Tearing Down Tribeca

In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a lot of demolition going on right now—and there’s a lot more to come. Which got me to thinking about all the buildings that have been torn down in the past five years (which is about when I started this site, by which I mean when I started paying attention). Before that, of course, many other buildings were torn down, especially right before the real estate crash of 2008. Anyway, here’s a look at what we’re losing, along with how much taller the new buildings will be, and what we’ve lost. (I did this off the top of my head, so I may have missed some.)

Also, none of this includes the parking lots that have been built on.


Currently being demolished

264 Westpontes windows 53011264 West and 70-74 Vestry were 2 stories; 39 Desbrosses and 268 West are 5 stories, but not for long. The new building incorporating all of these lots will be 13 stories. (+8 and +11 stories)


455 Washington demolition443 and 445 Washington were 2 stories. The new building will be 11. (+9 stories)


101 Murray101 Murray was 10 stories. The new building will be 63 stories. (+53 stories)


45-51 Park Place45 Park Place was 5 stories; the new building will be 39 stories. 49-51 Park Place was 5 stories; the new building will be 3 stories. (+34 and -2 stories)


Soon to be demolished

31 Desbrosses31 Desbrosses is 6 stories, but not for long. The size of the new building is unknown.


67 Vestry67 Vestry is 9 stories. The new building will be 11 stories. (+2 stories)


59 Franklin59 Franklin was 6 stories. The new building will be 18 stories. (+12 stories)


358 Broadway aka 59 Franklin358 Broadway is 5 stories. The new building (same as 59 Franklin, above) will be 18 stories. (+13 stories)


355-357 Broadway353-357 Broadway are 2 stories. The size of the new building is unknown, but it could be as large as 61,000 square feet.


149-151 Church149-151 Church is 5 stories. The new building will be 9 stories. (+4 stories)


Likely to be demolished

24 Leonard24 Leonard: From 4 stories to who knows how many.


265-267 Broadway265-267 Broadway: From 5 stories to 30 or higher.


Demolished in the last five years

290 West290 West was 1 story. (I didn’t shoot the gas station in time.) Its replacement will be 11 stories. (+10 stories)


460 Washington460 Washington was 2 stories. Its replacement will be 10 stories. (+8 stories)


71 Laight71 Laight was 1 story, or maybe 2. Its replacement will be 7 stories. (+5 stories)


403 Greenwich403 Greenwich was 2 stories. Its replacement will be 8 stories. (+6 stories)


11 Leonard11-15 Leonard was 1 story. Its replacement will be 9 stories. (+8 stories)


12-14 Warren12-14 Warren was 5 stories. Its replacement will be 15 stories. (+10 stories)



  1. I wish there was a program in place by the city to give developers financial incentives to create buildings which better suit the surrounding neighborhood.

    I feel all the “cold” new construction will strip away the very essence of why people are paying top dollar to move here.

    As a positive development take for example the beautiful job done on the Greenwich Hotel (historic district) and hopefully continue on that story.

    Giant ugly “dorm buildings” like Truffles are a festering sore which only benefit the city and the developers and do quite the opposite for the neighborhood.

    Developers you are killing the goose that laid the golden egg… Death by a 1000 cuts…One concrete sliver at a time…

    • Agree Rohin. The area’s unique draw card is the mixed architecture with the major weighting on historic buildings and the wonderful cast iron work, steel and granite sidewalks and remnant cobble streets , with multiple mini neighborhoods with their own vibe. The golden egg seems as though it will lose its luster within 5 years.
      Regional planning with strict control could be an answer ….. some modern high rise , some modern with area sensibilities (window design, facades, entrances and sidewalks) which mirror the wonderful elements from late 1800 – 1920s,
      then areas of preservation of mini neighborhoods .

  2. Thanks for this tally, Erik. That’s a lot of added height.

  3. It’s too bad the Ponte family is not taking an opportunity to shape northwest Tribeca into something worthwhile and interesting. Instead they are constructing cheap rental buildings and a hotel with a large bar. Where is the family pride?

  4. How about inspired architecture instead of the hack jobs going up everywhere? The neighborhood would change, but be enriched, not degraded.

    Height limits are too much to even fantasize about.

  5. Hi Erik, I think I read somewhere that tenants (including commercial) of 149-151 Church need to vacate the building by September 30. Do you if that’s the case? Thanks!

  6. Thank you for this!…even if its not complete it is mind boggling and a great example of how rapidly changing the area is! It is sad to loose the historic feel of the area and Tribeca seems to be suffering the same progress as Soho where commercial chain stores replace boutiques and local businesses because they can pay more. How many fast food, drug stores and banks are there now? The change will come even faster with the addition of more than 200 additional floors of people. The people will certainly change the feel of everything else and maybe they will finish Chambers Street by then.

  7. nice work–add all this construction together and one can imagine how the look, feel and tempo will quickly change with the new buildings. whilst i agree with several other comments on how good it would be to have some planning in manhattan i will also say, as a resident of both tribeca and london, that in london where the planning is extraordinarily tight, the lack of height pushes up real estate prices to ridiculous levels. perhaps the correct compromise is to allow resonable height (for many years the rule in london was that nothing could be taller then st paul’s cathedral) but regulate far more the “look” of the new buildings.

  8. this just makes me sad. I recently moved from Tribeca after many many years…. and I have to say that Im glad I did; as the neighborhood Ive LOVED for decades is on the verge of no longer existing.

  9. This is a brilliant photo essay of a dramatically changing neighborhood. Thank you so much for your work!

  10. Thanks, Erik.

    Someone needs to document this. Glad you are on the job. So happy you got to preserve the Berkey Nikon sign, one of my favorites. Whoever uses the word “enveloping” anymore?