Open House: 55 Hester Street

Posted on: September 10th, 2009 at 6:09 am by

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Back in March 2008, Curbed reported that a new dozen-story tumor was in the cards for 55 Hester Street, former home of Galore Tile Corp., and neighbor of pushed-out sweetheart Gertel’s.  Now those plans have come to fruition.  The replacement building of 27 condo units is nearly complete.  However, its white and turquois veneer very much clash with the neighborhood.  After all, this isn’t Miami.

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Meanwhile, the dirt pit of 53 Hester is sitting pretty.  Or not.  The rush to rid the block of Gertel’s has resulted in this.  Just another stagnant lot that may or may not become an out-of-context tower.

Some errands brought us by the area on Sunday, and we noticed that Kinyu Realty Corp. was holding an open house.  So we obliged.

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Nevermind that much of the ground floor is still a hazard zone.  Upon entry, shoppers were forced to sign a waiver and were handed hard hats.  Following a path roped with caution tape, we climbed three flights to see the model units.  Friendly agents far outnumbered those looking, and we felt a tinge of desperation in the air.

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