In the News: 9/11 Sphere

••• “It has been nearly 30 years since the owners of 195 Broadway have allowed everyday folks to walk among the grove of imposing, burnished marble columns inside their Lower Manhattan building’s landmark lobby. The building’s current owners, L&L Holding Co., intend to draw people—and their shopping dollars—back to the lobby by outfitting it with a small lineup of high-end retail operators. Earlier this week, the company’s team of architects and preservation consultants presented the latest batch of changes they’d like to make to the lobby to the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.” (Tribeca Trib)

By Julie Shapiro (courtesy DNAinfo)

••• “The World Trade Center sphere may be banished to storage for several years while the Port Authority finds it a new home, sources told DNAinfo this week. The Fritz Koenig sculpture, which once anchored the World Trade Center plaza and was damaged but not destroyed on 9/11, is getting kicked out of its temporary home in Battery Park later this year and has nowhere to go.”

••• Chambers Street Wines is in favor of year-round rosé. (New York Times)

••• “The Department of City Planning is expected to propose Monday afternoon a zoning change that would encourage public use of sidewalk arcades along Water Street in lower Manhattan. The zoning change would allow local business and property owners to place tables and chairs year-round in arcades along Water Street as an amenity to the public.” (Crain’s)

••• “A downtown Manhattan development site [115–117 Nassau, between Beekman and Ann] a block south of Pace University and close to the new Fulton Street transit hub is up for grabs, for $29 million. The block-through vacant lot located at 115-117 Nassau St. is owned by Rena Shulsky, an environmental activist who has a large amount of real estate holdings in Manhattan, according to public city records. It’s unclear why Ms. Shulsky is selling the site, which is zoned for as much as 169,000 square feet of buildable space, but according to published reports she has slowly been divesting some of her real estate holdings.” (Crain’s)

••• Kimpton Hotels plans on opening 10 hotels in New York City over the next decade, and it will “focus on areas that don’t have as many hotels, like the Meatpacking District, Chelsea, and Tribeca.” (HotelChatter)

••• “Financial District residents know India House, located at One Hanover Square, as a private luncheon club that becomes The Blue Bar and public catering hall after 4 p.m. However, India House Inc. is also the owner of an historical art collection that it has been quietly selling off at auctions over the last ten years, a process it plans to continue this Wednesday.” (Broadsheet Daily)

••• “Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Senator Charles Schumer appeared together in the Winter Garden on Monday afternoon to call upon law enforcement authorities to shut down a commemorative coin offering from the National Collector’s Mint that, they allege, is both misleading and exploitative of the emotions surrounding the memory of September 11, 2001.” Back to work, boys. (Broadsheet Daily)

••• “Has anyone considered just removing a section of the Winter Garden stairs in the middle, thus accommodating both parties?”—from a letter from Michael Paternostro to the Broadsheet Daily (love the cardboard model!).

••• Condé Nast leasing in 1WTC said to be “inevitable.” (New York Post via Curbed)


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