A seven-unit apartment will replace the popular High Line landmark
The latest building to bite the dust near the High Line is the auto shop at 500 West 25th Street, best known for artist Eduardo Kobra’s iconic mural of a sailor kissing a nurse. YIMBY spotted plans on file with the DOB for a new building to replace the car stereo store, which sits on the corner of West 25th Street and Tenth Avenue. Plans show the new building would have 9,400 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and cellar, with 10,000 square feet of residential space over seven apartments. According to YIMBY, the second through fifth floors would hold one unit per floor. That would be topped with a duplex penthouse apartment and a roof deck.
The development would also encompass 253 10th Avenue, a four-story apartment building with an Italian restaurant on the ground floor. Both the apartment building and auto shop have been owned by the same family since 1981, and neither have been demolished yet.
The building owners painted over the mural—one of the most photographed spots visible from the High Line—early this year. As YIMBY guessed, "They probably wanted to prevent the artist from filing suit to save the mural (and possibly the building) under the Visual Artists Rights Act, the same law that the artists at 5 Pointz used to try and block the demolition of the street art project’s warehouses in Long Island City."
Global Design Strategies will develop the building, while architecture firm GF55 Partners applied for building permits. And so the High Line will be hugged by yet another luxury residential project when construction wraps.