In the News: Millenium Hilton

••• New York magazine ran a package this week about the greatest New York this and the greatest New York that. The part I found interesting was, in a roundtable discussion about New York architecture, architect Winka Dubbeldam praised not only Hudson River Park but also—seriously!—the Millenium Hilton, that skinny black rectangle on Church, across from the World Trade Center: “It’s not easy to make a black tower, and it’s perfectly detailed.” (I’m a fan of that building, but the revolving door with flower arrangements trapped inside it is pretty unforgivable questionable.) P.S. Yes, the hotel spells “Millenium” like that.

••• Mehtaphor’s Jehangir Mehta was featured in a New York Times article about how New York chefs tend to have small kitchens.

••• “A tattoo artist to the stars who’s the son of a music legend pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a variety of weapons charges related to a cache of guns and knives that were allegedly [Well, were they or weren’t they? —Ed.] found in his Manhattan Mini Storage space. Prosecutors say Jonathan Shaw, 57, whose clients have included Johnny Depp, Marilyn Manson and Kate Moss, and whose father was reportedly big band leader Artie Shaw, was storing an arsenal of guns, knives, brass knuckles and even a bayonet, in his storage unit at 220 South Street near the South Street Seaport. He was indicted on 89 counts of weapons possession in Manhattan Criminal Court.” (DNAinfo)

••• “New York state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance reached a 10-year deal to lease 90,000 square feet at 100 Church St., sources said. The agency, which is currently located at 22 Cortlandt St., will pay roughly $33 a square foot over the course of the lease. The very large lease is a boon to SL Green Realty, which took over the 1.1 million-square-foot building early last year after the Sapir Family defaulted on its mortgage. At the time, the building was roughly 50% vacant but SL Green has been successful in luring tenants to the property. For example, Healthfirst agreed to lease 172,000 square feet there for 20 years.” (Crain’s)

••• The Real Deal looks at the 66 Leonard apartment—currently on the market—of NYU economics professor Nouriel Roubini; it was known in certain circles for “walls sculpted with images of vaginas (reportedly created by artist Analia Segal, a Guggenheim fellow).” [I left that link in because how could I not?] The article then moves on to showing apartments with lots of penises: “When [Prudential Douglas Elliman broker Sonia] Stock walked into the $4,700-per-month Chambers Street apartment for the first time with a client in tow, ‘We were shocked,’ she recalled. ‘They had these huge male genitalia everywhere—clay forms, pictures. From every [angle], there was a penis looking at you.’ Some of the statuettes were nearly four feet tall, she said. The client, a woman, took one look and walked out, saying it wasn’t for her. Stock called the owner and said she wouldn’t be showing the place again until the tenant moved out. Home-seekers may be able to ignore clutter or unsightly furniture when evaluating a potential apartment, she said, but that only goes so far. ‘There are some things that you cannot overlook,’ she said.”


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