A Thirteen Year Old Story of Stories
By Caitlin Hawke
New to the neighborhood or simply moved here in the last 13 years? Perhaps you've wondered about the story behind the stories of the two towers at W. 100th Street and Broadway. Wonder no more. This one from the vault written by David Reich lays it all bare. St. Michael's was a player in the rising skyline. That intangibly opaque thing involving the acquisition of 'air rights' added to the mix. A key decision not to put in parking underground allowed the whole thing to move forward "as of right." And lo! Two highrises were a fait accompli. Yeah, I know. The Zeckendorf's Columbia on the NW corner of Broadway and 96th was the game changer of the early 1980s. And in the early 2010s Columbus Square transformed the Park West Village area. And I know what is now happening up on W. 108th Street.
Some new construction will be known to neighbors in advance. Some will squeak by under cover of night. Of this I am sure.
(See the "As Designated" map with the 2015 landmark boundaries that exclude nearly every building on the west side of Broadway. The map "As Proposed" with the red border only carved out a few buildings by contrast.)
So, you got something to say about Ariel East and West?
Extell me about it!