In the News: Field Glass Art

••• “This looks like one of those sightseeing binoculars. Right. Only this is much cooler. The Urban Field Glass Project, created by artist Rebecca Hackemann, doesn’t give you a closeup of your surroundings; it gives you a look into the past and the future. Peer through one lens and you’ll see a stereoscopic image of the site from the past. The other lens shows you what’s proposed for the spot in the future. Two of the binoculars have already been installed at Pike Slip [South St.] and Washington St. [Prospect] in DUMBO. Six additional installations are planned.” —Manhattan User’s Guide

••• Dollar-slice joint Roll & Go is opening another outpost, at Canal and W. Broadway. —Midtown Lunch

••• “NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said Zuccotti Park owners are required to keep it open 24 hours a day.” —DNAinfo

••• “I only ate at The Pump Energy Foods once out of curiosity while training for a marathon last year but never went back. It wasn’t terrible, it was just bland and unmemorable. The whole chain has now changed its name to Dig Inn Seasonal Market and new signage went up on the location at Pine & Pearl streets. They have a new menu designed by ‘a guy who beat Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America’ as their Web site will remind you every chance they get. It also looks sort of bland and unmemorable.” —Midtown Lunch

••• “Extra Room in Chinatown Schools Could Ease Downtown Overcrowding, City Says, as Tribecans Pretend They Didn’t Hear.” —DNAinfo

••• Gothamist has a rundown of the Tolani restaurant pop-up at Theater Bar.



  1. In the early 80’s the parents in the Tribecca and Wall Street area had to take a day from work, keep their children out of school and demonstrate at City Hall, peacefully, but making as much noise as we could to be heard. The city had decided that there were no children living in lower Manhattan and that our only little public school in Tribecca, the P.S. 3 Annex, which later tuned into P.S. 234 by more of the same kinds of protests, had to close.

    I think it is time again for parents to let the Mayor hear their protests about their children being transported out of their neighborhood to attend school.

  2. Yes, for heaven’s sake, we must keep our neighborhood children in overcrowded schools. We must also build a fence around our neighborhood and when our children are not in school we should huddle them into the unused fallout bunkers to protect them from any outside influence or exposure. I think I can get a good deal on bullet-proof vests and riot-approved helmets & batons, we’ll just have to take turns standing guard. If we don’t make our stand now, our children will end up like those maladjusted suburban kids who our bussed (OMG) to school. It just breaks my heart to even think of that possibility.
    Side note = Why don’t they turn the West Village St. Vincent’s Hospital into a school? Does the city need more condos or schools?

  3. St Vincent’s is a great idea and I am sure that between the East Village, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, etc, the school would be filled to capacity. I am pretty sure there are plenty of unused spaces in lower Manhattan for the city to obtain as well. In my opionion, I live close to work because I like to commute as quickly as possible. Experience tells me that school bus rides can take up to an hour some days. This is not some sort of discrimination debate.