A big, fat condo is coming to 57-59 Irving. Down comes the old 2-story brick building:
And up come 8 more stories of glass:
It's going up next to the house where O. Henry lived and reportedly wrote "The Gift of the Magi," with a view down onto Pete's Tavern. A quick look (see Songlines) reveals that these short blocks of Irving Place are loaded with history and creativity: Oscar Wilde stayed here, as did Charles Dickens. The Nation and the Rosicrucians have their offices here. Screenwriter George Axelrod (The Manchurian Candidate) lived here. Contributors to The Dial gathered here--folks like e.e. cummings, Hart Crane, and Marianne Moore.
What will today's generation of Irving Placers leave to history? Well, in a restaurant on the corner of 17th Street, Sex & The City's Carrie and Charlotte used to sit and "trawl for men," writes ivillage, they would "play the one in a hundred game for urban singles. You watch the men coming your direction and see how many men in 100 you would sleep with."