Tribeca Loft Buildings to Share a Rooftop Addition
Above: A historical view of 62 and 64 Reade Street in 1864. Below: A rendering of the facade of the buildings, with the new addition to the rooftop.
The owners of a pair of adjoining buildings within the Tribeca South Historic District plan to add two stories to top of the pre-Civil War structures, which requires approval from the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). The buildings at 62-64 Reade Street (located on the north side of the street, between Broadway and Church Street) are typical of the loft-and-store structures that were common in the neighborhood throughout the nineteenth century.
The building at 62 Reade is Italianate-style, designed by Isaac Duckworth in 1860. The structure next door, at 64 Reade, is also Italianate, and was built in in 1856, by an architect whose name is lost to history. Both had exterior fire escapes installed in 1917, in response to the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire, which resulted in 146 deaths.
A close-up view of the new floors that developers hope to add to the building.
At the March 10 meeting of the Landmarks Preservation Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1), architect Eran Chen recalled that the two structures were purchased in 1955 by a husband-and-wife team, who punctured the walls between 62 and 64 Reade Street, effectively combining them into a single building, which became the headquarters for their business, manufacturing time-card machines. The couple lived in the top floor of the building, above their factory. (Although the founders are long deceased, their company survives to this day as National Time Recording Equipment, now based in New Jersey.)
Purchased by the current owners in 2021 for $11.5 million, the buildings at 62-64 Reade are slated to be combined into a single residential structure, while one of the two fire escapes will be removed, with the remaining one extended to the proposed rooftop addition. Mr. Chen noted that the remodeled building will include six new residences.
Adding new floors to historic structures in Tribeca has become commonplace, as preservation consultant Jacqueline Peu-Duvallon pointed out at the CB1 meeting. Ms. Peu-Duvallon noted that more than half a dozen buildings on the same block have undergone the same process in recent years.
At its March meeting, CB1 enacted a resolution recommending that the LPC approve the proposed changes, while also voicing concern about the removal of one of the fire escapes. The LPC is slated to vote on the proposal in later this month.
On Tuesday, May third, the Church Street School for Music & Art will hold an evening of music to support ongoing aid efforts for Ukraine. The performance will be headlined by Ukrainian-born violinist Nadia Khodskovska, and feature faculty members from the Church Street School. The benefit concert, which starts at 7pm, will be held at the school’s 41 White Street headquarters. All funds raised will be donated to Razom, a non-profit Ukrainian-American human rights organization, to support the refugee relief effort. Tickets are priced at $25. To make a reservation, or request more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or browse: churchstreetschool.org
To the editor,
[Re: Anti-Inundation Perambulation, April 28, 2022]
The anti-inundation works will only displace floodwaters towards the residential areas of Battery Park City. Remember Archimedes and his bath. We do not need a 30-foot levee with more buildings for the museum and restaurant. Keep the wonderful architecturally designed and prize-winning pavilion and trees.
To the editor,
I serve on the board of directors of Southbridge Towers, a New York City housing cooperative with about 5,000 residents, mostly senior citizens. Some of us have noticed that Urban Assembly Maker Academy is requesting reopening Brooklyn Banks Park, located on the north side of the Brooklyn Bridge. Many at Southbridge have had previous noise issues from skate boarders in the park who have contests and bring amplified sound. The park was originally designed as a quiet, restful space.
Perhaps the school principal, Amy Piller, did not notice the James Madison Park across the street from the school, which I find most often empty. We certainly respect the school’s purpose, and perhaps if the NYPD headquarters reduced its footprint in the neighborhood, we would all have more welcoming open space.
New Arts Colony Emerges Half a Mile from Lower Manhattan Shoreline
Governors Island no longer has a “season,” in the sense that Lower Manhattan’s equivalent of Central Park is now open year-around. But spring, and the prospect of summer, are still the highpoint in the annual calendar of this treasured public amenity, and a growing collection of public art has become one of the principal reasons to visit.
In a few months, construction will begin on the South Battery Park City Resiliency Project, a flood barrier system that, within a couple years, will extend from the north side of the Museum of Jewish Heritage through Wagner Park and across Pier A Plaza. The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) is making efforts to educate the public about its resiliency plans. One of the best ways to understand the changes in store for the Battery Park City landscape is to take a BPCA-led resiliency walking tour.
Niou and CB1 Push Longer Leases, Caps on Cost Hikes, and a Voice for Residents
State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou has introduced a pair of bills in the Albany legislature that closely track recent resolutions by Community Board 1 (CB1), and address a trio of issues that have long vexed local leaders.
Local Leaders Consider Pragmatic and Aesthetic Aspects of Cobblestones
Community Board 1 (CB1) is weighing whether to recommend that the City tear up historic cobblestone streets in Tribeca and resurface them with asphalt. A resolution debated at the Board’s March meeting notes that the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) rebuilt seven local cobblestone streets more than a decade ago, and observes, “it almost immediately became apparent that the cobblestone work on these streets was poor, as they began to deteriorate, including loose blocks, disintegrating mortar, and emerging depressions.”
Young stewards explore the wondrous ecosystem of the Hudson River. Practice the skills required to operate a rod and reel and experience the thrill of catch-and-release fishing. Identify our native fish for data submission to research groups to help monitor the health of our local waters. Water testing and other fun projects will augment the study. Registration required, email: email@example.com
In celebration of NYC’s Circular City Week, join BPCA and the TRUE zero waste certification team for a walking sustainability tour offering an in-depth look at zero waste efforts in Battery Park City. Stick around after the tour to get hands-on experience performing a waste audit. Registration required, click into the event to sign up.
In the award-winning documentary short Zaida, Sophie Parens tells the story of her grandfather, Holocaust survivor Dr. Henri Parens. Born Henri Pusnizowski in Lodz, Poland in 1928, Dr. Parens survived two French detention camps until his mother encouraged him to escape. At age twelve, Henri was on his own. A year later, Henri made it to Pittsburgh where he became a celebrated psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. Join the Museum for a screening of Zaida, followed by a conversation with Sophie about her film, her grandfather’s legacy, and our responsibility to continue his life’s work. Free; suggested $10 donation.
Observe and sketch the human figure. Each week a model will strike short and long poses for participants to draw. An artist/educator will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Drawing materials provided.
Embolden your artwork amidst the flower-filled and seasonally evolving palette of BPC’s verdant gardens. An artist/ educator will provide ideas and instruction. Materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media.
In what the New York Times review calls a “marvelous new biography,” journalist Richard K. Rein chronicles the life of William H. Whyte, one of the most influential writers and analysts of American cities and society in the second half of the twentieth century. From his bestselling, seminal book The Organization Man of 1956, to the revelatory The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces of 1980, “Holly” Whyte’s work changed how people thought about careers and companies, cities and suburbs, urban planning and open space preservation. Whyte’s keen eye for urban observation and clear, insightful writing on human behavior in public space, both preceded and enabled the voice of Jane Jacobs to burst forth in print in the 1960s, first as her editor at Fortune, then as an instrumental figure in the publication of Death and Life of Great American Cities.
Immerse yourself in this meditative practice- surrounded by the Hudson’s peaceful aura. Strengthen the body and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels are welcome. Bring your own mat is encouraged.
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