By Carter B. Horsley
Douglaston Development erected
in 2008 this 7-story condominium apartment building at 475 Greenwich
Street on a triangular block bounded by Canal and Watts Streets
Douglaston also built the green-glass
residential tower at 325 Fifth Avenue and another residential
complex at 555 West 23rd Street.
This site is directly over
the Holland Tunnel and had been occupied by low-rise buildings
that once housed a ceramic tile company and a car audio store.
In discussions with the TriBeCa
committee of Community Board 1 the developers agreed not to lease
any of the project's 8,000 square feet of retail space to nightclubs
Greenberg Farrow Architects
designed the 21-unit building which has many of its windows slightly
It is one of the very few free-standing
new developments in Manhattan. It is very near Canal Park at the
corner of Canal and West Streets, one of the city's oldest parks
that was rededicated with a concert by Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson.
It was dedicated at St. John's Square in 1870 and in 1971 the
city lent the triangular plot to the agency that was building
the Holland Tunnel. It was returned to the city four years later
but the Sanitation Department used it to store trucks. The parks
re-estasblishment resulted from a campaign by Carole de Saram,
Richard Barnett and Jana Haimsohn who sued to have the park restored.
The settlement of the case called for the state to pay the $2.7
million restoration costs and to double its size to about two-thirds
of an acre.
Jeffrey E. Levine of Douglaston
Development said apartments have ceilings higher than 10 feet
and large windows and that they range in size from 1500 to 3000
square feet and the penthouses are duplexes.