In the News: Asphalt Green

••• Doormen at One York and 303 Greenwich talked to the New York Times about tips and gifts they’ve liked and not liked.

••• Eater gathers the first wave of opinions (including mine) about Compose.

••• “Lolë, a Canadian company selling everything from bikinis to women’s puffer coats, recently signed a three-year lease for 1,600 square feet at 32 Hubert St., at the corner of Greenwich Street in Tribeca. […] This will be Lolë’s first freestanding store in the U.S., though the retailer already sells at ski and sports shops around the country. The Tribeca store should be open for business in February—just in time for the end of the 2011 ski season. (Crain’s)

••• The Regal Cinemas marquee has been removed for construction purposes, but the theater company recently signed a five-year lease with Goldman Sachs. (Broadsheet Daily)

••• RBC “has rolled out a new enticement for java geeks: a ‘Pour-Over Bar,’ offering a veritable smorgasbord of brewed-coffee options. There’s the Über-boiler, whose specialty, per a press release, is ‘uber-precise temperature control’; if you don’t give a hoot about that, how about a cup from the rustic woodneck, a dripper that uses a flannel ‘sock’ to produce ‘a velvety mouth feel’? And don’t miss the high-tech Hario V60 Dripper, which does something fancy with a ‘spiral’ and ‘turbulence,’ much like your fourth-grade volcano science project; last, you might prefer the relatively straightforward aeropress, a sort of souped-up French press.” (Grub Street)

••• “Walk down any street in Tribeca or Harlem, Jackson Heights or Bay Ridge, and the new ‘Landmarks: New York’ [mobile] application lets you identify which landmarked buildings or structures lie within a given radius. Developer and longtime Chelsea resident Steven Romalewski drew on his expertise as the director of CUNY’s Mapping Service to create the application, which he believes is the first of its kind.” (DNAinfo)

••• “Wade Burch, the executive chef at SouthWest NY, recently won first place on the Food Network’s competitive cooking show, Chopped. ‘It’s a honor and I’m very happy about,’ says Mr. Burch, with characteristic understatement, ‘but it almost killed me not to be able to tell anybody for the six months between the taping and the show’s airdate in November.'” (Broadsheet Daily)

••• “Residents of Battery Park City’s south neighborhood have greeted the arrival in recent weeks of a small, official-looking truck on South End Avenue with a mixture of curiosity and relief. The Mobile Postal Plaza van, which is painted is colors nearly identical to those of a U.S. Postal Service mobile mail center, is actually a privately owned business.” (Broadsheet Daily)

••• “As the groundbreaking date approaches for the Battery Park City Community Center, planned for a North End Avenue site behind the ball fields and slated to open in the winter of 2011/12, the organization selected to manage the facility is reaching out to Lower Manhattan residents to help select programs. Asphalt Green, founded in 1975 and headquartered on a five-acre-plus campus on the Upper East Side, was designated by the Battery Park City Authority in 2009 to run the community center. And the group is now launching an online survey to help determine what kinds of programs downtowners most want and need.” (Broadsheet Daily)

••• Manhattan Loft Guy analyzes a sale at 7 Worth.

••• “A four-year, federally funded street cleaning program in Chinatown comes to an end on Dec. 31 and backers of a proposed business improvement district in the area are making a last-minute push for their plan, saying it is needed to preserve those services. […] But landlords and merchants in parts of Chinatown are convinced that the higher property taxes attached to the BID will drive up rents and make it hard to compete with their counterparts in the city’s other predominantly Chinese-speaking neighborhoods.” (Tribeca Trib)

••• “Police are looking for a man who tried to rob a Citibank branch in Tribeca Monday afternoon. The man entered the bank at 127 Hudson St. about 5 p.m. Monday and demanded money from a teller but fled without taking anything, police said. The teller, a 25-year-old woman, initially thought the robbery was a joke and started laughing, the New York Post reported.” (DNAinfo)


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