••• Someone is passing this flyer around northeast Tribeca. I can’t discourage you enough from calling 311 with false construction complaints! Moreover, complaints won’t get it stopped if the activity is as-of-right, and your view being blocked isn’t a valid reason to object. I looked at the Department of Buildings filings, but I can’t figure out what the plans are for the roof (the Schedule A seemed old…). Perhaps James can help out. UPDATE: See directly below the photo.
It turns out there was a very valid reason to call 311: The scaffolding on the roof of 396 Broadway collapsed on April 3—and as you can see from the second photo (both taken by a concerned neighbor), the skylight at 394 Broadway was certainly at risk. It was corrected, and then it collapsed again on April 8.
••• Speaking of flyers, I hear someone was passing them out at 50 Murray yesterday in regard to the fight over rent-stabilization. As a reader explains, “A group of tenants is suing the owner for illegal rent increases dating back several years. Apparently in return for tax credits the building is supposed to be rent stabilized and some tenants have gotten 20%+ increases over the last few years.”
••• The Barclay Street School, a preschool inside Barclay Tower, is closing at the end of this school year. Its sister, the Park Preschool, will remain open.
••• 79 Warren is for sale, which I only note because the plan had been to develop it and 81 Warren to the west. (New DOB filings show 81 Warren is getting renovated.) Below is the info from Cushman & Wakefield, including a current shot and a rendering of what you could
inflict on do to 79 Warren; it’s neither landmarked nor in a historic district.)
••• From April 1 to 30, Jane Freeman is showing nearly 150 captioned paintings of Jane Eyre and Frankenstein at the Municipal Building (1 Centre St., at Chambers), south entrance, 19th floor. The reception is on April 21, 6-8, to commemorate Charlotte Bronte’s 200th birthday and the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s writing of Frankenstein. To attend the reception, RSVP by calling 212-669-4448. (You may remember her two posts of Tribeca recollections—and if not, go read them.)