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April 28th, 2003, 06:36 AM
April 28, 2003

A Distant Urban Past Is Just a Local Stop


Considering its chaotic buildings, anarchic signs and gritty facades, Fulton Street is an unlikely candidate for architectural sanctity, let alone salvation.

It is, however, dense with historic structures, and its westerly verge is destined to be the home of a new Fulton Street Transit Center on Broadway. Incorporating six existing Lower Manhattan subway stations, the $750 million transit nexus is scheduled to be completed by 2007.

The transit hub is the leading edge of the transformation of Fulton Street from river to river.

Students of the city's past see the street, and its environs, as a cornucopia of neglected architectural treasures, even though anyone who walks it will be confronted by a hodgepodge of building facades, some of which are undeniably shabby. Nevertheless, a consortium of leading preservation groups is concerned that new development could result in the obliteration of many non-landmark structures.

"Here, in one square mile, is a textbook of American history and architecture," said Ken Lustbader, conservation consultant to the Lower Manhattan Emergency Preservation Fund, a coalition of five organizations that joined forces after Sept. 11, 2001, to restore damaged historical buildings near ground zero.

The World Monuments Fund, one of the coalition groups, is alarmed that historic buildings could be demolished to make way not only for the transit hub but also for a host of redevelopment proposals envisioned by city, state, federal and private interests. "A great deal is at stake here," said John Stubbs, vice president of programs at the fund.

In December, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg proposed a new focus for the neighborhood called Fulton Market Square, a public market that, he said, "can begin the transformation of that street into a great place to shop, see a movie, look at art or just people-watch." And in a speech last Thursday, Gov. George E. Pataki summoned up an image of Fulton Street alive with "dozens of new shops, cafes and restaurants."

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the city have hired the consultants Robert A. M. Stern and Gensler Architecture, Planning and Design to conduct a $525,000 Fulton Street revitalization study. And tomorrow, preliminary plans for the new transit center will be exhibited by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from 4 to 6 p.m. and followed by a formal presentation and discussion in the Alexander Hamilton United States Custom House at 1 Bowling Green, near Battery Park.

"We're not opposed to new ideas down here," said Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, another of the coalition groups. "We don't advocate freezing the area and making it a museum. But we have heard no one talk about preservation and reuse, and we'd like those ideas to be considered."

The M.T.A. Web site (www.mta .nyc.ny.us/planning/fstc/index.html) depicts a sleek transit building replacing existing structures that include an 1889 classic, the Corbin Building at 11 John Street.

But preservationists hope that historic structures will be incorporated in the finished design. In fact, according to William Wheeler, director of project development and planning for the M.T.A., the modern look "is just a concept" and an engineering consultant and an architect have yet to be chosen. Can buildings be preserved? "We are right at the beginning," he replied, "and looking at all our options."

In the weeks after the terrorist attack, five groups, often called "the preservation mafia," called attention to Lower Manhattan as an underappreciated architectural district, said Frank E. Sanchis III, executive director of the Municipal Art Society of New York.

The consortium included his own organization, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Preservation League of New York State, the Landmarks Conservancy and the monuments fund. Its Web site, http://nycpreservation911.org , highlights some gems that have not been declared landmarks.

Mr. Stubbs, of the monuments fund, noted that the venerable aimlessness of many of the streets in Lower Manhattan suggests the "old quarters" of urban Europe. "Down here," he said, "it is a low-rise medieval city — dotted with buildings 40 stories high that are part of the area's richness."

Fulton Street — which in 1852 became the city's first to be paved with granite Belgian blocks — is itself a miniature catalog of New York architectural history, Mr. Sanchis said. At its east end are the early 19th-century warehouses of South Street Seaport. Its west end could have the cynosure of Lower Manhattan's architectural future: a proposed 1,776-foot-tall skyscraper that Governor Pataki said last week "will restore the New York skyline."

In between, the Fulton Street area holds half-hidden facades, festive terra cotta and the nation's first Methodist church. Those interested in admiring its treasures might best begin their walking tour with a subway ride.

THE FULTON STREET-BROADWAY NASSAU STATION This warren of Lilliputian shops, labyrinthine corridors and befuddling stairways is inundated by 275,000 passengers daily and incorporates six subway stations built between 1905 and 1932. According to the M.T.A., the improved new hub, when completed, will make more sensible connections between nine subway lines there (2,3,4,5,A,C,J,M,Z), with a link to the N, R and E at Dey Street. To continue the walking tour, head up to the sidewalk at Broadway and Fulton Street, then turn east across Broadway to:

ST. PAUL'S CHAPEL Centuries after George Washington worshiped there, this landmark Colonial monument (parts of which date from 1764) became both a sacred and secular space for the recovery workers of Sept. 11, 2001. It also happens to afford a fine view from across the street of the planned site of the future transit terminal: directly below the American flag above Mrs. Field's Bakery Cafe.

BROADWAY FROM FULTON STREET TO JOHN STREET Glance east toward the ground-zero void, then stroll along the west side of Broadway, which will soon be transformed, Governor Pataki said last week, "with new landmark gray sidewalks, granite curbs" and new lighting fixtures. Across the street is the former storefront of Chelsea Jeans at 196 Broadway, that housed a glassed-in collection of dust-covered jeans: a time capsule of Sept. 11, 2001. Continue south, cross Dey Street and walk far enough to look east across Broadway at:

11 JOHN STREET The Corbin Building, an 1889 skyscraper, was designed by Francis H. Kimball, a busy downtown architect known for his decorative use of terra cotta. Underneath all the grabby signs, fire escapes and soot is a festival of Renaissance revival ornamentation, cast-metal window spandrels and carved brownstone. If the building were reused or the facade saved, Ms. Breen said, "there could be a dramatic and wonderful transportation center and this irreplaceable building could still be preserved."

NASSAU STREET Walk east on John Street one block to Nassau Street, making sure to glance down the block toward the landmark John Street United Methodist Church, the first Methodist church in America. Turn south on Nassau to view the startling vista of the medieval street plan of Lower Manhattan, including the massive Renaissance rustication of the Federal Reserve Bank Building to the left, and the New York Stock Exchange, straight ahead.

63 NASSAU STREET Walk a half block south to 63 Nassau. This 1860's survivor of the era of ornate cast-iron facades is attributed to the first manufacturer of cast-iron buildings in New York, James Bogardus. Note the patriotic little metal cartouches of Ben Franklin. Head north again on Nassau Street, pausing briefly at the elaborately carved "L" stone cartouche at 83 Nassau Street: such initials, endemic to the area, were the talismans of merchants' pride.

130 FULTON STREET The Fulton Building on the corner of Nassau, which does not have official landmark status, is an eclectic Renaissance-revival fantasy of limestone, brick, and terra cotta, designed by the firm of DeLemos & Cordes and built from 1891 to 1893.

127 FULTON STREET Heading east again, encounter the Keuffel & Esser building, a slender seven-story Renaissance revival masonry classic with a graceful cast-iron storefront partially obscured by scaffolding. Note the coat of arms (the business was founded in 1867, and the building constructed in 1892) as well as the cast-metal window-frame sculptures of drafting implements.

123 FULTON STREET Dating from the early 19th century, this thoroughly unremarkable walkup, with apartments over a retail store, is a surviving example "of the classic type that once populated this neighborhood," Mr. Stubbs said.

106 FULTON STREET Walk down past Dutch Street to view the newish facade on the Pace University dormitory building. Then retrace your steps to Dutch Street and head south, to discover an architectural secret. The 14-story neo-Classical office building on the east side of the street — with the stamped-metal exterior and exquisite architectural detail — is actually what the L-shaped 106 Fulton looks like under its modernized cladding.

GOLD STREET Walk east, then south down the pre-grid-plan narrowness of Gold Street. Take in the Queen Anne-style 1888 Excelsior Power Company, designed by William Grinnell, with its extraordinary cast-iron building sign.

EDENS AND RYDERS Meander to the left down Edens Alley, trodding the Belgian blocks once so typical of the quaint lanes in the area. The L-shaped street's outlet on Fulton Street has an entirely different name: Ryders Alley.

CLIFF STREET Walk east on Fulton, then make a right at Cliff Street for an object lesson in architectural transition. The look of the original buildings, dating from the 1830's, is apparent from the granite post-and-lintel arch that extends across 28, 30 and 32 Cliff Street. The four-story building at 28 Cliff Street has retained many of the original elements. But "refacading" of 28 Cliff Street and 30 Cliff Street has led to modernizations that Mr. Stubbs deplores and, he said, "could hint at the future around here."

SCHERMERHORN ROW Complete the tour by walking east on Fulton to the South Street Seaport. Between Front Street and South Street, on the right, observe the classic row of Schermerhorn commercial buildings, completed in 1807. Stroll past this block that once bustled with burghers, immigrants, gentlemen, slaves and seamen. The buildings are still there because, in the 1960's, after no little struggle, they were declared landmarks.

Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

January 22nd, 2005, 10:42 PM
January 20, 2005


Waiting, Waiting on a Plan for the Fulton Corridor


The future of the landmark-quality former headquarters of Keuffel & Esser would be affected by a completed Fulton Street corridor plan.

THE "Fulton Corridor Action Plan" - a river-to-river redevelopment framework for Fulton Street and environs, with an emphasis on shopping, entertainment and the arts - was initiated in 2002 by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the City Planning Department. They awarded the project to Robert A. M. Stern Architects, known for its work on the retail revitalization of 42nd Street.

To date, there has been action on the Fulton corridor, but there is still no publicly articulated plan, though the need for one is growing more urgent.

For instance, the landmark-quality former Keuffel & Esser headquarters at 127 Fulton Street is for sale, with no clear indication of how it might fit in with a market hall that is envisioned on the same block, at the northeast corner of Nassau Street.

And the greater Fulton Street plan, whatever it is, will have to compete with other projects for the diminishing federal grants available in Lower Manhattan. Gov. George E. Pataki has set a deadline of March for laying out spending priorities.

