STREET ACTIVITY PERMIT: BASTILLE DAY TRIBECA
Judith Duffy of Friends of Finn Square and Georges Forgeois of Cercle Rouge said the event would be the same as last year (i.e., held on W. Broadway between Walker/Beach and White). Then Forgeois said it might have to be held on Thursday, July 12, instead of Saturday, July 14, which the committee pointed out could be a problem because the Bloomberg administration has banned weekday street fairs downtown. The committee voted 7-0 to support a July 14 event.
STREET ACTIVITY PERMIT: CB1
The organizer for CB1′s street fair on W. Broadway between Chambers and Barclay on Friday, Aug. 10, didn’t show, so the application was held over.
STREET ACTIVITY PERMIT: TRIBECA FAMILY FESTIVAL
The massive annual event will be Saturday, April 28, on Greenwich from Beach to Reade, including on various streets in between. Vote: 8-0. (It was mentioned that Regal still refuses to lease its theaters, so don’t expect many Tribeca Film Festival screenings in the area.)
412 GREENWICH: APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT TO ZONING RESOLUTION
As I mentioned here, the wonderful single-story parking garage at Greenwich and Laight is doomed. What I hadn’t realized what that the address (412 Greenwich) is also 71 Laight, which I’d written about before and had always thought was 401 Washington, next door. Taconic Investment Partners is buying the site with the garage and 401 Washington (where Capitol Glass once was), combining the two into one development. The facade of the new building at 412 Greenwich will mirror the one at 401 Washington, which will be restored and a penthouse added on top. (I had read about the mirroring, but I thought that was about another building. All the buildings up there do kind of look alike.) Anyway, the current owner of the site didn’t get the paperwork done in time, so the zoning resolution from years ago has to be amended to allow the site to be developed by 2016 (instead of January 2012). CB1 Landmarks Committee, CB1 Tribeca Committee, and CB1 proper had already approved architect Morris Adjmi‘s design years ago. Each building will have around 18 apartments, and there will be separate retail lots on the ground floor (I like the idea of retail, but northwest Tribeca has an awful lot of empty storefronts…). A committee member asked if there was language in the resolution to protect against “density,” which seems to go against CB1′s general goal of affordable housing, but whatever. Any change along those lines would have to go back before Landmarks, which no one wants to do. Pictured (click to enlarge): A rendering, looking southwest, of the new building (where the garage is now), and what the two buildings will look like from Laight. Vote: 7-0; the chair recused himself because his company is involved in the project.
SIDEWALK SEATING PERMIT: TURKS & FROGS
Renewal. Vote: 8-0.
WINE & BEER LICENSE: RBC NYC
Held over at the applicant’s request (the phrase “lease negotiation difficulties” was mentioned).
WINE & BEER LICENSE: MASLOW 6 WINE BAR
As we could tell from the agenda, Maslow 6 wine shop is taking over Vinovino (which has closed, by the way). Maslow’s Keri Jackson says we can expect more reasonably priced wines (good!), that it’ll be a place for people who want to appreciate wine or just drink it. Also: better beers, more food, and real tables and chairs. A potential menu is pictured; click away. Vote: 8-0.
There was a discussion about the committee’s 2011 achievements and 2012 goals that I mostly ignored—until one member mentioned something I had heard about a long time ago (but neglected to follow up on): The strip-mall Japanese restaurant at the base of Independence Plaza North apparently draws huge crowds of reveling young people on Friday and Saturday nights; it may be an all-you-can-eat/drink situation. Another member said the NYPD’s 1st precinct had said they’d look into it, but nothing seems to have come of it.
WHAT WASN’T DISCUSSED…
A new liquor-license application for the Barzinho space on W. Broadway, which must have been held over at the applicant’s request.