MEATPACKING DISTRICT?A special Curbed tipster sent along the above photos of the MePa getting rocked, for reasons we are too ignorant to understand, and too lazy to research. What gives? Just some more dangerous obstacles for tipsy starlets to trip over? [CurbedWire Inbox]
UPPER WEST SIDE?An e-mail titled "A Windermere in the Making" is bound to get our attention, and indeed, this one has: I thought you might be interested in the goings ons at the Greystone Hotel, an old apartment building at 91st and B'way. Over the past year or so, our building has found itself in a similar situation to The Windermere at 57th Street and Ninth Avenue. There are approx 500 apartments in the building and right now only about 100 of them are occupied because the owners have started construction on our building with us still here. They have also raised the rent on all the street level retail units, so many of them are now empty."
All the empty apartments have now been gutted, the ventilation system has been removed, water is sometimes available, and everything is covered in a fine layer of dust (we know there is asbestos in the building, but not sure if that is the dust I am breathing, or if it is just the mold contributing to the smell).[CurbedWire Inbox]
On the upside, there is now a nice Italian marble lobby, but no real door to the building as of today. There is talk of a swimming pool going in the basement along with a gym and a rooftop patio, but right now plenty of fresh air comes in from the gaping holes in the walls.