WeWork’s First Gym

From Community Board 1…. My comments are indented on the line below.

Please note that this is a preliminary list. Be sure to check the agenda page on our website for any changes to agendas prior to the meeting dates. (ID is required to enter building.)

6/6 Battery Park City Committee – 6:00 PM 
Location: Metropolitan College, 60 West Street
1) West Thames Bridge – Update by Matt Krenek, Project Manager, Skanska, and Julia Melzer, Assistant Vice President, Capital, and Lynne Guey, Manhattan Borough Director, NYC Economic Development Corporation
2) Policy Discussion on Smoke Free Residential Proposal – Presentation by Lisa Spitzner, Community Engagement Coordinator, NYC Smoke-Free, Public Health Solutions
3) Allied Universal Ambassadors – Update by Patrick Murphy, Account Manager
4) Battery Park City Authority – Updates by Nicholas T. Sbordone, Director of Communications & Public Affairs, Battery Park City Authority

6/7 Human, Veterans & Senior Services Task Force – 6:00 PM
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room
1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) Services for veterans in CD1 – Presentation by Michael Drake, Housing & Support Services, Oswaldo Pereira, CE5, and Monique Rada, Whole Health, Department of Veterans Services
2) Continuing discussion of veterans and senior services issues

6/8 Landmarks & Preservation Committee – 6:00 PM 
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) 265 Water Street, application for installation of vertical platform lift for handicap accessibility – Resolution
2) 50 Hudson Street, application for enlargement of penthouse – Resolution

That’s the building with the J. Crew Ludlow Shop and Bar Cyrk on the ground floor. The penthouse is already visible from across Hudson and (less so) on Thomas Street.

3) 293 Church Street, application for installation of barrier free access ramp at existing storefront and addition of stair and elevator bulkheads at roof – Resolution

It’s a shame they can’t repair the cornice. UPDATE: I heard from someone working on the restoration of the building, and he wondered what I was talking about, seeing as how the cornice “is beautifully restored and in good condition. If you are referring to the opening on the left by the fire escape is just that, an opening. It is the access to the roof through the fire escape. It was built this way.” I responded that my assumption was that the cornice originally ran the width of the building, and that at some later date, a hole was cut into it to allow the fire escape to reach the roof. He said he’d look into it. If anyone else has historical photos of the building, do share. (And, yes, the building is looking really good!)

4) 41 Worth Street, application for replacement of storefront – Resolution

Good! That wonderful building got butchered at some point.

6/12 Land Use, Zoning & Economic Development Committee – 6:00 PM
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) Brooklyn Bridge Concession proposal, Frankfort Street & Gold Street – Presentation by NYC Department of Transportation
2) Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment – Presentation by Richard Suarez, Department of City Planning (Waterfront, Parks & Resiliency Committee invited)
3) Water Street Zoning – Update by Richard Suarez, Department of City Planning
4) One Wall Street – Update by Diana Switaj, Director of Planning and Land Use, Community Board 1
5) 20 Pine Street ramp – Discussion

6/13 Youth & Education Committee – 6:00 PM 
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) Atlantic Yachting, new sailing camp that will operate from Pier 25 – Presentation by Logan Rowell, Director

You read about it here.

2) Community Education Council/Manhattan Community Board School Planning Meeting – Report
3) Proposed cuts to after school budgets – Discussion
4) Trinity School traffic study – Update

6/14 Licensing & Permits Committee – 6:00 PM
Location: Manhattan Borough President’s Office, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor – Northside
1) Guidelines for applicants – Discussion

Seaport/Civic Center area
1) Pier 16, 89 South Street, application for liquor license for VB Pier 16 LLC – Resolution

“VB” appears to stand for VBar; the incorporation address is 212 Front St., home to VBar.

