With fencing now removed, work appears to be complete at 84 White Street, a 33-unit condominium development in northern Tribeca. Nicolas Galperin is listed as the developer on building permits (though DOB website has been non-functional for nearly 24 hours), and the project’s architect is Manuel Glas.
The building is a relatively subdued addition to the cityscape, contributing a contextual brick facade to a block dominated by pre-war architecture. The cladding is interlaced with balconies, which fade away as the structure rises, leaving metallic accents to outline minor ornamentation, extruding just below the roof.
In terms of form, 84 White Street meets the existing street-wall, and merges relatively seamlessly with surrounding structures; while the cleanliness of the facade shows the building is obviously new construction, in fifty years, pedestrians will likely be unable to distinguish the project’s age relative to neighboring buildings.
The scale of 84 White Street is the only disappointing aspect of the project, but that is the fault of policy, rather than the developer; the location is literally one block from several lines, including the N, Q, R, and 6 — and within a slightly farther walk, the list expands to include the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, and E trains — yet the site’s FAR is only 6.
Despite the site’s inefficient use of space, the building is still attractive, and if projects in neighborhoods that enjoy sparser transit access could emulate its sleek but conservative appearance, the city would be better off.
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