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LAND-USE TOUR OF NORTHWESTERN TRIBECA
FOCUSING ON LAND-USE LAW AND LITIGATION, LANDMARKING REGULATIONS, AND MAJOR REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENTS IN NORTHWESTERN TRIBECA
In addition to noticing which former places no longer exists, we will discuss several land-use law suits or creative real estate projects in the local area. This Tour has been given to several of the Reunions at New York Law School. There is minimal walking involved.
Photo by Jay Frederick, taken for the April 2009 Reunion.
This tour was given by Rick Landman, Esq. AICP., a New York Law School Alumnus who is also a certified Urban Planner for over 30 years, an adjunct professor of the Land Use Law class at the Wagner School at NYU, and the former Executive Director of Real Estate Development for the City of New York (1979-1982) and former Director of Real Estate Development at NYU (1989-2007)and former chair of Community Board #1's Landmarks, Tribeca, and Planning & Community Infrastructure Committees over the past decades.
CLE Credits are being explored for one hour of the Tour. We will report if the credit is available before the next Tour.
Both photos below were taken from the rooftop of Rick Landman's building, showing the changes to the western Tribeca. The first photo was taken in 1986 and the second was taken in June 2008. The arrows help you to match up the two photos.
|We will walk to Church Street and discuss the recently completed or buildings under construction such as 15 Barclay and the new 5 Star Four Seasons 85 story Hotel going up on Murray Street as well as the new 63 story apartment house on Leonard Street. Can you see the difference between a contextual C6-2A zoning district (FAR of 5)and landmarked areas as compared to the non-contexual C6-4 (FAR of 10)zoning district?||Walking down Leonard Street you will see how the zoning lots were combined to permit the New York Law School expansion. Do you see how a zoning lot merger can transfer bulk from one part of a zoning lot to another? What impact did the deed restriction have in limiting height on the site and block?|
At West Broadway we turn to go north up to Finn Square where you can look for familiar landmarks, but they are no longer there. Busters Garage is being replaced by an apartment house and El Teddy's famous Statue of Liberty was demolished for another apartment house.
||Remember the Sporting Bar... It's also gone! Realty copies art... Do you remember the movie with Nicolas Cage, "It can happen to you?" where this facade was created? This corner is now being developed for luxury housing.|
|At North Moore Street the we will discuss the legal issue of maintaining a liquor license at (Cercle Rouge) restaurant that is too close to a non-descript Mosque Could you tell that the restaurant was within 200 feet of a mosque? Do you think the restaurant should lose it's liquor license? .||We will pass two buildings that was filed as one extremely large single family house, but before occupancy was converted into a multi-dwelling building. Is there a limit to what can be considered a single family house? This concept of how large can you go also comes into play with rent regulated apartment houses, where the owner wishes to take back units for their private use.|
|We will hear the story of John F. Kennedy Jr.'s appeal to keep a movie theater out of the Atalanta Building. We will also pass the loft where he lived. Which was as-of-right under the zoning... the apartment house that you see or a movie theater?||We will look up the avenue to see Trump's new Hotel. Which is allowed in this zoning district, a hotel or an apartment house? What is the difference between a transient or permanent hotel? Does the ownership (condo vs. leasehold) make a difference in the land use? At this intersection we can discuss the legal issues of the Trump Condo-Hotel and maybe see some horses going by.|
|As we return back, we can see the C6-4 non-contexual zoning district surrounded by the lower landmarked area. It shows the change from the "Tower in the Park" concept of zoning, to one based more on context and preservation.||
TOPICS DISCUSSED WHILE WALKING:
Background Material on
Land Use Issues for Tribeca:
Click Here to see a detailed map of all parts of the Tribeca Historic District
Click Here to see the map for the northern part of the Tribeca Mixed Use Special District
Click Here to see the map for the southern part of the Tribeca Mixed Use Special District
Click Here to see the text for the Tribeca Mixed Use Special District
NYLS and the students assume all liability risks. So watch where you are walking.
|INDEPENDENT STUDY SCAVENGER HUNT||When walking around the neighborhood you may come upon:|
|This was across the street from JFK, Jr.'s apartment house. He came to community board meetings protesting a proposed movie theater for the building. There are horses living nearby.||Remember the movie Ghostbusters? This is where the Fire House scenes were shot.|
Robert Niro's Hotel has a zoning and landmarks problem on the roof.
This former nursery for plants is now the Tribeca Grand Hotel. Many 9/11 refugees lived there after the tragedy until the area to the south was re-opened for habitation.
|OTHER TOURS:||NEW AMSTERDAM TOURS||ZONING ORIGINS: REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT IN LOWER MANHATTAN||GREENWICH VILLAGE - URBAN RENEWAL HISTORY||3 TRIBECA TOURS||JEWS IN NYC||WTC TOUR||GERMAN TOUR|