Glassy Gertel’s Killing Condo Has Risen from the Dead on Hester Street

Posted on: July 7th, 2015 at 5:14 am by
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Once dubbed a “historic hole,” the former home of Gertel’s Bakery at 53 Hester Street is now filled with an eleven-story tumor. Sitting unpretty. Unencumbered, even. The finger building disrobed a couple weeks ago after many months of construction work. In fact, the project site was fallow until late last year.

It’s been a long road to completion for 53 Hester Street. The beloved Jewish bakery closed in 2007 and was later razed, despite a stop-work order that was issued at the time (that action pissed off everyone). The initial plan had been eleven stories with ten condo units. That didn’t quite work out, though. Foreclosure ultimately befell the owner six years later, and the developer of 55 Hester (Hester Alliance Properties LLC) scooped up the property for $3.2 million. Slightly set back, it’s now adjoined to the adjacent glass tower, and boasts a separate entrance.

To that end, Hester Alliance Properties sought to combine both properties into one zoning lot for tax purposes. The application, first filed in 2013, was disapproved and still carries that status. Enjoy the antiseptic view.

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Gertel’s Bakery, circa 2007, Photo: Curbed

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