New W. 16th St. Community Pool (not) Installed on ‘Prison-Like Einhorn/FEC Building’ 

 

TEXT AND PHOTOS BY PAUL GRONCKI | On Saturday, June 1, we witnessed the closing of W. 16th St., between 6th and 7th Aves., from about 8am to 2pm.

The occasion: the installation of the two pool sections for the rooftop private swimming pool at 124 W. 16th St.

This building, affectionately known by neighbors as the “Prison-like Einhorn/FEC Building,” has been under construction, and a bane on the block, for over six years now. (Could this be the longest construction time, on a per square foot basis, in the city?)

The 11-story condominium apartment building is being built by Yiannes Einhorn, ostensibly for his family. It is built next to, and over, the French Evangelical Church—for which Einhorn bought the air rights, after buying the townhouse next door and demolishing it. The church also gets a much-needed elevator entrance and an apartment for the pastor.

The swimming pool arrived in two sections and was hoisted to the roof by a 12-story crane. (Which, by the way, spent Saturday night parked in front of the fire hydrant at the corner of W. 16th St. and Sixth Ave.—unticketed!)

As Stephen Dycus, a resident of W. 16th St., said: “Words really are inadequate to describe the outrage I feel about this entire project. But of course it’s not just NYC. No wonder so many in America now feel so angry and hopeless!”

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6 Responses to "New W. 16th St. Community Pool (not) Installed on ‘Prison-Like Einhorn/FEC Building’ "

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  2. Phil Gautreau   June 8, 2019 at 11:15 am

    The Einhorns may eventually live on our block but they’ll never be embraced as good neighbors. Their dishonest representation of their building plans…initially to build a new building in keeping with the low-rise brownstone buildings, but then greedily buying air rights above the French Evangelical Church so they could build an 11 story institutional appearing building in stark contrast with the many beautiful pre-war buildings on the block…creates friction between them and the neighbors. Friction that they’ve created. Swim with caution.

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  3. Kirby Sommers   June 7, 2019 at 6:55 am

    A partner of theirs, Pierre Bastid, has created havoc on West 69th Street as well. Destroyed two historic townhomes 48-50 West 69th Street. He has been busy excavating 38 feet deep into the earth. Why? To build a swimming pool. He and his buddies seem to have a fondness for pool. Please sign our petition and help preserve our neighborhoods against ruthless developers like these: http://chng.it/CnW85Mb57n

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  4. Yanny   June 4, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Has it been 6 years? This construction has been so disruptive to our street. I love that they initially allayed our fears by saying that it was for his family and that every floor had already been bought. Until they built it up to 12 floors.

    When will this end?

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  5. Michelle Tokarczyk   June 3, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Ugly is an understatement. The developers gave no thought to aesthetics. Too preoccupied with cash.

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  6. Pierre Lamoureux   June 3, 2019 at 10:29 am

    You would have thought that they could at least have used the same color brick as the church. I walked by the other day. It sure is ugly.

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