In the News: Improvements on Park Row

••• “City Hall announced today that a segment of Park Row in Chinatown that’s been an inhospitable security zone since 9/11 will be reopened with a protected bike lane and wider sidewalks, adding a link in the Lower Manhattan bike network and improving access to and from the Brooklyn Bridge. DOT plans to start work this fall on adding a bi-directional bikeway and 10,000 square feet of pedestrian space to Park Row between Worth Street and Frankfort Street. […] NYPD will remove or relocate concrete barriers, guard booths, and shipping containers from the project area. Certain tour bus companies may be allowed to use the street, City Hall said. Otherwise, private vehicle traffic will still be prohibited. The above rendering, released by City Hall, shows the bike lane lined with parked NYPD vehicles. […] The city will present the project to local community boards over the coming months, and it’s expected to be completed next spring.” It’s a step, but Park Row really needs to be opened to cars. —StreetsBlog

••• Thefts in the DNAinfo police blotter, including Zegna jackets at Brookfield Place and a handbag from the new Mailroom nightclub in FiDi.

••• The New York Times got the first look at the Flea’s new theater complex. And an NYT review of “Inanimate” includes this: “Fans of the old Flea, previously located on White Street, will be happy to learn that it has held onto its signature intimacy. Cast members still double as box office and concession stand workers. And the lobby remains small enough that you’ll find yourself on close terms with its furniture as you wait for the house to open.”

••• “A few months after heir-to-the-throne Oliver Zabar announced plans for an all-day cafe (i.e. bakery-restaurant) with dad Eli at 192 Mott Street, we learn that the deal is off. [Instead] the father-son team will impart another outpost of Eli’s Night Shift at 54 Mulberry Street. Second to the original craft beer bar, which opened on the Upper East Side in the fall of 2015. This location is situated across from Columbus Park.” —Bowery Boogie

••• Vogue got a tour of Mariah Carey’s closet. I didn’t watch; it’s important to set limits.

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