In the News: Silver Lining Update

••• Grub Street learns that Silver Lining, the jazz bar coming to Murray, will open in early May: “There’ll be a focus on classic cocktails, and Silver Lining will serve small plates to soak up the booze. Also planned: a serious music program coordinated by Little Branch’s Vito Dieterle, who will bring in some of the same jazz musicians. Dieterle stresses that it won’t be a jazz club, however. Most nights won’t have a cover, and “it’s not going to be a place where you’ll have to shut up and sit down.” And unlike Little Branch, the new joint will accept credit cards.

••• More on Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs, including this: “Through a secret door you’ll find a stairwell, its walls covered in dead stock paper printed with eagles, cannons and railroads. This way leads to a room two flights up with framed constellation star charts from some bygone university. Private events will be held here, including an upcoming fund-raiser for Henry Chalfant hosted by Catherine Keener.” (The New York Times)

••• “To ease overcrowding in downtown’s schools, the city plans to rejigger elementary zones across a broad swath of lower Manhattan, below 14th Street on the west side and below Grand Street on the east side, said Elizabeth Rose, a planner for the [Department of Education]. That means children living in northern Tribeca may travel up to P.S. 3 in Greenwich Village, while kids living near City Hall and in the Seaport may be sent to school in Chinatown. Currently, children living in Community Board 1 do not cross the board’s northern boundary lines of Canal Street on the west and the Brooklyn Bridge on the east.” (DNAinfo)

••• “The Seaport Museum New York is in talks with various maritime centers about taking its working vessels on a temporary or permanent basis to help defer costs. […] It has held conversations with the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, N.Y.; with Schooner Inc., a nonprofit maritime center in New Haven; and the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center in Massachusetts.” (The New York Times)

••• Re: the 9/11 Memorial: “Officials attending a multi-agency meeting on the potential bus problem, convened by Silver on April 15, did allay some community concerns. The Department of Transportation, they said, has scrapped its plan to consider a bus layover zone that could include streets as far north as Warren Street in Tribeca, a narrow residential street with two schools and a community center. Battery Park City streets are also no longer being considered. […] The city is now considering five spaces along Trinity Place between Rector and Thames Streets and three spaces on Church Street between Barclay Street and Park Place for pick up and drop off locations, a source at the meeting said. For bus layover and parking, officials have identified spaces on Barclay and West Streets.” (Tribeca Trib)

••• “Tour buses visiting the 9/11 memorial will have to pay for parking spaces and may also have to buy permits from the city, officials said Friday. Downtown politicians and community leaders hope to use the fees, which have not yet been set, to pay for NYPD patrols that will keep traffic flowing and pedestrians safe when the 9/11 memorial opens to the public this fall, drawing an estimated 5 million visitors a year.” (DNAinfo) I can’t get over the idea that “NYPD patrols” are supposed to keep pedestrians safe, when what hey often do is wave traffic through red lights, even though pedestrians—understandably—are watching the lights, not the cops.

••• “The China Center, [One World Trade Center’s] first tenant, unveiled plans Friday to build a vertical Chinese garden through their leased space on the 64th to 69th floors of the still-rising skyscraper. […] The China Center, currently located in 7 World Trade Center, builds business and cultural bridges between China and the United States. Its new space will include an event center for corporate conferences and art shows, a private dining club and spa, a visitor center and more. […] The 200,000-square-foot space is scheduled to open in 2014.” (DNAinfo)

••• Workers at Sazón are suing the owners over tips and overtime. (New York Daily News)


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