October 3, 2016
By Erik Torkells
When a reader emailed that a construction worker at 108 Chambers (where Imperial Coffee House was) said the new building will house a Starbucks and a Vitamin Shoppe, I responded that it seemed unlikely because the old building hasn’t even been fully torn down and there are two other Starbucks within coffee-spitting distance. I was wrong.
September 29, 2016
By Dan Rattiner
“…the developers proposed something completely unique and absolutely sensational, in my view. The Village would get the whole park. The developers would get their proposed building waterfront but it would not impinge on the park. In fact, ALMOST ALL OF IT WOULD NOT EVEN overlook the park. An understanding of the site model they brought to this meeting shows how this magic was done.”
September 28, 2016
By Evan Bindelglass
Two months ago, YIMBY got a glimpse of the dramatic changes proposed to convert an Upper West Side community facility into a residential building. Last Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved those changes to 164 West 74th Street.
The eight-story Beaux Arts building is located between Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue. It was designed by Buchman & Fox and constructed between 1901 and 1902 as a hotel. It was eventually converted into apartments and dubbed Marbury Hall. It fell under the LPC’s jurisdiction in 1990, when the Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District was designated. Most recently, it was used by the drug and alcohol rehabilitation nonprofit Phoenix House, and had been dubbed the Jack R. Aron Center.