In the News: The Old Cobweb Hall Bar on Duane

cobweb-hall-bar-circa-1905-by-george-ritter-courtesy-museum-of-the-city-of-new-yorkcobweb-hall-front-via-old-new-york-page••• The Old New York Page featured the top photo: “Cobweb Hall Bar, Duane Street, Tribeca, c1905. Photo by George B. Ritter. Photo from the Museum of the City of New York.” And an Old New York Page commenter added this: “The sepia photo shows the back of the bar, where it faced an old street called Manhattan Place. Its front was at 80 Duane Street, as seen in black and white photo here [at right]. Manhattan Place is no longer there—the entire lot was eventually torn down (the bar in 1919 after 79 years in business) and today it is the Internal Revenue Service Building at Duane and Broadway.”

••• Pressed Juicery opened at 100 Maiden Lane. —Eater

••• Old parts of the Statue of Liberty are being incorporated into Alex and Ani jewelry. —New York Times

••• How the sausage gets made: “The Landmarks Preservation Commission is set to introduce a new South Village Historic District early next month—a move that will both appease preservationists and help grease the wheels for a massive mixed-use project nearby. Organizations including the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation have pushed the commission to landmark 10 blocks to the southern portion of the existing South Village Historic District, which is roughly bounded by Sixth Avenue, West Fourth Street, LaGuardia Place and Houston Street. And in late August, City Councilman Corey Johnson, the local representative for the area, made the district’s expansion one of the conditions for his approval of a proposed 1.7-million-square-foot project, St. John’s Center, set to rise at 550 Washington St., across the street from Pier 40 in Hudson River Park. That project, which is also supported by the Hudson River Park Trust and the de Blasio administration, needs City Council approval. […] The de Blasio administration supports the project for a number of reasons, though mainly because 25% of the proposed 1,586 apartments will be enrolled in the city’s affordable housing program. However, it needs Johnson’s vote, since the council typically defers to the local representative on land-use matters.” —Crain’s

••• “The kids at Peck Slip School may soon have the additional play space that they desperately need, thanks to the efforts of local leaders at Community Board 1 who have won over the last holdout against converting the adjacent street into a recreational area. The main obstacle to closing the road during school hours as a so-called “play street” was a parking lot across the street, which has an entrance on Peck Slip that it didn’t want to close. Now lot operator and its landlord have agreed to create a new entrance on Pearl Street at their own expense.” —Downtown Express

••• Daytonian in Manhattan looks back at the stories associated with 75 Hudson.



1 Comment

  1. Sigh. The Cobweb Hall Bar looks so groovy. And now it’s a big ugly bland tower. Another reminder how easy it is not to appreciate what we’ve got. Maybe we need a nice, simple preservation law – if it’s old and still standing, for heaven’s sake, save it.