Does This Block of W. Broadway Have a Buyer?

I hear that the tenants of the block of W. Broadway (along with a bit of Warren and Murray) that’s been on the market since the fall have received estoppel certificates, which ask the tenants to make certain statements for the benefit of the landlord and a third party (possibly a buyer).

As a reminder, here’s exactly which buildings are involved—and which businesses would likely be affected, because any buyer would pretty much have to tear the buildings down in order to recoup the investment.

If you know anything, please let me know:, 917-209-6473.

UPDATE: I heard from someone who said it is indeed being sold—and that most, but not all, of the buildings will be demolished.



  1. RIP Raccoon Lodge and Mariachi’s. Good riddance Palermo Pizza and New York Dolls.

    • I wouldn’t dance on the grave of any neighborhood slice joint at this point. The way things are going, you’ll soon have to go to 7-Eleven for a slice. Or wait, maybe Duane Reade will have hot food.

      • Dance on the grave of a pizza joint with rude workers, yep.

        Cafe Amore, Dona Bella, Little Italy, La Bellazza, the dollar slice place at Canal and West Broadway, the new joint opening in the Zoie’s Cafe space, La Famiglia, and I think Saluggi’s, plus Rosetti’s on Sixth Avenue, Ben’s Pizzeria on Prince St., Charly’s Pizza on Church Street, and the joint whose name escpaes me right next to Century 21 Department Store.

        Plenty of places in and around Tribeca to get a slice.

        • Gee, they’ve never been rude to me.

          • Gee, I guess that means they’ve never been rude. That your point?

            They’ve been rude to me, ok? So good riddance to them. I have nothing to gain by lying.

          • My point was not that you were lying. It was that maybe they were rude to you for a reason.

          • Palermo workers/owners were never rude to me or my children either-and I think NY Dolls was actually a decent neighbor. I never had issues with noise, clientele or the guys handing out coupons, as opposed to the clientele at Raccoon Lodge…but they will all be missed. They are a part of the NY flavor that is almost all gone from Manhattan.

        • You seem like someone I’d be rude to, honestly.

      • And how dare you attack New York Dolls? A classic and classy institution. They have never been rude to me, either. And if they were rude to you, you probably deserved it.

        • You go Seesaw! I go to NY Dolls for the food, nothing else. The service is impeccable, although the waitresses are a little scantily clad for my tastes.

    • Why don’t Girello get no love? Me familia love us some Girello, even though they refuse to get bigger tables or booths.

  2. I really like Mariachi’s. :-(

  3. The bigger place has the best Mole Enchiladas!! (Try them while you can)
    Hopefully this does not happen..

  4. Eric’s 1:52 pm comment wins the thread…spot on.

  5. Ignoring the issues of overdevelopment (and pizza) for a minute, I would hate to lose Mangez Avec Moi, where I have been eating for over 25 years. Recently they added some seriously delicious traditional Lao dishes at dinner- I love the “nam kao” as well as “or stew.”

  6. I will be shattered if the best Vietnamese baguette’s I have ever had (pork chop) disappears. Long live Banh Mi

  7. These buildings belong in the Tribeca South Historic District. We’ve done extensive research on them. They are dilapidated, but there is nothing wrong with them architecturally that a little TLC can’t fix. They still have their fine cornices intact. They are the “ordinary context” as the architect Robert Stern would say, that create the character of a neighborhood that defines its sense of place. Their individual building histories are extremely typical of the old Washington Market area: boarding houses, hotels, publishing houses, food warehouses, City Hall lawyers, and artists all once occupied them. New York Dolls is a special case: it was built in the 1930’s over what had been a one story dairy. The design was a copy of a famous house in Salem, MA that the owner had admired. It was occupied by one of the most celebrated engineering firms in the country, the ones who developed the Bessamer process for steel, a process behind the Carnegie empire and a key moment in our country’s industrial revolution. If you look at the tax photo from 1940, you can see that only minor facade damage has been done to the building. You can see photos on our blog posting at