In the News: Downtown Residents Win a Round in Rent Fight

••• Ephemeral New York ran wonderful photos of New York City taken in 1979 by a Dutch sailor, Peter van Wijk. About a third of the way down, there’s a great photo of a band playing on a stage on W. Broadway. Look for the Goodall Rubber sign—and note the paint job on 1 White. UPDATE: Kacee points out that the fourth photo down is of Warren Street. (And I love that there was a store called Peg Board City.) UPDATE #2: Neighbor says the fifth photo down is Canal at W. Broadway. Too bad that church got torn down.

••• Tenants of 50 Murray (and by extension, several other downtown buildings…?) won in a State Supreme Court decision about how the building should be rent-stabilized since the developer received tax breaks. If anyone wants to see the decision, email and I can send you the PDF.

••• “Democracy for Battery Park City, the grassroots organization that has collected more than 2,500 petition signatures and has lobbied for years to have neighborhood residents appointed to the board of the Battery Park City Authority board, will hold a rally tomorrow (Thursday, July 6) to build public support for a new law—recently passed by the State legislature and now awaiting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature—that will require such representation. […] The D4BPC rally is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on the Esplanade Plaza, near the volleyball court, alongside North Cove Marina.” —Broadsheet

••• Feed Your Soul is open at 14 Wall: “Mya Zoracki, who began her bakery operation in her Hoboken, N.J., apartment in 2005, has opened her first Manhattan cafe to complement her thriving online and wholesale business, which donates baked goods to nonprofits.” —New York Times



  1. RE: Ephemeral New York, fourth picture down with the street steam pipe is a picture taken on Warren street, south side, looking West. The painted triangles was the site of Job Lot, on the corner of Church & Warren, one of the best places in the area to shop.

    • And fifth down is Canal at West Broadway. Church steeple is Church of St. Alphonsus Liguori, now site of Soho Grand Hotel.

    • Still have hardware products on my shelf w/their price tag from Job Lot.
      It was a meeting spot for the neighborhood and quite a lively social scene; fabulous discoveries to stir ones imagination in outfitting ones loft/home. Affordable, funky, greatly missed.

  2. it’s interesting that the ny supreme court ruled that the 50 murray st. residents are stabilized. independence plaza spent several years in court over a similar lawsuit. although the tenants association initially won, the ruling was reversed on appeal.