I'll readily admit that I am slightly obsessed with the spaces left behind when the two residential homes at 713/715 43rd Street were demolished. It's been almost three weeks now, and nothing. No work, no activity, no action. Just a few half-hearted graffiti markings on the plywood and on the outer wall of the neighboring apartment building.
There isn't any work permit up other than the demo permits and sidewalk barrier permits either. However, this morning I noticed a note stapled onto the plywood. It looks fresh, but I couldn't see what the heck was on it. I also don't have the chutzpah to open it...that would be wrong. Do you know what it is?
Maybe it's a START work order?
Anyway, my curiosity got the better of me and I looked the (former) buildings up. The two lots have mortgages attached for 2 million. And they are slotted to become (surprise, surprise) commercial real estate. Now, they were last assessed at just over 600k each, so I guess the new owner (at 4205 8th Avenue?) figures sales will make a tidy profit. I doubt rentals would make-up for the cost any time soon. With the coops still selling for around 300k, will these do well enough to make it worth it?
I can't wait to find out what is going on at my favorite empty lot.