Red Square Rooftop Clocks Erased (but will Return)

Posted on: May 13th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

If you look up, you may have noticed that the rooftop clocks are gone from the building formerly known as Red Square.

Its erasure, as reported by EV Grieve, is part of the overall renovation plan implemented by the Dermot Company, which purchased the upscale residential complex for $100 million in 2016. Other modifications at 250 East Houston include the full entrance makeover and retail musical chairs, all in an attempt to create a “more updated style and fit for the cool East Village neighborhood.”

The original Red Square developers, Michael Rosen and Michael Shaoul, reportedly commissioned the clock in this spot to decorate the water tower and elevator shaft. The unique clock is a take on MoMA’s “Askew” watch that features a random sequence of numbers. (Hungarian graphic designer Tibor Kalman created this version.)

The clocks will return, though. At least that’s what 250 East Houston marketing materials illustrate.

That other notable rooftop denizen – the Vladimir Lenin statue – was removed by the former owners in June 2017 and reinstated across the way atop Suffolk Street.

Red Square, Oct. 2012

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