Thanks for the clarification. Tossing in my error-filled theory has yielded some FACTS
That was a handsome building.
Is anything occurring with respect to its demolition or is it in limbo? How about the POS high school on W 58th?
If you write again, asking about the school on 58th, I will personally track you down and break your keyboard.
Wait, a second:
1. I can't post photos of women with curvy butts;
2. I can't write that London is the greatest place on Earth;
3. I can't post photos of the Taliban and the Bamian Buddahs; and
4. I can't ask about that school?
I guess I'll have to go back to whining about:
1. The McD's/Wendy's corner on 56th and 8th;
2. The stip on the east side of 7th between 33rd and 34th; and
3. The northeast corner of 34th and 8th.
Last edited by londonlawyer; October 7th, 2010 at 07:25 AM.
How about this: You can ask, as you do on sort of a weekly basis, "Anything new with the old POS HS on W 58th?" say ... Once a month?
I mean, if something were to happen (start of demo, etc.) then chances are the news will show up here first.
So, how goes the demo?
Sadly, this once was a nice tower. At any rate, this site looks so crappy now and is a real eyesore. Considering that Extell presumably will start marketing Carnegie 57 soon, one would expect that Barnett would seek to improve this blighted block which detracts from the area. Moreover, since the market is improving, one would think that Extell also would want to get 225 W 57th Street moving.
Once a Bustling Automobile Row Anchor, Now Empty
By JAMES BARRON
It was a dignified mainstay of Automobile Row, the line of glittery showrooms and automobile-related offices that stretched up Broadway from the West 50s to somewhere north of Columbus Circle. Its tire-company name lingered when new tenants moved in, among them a studio where stars like Duke Ellington made recordings.
Now the former B.F. Goodrich building at 1780 Broadway is empty.
The last retail tenant, a shoe store, closed last month. The other first-floor store, Columbus Circle Wines and Spirits, had moved a few blocks away, to 1802 Broadway, near Central Park South, when its lease expired at the end of 2007.
“We were one of the first to leave,” said Laurent Cherrier, a manager of the store. “I believe we were told it was going to be torn down and they were going to build condos, but it was more of a rumor than anything official.”
By 2009, when the city Landmarks Preservation Commission gave landmark status to 1780 Broadway, the Extell Development Corporation was said to be planning a 50-story hotel with apartments or offices for the adjacent site at 225 West 57th Street, the site of a building that was connected to 1780 Broadway.
The Municipal Art Society testified in favor of designating both buildings and said it was “particularly concerned about the fate of the 57th Street facade.” But Extell warned that a landmark designation on the 57th Street building would endanger the project, and the landmarks commission decided not to give the 57th Street building landmark status, only 1780 Broadway.
The commission voted after four City Council members indicated they might overturn a landmark designation on the 57th Street building, saying they did not want to jeopardize the planned hotel tower.
Extell, which is now building a $1.3 billion skyscraper a block away, on 57th Street opposite Carnegie Hall, says it expects to begin demolition of 225 West 57th Street in the next few weeks. As for what it plans to build on the site of No. 225, a spokesman said: “We are going over a gamut of possibilities including mixed use and residential. There is a wide range of possibilities.”
The buildings at 1780 Broadway at 225 West 57th Street opened to considerable fanfare in 1909. The trade publication The Automobile mentioned them in an article headlined “Handsome Additions to New York’s Automobile Row.” Goodrich bragged that “the ‘great white tread’ of the Goodrich tire is the big mileage tread of the ‘great white way’ and every other street and avenue in New York.”
Originally, Goodrich had a tire showroom on the first floor. On the 12th floor, where there is a balcony overlooking Broadway, were, as Goodrich put it, “the most complete automobile tire repair facilities in the United States.”
The two buildings were the work of Howard Van Doren Shaw, a prolific Chicago architect who had designed a house in Ohio for Goodrich’s president at the beginning of the 20th century. The landmarks commission noted that Shaw collaborated with the Manhattan firm of Waid & Willauer on the two Automobile Row buildings.
The Buildings Department said only that one permit had been issued for 1780 Broadway, back in 2007. It was for a “sidewalk shed,” the temporary structure necessary when exterior repairs are being done. The permit has been renewed until January of next year, a spokeswoman for the Buildings Department said.
Supposedly, demo permits were filed for 220 W58th St.
Gary better be ready to build if he's demo-ing.
Last thing we need on 57th or the city for that matter, is 'nother empty, boarded-up lot sitting there for years while he looks for financing and/or timing the market.
unlike some other boarded up lots, though, these buildings have been empty for years now, which isn't better than being flattened (it's likely worse based on public health concerns). There's quite a bit more scaffolding up since the last pics were taken of the area. I suspect these buildings will come down soon(ish). For all the activity on 57th St, there sure are quite a few blank lots as well.
Is there scaffolding on 220 W58th? How about on Extell's buildings across the street from it on the north side of W58th?
If Extell beats Hines and CIM to the market with 225 W57th, he'll have a total lock on the high-end market.
Last edited by londonlawyer; June 12th, 2011 at 04:43 PM.
Is that the school? If so, then no. Not scaffolded yet. I suspect it wold be a few more weeks before something happened with the school if it's coming down this summer, as the kids haven't left it yet. No activity at the hole in the ground across the street. I'll try to actually get a few photos later in the week.