In the News: BLT Season

••• Goldman Sachs presented its retail plans to CB1 yesterday: Danny Meyer was there to discuss a Shake Shack, a Blue Smoke, and a to-be-determined fine-dining restaurant. (For Pete’s sake, let it not be a steakhouse—this semi-vegetarian would like to be able to enjoy one of the new restaurants.) The DSW space will become a conference center/ballroom. (Broadsheet Daily)

••• As of today, Wichcraft is making its BLTs—they only do it when the tomatoes are good enough. Now you know why I’m a semi-vegetarian…. (Grub Street)

••• Re: the two apartments owned by Damon Dash that were put up for auction yesterday: “There were nearly $9 million worth of liens on the two properties, which were first offered as a pair, for just under $8 million. When the package didn’t sell, they were offered separately. One sold, the other did not. The first condo, in the Atalanta at 25 North Moore Street in Tribeca, saw a brief bidding war before selling to a company called Platinum Capital for $5.5 million. The minimum bid the bank would accept was $5 million. The other apartment, at the Sugar Warehouse at 79 Laight Street, also in Tribec, did not meet its $3 million minimum bid, so it now belongs to the bank.” (New York Times)

••• Video of rats swarming Collect Pond Park. That reminds me: I recently contacted the Parks Department to see if plans to redo the park were really underway, and I never heard back. (Curbed)

••• Eater reports on the opening of BLT Bar & Grill; also, everything at the restaurant is 10% off through Labor Day.

••• “The Peck Slip Post Office, located between Pearl and Water Streets, is looking to sell the top half of its United States Postal Service-owned building. But the U.S.P.S. has yet to reach a final deal and the possibility remains for the New York City Department of Education to open a new public school at the location.” (Downtown Express)

••• SL Green Realty “landed a big new tenant for 100 Church St. [between Park and Barclay]. Healthfirst agreed to lease 172,000 square feet there for 20 years. That is the largest deal SL Green has closed in the 1,080,000-square-foot building since taking it over earlier this year in a foreclosure. The building was roughly 50% vacant when SL Green acquired it from the Sapir Family, which had defaulted on a mortgage.” (Crain’s) Related: The New York Post says the “jinx” on the building is now over, thanks in good part because SL Green is “normalizing” the lobby: “Best of all, SL Green is normalizing the weird lobby, which was notoriously decorated with Swarovski chandeliers—22 of them—giving it the appearance of a chandelier showroom on Bowery. It didn’t help that the fixtures sprouted serpentine, squid-like arms.”


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  1. Re the new restaurants: I am super excited that we will finally have more options in Battery Park. Trying to eat healthy all the time is tough, especially when you only have a few resturants open after 7pm in the ‘hood. We are becomning the “it” neighborhood. (It’s about time!)