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    Curbed posted the following about this beautiful little building. Does anyone know what's going on?

    http://curbed.com/archives/2009/11/0...eader_comments

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    Pretty much exactly what Curbed reported. It's all hidden behind construction netting, so it's hard to see the details. Much of the top floor (which had a series of nice old arched windows) seemingly has been ripped off.

    Per the Curbed article, there are some strange goings-on there, with rotating architects and some questionable folks involved (at least one with a curious professional history) and work taking place that has no apparent correlation with the filings at DOB. There is at least one nearby resident who is watching this closely. The building sits outside of any protected district, so it's in the hands of DOB, which doesn't necessarily bode well. I'd lay a bet that this one will be covered in netting / scaffolding for a long time.

    This is how 365 Broadway at the NW corner of Broadway and Franklin Street, a next-door neighbor of the now stalled 5 Franklin Place project, looked in the summer of 2008 ...



    The Franklin Street side, just east of Franklin Place:



    Another look at the handsome but worn face of 365, from 2008:



    Here is how the netted 365 looked this week:



    Note the upper corner ...





    The arched windows are gone and bricks have been chopped away ...





    Some of the west and north facades, above the corner of Franklin Street & Franklin Place:



    >>> Street View at Google Maps gives a good walk-around of much of 365 building before the netting went up.

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    What a f..king crime. Excuse my language, but this is an outrage.

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    Considering the documentation it might be exactly that.

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    Where's Amanda Burden and all of the A-holes that lined up to complain about Torre Verre?

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    Makes me want to puke. This building was lovely.

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    The a_holes that lined up to oppose buildings like the Torre Verre should do something when the city's architectural history is being raped.
    Last edited by londonlawyer; November 8th, 2009 at 04:00 PM.

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    This project isn't under the review of either CPC or Landmarks. The lot is Zoned C6-4A (Manhattan Zoning Map 12a), which seems to allow for a FAR of 10.0. So, given that this one is now 6 stories with an apparent plan to rise to 8 stories, the enlargement can be done as of right.

    Unfortunately when the Tribeca historic districts were laid out this little block bounded by Broadway <> Franklin Street <> Franklin Place <> White Street was not included, even though the blocks directly to the west, south and east are within the Tribeca East Historic District.

    And 361-363 Broadway, directly across Franklin Street to the south and not within an Historic District, is an individual landmark and is currently being restored.

    So the building at 365, whatever it will become, is surrounded by Landmarked properties but has few guidelines governing how it might eventually look. It's an example of one that fell through the cracks. We can only hope that the owner / developer has some aesthetic conscience.

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    Thanks for the information, Lofter.

    It's sad to see the POS taxpayers that housed P&S Fabrics (and Five Franklin Pl. and all of the other crap in the area like the dump that houses Spaghetti Western) sitting fallow while this gem gets butchered.

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    Up there with 1775 Broadway as the most awful and pointless "facelift" in NYC .


    Tribeca's Most Hated at 365 Broadway Shows Off a Facelift

    by Pete Davies







    The much hated extreme makeover at 365 Broadway, where a vertical enlargement added new floors for "luxury" apartments, has dropped the plywood and revealed a new face at street level. Sitting on the northwest corner of Franklin in Tribeca, the redone dowager now has a bottom to match her red brick top: where neo-Georgian details previously reigned, a more pedestrian look now meets the street. The broken pediment and urn over the main Broadway entrance are gone, replaced by broad space for signage, and dentil molding that lined the entablature is nowhere to be seen. Multi-paned lunettes that topped the arched windows along Franklin Street are now filled in, replaced by semi-circular panels with a sunburst design.

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/0...elift.php#more

    related posts in the Proposed: 5 Franklin Place thread

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    Without even looking it up: I wager the developer and architect are from China, Russia or the Middle East.
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    According to commenters at Curbed, both owner and architect are "Persian."

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    ^ Because we know that curb commenters are so reliable, right?

    Anyway, let's not get into nationalities because we all know Americans don't exactly have the best tastes either.

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    The inside info (from a curbed commenter, so add a grain of salt) ...


    the owner an old iranian is usually around ... look behind the building in the car.. tell him what he did was wrong...wrong wrong.. he comes to America, makes a ton of money and this is the thanks the city gets in return.

    yup.....more owner info: There was no bank, he financed it all out of his pocket - no mortgage no construction financing.
    and the thing is: he is so proud of this ....he thinks its beautiful.

    but then again, his office is his car behind the building.

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    More sad news from this site ...

    Some legal wrangling during construction:

    2010-05185
    Robert Kruger, etc., appellant, v EMFT, LLC, et al., respondents.
    (Index No. 3862/09)

    Supreme Court NYS Appellate Division
    Argued - June 10, 2011

    DECISION & ORDER
    August 30, 2011

    http://www.courts.state.ny.us/courts/ad2/calendar/webcal/decisions/2011/D32243.pdf

    ... respondents EMFT, LLC, Eshagh Moezinia Family Trust, Cherechian Trading Co., Inc., Michael Moezina, and Eshagh Moezina, also known as Isaac Moezina.

    ... On November 24, 2008, Javier Tacuri (hereinafter the plaintiff) allegedly was injured when he fell from an elevation while working on a construction project at 365 Broadway in Manhattan (hereinafter the subject premises). At the time of the occurrence, he was employed by the defendant Bridge Street Contracting, Inc., of which the defendant Robert Moezinia was president and the defendant Santiago Aurapina was an employee (hereinafter collectively the Bridge defendants). The defendant EMFT, LLC (hereinafter EMFT), owned the subject premises. The defendant Michael Moezina was a member and trustee of EMFT. After the occurrence, the plaintiff received worker’s compensation benefits through his employer’s coverage. In February 2009, he commenced this action ...

    The defendants EMFT, Eshagh Moezinia Family Trust, Cherechian Trading Co., Michael Moezina, and Eshagh Moezina, also known as Isaac Moezina (hereinafter collectively the EMFT defendants), cross-moved to dismiss the cause of action to recover damages for failure to provide emergency care and the punitive damages claims insofar as asserted against them. The plaintiff cross-moved pursuant to CPLR 3025(b) for leave to amend the complaint to add causes of action against Robert Moezina, Michael Moezina, and Aurapina to recover damages for, inter alia, intentional breach of the voluntarily assumed duty of care, negligent infliction of emotional distress, assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

    In essence, the plaintiff alleges that, after he fell, a supervisor had directed workers to awaken him from unconsciousness by throwing buckets of cold water on him and not to take him to the hospital because he was an undocumented worker, presumably employed illegally by the Bridge defendants. The plaintiff further claims that he sustained traumatic brain injury, cognitive defects, and mild cardiac damage as a result of the Bridge defendants taking him home instead of to the hospital after having called an ambulance, which occasioned a 21⁄2 hour delay in receiving medical treatment for the injuries sustained ...

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