38 West 8th Street Readies for Façade Installation in Greenwich Village, Manhattan

38 West 8th Street. Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects

Construction has topped out on 38 West 8th Street, a seven-story mixed-use building in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. Designed by Morris Adjmii Architects and developed by Straus Group under the Clinton Eight Realty LLC, the structure will yield condominium units, a community facility, and commercial space with 104 feet of frontage. The project also includes repairs to the adjacent structure to the south at 177 MacDougal Street. Empire State Contractors is the general contractor for the property, which is situated at the corner of West 8th and MacDougal Streets.

Foundation formation had recently resumed on the 4,775-square-foot parcel at the time of our last update in early September after a stall in work, with crews laying rebar below grade for subsequent concrete pours. Construction progressed rapidly in the intervening months. The reinforced concrete superstructure topped out before Thanksgiving and recent photos show the building enclosed in metal frame studs and yellow insulation boards in preparation for the installation of the brick façade and window grid, which has yet to commence. The seven-story annex to the south is further behind, with orange netting lining the ends of the floor plates.

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

The rendering in the main photo shows the main six-story building at the corner enclosed in a light gray brick façade, while the seven-story annex to the south will feature a red brick envelope framing rows of industrial-style windows with dark mullions. Both volumes are topped with thick ornamental cornices and their ground floors incorporate a mix of brick and metal paneling. The retail frontage will feature large bay windows and room for signage above.

The nearest subways from the property are the A, C, E, B, D, F, and M trains at the West 4th Street station to the west along Sixth Avenue.

A completion date for 38 West 8th Street is posted on the construction board for the winter of 2024.

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12 Comments on "38 West 8th Street Readies for Façade Installation in Greenwich Village, Manhattan"

  1. I hope this improves 8th St which has struggled to meet its potential. I wish they had bought the one-story to the west and included in their development. I assume they tried.

  2. Huge improvement on this corner

  3. Would’ve been better for this pastiche of the past to be a high-rise residential complex! The amazing transit connectivity here is wasted on a neighborhood that refuses to grow.

    • Greenwich Village has a population density of 80k ppsm, making it one of the densest neighborhoods in NYC

      • Yes! And this density is the product of the existing fantastic pre-war high-rises (like the buildings on MacDougal one block to the south). We should be building more of those!

  4. Both buildings look really great. Not sure I would want to live here unless Eric Adams does something about all the junkies shooting up in the open that litter the streets around MacDougal and West 8th Streets.

  5. I’m not sure how great a work of imagination it is. But it’s thoughtfully scaled, a public face and a private face and what was there, personally nostalgic though it was, was crap. So there’s nothing really to criticize. It won’t grab attention and, when you live on 8th street, I guess that’s what you want.

  6. David in Bushwick | January 28, 2024 at 2:20 pm | Reply

    This is how you fix a mistake. Bravo!

  7. David of Flushing | January 28, 2024 at 9:38 pm | Reply

    That corner column makes me nervous after the Bronx incident.

  8. David : Sent From Heaven. | January 29, 2024 at 10:03 am | Reply

    It’s sure to add a touch of glitz on its stay in the city, the structure has hosted beautiful façade by color legends of brick: Thanks to Michael Young.

  9. This looks much better than I expected it to. A welcome addition to the area in my book. Some of the older buildings on west 8th are treasures but some are past their useful life and hopefully this will be a good example of utility meets looking decent

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