There hasn’t been a bag of nuts sold here for close to a decade, but it’s still the Bazzini Building. The six-story former warehouse at 21 Jay Street in Tribeca is these days home to nine extraordinary loft residences, but the building will forever be associated with the nut and dried-fruit seller that occupied it for decades. Founded in 1886, Bazzini’s — the namesake company of Italian immigrant Anthony Bazzini — sold cashews, pistachios, and other nuts by the pound, mostly to restaurants and street vendors, and the aroma of its roasted peanuts has famously filled Yankee Stadium since 1923, when the Bombers beat the Red Sox 4 to 1 in the ballpark’s very first game. Bazzini’s has since moved on (to the Bronx, in fact), but the Bazzini Building’s cavernous condominium residences reverentially preserve the grand structure’s classic egg-and-butter-district charm: giant windows with chestnut wood frames, wide-plank maple flooring, exposed brick walls, and terra cotta columns supporting 10-foot-high barrel-vaulted ceilings. Our home of the day, Apartment 4W, has all that and more.
This grand loft features three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen with island seating for three, and 16—yes, 16—windows, six that face south toward Jay Street and 10 that face west toward Greenwich Street. “The building’s stately and beautiful corner structure not only stands to represent the history of Tribeca as the egg and butter district of NYC,” says Corcoran agent Barrie Mandel, “but the meeting place of children on their way to school or families on their way to Washington Market Park.”