And then there were condos
For a brief moment in the late summer, it seemed possible, if not probable, that the red brick row house at 186 Spring Street might become the first gay rights landmark in the city to be officially recognized by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
During the 1970s and early 1980s, the Soho rowhouse sheltered a number of prominent gay rights activists, among them Bruce Voeller (who was a leader in the fight against AIDS), Arnie Kantrowitz and Jim Owles, who was the president of the Gay Activists Alliance at the time he lived there, an influential organization that emerged in the aftermath of the Stonewall Riots. Until the spring, it belonged to another notable New Yorker, Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz.
But on a rainy morning last week, the building was surrounded by neither city officials nor map-clutching tourists, but by a demolition crew tasked with tearing it down to make way for a seven-story luxury condo.
Much of the debate around the expansion of the Chelsea Market has centered around not the former Nasbisco factory turned popular shopping center (and subsequent tourist attraction), but the old railroad trestle next to it.
Part of the justification for expanding the market by 25 percent was that, in addition to providing construction jobs and new office space for the city’s booming tech sector, the developer of the project, Jamestown Properties, would pay about $19 million to the High Line, to help fund ongoing maintenance. But there was also great community outcry over the fact that much of the new addition would be built on the 10th Avenue side of Chelsea Market, directly overhanging the High Line.
Earlier today, the City Planning Commission unanimously approved the project’s expansion, and addressed a few of these concerns.
It Takes a Village
Now the NYU plan is perfect, at least in the eyes of planning potentate Amanda Burden and the rest of the rest of the City Planning Commission. About an hour ago, the commission conditionally and near unanimously approved NYU’s contentious expansion plans for its two superblocks just south of Washington Square Park.
The commission is requiring the university to modify its 2 million square foot expansion in a number of meaningful ways, though the outlines of the new mini campus remain largely intact. There was one dissenting vote for the modified plan, from Commissioner Michelle de La Uz, who is the appointee of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
The City Planning Commission is set to vote on the Rudin’s plan for condos on the St. Vincent’s site on Monday, and even though a single vote has not been cast, Greenwich Village superman Andrew Berman has already divined a favorable outcome for the developer. His response, as always, is damning.
Purple People Eaters
We’ve had fights for midtown’s skyline and downtown. Now, let the battle for the Village’s commence.
Earlier today, New York University filed plans with the Landmarks Preservation Commission for the Grimshaw-designed fourth tower at I.M. Pei’s Silver Towers site, the centerpiece of the campus’ 2030 expansion plan. After sweet talking locals for Read More
N.Y.U. VS. THE VILLAGE
It looks as if N.Y.U. can do nothing right, as far as residents of Greenwich Village are concerned.
Earlier this week there were rumors that the school was considering taking space in the World Trade Center in the Financial District. But a few hours later, N.Y.U. revealed that it couldn’t afford Read More
For the past three years, New York University has been massaging Greenwich Village.
The school, with a beefed up community affairs operation, has thrown bones to preservation groups (consenting to the landmarking of a large NYU block); adjusted plans to demolish a building with a theater when faced with opposition; and held a recurring set Read More
The first public hearing on the Rudin Management Company’s plans for the site of St. Vincent Hospital in Greenwich Village will be this evening at 6:30 at P.S. 41 at 116 West 11th Street. Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, emailed us the announcement on Monday night.
He Read More
Location: New York University’s president, John Sexton, told The Observer a couple of months ago that opponents of NYU’s expansion in Greenwich Village should ‘move to Sioux City’ if they don’t want to confront growth. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation isn’t against NYU expanding, just against its expanding in the Village. How is Read More
Know this about the Hotel Gansevoort’s large billboards: They have to be at a 90-degree angle facing away from Hudson Street and more toward the meatpacking-district hotel. Currently, they face away from Hudson at about an 86-degree angle, according to sources familiar with the ongoing dispute.
The Real Estate last week got a happy email Read More