In the News: The Pearl Paint Residences

••• “A spokeswoman for the Howard Hughes Corporation, the developer that owns much of the Seaport, said Big Gay Ice Cream will set up a temporary installation for the summer months, before moving into a permanent space. The location and details for the installation space and its permanent home are still being worked out.” —DNAinfo

••• “The ‘Fearless Girl’ statue standing in defiant opposition to Wall Street’s iconic ‘Charging Bull’ might be moved to a different location in the Big Apple when its temporary permit expires early next month.” —New York Post

143 Chambers••• Daytonian in Manhattan looks into 143 Chambers, site of a clown school in the 1980s.

••• “At its Wednesday board meeting, the Battery Park City Authority shared the preliminary findings of its two-year resiliency study, conducted by consulting firm Parsons Transportation, as part of an effort to formulate plans that will make the community more resistant to future extreme weather events, such as 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, which flooded much of Lower Manhattan and part of Battery Park City.” —Broadsheet

••• “The passing of David Rockefeller earlier this week struck a personal chord for one person who helped create Lower Manhattan in its modern form—Charles J. Urstadt, who, as State Commissioner of Housing and County Renewal in the 1960s and 70s, founded and built Battery Park City, along with several other government-sponsored projects Downtown. [Here are] his recollections.” —Broadsheet

••• “Pearl Paint, the beloved downtown art supply store, closed in 2014, but a piece of the shop still lives on—in the new, pricey rentals that have just hit the market in its former Canal Street headquarters [306 Canal]. Listings for four apartments that sit atop the former art shop just appeared.” The entrance is on Lispenard, naturally, so the building is being called 57 Lispenard. And Pearl Paint’s neon sign is hanging in the lobby, which sure beats it getting tossed in the trash. In hindsight, however, a museum about downtown New York—back when that meant something—might’ve been a good idea. —Curbed

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  1. From The New York Times: The State of Your Block, 2017

    “Prior to a change in ownership several years ago of our buildings, Greenwich Street was bustling with mom-and-pop small businesses: a pizza shop; a dry cleaners; a terrific homey cafe; a family-owned pharmacy; and a deli — exactly what turns a street into a community. All the storefronts except the Duane Reade are now empty. The once vital street is now bleak and depressing.

    — Nathan Weber, 75.

    Greenwich Street between North Moore and West Streets. TriBeCa, Manhattan”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/24/nyregion/new-york-city-state-of-the-block-2017.html

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