Measuring up the nabe, in height and age
Number of levels at the new Urban Outfitters location at 180 Broadway
Median age of the Financial District’s 28,942 residents
Number of stories at the New York by Gehry residential tower at 8 Spruce Street
Sources: Racked, Zillow, StreetEasy
Want to sleep in a waterbed?
There’s a bid floating to convert the South Street Seaport Museum’s docked ships into hotels — yes, floating hotels. Though just an idea tossed around at a January town hall meeting at Pace University, the move would help provide funding to the museum, which is short on cash. However, museum president Jonathan Boulware said the museum is dedicated to preserving these ships, and that this hotel plan might not work out.
If you build it, they will come
There’s a site up for grabs at 45 Broad Street, located between Exchange Place and Beaver Street, which can be built into a residential tower or a hotel. It can also be large: up to 265,000 square feet. “There is no height restriction in the area,” one of the site’s brokers told the New York Post. This site was originally slated to grow a 62-story hotel and condo building called Nobu Hotel and Residences — a plan that actor Robert De Niro was part of — but never fully materialized.
More retail is headed to the ‘hood: Super-popular Spanish clothing chain Zara signed a lease for a three-level store at 222 Broadway, across from the Fulton Transit Center. The store will open late this year or early next.