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  • Tribecans, Architects, and Preservationists, Take Note   1.  An Evening Of White-Hot Visual Controversy Saturday, November 15, “The Future of Historic Districts and Urban Design in the Era of Skyscrapers”:  An Evening with Steven Semes and John Massengale at the New York Academy of Art on Franklin Street in Tribeca, with a reception to follow.  (Reservations details […]

  • The Parks Department opened the gates in the early fall of 2014 for the redesigned “new” Collect Pond Park on the eastern edge of Tribeca.  This review of the new design is by Troy Torrison, a board member of Tribeca Trust and a Tribeca parent.  He lives in Tribeca East Historic District.  The area south […]

  • What if? What would happen if we captured roadway from cars and gave it to residents?  We decided to find out in an experiment at Finn Square in Tribeca on Saturday June 14.  After much worrying and planning and loads of work by Alessandra Galletti, the chairperson of the event, we found out. It turns […]

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  • Two photos   At the right there is a rendering of a proposed new building for 172 Duane Street.  Below, there is a photo of  the existing building, seen through a screen of trees. The existing building at 172 Duane has a reconstructed cast iron facade, showcased as a ruin, behind which is a small, […]

  • Jean Grillo is our District Leader for the 66th Assembly District of the Democratic Party.  She has a been an early supporter of Tribeca Trust (thanks Jean!).    Jean is a resident of Duane Street and reports that the  replacement door on the landmarked Fire Department Building on Duane Street has finally been replaced with something […]

  • (piers on West Street circa 1900 from NYL). As many of you know, the Hudson Park Trust obtained changes in the enabling legislation for Hudson River Park such that it could sell air rights from the piers to developers along West Street. This presents a huge problem for historic districts along the water, Tribeca included.  […]

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    I have been spending a lot of time at the Municipal Archives with the Tribeca Trust interns at 31 Chambers Street. The archives are in the Surrogates Court Building, a  Beaux-Arts pile that is an official NYC Landmark.  According to Wikipedia “the building was designed by John R. Thomas and built between 1899 and 1907. […]

  • PBS is airing a new documentary Feb 28 about the rise and fall of the great Penn Station. You can see a preview at www.pbs.org/americanexperience. Gothamist also posted a moving, short video at this link: https://vimeo.com/86349549 But here is a six-minute video that is just as good, a slice of the older documentary that Ric […]

  • This video of a trolley car moving through lower Manhattan (posted on youtube) made me realize that such streetcars make more sense than cars. So why did they get ripped out? Such a waste of a infrastructure that was obviously a big project to install. I am sure the story of that destruction is not […]

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