Upper East Siders have made no secret of their feeling that the new above-ground ventilation structures planned for the Second Avenue Subway are, well, rather hideous (and perhaps zoning-busting). Now they have another complaint: they would rather be able to live in the ugly buildings than just have to look at them.
Various real estate experts tell the Times the MTA has missed an opportunity to build "moderately priced" residential condos above the ventilation structures?which are specifically designed to look industrial?and to pass on some of the subway cost to developers. But, says the MTA, the sites were either too small or, in the case of 97th Street, failed to get developers excited. With only approximately 87 more years of construction to go, we can't imagine why that would be the case.
· Above Ground, 2nd Ave. Subway Plan Attracts Critics [NYT]
· Latest Second Avenue Subway Complaints Are All About Ugliness [Curbed]