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  • I love these! Any old photos of Walker Street? I've only found this one so far: http://www.streetlightsofnyc.com/uploads/2/4/7/4/24744850/5186905_orig.jpg — Marcus on Tribeca Then & Now: Part 3

  • Exactly. This is selective enforcement. The question is: WHY? I bet I would get a ticket if I set up a lemonade stand on the sidewalk. — Marcus on Seen & Heard: Counterfeit-Bag Vendors Remain Unchecked

  • The cardboard seems to be stashed against the building (old Duane Reade building / former bank) at night. Why doesn't building management discard it all? — Marcus on Seen & Heard: Counterfeit-Bag Vendors Remain Unchecked

  • Just stunning. The bldg population should be thankful to her on such a great vision. Very cool. — Howie Mash on Show Us Your Roof: 53 N. Moore

  • Church St. Immediately south of 56 Leonard. — sara on Where in Tribeca…?

  • #8 is definitely Chambers. I see how #7 is captioned on the NYPL site, and agree it is actually Warren Street. 140 West (the Verizon building is between Vesey and Barclay, the "union" building (World Telegraph? in photo) is between Barclay and Murray, so logically two more streets would make it Chambers street (https://goo.gl/maps/neqdYwBQbgt). However, the current alignment of Murray street is different than it was when the photo was taken. At that time it was parallel to Warren, and Park Place continued to West street, but that section was called Robinson street in 1854 (http://maps.nypl.org/warper/maps/7304#Preview_tab). Bernice Abbott's (who took that picture) book, Changing New York, published in 1936 (and reprinted 1997) clearly shows the location of the image on a map (p. 124) as the middle of West street at Warren. It also shows Robinson street, which was by then called Park Pl. I am guessing the moving of Murray street and the erasure of that stretch of Park Pl occurred some time in the late 60's or early 70s when most of western Washington Market was destroyed (and other streets like the stretch of Washington, and western ends of Beach, Franklin, Jay, Duane, and Reade, as well as Caroline street were demapped). — Robert Ripps on Seen & Heard: Peeking Inside Greca

  • And if I set up a tripod on an empty sidewalk, without a permit, the cops would give me a ticket... — Robert Ripps on Seen & Heard: Counterfeit-Bag Vendors Remain Unchecked

  • In the wake (no pun intended) of Sandy, Verizon's CEO described the damage to copper lines as a huge opportunity: "Now our strategy here going forward which I think is important for investors is that where we have damaged copper cable, we are not replacing it. We are going in with fiber. In Broad Street, that is literally the entire feeder cable will be converted over to fiber. And I think that will help us in a number of ways. We have got that platform then that we can build on but the businesses will be able to add services, higher-speed services, change their services much more easily than we could in a copper environment. It will reduce our maintenance costs dramatically. [...] "But more often than not when we move a customer off of voice onto FiOS, they take either a double play or a triple play right after that because I think they have seen the resiliency of those networks. FiOS, the minute power came back, FiOS was back up in the majority of the cases. And the same thing with wireless. I mean, when we have an event like this, we have a tendency to a see a shift in share because of the resilience of our networks. So our plan is to take advantage of this disruption if you will in our operations to accelerate these platform expansions and I think it will serve us very well." http://www22.verizon.com/idc/groups/public/documents/adacct/vz-transcript-2012-12-04.pdf — James on In the News: Trump Expected to Snarl Traffic

  • Happy to hear this, though I've never quite worked out the business model of that place... — AMB on R & Company’s Spectacular Expansion

  • The distribution center for the Canal St. bag vendors is around the corner on Lispenard which gets backed up when their delivery vehicles double park to unload. These guys hang out there all day on big pieces of cardboard which block the sidewalk. They mostly seem to eat food from the Halal cart on Broadway which comes in styrofoam containers that end up blowing up and down Lispenard in the wind. In the most heavily taxed place in America they get away with paying no sales or income taxes. Multiple 311 calls over several years have yielded no response from the City. There has to be a reason they are allowed to persist. Dare anyone say it might have something to do with Deblasio's attitude about identity politics? — lowrider on Seen & Heard: Counterfeit-Bag Vendors Remain Unchecked

  • David, Can you please post the contact. I would like to get FIOS in my building. Thanks — Nicole on In the News: Trump Expected to Snarl Traffic

  • I was recently able to get my very small building near the corner of Leonard and Church converted to FiOS, after fighting with the company to get the service for about 5 years. I thank Erik and Tribeca Citizen for providing good contact information on these pages. I do recommend the service _very_ highly. It has only been three weeks, but it has been superb in pretty much every way. And Verizon seemed unusually eager to convert the building once I'd made that contact. In speaking to the managers, there was the strong implication that the company wants to get away from copper as much and as soon as possible. — David G. Imber on In the News: Trump Expected to Snarl Traffic

