Reminders of a parcel's past
The Wingate Inn on West 35th Street in one of several sliver buildings that are sprouting up all over the Garment District. And while this slender tower is impossible to miss, so are two reminders of the city's past that are co-existing with it.
Notice the old painted ad for Kaufman Property Management, part of it covered up by the new hotel. The firm's old signs can still be found here and there in the neighborhood. Right beneath the ad -- for that perfect touch of irony -- is some old-school graffiti.
The juxtaposition of the gritty layers of the past with that sleek steel and glass is a textbook reminder of how development is changing the texture of these blocks. It seems whatever side street you take here, there's a few buildings that have been knocked down, awaiting skinny, tall successors. These folks are fighting to save the Garment District before it is truly gone. Here's an amNY story on the subject from July. The Observer took a nuanced look at the neighborhood's challenges last month.
-- Rolando Pujol