The development located between 14th and 20th Streets, Stuyvesant Town, has 8,757 apartments in 89 residential buildings.Combined with Stuy Town's sister development Peter Cooper Village, located between 20th and 23rd Streets, the complex has a total of 110 residential buildings, 11,250 apartments and more than 25,000 residents.(Photo by Berenice Abbott) quickly followed by the construction of other gas tanks, and by the late 19th century, the site of the complex had become known as the "Gashouse District" because of the many tanks that dominated the streetscapes.The tanks, which sometimes leaked, made the area undesirable to live in, as did the Gas House Gang and other predators who operated in the area. Williams was promoted to police captain on May 31, 1872 and assigned to the area, he met the gangs' violence with equal force of his own, putting together a brute squad that beat up gangsters with clubs.By this date, Metropolitan Life was building the Riverton Houses, a separate-but-equal housing project in Harlem with residents who were mainly black.
The sale was expected to close by November 15, 2006, according to documents which CB Richard Ellis, a commercial real estate broker representing Met Life, sent to bidders.From the first outset, objections were made to the haste with which the project was approved and lack of public participation in the process; the project's population density; the absence of any public facilities such as schools, community centers, or shops in the development; the gated-community, private property character of the complex and the denial of city residents of the right to walk through a part of the city that was once public; and violations of the city's master plan.Lawsuits were brought by property owners of the land, but in February 1944 the Supreme Court of the United States refused to review the constitutionality of the New York State law that enabled the development, despite the taking of public property for private profit, the granting of tax exemptions, and the public benefits advanced by the developers and their advocates.The population was predominantly poor, at first largely Irish, but then Germans and Jews as well; later, Slovaks and other Eastern Europeans were the dominant ethnic groups, including a large population of Armenians who lived in the upper Twenties between First and Lexington avenues. He commented: "There is more law at the end of a policeman's nightstick than in a decision of the Supreme Court." and, while shabby, the area was no more blighted than many parts of the city after the years of the Great Depression.Before the construction of Stuyvesant Town, the neighborhood contained 18 city blocks, with public schools, churches, factories, private homes, apartments, small businesses and even relatively new modern-style apartment buildings.
In all, 600 buildings, containing 3,100 families, 500 stores and small factories, three churches, three schools, and two theaters, were razed.