In recent years, this corner has been a gathering spot in the summer-fall for travelers/crusties. In October 2018 (pre-sidewalk bridge), for instance, the NYPD set up a light tower here to deter anyone from congregating and camping out.
As noted previously, this condoplex is on two of the three lots destroyed during the deadly gas explosion here on March 26, 2015.
Thanks to Steven for the photos... and thanks to Alex R. for the tip!
Updated 5:30 p.m.