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Neighbors of Radio City post office file against condo topper

Residents claim Hell's Kitchen expansion will drive traffic up, cut down on direct sunlight

February 13, 2014 01:15PM

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Rendering of 320 West 52nd Street

Rendering of 320 West 52nd Street

Hell’s Kitchen residents are in an uproar over a developer’s proposal to build two floors of luxury condominiums on top of the Radio City post office.

The city approved the 48-unit plan by OasesRE at the end of 2013, which would help out the cash-strapped United States Postal Service at 320-322 West 52nd Street. The new condos would add 22,000 square feet to the existing building, and the post office would still operate down below. But some angry neighbors say the project “violates the spirit” of local zoning laws and have filed to stop the project, according to DNAInfo.

Technically, the as-of-right project only adds 20 feet to the building, bringing the total height to 66 feet, the maximum allowed by the Special Clinton District’s zoning laws. But residents are worried about an influx of traffic and the loss of direct sunlight to their apartments. [DNAInfo]Angela Hunt

5 Responses to “Neighbors of Radio City post office file against condo topper”

  1. February 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm, 52ndisugly said:

    Bunch of whiners. This is kind of an ugly block that would be made much nicer having some new development on it.

  2. February 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm, e4ygter4h said:

    Put lipstick on a pig = still a pig

  3. February 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm, Leonard said:

    EVERY neighbor in Manhattan would be thrilled that a neighboring building would only go as high as 66ft. Thats the approximate height of a townhouse. Pathetic!!!!!

  4. February 13, 2014 at 3:03 pm, "Green is a tricky color." said:

    You never hear this kind of antidevelopment protest in Hong Kong where the people seem to understand that they’re not owed anything and certainly not owed a denial of progress:

    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-01-21/the-worlds-freest-economy-is-also-the-least-affordable-housing-market

    I think I prefer this practical acceptance (landlords have to accept everything in NYC but everyone else can claim entitlements left and right) of Hong Kong culture but I bet those same people if they landed in NYC would recognize the opportunities for NIMBYism and antilandlord agit prop quickly and engage in it even if that same rhetoric is what they despise and fear about the Communist Chinese government:

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1426069/expat-tenants-forced-move-cheaper-areas-escape-rising-rents

    I sometimes wonder if the social acceptance in NYC of tenant advocate rhetoric has anything to do with a subconscious acceptance of Communism or it is it a pick and choose kind of thing where many people want to be the beneficiaries of capitalism themselves (income property owners) but they also want to use the shield of the rent regulated tenancy – because how else do you explain the court decisions favoring tenants who can AFFORD to own income property but get to keep their rent regulated units? And it has nothing to do with the technicalities of how the law is written because the judge has to decide and if you can’t prove that you don’t live at your second home less than full time when all your similarly rent regulated neighbors lie in court that you are always at your rent regulated building despite no con ed meter usage and the post office frequently sending you “Have you moved?” postcards, why are the appointed judges deciding in favor of such tenants?

    No one schools tenant advocates on the hypocrisy of demanding subsidization for affordable housing or beautifying the neighborhood but rejecting development to pay for that support.

    • February 13, 2014 at 3:13 pm, don't let agit prop intimidate said:

      There is a lot of affordable housing in HK but I think HK people are spoiled. They don’t want to live near the airport because the commute is about 45 minutes and the planes might be loud but the government has built an indoor swimming pool and shops for the public housing residents. Who appreciates that location’s affordability? Expats from India who absolutely will commute for nearly an hour each way on that very comfortable and efficient train system and pocket the savings so their kiddies can enjoy the pool in unsubsidized housing adjacent to the public housing with only slightly better views of the water but both sharing the same environment and public transport system.

      Hong Kong like New York City still has room for development but the difference is that HKers aren’t lying about there not being affordable housing – it’s just not in their preferred neighborhoods – in other words the market dictates the price otherwise everyone would be after their own key to Gramercy Park.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25773304

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