2) 222 Broadway, application for wine, beer & cider license for Verts Mediterranean Grill Inc. d/b/a Verts Mediterranean Grill – Resolution
3) 15 Cliff Street, application for alteration of a liquor license for Hole in the Wall 15 Cliff LLC d/b/a Hole in the Wall – Resolution
4) The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, corporate change, minor alteration or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses, renewal of sidewalk cafe permits and recurring street closure permits:
• 32 Cliff Street, application for renewal of a liquor license for The Iron Horse NYC, Inc.
• 259 Front Street, application for renewal of a liquor license for Cowgirl Sea Horse Inc.
• 161 Front Street, application for renewal of a liquor license for Seaport Heights LLC d/b/a Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan Financial District
• Street Activity Permit Office application for Taste of the Seaport; Saturday, October 21, 2017; 11:00AM – 4:00PM; Front Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip
• 148 Centre Street, application for renewal of a wine, beer & cider license for Nhatrang Centre Vietnam Restaurant, Inc.

Financial District area
1) 69 New Street, application for wine, beer & cider license for Brooklyn Beef Incorporated d/b/a El Toro Mexican Grill – Resolution
2) 87 Washington Street, application for wine, beer & cider license for Yorganic Health Foods Inc. d/b/a My Belly’s Playlist – Resolution
3) 225 Broadway, FL1, application for wine, beer & cider license for JY Gourmet Group d/b/a Apple Gourmet – Resolution
4) 59 Maiden Lane, application for bar/tavern liquor license for Maiden Farm Inc. d/b/a Zeytuna – Resolution
5) 27 Barclay Street, application for alteration of a liquor license for FS NY F&B Company, Inc. d/b/a Four Seasons – Resolution
6) 110 Wall Street, application for liquor license for Mailroom Bar at 110 Wall LLC – Resolution
7) 85 Broad Street, 27th Floor, application for liquor license for WeWork 85 Broad LLC – Resolution
8) 85 Broad Street, basement, application for liquor license for WeWork Wellness LLC – Resolution

So I guess WeWork also has gyms (that need liquor licenses?). A WeWork Wellness mission statement via Business Insider: “In other gyms, everyone is working on themselves, and that manifests in an environment that can be intimidating and isolation (think: powerlifters with headphones). At 85 Broad, we believe that charting your own path to fulfillment and motivating for holistic health go hand-in-hand with ‘affiliation’ (social bonds).”

9) 55 Liberty, application for liquor license for AinsFiDi, LLC – Resolution

Could the Ainsworth have decided to open farther south (after Tribeca didn’t work out)?

10) 28 Liberty Street, application for liquor license for 28 Liberty F&B Management, LLC and Summit Glory, LLC – Resolution
11) 43 Dey Street, application for liquor license for Jazz is Now, LLC d/b/a Made Nice – Resolution

Made Nice is the new “counter-service, casual spot from the Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad teams” (who are also opening a fine-dining restaurant at 3 World Trade Center).

12) The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, corporate change, minor alteration or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses, renewal of sidewalk cafe permits and recurring street closure permits:
• 233 Broadway, application for renewal of a restaurant liquor license for W LLC d/b/a The Wooly
• 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor, AKA 7 WTC, application for renewal of a liquor license for The New York Academy of Sciences
• Castle Clinton, Battery Park, application for renewal of a vessel liquor license for Statue Cruises LLC d/b/a Miss New York
• Castle Clinton, Battery Park, application for renewal of a vessel liquor license for Statue Cruises LLC d/b/a Miss Ellis Island
• 4 South Street, application for renewal of a liquor license for CM Food Concept Inc. d/b/a Central Market Grill
• 20 Beaver Street, application for renewal of a wine, beer & cider license for Manhattan’s Best Pizza Inc. d/b/a Georgio’s Pizzeria
• 85 West Street, application for renewal of a liquor license for Bill’s DTM NY LLC d/b/a Bill’s Bar & Burger

Battery Park City area
1) 250 Vesey Street, application for alteration of liquor license to permit sidewalk café, Parm Battery Park LLC d/b/a Parm – Resolution

If nothing else, it’ll remind people the restaurant exists.

2) The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, corporate change, minor alteration or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses, renewal of sidewalk cafe permits and recurring street closure permits:
• 455 North End Avenue, application for renewal of a restaurant liquor license for Brookdale Living Communities of New York – BPC Inc. d/b/a The Hallmark Battery Park City
• 2 River Terrace, application for a renewal of a wine and beer license for Le Pain Quotidien

Tribeca area
1) 125 Chambers Street, application for unenclosed sidewalk café for Pret a Manger – Resolution

Held over from last month (and I still think is a terrible idea).

