In the News: WTC Transit Center

••• Fatty Crab, Mud Cafe, Artichoke Pizza, Billy’s Bakery, various food trucks, and the Red Hook Food Truck association have reportedly expressed interest in taking over the kiosks by the Municipal Building. (Eater)

••• “The founding president of the Seaport Museum New York, which in recent weeks lost a third of its trustees and furloughed half its staff, has called for the resignation of the museum’s current president, Mary Pelzer, and its chairman, Frank J. Sciame.” (New York Times)

••• The Seaport tweeted that “the 2011 Fulton Stall Market will operate Sat & Sun, 10am–5pm,  May 28–Oct 30, 2011.” (hat tip to @JulieShapiro)

••• “When we first heard that FiDi office building 116 John Street might be the area’s next condo conversion, it was with the caveat that things would happen veeery slowly while the Metro Loft Management and Hacienda International Realty team cleared out the building’s office tenants. But a tipster reports that work on FiDi’s next office-to-condo project has begun.” (Curbed)

••• “The sculptor Ohad Meromi was born on a kibbutz and has tried to recapture some of that communal energy for his solo stint on the sixth floor of Art in General.” (The New York Times)

••• “According to the Population Project Update as presented by Community Board 1 last night, the Financial District has experienced a 72 percent growth in housing units from 2000 to 2011 and has ballooned from 8,192 people in 2000 to 26,532 people in 2011. In comparison, the entire CB1 district (Battery Park City, Financial District, Seaport/Civic Center and Tribeca) has grown 57.5 percent, from 34,420 people in 2000 to 59,830 in 2011.” (Broadsheet Daily)

••• “The birdlike glass-and-steel [World Trade Center] transit center, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and intended as a connection point for PATH and subway trains, is now expected to cost $3.44 billion, allowing for the steeply increased cost of the steel framework, Port Authority officials said.” (New York Times)

••• “Hoping to score another victory for pedestrian safety along West Street, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has asked city transportation officials to consider reopening the crosswalks spanning the busy highway at Vesey Street. The street-level crossings have been closed since Sept. 11, 2001, and replaced by a temporary elevated footbridge connecting the corner of Vesey and Washington Streets to the northeastern edge of the World Financial Center.” (Tribeca Trib)


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