In the News: Five Franklin Place

••• “The first mortgage on a stalled condominium project at Five Franklin Place in Tribeca will be auctioned off on Nov. 29, Procida Advisors, the real estate turnaround firm conducting the auction, announced Friday. […] Foundation work and two stories of concrete of the site are already complete. Plans and permits are now in place for a 17-story 130,000-square-foot residential building with ground floor retail. Procida also offered an alternate, more cost-efficient design by architecture firm Montroy Andersen DeMarco for the project.” (Crain’s)

••• “As soon as the liquor license arrives—which is in the mail, they hear, and will come any day now, swear—Weather Up Tribeca, the new Manhattan offshoot of the original Weather Up in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, will open to the public. […] Co-owner Kathryn Weatherup tells Eater that she’s planning a menu with seven cocktails—six standards plus a bartender’s choice called ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’—six wines, beers on tap, and a list of six to eight grower only champagnes. Three cocktails will come from the original bar, while the remaining three are completely new. And for those who come in the early evenings, they’ll have a separate Manhattan and Martini list for the oyster service. But not only oysters. The brief bar menu offers four main items: caviar, oysters, broccoli, and chips.” And people say Tribeca is losing its edge. (Eater)

••• “In its ongoing effort to become a handsome, bustling, 24-7 neighborhood—and to leave its gritty industrial past behind—Hudson Square will pretty itself up a bit. The lower Manhattan neighborhood’s Business Improvement District, known officially as Hudson Square Connection, said Friday that it has selected a team of seven firms to design streetscapes that would better reflect the area’s creative character. The effort will be led by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, which was picked from 23 teams that responded to a request for proposals issued in July.” (Crain’s)

••• Racked parses the Steven Alan sample sale: men’s here and women’s here. Note: You have to check bags and coats.

••• “Just a few months into a colossal water main project on Hudson Street that will take years to complete, local residents have had enough. At a community meeting Thursday night, residents said the project has worn out its welcome with parking obstructions, unsightly barriers and noisy work that wakes them up at 7 a.m.” (DNAinfo)

••• Curbed says that 8 Spruce Street (f.k.a. Beekman Tower, and a.k.a. the Gehry building) is now being called New York by Gehry at Eight Spruce Street.

••• “At least 95 percent of WTC responders involved in a lawsuit against the city have agreed to a settlement.” (DNAinfo)

••• The New York Times reviews Edgewise, now at Walkerspace.

••• While on Martha Stewart’s TV show, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist talked about Tiny’s the restaurant he’s opening on W. Broadway with Sean Avery,  including that “the restaurant will be downstairs and a bar will be upstairs.”  (The Henrik Lundqvist Blog)


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