In the News: Beekman Tower

••• The New York Times reviews Beekman Tower, a.k.a. 8 Spruce Street, a.k.a. New York by Gehry. The writing is fairly impenetrable; he liked it. (“Mr. Gehry’s building, by contrast, doesn’t try to dominate the skyline. [Um, yes it does. —Ed.] Its aims (beyond the obvious commercial ones) are comparatively modest: to celebrate the joy that can come out of creative freedom and, by extension, to reassert the individual’s place within a larger social framework. His interest lies in the clashing voices that give cities their meaning; it is democratic at heart.”) Photos by Fed R. Conrad courtesy the New York Times.

••• “Members of the alternative theater troupe Blue Man Group founded the Blue School five years ago to give their kids the hands-on education they couldn’t find anywhere else, and the school has bounced to several locations since then. But this fall, the school plans to open its first permanent home in the former Seamen’s Church Institute building at 241 Water St.” (DNAinfo) The school paid $15.1 million for the building, says Curbed.

••• Architect Winka (33 Vestry) Dubbeldam has received stop-work orders on her office/residence at 11 Hubert: “The DOB violations mention that the transformation of the first-floor space into offices and the second- and third-floors into residential space was done without a permit altogether. Another violation says the building has been occupied without a valid Certificate of Occupancy.” (Curbed)

••• Tribeca Trib follows up on Goldman Sachs’ plans for the retail spaces in its building and the Conrad Hotel next door: “The company has yet to finalize its roster of tenants for the remaining spaces on the south and west side of the hotel building. [Goldman managing director Dino] Fusco said the company is pursuing what he says will likely be a Latin American-themed restaurant just west of Blue Smoke on Vesey Street. The former Unity Restaurant space, at the corner of Vesey Street and North End Avenue, will likely house one or two small retailers, Fusco said.”

••• Broadsheet Daily profiles documentary filmmaker Richard Kaplan, a resident of the Hallmark whose films are the subject of a MoMA retrospective.


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