First Look at the New Building on W. Broadway

59-61-warren-assemblageLast we heard about the New York Dolls strip club, it had posted a sign at 59 Murray saying that it’s reopening, and then Mel commented:

Yes they’re gonna open
but it takes time
why you think the doorman is there
telling the people that it will open soon
the difference is the time now
before it was from 12noon to 4am
now it’s gonna be from 4pm to 4am.

(Breaking it into a poem makes it easier to follow and even more Frank O’Haraesque.)

This is mysterious, to say the least. Could Cape Advisors, the developer of 75 W. Broadway (as the project encompassing 59-61 Warren, 65-69 and 71-73 W. Broadway, and 57 and 59 Murray has been known), be postponing the demolition? Could it be carving out 59 Murray, and letting it stand? People who buy expensive condos typically don’t want to live next to a strip club.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to track down an answer, and in doing so, I came across a rendering on the Cape Advisors website for the new condominium, which is now being called 59-61 Warren. Back in April, the Real Deal reported on the details: “Filing permit applications Wednesday with the Department of Buildings […] call for an eight-story mixed-use residential building on the site. The 55,000-square-foot building at 75 W. Broadway will hold 21 apartments across more than 45,400 square feet of residential space, with an additional, nearly 9,700 square feet of ground-floor retail. […] The developer reportedly will have to sell apartments at 75 West Broadway for north of $3,000 per square foot to make a profit.”

59-61-warrenHere’s a larger version (if you click on it—try to ignore the white lines):

59-61-warren-rendering2Meanwhile, the Cape Advisors website also has renderings for the retail spaces at 30 Warren, its project a block away at Warren and Church. From the description: “The retail space will have over 175’ of frontage on Church Street on two visible corners, on Warren Street and on Chambers Street. The space offers flexible layouts for single and multiple tenants, and a potential Jewel Box space at the highly visible and trafficked corner of Chambers Street that shares one the busiest subway stations in NYC. Plans call for the +/- 5300 SF on the ground and+/- 5100 SF on the lower level to be flexible and functional.” The final rendering is the “Jewel Box.”




  1. There’s even a chance it won’t be all bank branches – this article below surprised me:

  2. Word is that New York dolls is opening this Thursday Oct.27 owner bought the building and the next building the cricketers arm

    • ACRIS shows no such transfers or deeds yet. Latest is September 2016 zoning lot descriptions for the combined parcel including this building.

  3. Happy to hear this!! They have been there longer than everyone and the doormen keep the block safe at night!

  4. It sickens me that they’re tearing down the whole block. Why not leave some of those lovely old 19th century buildings and just put up something taller on half the site to compensate?

    • All other considerations aside, the demolition clauses used to evict the retail tenants early likely required the demolition of the entire parcel to be filed with Department of Buildings.

      See e.g., WARREN MURRAY PROPERTY OWNER, LLC V. 59 MURRAY ENTERPRISES, INC, Supreme Court, NY County, Index Number 150344/2016

      • You can still connect the buildings while leaving the old facade – look at the Mohawk Building and the Whale Bone Building at the corners of Hudson & Duane Streets – the current restaurant and apartments share the foot print of the buildings combined.

  5. The proposed 30 Warren Street facade has no imagination, no soul. The architects need to research areas like Charleston, SC which have integrated old and new buildings together. CHARM, THE HAND OF AN ARTISAN is what makes TriBeCa a beautiful area to visit. You can see time- get lost in it. The facades of the existing buildings must be integrated. A PERFECT example is the renovation of the new restaurant at the corner of Greenwich and N Moore Streets. Right now, the proposed 30 Warren Street facade looks any lost building in the 50’s on 3rd Avenue – it’s cold and does not connect with the neighborhood. The community needs to get behind this building and celebrate it’s history. Who do I connect with to organize a real meeting to adjust the proposed sketch?

    • Please use one name when commenting, particularly on the same post. To answer your question, private developers don’t have to listen to anyone’s input about a design unless the building is an individual landmark or in a Historic District, which is not the case with the buildings in the 59-61 Warren development. (Nor was that the case for 30 Warren, at the northeast corner of Church; the old building that was there is more than 50% demolished.)

  6. You can lay the blame for this problem on our Mayor – he has refused to consider expanding Tribeca’s historic districts. His team told the LPC to “stand down” on historic preservation, so this is what we get for voting for De Blasio…. neighborhood destruction!