[Here at Curbed, we get emails. Curious readers often want to know what's going on in their neighborhood, but damned if we know what that gaping pit is going to become. So, every Tuesday, we'll be throwing these queries open to the general Curbed public. If you've got a question (bonus points if you include a digital photo of the site in question!), or an answer, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reader responses will appear every Thursday.]
1) Midtown West: "Anyone got any info on the building on corner of 57th and 9th...i had heard that a few squatters are still in there so nothing can be done with the building..huge eyesore in a developing neighborhood..."
2) Gramercy:"On the west side of 3rd ave, b/w 23rd and 24th street, all the buildings are boarded up...looks like someones gonna knock em down to build a highrise...looks like their waiting for the last commercial tenant to vacate...anyone got any ideas whats gonna be there?"
3) Chelsea: "Many former parking lots are being built in the Flatiron district recently, continuing an unfortunate trend. Can you tell me what is going on the following lots currently being slowly dugged out every weekday morning starting at 7 am....with very loud noise? (a) Lot on 21St. between 5th and 6th. Ave.(south side of the street, near 5th Ave.) (b) Lot on 21St. between 6th and 7th Ave. (North side of the street, closer to 7th Ave)...unbearable noise continues even on Saturdays mornings. (c) Lot on 19th St. between 6th and 7th Ave. (midblock, south side of the street). (d) Gut renovation of a large old industrial building, north side of 19th St, between 6th and 7th Ave. The empty shell with no roof looks fantastic..."
4) Park Slope: "I was curious if you knew what was going on on the western side of 4th avenue in Park Slope. I think it?s around 2nd or 3rd Street ? I cannot really tell, but you cannot miss the building. Currently, it?s just a big frame.."
5) Hell's Kitchen: "What's the deal with the construction on the NE corner of 9th/38th in Hell's Kitchen? I've been living on the block for three years, and that has been the site of an empty lot and occasional amateur parking business since before I arrived. I always wondered how it could make sense NOT to develop property in the area...Anyhoozle, some well-meaning citizen has finally started something legit, what with the enormous pit, the bulldozers, and the sheets of metal that block off the site / intrude on the sidewalk."
Got the lowdown on any of these projects? Drop a line to email@example.com. In return, you will receive an enormous loft in your next life.