In the News: City Building Sell-Off?

••• “Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer announced his strong opposition to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to sell three city-owned Lower Manhattan commercial buildings, citing the “’need for public benefits’ [...]. As head of the borough board, a body whose approval is required for sale of assets through the Economic Development Corporation, Stringer said he can and will avoid a vote on the sale of the buildings until he receives a ‘clear definition of public benefit’ [...]. The three buildings, totaling 669,000 square feet, include 22 Reade Street, 49-51 Chambers Street and 346 Broadway [...]. All of the buildings are currently occupied by city tenants. Stringer [...] wants the city to retain them and build schools and affordable housing instead.” —The Real Deal

Courtesy Curbed

••• “A Goldman Sachs wheeler dealer has nabbed a 5-story production studio at 449 Washington Street and plans to turn it totally residential and build an expansive triplex on top. The buyer is financier Gizman Abbas, who last year bought a capacious unit a few blocks south at the Fairchild on Vestry.” —Curbed

••• The elevator at the Chambers Street pedestrian bridge was broken, and now it’s fixed. —Broadsheet

••• Tonight is Biddy Early’s last night before it goes under the knife, to re-emerge as Woodrow’s, an affordable steakhouse. —Eater

••• Tenants at New York by Gehry are being kept awake by the work on the Brooklyn Bridge. —Curbed

2 Comments

  1. My heart bleeds for the delicate flowers at 8 Spruce. Given that the work on the bridge is more than a full block from the building, the complainers are awfully sensitive, don’t you think?

    We who live and work on the same block were subjected to far more noise for many years during the digging and construction, usually starting before 7:00 a.m. and continuing often into the evening, five days a week and on some weekends. And it’s not over yet, as they are finally building the plaza on the west side of the building, again starting before 7:00 a.m. Some had to move because it was so bad they couldn’t conduct business; those of us who stayed had to put up with noise and vibrations when we still needed to sleep as well as when we were trying to work.

    Welcome to New York City, kids. If you don’t want city noise, move to a place that doesn’t build anything new or repair anything old.

  2. Poor Suzanne, you don’t pay $6500 a month for your apt. I assume, so please STFU.