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Upper West Side Crunch Gym Is Getting Apartments On Top

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The Crunch gym on West 83rd Street is getting a three-story addition containing—surprise, surprise—housing. Parkwood Realty Associates bought the property between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues back in 2006 for $12.5 million. Proposals to enlarge the two-story commercial building have been on the table since at least 2007, according to Department of Buildings permits. The former post office-turned gym, on a street full of stables, is in the process of being topped with a third- through sixth-floor addition that'll house 22 apartments. The building will go from 25 to about 70 feet tall, and the architect of record is SRA Architecture & Engineering. The design looks pretty modern. Rooftop additions are all the rage these days on the Upper West, with the Apthorp's just approved after a long, tedious process. Further evidence that Upper West Siders don't love rooftop additions (as if we needed any)? While taking photos of the construction site, Curbed observed residents standing on the corner of 83rd and Amsterdam, pointing at the tarped-up addition and tsk-ing.

The signage said completion was anticipated for the spring of 2014, but since it's still covered by a blue tarp, fall seems more likely. Any bets on condos vs. rentals?
· Parkwood Realty Acquires Manhattan Storefront [CoStar]
· Streetscapes: Roughed Up By Horses/West 83rd Street [NYT]
· Not Just The Apthorp: At Least Three Other UWS Buildings Seek Rooftop Additions [West Side Rag]