"We have reason to believe they're working on good stuff, but without seeing the plans, it's hard to know," said Petra Todorovich, an associate planner at the independent, nonprofit Regional Plan Association.

Two weeks ago, it appeared that the public would finally get a chance to glimpse a more detailed future of Fulton Street and lower Greenwich Street, where new parkland might be created on a deck over the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel entrance. A panel discussion with state and city officials was scheduled Jan. 11 at the Center for Architecture in Greenwich Village, but the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation declined to participate and the event was not held.

"The frustration, very simply, is that we have been saying that it's not just about the World Trade Center site," said Fredric M. Bell, executive director of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects, which runs the Center for Architecture.

Given the extraordinary demands of ground zero, it is not hard to understand why planners sometimes seem to slight other areas downtown. Still, if Lower Manhattan is to rebound fully, its social, cultural and economic health will rest on more than the new World Trade Center alone, which is why it is so important to get a picture of what officials have in mind for Fulton Street, Greenwich Street and the East River waterfront.

Kevin M. Rampe, the president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and Daniel L. Doctoroff, the deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding, said yesterday that the Fulton Street plan was near completion and that planning for Greenwich Street was under way. Both projects will come into sharper focus, they said, once spending priorities are set and it is known how much money remains for projects outside ground zero, after ensuring construction of a memorial and cultural buildings.

In federally financed projects that involve the acquisition of real property, notices must be sent to all residents or businesses that may be displaced. The more refined and focused the plan, Mr. Rampe said, the fewer such disruptive notices need to be sent.

On the other hand, the longer the wait for a plan, the more speculation is likely to occur. That is underscored by the uncertain fate of the Keuffel & Esser Building, an 8-story, 113-year-old structure that is on the market for $9.8 million.

(If you are old enough to know what a slide rule is, you know K+E. If not, you can find a K+E Analon slide rule at the Smithsonian Institution. Keuffel & Esser donated it in the 1970's as the pocket calculator pushed the slide rule to near-extinction.)

Keuffel & Esser was founded in 1867 - a date memorialized on the facade at 127 Fulton Street - and acquired 120 years later by Azon. Its name is still on the Fulton Street building, as are reliefs depicting precision tools and scientific instruments. The architects, De Lemos & Cordes, later designed the Macy's flagship at Herald Square.

IT'S a critical building in that it raises the threshold of good architecture on the street," said Ken Lustbader of the Lower Manhattan Emergency Preservation Fund, a coalition of five preservation-minded groups.

In 2002, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg offered his vision for the same block: Fulton Market Square, which he described as "a great place to shop, see a movie, look at art or just people-watch."

Whether the old building fits into this vision at all is unclear. So is the future of the market hall itself, which might cost $30 million. "Fulton Market Square is still a possibility, but it will be a function of available funds," Mr. Doctoroff said yesterday. "And it's not an inconsequential project in terms of money."

Mr. Doctoroff said the city had not yet examined in detail whether the Keuffel & Esser Building and the market hall could coexist or be combined in some way.

As a general principle, Mr. Rampe said, preservation is critical to economic redevelopment downtown. "Historic structures in Lower Manhattan play an incredibly important role in making it the place it is," he said.

That is why advocates like Mr. Lustbader are concerned about the planning limbo on Fulton and Greenwich Streets. "It's unclear what is actually going to be implemented," he said. "Will there be an official plan versus private-sector real estate speculation that can affect the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan at the expense of historic properties?"

Copyright 2005 The New York Times Company

May 8th, 2005, 11:23 PM
Fulton St. area moves close to becoming historic district

By Ronda Kaysen

A swath of the Financial District may soon become an historic district, a change that would be largely honorific in nature, but provide potentially lucrative tax incentives for some property owners in the district.

The State Historic Preservation Office has taken a special interest in the Fulton-Nassau area and hopes to place a slice of Downtown north of Liberty St. and south of Spruce St. on the state register of historic places. Once the district lands on the state register, the application will then be forwarded to Washington D.C. so it can secure its place on the national register.

“This is probably the most important historic proposal we’ve got on the docket this year,” said Mark Peckham, national register unit coordinator, at a May 2 public hearing. “We’d certainly like to see it go forward.”

Behind the garish awnings flaunting cheap shoes and Prada knock-offs along the blocks east of Broadway, Theatre Alley and Park Row and west of Nassau, Dutch and William Sts., is an abundance of buildings seeped in city history. Many of the buildings date back to the 1860s through the 1930s, reminiscent of the neighborhood’s long commercial history.

“We said, ‘Wow, this is really intact, this is really amazing,’” Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the Historic Districts Council, said in a telephone interview of his first serious consideration of the neighborhood in early 2001. “You have these riotous signs on the storefront, but underneath everything’s intact. You’re blown away by the intactness of it.”

H.D.C. proposed the idea to SHiPO in March 2003, in the hopes it might revitalize the tawdry area, which has been unduly burdened by the World Trade Center disaster. “All of a sudden all the stores were shuttered after 9/11,” Bankoff said. “We thought this is a real opportunity to bring these buildings back.”

Unlike city landmark preservation laws, which carry strict construction guidelines, a position on the national register places few restrictions on property owners. Developers are free to alter – or even demolish – any properties in the district and buy and sell property as they see fit.

SHiPO only steps in and makes recommendations, which could impact a development when a property owner taps state or federal funds for a project — such as Liberty Bonds and Community Development Block Grant funds.

And then there are the perks. Commercial or rental property owners are eligible for a preservation tax credit, which allows a 20 percent credit for substantial renovations, and non-profit organizations are eligible for historic preservation grants. There are no tax incentives for residential property owners, however.

“It’s largely honorific, but there’s a little icing on the cake,” said Kathleen Howe, a historic preservation specialist for SHiPO, referring to the tax incentives.

The handful of property owners, Community Board 1 members and other residents who attended the public hearing responded enthusiastically to the proposal. “I’m so happy that this project is going forward and I really hope it goes through,” said Nina Lavin, a Tribeca resident.

Bruce Ehrmann, chairperson of C.B. 1’s Landmarks Committee, suggested writing a resolution in support of the plan.

The proposal has not always received such a warm welcome. When SHiPO and H.D.C. first fielded the idea to C.B. 1 in Sept. 2003, it was met with marked resistance and skepticism.

“All the plans were in flux back then,” C.B. 1 member Roger Byrom told Downtown Express after the meeting, referring to the massive redevelopment changes facing the neighborhood in the months after 9/11. Board members worried, “Is this going to complicate things?”

Since the 2003 presentation, the neighborhood has changed its tune, as was evident at Tuesday night’s meeting. “There’s a lot of support from the people in this room,” said Byrom.

SHiPO sent letters to property owners in the historic district two weeks ago and has received few calls regarding the proposal.

The handful of residents who have called H.D.C.’s offices inquiring about the proposal, said Bankoff, are mainly property owners curious about the tax incentives.

With the community’s blessing, the proposal will appear before the state review board on June 15 and potentially join the 80,000 other New York State properties on the national register by the fall.

Ronda@DowntownExpress.com (Ronda@DowntownExpress.com)

Fulton St neighborhood study by LMDC presented to CB1
Slide presentation (http://www.renewnyc.com/content/ppt/Fulton_Corridor_04-28-05_files/frame.htm)

May 9th, 2005, 09:38 AM
I was on Futon St near Bway on Saturday-what a dingy and depressing street.

May 20th, 2005, 05:02 PM
Fulton Street has more charm than you will ever attain-meiskeit!

June 1st, 2005, 05:21 PM
I was on Futon St near Bway on Saturday-what a dingy and depressing street.

Cmon, Don't slam my neighborhood. Fulton Street is such a historic area that it needs to be preserved. So many of these building were built during the turn of the century and are connections to the past. Sure, The Fulton Street area has deteriorated over the years but it's still one of the few Downtown areas that has character and "pinoche".

TLOZ Link5
June 1st, 2005, 05:26 PM
Don't you mean "panache"?

June 2nd, 2005, 02:41 PM
I guess panache includes having one of the few (only?) Pudgie's in NYC.

June 3rd, 2005, 12:50 AM
Fulton Street is a little dowdy these days, but if you look carefully at the architecture (except for that last block by the Seaport), you will see that underneath the layer of grime there could be greatness.

TLOZ Link5
June 3rd, 2005, 05:29 PM
I guess panache includes having one of the few (only?) Pudgie's in NYC.

Pudgie's was once quite noticeable in Manhattan. There used to be one on Second Avenue, a few blocks from my building. But this was a looooooong time ago.

June 3rd, 2005, 05:40 PM
Fulton Street is a little dowdy these days, but if you look carefully at the architecture (except for that last block by the Seaport), you will see that underneath the layer of grime there could be greatness.

We agree! ;)

Fulton definitely has potential with a scrubbing. Could use better retail, but in time.....

June 3rd, 2005, 06:21 PM
Most of the problems are on the ground floor. Standards are needed for retail display. The neighborhood study calls for wider sidwalks. That means no parking.

Nothing needs to be knocked down, except if possible, the city should take a small area, and build a public plaza, somewhere between Nassau and Gold Sts.

Three notable buildings at Fulton-Nassue intersection:

The Fulton Building being converted to residences
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The landmarked Bennett Building
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124 Fulton
http://img87.echo.cx/img87/6986/fulton124010sj.th.jpg (http://img87.echo.cx/my.php?image=fulton124010sj.jpg)

June 4th, 2005, 02:06 PM


September 20th, 2005, 11:20 AM
The Streets of Lower Manhattan



Conceptual drawings of proposed
renovations to Fulton Street

September 19, 2005

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February 9th, 2006, 09:51 PM
February 10, 2006
Fulton Street Redevelopment Is Approved

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's board voted unanimously yesterday to spend $38 million to redevelop the Fulton Street neighborhood into what the organization's president, Stefan Pryor, called "a vibrant, mixed-use, river-to-river corridor."

