Two buildings, including one that once held Shakespeare & Co., are about to be demolished and replaced with new apartment buildings. We had already heard inklings about both of the projects, but now the equipment is set up and the destruction is about to begin.
On 81st and Broadway, developers are getting ready to turn the old three-story “taxpayer” building into an 18-story condo. (Taxpayers were generally put up in the early 20th century to earn enough income to pay the property taxes, with the understanding that they’d be redeveloped later.) This was once the home of the beloved Shakespeare & Co. bookstore. It closed in 1996.
The new building, developed by Alchemy Properties and the Carlyle Group, is expected to have 32 condo units and retail spaces on the first and cellar floors, as well as a roof deck. Thanks to Ira and Terry for the photos and tips.
At 206 West 95th Street, the former Camden Hotel, which once housed people with HIV, is being demolished to make way for a new 10-story apartment building from United Management Corp. and Certes Partners. Scaffolding and permits are up. The top floors will be full-floor apartments, according to The Real Deal. Thanks to Paul for the photo.