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TRIBECA TOUR #3
Urban Renewal Site URBAN RENEWAL -
REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT SITES

This Tour is for students interested in Real Estate Development in the area. While it will start in Tribeca and walk down to the former Urban Renewal Site on the west, and will continue across to discuss the new New York by Gehry site too.

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TENTATIVE TOUR ITINERARY

Just north of New York Law School we will see where John F. Kennedy Jr. lived and his attempt to keep an as-of-right movie theater out of the Atalanta Building. We will look up and see the completed Trump Hotel and discuss the zoning issues associated with it.
ghostbusterRemember the movie Ghostbusters? This is where the Fire House scenes were shot. ”deniro”We will pass Robert DeNiro's building and discuss the land-use problems that were associated with its construction.
Washington Market Urban Renewal The Washington Market Urban Renewal Area is now completed with luxury apartments a school and retail stores. RosieDo you remember the movie "She Devil"? This location was used as the site of Rosanne Barr's character's Employment Agency. It was on the Urban Renewal site before the new construction was started.
Sun Building The Sun Building now contains the Department of Buildings, but was once the home of the Sun Newspaper and before that a Department Store. Mary Todd Lincoln used to love to shop there, while staying at the Cosmopolitan Hotel down the way on Chambers Street. ”J&R”The building that now contains the "J & R Music World" was once the tallest building in the world, and the top cupolas were used for tourists to see the views.
”NewOn the former "Beekman Hospital" Urban Renewal site near City Hall and Pace University, we will see the new Frank Gehry luxury apartment house still under construction. ”NewThis is the finished southern exposure of the "New York by Gehry" apartment house. This facade does not wave like the other ones.
”OldThis was the site of the former "Corn Exchange Building", a 17 story office building that went in-rem for back taxes and was sold at City Auction for $13.1 million in 1983. It is now the site of the Beaver House. ”BeaverThe same property where the developer walked away for back taxes was demolished and a new building was constructed starting in 2005 and is now the 44 story Beaver House. This shows how property values can change in a "down cycle".
”Woolworth”We pass the Woolworth Building, which was the tallest building in the world until the Chrysler Building surpassed it. It was known as the Cathedral of Commerce. ”BrooklynWe will pass City Hall Park and take a look at the Brooklyn Bridge on our way back to NYLS.
TOPICS DISCUSSED WHILE WALKING:
  • Urban Renewal Programs and Condemnation
  • In-Rem Procedure for non payment of Real Estate Taxes
  • Tribeca's Mixed Use Zoning District
  • Washington Market Urban Renewal site
  • "Beekman Hospital" Urban Renewal site with New York by Gehry
  • Beaver House, DeNiro's Penthouse, JFK Jr. zoning issue
  • Tour begins and ends at New York Law School's West Broadway building.

    Rick ABOUT THE TOUR GUIDE

    • Rick Landman, Esq., a Native New Yorker, has been an AICP Certified Planner for over 30 years, and an Attorney since 1988. He is currently an Attorney Emeritus, due to his pro bono work at the Housing Court's Help Center.

    • He is an adjunct Professor of Planning at NYU's Wagner School and teaches a Land Use law class since 2003. His class is a required core class for the Urban Planning Masters students. He currently teaches a Land Use Lawa Class at New York Law School.

    • Rick has 3 Masters Degrees (M.C.R.P. in City and Regional Planning, Ed.M. in Curriculum Development, M.S. in Civil (Socio) Engineering) and a J.D. in law (cum laude). He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1988.

    • He was the Executive Director of Real Estate Development for the City of New York for 5 years and was the Director of Real Estate Development at NYU for 19 years.

    • One of Professor Landman's Masters Degrees was an Ed.M. in Curriculum Planning, so if you want a "Tour in the Classroom" lecture that can also be arranged. The lectures will be age appropriate to your needs. He also has a permanent certification as a Social Studies Teacher (grades 7-12) since 1974.

    • Rick was the chair of several committees of Community Board #1 Manhattan, including the chair of the Planning & Community Infrastructure Committee, the Tribeca Committee and chaired what is now called the Landmarks Committee when Tribeca was first designated in 1992.

    • He moved into a Lower Manhattan converted apartment in the 1970's, that is approximately 1,000 feet from the World Trade Center.

    • He is a licensed NYC Sightseeing Tour Guide. License No.: 1281818 exp. 3/31/14.

    • He also has dual citizenship between the USA and Germany. He is the son of two Jewish Holocaust Survivors, and is active in several Second Generation programs.


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