Planned improvements include new sidewalks and curbs, benches, lighting fixtures, plantings and signs. The area, to be called the Fulton Corridor, will extend from Church Street to Water Street. It includes not only intersecting streets and those adjacent to Fulton Street, but also the site of the planned Fulton Street Transit Center. The development corporation proposed grants to property owners who agree to restore building facades according to new guidelines intended to emphasize the neighborhood's historic character.

Among other improvements, the development corporation plans to renovate Titanic Park at Fulton and Water Streets. DeLury Plaza, at Fulton and Gold Streets, will be expanded into a larger park, and a children's playground is to be built at Burling Slip, a block south of Fulton Street and east of Water Street.

August 13th, 2006, 01:43 AM
Downtown Express (http://www.downtownexpress.com/de_170/citylooks.html)

Volume 19 • Issue 13 | August 11 - 17, 2006

City looks to Fulton and beyond in East Side plan


By Janet Kwon

The city has expanded long-awaited plans to add park space and better storefronts to Fulton St., although construction on all parts of the project will not begin for several years.

Amanda Burden, chairperson of the Dept. of City Planning, though, told Downtown Express that things are “moving very very rapidly,” now that the money has been approved by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

The $38 million plan will begin an environmental review this fall, and while construction for certain elements of the plan is slated to begin fall 2007, construction for other parts may not start until 2009.

In addition to refurbishing the length of Fulton St., the updated plans now include renovating streets that sprout from Fulton — Nassau, William, Gold, Cliff, Pearl and John Sts. Fulton St. is being extended through the World Trade Center site, which will make the street the only direct connection between Battery Park City and the East River.

“Honestly, when you’re on Broadway, you’re not invited to walk down the street — it’s not inviting to walk down Fulton,” Burden said in a telephone interview. But after the storefronts and sidewalks are revamped and new lighting is added, “it should be one of the most fabulous walks in the city and it will be.”

City Planning images of the plan to improve the area around Fulton St.

In a presentation to Community Board 1’s Seaport/Civic Center Committee, Keith O’Connor, a Lower Manhattan senior planner with City Planning, told the board members and residents that in addition to these streetscape improvements, building facades along a stretch of Fulton St. will also be restored and improved. Construction for this phase of the project will likely begin in 2009.

“Construction will be phased based on the completion of the environmental review and ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure), as well as to coordinate construction with the other various projects planned for Fulton St. — transit hub, W.T.C. site and other streetscape improvements,” said Rachaele Raynoff, a City Planning spokesperson.

Also, the current Fulton St. plan boasts a new playground at Burling Slip, which will be designed by Rockwell Group, who will be working on the project pro bono. Construction for this playground, as well as upgrades and enhancements for the existing Pearl St. playground and the Titanic Memorial Park near Water St. is predicted to begin late 2007. The city had planned to build an apartment building on the Pearl St. playground but changed the plan after C.B. 1 raised objections.

Rockwell Group presented their ideas and philosophy behind creating a “play space” in Burling Slip that both parents and children can enjoy. However, because this was the first time the community was presented with this idea, the firm waited for community response before beginning the design process.

In addition to $38 million from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (approved by HUD), City Department of Transportation is also dedicating $5 million of its Federal Highway Administration funds to the project.

The community reaction to Burling Slip was positive, with the general consensus being that the neighborhood needs more space for children to play. It will take at least 18 months to begin construction on the playground, said Lawrence Mauro, a project manager for the City Department of Parks and Recreation. The 215-ft. by 70-ft. playground will be funded with the $38 million L.M.D.C. money, and Rockwell Group said they are exploring ways to raise private funds to match public funds for the project.

Committee member Linda Roche wondered if certain parts of the plan would suffer to make way for the updates of the plan.

O’Connor answered Roche with a resounding “no,” and assured her that the agencies involved are doing the most they can with the money they have.

“I’m taking him at his word,” Roche said of O’Connor’s response. “I’m just happy to see that they’re working on it… the park over at Burling Slip will be a great amenity to the community,” she added.

Board member Marc Donnenfeld, however, feels that expanding the project could mean a shortage of money.

“They expanded the scope of the job, and generally when you do that, you always need more money,” Donnenfeld said, adding, “You put paint on the wall, and if you’re going to paint a bigger wall, you need more paint.”

The Fulton St. reconstruction project grew out of Mayor Bloomberg’s 2002 vision to revive Lower Manhattan.

© 2006 Community Media, LLC

August 13th, 2006, 11:10 PM
130 Fulton after its rape is complete



August 13th, 2006, 11:29 PM
I walked through that area a few weeks ago, and was amazed at how it is still so filthy. I can't wait to see the results of some of the street improvements. That being said, it had an electric vibrancy to it, and I felt that I liked this gritty aspect that still exists on many streets downtown.

August 14th, 2006, 12:55 AM
This must be the POS responsible for that horror show at 130 Fulton (per DOB (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?passdocnumber=1&passjobnumber=101792632&requestid=3) Applications):


August 14th, 2006, 01:07 AM
Is this the building with the urban outfitters at the bottom, or am i confusing this with another atrocity of an addition?

August 14th, 2006, 07:20 AM
If the folks at Zoning talked to the folks at Landmarks, they'd come up jointly with a formula for square-foot bonuses if the building's original treatment were replicated or sympathetically (and expensively) varied.

You could leave it up to the folks at Landmrks to decide when the addition's design hit the target --but not until you'd replaced the present Commission, every man-jack of them.

August 14th, 2006, 07:39 AM
There are plenty of landmarked buildings in the Financial district, but except for pockets like Stone St and South St Seaport, the entire district is not landmarked.

130 Fulton is not a landmarked building, or this travesty would never have occurred. The fault is with the City Planning Commission.

August 14th, 2006, 07:54 AM
130 Fulton is not a landmarked building, or this travesty would never have occurred.
Not surprisingly, since the city's full of comparably ornate buildings. This isn't a landmark in the sense that Flatiron is a landmark.

In Britain they rate their landmarks into Category A, Category B, Category C, etc. There are different degrees of landmarkhood, and we could have different rules apply to each.

August 14th, 2006, 08:20 AM
The problem with landmarking "secondary buildings" is that it is more time consuming to build a case for landmarking than the more obvious Flatiron.

City Planning has no appreciation for aesthetics. They are only concerned with cubes.

I'm sure this was discussed elsewhere; there is no city agency that is responsible for architectural standards. The City Arts Commission only has juristiction over city owned property.

So it's either landmarked or not, and Giuliani and Bloomberg have effectively silenced the LPC. Sometimes, complaints from groups such as the Municipal Arts Society prods City Planning to act, but it is the exception.

August 14th, 2006, 08:29 AM
^ You're describing the real world as it is; I'm talking about improving it.

August 14th, 2006, 08:43 AM
Maybe it was a bit hidden, but I was talking about improving it.

there is no city agency that is responsible for architectural standards.

August 14th, 2006, 09:10 AM
Maybe it was a bit hidden, but I was talking about improving it.

there is no city agency that is responsible for architectural standards.
OK, right, it was there, but it slinked right by me disguised as a naysay...

Rather than start yet another agency and add yet another time-consuming step to the permitting process, how about getting Landmarks to do it? Czsz had a good idea: declare all of Manhattan a historic district, then they'd have to consider each proposed project.

But replace those rascals first with dedicated architecture buffs.

August 14th, 2006, 11:43 AM
LPC is bad enough as it is, but making it responsible for every building in the city would create a huge agency and dilute its main objective further.

Landmarking the entire island would be a good idea, but that would involve the same intensive research as is done on specific neighborhoods on a much larger scale. I doubt it would survive a court challenge by private property owners.

I think the only logical place for it is within the Dept of Buildings, who already have jurisdiction over all building work.

August 15th, 2006, 05:04 PM
I think the only logical place for it is within the Dept of Buildings, who already have jurisdiction over all building work.
Probably better than nothing, but I do suspect New York's building department is no more aesthetically enlightened than the ones I deal with daily.

They would have to set up a separate department and segregate it from contact with the safety and wheelchair folk --preferably in a separate building.

Then require at least a master's degree in Architecture, History of Art, or Fine Arts. Archaeology might also qualify.

August 21st, 2006, 07:24 AM
As unbelievably atrocious/fugly as the addition is, I'm glad they saved the old facade, at least.

I walked down Fulton and some of its parallel streets on the way to the seaport, etc. It's gritty allright, but not depressing or anything. Nice to see they're adding a playground, in case I take the kiddies next time I'm in NYC.

June 29th, 2007, 06:10 AM
Starting in July, Fulton St. will mostly be closed for over 2 years

Fulton St., west of Gold, and the red-lined section of
Nassau St. will be closed to most traffic for the next 2 years.
Emergency vehicles will be allowed through and delivery
trucks will be able to get close to stores. The plan includes
expanding and renovating parks and plazas.

By Skye H. McFarlane

The good news is that Fulton St. is getting a major makeover. The bad news is that due to an ailing 150-year-old water main, the street will require radical plastic surgery instead of a simple trip to the Macy’s makeup counter.

And as with any surgery, there will be some pain before a prettier, healthier Fulton St. can emerge. A group of five city agencies appeared before neighborhood residents last Thursday to elaborate on the Fulton St. project, which will entail 90-hour work weeks, multiple street closures and nighttime water shut-offs en route to revamped streetscapes, spruced-up storefronts and new public parks. Traffic closures on the street will start sometime in July, perhaps as soon as July 9, and will last for 2 1/2 years.

“It’s going to be a challenging time,” Josh Wallack of the city’s Economic Development Corporation told residents and business owners during the informational meeting at Southbridge Towers. “Hopefully, we can bring a lot of good things on line more quickly than we would have ordinarily.”

