In the News: More Upheaval at New Amsterdam Market

••• Forgotten NY wonders whether the “Brush up Business with Paint, Paste, Paper, Push” mural on W. Broadway (above Super Linda) “is a real ad, or a ‘Boardwalk Empire’ type movie prop, which has never been painted over.” It never occurred to me that it was a prop. The Landmarks Preservation Commission’s Tribeca South Historic District Designation Report from 1992 notes the sign, but doesn’t say when it went up. (Photo by Asha Agnish from her photo essay on these signs., part 2 of which is here.)

••• “Less than a month after the founder of the outdoor artisanal marketplace abruptly shut it down, New Amsterdam Market’s board announced that it is searching for a new leader and hopes to relaunch the market this fall.” Robert LaValva will remain on the board. Also, perhaps more relevantly to locals: “We’re looking at the Seaport, along with different locations in the city,” said Roland Lewis, chairman of the board. —DNAinfo

••• “Less than three months after its long-delayed opening, problems still plague Collect Pond Park. An oasis of green surrounded by the courthouses of the Civic Center, the park is a brand new $4.6 million makeover of a nondescript concrete plaza between Centre and Lafayette streets. Already it is undergoing repairs that have required digging up part of the park and draining its handsome centerpiece, a 100-foot-long reflecting pond.” —Tribeca Trib

••• Pricing etc. for the 51-story condo tower that’s adjacent to the Beekman Hotel opening at 5 Beekman. —The Real Deal, which has a lobby rendering; Curbed has an interior one. Both look like every other new building.

1 Comment

  1. This photograph from 1931

    http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-5f00-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

    shows the facade without the Brush Up Business “ad”. Fake IMO.

Comment: