Originally Posted by mrnyc
^ some confused developer mixed up the plans and put their chicago style building up here by mistake? lol!
That garage would be illegal with any other site, but some idiot NIMBY councilperson preserved the garage when the tower was built maybe a decade ago.
The issue was that there was a city-owned garage on the site, and the moron said that selling the site to a private developer would be a terrible thing, because the city would lose control over scarce parking spaces. So, when the city sold the site, they put a stipuation that the new tower had to replace the existing parking garage Outdated 50's style thinking from an 80-year old councilperson.
And, to make matters worse, then didn't require an underground garage like everywhere else, so you get that eyesore. Hopefully the garage will one day be converted to loft apartments or office space or something.
There's a reason that NYC doesn't allow those surface garage bases. They look like hell, and ruin the streetscape.