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April 14, 2006

Hole in the ground

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newmuseum.jpgThis hole is right next door to our building, which you can see here to the right, and the Sunshine hotel on the other side. They dug down 25 plus feet, well below the foundation of our building. It is sand all the way down, no bedrock, so they had to prop up our building so it would not cave in. We could feel the whole building shake, which was like an earthquake, when the earth movers were cracking through the ground. This is the site of The New Museum of Contemporary Art, which will be a super modern building, as you can see here in the architectural rendering (our building can be seen to the right). You can imagine the impact on the neighborhood.

See more pictures of The New Museum's new building here. Read about it here.

"The New Museum's move to Broadway in 1983 coincided with the peak of the gallery scene in Soho, though since the artistic center of the city has moved to Chelsea. The recent competition for Eyebeam reinforces this center, but rather than following the crowd the New Museum is attempting to invigorate the Bowery, a zone bordering Chinatown, Nolita, the Lower East Side, the East Village and other neighborhoods along its length. Not necessarily part of any of these neighborhoods, the Bowery's reputation as a nexus for the homeless is evident by the Bowery Mission, two doors down from the site. Over time the Bowery has remained a relative constant in the ever-changing fabric of the surrounding neighborhoods, so the influence of the Museum is not a given but something to watch over time."

I could not disagree more. The building boom on The Bowery, the proliferation of trendy bars and restaurants, the gentrification of side streets, and the soaring property values say quite the opposite.

Posted by BKG at April 14, 2006 12:41 PM

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