In the News: 9/11 Memorial Welcome Plaza

Courtesy Gertler and Wente Archtiects LLP (via NYDN)

••• “The dismantled Deutsche Bank Tower site will become a graceful Welcome Plaza for millions of visitors entering the 9/11 Memorial, officials said Thursday. An $800,000 concrete plaza at street level with benches and light landscaping will be built near the corner of Albany and Greenwich Sts. to orient the throngs who are expected to flock to Ground Zero this fall.” Now, about the buses…. (New York Daily News)

••• “Marc Forgione is planning a ramp tasting menu, which will replace his regular tasting menu starting April 11 (ramp essence, ramp encrusted lamb loin, ramp remoulade).” (Eater)

••• Curbed notices movement re: 1 N. Moore (the new building going up at W. Broadway): “There’s a teaser website up, and just one listing. It’s for the 4BR, 3BA #4, asking $5.3 million, or $1,869/square foot. That seems to put it in line with the neighbors, so we’re not sure what it has to worry about. There are no renderings up yet, but there is a new version of the less funky FLAnk exterior.” Plus: A floorplan! The “dressing gallery” looks awkward, but that could be because I’ve never had one.

••• “Sad news from the nightlife world as Don Hill, founder of the eponymous nightclub and New York nightlife fixture, passed away last night.” (Eater)

••• “The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center both trimmed their budgets for the coming fiscal year by around 40 percent, with much of the savings coming from staff reductions. The LMDC will cut about a third of its 35-member workforce while the LMCCC, which oversees $15 billion in construction projects below Canal Street with just 12 full-time employees, will lose two of its full-time staffers.” (Tribeca Trib)

••• “A construction company building the Fulton Street Transit Center agreed Thursday to repay nearly $20 million in connection with a scam that used front companies to get around rules that require hiring women and minority-owned businesses. Skanska USA did not admit guilt in the scheme but agreed to cooperate with the continuing federal investigation, which also includes contracts at the World Trade Center PATH hub and JFK airport.” (DNAinfo)

••• Curbed founder Lockhart Steele is moving to Seaport. (The Real Deal)

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