On Washington Heights Monopoly: Condominium for 573-575 West 161st, 577-579 a Mystery Excavation

11May08

In which The Gay Recluse provides an update on a beehive of activity at 573-579 West 161st Street.

So it’s official, if “official” means by way of an unnamed receptionist at the architects’s office: 573-575 West 161st Street is going to be a 6-story condominium. We’re trying to scrounge up a rendering, but in the meantime, check out the pit:

Sweet. Shit, these guys aren’t fucking around!

But one question remains: The construction permit is for 573-575, and yet the excavation extends not only through 577 but — if you look carefully — behind the building at 579.

Here’s a pre-construction pic to get you oriented:

579 is to the left of 577, obvs! It’s also owned by the evil doctors.

Here’s another frontal pic:

Permits are posted here, but only for 573-575! 579 is kinda hurting, in case you can’t tell from the pic.

So what’s going on here? If anyone knows why these two lots are also being excavated — and apparently without a permit — we’d like to solve this mystery.

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