Saturday, July 9, 2022

On St. Mark's Place and 3rd Avenue, let the barrier games begin (again)!

As a follow-up to yesterday's post... workers have (apparently) finished up the plywooding and barricading on the NW corner of Third Avenue and St. Mark's Place. 

Once again this busy thoroughfare has been narrowed down to (eventually) make way for the construction of the 9-story office building slated for the corner lot...
This marks the return of the barriers after a 10-month reprieve. Last October, workers removed them from around the work site... allowing pedestrians to use the sidewalks again — for the first time since the barricades arrived in June 2020. And, to be honest, not much work actually took place in the pit that whole time. (There was some legal drama per published reports that the developer defaulted on a $48 million mortgage.)

The pedestrian passageway on the north side of St. Mark's Place at Third Avenue had been involved in an ongoing game of barrier accordion that saw the corridor shrink-expand anywhere from 18 inches to an inch. (Relive the memories here and here.)

We'll have a few years of this, as construction is (optimistically) expected to wrap up in the summer of 2024. 


Anonymous said...

With the Death Star across the street, this corner of St. Mark's Place and Third Avenue will no longer be in the East Village. It will become part of Midtown South. It won't look, feel, sound like the East Village any more. It will be extra noisy (traffic and building systems noise, people noise) extra hot, extra congested, extra polluted, less sun, less breeze, less air. Glass reflections of glass reflections, no soul, no thought, no human dynamic.

Anonymous said...

What makes you think St. Marks Pl between second and third Ave is so charming..
Compared to the rest of the city, this is the dregs of the earth.
Even the Bowery looks better.
It’s time to grow up.