••• “A lower Manhattan landmark could collapse if construction next door is allowed, a lawsuit claims. The manager of the historic Bennett Building at 139 Fulton St. [above] is afraid his mixed-use space will come tumbling down if work for a towering 26-story hotel [at 143 Fulton] occurs.” —New York Post
••• Apparently Century 21 put a graffiti mural too close to the 9/11 Memorial for Gothamist‘s comfort. The Era of Outrage is really starting to get tiresome.
What this play does, perhaps better than any piece since Deborah Warner’s “Angel Project,” is use the city itself as a set. Sure, the show included plenty of spaces that had been wittily and efficiently transformed, but the ordinary places, like that subway car, were often the most extraordinary, newly freighted with peril and possibility. Even bits of the neighborhood not explicitly included in the adventure seemed rich and strange, like a narrow alley with Alexander Hamilton’s grave on one side and a discount shoe store on the other. “Empire Travel Agency” also has a lovely way, at least in my limited experience, of transforming four relative strangers into a unified, if occasionally klutzy, corps, complete with exhortations and taunts and in-jokes.
••• “Earlier this year, YIMBY brought you a proposal for the transformation of One Wall Street created by CetraRuddy. While that version of the tower will remain unbuilt, we now have the first rendering of actual plans, created by Robert A.M. Stern for developer Macklowe Properties.” —New York YIMBY
••• T Magazine asked “five leaders in creative fields” for their New York City recommendations. Fashion designer (and Tribecan) Rosie Assoulin likes Arcade Bakery, the Greenwich Hotel, Children’s Museum of the Arts, Aire Ancient Baths, and Battery Park (which the Times style guide doesn’t realize is now called the Battery). Sabrina de Souza, co-owner of Dimes, likes Patrick Parrish.
••• Only in FiDi, kids, only in FiDi…. “An on-duty World Trade Center security guard slashed the face of a man who placed a french fry on his head in a McDonald’s early Monday morning.” It was the one at Broadway and Cortlandt. —DNAinfo
••• “Jack Resnick & Sons, the developer behind the One Seaport Plaza office tower at 199 Water Street in the Financial District, is suing Fortis Property Group for allegedly ripping off the “One Seaport” name to promote a new 60-story condo tower at South Street Seaport.” There’s only one way to settle this: a fight to the death. —Real Deal