In the News: BPC Lions

••• “Three full-floor tenants have signed leases at newly renovated 185 Franklin Street. Film production company Black Bear Pictures has signed a two-year lease for 1,400 square feet, or the entire fourth floor. Boutique consulting firm Luminary Labs has signed a three-year lease for the building’s entire fifth floor. […] Mielle Boutique has signed a three-year lease for the third floor.” (The New York Observer)

••• “The team redeveloping Pier A unveiled new renderings this week, offering a first glimpse into the pier’s planned oyster bar and other new food venues.” It’s very Terminal 5 at JFK. (DNAinfo)

••• In an article on Loft 107, a “sober-living facility” in Williamsburg, the New York Times drops some details about Tribeca Twelve, the Hazelden halfway house coming to W. Broadway: “it will house up to 30 people ages 18 to 29 in loft apartments featuring fireplaces, a roof deck and other amenities that Ann Bray, Hazelden’s vice president for strategic initiatives and general counsel, called ‘very, very cool,’ like 12-foot ceilings and hardwood floors made of Brazilian cherry. ‘We think this will be the hippest cool pad to hang out in,’ Ms. Bray said. Tribeca Twelve will cost $5,500 a month, and Ms. Bray said that some residents may be able to cover part of the expense with student loans, since it will count as off-campus housing.” (Love how the NYT’s URL includes the phrase “hipster rehab.”)

by Julie Shapiro (courtesy DNAinfo)

••• “A pair of bronze lions guarding the entrance to the Battery Park City Library would be a welcome addition to the neighborhood, local residents said at a meeting Tuesday night. Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee voted to support the proposal by sculptor Tom Otterness to put the 5-foot-tall lions, along with a handful of cubs, outside the library on North End Avenue.” The male is around five feet tall. (DNAinfo)

••• “The coffee shop on the 11th floor of [Goldman Sachs’s] 200 West headquarters in Manhattan now sells the Taiwanese hit ‘Bubble Tea’ and desserts from Momofuku’s infamous Milk Bar.” Infamous? Did I miss something? (Business Insider via Eater)

••• “The owners of Dean Street announce they have found a chef to replace recently departed Nate Smith. Mike Franzetti, recently the executive chef at Stuzzicheria in Tribeca, will take the reins and serve American food with French and Italian influence.” If Franzetti’s fried artichokes show up on the menu, I may have to cross the river. As for Stuzzicheria, no word yet on who’ll be taking over, but the buzz is it’s someone notable. (Eater)

••• “When Lili’s Chinese Noodle Shop closed last summer, regular customers bemoaned its demise. Now, they have reason to celebrate. Kenny Yin, Lili’s owner, has opened Koko a new Asian fusion restaurant on Greenwich Street, south of the World Trade Center site. The young chef from Lili’s has also made the move to Koko and presents Szechuan, Cantonese and Taiwanese Chinese dishes as well as Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese choices. [What about Laos and Cambodia? —Ed.] They also serve Sushi and Ramen. In addition to old favorites like General Tso’s Chicken and Bean Curd Szechuan Style, there are new choices like Shredded Beef with Chinese Chili Pepper, Thai Basil Chicken, Steamed Bun with Pork Belly and Korean Kimchi. ‘We use all white meat in our chicken dishes,’ says Mr. Yin.” I feel like I just went on a cruise. (Broadsheet Daily)

••• “A capacity crowd of divorcees gathered for cocktails and passed hor d’ouevres at Maaco [sic!!!!] Trading Co. in Tribeca last night, where Melissa Francis, host of CNBC’s ‘Divorce Wars,’ emceed Huffington Post Divorce’s first event—’The Moment I Knew’ Meetup with some help from” (If you get your “news” from the Huffington Post, please be careful.)


1 Comment

  1. I am assuming commoners are not permitted to the Goldman coffee shop. Can’t they have some profit sharing deal with Pick A Bagel to serve those to the rest of us?