The curvy low-rise building at 61 Fifth Avenue, devastated by fire in 2006, has been marked for death ever since the structure?a former Scrafft's luncheonette (see photo at top left circa 1940)?was sold to a developer in early 2008. An architect was quickly enlisted to draw up plans for a 10-story building with apartments and ground-floor retail, and it was made clear that the current 61 Fifth Avenue was too far gone to be preserved in any manner. Has the economy put a pause on those plans? Perhaps, but broker-blogger Andrew Fine reports that demolition permit was issued for the property in December, so the wrecking ball could come calling any day now.
· 61 Fifth Ave, Former Schrafft's Building, Set For Demo [A Fine Blog]
· It Happened One Weekend: 61 Fifth Avenue Growing [Curbed]