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    Not quite north Tribeca.

    So white, bright and shiny.


    Curbed PriceUpper: Tribeca's Ice House Refreezes

    October 15, 2009, by Sara














































    As the market shows a few signs of a belated spring thaw, Ice House Penthouse E and its superbroker Dolly Lenz want to be ready. The 3,884-square-foot pad -- owned by Martha Stewart's daughter Alexis -- has hiked its asking price by 4 percent, from $12.4 million to $12.95 million. What you'll get for your money: a 3BR, 3.5BA duplex penthouse with floor-to-ceiling windows and a 14x34 foot outdoor terrace. Since it seems to be on the market unfurnished, we assume you won't get the opportunity to be blinded by your own furnishings. Get your bids in now, folks!


    Listing: 27 North Moore Street [Elliman]
    27 North Moore Street #PHE [StreetEasy]
    Alexis Stewart Re-Lists in Tribeca [Cityfile]

    http://curbed.com/archives/2009/10/1...eezes.php#more

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post

    The biggest parcel in that area is the bulky but low Verizon building at 34 - 50 Varick between Laight and Ericsson Place that faces onto the Holland Tunnel circle (the former site of St. John's Chapel). That would seem to be prime for development at some point in the not too distant future.
    Digging around at DOB / DOF shows that Verizon has recently filed paperwork to divvy up this big building at 50 Varick into commercial condominiums, with some changes for the facade facing Varick / Holland Tunnel rotary and a smallish penthouse area added up top.

    Here's the property now (looking north on Varick from just above Ericsson Place):



    Classic 1950's utilitarian entry:



    From across the Holland Tunnel rotary, the landmarked AT&T building beyond:



    From Hudson & Laight (with 1 York Street at left):



    Some of the condo paperwork from files at DOF:



    Changes for the facade:



    The penthouse plan:



    Use Restriction (no residential / hotels here):



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    ^
    I ran into the former employee of 50 Varick that I mentioned in an earlier post.

    I was mistaken about the Verizon presence in the building. There is a major telecom switch within and an extensive underground cable vault. Probably the reason for the use restrictions in the DOB filing.

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    Yeah, it seems from the DOF documents that Verizon is just splitting off various chunks for use by others, but that they will retain some (fairly vast) amount of space. My eyes started glazing over with pdf's, so not sure how it's getting divvied up.

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    View from Artisan Lofts:


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    What beautiful photos. Tribeca is one of my favorite areas. It is pristine and stunning. These crap towers are the only blight on the neighborhood. They are too tall for the area and uglier than Rosie O'Donnell.


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    I've grown to like them. They're pretty friendly at street level (probably aided by the width of the sidewalk and landscaping) and their exteriors have enough going on to prevent them from looking banal. If only more our public housing used this as a precedent.

    The West street Side (BMCC) of the complex is brutal though.

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    Not quite north.


    New Building Planned for ‘Prominent’ Tribeca Site

    By Matt Dunning

    Brandon Miller's proposed seven-story condo building
    would occupy the narrow tract of land at the corner of
    Franklin and Varick Streets.

    A Tribeca resident is hoping to build his dream house on one of the last slivers of empty land in the neighborhood.

    Brandon Miller, a resident of 90 Franklin Street, plans to build a seven-story, three-family home on the vacant lot two blocks from his current apartment, at 137 Franklin St. The narrow property, at the corner of Varick Street and across the street from Finn Square, had been the site of a restaurant that, in the mid-1990s, was torn down for a residential project that never materialized.

    Miller said he hopes to move his family into one of the proposed building’s three apartments and sell the other two as condominiums.

    “For the last few years, I’ve been trying to figure out how I could buy the property and develop it,” Miller said of the lot, just 24 feet by 92 feet. “It’s taken about a year and half, but I finally accomplished part of that goal. I’ve been walking past this site for a long time, seeing it sit vacant.”

    Miller and his architects appeared recently before Community Board 1’s Landmarks Committee in hopes of winning advisory approval for the new building, which would be located in the Tribeca West Historic District.

    The design takes many of its cues from the former warehouse buildings that are typical in Tribeca—including several of its neighboring buildings at 152, 140 and 100 Franklin Street—according to the project’s designers.

    The proposed building, viewed from the east across Finn Square.

    “It was important to us was to create a building that fits in with the warehouse character of the neighborhood, but at the same time recognizes the sort of provincial character of Finn Square,” Markus Dochantschi, a principal architect at Studio MDA, told the committee.

    Clad in deep red brick and dark grey steel, the building would include nods to the classic Romanesque styling that can be found on other Tribeca facades. Soaring radial arches would rise over the five window banks on the north, east and south facades, and an angular steel cornice at the top of the building would mimic stone counterparts around the neighborhood, while retaining an overall modernist look.

    The Landmarks Committee declined to render an opinion because Miller and his architects did not have physical samples of the decorative glass and the cornice. They asked the project’s representatives to return to the committee in August with a full set of samples. “We’ve done it before when there’s only one missing element, but this is so substantial,” committee co-chairman Bruce Ehrmann said. “I’m disposed to like it, but it’s a very, very prominent site.”

    http://www.tribecatrib.com/news/2010...n-tribeca.html

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    I remember the restaurant that was on the site, one of the few at a time when the neighborhood was filled with taverns. A two story building. Overpriced, not especially good; I think it was 'connected.'

    Like sections of Church St, Varick St suffers from the effects of the 7th Ave Extension Project 1911(pdf link for full article), when buildings on both sides of the street were shorn off, destroying the street wall.

    Luckily, 140 Franklin was spared.

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    It gets a thumbs up from me. The proposal takes out an unsightly vacant lot and the design looks great.

    It should have some kind of retail on the ground floor though.

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    Odd how the new building at 137 Franklin is planned to sit back from the line of rear walls of the older neighbors (at mid-block between Franklin <> Leonard) at the south end of the lot ...

    Brandon Miller's proposed seven-story condo building
    would occupy the narrow tract of land at the corner of
    Franklin and Varick Streets.

    The proposed building, viewed from the east across Finn Square.

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    That is odd. It's a shame to have the ugly, adjoining wall exposed. Nonetheless, I really hope that this project is built.

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    Contextual.

    Opposite this, across Finn Square -- the little triangle at Franklin <> Varick <> West Broadway -- is an entire block front of orange-ish brick (a wall that hides either a Con Ed or MTA substation) with a big red door smack dab in the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Contextual.
    Those blank walls are context, huh? Well, whatever ...

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