Volume 17 Issue 31 | Dec. 24 - 30, 2004
Bruce Wraps up Downtown
Bruce Ratner bought himself quite a Hanukkah present this year. Last week, the Brooklyn developer closed on the NYU Downtown Hospitals Beekman St. parking lot making way for a 75-story, Frank Gehry-designed residential tower. Pace University dropped out of the project and community leaders are still looking to get a K-8 school in the building although Madelyn Wils, Community Board 1 head, quipped, to be perfectly honest, I havent goten any returned calls from Ratner in a while.
Mets catcher Mike Piazza caught a penthouse in Tribeca. He slapped down $4 million-plus for a spot in the new 161 Hudson St. development, former home to the Wetlands Preserve. Maybe newest Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez can be his neighbor and snag the $6.45 million 6,000 sq. ft. spread with a whopping 40 windows.
Making Street Whoopi
Whoopi Goldberg may be spending her evenings on Broadway these days, but shes carousing Downtown at night. I love to walk and walk down there. Its home to me, she told UnderCover as she slipped out the back door of the Lyceum Theater with actor Billy Connolly after a performance of her eponymous one-woman show. Its beautiful down there. Its got a good groove. Goldberg, a Chelsea native who spent her pre-Oscar youth laying bricks and working in a funeral parlor, lives in Soho now. Uptown, she said, never appealed. I dont walk Uptown too much, it feels odd to me, she said.
Dem to work
John Scott, an Independence Plaza North tenant leader, is taking a post as Manhattan chairperson of the Working Families Party. Scott, who bid farewell to the local club, Downtown Independent Democrats, to make way for his new post, helped lead the I.P.N. tenants through the treacherous post-Mitchell-Lama rent battles.
Off Roading Tribeca
Tribeca is getting its own SUV for Christmas. Subaru is naming its newest crossover utility model B9 Tribeca, because, according to Subaru, Tribeca is a vibrant New York City neighborhood with many boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Why that denotes naming a SUV after it is beyond us, but Tribeca has now entered the ranks of such car-famed locales as Tahoe and Pontiac.
Postal Peck Slip
The U.S. Post Office on Peck Slip is toying with the idea of expanding its home, UnderCover has learned. When it drafts its renovation plans, the federal building may get to follow rules of its own making. Paul Goldstein, Community Board 1 district manager is not entirely sure the U.S. Postal Service, which bought the building in 1993, has to comply with zoning laws and height limits.
Bayards New Year
Whoever said the Financial District didnt know how to have a good time? Bayards has plans to dazzle Downtown with the show its putting on for New Years Eve. Those wild and crazy Poulakakos kids at the India House-turned-upscale-restaurant are pulling out all the stops this year with a horse-drawn carriage carousing around raging Hanover Square. Can we say neigh?
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