Seen & Heard: What’s Happening at the Tribeca Cinemas Building?

••• A filing with the Department of Buildings regarding the sprinkler system at 13 Laight, which you know better as the building that used to be home to Tribeca Cinemas, mentions a separate application for “partial building demolition.” It wasn’t clear to me whether that was forthcoming or one of the applications from last fall, so I called the developer, Vanbarton Group, to see if I could get more info about the plan for the site. Perhaps I’ll hear back yet. The second image below is a rendering that was posted in the window back in October; Vanbarton insisted it was out of date and no longer relevant.

••• Father Fagan Park at Sixth Avenue and Prince is open and looks good.

••• Maybelline is shooting an ad in the Laight/Sixth area today.

••• This is the southeast corner of 11 Beach where two feet had to be sliced off so that the building will no longer be within the new FEMA flood zone. Presumably they’re waiting for a new piece to replace the plywood.

••• Next time the NYC Department of Design and Construction says that it’ll leave a street half-open (as in the slide presented below to Community Board 1 in February of 2015), let’s not believe it. The Worth Street reconstruction has once again closed an entire block.

••• The J Train private gym at 505 Greenwich finally replaced the black curtain in the window with a nice Eadward Muybridge mural. The center panel is one of those images that changes as you move by.

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  1. The Worth Street Reconstruction Project is a mess. It is turning into the same ongoing disaster as did Houston Street and Chambers Street. And the anodyne communications from the project to the neighborhood have become offensive. They do not bear on reality. If backhoes and jackhammering occur at midnight, the project communications spokeswoman reports that the Con Ed or Verizon spokesperson should have informed the neighborhood. The Community Board will be having a task force on this matter later in the month, and residents affected should attend.

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