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  • Erik, Thanks for posting about Opera+Jazz on November 28th. I hope that friends and neighbors from the community will come out for a relaxed and fun evening of wonderful music. It's also a great chance to check out the best kept secret in Jazz - The 75 Club at 75 Murray Street! — Jamie Propp on Seen & Heard: Alejandra Alonso Rojas Pop-Up

  • There's a food cart garage on Thompson St. btw Wats and Grand — Ivan on Seen & Heard: Philly Pretzel Factory Appears Closed

  • dog was found! — s on Seen & Heard: Philly Pretzel Factory Appears Closed

  • Pretty sure there's a food cart garage next to Merchant's House Museum too. — aperson on Seen & Heard: Philly Pretzel Factory Appears Closed

  • I think their original space was on Centre in a basement below Leo Koenig before moving to Chrystie after 9/11. — Jack on Canada Gallery Is Moving to Tribeca

  • Lower Chrystie Street. — Heide Fasnacht on Canada Gallery Is Moving to Tribeca

  • Battery Parking Garage is also a great self-park location. Kept a car there for about 10 yrs with no issues. — alee on In the News: Inside the WeWork Elementary School

  • Is this true? How sad! What went wrong? — Marcus on Seen & Heard: Philly Pretzel Factory Opens Next Week

  • Thank you for the very (very!) thorough research and reply. Well, at least one was saved for our (and hopefully that of future generations) current aesthetic appreciation. — Marcus on McDonald’s Said to Be Closing

  • I wouldn't put too much stock in the rendering. My understanding is that there's no reason to think DDG is going back on its plan to improve the median. — Erik Torkells on In the News: Inside the WeWork Elementary School

  • It looks like the Pretzel Factory has closed after 4 weeks; a new Chambers Street record, unrivaled even by the closing of Pret A Manger @ 125 Chambers. Too bad, the pretzels were great. — John Davids on Seen & Heard: Philly Pretzel Factory Opens Next Week

  • The new rendering for 100 Franklin seems to be missing the work that was going to be done to the triangle median separating Church and 6th Ave. Is that still in the plan? — JWM on In the News: Inside the WeWork Elementary School

  • After years of parking my cars in various Tribeca garages and having them damaged (non were Ferraris), I have moved our current vehicle to Pier 40. This garage is self parking so the risk of damage by attendants moving it does not exist. — Dave on In the News: Inside the WeWork Elementary School

  • Walked by 368 Broadway a bunch of times the past few months and saw people getting inked. Finally did some googling today and learned that it's the 368 Tattoo Project with Jerami. https://www.368.nyc/book-online — TribecaMom on Seen & Heard: Sea’s Canal Street Boutique Is Open

  • A washington DC institution called "Loeb's NY Deli" appears to have been founded in 1959: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/02/AR2010070205335.html Perhaps they're opening a New York branch? — mg on Seen & Heard: Sea’s Canal Street Boutique Is Open

  • https://www.newsday.com/business/lidl-grocery-best-market-takeover-1.23474107 "German discount grocer Lidl will take over Best Market’s 27 stores in New York and New Jersey, including 24 on Long Island, deepening its push into the U.S. market. [...] "The Best Market stores not on Long Island are in Harlem, Manhattan; Astoria, Queens; Holmdel, New Jersey; and a 28th location, in Newington, Connecticut. The Connecticut store is not part of the Lidl deal; Best Market has not responded to inquiries about the future of that store." — James on In the News: Inside the WeWork Elementary School