The original E.D.C. plan for the area was to repave streets, fix sidewalks and install historically appropriate curbs and lighting, similar to what the Downtown Alliance has put into place elsewhere in Lower Manhattan. However, when city crews did test excavations last year, they discovered that Fulton St. concealed a 150-year-old water main that would need to be replaced within the next decade.

Replacing the water main, the city learned, would involve digging by hand through 5.5 feet of densely tangled utility systems — some of which are no longer operational. The painstaking utility work will add years of labor and millions of dollars to the cost of the project.

Working a standard, 40-hour week, the city estimated that the project would not finish up until 2015, a completion date it deemed “unacceptable.” Therefore, representatives from the Departments of Transportation, Design and Construction, Transportation, Planning, and Parks came up with a plan to fast-track the part of the project closest to the new Fulton Transit Hub, which the Metropolitan Transportation Authority hopes to open in 2009.

Starting sometime in the next few weeks, Fulton St. from Church St. to Gold St. will be closed to through traffic for the better part of two-and-a-half years. In 2008, most of Nassau St. from Fulton St. to Spruce St. will also be closed. As many as 10 crews will be working on the project at once from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays.

In addition, crews will work through the night to replace the water main, so that necessary water shut-offs will not affect local businesses during the day. Each block will lose its overnight water service for a period of roughly two weeks, and that will likely start later in the summer or in the fall. In order to avoid digging up the same street repeatedly for new projects or repairs, as has happened on Maiden Lane, the city is insisting that private utility companies use the same trenches and contractors to complete any work they need to do in the area. The city will also install an additional water main during the project.

Agency representatives at Thursday’s meeting said that they understand that residents and business owners do not care whether it is the city or a private utility digging up the street — it is the city’s responsibility to make sure that the work proceeds as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

With the aggressive schedule, the city hopes to finish the first, and most arduous, phase of the project by Sept. 2009. During that time, half of each block will remain paved, so that emergency vehicles and local deliveries can access the street. Pedestrians will also be able to get through. Movement will become challenging in 2009, however, when the Nassau and Fulton St. closures will be compounded by three other D.O.T. repaving projects — a full street closure on Beekman St. and lane closures on Peck Slip, Maiden Lane and Liberty St.

Residents at the meeting gasped when they heard this news, saying that locals, taxis and naïve tourists will likely become trapped in the labyrinth of closed-off streets. Because most of the street closures will affect westbound thoroughfares, the D.O.T. is considering reversing the traffic direction on Spruce and Platt Sts. during the heaviest construction period. There may also be restrictions on parking and delivery times.

What most of the residents wanted to see, however, is enforcement of the city’s current parking regulations. Most of the streets in the area are already choked to a halt, they said, by illegally parked cars sporting government placards.

“Traffic here is a horror now,” said Seaport resident John Ost. “People just cannot get out of here as it is. You say that the N.Y.P.D. will be in charge of enforcing the traffic regulations and frankly, that worries me.”

A study by Transportation Alternatives last fall showed that police officers abuse their parking privileges more frequently than members of any other agency. A Downtown Express investigation in October found that even cars with expired, invalid or phony police permits were not given tickets on Fulton St. Residents at the meeting worried that closing so many streets, without also ticketing and towing illegal parkers, will turn the remaining streets in the neighborhood into impassable government parking lots.

The city officials did not respond to placard parking questions at the meeting, but the D.O.T. is currently studying the proliferation of placards in Lower Manhattan. A city source later said privately, “The city recognizes that the misuse of placards for parking is an issue in Lower Manhattan and we are looking at ways to address it.”

In 2009 or 2010, the agencies will start phase two of the Fulton St. project — the utility work in front of Southbridge Towers and streetscape renovations on William, Gold, Cliff, Pearl and John Sts. The second phase of the project will also include improvements to Titanic Park on the east side of Pearl St. and an expansion of the Pearl St. playground on the west side of Pearl St. The access lane next to the Pearl St. playground will be closed off and turned into a pedestrian plaza.

“We’re very excited to actually close that street and create a new public space,” said Joshua Kraus of D.O.T.

The city also hopes to create new public space in 2009, at the end of the first phase of the project. At Fulton and Gold Sts., the D.O.T. plans to eliminate the hazardous traffic triangle that currently allows cars to wheel north onto Gold St. without signaling or stopping. The intersection will become a standard crossing with a traffic light. If the city can arrange to purchase a small chunk of land from Southbridge, the Parks Department would then build a new park, called DeLury Square, on the excess curbside.

In late summer or early fall, E.D.C. will unveil the final component of its Fulton St. plan — an incentive program to encourage façade renovations. Though its terms have not yet been finalized, the program will work in spirit like the National Register system, using financial rewards (instead of punitive regulations) to encourage building owners to bring their structures back up to historically appropriate standards. This would include getting rid of garish signs and worn-down, late-20th century storefronts.

All told, the streetscape and façade programs will cost $38 million, provided by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. As yet, it is unclear how much it will cost to complete the water main and utility work. Part of the project will use $6.5 million in emergency repair funds from the Federal Highway Administration, with the city paying for the balance of the work.

Although there will be work going on day and night for the next two years, Wallack told the crowd that the construction will seldom be noisy, since crews must dig by hand and will often be working several feet below street level.

The Department of Design and Construction will have community liaisons in the neighborhood to work with community members and resolve day-to-day issues. Problems can also be directed to the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center, which can be accessed by calling 3-1-1. The agencies pledged to hold repeated public meetings as the project moves forward.

“What we commit to you is that we won’t disappear,” Kraus told the residents. “We will come back and let you know what is going on…Just try to remember that there are exciting things in store when this is over.”



June 29th, 2007, 07:27 AM
In late summer or early fall, E.D.C. will unveil the final component of its Fulton St. plan — an incentive program to encourage façade renovations. Though its terms have not yet been finalized, the program will work in spirit like the National Register system, using financial rewards (instead of punitive regulations) to encourage building owners to bring their structures back up to historically appropriate standards. This would include getting rid of garish signs and worn-down, late-20th century storefronts.
Should do this all over the city.

Think how much Bond Street would benefit from this. It would also get all those missing cornices put back; Harlem would look even better.

June 26th, 2008, 09:13 AM
Burling Slip Playground

Daily Activities

The following information was last updated on May 19, 2008.
The project transmitted for bid on February 15, 2008. The bid is being scheduled. Section U materials have been coordinated with private utilities and sewer work in coordination with DEP. The contract requires law department and LMDC approval. Construction started planned for mid-summer.

© 2008 Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center/LMDC

August 17th, 2008, 09:43 PM
The LMDC info website indicated a while back that "double shifts" would be put in by the Judlau union blokes, but every time I walk by (which is frequent and not at lunchtime) all I see are guys standing around (one or two smoking cigars) trying to look like they are busy... did the funding get dragged out over the longer time period such that they are also only working single shifts perhaps... I never see any workers after 6pm! By my reckoning the Fulton st work will be finished MUCH later than we all were lead to believe.

August 18th, 2008, 02:28 AM
will this result in lead poisoning? ;)

August 21st, 2008, 09:49 PM
Good point..and there's so much hubbub about the need to detox the old Deutsche bank building while we are walking by all those open pipes for years.

August 25th, 2008, 10:31 PM
I spy with my little eye!

No progress!

September 12th, 2008, 08:48 AM

Money for Fulton St. facelift is not just a facade

City officials presented plans to give store and building owners on Fulton and Nassau Sts. incentives to improve their storefronts and facades.

By Sisi Wei

Since the water main project began on Fulton St. on June 23, 2007, business owners have seen construction six days a week with added occasional overnight construction. At the end of 2008 or the start of 2009, Fulton St. building and business owners may opt for even more construction — this time on their individual buildings.

After construction finishes on the World Trade Center memorial and the South Street Seaport, pedestrian traffic will increase significantly on Fulton St., said Seth Myers, project manager at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. The increase in traffic has spurred city agencies to improve the appearance of Fulton and Nassau Sts., resulting in a storefront and building facade improvement program by the E.D.C. and the N.Y.C. Department of City Planning.

Once launched, the program may be the largest storefront improvement program across the country, said Ali Davis, another E.D.C. project manager, as she presented the project to the Financial District Committee of Community Board 1 on Sept. 3 with Myers and Keith O’Connor, the Lower Manhattan project manager for City Planning.

Eligible owners can apply for up to $275,000 in building or storefront construction services (not grants), depending how many tiers of the improvement program owners apply for.

The first tier deals with the basic storefront, giving store owners the chance to construct new signage, replace security gates and restore awnings. This tier provides up to $15,000 worth of services with no match requirement from the store owner.

The second tier has a more comprehensive storefront focus, offering up to $60,000 for improvements such as window replacements and new architectural lighting. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is funding the project, will match store and building owner investments two to one for second tier services. For owners to receive the full $60,000, they must pay E.D.C.’s contractor $30,000 up front.

Third tier facade restoration looks at the entire building from top to bottom. Improvements may include replacing upper story windows and restoring building linings. The program offers up to $200,000 in services for this tier, with the same matching requirements as tier two.

The L.M.D.C. has given $15 million for the project, which will continue for three years or until funding runs out, Davis said.

O’Connor stresses that the development project isn’t for uniformity, but rather to make every individual building the best it can be.

“This isn’t about having the same sign on every building,” he said. “This is about embracing what we see as a very unique Fulton and Nassau, which has the densest concentration of ground-level retail anywhere in Lower Manhattan.”

Davis hopes to start outreach to building and store owners by the end of the month. The E.D.C. is considering holding large scale outreach meetings as well as reaching out to owners individually or in small groups.

The storefront facade program is part of a three-part effort to make Fulton St. more appealing. In addition to offering improvement incentives to business owners, the L.M.D.C. is also funding improvements to plazas and nearby side streets.


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September 12th, 2008, 10:40 AM
The Disney brigade. ;)

September 16th, 2008, 07:32 AM
no news about the new Delury Square Park?

