In the News: A Heck of a Salt Shed

••• “Weather Up, Kathryn Weatherup’s latest eponymously named cocktail bar—set to open at 159 Duane Street [former site of Blue Bench] in Tribeca in early November—is one saloon that will never have to send out for ice. ‘We’re going to be the first bar on the East Coast of the United States that is doing in-house ice harvesting and production,’ said partner Richard Boccato. Whether that’s precisely true or not, as any cocktail aficionado knows, ice—its purity, its size, its shape—is of paramount importance to the modern mixologist. The ice-works will be in the basement, but chunks of the cold stuff will be on display through the bar, cut into pieces by ‘bandsaw, chainsaw, chisels, hammers, and other torture devices,’ as Mr. Boccato put it.” (New York Times)

courtesy Curbed

••• “All the controversy surrounding the Sanitation Department’s Tower o’ Garbage in Hudson Square has deflected attention from the project’s smaller component: a new salt shed to store, uh, salt. Everywhere else in the city, salt sheds are fairly spartan affairs, but not down on Canal Street. Given the prominence of the site, the salt shed was given a $10 million budget, and after renderings were revealed last year, Dattner Architects was sent back to the drawing board to come up with something more “sculptural” with an “iconic presence.” Tomorrow night [tonight] the new design will be revealed to Community Board 2’s Landmarks Committee, but why wait?” Curbed has renderings.

••• Apparently a bar called Swervewolf Pulperia popped-up in Tribeca recently. I honestly can’t make heads or tails of this Blackbook article, and once I saw the word “startender,” I stopped trying.

••• Eileen Fisher was based in Tribeca when she started out. (Chicago Tribune)

••• For his TV show “Throwdown with Bobby Flay,” Bobby Flay challenged Sazón chef Frank Maldonaldo to make empanadas. (Publishers Weekly)

••• More on the 18th-century ship discovered at the WTC site. (Broadsheet Daily)

••• “The Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently introduced its new ‘Select Bus Service’ to the M15 route, which connects the East Side of Manhattan with the Downtown area. But one local leader is pushing the MTA for two small changes that would greatly increase the level of bus service to Battery Park City.” (Broadsheet Daily)

••• “The Vesey Street pedestrian bridge will be closed this weekend and on a handful of evenings this month, as the Port Authority makes safety improvements. The Port is building a sidewalk shed over the bridge’s eastern approach, to protect people from the adjacent construction at One World Trade Center.” (DNAinfo)


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