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Carter's View

There are not too many great stables left in the city.

One more is about to bit the dust, figuratively. The three-story building at 157 Hudson Street, which is also known as 4-8 Hubert Street, 14 Collister Street, and 49-55 Laight Street, was erected in 1867 to designs by Ritch & Griffiths and altered and enlarged in 1899 by Edward Hall Kendall and altered again in 1902 by Charles W. Romeyn. It was built as a stable for American Express and in recent years housed various nightclubs such as Heat, B Square, Area, Shelter and Vinyl. It is in the TriBeCa North Historic District.

Now Peter Moore, an architect and developer active in Lower Manhattan, has won approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission to convert it to condominium apartments and add two stories to the red-brick building that has arched windows on its second floor.

In November, 2004, Moore's plan for a three-story addition to the building was rejected by the landmarks commission, but last month it approved his revised plan. At the November hearing, the Historic Districts Council testified that it was "happy to see this magnificent building being restored and the level or restorative work appears to be excellent." The council, however, did not support the three-story addition.

The building has an excellent TriBeCa location and is across Hubert Street from the Hubert, a very handsome new condominium building.

Moore is also a co-developer, with Mark Mancinelli, of the 11-story condominium apartment at 302 Spring Street that is due for completion by the end of this year.
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Architecture Critic Carter Horsley Since 1997, Carter B. Horsley has been the editorial director of CityRealty. He began his journalistic career at The New York Times in 1961 where he spent 26 years as a reporter specializing in real estate & architectural news. In 1987, he became the architecture critic and real estate editor of The New York Post.
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