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CurbedWire: Dowtown Preservation Update, High Line 'De-Grittifying' Continues, Driver Likes Car-Free Broadway

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SOHO?Derelict mystery building 43 MacDougal Street, tucked inside the Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District (any C-K-V HD fans out there?), has been a cause for the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation for some time, and now the group alerts us that the city is pursuing a lawsuit against the building's owner to force repairs to the building. The GVSHP wants the city to take this to the limit with a "Demolition By Neglect" lawsuit, the strongest legal action that can be pursued against the owner. "Such cases have led to owners being forced to make repairs to their buildings, or selling their buildings to more responsible owners who obey the law and restore their properties," writes the GVSHP. [CurbedWire Inbox]

MEPA/CHELSEA?The graffiti cover-up along the High Line is continuing, much to the chagrin of the Curbed tipster who writes, "For the past three months I have been looking out on the highline between 15th and 16th hoping that they would keep the graffiti in the tunnel through Chelsea Market. Unfortunately the workmen just got finished painting over all the remnants of gritty new york before I was able to take a picture. This 'de-grittifying' is an outrage and I am now looking at an ugly gray wall." We believe this is where artist Spencer Finch's art installation is going, which still has the graffiti pictured in renderings. [CurbedWire Inbox]

CHELSEA/MIDTOWN?The pedestrian takeover of Broadway in Times Square and Herald Square continues to be a sizzling topic, and now a Curbed reader writes in with the driver's perspective: "At 8:30 this morning, I drove up 6th Ave. from 13th all the way up to 41st before hitting a red light. In the past, you would sit in traffic on 6th Ave. starting around 26th St. (if you were lucky - it could run below 23rd) and maybe manage to move one block each time the lights changed. I know it is Memorial Day week, so it may not be a true test, but anecdotally I feel like this is a huge improvement in traffic flow." [CurbedWire Inbox]

43 Macdougal Street

43 Macdougal Street, New York, NY