The 112th St. Post Office Building
This lot used to be a community play garden. The
new post office was built to replace the one torn down to make way for
Columbia's new Law & Business Schools building.
The other occupant of this building is the
Labyrinth Book Store, which is the neighborhood's first serious bookstore
since Salter's closed and was brought to this Columbia-owned building by the efforts
of Provost Cole.
The design of this building and compensation for the loss of the play garden were negotiated with Columbia by the West 112th St. Block Association. Its style is inoffensively dull, but really could have been better. The top-floor windows are too small and that entrance awning is so clunky! Still, this is intended as a temporary building, and the site will presumably one day be developed to the height of the buildings next to it. Benches have recently been added in front by the efforts of the 112th St. Block Association.
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