••• City Realty came across a daytime rendering (above) of 108 Chambers, at the southwest corner of Church. “Building permits have only been approved for four of the project’s floors: two cellar levels and the first two floors holding two new retail spaces. The approved permits also show that Woods Bagot is the architect on record.” The nighttime rendering shows a Vitamin Shoppe and Starbucks opening on street level.
••• The New York Times “Living in…” column looks at Hudson Square. The article contained this statement: “On Jan. 12, the average price of a one-bedroom in nearby Tribeca was $4.12 million, according to StreetEasy, while in Hudson Square, one-bedrooms averaged $1.76 million.” I’ve been watching two-bedrooms here pretty closely for, oh, five years now, and there’s just no way that the average price of a one-bedroom is over $4 million.
••• “On Tuesday afternoon, protestors objecting to the appointments made by president-elect Donald Trump from the ranks of Goldman Sachs set up an encampment outside the firm’s headquarters, where they plan to remain through Friday’s inauguration.” —Broadsheet
••• Battery Park City “is subject to oversight by the de Blasio Administration’s City Planning Commission, which categorizes Battery Park City as, ‘a special purpose district.’ (These are areas of the City that the Commission designates, ‘to achieve specific planning and urban design objectives in defined areas with unique characteristics.’) A review of the zoning resolution for Battery Park’s City’s special purpose district, enacted by the de Blasio Administration in March, 2016, lists more than 20 [types of business] that may not set up shop.” —Broadsheet
••• “Tennis star Novak Djokovic is in contract to buy two apartments at [under construction] Manhattan condominium 565 Broome SoHo for an undisclosed sum.” —Wall Street Journal
••• “Catherine McVay Hughes, the tireless, two-term former chair of Community Board 1 and a 20-year CB1 veteran, informed the board in a letter this afternoon that she is not reapplying for membership.” —Tribeca Trib
••• The New York City Council “is considering a law that will require the establishment of a community-centric advisory panel to review proposed city-funded public-art projects. The panel would include representatives of the borough president’s office, City Council and community board in whose borough or district the work is set to be located.” Art by committee is the very best kind. —Wall Street Journal
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