The Balconies at this New Grand Street Development Resemble a Swastika

Posted on: November 18th, 2016 at 5:09 am by
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The bustling southeast corner of Grand and Elizabeth Streets in Chinatown is sprouting some luxury. A new seven-story mixed-use building, to be precise, is nearly complete at 223-227 Grand Street. The three tax lots were purchased by developer 223 Grand Street Property Inc. several years ago for $8.5 million, and subsequently merged into one buildable parcel. Gene Kaufman is the architect of record for the project.

Now, after years behind a cloak of netting, patches of progress are now visible. The reveal came earlier this month, and with it, a controversial shape. Those newfangled balconies kind of sketch out a swastika. At least at first glance. That was our gut reaction, anyway. Closer inspection reveals otherwise, but it is eerily close.

It’s also worth noting that the swastika is an ancient symbol evoked in Buddhism. It signifies good fortune.

Meanwhile, revised plans with the Department of Buildings indicate that this 64-foot replacement will boast 13,191 square-feet of residential space across 23 “Class A” apartments. There is bike storage planned for the basement and a second-floor “recreational” terrace for tenants. The ground level units are currently earmarked for as-yet-undetermined “retail stores.”

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