Stalled Site at 49 East Houston

Posted on: January 13th, 2010 at 6:22 am by

Based on the prevalence of stalled construction sites and empty lots, the hurry-up-and-wait mentality that characterized the boom years still haunts the neighborhood.  That much is obvious.  We almost expect to see urban tumbleweeds blowing through the streets.  So what better time than now to revisit 49 East Houston, which, after its demolition in 2008, sat vacant in the shadow of its rising SHoP neighbor at 290 Mulberry.

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Just to recap, 49 East Houston was one-story structure built in the 19th century, and later owned by Steve Stollman.  In his storefront, he sold bars and classic automat machines. But the space was also haven for bicycle activists – Time’s Up and Critical Mass.  Then, almost two years ago, Stollman sold out, and in came the wrecking ball.  Curbed reported at the time that a new 14-story cantilevered Tetris-building would rise on the spot.  The proposed designs, brought to you by Arpad Baksa, called for 15 residential units, upper level setbacks, and rear-yard balconies.

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The project is still listed as “in design” on the official website.  Plus, there are no active permits at the DOB for this property.  Simply silence and splintered plywood.

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[Photo via Arpad Baksa]

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