America's reigning starchitect king Robert A.M. Stern, on quite the hot streak with money-minting condo buildings like 15 Central Park West and the West Village's Superior Ink, has quietly trained his T-square on Yorkville. But it looks like the new building whipped up by Stern, which would replace some small buildings at the northeast corner of Second Avenue and 80th Street, may never be blessed with his concierge-hopping ways. The Real Deal reports that Stern is suing developers Icon Realty Management for nearly $500,000 in unpaid design bills. Stern says he went ahead with design work (including exterior renderings) while under a preliminary retainer because he was expecting to sign a more formal agreement later. Icon says the designs were just a preliminary thing and nothing final was ever agreed upon. The lawsuit is currently making its way through Manhattan State Supreme Court, but the real crime is letting Stern renderings float around in purgatory. Somebody do the right thing and give those puppies a proper home.
· Robert A.M. Stern sues Icon Realty [Real Deal]
· Robert A.M. Stern coverage [Curbed]