••• Acrid smoke was pouring out of the street-level vents of the Thomas side of 60 Hudson this morning around 10 a.m. There was no one around—and it stopped while I was standing there—so I assume it was intentional.
••• Someone recently asked if we knew whether 443 Greenwich was going to be part-hotel, as once floated, and I
pulled my head out realized I could ask the developer, Nathan Berman. “Entirely residential,” was his response.
••• Mark your calendars: On March 20, François Payard Bakery (among other bakeries) celebrates Macaron Day by handing out a free macaron to anyone who says “Macaron Day.” A portion of macaron sales goes to City Harvest.
••• Sidewalk sheds are going up at 71 Laight, so presumably demo is starting. The new building will be a mirror image (“like a ‘photographic negative,'” said the architect) of 401 Washington next door; the two will be one building.
••• On June 13 at the World Financial Center: a seafood extravaganza featuring restaurants like Esca, A Salt and Battery, Luke’s Lobster, and Littleneck. “A pop-up beer garden will host some the city’s most renowned craft breweries during the dinnertime portion, 5–9 p.m. Lunch-goers can enjoy an alcohol-free preview of ‘New Fish City'”—grooooaaaaannnnn—”from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Admission is free, with individual menu items $10 and under.”
••• Speaking of New Fish City: New Amsterdam Market board member April Bloomfield seems to have enlisted her fellow chefs to support the cause of saving the historic Fulton Fish Market buildings. Among those who appear in a new video: Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Bill Telepan, and Floyd Cardoz. Only semi-related: I had dinner at J-GV’s Nougatine the other night, and the salt-and-pepper lobster is so good.
••• Why won’t someone open a Thai restaurant here?