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    Why not buy the air rights about the building and a build a hotel tower out of it that somehow complements the historic base. I guess that would be asking too much.

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    Most developers are jerks about not putting in the effort to preserve/incorporate pre-demolition features

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonGecko View Post
    Most developers are jerks about not putting in the effort to preserve/incorporate pre-demolition features
    And Sam Chang is not "most developers" but "the worst developer, either in New York or anywhere else in the world" so don't expect any nods to the city's heritage, history, architecture, quality of life, or charm from that vile reptile.

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    It's sad the whole block couldn't be saved.


    Site of Notorious Uptown Murder to Be Demolished for New Development

    By Lindsay Armstrong

    WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — One of the neighborhood's most infamous — and spine-tingling — houses will soon be no more.

    The crumbling home at 663 W. 187th St., the site of a brutal murder of a teenage girl in 1958, will be demolished along with two neighboring properties under a plan to build an apartment project, building records show.

    The three-story house, built around 1899, was most notably the site of the 1958 strangulation death of Lillian Mojica. Locals said it sat abandoned for years. Property records show a developer bought it in 2012.

    According to court documents, Richard Mojica discovered the body of his 16-year-old sister Lillian beneath a mattress in the basement of the home on Feb. 13, 1958. Lillian’s body had been partially burned, and it was later determined that she died of strangulation. She had also been raped, court records show.

    After a brief investigation, police charged a boarder at the home, 33-year-old Pablo Vargas, with the crime.

    Vargas, who worked as a cook at the Jewish Memorial Hospital on West 190th Street, and a few other men were renting rooms in the Mojica house at the time of the murder, court records said.

    He briefly reported to work on the day of the murder, even though it was his day off. Police found bloodstains in Vargas’ room, including on his bed and on a pair of slippers, according to court documents.

    Vargas confessed to Mojica’s rape and killing, and was found guilty of first-degree murder. He later recanted and filed an appeal, saying that his confession has been coerced, according to court records.
    Vargas was executed at Sing Sing Prison’s notorious “death house” on May 12, 1960, according to historical records.

    The tragic story has continued to capture the interest of Heights residents, some of whom held a Mass in Mojica’s honor at nearby St. Elizabeth’s Church last year.

    Even for those who don’t know the story of the crime, the house has been a source of fascination.

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    “I passed by these houses half of my life, everyday,” wrote Maiki Andres Montoya in a community Facebook group. “I never knew the history behind that burnt house. We used to dare each other as kids to go inside. No one ever did.”

    Workers at the site confirmed that the house, along with two others, would be demolished next week to make way for a seven-story, 47-unit apartment complex from HAP Investment Developers.

    HAP, which has several Uptown projects in the works, gained attention last year for thwarting another developer’s plans to build three residential towers at Broadway and 192nd Street.

    The towers would have included about 180 affordable units in exchange for an amendment to the zoning requirements. HAP is instead moving forward with a smaller building that can be constructed as-of-right and will contain 98 market-rate units.

    HAP Four, the project on West 187th Street, will similarly offer market-rate housing. The modern structure will house 47 rental units, according to HAP’s website.

    While some people lamented the loss of three of Manhattan’s few remaining wood-framed houses, others said they would not miss the dilapidated structures.

    “I’m happy that they are going to be torn down,” said Isidoro Ptachewich, 81, who has lived in an apartment building on 187th Street since 1977. The houses have been in decline since he moved in and have sometimes attracted squatters, he said.

    “Anything they put there is going to be better for the neighborhood and local businesses,” he said.

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    Having lived by this for the better part of the last 7 years, it's better they're going. They really were an eyesore, and in a place that could easily support much denser development than a few houses, it was time. I am kind of surprised that it's a 7 story apartment house going in here. There had been plans for a highrise quite a while back. I bet it's over in the Wash Heights thread. Let's see... Or not. Uh. Hmm. And of course now I can't find it. If I do, I'll post.

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    ^ Saved them before they became an eyesore .

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    There are definitely some seriously out of place houses in the Bronx

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    Not too many wood-frame buildings left in Manhattan.

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    Harlem's Historic Corn Exchange Building Has Risen Again

    April 6, 2015, by Jeremiah Budin



    Left: Harlem's Corn Exchange in 1982, via Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Camilo José Vergara; Right: Photo via Harlem + Bespoke

    The Corn Exchange building on 125th Street revealed its new facade over the weekend, and Harlem + Bespoke got some photographs. The Queen Anne-style structure, which lost its upper floors in 2009 due to safety concerns, has been rebuilt by Danois Architects and Artimus Construction, with the Landmark Preservation Commission signing off and ensuring that the new structure is largely faithful to the historic former design. (As you can see from an old rendering, the design is much better than the one the developers first proposed.) The building is now looking to fill its retail and commercial space.

    The original Corn Exchange:



    Pre-construction in 2009:



    Today:


    Photo via Harlem + Bespoke

    Architecture: Corn Exchange Restored on 125th Street [Harlem + Bespoke]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/0...isen_again.php

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    Nice!

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    (From: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/30/ny...ange-bank.html)

    1997 photo:



    Now:



    Looks like they made the bay window sections wider than the original. Kind of looks odd with the original support corbel just above the left-most arch just "floating" there, now out of line with the center of the new bay.
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    ^ Is that first photo really from 1997 (as per NYT article)? Looks like the pre-finished reno (but where is the top row of windows?).

    Edit: Maybe 1997 refers to when it was covered in mesh and scaffolding pre-demolition?

    http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON056.htm
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    Another view of the Corn Exchange's former magnificence.



    http://clocktowertenants.com/2015_01_25_archive.html

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    Postcard showcasing the Art Deco splendour of the Airlines Terminal Building



    https://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/2014/05/

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    Probably should be included in the demolished/destroyed thread
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