101 W. 87th St.

Yair Levy had planned to convert this building into condominiums, but underwent foreclosure and was accused of fraud. It was then bought by Fisher Brothers and BlackRock and is being developed by Bazbaz Development. To find out more about this deal and the fallout, click here and here.


Developer: Balbaz Development
President: Sonny Bazbaz
Attorney for Fisher Brothers: Martin Heistein (Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP)
Property Manager: David Frankel (Flatiron Real Estate Advisors, LLC)
Sales and marketing: Halstead
Sales office telephone: 212-381-2552

Important Information:

  • 101 W 87th St has 2 beds, 2 baths, approximately 1,302 square feet, and was built in 1987
  • The developer has proposed to shut down the only working elevator for 2 days despite there being at least four inhabitants of the building who cannot manage stairs.
  • The ventilators in the building are not working and need to be fixed.
  • People currently have access without being announced.  This is a recurrent issue.

160 Columbus / 1992 Broadway (Reebok Sports Club)

Address: 160 Columbus/1992 Broadway (Reebok Sports Club)
Block: 1139
Lot: 7503
Landmark status: No


Cassandra Atlas, Paralegal
Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankin, LLP
1177 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 100036-2714

Jill Bauman, Manager
160 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023


Summary of site plans and status

MP Sports Club Upper Westside LLC, on behalf of Reebok-Sports Club/NY, Ltd., applied to reopen and amend the resolution of the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals to extend the term of the special permit for the Reebok Sports Club at this address for an additional term of ten (10) years. This application was filed on May 8, 2006, and was granted.

2 Columbus Circle (Museum of Art and Design)

Address: 2 Columbus Circle
Landmark status: No

Block No: 1030
Lot No: 1


Holly Hotchner
Museum of Arts & Design
40 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019


Summary of site plans and status

In June 2002, the City of New York, which had owned the building since 1980, selected the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) to redevelop the site. Despite persistent attempts by local advocacy groups to landmark the modernist structure, MAD proceeded with planned renovations. The Museum will upgrade the building so that it is ADA-compliant (Americans with Disabilities Act) as well as update the building’s structure and replace the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. The development will more than triple the space of the museum, from 17,000 square feet to 54,000 square feet. The Museum’s exhibition space will increase fourfold.

According to the museum’s website:

“Plans for the redevelopment of the building, which has been vacant since 1998, grew out of a thorough analysis of the condition of the building’s structure, electrical systems, and exterior cladding. The building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems need to be replaced. The Museum will also upgrade the building’s infrastructure and circulation, climate control system, and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) measures in order to transform the structure into a state-of-the art facility that serves its visitors, students, and families. The pre-cast cladding and stone on the façade is in serious disrepair and will be replaced,.”

The museum has done a major renovation that includes cutting the floor to integrate the galleries vertically, as well as trying to open up the museum to natural light and to views.

The building is designed by Architect Brad Cloepfil and his Portland, Oregon based firm Allied Works Architecture.

The museum is scheduled to open in September 2008. The dining facilities will be include restaurants open for lunch and dinner, operated by P.J. Clarke’s.

808 Columbus Avenue (100 Street)

Address: 808 Columbus Avenue (100 Street)
Block: 1852
Lot: 25
Landmark Status: No

Summary of site plans and status

UPDATE: 3/4/2008
Community Board 7/Manhattan approves the application for retail and garage sage and maintenance of the vaults under Columbus Avenue, stretching from West 97th Street to West 100th Street, which will enable a better configuration of the retail and garage space for all users. Community Board 7/Manhattan expects a continuing dialogue with all developers of Park West Village development and the Community Board, as well as residents of PWV, so that ongoing construction can be the best and least disruptive process that is possible.

As of July 26, 2007 a Stop Work Order Exists on the property. Click here for the DOB page on the building.

