North Tribeca Wary of Affordable Housing, Affordable Parties

The citizens of Tribeca are in a crankypants mood, which is not really surprising, but still—it's Halloween, dudes! The Downtown Express has the details. First up, on industrial and cobblestone-lined Desbrosses Street just below Canal Street, a company that rents office space to small businesses wants to put a rentable party deck with a retractable roof on top of its three-story building. That has neighbors up in arms, because the big Tribeca Rooftop party hall is just a few doors down. At the Community Board 1 meeting on the proposed "affordable event space," Desbrosses Streeters claimed that they already have "zero quality of life" due to Tribeca Rooftop's drunk, singing, yelling, fighting and glass-shattering patrons. Meanwhile, still in North Tribeca, City Planning is tinkering with the zoning, and they'd like to permit developers to build bulkier buildings if they also building affordable housing within a half mile from their projects. CB1 gave that idea a big frownie, because, as one member put it, "You don't want to feel like you're in Midtown, with that kind of bulk." Oh, and if the plan's rejection results in zero additional affordable housing in and around posh Tribeca, then that's just collateral damage. Now that's a smooth move.
· Neighbors raise the roof over proposed catering hall [D'town Express]
· C.B. 1 to city: See the light and limit N. Tribeca affordable housing [D'town Express]For more stories from Curbed, go to

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