Bond Street & 64th Street, Southwest Corner

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Signs of change on Tenth Avenue, 13th Street — 34th Street (updated to include 2006—2010 comparisons)

This post updates two prior posts on "signs of change" on Tenth Avenue (13th—23rd Streets and 24th—34th Streets) to include a comparative look at change, based on the photographs I took Wednesday (May 26) and assembled with the prior (2006) set. To follow along, open a second window in your browser, and go to Tenth Avenue 2006 & 2010 Part One: 14th Street — 72nd Street . Though I start with 13th Street in the text below, the "then and now" photos only begin at 14th Street. I've not repeated the summary statistics for 2006 (see original posts for those).

As before, I’ll take the corners of each intersection in the clockwise order NE, SE, SW, NW. At each corner I'll describe the 2006 sign(s) of change first, then the 2010 sign(s) of change.

Tenth Avenue & 19th Street, Southeast Corner (2006 above, 2010 below)


13th Street

NE — 2006: typical blue paint of a construction or renovation site, though no work appears to be underway yet; derelict structure over sidewalk (it's an overhead conveyor with hooks to move meat — whole carcasses — from trucks into the packing house); 2010: overhead conveyor partly dismantled

SE — 2006: scaffolding; construction fence (same blue); truck delivering large pipes; workmen; 2010: new building finished, corner lot still vacant




14th Street

NE — 2006: High Line freshly painted white on north side of street; old black still visible to right; Mobil station has new look to it; 2010: High Line now painted dark blue-gray


SE — 2006: construction fence (same blue as 13/SE), same derelict overhead conveyor structure as 13/NE; at this end of the block, vacant lot behind fence.; 2010: High Line elevator at left, corner lot still vacant, overhead conveyor dismantled, brick wall of building on th eleft painted gray


SW — 2006: no obvious signs of change in progress though brick work looks to have been cleaned fairly recently; "stucco" on ground floor definitely not original; 2010: no change


NW — 2006: no obvious signs of change in progress except if you know that the brick bulding at the right rear was originally a Nabisco factory building; 2010: traffic triangle planted with trees, shrubs




15th Street

NE — 2006: scaffolding; 2010: scaffolding gone, graffiti gone; High Line painted blue-gray


SE — 2006: High Line pillars freshly painted white on Mobil Station property, black/rust on left; again, Mobil Station looks new; ditto store fronts on left; 2010: High Line painted blue-gray


SW — 2006: no obvious signs of change in progress, but banners for "Hudson River Park" betray recent origin of this "mini park"; 2010: Hudson River Park banners down; new "no parking" sign


NW — 2006: orange plastic construction netting on sidewalk, workman (?), caution sign; 2010: sidewalk now clear




16th Street

NE — 2006: construction wall (brown this time) with signage for new condo building ("The Caledonia") going up behind it; 2010: new building finished, another new building replaces Chelsea Garden Center & extends down 16th Street


SE — 2006: none; 2010: no change


SW — 2006: no obvious signs of change in progress, but this is, again, the former Nabisco factory building; 2010: no change


NW — 2006: sections of concrete Jersey barriers; also the recently painted brickwork; 2010: Jersey barriers gone, brickwork either repainted or paint has discolored with age




17th Street

NE — 2006: Red Rock West Saloon may be new (?) but Earth Restaurant is definitely new and not in keeping with style of old neighborhood; 2010: Red Rock West Saloon may have closed: scaffolding, netting; possible new building towards right, Earth Restaurant now something else (fresh façade)


SE — 2006: vacant lot with signs of construction — must be "The Caledonia" seen advertised on the wall at 16/NE; upscale furnishings shop new to old building; dog (breed) not typical of old neighborhood either; 2010: new building visible to either side of corner store, which appears to have changed hands and become a clothing store


SW — 2006: no obvious signs of change in progress, but "ghosts" of prior structural elements above windows to the right betray fairly recent renovation; 2010: new awnings up — match prior "ghosts"


NW — 2006: construction netting on High Line; some scaffolding there too; 2010: new buildings in background; new billboard




18th Street

NE — 2006: store fronts are newish on left; "La" Lunchonette is new neighborhood style; van on right is delivering new stuff apparently for new business; 2010: new buildings on 18th Street


SE — 2006: Star Diner probably ancient (?) but restaurant next door is new neighborhood style; 2010: new building on former vacant and adjacent lot (building on right in 2006 has been torn down), scaffolding still up


SW — 2006: construction netting on High Line; 2010: High Line netting gone, otherwise no change


NW — 2006: construction netting on High Line; scaffolding on left; 2010: no change (but the Gehry and other building on the right at the rear are new)




19th Street

NE — 2006: no obvious signs of change in progress, but restaurant, especially sidewalk table awnings definitely new neighborhood style; 2010: no change


SE — 2006: vacant lot; construction visible at far left; 2010: new building on former vacant and adjacent lot (building on right in 2006 has been torn down), scaffolding still up


