In the News: Restriced Access This Weekend

••• “According to a letter from the mayor’s office released Tuesday, access to Battery Park City and Lower Manhattan south of Warren Street will be severely limited this weekend, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 and ending at 8 p.m. Sunday night. Access in and out of the area, whether by foot, vehicle and mass transit will be restricted, according to the letter. Both the Vesey Street and Rector Street bridges will be closed most of Sunday, Sept. 11 and all West Street crossings south of Warren Street and north of Rector Street will be prohibited. Pedestrians and workers may be required to show identification and traffic and parking will be prohibited on most streets within a wide swath of the World Trade Center site.” (Tribeca Trib, which also has a map)

••• “Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday unveiled the official New York State Sept. 11 Memorial Flag, which was raised at the State Capitol and will be flown at the entrance to the memorial at the World Trade Center site.” (New York Times)

••• “A few days after alumni from Stuyvesant High School were told that they could not hold a vigil to commemorate Sept. 11 in their school, they are now getting their wish.” (New York Times)

••• A guy in Chicago proposed marriage to his girlfriend at the recent Diner en Blanc party in BPC. There’s video where you can watch her inspect the ring before she responds. (Chicago Sun-Times)

••• “The ‘3,227 sq ft’ Manhattan loft #5B at 195 Hudson Street has had a rather … dynamic … pricing history, leading to an unanswerable conundrum for me: how much of the increase in value of 34% from December 2006 to August 2011 was because the space was improved, and how much because The Market improved?” (Manhattan Loft Guy)

••• In the New York Times’s food section’s fall preview: how a TV show helped inspire Jung Sik and how chef Mark Spangenthal is reinterpreting Jewish food at Kutsher’s Tribeca (gefilte fish will be made “fresh, possibly with pike and whitefish instead of carp, and pairing it with a beet-horseradish tartare”). Also mentioned: Aamanns/Copenhagen and Atera née Compose (“The 1,400-square-foot ‘laboratory’ is three times the size of the 25-seat restaurant”).

••• “The Battery Park City Day Nursery, on South End Avenue, was robbed over Labor Day weekend—by a burglar who appears to have entered the facility at least twice.” (Broadsheet Daily)

••• Downtown Alliance has put one of its construction-fence art projects on Trinity Real Estate’s vacant lot at Canal and Sixth (once known as LentSpace). I thought Downtown Alliance’s jurisdiction was limited to below Chambers? (DNAinfo)

••• “As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, everyone is talking about how far lower Manhattan has come. But what outsiders forget—and what locals say they can’t help but remember—is that the Downtown of today is not a finished product. It’s rather a neighborhood that is still very much in flux. So, with an eye toward the future instead of the past, what will Downtown look like, not on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, but on the 20th?” I was among the people quoted. (DNAinfo)


1 Comment

  1. an official state flag? why?