The Flight of the Conchords ‘Consulate’ Building on East Broadway is Demolished
There is nothing left of 232 East Broadway, the 1960s-era building famously captured on the small screen as the New Zealand consulate in Flight of the Conchords. Demolition is now in the final stage, with bulldozers and backhoes removing the dust and bones.
The destruction and cleanup are together the first step in a protracted process that will likely result in luxury development onsite. If all goes to plan, the Ascend Group, which last year purchased the former Bialystoker Home for the Aged and the flanking properties for a combined $47.5 million, will construct two towers on the spot.
That proposal would be made possible with a package of air rights from the neighboring Seward Park Co-op, which has yet to approve any sale. The price considered is now elevated to $48.6 million for roughly 162K square-feet of unused development rights. The added real estate from the residential complex would go toward erecting a 19-story tower on the west side of 232 East Broadway and and a 31-story tower on the east side.
If the Co-op decides against the sale, then Ascend will instead drop one “as-of-right” 26-story development at 232 East Broadway.
These renderings illustrate potential scenarios.