Up around here, it's not uncommon to see incredibly old (and beautiful) buildings directly next to incredibly new (and empty) condos. This street seemed to be a prime example of the New York real estate boom gone bust. A brand new condo development shared a wall with an old apartment complex whose crest clearly read 1906. And while the older building seemed to be doing just fine, the new (and less elegant) one sat empty and dead.
All up and down the block you could see signs of pending change, which seemed like a shame to me. A lot of these apartments could certainly use a coat of paint (some could use more paint than others), but to tear them down seems pointless.
At the end of the block is the imposing Manhattan Center For Science and Mathematics.