2) 221 West Broadway, application for alteration of liquor license for North of Houston LLC d/b/a White Street – Resolution

Increasingly mysterious, given that the contents were auctioned off last week.

3) 205 Hudson Street, application for alteration for extension of hours for AFNYC LLC d/b/a American Flatbread – Resolution

This has shown up several times (and been held over) in recent months.

4) 66 West Broadway, application for wine and beer license for Vin Sur Vingt Wine Bar – Resolution

Unless something is closing, it’s for the former Babesta Threads space.

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, corporate change, minor alteration or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses, renewal of sidewalk cafe permits and recurring street closure permits:
• 277 Church Street, application for a renewal of a liquor license for B Flat
• 120 Hudson Street, application for a renewal of a liquor license for Bubby’s Pie
• 3 Lispenard Street, application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for One Japan Inc. d/b/a Tataki
• Chabad of Tribeca, street activity permit application for Reade Street between Broadway and Church Street, Sunday, September 17, 2016 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

6/15 Quality of Life & Service Delivery Committee – 6:00 PM
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) Update on the status of the Cortlandt Street #1 train station and when it will open – Presentation by Daniel Creighton, Project Executive, MTA Capital Construction

Wait, there’s a 1 train station at Cortlandt Street? (That was a joke.)

2) Update on accessibility of subway stations in Community District 1 – Presentation by MTA (tentative)
3) Reconstruction of Front Street – Presentation by La Shawn Wiggins, RLA, Senior Project Manager, Department of Design and Construction

Sorry, Front Street. (In DDC lingo, “reconstruction” means what happened—or is still happening—to Chambers, Hudson, Worth, and Warren.)

4) Community Board 1 Livability Study – Presentation by Jahnavi Aluri, Fund for the City of New York Community Planning Fellow

6/20 Waterfront, Parks & Resiliency Committee – 6:00 PM
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) Game On! Water Street – Presentation by Taina Prado, Chief of Staff, Downtown Alliance
2) Governors Island Update – Presentation by Michael Samuelian, President & CEO, Trust for Governors Island
3) Battery Park City resiliency plans – Presentation by Nicholas T. Sbordone, Director of Communications & Public Affairs, Battery Park City Authority
4) Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency – Update by Diana Switaj, Director of Planning and Land Use, Community Board 1
5) Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment – Report by Diana Switaj, Director of Planning & Land Use, Community Board 1
6) Comptroller Stringer POPS Audit – Presentation by Eric Holguin, Manhattan Borough Liaison, Office of the NYC Comptroller (Tentative)

Anyone tried to access the 101 Barclay lobby recently? It’s ours and we want it back.

6/21 Executive Committee – 6:00 PM
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) Introduction to new board members
2) Committee reports

6/27 CB 1 Monthly Meeting – 6:00 PM
Location: Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, Richard Harris Terrace

All documents relating to the above agenda items are on file at the Community Board 1 office and are available for viewing by the public upon written request to man01@cb.nyc.gov. At all meetings, additional items may be raised as “New Business.”

5 Comments

  1. How is the sidewalk cafe for 125 Chambers Street even being considered, given that the Zoning Resolution apparently forbids it? Is CB1 unaware or unconcerned?

    See:
    NYC Zoning Resolution
    Article I: General Provisions
    Chapter 4 – Sidewalk Cafe Regulations

    Section 14-44
    Special Zoning Districts Where Certain Sidewalk Cafes Are Permitted

    #Enclosed# or #unenclosed sidewalk cafes# shall be permitted, as indicated, in the following special zoning districts, where allowed by the underlying zoning. #Small sidewalk cafes#, however, may be located on #streets# or portions of #streets# within special zoning districts pursuant to the provisions of Section 14-43 (Locations Where Only Small Sidewalk Cafes Are Permitted).

    […]

    [Footnote] 2 #Unenclosed sidewalk cafes# are not allowed on State, Whitehall or Chambers Streets or Broadway

    • Good argument. You are more than welcome to come at the CB1 meeting to discuss your concerns. This street is extremely busy and it makes no sense to have a sidewalk cafe.

  2. Does this mean that American Flatbread is reopening?

  3. Parm has had a few small tables outside recently, tucked into one of those strange little corners on that side of the building. Doesn’t look like a particularly amenable spot for it.

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