  • That said, a Court disagreed with the Times about the circumstances when the owner of 319 fought LPC designation: 179 A.D.2d 406 (1992) In the Matter of Doro's Restaurant, Inc., Appellant, v. City of New York et al., Respondents Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, First Department. January 14, 1992 The subject building is located at 319 Broadway [...] The challenge to designation is based on the fact that in 1971, the Landmarks Preservation Commission declined to so designate the adjacent "twin" at 317 Broadway, which was subsequently demolished. [...] Respondent notes that the relatively dilapidated condition of 317 Broadway was a significant circumstance which contributed to the Landmarks Preservation Commission's decision not to designate that building. Subsequent to that determination, a historical and architectural study was issued on the Soho Cast Iron District, which focused, in part, on the surviving Thomas Twin at 319 Broadway. Prior to that time no findings had been made as to the existence or nonexistence of architectural or historical attributes of 319 Broadway. Subsequent to the study, during the 1970's, momentum began to build to designate 319 Broadway as one of the few surviving examples of a unique architecture which relied on cast iron elements. The present owner of 319 Broadway purchased the building in 1982, undertook extensive renovations, and commenced [...] the present restaurant business which occupies the premises. There is no credible evidence that 319 Broadway, if designated, would lack economic value. When the Landmarks Preservation Commission met in Executive Session on August 29, 1989, it noted that the decision not to designate 317 Broadway was based on its physical condition. It also was noted that no prior findings had been made with respect to 319 Broadway. The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously in favor of designating 319 Broadway. [...] Nor, under the circumstances of this case, is there any merit in comparing nondesignation of 317 Broadway, which rested on wholly economic considerations, with the later designation of 319 Broadway, which relied upon the appropriate historical, architectural, and aesthetic attributes of that specific property. [...] — James on McDonald’s Said to Be Closing

  • Another Berenice Abbott photo, of 317: "Facade, 317 Broadway, Manhattan." https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-4e70-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99 — James on McDonald’s Said to Be Closing

  • ”A few blocks uptown, at Thomas Street, two identical cast-iron buildings once stood at the north and south corners. Thomas Street itself was once the property of New York Hospital; entry gates flanked the driveway on what is now the roadbed. The corners were built simultaneously in 1870 and designed by David and John Jardine. ”The northerly building, 319 Broadway, was in the 1880s occupied by the Louisiana Lottery Company. It operated openly, infuriating Anthony Comstock, the founder of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice. He sent decoy letters from out of town asking for tickets that were duly honored — even though he signed them with names like 'U. Arcaute.' ”In his 1883 book 'Traps for the Young,' Comstock said that although the police dutifully kept order in the ticket line, it took him awhile to secure an arrest. He said he spoke for 'the women and children that are beggared and starving because of this gambling scheme.' The company eventually went out of business. "In 1929 the real estate broker Charles F. Noyes announced plans to build a 150-story building on the two blocks spanning Thomas Street; that was in early October 1929, a few weeks before the stock-market crash. "The two cast-iron structures came to be called the Thomas Twins, and attracted early attention from Margot Gayle, the cast-iron advocate. In 1966 both buildings were considered for landmark status. The owners protested that keeping the buildings would lower the property value, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission backed off. "No. 317 was demolished in 1971, but 319 survived to be receive landmark designation in 1989." NY Times: "Streetscapes — Broadway Ironclads and Built to Last" https://nyti.ms/2DvW45w — James on McDonald’s Said to Be Closing

  • What a shocking difference! Why was that beautiful building demolished? — Marcus on McDonald’s Said to Be Closing

  • This photo shows the twins together, with the location of the then-unbuilt Long Lines tower in the background. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-4f13-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99 "Broadway and Thomas Street, Manhattan." 1936, by Berenice Abbott — James on McDonald’s Said to Be Closing

  • Meanwhile, Sweet Green is continuing to enjoy their lunch traffic flow. — KP on What’s the Deal with Dig Inn?

  • Well if they already signed the lease (I assume you do that before you construct a storefront) then they have no choice but to open for business. — KP on What’s the Deal with Dig Inn?

  • I loved Koh’s Kids. For years I bought terrific gifts for my friends’ little ones there. I must say that I preferred it when Grace was there. The new shop’s merchandise was too “edited,” too spaced out and too over-the-top expensive. Grace Koh had great shop windows — those little dogs all lined up — and great sales, making the merchandise accessible to those of us who are not investment bankers. — Jane Slavin on Koh’s Kids Is Moving or Closing

  • I heard dig in realized they would never be able to break even after signing a ridiculous amount of $$ for the lease and have decided not to even bother opening — John adams on What’s the Deal with Dig Inn?