Tribeca Pediatrics Founder Gets CB1’s Blessing to Renovate Historic Seaport Building
The current appearance of 107 South Street, in the Seaport District
Community Board 1 (CB1) is giving its approval to a proposal to alter a building within the South Street Seaport Historic District, while also noting that the developer has gone out of his way to address the concerns of community leaders.
The property is 107 South Street (between Beekman Street and Peck Slip), which dates from 1900, and has been vacant for decades. In 2019, the building was purchased (for $6 million) by Dr. Michel Cohen, who will be familiar to many Lower Manhattan residents as the physician who founded Tribeca Pediatrics, and has helped care for generations of Downtown kids.
A rendering of how the historic building will appear, after being renovated and expanded to serve as the new headquarters of Tribeca Pediatrics.
Below: Dr. Michel Cohen, founder of Tribeca Pediatrics
Dr. Cohen wants to rehabilitate the dilapidated structure, and expand it vertically by adding two additional floors. He plans to use the space as the new headquarters for his medical practice.
Altering the building requires permission from the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), which has jurisdiction over all structures within legally protected neighborhoods, such as the South Street Seaport Historic District. The LPC, in turn, usually waits for a recommendation from local community boards before making such a determination.
In a resolution enacted at its July meeting, CB1 noted that, “the applicant returned to address the Committee’s feedback from June’s meeting, which is much appreciated and highly unusual these days.” The same resolution also observed that, “the proposed two-story enlargement echoes the shape of the recently developed 106 South Street creating a harmony within the block’s street wall out of an otherwise highly visible addition,” and that, “the materials used for the addition are like the materials utilized for other twentieth century developments of nineteenth century buildings in the district.” Finally, CB1’s resolution acknowledged that the proposed “slope-shaped roof with dormer windows is an appropriate interpretation of the original roofscapes, which are still prevalent in the South Street Seaport Historic District.”
Dr. Cohen said, “we are excited to restore this unique property and to contribute to this vibrant and historic neighborhood just steps away from our flagship offices in
To the editor,
Thank goodness for CB 1 and members such as Bruce Ehrmann who, in denying the application for a restaurant under the FDR Drive that would block street level views of the river and our tall ships understand New Yorkers walk and look!
We have lost so many open vistas around the Seaport area due to overdevelopment we need more fighters like Bruce and those at Community Board 1 who treasure what preserving River and Seaport views means to all who love Our City.
Vigilant about the View
CB1 Opposes New Restaurant Planned for Public Land Proposed in Seaport
A rendering of the plan for a restaurant beneath the FDR Drive, in the Seaport neighborhood.
Community Board 1 (CB1) is stating its opposition (for the fourth time) to a plan that would create a new restaurant beneath the FDR Drive, in the South Street Seaport neighborhood.
The proposal would demolish an existing storage shed (located alongside South Street, between Fulton and John Streets) that contains two public bathrooms, and replace it with restaurant housing a 2290-square-foot dining area with 30 tables and 85 chairs, along with a 700-plus square foot bar area with 26 seats. The new structure would largely eclipse the view corridor that frames panoramic vistas of the East River (and the tall ship Wavertree) from John Street.
Summer’s real fireworks: Perseid meteor shower peaks August 11th/12th
Summer’s real fireworks, the Perseid meteor shower, is predicted to peak overnight on Tuesday, August 11, until dawn Wednesday the 12th.
Perseid meteors are seen every year from mid-July until the last week in August when we, along for the ride on planet Earth, delight in orbiting through the debris field left by comet Swift-Tuttle, a periodic comet that returns every 133 years. Most recently, the comet, named after its modern day discoverers, was visible with the aid of binoculars in 1992.
The Perseid meteor shower is celebrated as one of the year’s best, with 100 meteors per hour expected under optimum conditions. This year, we are challenged to watch for the meteors in the presence of a waning moon. Fifty meteors per hour are likely in dark sky locations. Although the Perseids are most prolific in the hours before dawn when the constellation Perseus has climbed high in the sky, it is worth skygazing before moonrise and again before dawn.
The average speed of Perseid meteors is 37 miles per second, creating fast-falling streaks of light with long, lingering tails. We could be swept away by colorful fireballs, too.
The shooting stars appear everywhere in the sky, although it is useful and enriching to be aware of the apparent radiant, or source, in the northeastern sky at the edge of the constellation Perseus.
During the pre-dawn hours, looking east, greet the rising of winter constellations and the goddess of love and beauty, brilliant planet Venus. Venus is visible through morning twilight.
Out of the Ashes
After Two-Year Hiatus, Work Resumes at St. Nicholas Church
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday led a ceremonial resumption of construction at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, within the World Trade Center complex.
The building, designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava (who additionally created the nearby Oculus, also in the World Trade Center) is slated to replace the historic structure, dating from the 1830s, that hosted Orthodox congregations from 1922 onward, when Greek families living in Lower Manhattan raised sufficient funds to purchase building, which had previously served as a private home and a tavern.
Eight decades later, that building (located on Cedar Street, between West and Washington Streets) was destroyed by falling debris from the Twin Towers, on the morning of September 11, 2001. To read more…
To Revitalize Local Enterprise
Downtown Alliance Throws Lifeline to Downtown Restaurants and Retailers
The Downtown Alliance is inaugurating twin projects that aim to boost Lower Manhattan small businesses, which are struggling in the wake of the pandemic coronavirus and the economic downturn it has sparked.
In the first of these, the Alliance has teamed with BentoBox, an e-commerce platform that creates individualized online tools for restaurants, so that Downtown eateries can set up their own web-based ordering interfaces.
“Our program with BentoBox will eliminate the need for third-party services that eat into restaurant profits,” says Alliance president Jessica Lappin. “Our local eateries, which already operate on razor-thin margins, are facing a once-in-a-generation crisis. This will empower New Yorkers to better support the local favorites that need our help.”
Lower Manhattan’s W Hotel, a 56-story trophy building erected amid the wave of giddy real estate speculation that followed the terrorists attack of September 11, 2001, then was nearly shuttered by the economic downturn of 2008, has succumbed to the latest recession.
The upscale lodging accommodation, which closed temporarily at the outset of the pandemic coronavirus, has announced that it will never reopen, according to legal notices filed with Albany regulators.
This is the latest in a wave of hotel implosions in Lower Manhattan in recent months. To read more…
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