Been meaning to post photos showing how the renovated (and taller by one floor) 137 Avenue C looks these days now that workers finally removed the plywood from the future retail space.
Streeteasy shows two rentals that have been available here between East Eighth Street and East Ninth Street: Both are three-bedroom units, from $4,995 to $5,395. (Both apartments were de-listed on Friday.)
Here's the pitch via Streeteasy for the second-floor rental:
Featuring a BRAND NEW renovated modern 3 bedroom with 2 full bathroom unit! The apartment boasts hardwood flooring throughout, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, dishwasher, in unit washer/dryer, energy efficient CENTRAL HEAT AND A/C with an abundance of great light!!! Call me crazy, but no need to go to the beach for sun, simmer out on your own PRIVATE ROOF DECK with gorgeous East Village park view. Be the first to live in the amazing East Village abode!!!
And two photos from the unit...
The building's ground-floor was previously home to the Sunburnt Cow until April 2014.
[Photo from April 2014]
Previously on EV Grieve:
Renovations in store for 137 Avenue C, home to the Sunburnt Cow
The Sunburnt Cow closes for good at the end of this month
137 Avenue C, hollow on the inside
137 Avenue C — still standing!
137 Avenue C getting its extra floor
Oh man, the previous had such character. Who'd want to live in this dorm-like cubicle? Oh wait, yes, that's who.
Bring on the ugly!
Is that the new 'X=' store? Cool! I can't wait for it to open!
Presumably their target demographic is people for whom CENTRAL HEAT!!! is the major selling point, and I seriously have no idea who that could be.
Bros will be lining up to buy/rent here. They own that entire area.
Damn, that used to be a cool looking building.
Those are some ugly-ass kitchen cabinets.
Anyone else hate recessed lighting? I think it looks so cheap.
I had to stare long and hard at the floorplans (on Streeteasy) to find the kitchen. And check out out the back to back bathrooms! This is dorm living for $5,000 a month. No way could a family live there.
Wondering about the all-important "CENTRAL HEAT" since there is no radiator visible in the 1st photo of the interior. And it's still a walk-up, right?
3 bedrooms, 2 baths but definitely not for families; it will likely have high-turnover of young jackasses who like to party - which I suspect is what the landlord is hoping for! Move 'em out every year & raise the rent some more. Families who stay put are not attractive to that kind of landlord.
Looking at the layouts online (streeteasy) - wow, who wouldn't want to pay a ton of $$ for a freshly-renovated apartment where the bathrooms open directly into the kitchen?! What a fabulous floor plan!
And yeah, not only does recessed lighting look cheap, it also allows a lot of noise to be transmitted from one level of the building to another, so the people on the 2nd floor will hear all the noise made on the 3rd floor. Bro's won't even notice, I guess. Real people would, though!
All I have to add is that the original building was probably constructed over 150 years ago; although it was long on character—although the cornice was sadly no longer on it—it was shoddily constructed. The public stairway in the building was 2 feet wide! The bathrooms—water closets, really—were unheated and with no steam risers, so they were freezing in the winter and had no room for a space heater.
The renovation has been basically a ground-up reconstruction, and while I wouldn't want to live there, the landlord wouldn't want me either.
Anon 4:04pm - I like recessed lighting. Clean look without any clunky ugly light fixtures. I mean nicer light fixtures win, but I have 9 foot ceilings with recessed lighting and I really dig the look and think in a way it makes the ceilings look higher. I also have dimmers on them which is cool for mellowing out when watching a flick.
Nice building. Great location too.
Let's image for a moment that the City began aggressively building (not just offering tax incentives) low-income housing. What do you suppose the buildings would look like? Do you think they're going to build crappy, sub-standard tenements, or more modern buildings? What type of building do you think someone who qualifies for tenancy would want to live in? People with low incomes don't want to live in a refurbished factory, they want a regular building that meets all codes.
So you say it should fit into the neighborhood. What does that mean, it should mimic the dumpy tenement building it's replacing? New buildings are going to use new materials; they're going to look new. No one wants to replicate a situation that people organized and fought against 100 years ago.
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