In the News: Thin Ice

••• “Last week’s meeting of Community Board 1‘s Battery Park City Committee included a discussion about the uncertain future of outdoor ice skating in Battery Park City this winter. The seasonal rink, which debuted to great fanfare after Thanksgiving, 2009, was operated last year by Rink Management Services, a company that operates skating facilities nationwide. Although Lower Manhattan residents quickly fell in love with the temporary facility, which was installed on the neighborhood’s ball fields during months when they are not in use, RMS was disappointed in the rink’s financial performance.” (Broadsheet Daily)

••• Time Out New York reviewed Bouley Studio: “On Thursdays and Fridays, the second-floor dining room becomes much more exciting, offering a taste of some of the most accomplished Japanese food in New York.” The Stuyvesant Spectator, meanwhile, reviewed Takahachi Bakery.

••• The Wall Street Journal looked at the upcoming construction to Hudson Street (this is one of those articles where you can only read the first few paragraphs. I happen to love how this excerpt ends). “Work that begins Sunday on water pipes in Tribeca will likely snarl traffic in and around the Holland Tunnel until 2015. Drivers won’t be able to enter the tunnel from Hudson Street, one of four entrances. Hudson currently provides direct access to the tunnel from Lower Manhattan for New Jersey-bound drivers. Hudson will also be narrowed from four traffic lanes to two, meaning more backups for drivers coming to the city from New Jersey. ‘Ouch,’ said Sean Sweeney.”

••• I remembered hearing on the radio that someone had proposed the idea of using eminent domain to seize the Park51 site. Well, it was Carl Paladino, who won yesterday’s Republican primary for governor of New York. (New York Times)

••• Rapper Kid Cudi (I don’t know) lives in Tribeca. (Spin)

••• So does Vito Schnabel—art dealer, manager of the Bruce High Quality Foundation, and son of Julian—and he has a most excellent place, buy the look of the photo of Vanity Fair, which I don’t normally read but did last night while flying cross-country high on Vicodin and watching Sex & the City 2, which seems about right. The mini-profile isn’t online, though, so you’ll have to buy the mag—it’s the one with Lindsay Lohan on the cover (?)—if you want to see Schnabel’s neon cock rooster.

••• “A division of Dentsu is moving from Chelsea to 48,993 square-feet in Rudin Management’s 32 Avenue of the Americas in Tribeca, joining its sister advertising agency in the building.” The line at La Colombe just got longer. “Dentsu Holdings USA signed a 10-year lease for Innovation Interactive, which will relocate from 28 W. 23rd Street to the eighth floor at No. 32. This division provides global services and technology for Internet search marketing, social media and audience targeting. The Tokyo-based ad agency, Dentsu, already has a full upper floor there of about 43,000 square-feet. The new space is a portion of a block previously occupied by AT&T, which formerly owned the building that is easily spotted for its large, Rudin-added antenna. Another 100,000 feet is still available in the 1.2 million square-foot property, where asking rents are in the high $30s a foot.” (New York Post)


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