Demo Permits Filed for 14 Gay Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan

14 Gay Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan via Google Maps

Demolition permits have been filed for a three-story residential building at 14 Gay Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. The 989-square-foot lot is owned by Nazarian Property Group under the 14 Gay Street LLC, which also owns the adjacent 16 Gay Street.

Located on the west side of the block between Waverly Place and Christopher Street, the interior lot has 22 feet of street frontage and houses a 2.5-story building with eight units, built in 1828.

Despite landmark status for the 200-year-old building, the city has ordered immediate demolition for the structure that is at risk of imminent collapse after a shoddy renovation-and-repair project compromised the structural integrity.

14 Gay Street is near the Christopher Street subway station, serviced by the 1 train and the West 4th-Washington Square station, serviced by the A, B, C, D, E, F, and M trains.

Howard I. Shapiro & Associates is listed as the applicant of record.

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17 Comments on "Demo Permits Filed for 14 Gay Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan"

  1. So order immediate structural repairs. This demolition of landmarks has to stop.

  2. Wow, they can’t repair it?

  3. The result of greedy developers who just do not care about anything but money. The city has told him to save every brick so the building can be rebuilt as it once was.

  4. I don’t care how pro-development you are, this is a criminal act. Well, the real criminal act was the present owner allowing the property to deteriorate to the point where demolition is the only option. [email protected] greed!!

  5. As a long-time Yimby and advocate of construction around the city, this is just plain wrong on so many levels of intentional negligence, and unsurprising greed. It’s one thing to buy an already dilapidated structure to replace it with a new building and turn a profit, but deliberately compromising a building’s structural integrity to the point of near collapse in order to force demolition is absolutely atrocious. It endangers anybody that has walked past it without knowing the imminent danger. Thankfully that scenario hadn’t unfolded, but Lionel Nazarian should be heavily fined and arrested for purposely damaging a landmarked structure and performing illegal work on the building to make it deemed hazardous. What a scumbag…

  6. David in Bushwick | January 6, 2023 at 11:23 am | Reply

    Demolition by neglect is very real.
    But we keep destroying buildings built in the 1890s and 1920s. Are those buildings any less worthy simply because they aren’t landmarked? Landmarking buildings and whole districts was only possible when the City was declining as freeways made white flight commonplace. Now with property values going ever up, we will continue to see this destruction because Money is God in America.

  7. Bob the builder | January 6, 2023 at 12:41 pm | Reply

    Landmark demolition by neglect should be a crime.

  8. Just to play devil’s advocate here but none of you calling for the owner to be tarred and feathered have any first hand evidence that this turn of events is part of some sort of nefarious scheme to destroy history and maximize profit. The article says shoddy renovations caused the structural compromise but that could mean anything and the structure could have been in a much worse state than anyone involved knew. I’ve done construction. They don’t call it a can of worms for no reason. Let’s just hope it is meticulously rebuilt.

    • There was a NYTimes article a couple of weeks ago about this situation going into the practices of this project. It went into his practices which was not one of honesty and civic good.

  9. Where the hell is LPC to stop this? This is happening all over our boroughs to our most historic landmark buildings. Nazarian needs to be held accountable.

  10. Alan Reissmann | January 6, 2023 at 9:08 pm | Reply

    Check out the Demarest building

  11. This really does seem like a back-door approach to gaining permission to demolish landmark structures. It should be more thoroughly investigated. He may do it again if he gets away with it here.

    Have to agree with the folks here who stated that and with whom I rarely concur on their anti-development stance.

  12. Beautiful photo here..

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