21 Greenwich Avenue Awaits Partial Demolition in the West Village

Updated rendering of 21 Greenwich Avenue - BKSK Architects

YIMBY took a quick look at the current state of 21 Greenwich Avenue. Proposals from BKSK Architects call for a renovation of the 179-year-old corner property and the construction of an attached five-story edifice that would replace an abutting one-story structure. The new building will have a mixed façade of floor-to-ceiling glass, steel details, and brick masonry. The design firm previously submitted its plans to the Landmarks Preservation Commission and is awaiting approval. Higgins Quasebarth & Partners is credited as the preservation consultant for 21 Greenwich Avenue.

Photos from across the street show the two old buildings vacated and untouched at the moment.

21 Greenwich Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

The northern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

The proposal shows a modified three-stepped roofline on the northern elevation of the superstructure and will likely call for the restoration and replacement of several portions on the façade. Meanwhile, the one-story site shows a narrow profile with numerous balconies and glass railings. A deep black steel cornice caps the flat roofline of the new multi-story expansion. A ground-floor restaurant and wraparound retail frontage along Greenwich Avenue and West 10th Street are also part of the potential design. The renderings below shows the previous iteration.

Rendering of 21 Greenwich Avenue - BKSK Architects

21 Greenwich Avenue. Rendering by BKSK Architects

Rendering of ground floor at 21 Greenwich Avenue - BKSK Architects

21 Greenwich Avenue. Rendering by BKSK Architects

The site is located on the corner of Greenwich Avenue and West 10th Street. The Jefferson Market Library and its landscaped garden is across Greenwich Avenue to the east and sits between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue. The nearest subway trains are the A, C, E, B, D, F, and M at the West 4th Street-Washington Square station and the 1 train at the Christopher Street Station next to Christopher Park.

No timeline of work and completion for 21 Greenwich Avenue has been announced.

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4 Comments on "21 Greenwich Avenue Awaits Partial Demolition in the West Village"

  1. Are you sure? If completed, the roof will not leak: Hello New York YIMBY.

  2. Have to wonder about all these renovated or new buildings going up all over NY, regarding the ground floor retail and restaurant space. Given the current Convid 19 Pandemic, and that THOUSANDS of current retail and restaurants are praying they are able to reopen, is it necessary to add more square footage for now?? How many YEARS will it take to fill all these spaces?

    • It’s going to be so bad for retail. Hopefully the landlords will lower commercial rents so stores and restaurants have a chance to survive past the pandemic.

  3. Landlords don’t lower prices to market rate. The West Village is almost exclusively institutional landlords that can afford empty storefronts in order to keep rents artificially high. When every empty storefront in a 2 block radius is held by one or two landlords, they won’t drop prices to lower comps. They’ll keep them high to justify their non-vacant storefronts.

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