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  • And just when the sidewalk shed at 261 B'way comes down, one goes up at 270 B'way. — Makes You Go "Hmm-m-m" on Seen & Heard: Starting to see the light?

  • Yes, good point. 396 Bway at Walker. Where does it switch, at 6th? — Pam Frederick on Seen & Heard: Starting to see the light?

  • There is no intersection of Broadway and Beach. Perhaps you mean Broadway and Walker? — Heide Fasnacht on Seen & Heard: Starting to see the light?

  • I hope they redo Greenwich Street ! — John on Seen & Heard: New cobblestones for Desbrosses

  • There's a GoFundMe page for his family, started by coworkers of his mother: https://www.gofundme.com/unexpected-death-of-a-son — Pam Frederick on In the News: Worker killed at Hudson Square construction site

  • Skidmore Owings Merrill. — Seymour Riis on BNY Mellon’s Lobby Is Finally Open to the Public

  • I worked in that building the first seven years of its existence, and that was half a lifetime ago. I haven't been in downtown Manhattan for 15 years now. But I remember that the second floor loggia was actually there when the building opened. It was a loggia-to-nowhere, since there were no stairways to it or connections to external elevated walkways. I agree there were no unlocked doors on the north (Murray St.) side of the building at that time. The space was used once a year for the stockholders meetings, and maybe a for a few other functions. I do remember that the doors on the north side were changed in the early or mid 80's, possibly from revolving to swing. What was open in the beginning were the doors at Barclay and Washington Streets, and at Greenwich Street and Park Place. Many office workers used to cut through this "L" shaped part of the public space so that they were under cover for the equivalent of a city block. There were trees in planters in this part of the lobby. But even then security, then mostly retired NYC cops directly employed by Irving Trust, sought to throw out any unsavory looking characters from the public space lobby. Just about everybody in Irving building support positions back then knew it was a public space. I always had the feeling that the public space program should never been created, since either the landlords didn't deliver or the amenity was useless and only put on the plans to obtain zoning concessions. Many people forget that the debris from 7 WTC was piled 5 stories high against the exterior walls of 101 Barclay. I don't know if 101 Barclay is classified as a terrorist target. If it is, BNY Mellon could have posted a sign saying that the lobby was closed for security reasons. The other thing to remember is that BONY's acquisition of Irving Trust was a hostile takeover, and BONY tried to purge all history of Irving. That meant there was little institutional memory left post-9/11. BNY Mellon is not the only offender. Reporters busted Trump Tower for similar infractions. I suggest NYC make these public spaces another cash cow like parking tickets. Inspect and fine all the time. All this to grease the way for a buyout program; for a few million, the building owners could keep their useless amenities. The program was a farce from the get-go. — Seymour Riis on BNY Mellon’s Lobby Is Finally Open to the Public

  • How so? (Not sarcastic, just curious)... — Anon on In the News: Our own collusion, Tribeca real estate style

  • Thank you all for keeping Manhattan Youth fit, social and aware in TriBeCa. You are a steadfast presence for over two decades now servicing young and old alike. Bravo! — TG on Seen & Heard: Grand Banks is open on Pier 25

  • Poor Mr. Echevarria and his family. What a terrible loss. May he rest in peace. — TG on In the News: Worker killed at Hudson Square construction site

  • To blame City Council about this overbuilding mess is laughable. This is so above their pay grade. Bloomberg put the knife in and De B pulled it out. — TG on In the News: Our own collusion, Tribeca real estate style

  • Sadly, the abandoned construction will remain. Our neighborhood north to south is all one big construction site. — MBCG on In the News: Our own collusion, Tribeca real estate style

  • Bravo to Bob and Theseus at Manhattan Youth for honoring Tricia, Lisa and Buxton, and Wendy and others for the tireless, yet always joyous, support of the community. Along with MY, these neighbors of ours, make Tribeca the community worth living in. — Demetri on Seen & Heard: Grand Banks is open on Pier 25

  • And yes, in the meantime, North TriBeCa remains a massive construction site. The city council seems not to care about how long we are without sidewalks or awaiting street repairs. And for what ... a tiny elitist hotel. — Nearby Neighbor on In the News: Our own collusion, Tribeca real estate style

  • A pizza place on the same side of the street nearby the card place, closed after many years, and same with a picture frame place. Neither of these places found new tenants to rent. The landlords keep raising prices, tenants move out, they are unable to rent out the spaces, they sit empty for years, what sense does this make? Maiden Lane close to Broadway looks horrible, so many empty storefronts, not to mention trashy filthy looking streetscape, we need a neighborhood beautification project. — Richard on In the News: Fidi comic book store Chameleon closed

  • Those guys were always so sweet to my daughter, she still follows the titles they recommended. That's a tough biz so very sympathetic, but we will miss stopping in there after class or on the way back from the grocery- a shame there will be another empty store front for however long it takes for a Chanel or similar to move in. — @en_b on In the News: Fidi comic book store Chameleon closed

  • The owner of the building is kicking her out to open up a restaurant. He is actually kicking out all of the stores next to her as well. She is not pleased. I told Yvonne we will leave the restaurant daily "surprises" in front of their door from my dog... Let them pee on it! — J on Saying goodbye to Dudley’s Paw, one dog at a time

  • "Lying" and "manipulative" - sounds like my condo board. — Jim Smithers on In the News: City Winery will move to Pier 57

  • I am crying reading this article. I am going to miss Yvonne so much. So will my pup. She is a treasure trove of memories growing up in NYC and the challenges she faced. She has some wonderful stories. How many people do you know shared a table with James Baldwin at a benefit I don't know how many years ago? Yvonne is such a pleasure and I just can't think of another beloved business closing. — TG on Saying goodbye to Dudley’s Paw, one dog at a time

  • Funny how designers complain when their designs are ripped off though most of the time they are ripping others off - IKEA bag is a great example. I asked a teacher at WA Market School - those secret service looking guys are not for a politician's child but for all the children who go to the schools on the block. — TG on Seen & Heard: Australian bridal imports on Warren

  • The City itself sold 346 Broadway aka 108 Leonard to these developers for $160 million plus an agreement to maintain public community space in the building. Had they wanted to, the City could have (reduced the sale price and) stipulated that the clock was to remain as it had been. One can hardly blame LPC for this foul-up. — James on In the News: City Winery will move to Pier 57

  • Don’t forget all the sponsors who participated in the kids corner! Spotlight Kids, Modern Martial Arts, Brooklyn Robot Foundry, Brooklyn Game Lab, and more! Everyone made it a fun filled day. — Mary on Taste of Battery Park City on for this Saturday

  • A shame that the Landmarks and Preservation Committee is obsessed with lying, manipulative, political "real estate developers" interests instead of NYC's architectural icons. What a disgusting display of a Democratic fundraisers' power over politicians in this city. — Sandy Mills on In the News: City Winery will move to Pier 57

  • It’s so sad to see this wonderful neighborhood institution go and I’m sure all of our pups will continue to drag us to Yvonne’s door! It’s Yvonne and small business operated with heart like Dudley’s Paw that made TriBeCa home. — Jill F on Saying goodbye to Dudley’s Paw, one dog at a time

  • "I want to rent a space where the neighbors will be implacably opposed to a commercial kitchen, liquor license, and sidewalk cafe," said no prospective restaurant tenant ever. — james on New restaurant for former Bouley space backs out