Apparently There is ‘Little Worth Preserving’ on the Lower East Side

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 at 10:25 am by

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ODA founder Eran Chen, Photo: Luxury Listings NYC

This is the story of a big shot carpetbagger coming to the Lower East Side to build out of context cantilevered condos at 100 Norfolk Street.

A report filed last week in the pages of Luxury Listings NYC features a tour of the Lower East Side with ODA Architecture founder and executive director Eran Chen. From the back seat of his black town car, the Upper West Sider schools us on the sights. Stops include the Henry Street Settlement, Eldridge Street Synagogue, and the Blue Condos of Norfolk Street. “The rectangular area between Delancey and Houston, and Forsyth and the Baruch Houses, has been cool for a very long time,” Chen told the publication.

Yet, of all the teeth-clenching passages in this puff piece, the most blatantly offensive comes from author Christopher Cameron.

But that’s all set to change as developers chase deals southward. Sandwiched between two ritzy slabs of real estate – Soho and Williamsburg – the Lower East Side is caught in a cross-stream of affluence. The continuous churning of people and architecture has left little worth preserving; now, the opportunities to rebuild are tremendous.

Seriously? Just who the hell does this guy think he his? This community boasts some of the most historically significant architecture in the city, much of it still intact.

Meantime, ODA’s Chen will keep a two-bedroom corner apartment at 100 Norfolk for himself as a “downtown getaway.”

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