In the News: Danny Meyer Rooftop Restaurant Confirmed

28 Liberty bar rendering••• Danny Meyer’s “restaurant, bar and event space” atop 28 Liberty is “in the cards” after all. “The still-unnamed venue—880 feet high on the 60th floor, with 360-degree views of the skyline, rivers and harbor—is […] expected to open in about a year with a dedicated Liberty Street entrance and elevators. A dining and bar area [rendered above] will take up a third of the floor’s 38,000 square feet. The remainder will become flexible space that, in a boon for party planners, can host up to three events, with a total capacity of 800 people.” —New York Post

••• “J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler has slashed a whopping $15 million off the price of his Tribeca loft [at 140 Franklin] after it languished on the market for close to two years.” It’s now under under $20 million. —Mansion Global

••• “Legendary chocolatier Jacques Torres will soon be opening a museum dedicated to all things chocolate. Choco-Story New York, The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres will be a permanent fixture of the Jacques Torres chocolate shop [at Hudson and King]. No details yet on what exactly the museum will be like, but an invite to the opening of the museum next week notes that tastings and chocolate making are involved.” —Eater

••• “The graphic designer Rodrigo Corral, who has created iconic visuals for Junot Diaz, Chuck Palahniuk and Jay Z, among others, works out of a converted apartment studio in Manhattan’s financial district. He keeps the walls white and the furniture generic so the work is the focus.” I don’t know if there’s an article to go with the slide show. —New York Times

••• A New York Post article about people who take their very young children with them to fancy restaurants includes this about Tamarind: “An upscale Indian restaurant in Tribeca, [it] explicitly states on its Web site that it has a no-children-under-8 policy. ‘Our tables are very close together,’ explains Tamarind’s general manager, Christopher Corda. ‘So noise travels, and a lot of our clients are Wall Street types having meetings. Have a child crying and it’s just not fair. We want the experience to be enjoyable for all our patrons, who are easily paying $400 for a meal with wine.'” Hear, hear! (But lame of the Post for running a bitter, click-bait headline—”Rich Parents Find a New Unbelievable Way to Spoil Their Kids”—to go with a relatively nuanced story. The writer who got these parents to talk must be mortified.)

••• “The gold rush in Lower Manhattan real estate continues to make fortunes for those who invest here, but much less of a difference in the lives of people who live or work here. The most recent case in point is the Courtyard New York Marriott Downtown, at 133 Greenwich Street (near the corner with Thames Street), which opened in November. The site of the hotel has changed hands four times in 12 years. In each of those transactions, save one, the seller paid vastly more than the price for which the property was purchased just a few years before.” The Broadsheet goes on to be about how “State Assembly member Deborah Glick is the sponsor of a bill in her chamber of the State legislature that would (if enacted) impose a tax on new residential development in New York City, and create a new, dedicated funding stream to build public schools.”

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