••• The building formerly known as 5 Franklin Place is now just Franklin Place, according to a new press release. (It’s the building on Broadway, between Franklin and White, where the plan has been to have the entrance on the Franklin Place alley.) Also in the release: Developed El Ad has chosen the architecture firm ODA, which is also responsible for 93 Worth and the James hotel, among others, while interiors will be by Andres Escobar & Associates. The building will be 20 stories and 53 units, with a private garage. “Condos for sale will range from open lofts, one and two bedroom apartments to three and four bedroom upper floor homes. Cantor & Pecorella is the exclusive sales and marketing firm for the building, which is scheduled to commence sales in May 2013.” There’s no mention of the sales office at 104 Franklin, but work has already begun on it. The website is accepting emails, and the logo is nice, but no renderings yet.
••• Adriana Barbagallo of closed Seaport restaurant Barbarini posted this update: “The two partners (my husband Stefano Barbagallo one of them), split up and each of them is opening a whole new restaurant.”
••• From the LMCCC: “A new pedestrian wayfinding system soon will be appearing on the sidewalks of New York, including the Chinatown and Civic Center areas. Part of a city Department of Transportation’s pilot, the signs will be the first of a proposed citywide program to unify on-street maps and directional signs. Chinatown/Civic Center will be one of four neighborhoods to get the first of 150 new signs of varying size and format.”
••• I rather enjoyed the “Eat the Wolf” exhibit of Brad Greenwood paintings at Steven Amedee Fine Custom Framing—and then I found out that Greenwood is based in Tribeca, so naturally I liked it even more. The exhibit will be up for a few more weeks; check it out.
••• From Soho Photo: “Soho Photo Gallery is pleased to announce that in April 2013, the entire gallery will be devoted to Street Photography 2013. This special exhibition features work by 11 acclaimed guest street photographers and 24 of our photographers. In all, nearly 70 images spanning the past 50 years are being exhibited and represent a wide range of approaches to the genre that has produced some of the most iconic images in photography.”
••• Anjali Kumar tweeted this fantastic Valentine’s Day photo yesterday evening.
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