A construction project on a double-townhouse mansion on 69th Street is making so much noise that it’s causing residents to move away, give their poodles tranquilizers and walk around their own homes with noise-cancelling headphones, according to a New York Times story written by local resident David Margolick from this weekend. This story clearly touched a nerve; readers keep sending the link to us and other websites are having fun with it — New York magazine surmised that the pool is actually a “gate to hell.”
It’s really worth reading the whole thing, but the basics are that a couple bought two brownstones in the neighborhood (48 and 50 West 69th between Central Park West and Columbus) and have undertaken a jawdropping construction project that the author thinks could end up costing $100 million. Among the more extravagant amenities is a 10-by-60-foot swimming pool:
That pool will measure 10 by 60 feet. It will be clad in marble, and surrounded by columns, and softened by recessed lighting. For those living nearby, its self-indulgent elegance makes all the accompanying tsoris that much harder to take. “It’s not as if they’re building an orphanage,” said Andrew Resnick, the musical director of “The Cher Show,” whose apartment abuts the construction.
The residents on the block eventually discovered that the owners are singer Malou Beauvoir and businessman Pierre Bastid, “who made a fortune in energy, and recently dabbled in Alpine hotels, restaurants and pharmaceuticals.”
The initial back-and-forth between residents and owners seemed promising, but “in the past few weeks, [Block Association President Eileen Vazquez] said, the making nice has stopped.” But given all that has happened that seems highly unlikely.
Gothamist got some video of the site and you can hear for yourself below what the neighbors are dealing with: