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CurbedWire: Wading in a Velvet Cityscape

Another week comes to a close, and with it, another week of CurbedWire. Let's close it out, shall we?

1) A tipster alerts us to this bite-size rendering (left) of architects Gwathmey Siegel's latest, mentioned in yesterday's Rumblings. According to construction firm Pavarini McGovern, the building at Park Ave. South and 19th will be a "112,851-SF poured-in-place reinforced concrete structure to top out at 17-stories, accommodating 51 residential units, mechanical space, along with a lobby and retail space at-grade." Notes our tipster, "It's not so Astorish." The Urban Glass House, on the other hand, is pissed. [CurbedWire Inbox]

2) A reader points us to this Craigslist ad: "What better way to immortalize old New York City architecture then a cityscape... in velvet (right)." Couldn't agree more. [CurbedWire Inbox]

3) More good times at the Lower East Side's Avalon Chrystie Place, per a correspondent's email:

Getting home from a long day at work and realizing that you live at Avalon Chrystie Place. I go to pick up my mail and notice a lease renewal letter with an increase of around 10% a month. After leaving the mail area I ran into one of those cute women who work in the leasing office and she asks if I want to move across the street to Avalon Bowery. She tells me it will be a lot better built - doubt that is hard but how could that really be. Same contractors, same owners, same goofy design, same management company, same maintenance workers going across the street, same complete disregard to neighborhood. Anyways, I get upstairs to my apartment and realize I am in Day 3 of no air conditioning. No sign of maintenance stopping by. Realize I am going crazy.And with that, the Wire is closed. See ya Monday. [CurbedWire Inbox]