Sunday, September 6, 2009

Not charmed by Bay Ridge house

From Brownstoner:

There were some very charming houses we saw. This one at the corner of 86th Street was not one of them.


Anonymous said...

If you search your conscience I'll bet you would like to live in a house like this. I know I would.

Anonymous said...

I would, nothing wrong with bringing old world techniques and arcitecture out of the closet and back into mainstream design..I could see it perhaps on a smaller scale but with all the detail. One thing for sure, they put the cardboard box styles to shame and when taking a walk they are something to marvel at, talk about, and discuss the details. Whether in the end you go for that taste of not..They spark thought and discussion and in many cases envy...Either way, walking past many other eyesores, people just look down and move as fast as they can past them.

Anonymous said...

I would much prefer something historic, this house has no other selling points other than its size, imo.

Anonymous said...

Size of the house is disproportional to the size of the lot. A real poke in the eye that makes the owner look poorer, not richer.

He looks like he threw his last penny into the house and couldn't even afford a postage-stamp sized yard.

A smaller house with a larger buffer of land around it looks richer.

Anonymous said...

Damn, them grapes is sour!

Anonymous said...

Isn't this on the lot that Judy Garland owned a house? I knew she owned a house in Bay Ridge in that area.

Anonymous said...

If you think that I am displaying sour grapes, why do I spend much of my time visiting Gold Coast Estates that are now cultural attractions run by the state or gardens.

One can even visit Rockefeller properties that are now run by trusts. No, the simple fact is that money cannot buy taste.

The same-sized house could have been built on a properly proportioned lot if the owner had real bucks instead of being a poser.

It's exactly this mentality that led to the financial meltdown that we are bailing so many out of--stretch to pay the last penny, don't ask how you will pay ongoing costs.

These are the exact kind of homes that end up abandoned at auction because the money truly isn't there to carry them.

Anonymous said...

I think the owners of this house should be commended -- they can, obviously, afford to build anywhere they want.
They decided to invest their money in Brooklyn, and they get bashed for it??
If they decided to build this on the North Shore of Long Island, would they be criticized for that as well?
Not ALL new construction is bad.

Anonymous said...

They decided to invest their money on Brooklyn and should be commended? For overbuilding and overburdening the sewer system? For using up natural resources to heat and cool that monstrosity? For contributing to the heat island index?

On Long Island that same house would be surrounded by green space by mandate or ordinance.

Anonymous said...

"nothing wrong with bringing old world techniques and architecture"

You are right, there is nothing wrong with those things. Too bad that home has neither.

Its tacky crap thrown up by a builder with no talent and paid for by a client with no taste.

"If they decided to build this on the North Shore of Long Island, would they be criticized for that as well?"

Yes, it would, but not by us, as it would have never seen the light of day. LI has review boards that take design into account. NYC, unfortunately, does not.