Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Moribund building

I'm not one hundred percent sure, but it's looking like the building catty-corner from ours is coming down. It housed Sony Music Studios until last August, when it suddenly emptied. The blue sidewalk shed went up a few weeks ago, but the full scaffolding and black mesh are recent ominous additions. The posted permits only reference the shed and scaffolding (duh) and there's a notice about asbestos abatement on the door. One of the billboards advertises for "Dismantling," though, and that's never a good sign.

Big stuff happened here, apparently, and famous people have come and gone while we were just chilling in our place across the street. Of course, we never saw any of them. But we did once see a photo in Us Weekly of J. Lo and Marc Anthony arriving to sign a contract, and we knew it was taken in front of Sony because we recognized the coffee shop across 54th from the front door.

Oh, and I once saw Christian Slater leaning against the wall next to the previously mentioned coffee shop. (We used to see him around fairly regularly, but not lately; maybe he moved?) I didn't think it wise to tell him that the first week we moved here I had watched a guy take a leak against that wall. Right where he was resting the ass of his expensive jeans.

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