Finger Hearing 22 July


144 North 8th Street (aka The Finger Building)
Photo: A Test of Will

The moment of truth for the Finger Building may finally be at hand. On 22 July, the Board of Standard and Appeals will hear an appeal by community residents on the BSA’s previous decision to allow the construction of the building to go forward. (That decision is still pending resolution of the partnership dispute over air rights between developer Mendel Brach and the owner of the adjoining properties, Scott Specter.) The hearing will be at the BSA, 40 Rector Street in Manhattan, 10 a.m. on 22 July. By mass transit, take the J/M/Z to Broad Street or the 1 via the L to Rector Street.

2 responses to “Finger Hearing 22 July”

  1. Any sense of how long after the hearing a decision can be expected? Why is that the “moment of truth” when there’s still a court case pending? According to the N.Y. Supreme Court website, there’s a 10/10/2008 date for trial (it also indicates that 7/25/2008 date was “adjourned”). Where’s Nina Totenberg when you need her?

  2. Its the moment of truth because if BSA rules in the community’s favor, the building gets a lot less finger-like. It also changes the value of what the owner and developer are arguing over – I assume the tort case would still go forward, as there would be development rights at stake, but the construction above the current building height would be off the table.