On Washington Heights Monopoly: Hello, New Apartment Building at 573-575 West 161st Street
In which The Gay Recluse lives in an alternate reality.
For a long time we’ve kept an eye on the triple vacant lot at 573-577 West 161st Street, which we walk by every day on our way to the 163rd Street subway station. In January, we were pleasantly surprised to see two of the three lots fenced off, leaving only 577 as an (illegal) parking lot.
Hi there, 573-577 West 161st Street!
Although five years ago (literally) we heard rumors about a church wanting to build, we didn’t expect much to happen, given that 1) we’ve never seen a construction project actually realized in this part of Washington Heights, and 2) the recession deterrent, which obviously looms large these days.
But! This morning our mind was blown to see a bulldozer rampaging through 573-575.
Woah! That’s a big piece of equipment!
And then! A quick jaunt to the Department of Buildings revealed that a permit has been issued for the construction of a brand-spanking new 17,000 square-foot/18-unit apartment building. Which seemed to prove that we weren’t in fact hallucinating! Plus the bulldozer was still there this afternoon on our way home from work.
Hey! Nice pile of dirt! Let’s hope the apartment building looks as good as the bulldozer.
All of this just seems to prove what we’ve long suspected: the real-estate market in this part of Washington Heights exists in a strange bubble that has nothing to do with the rest of the world. (Investors take note!) We’ll keep you posted on this alternate reality as it evolves.
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Tags: Alternate Realities, Apartment Buildings, Bulldozers, Department of Buildings, Development, Monopoly, Recession, Uptown Real Estate