Top 10 Error-Prone NYC Apt Bldgs List Released to Commemorate the 25th Ann. of Bill Buckner's Infamous World Series Error

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In honor of the 25th anniversary of Bill Buckner’s infamous first base error, Carter B. Horsley of CityRealty releases his “Top 10 Error-Prone New York City Apartment Buildings” list. Buckner’s fielding error, in game six of the 1986 World Series, allowed the New York Mets to rally and win the game, then go on to win the Series—denying the Boston Red Sox their first championship since 1918. “Infamous errors can also be found in New York City real estate,” commented Mr. Horsley.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Bill Buckner’s infamous first base error, Carter B. Horsley of CityRealty releases his “Top 10 Error-Prone New York City Apartment Buildings” list. Buckner’s fielding error, in game six of the 1986 World Series, allowed the New York Mets to rally and win the game, then go on to win the Series—denying the Boston Red Sox their first championship since 1918.

“Infamous errors can also be found in New York City real estate,” commented Mr. Horsley.

Top 10 Error-Prone New York City Apartment Buildings
By CityRealty Editor Carter B. Horsley

1 – Park 96 at 108 East 96th Street http://www.cityrealty.com/new-york-city/apartment/rentals/for-rent/park-96-108-east-96th-street/8005,
This 31-story condo had to be cut by 12 stories when it was built too tall for zoning rules. The developer attributed the violation to an error in a city zoning map.

2 - The Spencer Street Condominium at 201 Spencer Street, Bedford-Stuyvesant
This condo was built as nine stories in an area zoned for five stories after the developer received a zoning variance to provide a “community facility.” He instead sold all 72 units on the open market, and the city revoked the building’s temporary certificate of occupancy.

3 – 144 N. Eighth Street, The Williamsburg Finger Building http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/manhattan/144-north-eighth-street/48871,
This condo was planned as a 16-story building, but got bogged down in stop-work orders, legal disputes and community protests about its height. The building was lowered to 14 stories.

4 – 514-516 East Sixth Street http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/manhattan/516-east-6th-street/48851,
The owner of this East Village tenement was ordered to remove a penthouse he had added after tenants claimed the addition flouted fire and elevator regulations.

5 – CitySpire, 150 West 56th Street http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/manhattan/cityspire-150-west-56th-street/4666,
Not only was this 73-story tower built taller than zoning rules allowed, but it generated a high-pitched whistle that angered its neighbors. Developers eventually removed louvers in the cooling tower to silence the whistle, and agreed to build dance studio space on an adjacent site to compensate for the height violation.

6 - The Savoy at 200 East 61st Street http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/manhattan/the-savoy-200-east-61st-street/5802,
When development began on this 42-story condo in 1986, it appeared to be the catty-corner clone of Trump Plaza, developed two years earlier and designed by the same architect. Trump sued, and The Savoy agreed to make changes to its façade.

7 – 2 Fifth Avenue on the southwest corner of Eighth Street http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/manhattan/2-fifth-avenue/883,
The entire brick façade of this 20-story residential co-op had to be replaced after its façade between the 17th and 18th floors bulged and threatened to collapse.

8 – 372 Broadway
After being purchased by Abraham Leser and partners for residential development, this mid-19th Century Italianate loft in the TriBeCa East Historic District fell into disrepair. The prior owner had taken out the floor joists and the roof caved in, then the building began to tilt.

9 - 268 Wythe Avenue (91-93 Metropolitan Avenue) , Williamsburg http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/manhattan/91-93-metropolitan-avenue/47031,
Although this seven-story condominium is one of the most attractive buildings in Williamsburg, a study earlier this year reportedly recommended over $1 million in repairs to address moisture problems such as icicles at ceiling penetrations for lighting fixtures.

10 - 290 Mulberry Street at Houston Street http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/manhattan/290-mulberry-street/37681,
Despite its arresting design with wave-like modulation to its dark brick facades, a peeling façade and lack of sales have haunted this 12-story condo.

About Carter B. Horsley
Mr. Horsley, editor of CityRealty, writes “Carter’s View on Manhattan Real Estate” and his popular “CityRealty’s Top 10 Buildings” lists. Prior to joining the online real estate and apartment search site, he spent 26 years writing for The New York Times as a real estate and architecture news reporter. In addition, he produced the syndicated radio program, “The Front Page of Tomorrow’s New York Times,” which was a WQXR standard. He later served as real estate editor and architectural critic for The New York Post and International Herald Tribune.

About CityRealty
CityRealty.com is a New York City apartment search and real estate site established in 1994. CityRealty streamlines the apartment search process by matching buyers and renters with qualified real estate agents who are screened for market knowledge, expertise, professionalism and client compatibility. Additional information about CityRealty is available at http://www.cityrealty.com or by calling (212) 755-5544.

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