September 16th, 2008, 12:07 PM
After construction finishes on the World Trade Center memorial and the South Street Seaport, pedestrian traffic will increase significantly on Fulton St.
Now, that's taking the long view.

September 18th, 2008, 11:59 PM
They opened a bit of the intersection at Gold St and Fulton St this afternoon!!

... I am besides myself with shock...

September 20th, 2008, 06:37 AM
Streetscapes | 63 Nassau Street

Cast-Iron Builder, Iron-Clad Renown

By CHRISTOPHER GRAY (http://query.nytimes.com/search/query?ppds=bylL&v1=CHRISTOPHER GRAY&fdq=19960101&td=sysdate&sort=newest&ac=CHRISTOPHER GRAY&inline=nyt-per)
Published: September 19, 2008


October 11th, 2008, 09:50 AM
The Old Fulton Market (http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/cushman/full/P02516.jpg) (September 27, 1941)


Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection (http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/cushman/results/detail.do?query=city%3A%22New+York%22&page=2&pagesize=20&display=thumbcap&action=search&pnum=P02516)

October 25th, 2008, 08:45 AM
Alliance & Stringer say enforce existing vending laws

By Julie Shapiro

As City Councilmember Alan Gerson’s plan to overhaul street vendor legislation inches forward, two local leaders are taking the matter into their own hands.

Borough President Scott Stringer and Liz Berger, president of the Downtown Alliance, each announced plans last week to combat illegal vending in Lower Manhattan, particularly around the World Trade Center site.

“Let’s do what we can under the existing law now,” Berger said at Community Board 1’s Quality of Life Committee meeting last Thursday. “This stuff is complicated but not impossible.”

Berger unveiled a seven-point plan that she said does not preclude a legislative solution, but she also questioned the effectiveness of some of the measures Gerson has suggested, including his lottery for contested vending slots.

Three days later, Stringer held a press conference across the street from ground zero to announce a three-point plan to regulate vending that was also independent of Gerson’s legislation. Stringer said he was not aware of Gerson’s proposals.

Both Berger and Stringer called for consistent enforcement of the laws on the books and communication among vendors, city agencies, law enforcement and the public. Stringer also wants to increase fines and track repeat offenders, while Berger also wants to create a dedicated Lower Manhattan vending taskforce along with police foot patrols.

Robert Lederman, president of ARTIST (Artists’ Response To Illegal State Tactics) and one of the most strident critics of Gerson’s legislation, usually has only harsh words for business improvement districts, but he found himself partly agreeing with Berger in this case.

“Right is right,” he said when told of Berger’s vending plan that would leave the city’s laws intact. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Gerson did not take Berger and Stringer’s new plans as a rejection of his legislation.

“We’re all on the same page and working together,” he said. His legislation would provide some of the measures Stringer called for, like increased signage. Gerson said he agreed with Stringer and Berger that the laws need to be enforced, but he said doing it isn’t as simple as saying it.

“There’s a reason why for over a decade, enforcement has been sporadic at best,” Gerson said. “That’s because the current laws are difficult if not impossible to enforce.”

The city’s vending codes are extremely complicated, with different sets of rules applying to different types of vendors selling different wares on different streets at different times. Gerson’s vending package consists of more than a dozen bills that seek to clarify the rules so vendors know how to stay within the law and the police know how to enforce it.

The City Council will hold its first hearing on part of Gerson’s legislation Oct. 30. The Council will hear three proposals: to increase the number of legal vendor licenses; to make it harder for vendors to set up near sidewalk obstructions; and to close a loophole that allows an unlimited number of First Amendment vendors to set up wherever a disabled veteran sets up.

The Council will not vote on the bills on Oct. 30, but Gerson said his legislation is being fast-tracked and he thinks it could be implemented before his term ends at the end of 2009.

Lederman has many objections to Gerson’s legislation, including its limits on First Amendment vendors.

“If it’s passed, we’ll be making a big lawsuit and win lot of money,” Lederman said.

Lederman also mistrusts Gerson’s proposal to increase the number of vending licenses, since Lederman said the legislation would also reduce the number of legal vending spaces. Additionally, Lederman quibbles with Gerson’s definition of a sidewalk obstruction, which includes tree roots and cellar doors.

Under the current laws, Berger and Stringer are both targeting the area around ground zero because it has the simplest rules of any part of the city: In the area bounded by Liberty St., West St., Vesey St. and Broadway, no vendors are allowed. The only possible exception is First Amendment vendors who carry the materials they distribute, as opposed to setting up a table. The State Legislature enacted this ban in 2004, and Stringer, who was then in the Assembly, said he finds it “shocking and outrageous” that people continue to vend so close to ground zero.

“Profiteers are cashing in on one of the worst tragedies,” he said. “This site should never have to become a carnival for profiteers who diminish everything this country and this city have been through.”

Vendors who spoke to Downtown Express a few weeks ago said they peddle their wares at ground zero because they can’t find anywhere else to go. They are drawn to the crowds of tourists who visit the site, and even when police arrest them or chase them away, they return day after day. Many said they have families to feed, and some said that at least selling knockoff goods was better than committing crimes like stealing or dealing drugs.

Stringer’s staff tracked the number of illegal vendors near the W.T.C. site over 11 days in September and early October. They found a maximum of 53 vendors one Saturday afternoon, while most other days they found about 10. Nearly all of the merchandise vendors were selling knockoff goods, while about two-thirds of the First Amendment vendors were selling images of the Twin Towers, according to the report.

As Berger described ways to crack down on illegal vendors at the C.B. 1 meeting last week, she pointed out a provision that bans vending wherever there are “exigent circumstances.”

Because of all the construction, “Some people might argue that all of Lower Manhattan is in an exigent circumstance,” Berger said.

Also at the C.B. 1 meeting, Jenu Brar from the District Attorney’s office presented vending statistics from the First Precinct. From July 1 to Sept. 30 of this year, officers made 92 arrests for counterfeit merchandise vending, 60 of which were on Church St. near the W.T.C. site. Of the 92 arrests, nine people received fines, 19 received community service, two received six months probation, three received jail time and one was let out of jail on time served.

One of the vendors who got jail time had been selling fake DVDs and was sentenced to 30 days at the beginning of the summer, only to be caught again in August and sentenced to 90 days, Brar said.

Betty Cohen, director of corporate relations for Century 21, said the vendors create chaos outside the entrance to the department store. Many tourists see the 9/11 memorabilia as exploitative and exchange words with the vendors that sometimes escalate into scuffles. The vendors also argue with Century’s security guards, who try to stop the vendors from blocking the entrance, and they argue with police officers, who sometimes walk away injured, Cohen said.

“Everyone is blaming the police, but they’re always responsive,” Cohen said. She thinks the Department of Consumer Affairs and the District Attorney need to be more active in going after illegal vendors and their suppliers. She likened the situation to a three-pronged outlet with only one prong, the police, going into the socket.

Stuart Yule, director of safety for the Millenium Hilton across from ground zero, said the vendors bother the guests as they come in and out of the hotel. The problem is the worst on Sundays, when fewer police are around, he said.

“It’s like a carnival,” Yule said. “It’s really not right.”


October 26th, 2008, 01:40 PM
Corner Gold and Fulton this afternoon . awaiting those ladies from North and South Carolina who just don't get it to pass by.

October 26th, 2008, 01:48 PM
all dug up and no place to go....

Fulton St between William and beyond Gold...

Wondering whether Delury Sq Park will ever materialize?

October 26th, 2008, 03:45 PM
New 23 story Poon at 92 Fulton Street.





Peter Poon Architects

October 26th, 2008, 05:51 PM
^ Poor man's #1 Madison. ;)

October 27th, 2008, 10:42 PM
^ Poor man's #1 Madison. ;)

Looks OK to me... better than an empty lot!

March 7th, 2009, 03:05 PM
The steel for Fulton St inside the WTC site is being installed.

March 7th, 2009, 11:43 PM
New streets crossing the site will be a revelation. Ilook forward to this development at the WTC.

April 13th, 2009, 08:55 PM
Looks a bit temporary...

May 2nd, 2009, 01:07 PM
April 29, 2009
Fulton Street Final Restoration Starts Next Week

The restoration marks the end of the first phase of the project
A section of Fulton Street’s heavily trafficked roadway will reopen to regular traffic by summer 2009, as city crews begin the final restoration of the street and sidewalks. On Monday, May 4th, the Department of Design and Construction will begin permanent restoration of the sidewalks, curbs, and asphalt wearing course between Broadway and Dutch Street. Work will begin on the south side of Fulton Street west of Nassau and continue eastward to the Fulton and Dutch intersection; it will then continue in the same pattern on the north side of Fulton.

The work will take place on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and is expected to take several weeks (weather permitting). During the project, pedestrian and building access will be maintained at all times. Street parking will be prohibited, and one lane of traffic lane will be open between Broadway and Nassau Streets.

The restoration marks the end of the first phase of the Fulton Street Corridor project. Phase 2 is already underway, with utility work active at DeLury Square (Gold Street) and between Broadway and Church Street. Fulton Street east of Gold, as well as Nassau Street, also will be reconstructed as part of the project starting in summer 2009 through 2011.

May 23rd, 2009, 01:44 PM
slowly, slowly....

June 25th, 2009, 10:30 PM

August 1st, 2009, 09:58 AM
Fulton St and Gold St

October 22nd, 2009, 05:11 PM
Today they finally sealed the last intersection. Fulton and William was an abortion for at least 6 months while the contractor kept screwing things up and redoing work over and over until they met the specifications of the contract.

