Category Archives: Community Building

10-Year-Old DJ Plays Washington Market Park

10-Year-Old DJ Plays Washington Market Park


I saw this on Tribeca Trib Online and I thought I’d share. Ten-year-old DJ Kai Song, rocked the kids in Washington Market Park last month. As a side note, Song performed his first DJ gig at age 3 and has played over 100 venues. Follow your passion, kid. :)


Posted by Jeanine Le Ny


Tribeca Team and Agent Jacob Fine Profiled in Spring Issue of Residency NY Magazine!


The Tribeca Team gets some heavy coverage in the Spring Issue of Residency NY magazine.


After years of supporting the local art scene we finally get our due recognition in the article Altruism, Art and Real Estate beginning on page 70. Click here to check it out.


You can also read Tribeca Team agent Jacob Fine’s take on the neighborhood’s real estate and his top picks for where to eat, lounge and shop on page 52 here.










Tribeca Team to Host Designer Floral Pop-Up Shop and Participate in TOAST art walk Mother’s Day Weekend


A past Mother's Day arrangement by Flowers by Yasmine

The Tribeca Team will be hosting some exciting events at our Hudson Street office for Mother’s Day weekend, including a pop-up shop by a neighborhood florist and displaying the work of Tribeca artist C.J. Collins for the annual TOAST art walk.


The public will be able to purchase the incredible Mother’s Day flowers by Yasmine Karrenberg on May 10-11 from 10am-3pm at our 25 Hudson Street location between Duane and Reade streets. You can also purchase online at for pickup Saturday or Sunday.


Karrenberg, who has been a floral designer for over 15 years, operates an online floral business in the neighborhood called Flowers by Yasmine.


Visitors can view a window display at our office starting Thursday the 8th comprised of succulent and rose boxes along with cut flowers as well as “flower curtains” — live flowers hanging in an artful display.


“Will You Ride II”, 60 x 48 inches, Flashe Paint on canvas, 2013, by CJ Collins, currently on display at our 25 Hudson St. office

Neighborhood residents will also be treated to the artwork of Tribeca artist C.J. Collins, whose work is currently on display in our office, as part of the Tribeca Open Artist Studio Tour (TOAST).


The annual art walk will take place Friday from 6-8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10-6pm, and Monday from 1-6pm.


But neighborhood residents are encouraged to stop in to check out the floral display and artwork anytime and to ask for the Tribeca Team so they can introduce themselves.


The two simultaneous events are a natural outgrowth of the Tribeca Team’s mission of promoting the growth of the Tribeca community through charitable contribution, education, and community activities. The team consists of four of the firm’s top agents who specialize in the neighborhood: Shana Allen, Jeanine LeNy, Kay Moon, and Jacob Fine.


TOAST is an artist-run, non-profit organization whose purpose is to support and promote the working artists of Tribeca. TOAST accomplishes these goals by hosting innovative events designed to engage the public in an ongoing dialogue about art, by allowing the public access into the environment in which art is created and displayed.


CJ Collins, a 30-year Tribeca resident, is a multi-media artist and one of the original artists involved in TOAST. Collins established her own studio in an old loft space in the TriBeCa area of lower Manhattan in 1977, where she now lives and works.


“It’s important for artists to have a place to share their work with the community, which is why the Tribeca Team at BOND New York has been supporting new and experienced artists every month as part of our First Wednesdays program,” the Tribeca Team’s LeNy said.


By Jacob Fine

2014 Jazzfest to be Held at Bogardus Garden this Sunday


The Friends of Bogardus Garden bring back Jazzfest this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with great music along with cookie decorating and crafts for the kids.


Organizers have lined up three professional jazz trios, and crafts from the Church Street School for Music & Art.


Friends of Bogardus have been helping to spearhead a redesign of the park at the intersection of Hudson and West Broadway. The project has already raised over $2.4 million in public funds.


To read more about this project, check out our recent blog post here:


The Tribeca Team’s own Jacob Fine will be working the cookie table at the event this Sunday from 11:00 until noon, so stop by and say hi!








