I just saw “For Rent” signs and a half-ass paint job on the retail shops on 2nd St., connected to the derelict building on 187 7th Ave. This may be in connection with the report that CB 6 is finally trying to do something about the abandoned eyesore. This follows the space being used as for a art gallery for a couple of weeks. But my guess is that the owner, Dorthy Nash, is once again just buying time by trying to make it look like she is working on improving the wreck, but without actually doing anything. Like when she put up the scaffolding, but did no work on the building. Or when she put the building for sale, but at such a high price, and with crazy stipulations that no one would buy it.
I am generally of the mind that a property holder has the right to do whatever they want with their real estate, within reason. But the Shame of 7th Avenue is not just ugly, its falling apart and someone is going to eventually get hurt when the scaffolding falls, or plywood and broken glass falling from the windows hits someone (which has already happen once), or a wall collapses due to years of neglect. And I don’t even want to talk about the vermin that infest that dump.
If you aren’t familiar with 187 7th Ave, its quite a story. Its been called The House of Whimsy by the NY Times and an “ugly mess” by others. It use to be a quirky bar called Landmark. The Bar was known more for its collection of children’s toys and opening at random hours than it was for its libations. It is owned by Mrs. Nash and her two daughters, (aspiring) fashion designer/“socialites“, and they have a bit of a Grey Garden-esque reputation in Brooklyn. Depending on who you ask the building is being made into a media/art space by the owner or the sale and development of the building is being held up due to legal issues, with someone claiming to have a 100 year lease on the property.
There is no confirmations to the rumors that it will be turned into the 6th burger joint on 7th Ave.
(And for more details than you probably need about the Nashes, there is a LONG thread on Brooklynian)
And here is a little background on the building, and the whole block of buildings, designed by John Deery in 1891.