Stopwork order slows progress at 65 W. Broadway

A partial stop-work order was issued for 59-61 Warren Street – or 65 W. Broadway — or the lot under construction on the southeast corner of Warren and West Broadway – after several complaints were filed, including one from the residents of 57 Warren (above Korin) who noted – with cause – that their building was shaking.

The full stop-work order was issued in October, according to DOB records, and each month since then the city has partially rescinded the order so some progress can be made: weatherproof and drain the pit, pour a slab along one exposure, construct foundation walls, and to install “rakers” (maybe someone can tell me what those are). No violations were issued, but construction has definitely slowed while the developers fix what the DOB called “shaking, vibrating, structure stability affected” for 57 Warren.

The building is being developed by Cape Advisors and will be 10 stories with retail on the ground floor (and below ground) and 23 apartments. (The rendering above is the one on the Cape Advisors website; the rendering below is from the plywood walls that surround the site. Not sure which will stick.) And the architects are Flatiron-based BKSK, who are also responsible for Fischer Mills, 138 Reade and 124 Hudson. Cape Advisors can also take credit for 30 Warren – which wraps around the Church Street corner and stretches to Chambers Street. That building will have 23 condo units from 1- to 3-bedrooms.

And just because I can, and because the nostalgia is hard to resist, below is a photo of the former 59 and 61 Warren, Mariachi’s and the Raccoon Lodge (RIP).



  1. Rakers are steel bracing, usually shaped like a triangle, installed in a construction lot up against an existing building. A raker is used to support the existing building and prevent it from moving after the construction took away the neighboring building it was presumably leaning against for support.

  2. I believe the first rendering is from when they owned 59 Murray as well and planned on making a larger base building while the 2nd rendering is the current plan once they sold that building and retained the air rights.

  3. I live right around the corner on Murray and frankly, after what they did on that site, destroying all those lovely old 19th century buildings, I’m okay with this project being forever cursed and uncompleted. And it does feel that way, like the new building is never going to be finished, and that ugly hole will forever mark the scene of a piece of unforgivable vandalism perpetrated against our neighborhood.