Downtown ‘K’ Registration Soars as City Rejects Plea for Added Seats

Downtown ‘K’ Registration Soars as City Rejects Plea for Added Seats


At last year's P.S. 276 Winter Fair, strollers lined the sidewalk outside the school, a sign of the many siblings who will be entering the school. Photo: Carl Glassman/Tribeca Trib

Via Carl Glassman article, Tribeca Trib.  No change of heart. That was the word from a De­partment of Education official, who told Downtown school advocates last month that despite their pleas the city is going ahead with the Bloomberg administration’s original plan to build fewer than half the number of school seats below Canal Street that community leaders say are needed.


The city has budgeted one new 456-seat school below Canal Street as part of a five-year spending plan that is up for approval on March 18 by the Panel for Educational Policy.


The announcement followed reports at the meeting by several Downtown principals that kindergarten registration was higher this year than last, foretelling even longer wait lists at those schools, though the numbers are far from final. The most severe shortage of seats is at P.S. 276 in lower Battery Park City, where Principal Terri Ruyter said that 157 children in the school’s zone are applying for 100 seats. With 37 of those children guaranteed seats because they are siblings of current students, about half of the remaining chil­d­ren would be left without seats.


Nancy Harris, principal of P.S. 397, the Spruce Street School, said she will have a wait list for the first time. With zoned siblings taking up 26 of the available 75 seats, based on current registration figures, there will be 63 children in line for the other 49 seats. Eighty-six zoned children registered for the 50 kindergarten seats at the Peck Slip School—now temporarily housed in Tweed Courthouse—that is opening in its permanent home in 2015. Last year, 60 had applied.


With the latest birth figures released recently, future projections appear to be getting worse. According to a presentation at the meeting by Diana Switaj, Community Board 1’s director of planning and land use, even with the opening of the new 456-seat school in the city’s capital plan and the Peck Slip School, there will still be a major shortage of seats. Switaj projected that in 2018 there will be 550 kindergarten seats for nearly 800 kindergartners in the CB1 district.


–posted by Jeanine Le Ny

Tribeca Team Agent in Tribeca Trib Photo from Bogardus Plaza Community Redesign Meeting

The Tribeca Team's Jacob Fine pictured next to landscape architect Signe Nielsen.


In case you were wondering, that is Bond New York real estate agent Jacob Fine caught on camera in the new Tribeca Tribune article on the Bogardus Plaza Community Redesign Meeting.


You can read more about this awesome neighborhood redesign  project on Jacob’s recent blog post:


Here’s the full text of the Tribeca Trib article by Nathalie Rubens on the recent meeting:


Morning tai chi at Bogardus Plaza and Garden anyone? Does a cobblestone paved pedestrian space with a climbing rock, or garden steps for sitting and sipping your morning coffee sound appealing? Or sketching and gardening classes, perhaps?


Those were some of the ideas offered by about a dozen residents and business owners who came together with a slew of city design officials and landscape architects at the Downtown Community Center late last month. Their job: begin reimagining Bogardus Garden and Plaza, the triangle on Hudson Street between Chambers and Reade streets.


“This is truly a public-private partnership,” Victoria Weil, president of Friends of Bogardus Garden, said as the participants gathered in small groups around tables covered with large blank maps of the area, and markers for putting down on paper their hopes and concerns. Soon those maps were scribbled with ideas for fences, tree boxes, garbage cans, recycling bins and much more.


Last year, the city Department of Transportation chose Friends of Bo­gardus Garden for a $2 million grant to turn what is now a fenced-in garden and pedestrian plaza into one 9,000-square-foot public space. This would be the first of several opportunities for the public to weigh in on the project’s design.


Of course, you can’t reconfigure a public space any way you want and Signe Nielsen of Mathews/Nielsen Land­scape Architects, the firm in charge of the design, laid out the key constraints, from fire hydrant access to manholes and underground utilities.


Questions and sometimes debates arose over seating, lighting, park amenities, and the degree to which the garden is open or closed.


“As a business, we would like to see [the plaza] more closed off, especially at night,” said Sava Vasiljevic, general manager of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, lo­cated across the street on West Broadway.


There were differences over whether the plaza should have historic elements or contemporary ones. But there seemed to be agreement on incorporating cast iron, a nod to James Bogardus, the father of cast iron architecture. (The city’s Land­marks Preservation Com­mis­sion and Public Design Com­mission have final approval over the plaza’s look.)


Not surprisingly, quality of life and security concerns were big topics.


“The reason I’m here,” said Nicole Bianna, whose apartment overlooks the plaza, “is that we have a lot of nightlife on this corner. How do we make it less inviting and not have late-night revelers bringing the party over?”


