Monday, October 17, 2016

The pits: 10th Street and 4th Avenue cleared for new development

On Friday, workers wrapped up the demolition on 10th Street at Fourth Avenue. The crew quickly took down the single-level structure at the southeast corner in August.

However, the turn-of-the-century townhouse at 82 E. 10th St. remained... they seemed to take their time with it for some reason. I watched them slowly raze it over a two-week period.

[Sept. 24]

[Sept. 30]

These photos are from Saturday...

As previously reported, a 10-story retail-residential building is in the works. The approved permit shows retail on the ground floor and 12 dwelling units above. The residential portion encompasses more than 24,000 square feet, so those units will presumably be condos. Floors 2-5 will each have two units while 6-8 will each have one unit while a two-level duplex to top things off.

SBLM Architects are listed as the architects of record. Didn't spot a rendering at their website. However, a search of the address online turned up this rendering... I don't have any idea if this is the actual design still in play here. This comes from a now-broken link at Archinect ...

The history of this stretch includes the Tenth Street Coffeehouse, an artists' hangout run by Mickey Ruskin before he opened Les Deux Megots on Ninth Street and then Max's Kansas City. No. 82 was thought to have housed the Hilda Carmel Gallery in the late 1950s and early 1960s, where the likes of Pollock, Rothko and de Kooning showed their work.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Report: Demo permits filed to raze southeast corner of 4th Avenue and 10th Street

The 'tremendous retail potential' of East 10th Street and 4th Avenue

10 stories of condos in the works for the long-vacant corner of 4th Avenue and East 10th Street

With new building OK'd, corner of 4th Avenue and 10th Street finally ready for razing



I'm convinced the majority of the architectural industry is trolling us. Each new building is more rediculous looking than the last. It's as if they hate New York City and want to deface it.

Anonymous said...

Goodie for the people who will buy the top floor duplex a rare view of the Death Star's ass side.

Anonymous said...

YES! More apartments nobody can afford.

Gojira said...

The demo of that sweet little townhouse is even more heartbreaking in slo-mo.

cmarrtyy said...


They can afford the. That's why they are building more and more of them no matter how ugly and how they have to contort them like pretzels into these irregular lots. And the beat goes on!

Anonymous said...

Sorry Anon 11:04 the demolition of that "sweet little townhouse" was not heartbreaking. Can you explain to me why it was vacant for so many years? Something was clearly "confused" "difficult" usw with that townhouse that nobody bought it in more than a decade. I've lived near 10th Street and Fourth Avenue for more than 20 years. The character of 10th Street between 3rd and 4th avenues (south side) was architecturally destroyed years and years ago when the facades of most of the buildings were covered over. The building planned for the corner looks ugly, but I'll wait until I see a final design. It would appear that lots of architects went to the lego school of design. Just ugly.

Anonymous said...

Architects tend to make their buildings about themselves even before their client's desire, which I guess can be a blessing. We will all be living in a Holiday Inn in Queens someday so what difference does it make?