535 West End Avenue Quality Issues


GothamGirl received a comment from someone claiming that he worked on construction of 535 West End Ave which is attached to the to the previous post.

The author of the post, NYCGuy, absolutely stands by his observations about the (lack of) quality of the building construction of 535 West End Avenue and the truth of his article.

GothamGirl invites the builders and or or developers to comment on this question of quality of construction. We would like to hear from an official spokesperson and we will print your reply. We make every attempt to always print factual articles and comments and we would sincerely appreciate your response.
Construction quality of a condo or coop should be of extreme interest to any buyer.
Furthermore, NYCGuy says:  

 I just returned from walking around the Ariels & then observing 535 West End Avenue.

 I have no qualms with the ceramic louvres used for the Ariels. Actually, I could describe what’s good in both buildings. The west one is a sad failure. It could have been a great   modern building. It needed to carry the glass around all four sides. The warehouse base on B’way, sucks. The tower, from the right angles looks like something one might see  in Rotterdam. (see Aaron Betsky’s False Flat: Why Dutch Architecture is so Good).   The ugly east one …. The 7-story base on B’way is actually good. It’s nicely articulated. Oddly, on the back side of the tower, the part that overlooks St Michael’s
 (which engaged in an out-of-view zoning lot merger that enabled the too tall tower), the flower pot terra cotta ceramic banding is switched to charcoal grey or grey flannel – something
  like that & is at every floor. It softens the look but doesn’t make it great. A twin with the west tower would have been better, but that’s relative.   
There is a section of the 5th floor “brickwork” of 535, along W 86, where the seam stands out. There’s no attempt at the alternating way bricks are laid. It is possible to remove sections
  of the brick veneer to create a continuity. This has been done over the W 76th St entrance to The Harrison. I think this is important because people are paying way more & more
  & the quality is not even held. The remark about the use of granite ledges reminds me of all the UWS brownstones with the stairs ripped out wherein instead of creating a proper   ”English flat” – matching the doorway & creating a contextual window where there once was a door, one owner framed everything in marble, installed modern glass & aluminum doors (is this a pharmacy? a hardware store?) & added the coup de grace – cheap plastic exterior lighting. Some “monument” works was busy cutting the marble for those fancy  entrances. Of course, most of them then got bad tile entryways. It is possible to use good materials poorly.”
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