daily, title "Is NYC "Landmarking Away" its Future?" by Rory Stott.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone else seen the old man praying in front of where the church used to be? Kills me every time I see that. So sad.

Anonymous said...

We need more low income housing in this community

Anonymous said...

It's so sad what this country has become stop taking from the poor people to feed these rich developers

Bill Huebsch said...

We need more AFFORDABLE housing