Architect Eran Chen, formerly of Perkins Eastman and now the founder of ODA Architecture—of 15 Union Square West and 241 Fifth Avenue fame—has a bit of a Facebook oversharing problem. Last month it was a rendering of a building he was working on on Jackson Avenue in the Court Square section of Long Island City; yesterday it was a project on Third Avenue on the Upper East Side.
Mr. Chen posted the rendering to his Facebook page this morning, though we cannot confirm that it’s still there, since The Observer was promptly unfriended after bringing it to the attention of ODA. (“Thank you for the warning,” Lisa Del Percio told us when we called about the not-quite-ready-for-prime-time rendering—the second time we’ve had this interaction with Ms. Del Percio.)
Mr. Chen did not post an exact location, and The Observer doesn’t quite yet have a perfect mental map of all of the stunning architecture that Yorkville has to offer, so we crowdsourced the task to our Twitter followers. They rose to the occasion and quickly identified the corner: Third Avenue and East 82nd Street.
According to city records, the site—1444 Third Avenue, currently home to a 25-foot-wide, four-story denuded tenement with a two-story structure appended to the back—traded hands last August, when DRK Third Avenue LLC, with an address care of Nexus Development on Broome Street, bought the property for $7.5 million.
The site is zoned for 26,000 square feet of residential development, consistent with Mr. Chen’s rendering.