News Roundup 8.21

massageEquinox is having an end-of-summer spa sale: You can get an 80-minute massage for the price of a 50-minute one (starting at $110 for a Swedish massage), or book a 50-minute facial and you’ll get a “complimentary upgrade” such as a fancier mask. Available Monday through Thursday before Aug. 31, and non-members are welcome. Call 212-566-6555 to make an appointment.

Manhattan User’s Guide (a.k.a. MUG) recommended architecture expert Michael Sorkin’s recent book, Twenty Minutes in Manhattan, saying that Sorkin “uses his morning walk from the West Village to Tribeca as springboard for wide-ranging meditations on what gives a city its character.” As soon as pick up a copy of the book, we’ll pester Sorkin for a Q&A.

The Fairchild, a condominium building at 55 Vestry, violated its agreement with the Landmarks Preservation Commission, says Downtown Express: “As the Fairchild grew closer to completion over the last year, it became clear that the developers had not followed the blueprint approved by the L.P.C. A very visible elevator bulkhead looms several feet higher than it should. The windows are casements, not double-hung, and the cornice does not have the approved detailing.” Actor James Gandolfini is one of the Fairchild’s investors.

• Also in Downtown Express: “Community Board 1 hopes to landmark the early 19th-century warehouse at 460 Washington St. in North Tribeca. Roger Byrom, chairperson of C.B. 1’s Landmarks Committee, called the building ‘a little jewel sitting there in the wilderness.'”

Eater reports that Little Pie Co. will be opening an outpost near Greenwich and Chambers, shooting for a September opening. Moreover, the W Hotel & Residences at 123 Washington might have a restaurant called BLT Grill, part of Laurent Tourondel’s empire: “Reps say they’re still in talks, but they have applied for a liquor license.”

• Finally, Downtown Express reminds us all to watch where we step: “Vincent Riggio, a 59-year-old businessman, was stepping out of the O.T.B. on Murray St. to smoke a cigar around 1:00 p.m. last Saturday. He stepped onto a rusted metal plate on the sidewalk that collapsed beneath him and fell 20 feet into the basement below. Riggio suffered a broken ankle and minor injuries.”


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