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Carroll Street & Fourth Ave. Corner of Horrors Looking Nice

January 31st, 2009 · 9 Comments

On the left, we have what we call The Shaft, a product of Henry Radusky and Bricolage Designs. On the right we have The Big Ass Box from Christo the shop of Armand Quadrini, who is also known as the bench warmer for Robert Scarano because he has replaced the King of Brooklyn Architects on a number of jobs. We have said before that, in this case, we liked Mr. Scarano’s design a lot better (at least in rendering). Oh, by the way, this is Carroll Street and Fourth Avenue. We try to look at the ground or walk really fast when we’re around here except to document the progress on the Corner of Horrors, which we have to say has become our least favorite place in all of Brooklyn.

Tags: Architecture · Fourth Avenue

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris H. // Jan 31, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    What’s great about it is that the residents of one are going to have to look out their windows at the other one…

  • 2 take THIS zoning, please // Jan 31, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    It pains me to encounter this towering garbage in my neighborhood… visually offensive and so out-of-scale with the surroundings. I can’t consider this ‘design’ …that’s being much too kind. “Corner of Horrors” is right on the money!

  • 3 Dan Fenwick // Feb 1, 2009 at 2:28 am

    As a resident of 4th between Pres. and Carroll, I find the recent heightened influx of garbage blowing down 4th Ave worse to deal with than these monstrosities. But just barely.

  • 4 HB // Feb 2, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    like 4th avenue would look any better without them

  • 5 sherry weaver // Feb 3, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I’m seriously afraid they will topple. They are awful to look at and depressing to be near.

  • 6 Lisa Kaiser // Feb 3, 2009 at 10:40 am

    For 25 years I’ve enjoyed arriving home from Manhattan, climbing stairs from the Union Street subway to the wide open sky and then up Carroll Street.
    My habits have changed. Since those awkward dominoes were erected I avoid my own corner and wonder what kind of tenants will choose that odd spot.

  • 7 Judy Alexander // Feb 3, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I can only think of one thing when I see them – PARKING!

  • 8 Project Manager Bricolage // Feb 11, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I am sure it would be better to have the crack addics and other previous scum hanging out in front of grafitti ridden auto repair shops that were previously located on these sites than new construction. Also everyone should realize it is not always the architects who are to blame for undesirable architecture we present clients with a set of plans and designs and everything is wonderful, but when the contractors get involved they undermine our designs by promising the owner cheaper costs and our designs get shelved. So please give the architect a break!

  • 9 Jef // Apr 23, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Ah , but just think you can leave your sliding glass doors open on a summer night and listen to all that traffic on 4th Avenue that is non stop, plus for a bonus you get to smell all those wonderful fumes from all the cars going by as well. Wow, and to think someone will actually pay money to live there.