••• “Three months after the Landmarks Preservation Commission called architect Darrin Krumpus’ plans for condos at 246 Front Street [above left] and 267 Water Street [above right] ‘basically very approvable,’ the Commission has finally given the designs the green light.” —Curbed (rendering from BORO Architects)
••• The seller of 87 Chambers says the plan is for it to be condos (as I mentioned yesterday), but it seems like the buyer is maybe the final word here? (Yesterday they said they hadn’t decided yet.) —The Real Deal
••• Blue Bottle Coffee has a new owner (and a lot of money behind it). —New York Times
••• The Jewish Week takes along look at all the “Jewish renaissance” downtown.
••• A red-tailed hawk was spotted in Battery Park City. —Broadsheet
••• “A statue memorializing soldiers who rode into battle in Afghanistan after 9/11 has been placed in front of the World Trade Center PATH station and will be formally dedicated on Friday. […] The statue, known as ‘De Oppresso Liber,’ a motto of the Army Special Forces, was hauled to a spot near the PATH station entrance on Vesey Street on Tuesday evening. That will be its temporary home while construction at the trade center continues, according to Patrick J. Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Port Authority has agreed to provide a space for the statue at the trade center outside of the official 9/11 Memorial, Mr. Foye said. He added that no decision had been made about where the statue’s permanent home would be, but it is expected to stay on the trade center’s grounds.” And then there’s more about the Sphere sculpture. —New York Times
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