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Old 05-10-2008, 08:40 AM
 
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Wanted to get peoples opinions on Tracey Towers. I've lived a few blocks from Tracey my entire life. Never had a reason to go inside until a few years when I was there for a party. Basically confirmed my suspicion that the place is a ****hole. First thing I see when I walk into the lobby is about 15 brothas sitting there smoking a blunt right in front of security with parents and kids walking by. The apartment (or at least the one I was in) seemed poorly constructed. I have a few friends in the building and I know the building is part of Mitchell-Lama and designed for working people. I was wondering what peoples experiences were with the buildings. For those people who were around when Tracey was built, how did the neighborhood change when it was completed?

For those who are unfamiliar with Tracey Towers they are two 41 story towers in the Northwest Bronx built on top of the 4 yard. They dominate the landscape and are truly the ugliest buildings you'll ever see.
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Old 05-10-2008, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Never been inside the buildings, but I've always thought that the architecture of the buildings was completely hideous.
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Old 05-10-2008, 03:18 PM
 
Location: bronx - north
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last time i was in there was in 97. it was't great and it wasn't bad - I do remember A LOT of "loiterring"
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Old 05-11-2008, 02:59 PM
 
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I've seen them described in the AIA guide to NY City as "resembling sandcastles with overactive thyroids"

I actually thought they look attractive from a distance but as you get closer they are overwhelming. They are visible from my neighborhood and from the angle at Broadway and 252 they seem OK to look at

I think they were first built in 1972. I think their location was bad because they cast an ugliness to the nice Mosholu Pkwy green and that area by the reservoir is totally overrun with educational institutions and RR yards, and when the students leave the area is desolate and deserted. I can't think of a better location for them because I'd hate to think of the unsightliness they would cause any neighborhood. Perhaps this location was ideal at the time
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Old 05-11-2008, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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i heard that their circular design contributes to excessive noise within the building. it amplifies everything.
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Old 05-11-2008, 03:34 PM
 
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Default Sedgwick Ave........

Tracey Towers is within eyeshot of where I live, hubby went there back in the 8o's for school board business and wondered why he didn't bring his 38.
The kids from the Towers go to PS 95 and often enjoyed walking along the wall outside The Amalgamated buildings and ripping out the flowers that were planted with great care. Lovely children.

Those that live in the area very seldom go beyond DeWitt Clinton HS because of the Towers. Its a fairly nice area, and the Towers add nothing to the area.
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Old 05-11-2008, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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They're pretty bad. Easily the worst part of the neighborhood.
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Old 05-11-2008, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Tracey Towers is within eyeshot of where I live, hubby went there back in the 8o's for school board business and wondered why he didn't bring his 38.
The kids from the Towers go to PS 95 and often enjoyed walking along the wall outside The Amalgamated buildings and ripping out the flowers that were planted with great care. Lovely children.

Those that live in the area very seldom go beyond DeWitt Clinton HS because of the Towers. Its a fairly nice area, and the Towers add nothing to the area.
Ha, thats pretty funny. Unforunately its all too common these days.

There's a difference between being poor and low class. Unfortunately most people in the Bronx nowadays don't seem to realize that.
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Old 05-12-2008, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Bedford Park, Bronx
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The Tracey Towers are an eyesore and just passing by I have also gotten the sense that many people living there are low class. Luckily they are on the outskirts of the neighborhood. The shape is ridiculous. They look cheap and dated, with a vomit-brown color.
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Eastchester, Bronx, NY
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Yes, Tracey Towers is a blight but Mosholu Parkway itself is actually pretty nice. When I was living in Wakefield and went to visit my friend who lived in Riverdale, I hopped on my bike, rode through Bronx Park until I got to Mosholu and rode across the inner path to get to Van Cortlandt Park. it's a nice scenic ride, IMO.

I just noticed they finished rehabbing Mosholu station on the 4. It looks very nice now.
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