In the News: New Building Approved for Canal and Broadway

••• “On its second attempt, a Morris Adjmi-designed commercial building [at the northwest corner of Broadway and Canal], was swiftly approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday. […] Commissioners heaped praises on Adjmi for altering his design. The new tower that will rise at 419-421 Broadway will now stand eight stories tall, and will no longer have the loggias atop the building that the Commissioners previously disliked. Adjmi also reduced the floor-to-floor height on the structure, and significantly reduced the size of the rooftop bulkhead, choosing instead to place a bunch of the mechanical equipment on the top floor.” —Curbed

••• The Wall Street Journal visits the home of JoonYong Park and Arum Seo, where “a $2 million project combine[d] two Tribeca apartments into a 4,200-square-foot, kid-friendly home.”

••• The New York Post profiles Tribeca artist Peter Tunney, in part because “he uses the New York Post in almost all his works.”

••• “The crane operator blamed for the 2016 collapse that killed a Harvard-trained mathematician on his way to work, and injured three others on a windy February morning, is suing investigators for defamation—insisting he was not the ‘root cause’ of the accident.” —New York Post

••• Despite winning a recent court decision regarding the clocktower at 108 Leonard (346 Broadway), “the lawyer for the clock’s protectors, which includes several preservation groups and horologists, is charging that the developer appears to be ignoring the court’s decision, misrepresenting the apartment to prospective buyers and, he believes, making unauthorized alterations to the clock. […] The hands have been painted, which is allowable, but that has meant moving them. ‘According to the Clock Master of the City of New York,’ [lawyer Michael] Hiller said, ‘there’s no way to move the hands without disconnecting them from the driveshaft of the mechanism or stripping the clock’s gears.’ […] “LPC did not approve work to the clock mechanism and, as of this time, we have no reason to believe any such work was done,” [LPC rep Zodet] Negron said in a statement. ‘We have asked the owner to hire a clock expert to inspect the clock and report back to us.'” One hopes that the LPC determines which expert gets hired, rather than the building owner, who has a vested interest in the matter. —Tribeca Trib