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  • Aside: the new petition to sign if you haven’t done so yet is here  www.humanscale.nyc To encourage gratitude for what we still have, here is a 4 minute movie of lost buildings of Tribeca.  It is not a comprehensive inventory, but does convey the scope of the destructive forces that are periodically unleashed here.  If […]

  • There are Now  Twenty Buildings in Tribeca Under Threat of Demoliton – Part 1 The buildings photographed below fit historically and architecturally with Tribeca East, North, and South historic districts in terms of use and style. The fit is so great you wonder why they were excluded from the historic district in the first place.  […]

  • A place unlike any other The country of Yemen has many non-architectural tragedies to deal with. It is a failed state. There is more or less anarchy going on, civil war, declining oil prices, a failed popular movement for more democracy and clean government, the operations of a terrorist network and U.S. drone strikes. Yet […]

  • Behold the beautiful Lawrence Building which once stood where Square Diner now sits. Magnificent, is it not?  It was written up in “The American Architect and Building News” of Oct 4, 1884 on page 162. The review gushed over the “light-buff brick from Perth Amboy,” “the cornices, string-courses and spandrils” and the “window dressings of terra-cotta, […]

  • by Robert Ripps (Tribeca resident, father, photographer, and board member of Tribeca Trust) Last weekend was the 12th annual Open House New York weekend, a great citywide event that lets ordinary people get into some extraordinary spaces, and see some amazing things, ranging from normally off limits architectural gems to a state of the art […]

  • Robert Ripps took most of these shots of terra-cotta or cast iron sculptures around Tribeca.  Can you guess where they are?

  • 1.  67 Vestry Street The noble fortress shown below is the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company’s warehouse in New York.  It is not far from their now-demolishedheadquarters in Tribeca at 31 Vesey Street.  It was built in 1897 by the same architect who did the Flatiron Building, Frederick Dinkelberg.  Frank Helmle, also a noted […]

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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. […]

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    [slideshow_deploy id=’2590′] The future of a wonderful fortress, the warehouse of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (the A&P) at the southern corner of Vestry and West Streets is in now in doubt. No demolition permit has yet been granted, but the real estate press is talking as if destruction as a real possibility. […]

  • Great American Vernacular Architecture “The Gibbes Building” 66 West Broadway, NYC Block 132 Lot 1 NB 975-95 Prologue Rumors always fly in Tribeca. One that resurfaced recently (via a parking lot attendant) was this: the Gibbes building would be torn down and replaced with a 60-story modernist hotel. Panic all around of course. It was […]

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