In the News: WFC Staircase Saved

••• Hot on the heels of the news of massive closings at the World Financial Center mall comes a Crain’s report on what’s next: “As part of the $250 million upgrade of the four-building complex, owner Brookfield Office Properties’ said Thursday that it would revamp 177,000 square feet of retail space at the base of the buildings [….] Construction on the site will begin in October and run through 2013. More than 40 fashion retailers, ranging in price point from mass market to high-end, are expected to fill 90,000 square feet of the redesigned space, while three anchor tenants, the first of which will open next spring, will take up a total of 15,000 square feet. Though Brookfield is still in negotiations with retailers, a rendering of the project depicted shops on par with women’s retailer Anthropologie and upscale design companies such as Tory Burch and Louis Vuitton.” Thank goodness, because right now I have to go all the way to Soho. “In addition, Brookfield hopes to fit six restaurants, from white-table-cloth eateries to simpler-fare spots, filling about 40,000 square feet. There will also be a 30,000-square-foot dining terrace overlooking the Hudson River and a 25,000-square-foot gourmet food marketplace. Some marketplace vendors, including wine and home goods purveyors, will begin opening this fall.” MAJOR UPDATE: Either Crain’s didn’t say so or I missed it—probably the latter—but Curbed says this: “Brookfield announced the full details of its $250 million renovation plan today, and the redo ‘incorporates the existing Winter Garden staircase,’ according to a Brookfield press release.” Curbed has renderings. (It also points out that one rendering shows a retailer as Louis Vuittaine, which is pretty cheeseball….)

••• Issey Miyake sale started today. (Racked)

••• Actor Danny Masterson bought sold his place on Warren Street. I tried to note a mistake in the comments of the New York Observer article—which calls it 19 Wooster—and of course I left a typo, making me look like a real no-it-all.

Courtesy New York Observer

83 Walker now (Google Maps)

••• “Way under the radar, a lovely new Tribeca condo is growing at 83 Walker Street [between Cortlandt Alley and Lafayette] and The Observer has caught an initial peek. The new nine-story building by Brooklyn developer Abra has just received a unanimous go-ahead from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.” Architect Morris Adjmi explains what makes it unique: “‘It’s an inversion of a cast iron building … It really informs us about the nature of a cast iron building: Originally, they were built from components that were ordered from catalogs.’ Mr. Adjmi creates his unusual inversion by casting a glass-reinforced concrete that is the opposite of the typical Tribeca facade. Instead of columns curving out from the building, they are indented into it. The windows, typically recessed, jut out from facade. It is as though the building across the street had been pressed against this one while it was still drying.” I boldfaced because it’s that interesting. (New York Observer)

••• Eater parses the wine list at Brushstroke.

••• “The 9/11 museum at the rebuilt World Trade Center will charge up to $25 admission when it opens next year, museum president Joe Daniels said Thursday.” I’ll say it again: Welcome to the Industrial-Entertainment Complex, Non-Profit Division. (DNAinfo)

••• “Artist Muriel Stockdale’s ‘Out of Many, One: A Community Art Project,’ is a project to create a 12-foot-wide American flag out of pieces of handprint-covered fabric sent by participants from around the world. ‘It’s a celebration of diversity and an honoring of the memory of 9/11,’ said Stockdale, 57, a Financial District resident.” (DNAinfo)

••• “The city is sticking with its plan to send Tribeca kids to kindergarten in Chinatown, despite an outcry from elected officials and hundreds of parents.” (DNAinfo)

••• François Payard Bakery on Houston (and coming to the Goldman Sachs Dining Concourse) is making ice cream sandwiches with macarons. Trendgasm! Put some sea salt on it and I’ll—no, I won’t say it. (Midtown Lunch)


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