••• Two takes on the anti-Asphalt Green rally. First, the Broadsheet, toeing the party line: “An event billed as a ‘Rally for a Real Community Center’ drew a more than 50 community leaders and concerned residents to the corner of West and Warren Streets on Thursday afternoon. Waving signs emblazoned with slogans like ‘Revise the Contract,’ ‘Save Our Ball Fields,’ and ‘Community Benefits,’ the crowd and a succession of speakers gave voice to a series of demands.” A second “news source” (name redacted at its request) sees ulterior motives everywhere it looks.
••• “Brookfield Properties will rename the eight million-square-foot office complex it owns in Lower Manhattan several sources familiar with the company’s plans say. What is known currently as the World Financial Center will become Brookfield Place under the plan, in what appears to be an effort to distance the property’s image as a home predominantly for financial tenants at a time when leasing demand from that sector has been weak.” It’s like Melrose Place, but less sexy. —New York Observer
••• Eight of the 18 units at 37 Warren have been sold. —New York Daily News
••• “How would you like it if a freight train came rumbling across your front yard several times a day? You probably would not like it a bit. Yet that was just what confronted anyone living on Hudson Street between Beach and Laight streets a century ago.” —Tribeca Trib
••• “The Port Authority can finally start construction on the much-talked about retail at the World Trade Center. A $11.1 million construction contract with T.B. Penick & Sons Inc. was approved to today to begin work on the Cortlandt Way retail corridor.” —Curbed
••• “A Curbed operative also sends word that the MTA is finished with restoration of the historic Corbin building’s facade, but we have yet to check it out.” (I ran over there to take a photo but if it’s done it’s still behind a ton of scaffolding.)
••• David Bouley has a farm in Kent, Conn.—about a half mile from where Adam and I rent a house. Stop stalking me, David! —Wall Street Journal
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