|Construction along 42nd Street, 1950. The Woodstock at upper right.|
|NY Herald-Tribune, Oct. 7, 1951|
And so, the building's basement was converted into the first floor, new street windows installed, elevator shafts rebuilt, and part of the building's facade reclad. It was a real mess, and a costly one at that. In 1951, The Woodstock sued the city for damages in the amount of $1,011,477 ($611,477 in renovation fees, plus $400,000 in lost rents). In 1952, the City Board of Assessors awarded the building $405,000, the largest sum granted up to that time.
|The Times reported that "access to the building for many months has been over a temporary wooden plank sidewalk high above the street surface." This aerial sidewalk can be seen center right in the photograph.|
|The newly reclad northern facade, 1952.|
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