Repair work is set to begin on 18-20 Christopher Street, a pair of derelict two-story homes in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. Owned by Nazarian Property Group, the structures have been issued an order to vacate from the Department of Buildings and currently stand in a state of significant disrepair. The townhomes at 18-20 Christopher Street were constructed in 1827 and are located between Gay Street to the east and Waverly Place to the west.
Photos from last week show scaffolding erected over their first stories in preparation for the start of work. Commercial tenants Delice & Sarrasin and John Derian West have vacated the properties, leaving behind furniture, home accessories, and an outdoor dining shed along Christopher Street.
Photos of the façades detail the buildings’ state of disrepair, including sagging dormers, crumbling brickwork, and cracking paint covered in years of dust. The post and lintel panels for the doorways and the cornice below the ailing roof all show signs of significant rot.
Nazarian Property Group acquired 16, 18 and 20 Christopher Street along with 14 and 16 Gay Street from the Gopher Group for $12 million in April 2022. Prior to Gopher’s ownership, the properties were held for seven months by the City of New York after the passing of their previous owner, Celeste Martin, without a will in December 2018. The repair process is set to be overseen by the city and LPC.
Plans have yet to be revealed detailing the extent of the repairs.