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A massive half-block section of the Upper East Side faces demolition

There goes a piece of neighborhood.

Half a block of the Upper East Side is slated for demolition and a high-rise building likely to be built in its place.

The wrecking ball is on Second Ave. 1357-1363. Currently, the portion of Manhattan is occupied by a five-story building containing 28 apartments and a variety of commercial operations, all of which have closed since the end became imminent, according to Patch. The building on the southwest corner of East 72nd St. occupies half of the block.

Real estate development company Chetrit Group purchased the building from previous owner SL Green in 2018 for $47.2 million. On Thursday, city records show that Chetrit has filed plans to demolish the entire centuries-old building, Patch first reported. It is still unclear what is to be built on the site of the building, new construction plans are not yet available.

Demolition of Chetrit group Upper East Side
In 2020, the group vandalized a historic church on the block.
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Demolition of Chetrit group Upper East Side
The building’s former shops were cleared before demolition.
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In April 2020, the Chetrit Group demolished a historic Romanesque-style church on the block. “The Upper East Side church, located at 252 East 72nd Street, was built as a chapel building for a much larger, never-completed Knox Presbyterian Church building,” City Realty reported at the time. “Crafted by the prolific architect Robert Henderson Robertson in the mid-1880s, the full vision would have extended to Second Avenue and celebrated its corner location with a 125-foot clock tower.”

Earlier this year, The Post’s Steve Cuozzo noted, “The Chetrit Group clearly has something in mind for both 257-259 E. 71st St. and 250-260 E. 72nd. The latter buildings, in which three stores have been or will be abandoned, are located at the front of Second Avenue. The site could be combined with the 71st Street lots being demolished.”

The southern half of the west block between E. 78th and 79th, he added, “also looks poised for redevelopment.”

City Realty previously released renderings of a medical tower operated by Weill Cornell Medicine on the site, but the plan was never officially announced, Patch noted.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/29/massive-half-block-section-of-the-upper-east-side-faces-demolition/ A massive half-block section of the Upper East Side faces demolition

JACLYN DIAZ

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