1) Red Hook: "It's been almost a whole year since you last mentioned 160 Imlay (six months! -ed) in Redhook and the building hasn't changed in the least little bit. I'm wondering if you or one of your readers might know what's happening with this building lately. Is it still being converted to condos? Is the project dead in the water? Does anyone care for or feed the guard dogs that roam the property?" [photo right, fall 2004, via Lex's Folly]
2) Chelsea: "Any news on a 20-story hotel going into the parking lot on the North side of W 26th St between 6th and 7th Avenues (closer to 6th)? It's news to all of us who live and work in the surrounding buildings and apparently they'll be tearing one of the adjacent buildings down to make room for it." [Something tells us we've been down this road before, but we will risk the ridicule. Anyone?]
3) Hell's Kitchen North: "Re: East Side of Ninth Avenue bet. 54th & 55th. Does anyone know what's going on there? Every single storefront has been cleared out over the past few months, from one end of the block to the other, including an OTB parlor and the Vynl Diner (which relocated nearby). I'm not sure what kind of consolidation it is as the buildings have different owners and are represented by different brokers, I'm not sure they can even be joined. Can't be coincidental, something must be afoot but it does seem rather curious -- a Duane Reade to end all Duane Reades? This is across the street from the new Alvin Ailey Dance Center and 'The Nicole.'"
4) BedStuy: "I passed by Gates and Downing this morning, in Bed-Stuy, and saw the most extraordinarily weird structure I have seen in a long time. It is a towering, tipsy monolith, and I couldn't tell if it was a) truly dilapidated, b) an intentionally-designed architectural marvel, c) someone making creative lemonade out of dilapidated lemons. It is SO COOL and I was terribly sad I didn't have my camera. Do you know the tory with this building?"
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