Tuesday, November 18, 2008

43rd Street is a Busy Place These Days

The north side of 43rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues is hopping lately. Of course, there is the on-going, pseudo-construction side where two family homes used to stand; they were torn down this spring. Since then, there hasn't been much activity. However, the little activity that there HAS been seems to have disturbed the neighbors. These two signs have appeared on the construction fence: one has a number to call with complaints, and the other is a two page "noise mitigation plan."

The site is pretty messy otherwise. There is even debris, like empty cans and dug up rocks, on the sidewalk outside the construction fence. The CAT backhoe (I think that's what it is) is sitting in the site, but there hasn't been a lot of progress with a foundation, from the looks of it.

Moving down the street, a building that sold several months ago is having its insides re-done.And the house at the end of the block (near 8th) is being demolished. It's a huge lot, comparatively, and they are taking the building down a lot more slowly than the houses at 713.
Busy block, and I'm surprised at the amount of activity considered the uneasy real estate/economic market these days. Good luck to them, and hopefully what emerges will be some well built and well renovated dwellings for a range of incomes. Too much to ask?

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