Might This Building Be Spared?

After confusing 67 Vestry and 31 Desbrosses, embarassingly, I wandered over to northwest Tribeca to try to get a handle on what’s happening with this block. Walking around and thean annotating a map helped—as always, if I need correcting, please let me know.

Related Companies bought the west half of the block (264-270 West Street and 33-35 Desbrosses, according to the Real Deal), while Ponte Equities kept the buildings on Washington (except 428-430 Washington, which is owned by Corice Canton Arman).

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••• Red box: Where Related plans “a 152,000 square-foot condominium building with approximately 46 units at 268 West Street,” as per the Real Deal. “The company expects sales to begin next year. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2017. No commercial space is planned.”
••• Blue box: Where Ponte presumably plans a new building of its own—and soon, or why else put the plywood up?
••• Orange box: 60 Vestry (keep reading).
••• Green lines: Where the plywood fence and sidewalk sheds are, which I thought would be useful before I realized there were better ways to figure this out).

I did learn, on this particular jaunt, that demolition is well underway on the storefront in the middle of Vestry (which seems to have been part of Chandler Auto Repair at 266 West)—this photo shows that the roof is gone.

Related demolition on VestryAlso, there seemed to be some window work going on at the wonderful old brick building at 60 Vestry/426 Washington (the orange box in the map above, and where Stuart Parr’s gallery was). And there’s no plywood fence…. Dare we hope that Ponte Equities isn’t tearing this one down? There’s a real argument for having a smaller building amid the colossi—and seeing how many more people will soon be living in the area, it’d make a great restaurant or store. Especially if there was a way to rethink the bulkhead that got awkwardly added at some point. I didn’t bother calling Ponte Equities—they haven’t responded in a long time—but maybe someone there will see this and confirm it.



  1. Miraculous OR mundane mirror ?

    Odds are something hideous this

    way comes, again & again.

    Another BLOCK SIZED nail

    in the Coffin that was the place

    called New York City…..

  2. 268 West Street
    In 1887, the sidewalk in front of this address was the location of one of New York City’s biggest-ever telephone poles. What street lamp-poles dream of becoming when they grow up. 90-foot telephone poles were bisected with 30 double crossarms and strung with 300 separate wires. In 1888, so many of the city’s telephone wires came down in the great March blizzard that New York City required wires to be buried from then on.

    270 West Street
    After assassination, Lincoln’s body was brought to New York City. The ferry that brought the funeral rail car from Jersey City to downtown New York landed here. An enormous procession viewed by thousands wound its way from the ferry landing at Desbrosses Street (at West Street) to City Hall. When Lincoln’s body was removed from New York City, a procession moved from City Hall to a train depot at 30th Street and Tenth Avenue. There, Lincoln’s body was loaded onto a train to continue his journey home to Illinois.

    31 Desbrosses Street
    One of 31 Desbrosses Street’s tenants was the Pertussin cough syrup company. “Coughers, why be an outcast! Here’s relief! Do friends shun you? Fail to invite you to social gatherings? Are you glared at in public places because of your frequent coughing, so annoying to others?” (1939 ad)

  3. It would be great if you could do a post that covered all the new residential buildings/conversions in Tribeca. There seems to be so much construction and it’d be cool to see them all in one post. It could be like a biennial “Meet Your Neighbors” post! Loved the last one :)

  4. Ope, never mind just saw the one you did in March!

  5. i walked by 60 vestry in the early evening yesterday and i saw guys applying a new coat of black paint to the buidling’s windows. i don’t think you paint windows of a building that you are going to knock down, so maybe it will survive.