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Blight Me: Added Streetscape Value in Greenpoint

February 19th, 2009 · No Comments

[All photos courtesy of Miss Heather]

The horror show you are looking at is 126 India Street in Greenpoint and could serve as a textbook example of developer blight that is increasingly out of control in some of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the early 2000s development boom. You know, before Mr. Housing Bubble’s funeral. It’s supposed to be a four-story building with eight units designed by 5H Architecture & Design. We’re very excited, of course, by the improvements it’s already made to India Street and can only imagine the delight of the people who worked hard to buy their homes or are paying high rents to next to developer blight. There is a Stop Work Order on the job, but it’s because of the big gaping hole in the fence allowing access to the demolition site. It looks like the site was abandoned long before DOB arrived and told them to fix the fence. (Which, of course, they haven’t done.) We hate to keep harping on this, but what you are seeing is the wave of the future in Greenpoint, Williamsburg, the South Slope, Fort Greene, Bed-Stuy and other neighborhoods that were particularly slammed by the boom. Check out the full gallery, because there’s a partially demolished building accessible to anyone in the neighborhood. Another death or serious injury waiting to happen.

[Click on images to enlarge; all photos courtesy of Miss Heather]

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