Cortland Alley dates back to 1817 and has had several lives. Today it is a walk through time.
It is one of the last true gritty alleys, particularly in an otherwise beautified Tribeca.
It feels like the NYC of the 70's or 80's. Loading docks falling apart, rusted metal shutters, a feeling of abandonment and graffiti best describe this three block stretch.
Tribeca is revered for its former warehouses turned residential and lofty living spaces.
Most of these buildings still feel like warehouses or manufacturing business that won't give in.
But, that is certainly starting to change as evidenced by luxury developments like Six Cortland Alley, which does preserve the exterior of a building dating back to 1857.
I found the modern business person in an otherwise dank alley to be a sure sign of things to come.
Take a look at the map, to locate the Alley:
Text and picture by our friend Jason Homa