Thursday, October 31, 2013

Let's look at 15 new East Village residential buildings

We got a look yesterday at the new residential complex (above, duh) coming to the former Mary Help of Christians lot on Avenue A between East 11th Street and East 12th Street... in the comments, bowboy asked about putting together a post showing renderings of all the new buildings going up now in the neighborhood.

An instant request.

Per bowboy:

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?

Well, let's take a look... Here are several developments still under construction (or, in the case of Jupiter 21, recently completed). A few things. These are residential only (sorry 51 Astor Place) ... and new buildings (no conversions of former nursing homes like Bloom 62 or rooftop additions like 205 Avenue A). Also, we have yet to see any renderings for 185 Avenue B at East 12th Street.

And here we go...

Jupiter 21 on Second Avenue...


84 Third Ave.


The Jefferson, 211 E. 13th St.


Alphabet Plaza, East Second Street and Avenue D


98-100 Avenue A (conceptual rendering)


500 E. 14th St. at Avenue A (conceptual rendering)


316-318 E. Third St.


427 E. 12th St.


227 E. Seventh St.


331 E. Houston St. at Ridge


154 Second Ave.


327 E. Ninth St.


41 Fourth Ave. at East 10th Street (conceptual rendering)


277 E. Seventh St. at Avenue D


Phew. Thoughts? Winners? Losers? Oh. And Happy Halloween.


Anonymous said...

They're. The. Same!

All except for 154 2nd Ave, 327 9th St, 277 7th St. They have some individuality at least.

I think 327 E 9th is the only attractive one. BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S IN NEW YORK. My New York anyway.

Morgan Tsvangirai said...

Nine of those 15 are SO BAD. Just terrible, boring buildings. Construction companies using the cheapest materials available to build "luxury" buildings with no personality with units that will sell for millions of dollars. So gross.

Gojira said...

@Anon. 8:37, you and I picked the exact same three, and for the exact same reasons. All I could think while viewing the rest was, "The horror...the horror..."

Anonymous said...

Yes they are the same the way most brick buildings in the neighborhood are the same built around the same time 100 years ago. Brick doesn't mean "cheapest material", not all bricks are of the same quality and price. In regards to the big ass building going up on Ave A 11-12th streets, this could be a LOT worse. Once a developer gets the permission to build a high rise here the flood gates will be open to another UES valley of blandness. I expected this building would match the public school in height but not beauty so not too much shock please.

Anonymous said...

Having to announce with large banners a building's "luxury" status is typically an indication of something else.

Laura Goggin Photography said...

We all lose.

Joey Blau said...

They are apartments. apartments are boxes.. with square windows. built as fast and as cheap as humanly possible. so people can move in and start paying rent because this is costing a freaking fortune to put together and to build.

you got a problem with that?

bowboy said...

Welcome to Your East Village. Yuck!

In 50 years the Landmarks Commission will have nothing to do in this area, cuz these things will not be getting Calendared; and architectural magazines will not be sending writers around unless it's to cover the demolition of one of these cookie cutters.

I'm not opposed to new development, but these budget buildings just scream cheap. It really is so sad.

Scooby said...

Absolute C R A P....

Jill said...

Two days ago the posted document had all the financials which showed massive profits in the first year, but now it's gone, instead a lot of floor plans.