In the News: Bogardus Garden Fence to Come Down

••• “Friends of Bogardus Garden have been chosen for a grant from the city Department of Transportation to turn what is now a fenced-in garden and an adjacent pedestrian plaza into a unified, 9,000-square-foot public space. The concept calls for the current iron fence to come down and a landscape of plantings, special pavement and seating to be installed in the triangle bordered by West Broadway and Chambers, Reade and Hudson.” The preliminary rendering above, by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, is courtesy Friends of Bogardus Garden (as is the graphic at right). —Tribeca Trib

••• Duane Park restaurant made its debut on the Bowery. Marc Forgione is opening a Southeast Asian restaurant in its old home. —EV Grieve

••• The New York Post says that Tribeca residents “are fleeing the neighborhood now that their efforts have failed to stop the trash-packed eyesore from going up,” referring to the sanitation garage at Spring and West, which should be done “sometime next summer, sources said.”

••• “Seaport loft in very old building [273 Water] sells up $10,473 over 2005, neighbors tremble.” —Manhattan Loft Guy

••• “In a somewhat surprising development, sandwich/quick lunch chain Pret A Manger has given up its store at Maiden Lane & Pearl St. It was heavily damaged during hurricane Sandy, along with most of the other nearby businesses, some of which have reopened, and others like the Hale and Hearty across the street are still being rehabbed.” —Downtown Lunch



  1. my goodness, once the endless road work is gone and Bogardus garden is fixed up, that’s going to be a very pretty corner!

  2. The rats there have become quite nonchalant about their interaction with neighborhood residents. Tonight I stopped a family with a young girl from walking into the path of a rat who was taking his sweet time about inspecting some garbage before casually strolling back into the construction shed. It so happens that I’m a big rodent fan, and am not bothered by (though I’m realistic about the dangers of) street rats. But I imagine a lot of screaming takes place there at night as pedestrians head toward the restaurant zone.

  3. Wasn’t the south end of Bogardus Plaza (next to the subway) supposed to become a City Bikes location?

  4. @David, I have to ask…how come you are a “big rodent fan’?

  5. The rats have taken over Bogardus, the DOT has siezed the streets, and the trash has overtaken the sidewalks of Chambers and West Broadway. Amazing that the city could care less.

  6. Maybe the 5-block area surrounding Bogardus needs a NID tax.
    Peter Braus – “Shut up, the HRP asked for it FIRST!”
    Jim Smithers – No, you shut up!”
    Peter – “I am not gonna shut up, you shut up!”
    Jim – “No, you!”
    Peter – “I said it FIRST!”

  7. Popstarr2000, surprise, surprise, the rats have always been in Bogardus & in any spot in Tribeca that has green space to hide. If you walk the streets at night you will see rats jumping out of garbage bags & running into street drains. We are near the river & rats happen to like the water. As long as the Hudson River doesn’t move to another neighborhood, we’ll always have rats in Tribeca! Why should the city care, I’d rather see the city care about cleaning up the poor neighborhoods of NYC!

  8. In response to @sheila, who asked “how come you are a “big rodent fan’?”: I should clarify for the sake of grammatical precision that I am not especially big, nor do I favor rodents of any particular size.

    I love animals in general and rodents are among my favorites. There are somewhat complicated reasons for my preference, but they’re prob. not interesting to others. I raise hamsters, and have also had rats and other rodents over the years, and so am very accustomed to handling them. I mentioned it because when I see rats on the street, although I realize that they’re very different from the pets I keep at home, I still find them appealing and don’t react with fear, shock, or surprise.