The lot on Roebling, between North 9th and 10th, has been empty for quite a few years now. I forget exactly when they tore down the old buildings that were there, but after an initial burst of activity it's been a dead zone. Now comes the news that this gorgeous piece of architecture will soon grace our nabe.
Up there with the Ansonia or the Beresford, this beauty is sure to bring a touch of class to a neighborhood previously known for vinyl siding and cabbage factories. I used to get all outraged when some new architectural atrocity would pop up, but this neighborhood has never been pretty. It has convenience going for it, but if it weren't dirt cheap, I would've never moved here in the mid-nineties. I see all these suckers paying Manhattan prices to live somewhere they mistakenly think is "cool" and now I just shrug. I can't complain too much because thanks to them, I can get all sorts of food delivery (our choices used to be pizza or bad Chinese, period), nobody's tried to stick me up in a few years, and there's an organic wine store down the block. Yes, the strollers are annoying, but I have cheap rent, nice friends nearby and dollar oysters across the street. Life could be worse.