Our ongoing obsession with 49 East Houston Street?architect Arpad Baksa's big red hangover?is unending. Blame all the wacky elements involved: the seven stories of cantilever action over its neighbor at 51 East Houston Street; the razing of the cute little one-story storefront that housed nonprofit group Times Up!; the proximity to the rising awesomeness at 290 Mulberry Street. Yeah, this is a fun one. Now, in a piece explaining how a nonprofit group originally wrangled the prime real estate, the Village Voice's Runnin' Scared blog put up some sketches of the building that show the many setbacks and terraces in greater detail, as well as the proposed rear yard and balconies. If only Tetris rules applied to real life, then the first four floors of this entire block would now disappear, and Nolita would have a far better soundtrack.
· From Community Group to Condo: The Saga of 49 E. Houston and Times Up! [Runnin' Scared]
· East Houston Tumor To Be Red, Tiered and Terraced [Curbed]
· A Tumorous Neighbor for SHoP and Kopp [Curbed]