In the News: Brushstroke

••• Eater gets inside Brushstroke, David Bouley’s new restaurant. It looks a little like a sauna, but I mean that in a nice way.

••• “One of [John Street’s] last remaining office towers has been tapped to become a rental building. The circa-1930 high-rise at 116 John Street, at the corner of Pearl Street, will become 418 new rental apartments that are expected to start leasing next year. Metro Loft Management, which acquired the building through a joint venture with the current owner, Hacienda Intercontinental Realty, will renovate the building in phases.” (The New York Times)

••• According to an ad in the Tribeca Trib, Mei and Marc of the Franklin Station Café have “teamed up with Max” and will be opening Blue Caravan on the Upper West Side tomorrow night.

••• “Starwood Hotels & Resorts said it will open its fourth Four Points by Sheraton hotel in the Financial District [I don’t believe there are already three—in case you misread that] in 2013 under an existing development agreement with the Lam Group. The 264-room property, to be located at 6 Platt Street, will be the eighth Starwood Property developed by the Lam Group and the fourth New York hotel to open under the Four Points brand.” (Real Deal)

••• Some people in FiDi think it should be renamed SoMa. Acronyms are so tired! Why don’t we call it the Tip? “I live on the Tip, yo.” [Cracks self up.] (DNAinfo)

••• “‘The Department of Sanitation anticipates that construction of the garage [at Washington and Spring] will commence within the month and that it will be completed in mid-2014,’ a department spokesperson said on April 1.” (The Villager)

••• There’s a blog about Chinatown now: “No one’s really tried to crack this nut before,’ said Jeff Yang, one of the site’s founders. ‘People have always seen ethnic media as by the ethnics for the ethnics.'” Um, the name Our Chinatown doesn’t help dispel that notion, does it? (The New York Times, via Curbed)

••• “A tipster spread the news of Pita Press, which just opened on Cedar Street. They reportedly have great and fresh options for vegetarians and vegans. The owner of Pita Press also owns Koyzina Kafe and owned Koyzina Grill. Status: Certified open; 25 Cedar Street, (212) 344-9737.” (Eater)


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