Newsletter: Feb. 23

Franklin PlaceNOSY NEIGHBOR
When I posted that a property owner on Franklin Place had told me the street is privately owned, there was some question as to whether that was the case, along with a suggestion that I look into it. What I found out.

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Holland Tunnel traffic on HudsonOPEN LETTER: HERE’S YOUR TRAFFIC STUDY
Local politicians have asked the city’s Department of Transportation for a “comprehensive study” of traffic in Lower Manhattan. Everything they need to know is right here, thanks to James.

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Con Edison transformerSEEN & HEARD
••• 2/20: Another bubble tea franchise. Plus: Opening date for the Saks Men’s Store; the transformer that clogged up W. Broadway on Saturday (above); checking in on Pier 17; the 19-story building under construction on Broadway; “Power” TV shoot.
••• 2/21: Confirmation of a new Starbucks. Plus: Whole Foods courts tour buses; BlackTail is now taking reservations; something appears to be moving into Reade Street storefront; “Odd Mom Out” is settling in for a long shoot.
••• 2/22: Antique Garage opens tonight [i.e., last night]. Plus: Poke restaurant on Lispenard is hiring; 100 Franklin construction; Le Relais de Venise looks close to opening; ugly Subway shop on Broome closed; Janovic still hasn’t recovered from its collapsed ceiling; 1st Precinct meeting.

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Engine 7 Ladder 1IN THE NEWS
••• 2/20: Tribeca firefighters accused of hazing and bullying (above). Plus: The history of 116 Duane; thief steals electronics and brownies.
••• 2/21: Groping at Century 21. Plus: The Empire State Trail will connect Buffalo and the Battery; Governors Island sues over shoddy construction; street art inside 4 World Trade Center; Doctors Without Borders is moving to FiDi.
••• 2/22: Heyday expands uptown. Plus: The New Yorker visits Taryn Toomey’s fitness class; 3 Hearts Café at Tracy Anderson’s studio; questions about resiliency funding; phone snatching and other thefts.

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courtesy The Wooly PublicA WOOLY EMPIRE
The Woolworth Tower Kitchen restaurant in the Woolworth Building is now the Wooly Public, as if it’s an offshoot of the Wooly private-event space and the Wooly Daily café. Photos and menus, right this way.

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