Plans for Cafeteria, a restaurant and bar that may open across the street, add to some residents’ anxiety. “We are concerned about people leaving Cafeteria and hanging out in the park drinking, smoking and partying,” said Lisa Schil­ler, who lives nearby on Reade Street.


Residents wanted lighting that would illuminate the space but not their apartments, and seating that did not invite sleeping. One idea was using steps or other structural perches as seating areas.


Nine-year-old Theo Tirschwell, whose mother, Annie Tirschwell, is on the board of Friends of Bogardus Gar­den, suggested a rock-climbing in­stal­lation or treehouse for kids. As for seating? Not much of an issue. “When I come out of the subway, I look at the plaza and I run around because I have a lot of energy,” he said. “I really don’t sit down.”


With ideas and sketches in hand, Mathews Nielsen will consult with officials from the city Department of Design and Construction and return as early as next month with two or three alternative designs for another round of public discussion. A selected revised design is expected to be submitted to Community Board 1 followed by a cycle of reviews with city agencies. The goal is to start construction in the summer of 2016 and complete the project a year later.



Bogardus Garden Redesign Public Workshop to be held Tomorrow Evening


Concept design for the plaza by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects – the firm's Signe Nielsen is a Tribeca resident.

Friends of Bogardus Garden will be hosting a public workshop tomorrow to discuss the redesign of the small garden and plaza at the intersection of Hudson and West Broadway.


The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 27th at the Manhattan Youth’s Downtown Community Center at 120 Warren.


The Bogardus Plaza capital improvement project is being launched in collaboration with the NYC DOT and DDC in an effort to re-design the current garden and make-shift plaza into a more singular, integrated pedestrian place.


The public is encouraged to attend the meeting to hear about the project and share their thoughts and ideas.


Back in the day – the plaza in the '70's.

The project has already raised $2.4 million in public funds, including a large sum awarded by the DOT under its Plaza Program, and an additional $300,000 in private donations raised.


Previously discussed enhancements have included merging the current gated garden and plaza spaces, adding lighting and permanent seating, along with the additional greening of the plaza.


The plaza – which is aptly named after architect and pioneer of the cast-iron buildings the neighborhood is known for, James Bogardus – has been undergoing a slow transformation since the days when it served as little more than a concrete traffic island in the 1970’s.


As the plaza/garden happens to be steps from our Hudson Street office, I know we are looking forward to the redesign!


By Jacob Fine


Tribeca’s Halloween Tradition Continues

Via Tribeca Trib. Sunday, Oct. 27. Parade line-up at 12:45 p.m. Park party from 1 to 3 p.m. This may be Tribeca’s longest-running annual event. Kids and parents put on their most creative costumes and march from CitiGroup Plaza (Greenwich at North Moore) to the park (Greenwich between Duane and Chambers). The highly entertaining Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band will lead the parade. Sponsored by Friends of Washington Market Park, the park party will feature games—including “penny in a haystack,” a bone dig and a hay maze—and live music by kids’ rock band Princess Katie and Racer Steve.

Posted by Jeanine Le Ny


Flower Power!


Do your kids like to garden? If so, bring them to Washington Market Park on October 19th from 11am-12pm for the citywide celebration of It’s My Park Day and help plant beautiful summer flowers! The Rain Date is October 20th, same time.


The Park Gardener will give instructions to children on how to plant flowers like impatiens and marigolds, as well as summer and fall flowering bulbs like gladiolus. They will have some children’s gardening gloves and trowels, but if you have your own please bring them along.


This event is sponsored by The Friends of Washington Market Park.


Posted by Jeanine Le Ny



Where Will People Park in Tribeca?


Via Tribeca Citizen. The recent news that the parking garage at 24 Leonard is being converted to condos—like with the parking lots at 11 N. Moore and 460 Washington—has had me wondering how long the remaining parking lots/garages can hold out. How on earth has the Central Parking garage at 56 N. Moore (above) survived? Please don’t take that to mean I want it to be turned into condos. But obviously it will one day—as will, most likely, the lots pictured below.



Where will people park? Some new buildings have parking (although the 53-unit 443 Greenwich will only have “a limited number of indoor parking spaces.”) There are underground garages, sure, and street parking. But one reader emailed the other day to say that there’s less and less street parking in his/her part of the neighborhood.


Posted by Jeanine Le Ny