SW — 2006: High Line scaffolding at far left; 2010: no change, except ads no longer on fence


NW — 2006: none; 2010: Truck leasing has been replaced by building supply firm




20th Street

NE — 2006: construction; scaffolding; signage for new building; 2010: new building finished, stone wall replaced by iron fence


SE — 2006: no obvious sign of change in progress, but Cookshop is definitely new neighborhood style; 2010: no change, except side tables, umbrellas (may be seasonal difference)


SW — 2006: none; 2010: no change, but note Sabrett vendor in 2010, also new building visible to rear


NW — 2006: none; 2010: 7 Eleven Gallery is new tenant of corner building




21st Street

NE — 2006: none except (maybe) recently cleaned brickwork; 2010: no change, except plantings gone from front yard


SE — 2006: none; 2010: no change on corner itself, but new building to right is finished


SW — 2006: none; 2010: no change, except graffiti in 2010


NW — 2006: none; 2010: no change




22nd Street

NE — 2006: none; 2010: Empire Diner closed


SE — 2006: none; 2010: no change


SW — 2006: no obvious signs of change in progress except dog breeds (but see NW); 2010: Auto Parts on corner shuttered — closed?


NW — 2006: veterinarian is new neighborhood style; 2010: veterinarian closed, "for rent"




23rd Street

NE — 2006: none; 2010: new Chase signage


SE — 2006: restaurant closed / being renovated; 2010: restaturant still — or again? — closed, but now painted green


SW — 2006: vacant lot with construction fence; 2010: no change except plywood fence now blue


NW — 2006: none (I don't think — I remember the very modern gallery building on the corner being there as many as a dozen years ago or more); 2010: no change




24th Street

NE — 2006: plywood construction wall over storefront; 2010: store now open


SE — 2006: scaffolding on 24th street (London Terrace renovation); 2010: scaffolding down


SW — 2006: new storefront at far left is "new neighborhood" style; 2010: no change


NW — 2006: none (LukOil — Russian firm, deserves a mention); 2010: new building to right of LukOil




25th Street

NE — 2006: none; 2010: no change


croner store shuttered, new awning — new owner? — on pizza place next door


SW — 2006: none; 2010: no change


NW — 2006: none; 2010: no change




26th Street

NE — 2006: none; 2010: no change


SE — 2006: none; 2010: no change


SW — 2006: none (but what about the two tractors?); 2010: no change


NW — 2006: none; 2010: no change




27th Street

NE — 2006: none


SE — 2006: none (or are the Village Voice and Gotham Writers Workshop boxes signs of change here?); 2010: no change


SW — 2006: Kasmin's gallery (though it was one of the real pioneers here, I think); 2010: no change


NW — 2006: none; 2010: new construction on right, Punjabi Food gone




28th Street

NE — 2006: none; 2010: no change, except Sabrett instead of Hallal vendor


SE — 2006: none; 2010: no change


SW — 2006: none; 2010: scaffolding over deli, new building replacing Auto place on left


NW — 2006: none; 2010: audio shop replacing restaurant to right of Club Management




29th Street

NE — 2006: none; 2010: scaffolding up


SE — 2006: none; 2010: no change


SW — 2006: none; 2010: car park stacking mechanism new


NW — 2006: scaffolding, netting = construction or substantial renovation; 2010: turns out it was demolition in 2006: building now gone




30th Street

NE — 2006: none; 2010: buildings gone, blue plywood construction fence around vacant lot


SE — 2006: none; 2010: no change


SW — 2006: scaffolding, netting = construction or substantial renovation; 2010: turns out it was demolition in 2006: building now gone, also building on left gone, new building behind it visible


NW — 2006: none; 2010: no change, except graffiti, posters




31st Street

NE — 2006: none; 2010: scaffolding up to left and right


SE — storefront boarded up; 2010: building gone, blue plywood construction fence around vacant lot

SW, NW — no such corners exist (Tenth Avenue overpass of Penn Station railroad yards here)




32nd Street

no such corners exist (Tenth Avenue overpass of Penn Station railroad yards here)




33rd Street

NE — 2006: none; 2010: no change


SE — 2006: none; 2010: lower deli awning gone — deli too?


SW — 2006: none; 2010: no change


NW — 2006: none; 2010:  O'Farrell's bar & restaurant closed




34th Street

NE — 2006:;vacant lot with construction equipment visible behind slatted chain link fence; 2010: no change except slatting — or was it sheeting? — gone from chain link fence


SE — 2006: sign: "under new management"; 2010: new signage — corresponds to "new management"?


SW — 2006: none (the McDonald's has been there for a long time); 2010: no change 


NW — 2006: none; 2010: no change except posters




SUMMARY

In 2010, compared with 2006, 47 out of 81 corners (58%) show signs of change, many of them major (new buildings up, old buildings gone).

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