November 15th, 2009, 11:57 AM
Traffic and parking restrictions will be in place this weekend, as city crews will conclude the water-main installation project on Fulton Street between Church and Gold Streets. The final repaving work will take place on Sunday, November 15th from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (weather permitting), with additional work on Sunday if necessary. The work will suspend parking on Fulton Street, and restrict traffic through the Fulton-Nassau intersection. Crews will repave the roadway from curb to curb, laying two coats of asphalt. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

The repaving work completes the roadway reconstruction for the Fulton Street Corridor project Phase 1, while final sidewalk and curb installation will continue in some locations. Phase 2 is now active east of Gold Street, and Phase 3 is planned to begin in 2010.

November 15th, 2009, 04:02 PM

November 15th, 2009, 04:12 PM
Maybe this will become a nicer street...with potential to become more like TriBeca, or SoHo...

I think I will post a few shots here periodically of the criminals who block our sidewalks along an already very congested street.:cool:

November 15th, 2009, 04:16 PM
The media and the police appear to be focused on other things. These crimes are not petty in my opinion as they support an entire network of crime that reaches all the way to Asia.

They saw the Yankees Cap and the Camera pointing their way (clearly not another tourist from South Carolina)... they know they are criminals, so they walked away quickly.

November 15th, 2009, 04:57 PM
If the City feels a need to allow folks to distribute their wares (God knows people need to earn some money these days) then officials should designate a market area where transactions can take place. Otherwise vendors on sidewalks should, in a respectful and legal manner, be disbursed, removed, items confiscated -- whatever it takes. The downtown streets and sidewalks are way too crowded to allow half the width to be overtaken by transient enterprises.

After all, they are called side WALKS :cool:

(There is a large swath of open space just behind the Municipal Building that would serve A-OK as an open market. I believe it's called One Police Plaza.)

November 15th, 2009, 05:44 PM
Very good conclusion to your remarks!

November 15th, 2009, 09:27 PM
Yeah, I think Lofter's remarks make a lot of sense ... but also show the absence of logic in letting people engage in illegal behavior in the open. It'd be a huge plus for the lives of local residents, plus it'd simply enhance quality of life/experience for area workers, passersby and tourists, if the illegal vendors were given one place to sell their counterfeit knockoffs. The issue is that, when you do that, you're basically setting aside a "special economic zone" (as they like to set up in China and Russia, or in airports around the world) where the normal laws don't apply. But then you just have a big, physical "black market" where criminality would, literally (or litterally), be welcome. It'd defy all logic, and undermine faith in the law on a broader scale, IMO. I think the city needs to just crack down on these guys. If you can't make an honest buck doing what you're doing, maybe you should do something else...

November 15th, 2009, 10:56 PM
I will continue doing my bit by posting photos of them periodically, so at least they are identifiable.

November 16th, 2009, 11:02 PM
Downtown is a mess compared to Midtown. Everything seems to be under perpetual construction. Everything is filthy/dusty and the stores compose of low-end merchandise and fast food. I'm surprised more tenants haven't fled the neighborhood, luckily the space is cheap.

Hopefully when all this construction is done, it will shine. The potential is there.

November 19th, 2009, 07:35 PM
the construction has driven many of the few remaining stores out of business - strand is a good example. landlord wanted them to stay, they just couldn't get their customers into the store. Nassau st. has been mostly empty since 9/11. the numerous street vendors, IMHO, make the area even less appealing to the would be store owner

November 19th, 2009, 08:34 PM
To remedy the illegal vendors I recommend the following (such action seems to be working in Soho, where NYPD has recently been getting things in order before the holiday crush):

!) Call you local NYPD precinct and talk to the Community Affairs Officer(s); let your concerns be known in detail.

2) Call 311 and register an in depth complaint with specifics about locations.

3) Contact your City Council rep and give a detailed notice of illegal activity.

Then follow up if things don't start to improve. And get neighbors & management of local businesses / buildings to do the same.

November 19th, 2009, 08:46 PM
Ok, I like those ideas. Stay tuned, I should be able to find the time to "Get Involved".

also, this was a heightend issue just over one year ago, the problem is the vendors simply have moved away from ground zero further east along Fulton St. Also the "Consistent Enforcement" appears to be waning.:

Increased Fines Sought for Illegal Street Vendors

October 22, 2008 – Several elected officials are taking steps to tackle the problem of illegal street vendors in Lower Manhattan. Scores of 9/11 hawkers have been a mainstay at Ground Zero. Downtown Alliance President Elizabeth Berger unveiled a seven point plan and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer announced a three point plan to regulate vending. Both plans call for consistent enforcement; Stringer wants to increase fines and trace repeat offenders; Berger called for the creation of a dedicated Lower Manhattan vending taskforce. The City Council will hold a hearing October 30th on proposals put forth by Councilmember Alan Gerson. He wants to increase the number of vendor licenses and make it harder for vendors to set up shop near construction sites.

oh, and this is one of the primary reasons I voted for young Daniel:

Squadron Proposes Fingerprinting Illegal Vendors

May 1, 2009 – State Senator Daniel Squadron wants to fingerprint street vendors who break the law, according to The Downtown Express. Squadron says with fingerprinting, the city would be able to keep records of repeat offenders. The paper says judges usually slap vendors with community service or fines and the vendors are back on the street in a few days. Squadron says illegal vendors block sidewalks, cause congestion, divert traffic from local businesses and make it difficult for legal vendors to work.

(I'm not sure that there should be ANY vendors along the busiest sidewalks as Lofter pointed out.)

November 19th, 2009, 09:15 PM
Yeah, it's a pain and takes time but it has seemed to work up this way.

The smelly food cart that has been parked under my window 24/7 for the last six months was finally ticketed and forced to move this morning! And in the past week, despite good weather, there have been far fewer tables taking up sidewalk space in these parts.

November 22nd, 2009, 12:38 PM

November 22nd, 2009, 06:26 PM
If the NYPD would nab a couple of those shoppers (for "trafficking in counterfeit goods"), throw 'em in the pokey and get some pics in The Post it would go a long way towards curbing illegal vending. Probably a far more effective deterrent than going after the vendors themselves.

Kill the demand and the supply will evaporate.

November 22nd, 2009, 09:26 PM
Report Counterfeit Trafficking in Handbags, Watches and the like right here: https://apps.cbp.gov/eallegations/

Here's the International Anti Counterfeiting Coalition: http://www.iacc.org/

And the Federal Law:

Federal Criminal Intellectual Property Statutes

18 U.S.C. § 2320

Effective March 16, 2006; current as of March 1, 2007

(a) Whoever intentionally traffics or attempts to traffic in goods or services and knowingly uses a counterfeit mark on or in connection with such goods or services, or intentionally traffics or attempts to traffic in labels, patches, stickers, wrappers, badges, emblems, medallions, charms, boxes, containers, cans, cases, hangtags, documentation, or packaging of any type or nature, knowing that a counterfeit mark has been applied thereto, the use of which is likely to cause confusion, to cause mistake, or to deceive, shall, if an individual, be fined not more than $2,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both, and, if a person other than an individual, be fined not more than $5,000,000. In the case of an offense by a person under this section that occurs after that person is convicted of another offense under this section, the person convicted, if an individual, shall be fined not more than $5,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if other than an individual, shall be fined not more than $15,000,000.
(1) The following property shall be subject to forfeiture to the United States and no property right shall exist in such property:
(A) Any article bearing or consisting of a counterfeit mark used in committing a violation of subsection (a).
(B) Any property used, in any manner or part, to commit or to facilitate the commission of a violation of subsection (a).
(2) The provisions of chapter 46 of this title relating to civil forfeitures, including section 983 of this title, shall extend to any seizure or civil forfeiture under this section. At the conclusion of the forfeiture proceedings, the court, unless otherwise requested by an agency of the United States, shall order that any forfeited article bearing or consisting of a counterfeit mark be destroyed or otherwise disposed of according to law.
(A) The court, in imposing sentence on a person convicted of an offense under this section, shall order, in addition to any other sentence imposed, that the person forfeit to the United States--
(i) any property constituting or derived from any proceeds the person obtained, directly or indirectly, as the result of the offense;
(ii) any of the person's property used, or intended to be used, in any manner or part, to commit, facilitate, aid, or abet the commission of the offense; and
(iii) any article that bears or consists of a counterfeit mark used in committing the offense.
(B) The forfeiture of property under subparagraph (A), including any seizure and disposition of the property and any related judicial or administrative proceeding, shall be governed by the procedures set forth in section 413 of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 (21 U.S.C. 853), other than subsection (d) of that section. Notwithstanding section 413(h) of that Act, at the conclusion of the forfeiture proceedings, the court shall order that any forfeited article or component of an article bearing or consisting of a counterfeit mark be destroyed.
(4) When a person is convicted of an offense under this section, the court, pursuant to sections 3556, 3663A, and 3664, shall order the person to pay restitution to the owner of the mark and any other victim of the offense as an offense against property referred to in section 3663A(c)(1)(A)(ii).
(5) The term "victim", as used in paragraph (4), has the meaning given that term in section 3663A(a)(2).


Pub. L. 109–181, § 1(a)(2), Mar. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 285, provided that: “The Congress finds that—
“(A) the United States economy is losing millions of dollars in tax revenue and tens of thousands of jobs because of the manufacture, distribution, and sale of counterfeit goods;
“(B) the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection estimates that counterfeiting costs the United States $200 billion annually;
“(C) counterfeit automobile parts, including brake pads, cost the auto industry alone billions of dollars in lost sales each year;
“(D) counterfeit products have invaded numerous industries, including those producing auto parts, electrical appliances, medicines, tools, toys, office equipment, clothing, and many other products;
“(E) ties have been established between counterfeiting and terrorist organizations that use the sale of counterfeit goods to raise and launder money;
“(F) ongoing counterfeiting of manufactured goods poses a widespread threat to public health and safety; and
“(G) strong domestic criminal remedies against counterfeiting will permit the United States to seek stronger anticounterfeiting provisions in bilateral and international agreements with trading partners.”

