Thursday, March 12, 2009
(L) From Bowery looking East, (R) Rendering From Bowery Looking SE
(L) Looking South, (R) Rendering looking South
Where the Bowery meets Cooper Square there rises an irregular building on an irregular lot. With frontage on both the Bowery and on East 4th Street, the L-shaped lot sports a pencil-slim 15 story tower. The area, a target of the East Village anti-gentrification forces is hot, and if you haven't walked around the Bowery over the past five years you wouldn't recognize it.
The 15 story tower, 52 East 4th, with 15 residences, has been pretty hot too with only 3 units not yet in contract. The architecture is debatable, or in the eye of the beholder. Cooper Square, however, anchored by Thom Mayne's Cooper Union, is where the unusual, and original, and the brilliant have become the norm. And that norm is far removed from the norms just a few years ago. Completion expected in the coming months.