Tuesday, September 23, 2008

UES Watch: Chapin School Chafes Neighbors With Expansion


I returned to 100 East End this past weekend to see Chapin School's just finished expansion, which took the building from Six to Ten stories. After doing a little research, I have come across a blogger neighbor who is none too happy about the expansion or the school. In addition to the usual complaints about traffic, taxis, loud assed kids, etc., it seems that the expansion may have ruffled the feathers of neighbors by blocking a number of lot line windows. Now, we know that is no way to make friends with the Crusties next door!

But aside from those issues, what about the design? I hate to get negative here, but seriously, Robert A.M. Stern should have been the guy for the job. Instead, we have a modern building slapped on top of a nice looking prewar red-bricker. That's like a brand new black BMW sedan with a tan hood. Just sayin.

7 comments:

  1. I kinda like it, actually.

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  2. Wow.
    It's in the eye of the beholder and obviously you are not the only one.

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  3. Sorry to have to do this, but were YOU under scaffolding all this time?
    I mean no disrespect and I'm not challenging your argument, just your grammar. Cheers.

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  4. Paull-
    Thanks, fixed. No disrespect taken. My math has always tended to be better than my english.

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  5. That's just awful. Yes, Stern would have been a great choice. I wish the expansion had matched the original. That just looks disrespectful and overpowering.

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  7. Well I guess there will always be people who like to complain about everything, or at least almost everything... I mean, at least it's an educational building the one being expanded! that means more educated children in the hood.

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