  • wow...b-flat, Django and now 1803 will all feature live jazz. Nice. Tribeca is starting to get cool. — Will on New Kid on the Block: 1803

  • I agree with everything said and am also frustrated the police do nothing. Even worse than the bags, there is also a woman on the street who sleeps under a blanket right outside 65 Lispenard. She also has a chair there she sits on much of the day. At times, I've seen her pick up garbage in the area. I've noticed her there for months and assumed she was homeless and just seeking shelter. A few days ago, I saw a man come out from underneath the blanket very early in the morning and pay her. That corner is now also a brothel! The broken glass theory is right - counterfeit sales, then drug deals and now prostitution. We must do something! — J. on Seen & Heard: Counterfeit-Bag Vendors Remain Unchecked

  • Part of the reason Verizon got the money and started aggressively installing fiber is because the subterranean wire vault in their building at West and Barclay was flooded by Superstorm Sandy. Some of that cable was close to 100 years old and had paper insulation. Once soaked with saltwater, it was pretty much useless. Fiber isn't susceptible to water damage. So there has been a significant loss of copper circuits as a result. — Makes You Go Hmmm... on In the News: Trump Expected to Snarl Traffic

  • visiting NOLA now - they need that bacon tomato jam with the fried oysters :) ...or the char-broiled oysters with garlic butter and lightly crusted parmigiana - with some French bread, heaven! ...great addition to hood. — Richard on New Kid on the Block: 1803

  • I do enjoy these comparisons. Here are 2 comments on "Southeast corner of Varick and Laight." 1.) The old photo is apparently from 1910 by Wurts Bros. Here is the full image. http://collections.mcny.org/Collection/46%20Varick%20Street%20from%20the%20corner%20of%20Laight%20Street.%20St.%20John's%20Protestant%20Episcopal%20Chapel,%20showing%20neighborhood.-2F3XC519WO.html On the west side of Varick is the old RR Freight Station built by Vanderbilt in 1866 on the site of the old St. John's Park. The freight station was demolished in 1927 to make way for the Holland Tunnel exits. 2.) Inasmuch as Varick Street was widened 100 years ago and the church and other buildings fronting Varick Street were likely entirely demolished, this then-and-now comparison is a little unintentionally misleading IMO. At http://collections.mcny.org/Collection/[Varick%20Street.]-2F3XC5IX103K.html is a 1931 photo of the east side of Varick Street looking north from Ericsson / Beach Streets towards Laight Street, showing the old facades of the now-existing buildings. — James on Tribeca Then & Now: Part 3

  • Verizon got a big chunk of the LMDC money to lay the fiber optic infrastructure everywhere below Canal Street, hence some lucky ones of us being able to get FiOs. My impression is that Verizon isn't interested spending the money to make the FiOs connections to the smaller Tribeca buildings even though it's physically possible now. The line that there's no excess copper seems suspect since some mid-size and big buildings got hooked up to the fiber optic. Maybe for some east/west blocks if the problem is right there, but not in general. My old copper infrastructure has been available for several years since I've never seen Verizon removing anything, only stringing new fiber. — NV on In the News: Trump Expected to Snarl Traffic

  • When they update "Desbrosses, looking east toward Washington" 80 years from now, maybe the lot will still be undeveloped and the sidewalks closed to pedestrians by green fencing. — James on Tribeca Then & Now: Part 3

  • Sad day when real estate is too expensive for a long standing medical practice....and yes we were patients and got notices but kids are totally crushed, we loved our practice. — TK on Seen & Heard: Rumors of a New School

  • They do want to abandon copper in favor of fiber optic. Years ago, we were having ongoing problems with our copper line and Verizon repeatedly "repaired" it. One of their techs told me that it was routine for them to shift the "bad" line with a "good" line and wait for the subscriber who got the "bad" line to complain...if they ever did. He said there were no excess copper lines so they had to keep reusing the "bad" ones since Verizon had no intention to install new, additional copper. — Makes You Go Hmmm... on In the News: Trump Expected to Snarl Traffic

  • bigger problem the massive vehicle traffic on Canal Street and the fumes are poisoning everyone who visits the area. — PerryR on Seen & Heard: Counterfeit-Bag Vendors Remain Unchecked

  • Great addition to the hood. No Boudin? No cracklins? Please add! — Faith on New Kid on the Block: 1803

  • PS: The buses used to park on Canal alongside of the Post Office engins on. — Dixie on Seen & Heard: Counterfeit-Bag Vendors Remain Unchecked

  • This has been going on for at least the forty years I've lived in the neighbothood, going back to Ed Koch. Reported many times to no avail. Before the bags there were mostly watches. At least I don't see too many tour buses with shoppring spree passengers pouring out of them anymore. — Dixie on Seen & Heard: Counterfeit-Bag Vendors Remain Unchecked