Eisner Brothers Really Doesn’t Want You Cutting Through the Driveway on Essex Street
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This bombed-out Saturn jalopy is parked beside the freestanding 75 Essex Street (Eisner Brothers) with the distinct purpose of deterrence. Deterrence against those pedestrians deprived of the old parking lot shortcut, and who would otherwise use the L-shaped alleyway as an alternative. The dead giveaway here is the lack of license plates and the rash of graffiti and vandalism as a result. And the vehicle has only been there a month.
75 Essex Street will soon be dwarfed by Essex Crossing construction on Site 1 (i.e. the Municipal Lot). It’ll sprout a 14-story condo building with luxury bowling alley in the basement (Splitsville Lanes) and an as-yet-unknown museum institution. Once complete, it will have had the effect of creating a new alleyway behind the former Eastern Dispensary building.
The property is still for sale, though, asking an ungodly $39 million. Yet, 75 Essex is no stranger to the open market. The should-be landmark first appeared for sale in 2010 for half as much. Despite urgent pleas of protection from preservation groups and Community Board 3, the Landmarks Preservation Commission ultimately decided to deny an official designation.