••• “In an op-ed in the Daily News on Sunday, Feb. 19, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron [suggested replacing] the existing Battery Park City Authority Board of Directors with a new board comprised of residents and to use funds in excess of those needed for the maintenance of Battery Park City to pay for affordable housing, parks and green spaces in Lower Manhattan.” —Downtown Express
••• “Is there a gut premium?” asks Manhattan Loft Guy, inspired by a sale at 395 Broadway.
••• Depressing news of the day: “[7-Eleven] will open 14 outposts [in Manhattan] this year, and then up the pace to 20 a year for the next five. Bodega owners are encouraged to become franchisees instead.” —Crain’s
••• The restaurant in the Trump Soho will become Koi. Whoa, I’m having 90s expense-account flashbacks…. —Eater
••• “The Financial District has become the new Park Slope.” Um, minus the restaurants? —New York Post
••• Basics Plus opened on John Street. —Broadsheet
••• “Award-winning starchitect Winka Dubbeldam, who designed the gorgeous, glassy, 11-story 497 Greenwich St., otherwise known as the Greenwich Street Project, has just put her sixth-floor home there on the market for $2.35 million.” That’s the wavy glass building above Canal. The article also notes that Cindy Sherman owns a penthouse there. —New York Post (photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)
••• “We hear that multiple potential buyers are lining up to see Katy Perry’s $2.75 million Tribeca penthouse at 65 N. Moore, where showings began on Wednesday. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,500-square-foot unit is still described as a ‘romantic duplex’ in the listing despite Perry and Russell Brand’s divorce.” Curbed posted the floor plan. —New York Post
••• The broken lights on the disco manhole/UFO landing strip on W. Thames in BPC are being replaced with non-lights. —Downtown Express
••• “Teens in Lower Manhattan have a new venue to spend their Friday nights and express their artistic sides and it’s designed exclusively for them. The new program, dubbed ‘7eventytwo’ and hosted by the Church Street School for Music and Art, tailors to neighborhood teens seeking to draw, play music, and pursue other types of art once the school day ends. The programming will be housed in the Church Street School’s new center at 72 Warren St., adjacent to its main building at 74 Warren St.” —Downtown Express
••• “Downtown residents want to run the NYC Half-Marathon right out of their neighborhood. After complaints from Battery Park City residents about the annual event’s street closures and other inconveniences, New York Road Runners decided to move the finish line for this year’s race over to the South Street Seaport. But residents there want the runners to keep on moving too.” —DNAinfo
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