At a July 10, 2007 meeting of the Community Board 7 Steering Committee, discussion continued
regarding the petition by 808 Columbus LLC to the Department of Transportation for a new revocable consent to construct, maintain, and use a sidewalk vault for retail [and parking] use, under the Columbus Avenue

The situation is summarized below by Community Board 7:

1. On May 1, 2007, the CB7 Full Board passed a resolution to disapprove the usage and maintenance of sidewalk vaults in conjunction with the proposed multiuse building at 808 Columbus Ave., unless certain stated conditions are met:


2. Stellar Management presented the CB7 Steering Committee with a letter dated May 25, 2007, in which they itemized their response to the conditions stated in CB7’s May 1 resolution:

See also the web links (described below under BACKGROUND) to important exhibits to this letter.

3. The Borough President’s office has subsequently determined that the evaluation of Stellar’s response to CB7’s May 1 resolution is properly a matter to be undertaken by the Full Board. Thus, Stellar’s response will be discussed AGAIN at the CB7 Full Board meeting on Tuesday, July 10, 2007: 1000 Tenth Ave. (58th St.) at 7 PM.

4. You are encouraged to attend the CB7 Full Board meeting on July 10 and to let your opinion be heard for 2 minutes concerning Stellar Management’s response to CB7’s May 1 resolution. If you intend to speak for longer than 2 minutes, please ask a colleague or neighbor to
sign up separately to speak, for the purpose of yielding his/her allotted time to you when called upon. PWV residents will be on hand at the sign-up table to assist with the sign-up procedure as necessary.

5. Truck Loading and Unloading: “The attached drawing labeled ‘Parking Ramp Study’ shows the configuration of the Whole Foods loading dock facing 97th Street.” (p. 3)

EXHIBIT: http://www.cathasite.com/pb/ParkingRampStudy.pdf

6. Truck Traffic: “We have attached a traffic study…which
indicates that both 97th and 100th Streets have significant additional capacity for vehicular and pedestrian traffic.” (p.4)

EXHIBIT: http://www.cathasite.com/pb/TrafficStudy.pdf

9. Overall Site Planning: “We have attached a drawing showing the entire site and all of the existing curb cuts, in an attempt to clarify the traffic flows throughout the site and the adjacent sites.”(p. 6)

EXHIBIT: http://www.cathasite.com/pb/ProposedDevelopment.pdf

FULL TEXT of Stellar’s response:

44 West 63 Street

Address: 44 West 63 Street

Block: 1115

Lot: 57

Landmark Status: No


Summary of site plans and status

This property, erected in 1892 was recently renovated and turned into a hotel in the mid-1990s. This building was sold in 2004, and plans were announced in 2005 to convert the hotel into luxury condominiums. This conversion reflects a new trend in New York City, where attractive hotels are being converted into luxury apartments.

466 Columbus Avenue (Kidville)

Address: 466 – 468 Columbus Avenue (West 82nd Street)
Block No: 1213
Lot No: 32
Landmark status: Yes


Steve Brecker
Rudd Realty Management Corporation
The Rudd Group, Ltd.
545 Madison Avenue, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10022
(F) 212-319-3095

Summary of site plans and status

The former site of the Pioneer supermarket is a two story building. It has been renovated by Gruzen Samton and is now a 3-story building occupied by Kidville, a company dedicated to children’s services. This West Side branch of Kidville opened on May 15, 2006.

211-217 Columbus Avenue

Address: 211-217 Columbus Ave. (at West 69 Street) Formerly Banana Republic
Block No: 1122
Lot No: 63
Landmark status: Yes


Owner: Vornado Realty Trust
888 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
(212) 894-7000


Summary of site plans and status

UPDATE: 1/23/2008
The retail space is now occupied by Club Monaco and a small cosmetic shop. There are currently no known plans for alteration of the building.

This one-story building was bought in fall 2005 by Vornado Realty Trust for $24.2 million. The property is zoned for residential and retail use, and Vornado plans to “redevelop it into a mixed-use building,” according to Lansco Corporation, the firm representative of the seller.

The ground floor of 5,600 square feet, was home to Banana Republic, which moved to 1960 Broadway at West 67 Street in summer 2006.

Vornado’s plans are presently unknown; the building is a historic landmark, so any building changes must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.