Page 1 of 41 1234511 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 602

Thread: Endangered NYC - Lost & Threatened Treasures

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Far West Village, NYC
    Posts
    927

    Default Endangered NYC - Lost & Threatened Treasures

    This thread fills the need for a one-stop, up-to-date, visual clearinghouse of all the landmark-worthy buildings that have been destroyed/replaced in recent years and those that are in the crosshairs for near-future razing. Here, in one thread, we can see what is happening to the City’s architectural heritage. Maybe this will motivate people to contact the Landmarks Preservation Commission or the Mayor’s Office. Civil debate on landmark-worthiness is welcome.

    If you're going to add a building, please post in a consistent format: Building Name(Address); Lifespan; Destroyer or Developer; Current Status; Photos: Past/Present/Future. That will keep the thread as informative as possible.

    Uncredited photos were taken/posted by WiredNewYork members including Antinimby, ZippytheChimp, Derek2k3, LondonLawyer, MidtownGuy, NYGuy, etc.. I hope you don’t mind my using them here.

    I’ll start with some recently destroyed buildings that I think should have been preserved:

    ************************************************

    Drake Hotel (50 E. 57th St.); 1926 – 2007; Macklowe; building razed, empty lot, in limbo
    Past:


    Present:


    Future(pending? early massing):


    *****************************************


    Newsweek Building (1775 Broadway/3 Columbus Cr.) ; 1928 – 2008; Moinan Group; in progress, old façade being ripped off.

    Past:

    photocredit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jim-in-times-square/

    Present:


    Future:



    **********************************


    YWCA (610 Lexington Ave) ; 1915-2007; Aby Rosen; Demolished, Shangri-La construction in limbo
    Past:


    Present:


    Future(pending?):



    ***************************


    Hotel Pennsylvania(401 7th Avenue) ; 1919-????; Vornado Realty Trust; Proposed for demolition, in limbo
    Past/Present:


    Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scalleja/

    Future(Pending?):



    *************************************


    Centurion(33 West 56th Street) ; 19th Century-2007; Antonio Dev., Stillman Dev.; Soon to be completed
    Past:


    Present:



    **************************


    57th Street Townhouses; Pre-1864-????; Macklowe; Associated with Drake site, slated for razing/development?

    Past:


    Present: ????

    Future:



    *******************************

    Many more to come...

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Far West Village, NYC
    Posts
    927

    Default

    50 West Street; 1912-2008; Time Equities; On hold due to economy

    Past:


    Present:



    Future:

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Far West Village, NYC
    Posts
    927

    Default

    Penn Station; 1910-1963; ----; plans for relocation to Farley Post Office in limbo

    Past:


    Present:

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Far West Village, NYC
    Posts
    927

    Default

    Studebaker Building(1600 Broadway); 1902-2004; Sherwood Equities;

    Past:



    Present:
    Last edited by RandySavage; December 11th, 2008 at 09:24 PM.

  5. #5

    Default

    Maybe not a treasure, but certainly a relic.


  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Far West Village, NYC
    Posts
    927

    Default

    30 Great Jones St.; 1898-2007; Edison Properties; Fully demolished as of 2008, replacement not known

    Past:


    Present:

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Far West Village, NYC
    Posts
    927

    Default

    Patterson Silks Building(8 Union Square South); 1949-2005; Claremont Group

    Past:



    Present:

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Far West Village, NYC
    Posts
    927

    Default

    Ziegfeld Theater; 1927-1965;

    Past:


    Present:

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Far West Village, NYC
    Posts
    927

    Default

    Roosevelt Hotel(Madison at 45th); 1924-Present; Pakistani Airlines; Off-again, on-again rumors that hotel will be put up for sale-demolition-development

    Past/Present:



    Future (Possible):

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Far West Village, NYC
    Posts
    927

    Default

    Dakota Stables(350 Amsterdam Ave.); 1894-2006; Related Companies; “The Harrison” nearing completion

    Past:


    Present/Future:

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Far West Village, NYC
    Posts
    927

    Default

    50 Trinity Place; ????-2008; McSam Hotel Group; On hold??

    Past:



    Present:



    Future:

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Far West Village, NYC
    Posts
    927

    Default

    Wilkie Memorial Building(14 W. 40th St.); 1907-1985
    Past:


    Present:



    Future (on hold?):

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Far West Village, NYC
    Posts
    927

    Default

    Times Building (1 Times Sq.); 1905-1963 (original façade);
    Past:


    Present:

    Photo credit: http://www.nyc-architecture.com/

    Amazingly this is the same building as the top. The façade was ripped off in the 1960s and the once landmark tower is now used as a giant, empty billboard holder.

  14. #14

    Default

    Gotta love NYC's style of self-destruction.

  15. #15
    Build the Tower Verre antinimby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    in Limbo
    Posts
    8,976

    Default

    There are tons of gems that were mindlessly razed/stripped/recladded/defaced over the years and replaced by modern junk.

    There is just too much to cover but I'll start with this relatively recent one: the Sheraton Russell hotel @ 45 Park Ave.

    It was torn down (2006) and replaced with a Costas Kondylis special (2007).


    Before...




    ...after...




Page 1 of 41 1234511 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Uncertain Future for the Past's Treasures
    By Kris in forum World Skyscrapers and Architecture
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: December 15th, 2003, 11:04 PM
  2. Architectural historian fights for Harlem's treasures - Tryi
    By NoyokA in forum New York Real Estate
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: August 9th, 2003, 01:40 PM
  3. Lost in Space - A Soho exhibition of Zaha Hadid’s work
    By Edward in forum World Skyscrapers and Architecture
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: August 1st, 2003, 01:35 AM
  4. Where Blue Collars Grow Endangered - Sunset Park
    By Kris in forum New York City Guide For New Yorkers
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: June 24th, 2003, 10:48 PM
  5. 3 Buildings From 1830's Threatened By a Tower - Downtown
    By Kris in forum New York Real Estate
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: March 29th, 2003, 11:08 AM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


Google+ - Facebook - Twitter - Meetup

Edward's photos on Flickr - Wired New York on Flickr - In Queens - In Red Hook - Bryant Park - SQL Backup Software