It's been seven years since a cigarette in an ashtray set off the fire that would burn out the interior of the building at 92 Morningside Avenue. This turn of the century, former luxury apartment building facing Morningside Park at West 122nd Street eventually became a basic rental building once the neighborhood fell into decline in the mid century. The top two photos show the building today with the cornice eventually removed at the roofline when it became unstable a couple of years later and graffiti started slowly appearing at the facade.
The last photo shows the twin sister building at 98 Morningside Avenue, attached at the left half of the block towards 123rd Street. Apparently the fire spared the second building, but the landlord has not been able to finance repairs or offer the former building up for sale. In our opinion, this building could be sold off to the proper developer as a mixed-income condo to help improve the area instead of eventually becoming a safety hazard. It also might be wise to have a "no smoking" clause the next time around. Photos by Ulysses