In the News: Seaport Plans

••• The price of Apt. #1A at 51 Walker has dropped to $6 million (er, $5,995,000). Curbed thinks its private pool is the “saddest” in Tribeca, but I’d take it.

By James Strin (courtesy New York Times)

••• If you’ve ever wondered how TV personality Bethenny Frankel spends her Sundays, well, now you know. (New York Times) It’s often mentioned that Frankel lives in Tribeca, but is that only because Hudson Square has no brand recognition? (I don’t know where she lives—or who she is, actually—but I’ve been told it’s above Canal. Feel free to correct me, gently.) P.S. Is she stealing that guy’s cab?

••• “A young Tribeca man was finally arrested yesterday for a brutal 2009 gang assault, in which he and at least four pals allegedly ambushed a man they thought was gay. Edward Gordon, 22, of Duane Street, was charged Wednesday in the beating of a 26-year-old man in front of 80 N. Moore St., at the posh Independence Plaza complex.” Not to miss the point, but “posh”? (New York Post)

••• “We hear [chef Michael White of Marea and Osteria Morini] is definitely considering London—remember he was taking a trip there this spring—and back Stateside, he’s considering spaces in Tribeca and the Upper East Side. Is Michael White becoming the Jean-Georges of 2011?” (Eater)

••• Broadsheet Daily profiles MommyPoppins’s Anna Fader and notes that her company’s new collective buying group, PoppinsPerks, is donating 10% of each purchase to DonorsChoose. Does no one’s space bar work anymore?

••• “The new owners of the South Street Seaport expect to announce their development plans within the next month or two, an executive said this week. ‘We haven’t confirmed the exact development plan, but we’re working closely with the city to define a plan that meets their needs,’ Grant Herlitz, president of Howard Hughes Corp., told DNAinfo. Herlitz said one option is to do a complete overhaul of the area, similar to what former owner General Growth Properties proposed in 2008 [pictured below]. Under that scenario, Howard Hughes would raze the Pier 17 mall and replace it with low-rise buildings, move the historic Tin Building to the pier’s tip and erect a tower on the site of the New Market building. But Herlitz said another option would be to keep more of the existing buildings in place. Under that scenario, Howard Hughes might maintain part of the Pier 17 mall while demolishing the rest of it, Herlitz said.” I know that trick! Give two options, one of which you know is unpalatable, and the other looks (relatively) acceptable.


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