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••• I called Western, the developer of the hotel at 456 Greenwich, to see if there was any word about when the project might start in earnest (because it’s been dormant for a while). “We’re anticipating to start in the next 60 days,” was the answer.
••• Tickets are on sale for the Taste of Battery Park City—a benefit for P.S. 89—on April 23: “$35 the day of the event and $25 if purchased in advance.” So do it now! The participating restaurants include one in Tribeca (City Vineyard) and two in FiDi (Eataly and Naya Express).
••• The plywood has come down off the ground floor of Serafina restaurant. (“Love the metal awning!” adds N., who sent over the third photo.)
••• I had a baffling telephone conversation with someone at the rental office for Related’s 261 Hudson. I genuinely like the building, but not so much the semi-structure on Renwick, so I called to find out what its purpose is.
Me: I have a question. Wait, are you familiar with the building?
Rep: Yes, I work on the site.
Me: OK, great. I thought maybe you were at a central office. I’ve been wondering, what’s that wall in the back, on the Renwick side?
Me: Yeah, it’s a one-story brick wall.
Rep: That’s the courtyard.
Me: No, I know there’s a landscaped courtyard, but then there’s also a one-story brick wall along Renwick. It has windows in it.
Rep: Maybe it’s not part of our building?
Me: I’m looking at a photo of it right now, and I’m 100% sure it’s part of your building.
Rep: I’m sorry, but I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Rep: We have some tables out there for people to enjoy, like cabanas.
Me: So I guess the wall is to stop people on the street from looking at residents sitting at the tables.
P.S. I eventually found a rendering that shows it has a trellised roof inside.
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