••• The Broadsheet says that a group “urging the Authority to reconsider its relationship with Asphalt Green (the nonprofit that was selected in 2010 as the community center’s operator) and formalize its commitment to the community on issues such as affordability, arts programs, and use by populations like seniors, before opening the facility” is rallying on Thursday: “The group [...] will meet [...] on the ball fields, near Warren and West Street (across the street from the entrance to P.S. 89) at 5:30 pm. Among the speakers will be Mark Costello, a member of Community Board 1 and the former president of Downtown Little League, Tricia Joyce, who chairs CB1′s Youth and Education Committee, and Bill Bialosky, president of the Downtown Soccer League.” Those three speakers are all about kids. I had really been holding out hope that the local political machine wouldn’t force out Asphalt Green and turn it into one more kid-focused amenity. I’m a fool. Related: A commenter named Jonathon had some things to say on the topic.
••• “The Tribeca land where Fishman Holdings had planned to build a luxury hotel has been sold, for $22 million, to Charles Blaichman’s CB Developers, records filed today with the city show. After struggles with Landmarks Preservation Commission approvals, plans for a proposed eight-story hotel with between 85 and 95 rooms have now been finalized and approved by the Department of Buildings, said Fishman Holdings’ executive vice president Yehuda Mor. CB Developers will move ahead with the hotel as Fishman planned it.” I could’ve sworn this shifted from hotel to condos…? I called CB Developers and they said, “We’re still working through that so we don’t know ourselves.” —The Real Deal
••• “Trinity Church has canceled its popular, long-running Halloween festivities, citing “escalating illegal and abusive activity” related to an Occupy Wall Street-affiliated camp set up in front of the place of worship.” —DNAinfo
••• The Billy’s Bakery on Elizabeth Street has closed. —Bowery Boogie
••• 111 John will be a 7-Eleven. —FiDi Fan Page (which I can’t link to but if you search “FiDi Fan Page” on Facebook you’ll find it)
••• “We got some news hot off the press late yesterday from Evan Stein, owner of Shorty’s, Shorty’s On Wheels and Lil’ Shorty’s. Shorty’s just signed a lease for a new bar/restaurant located at 62 Pearl St in the Financial District, a few steps from Broad St.” —New York Street Food (via FiDi Fan Page)
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