EVG reader Eva notes that there's a special delivery being, um, delivered to David Schwimmer's new Mansion this morning on East Sixth Street.
"There is a lot getting dropped onto the roof of the Schwimmer manse.
Trees and a huge silo shaped thing just landed. Yes, full-grown trees are being hoisted onto the roof.
Eva promises to alert us when (if!) the Belize Oval II Hot Tub Spa goes up...
Previously on EV Grieve:
Is David Schwimmer the 'Friends' star who now owns the demolished 331 E. Sixth St. townhouse?
Outrage over total demolition of historic East Sixth Street townhouse
Here is David Schwimmer's East Village home
god how i hate my pretentious new a$$hole of a neighbor.
wonder if he will be contributing to any social programs in the neighborhood for those LESS FORTUNATE or if he's just here to gentrify and spit from his balcony (after bulldozing our architectural treasures to erect circle-jerk/ burger king-lookin palaces of self-worship)
Note to David S: Be ready when stuff starts growing. Tune up the lawn mower and leaf blower. Apply fish emulsion around trees and shrubs. And be sure to start a compost pile if you don't have one already.
Maybe he'll go swimming too soon after he eats, get a cramp and drown!
Where do the roots of a full-grown tree go when it's on a roof? In 100 years, will the tree envelope the building? Or, do these just get replaced every summer?
Not trying to sound like a Schwimmer Apologist or anything, just curious: do we know the condition of the original building when it was torn down?
@ anon 12:54
Here is the ad copy from the listing for the house before he bought it (via Streeteasy):
Endless possibilities for this Oasis in the East Village!This south facing, 4 story, plus English Garden floor, mixed use townhouse will be delivered vacant. Situated on a lovely tree lined block location between Second and First Avenues, this home with its magical Tuscan inspired garden proves to be one of the finest East Village houses available. Move right into the owner's duplex and have a beautiful home with the added benefit of income producing live/work English Garden floor and two large floor thru residential units OR transform it into the single family home of your dreams. So many opportunities for living! All things are possible, spread the word!
I couldn't help but wonder what kinds of bodies were going to be disposed of here when I saw the flatbed with 100 bags of lime on it this morning.
@Anon 12:54 The demolition and redevelopment of townhouses was a consequence of the 2008 rezoning of the East Village, which increased the bulk allowance (the amount of allowable space you could build) on all the side streets. It's not about the integrity of the previous structure, but its size -- it was small, like all the old townhouses. This demolition of townhouses for luxury redevelopment was entirely predictable; in fact, I predicted it in 2006 in a piece for Met Council. I was not alone in that prediction, but CB3 was worried more about height than bulk and concerned to bring affordable housing incentives. Unfortunately, the height caps are too high, which allows bulk transfers, now increased, so those zoning incentives were undermined by the rezoning itself! I predicted that one too, and for saying so I was called just about every conceivable ugly name by CB3 members, so while I don't like to say "I told you so," in this case it's just about the only benefit I get from seeing this s$$$ go down.
He might have Zoe Buchman airlifted in? Or maybe the house is just for his monkey, Marcel
the building design is very reasonable - it's not a glass eyesore. it works in context of the neighborhood. it could be way worse. stop pissing and moaning about a celebrity who puts a couple fucking trees on his rooftop.
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