November 22nd, 2009, 09:29 PM
ICE arrests 3 for trafficking in counterfeit goods
Handbags, purses, wallets seized at the Grandview Flea Market in Derry

CONCORD, N.H. - Three vendors at the Grandview Flea Market were arrested today after an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents.

ICE agents, with assistance from the Derry Police Department, served three federal search warrants this morning at the flea market and arrested Guo Qiao Lin, 32 of Flushing, N.Y.; Peng de Lin, 35 of Flushing, N.Y.; and Junwu Chen, 40, of Woodside, N.Y., for trafficking in counterfeit goods.

ICE agents seized thousands of counterfeit handbags, purses, wallets, and related items from four vendor areas at the Grandview Flea Market. These items are believed to have counterfeit markings purporting to identify them as products of companies like Prada, Coach, Channel, Louis Vuitton, and others.

The arrests were announced today by Acting U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gunnison and Bruce M. Foucart, special agent-in-charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Office of Investigations in Boston.

The searches and arrests follow a two-year investigation into the sale of counterfeit goods by some vendors at the Grandview Flea Market, which is located at 2 Island Pond Road in Derry, N.H. It is a violation of federal law for anyone to intentionally sell goods known to have counterfeit markings which purport to be registered trademarks.

The three men were arraigned today in U.S. District Court in Concord, N.H., and were released subject to the supervision of the United States Probation Office. If convicted, each man is facing a possible maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a possible maximum fine of $2 million.

A criminal complaint is only an allegation and not proof of criminal conduct. As in all criminal cases, each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This case is being investigated by ICE, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark S. Zuckerman.

January 9th, 2010, 09:37 AM
January 7, 2010
City Crossroads Program to Beautify Fulton Facades

As more than two years of street work wraps up on the main shopping stretch of Fulton Street, a new revitalization program will soon refurbish some of the street’s historic architecture.

This month, the city Economic Development Corporation (EDC), together with the Department of City Planning and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, is kicking off implementation of its “Fulton Nassau Crossroads” façade-improvement initiative to restore the beauty this major downtown corridor. The project follows roadway and sidewalk infrastructure and repaving work that spanned Broadway to Gold Street, now helping local property owners perform short-term upgrades to their buildings.

Read more about this voluntary program on the EDC Fulton Nassau Crossroads website.

Fulton Nassau Crossroads is an innovative program to revamp building frontages that line six blocks of Fulton as far east as Water Street, and those on Nassau Street from Spruce to Maiden Lane. Backed by federal funds (via the LMDC) and led by EDC’s construction manager Hudson Meridian, the program began rolling out to local merchants and building owners in early 2009.

Direct contact with decision-makers allowed project managers to develop a “wish list” of improvements culled from landlord and tenant feedback, as experts surveyed structures and materials at the various properties.

“Lower Manhattan’s commercial district continues to undergo a remarkable revitalization with investments in new streetscapes and infrastructure,” said Deputy Mayor Robert Lieber. “The storefront improvements that are part of the Fulton Nassau Crossroads project are critical to ensuring that downtown remains an attractive place in which to do business.”

What is perhaps most notable about the program is the design and engineering consultation offered at no cost to participants -- simplifying the process and minimizing costs for building owners. The EDC’s team has designed the program to be as user-friendly as possible, with off-site design and materials fabrication to help minimize construction on Fulton and Nassau. Permits and construction contracts also will be procured and held by the EDC team, further streamlining the process.

For the approximately 150 storefronts and 80 buildings eligible to participate, the program offers three tiers of potential improvements. The first and most minimal tier is for basic storefront improvements. Up to $15,000 is available for basic construction assistance (up to $45,000 for larger storefronts), which includes replacing signs and security gates.

Even more improvements are involved with Tier II, for which $60,000 to $150,000 is available to participants that match $1 of their own investment for every $2 from the Crossroads program. For it, landlords are encouraged to improve, replace or repair storefront windows, lighting, entrances, and other significant storefront elements.

With up to $200,000 available to those investing $1 for every $2 in public funding, Tier III involves full façade restoration. This work could include repair or replacement of everything from windows and curtain walls, to cast-iron façades, to cornices and parapets.

The program quickly gained speed, with more than 70 applications -- nearly 50 percent of eligible stores -- already filed, and nearly 90 percent approved so far. Most have applied for Tier I assistance, and more than a dozen Tiers II and III applications filed or anticipated soon.

One major Tier III project soon to be underway is façade restoration at 127 Fulton Street, an historic, former commercial building that was recently converted to luxury “green” loft condominiums. It serves as a small-scale example of how exceptional, historic architecture can be restored to its original grandeur through public-private partnership.

In addition to the LMDC and the federal Housing and Urban Development, several Crossroads partners have been vital to the program’s successful launch. The Alliance for Downtown New York, the local Business Improvement District, has been key to linking building owners with project managers. Community Board 1 and various elected officials also have worked with the EDC on outreach and other coordination.

“With unique and historic architectural features, Fulton and Nassau Streets have long formed an attractive commercial corridor -- and today they have been largely rebuilt and reactivated, ensuring that Lower Manhattan’s business and retail center remains vibrant as major investments continue in the neighborhood,” said Lieber.

January 9th, 2010, 12:50 PM
Read more about this voluntary program on the EDC Fulton Nassau Crossroads website (http://www.nycedc.com/ProjectsOpportunities/CurrentProjects/Manhattan/FultonNassauCrossroadsProject/Pages/FultonNassauCrossroadsProject.aspx).

February 4th, 2010, 08:11 PM
Titanic Park, a shady open space with a lighthouse monument at Fulton and Water Streets, is undergoing a transformation. As part of the New York City Parks Department program to rejuvenate parks in the Fulton Corridor, the city is moving on designs to renovate the small triangular park.

The main goal of the reconstruction effort is to make the park more welcoming and usable. To that end, the redesign will incorporate bluestone paving set in a wave pattern, a new arrangement of benches, additional trees, boulder seating, and pockets of plantings around the monument native to a tidal zone. A water feature will cross the space diagonally, intended to represent the city’s original coastline before the eastern edge was filled in.

March 7th, 2010, 12:28 PM
Titanic Park, corner of Fulton and Water Sts

March 20th, 2010, 12:44 PM

March 20th, 2010, 06:40 PM
^^ What's the structure going up there?

March 20th, 2010, 11:44 PM
World Trade Center at the end of the street.. that's all :-)

April 10th, 2010, 02:11 PM
Fulton St looking towards 1WTC. Also shots of the new Delury Square park... lights are in!

May 27th, 2010, 07:31 PM
Work is underway on Phase 3 of the Water Main replacement project and on the William St entrance to the new Fulton Transit center.

May 27th, 2010, 11:39 PM
Storefront improvement program underway; more to come

BY John Bayles

150 Market is one of the five storefronts that received improvements
thanks to the Fulton Nassau Crossroads store front improvement program.
Above is a before shot and below is an after shot.

The much-anticipated storefront improvement program along the crossroads of Fulton and Nassau is underway. This week the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in cooperation with the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) announced the installation of the first five storefront renovations.

NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky said, “Fulton Street as it exists, is an extremely important artery in Lower Manhattan and will become more so as construction projects are completed.”

When all is said done, Fulton Street will terminate at the World Trade Center on the west end and at the South Street Seaport on the east end. There are 80 building sand approximately 150 storefronts on the street, according to Pinsky. So far, 80 of those storefronts have signed up for the program.

The program consists of three tiers. Tier one covers basic storefront improvements such as new signage and replacing security grates. The second tier covers improvements such as new lighting, replacement of air conditioning and ventilation, improvements to store windows and ground floor façade detailing. And tier three covers improvements include window replacement or renovation, cornice and parapet repair, main entrance and/or replacement of façade material for entire façade.

Pinsky said to date, the NYCEDC has received applications from 80 stores to be included in the program. Of those, 64 have been improved and the vast majority fall under the tier one category.

“These are obviously challenging times for small businesses,” said Pinsky. “And excess capital is something that many business have struggled with in this environment. To allow them to improve their marketing to the street is a great boon to the business and is also a benefit to the community and the city more generally by creating a nicer business environment.”

Pinsky said the tie-in is that more appealing stores will draw in more people and more money and in doing so, a “virtuous cycle” will be created.

It’s another important piece in the transformation of Lower Manhattan that has been occurring over the last 8 years under the mayor. In addition to the dramatic increase in the residential population and the pocket parks, we’re continuing to invest in Lower Manhattan and make it an even more desirable place to live, shop and work.”


May 30th, 2010, 09:14 PM
I look at both of those photos and I'm completely turned off. What's the awnings for in the 2nd photo? A TGI Friday's?

May 30th, 2010, 11:23 PM
If they're going to replace all the awnings then lets get some design fascists on board to make sure there's some taste involved.

May 31st, 2010, 01:49 AM
The old awnings were chic. The red and white is crap.

May 31st, 2010, 07:46 AM
Pinsky must be taste-challenged. That's a bad sign.

Anyway, shouldn't Fulton Street be selling computer equipment?

May 31st, 2010, 01:24 PM
... shots of the new Delury Square park ... lights are in!

More Delury Square coverage HERE (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4214&p=326604#), starting at Post 141.

July 9th, 2010, 03:26 PM
i peeked in the transit center pit last week:


July 9th, 2010, 07:09 PM
This is great. It should be above street level soon.

