Residents of West 69th Street between Central Park West and Columbus have recently shared their thoughts on the construction site – quite literally on it – on the south side of their once quiet street.
Letterhead titled “How the construction of 50 W. 69th St has affected me” was plastered all over the project’s scaffolding, and residents were very quick to share the impact it has had on their lives.
In 2011 and 2012, UWS landlord Phil Widlanski sold two of his buildings – 48 and 50 West 69th Street – to a wealthy couple for $24.5 million.
The couple – Malou Beauvoir, a Haitian-American jazz singer, and her husband Pierre Bastid, a multifaceted business exec who also happens to be a Julliard trustee – had the buildings demolished in 2018, at which point, a barrage of noise, fumes, vibrations and traffic began driving block residents mad.
An April 2019 story by The New York Times, detailing the couple’s addition of a basement pool, brought the situation into the spotlight.
And now, residents have taken their own measures to make sure it stays in the spotlight.
Not all of the forms have been filled out, and at least one local hasn’t found the disruption to be too much of a big deal.
This building site is a MAJOR disruption. I live on the north side of 68th and there is literally construction noise all day – oftentimes on the weekend as well. Even now, years later, you would think the place would be completed, but it is not even close. The basement foundation has barely been finished and there is no meaningful amount of work done. We are in for more torture over the coming years…all for these two idiots who are, frankly, not welcome.