Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Garden Gone

There used to be this cute little garden on a street a few blocks from me. It was tended by the tenants of the adjacent apartment building. Do you remember Lisa, it was on the corner of Seaman and Payson? Well, they tore it out and built a new building. It's not even a pretty building. It's just a big brick box. See?


No character. I bet the neighboring buildings are really pissed. Here they are, classy pre-war charmers and now they've got this dull new kid on the block mucking up the scenery. And it seems that people seem to agree. It's been complete for at least 2 months now and there don't seem to be any tenants. I remember many years ago a similar thing happened where I lived in Queens. Someone built 2 houses on this little strip of land that people took their dogs to. We called it Dog Island. The two houses were so close they were almost touching with no yards to speak of and they had no interesting features at all. Eventually people moved in but always wondered what it was like living there. Would it ever feel private, would it ever feel like home? This new building on Seaman is just the same, stuck on like an after thought. I'll never understand the need to fill every last little nook and cranny. There must be better ways to make money.

4 comments:

karen said...

Poor little ugly building probably doesn't yet have a CO because the engineer skimped on energy code requirements and got caught! Oh - excuse me - I think I'm a touch overworked...

It is sad that a garden disappeared for that awful facade.

LMP said...

The least they could've done was make the building fit in with the character of the neighborhood. This is why historic district designations are nice...of course, green spaces are nice too. On the up side, NYC still outpaces most cities on percentage of overall greenspace. There's that, anyway.

The Plaid Sheep said...

This is true, in particular the East Village has more public gardens per square acre than any other neighborhood in the U.S.. I like to walk there in the warm weather and see what's growing and what weird objects people have stuck in their gardens.

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