December 6th, 2011, 03:51 PM
5,000 Historic New York Artifacts Found Beneath Fulton Street

December 6, 2011 8:20am | By Julie Shapiro, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

http://assets.dnainfo.com/generated/photo/2011/12/1323108305.jpg/image320x240.jpg Teapots found beneath Fulton Street in the fall of 2011. (Chrysalis Archaeology )

LOWER MANHATTAN — Workers installing a new steam pipe on Fulton Street this fall stumbled across an archaeological treasure trove (http://lowermanhattan.info/news/reconnecting_to_history_through_76198.aspx) of more than 5,000 objects dating back to the turn of the 19th century.
Among the discoveries made in an old basement foundation at 40 Fulton St. were a bone toothbrush, a copper half-penny and hundreds of shards of pottery.
The range of bottles, goblets, gravy boats and dinner plates — including some imported Chinese porcelain — suggests that the home there belonged to a wealthy family with access to a wide variety of goods and foods, said Alyssa Loorya, the archaeologist who excavated the artifacts.
"It really creates a picture of what the historic area was, what life was like," she said.
Loorya's firm, Chrysalis Archaeology (http://chrysalisarchaeology.com/Default.asp), has been monitoring the city's construction on Fulton Street and last spring uncovered a 300-year-old well (http://www.dnainfo.com/20110418/downtown/300yearold-well-discovered-under-fulton-street) on the same block between Pearl and Cliff streets.
The latest discovery occurred in October, as Con Edison was digging up the street to replace a steam pipe that was installed in 1900, Loorya said.
"We initially just saw part of what appeared to be a wall," she noted. "Then we realized the wall was continuing, and we started to see the artifacts."
Loorya and her team spent two-and-a-half days carefully removing the thousands of pieces by hand, and since then they have been studying and storing them at a lab in Brooklyn.
Loorya believes the items were discarded by a former owner of the house who may have left them behind when moving elsewhere around 1825. The home may have belonged to the Van Cortlandt family, descendants of Stephanus van Cortlandt, New York's first native-born mayor, she added.
Workers on Fulton Street also recently uncovered sections of old wooden water mains from as far back as the early 1800s, along with a second well — an interesting parallel, given the artifacts were only uncovered because of a modern-day water main project, Loorya said.
"It's fascinating to see how New York City has dealt with getting fresh water throughout its history," Loorya said.
The Fulton Street corridor has been a rich one for archaeologists, who have made many discoveries there since the city's Department of Design and Construction launched a major overhaul of the area's utilities in 2007.
In addition to running through one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in New York, Fulton Street also has the advantage of not having been disturbed much over the years.
"It's always been fairly well-recognized as a historic area," Loorya said. "As such, there hasn't been immense development — there's been a degree of preservation."
She expects to continue making discoveries in lower Manhattan, as the Fulton Street project moves forward and a four-year water main overhaul on Peck Slip (http://www.dnainfo.com/20110705/downtown/seaport-braces-for-4-year-peck-slip-water-main-project) gets under way.
Already, workers on Peck Slip have uncovered pieces of the wooden landfill that extended Manhattan's shoreline outward over hundreds of years.
"We have an idea of what we might find," Loorya said, "but we don't know."

Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/20111205/downtown/5000-historic-new-york-artifacts-found-beneath-fulton-street#ixzz1fn2BmHcf

December 9th, 2011, 05:06 PM
At section where the artifacts were found. ET Phone Home!

December 9th, 2011, 05:43 PM
He's probably burning up all the memory in his phone taking pics. I would. Look at that old infrastructure. Yikes.

January 5th, 2012, 04:24 PM
December 30, 2011

Fulton Street Rebuilding Gets Greener


New trees and shrubs have been planted along parts of Fulton Street

The end of the year brought with it completion of the $23 million Fulton Street Reconstruction (http://www.lowermanhattan.info/construction/project_updates/fulton_street_corridor_51132.aspx) in several areas, most notably on the north side of the street from Pearl to Gold Streets. That strip of newly repaved sidewalk is now lined with new trees and shrubs, which alternate with decorative paving and new benches. A newsstand and bike racks also were added to complete the section of sidewalk and roadway that had been part of the building line-to-building line capital reconstruction that replaced 150-year-old water main.
That area of the project also was one of the most rich inburied artifacts (http://www.lowermanhattan.info/news/reconnecting_to_history_through_76198.aspx), discovered by crews excavating Fulton Street for infrastructure (http://www.lowermanhattan.info/construction/global/construction_talk/) upgrades.
City Department of Design and Construction (http://www.youtube.com/newyorkcityddc) crews continue final work on the south side of Fulton between Cliff and Pearl Streets. They also will resume work in the South Street Seaport area starting in 2012, working from Water to Front Street, and in the intersection of Fulton and South Streets. Its completion is planned for late 2012. The Department of Parks and Recreation also continues its work rebuilding Pearl Street Playground (http://www.lowermanhattan.info/construction/project_updates/pearl_street_playground_reconstruction_73410.aspx) , which is currently ahead of schedule and may open earlier than its April 2012 scheduled opening.
On Nassau Street, city and utility-company crews continue working between Beekman and Spruce Streets, though they are coordinating with 150 Nassau’s façade repair work, which requires a scaffold on the east sidewalk of that block. That block is slated for June 2012 completion.


Work on the Pearl Street Playground is ahead of schedule

Capital street reconstruction (http://www.lowermanhattan.info/construction/global/construction_talk/) of Nassau Street between John and Fulton Streets, under the Fulton Phase 3 contract, begins January 3, 2012, through approximately mid-summer 2012.

January 5th, 2012, 05:01 PM
Great news! Do you know if the landscaping will extend all the way from Water St to B'Way? What segment of Fulton is landscaped currently?

January 5th, 2012, 06:01 PM
Nah! Just the section from Gold St to Water St will be landscaped. They need the sidewalk space otherwise (for the vendors etc :-/ )

January 5th, 2012, 07:55 PM
Thanks, Sherpa.

July 23rd, 2012, 01:32 AM
Another little piece of Fulton St has been improved; this one seemed to move along under the radar. With a $2.1 million parks grant from LMDC, the Pearl St Playground was reconstructed. The Fulton sidewalk was widened and Little Pearl St was demapped. A new bus shelter was installed.

A few before and after views:

The old playground looked like a zoo cage, with no connection to the narrow sidewalks. Now the playground sits within a larger landscaped area. The same rock slab elements were used as in Titanic Park and DeLury Square.
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July 23rd, 2012, 07:50 AM
Nice. We need more of this.

July 23rd, 2012, 10:49 AM
Collect Pond and James Madison soon.

July 23rd, 2012, 11:47 AM
Thanks. I walked by Collect Pond a few months ago, and it was getting torn apart in preparation for the new park. I'd like to see landscaping on Broadway -- from 23rd down to the Battery -- similar to the Mag Mile in Chicago. They could close one or two lanes of traffic to accomodate it.

July 23rd, 2012, 12:11 PM
I don't think you could reduce traffic lanes on Broadway below 14th St, as was done north of Union Square.

The closures at Times Square and Herald Square reduced congestion at the 34th St-Broadway-6th Ave intersection. South of 14th St, especially to Canal St, there's much more traffic. Broadway is a major southward route, while 5th Ave stops at Washington Sq. Where does this traffic go?

Before you can do anything like that, you have to reduce overall traffic in Lower Manhattan, but that's a different story.

July 23rd, 2012, 12:47 PM
I agree. Broadway below 14th street, especially through the financial district to major a throughfare to shut down. There are not enough alternative routes.

July 23rd, 2012, 12:49 PM
I know it will never happen, but there's great subway service under the entire stretch of B'Way. People shouldn't drive there. Trucks should just have to endure the traffic. B'Way has stunning architecture and deserves a beautiful streetscape like it has on the UWS.

July 24th, 2012, 12:44 AM
I would love to see it go pedestrian from Columbus Circle to the Staten Island Ferry. Maybe just a bus lane or light rail. But I agree there is no need for cars on Broadway south of Columbus Circle.

July 24th, 2012, 07:51 AM
Private Cars are not allowed on parts of Oxford Street in London -- only buses.

July 29th, 2012, 01:55 PM

July 29th, 2012, 04:33 PM
Could we change the title of this thread to 'Fulton Street Manhattan'?

January 9th, 2014, 02:15 AM
This Crowdfunded Seaport Tower Could Rise to 75 Stories

by Jeremiah Budin

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[92 Fulton Street, via Mavrix Group's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MavrixGroup)]

According to a report from Real Estate Weekly (http://www.rew-online.com/2014/01/07/ifunding-to-build-250-million-condo-tower-on-fulton-street/), developer Mavrix Group is bringing a 75-story, 250,000-square-foot residential tower to 92 Fulton Street. The project raised $8 million through a crowdfunding startup called iFunding to buy up six parcels at 90-94 Fulton Street. It plans to raise another $42 million in equity once the deal is closed, and has a commitment from a large bank for a $150-200 million construction loan.

As NY YIMBY (http://newyorkyimby.com/2014/01/planned-75-story-tower-at-92-fulton-street.html) points out, this tower is a significant departure from the previous plan for the site—a wacky 22-story, 22,000-square-foot tower from De Bartolo + Rimanic Design Studio (http://dbrds.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/fulton-street-manhattan/) (Peter Poon also appears to have been attached (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?requestid=2&passjobnumber=110206599&passdocnumber=01) at one point). Complicating matters is a memo (http://www.ifunding.co/doc_upload/p18avvkv3e15jirpt13vtm731hn08.pdf) (PDF) from ODA—who may be the architects—to the Mavrix Group, dated December 4, which states that the building will be "only" 51 stories tall. The building in the rendering that Mavrix posted on their Facebook page four days later also appears to be 51 stories, although it is certainly possible that the plans have changed since early December. According to NY YIMBY, if the tower did grow to 75 stories it could conceivably approach 1,000 feet, which should thrill Seaport residents (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/11/20/shocker_residents_do_not_want_a_50story_seaport_to wer.php).

Planned: 75-Story Tower at 92 Fulton Street (http://newyorkyimby.com/2014/01/planned-75-story-tower-at-92-fulton-street.html) [NY YIMBY]
iFunding to build $250-million condo tower on Fulton Street (http://www.rew-online.com/2014/01/07/ifunding-to-build-250-million-condo-tower-on-fulton-street/) [REW]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/01/08/this_crowdfunded_seaport_tower_could_rise_to_75_st ories.php