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May 2008

May 24, 2008

Woolworth's western facade fully seen for last time

The demolition of the 1951 Moody's building at 99 Church Street has revealed, for the first time in 57 years, this unobstructed view of Cass Gilbert's neo-gothic design for the Woolworth Building's western facade. It is the site for a major new addition to the lower Manhattan skyline— Architect Robert A.M. Stern's design for the new, downtown, Four Seasons Hotel and condominium tower. The new skyscraper will rise on the construction site visible in the foreground and will eclipse this view forever.

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May 19, 2008

Is it a good time to buy in Tribeca?

s some of you know, I've been a Tribeca local since 1995. Another long-time resident and friend, who's kids go to PS 234 with mine, sold his loft last year, and has been leasing a place in the neighborhood instead. He's one of several people I know who sold and moved into a rental, in part because they believed the sales market had "peaked". These are folks who had built substantial equity over time in their properties. He sent me an email asking about the market. Here's my response, and a more detailed analysis on the downtown landscape for buyers.

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