In the News: World Trade Center Fortress

••• “Cabs, delivery trucks and residents’ cars heading toward the World Trade Center site will soon have to run a gauntlet of new security checkpoints, raising concerns about how small businesses will get deliveries and how residents will get home. The NYPD’s controversial new security plan for the World Trade Center will place stringent vehicle checkpoints and barricaded secure zones on all four sides of the complex, locking down several neighboring blocks lined with residential buildings and businesses beginning as soon as next year, police revealed. Residents were in an uproar after learning of the NYPD’s preliminary plans—unveiled at a Community Board 1 meeting Monday night—that will not only close off all the streets running through the World Trade Center site but will also close portions of Liberty Street, Vesey Street, Church Street, Washington Street, Greenwich Street and West Broadway. […] The NYPD will hold a public hearing on the plan March 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. at 22 Reade St. and will continue accepting public comments through March 26.” It’s disappointing that Greenwich Street won’t be a through street; so much for weaving “Greenwich South” back into the fabric of the city. —DNAinfo

••• “Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 is moving toward creation of a 200-seat waterside restaurant, as planners aim to boost the sports-centered park into a dining destination as well. In April, the Hudson River Park Trust will seeks proposals to develop a large restaurant at Pier 26, near Battery Park City.” Also known as in Tribeca…? “The facility, which will be the biggest full-service restaurant in the park, is still in the planning stages, but it will accommodate more than 200 people and will feature an open rooftop terrace. […] Madelyn Wils, chief executive of the trust, says the new restaurant is expected to generate limited revenue, but will be an amenity to help draw a more diverse crowd to the park. ‘I envision a restaurant that is more seafood-oriented, but something that’s fun and appropriate for a park. Nothing too upscale, but something with good food and that will be attractive to both a business person and the neighborhood,’ she said.” —Wall Street Journal

••• Capital New York has a rendering of the inside of the proposed renovation to Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. If you can squint you can see the Cinnabon sign. (I kid!)

••• Wall Street Journal columnist Ralph Gardner visits the gallery opening of Elizabeth Behl, who grew up on Beach Street. Just when you’re thinking She sounds like a character in “Tiny Furniture,” sure enough, there’s this: “Since October, she’s been running live Friday night rock shows [at Church Street School’s 7eventytwo] for local teenagers, enlisting Stuyvesant and Wesleyan connections such as the band Das Racist. And in April, she’ll launch what may be the hippest after-school program of all time. It will feature workshops with the likes of Benh Zeitlin, Ms. Behl’s college boyfriend, who made waves this winter at Sundance with his film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Also dropping by will be ‘Tiny Furniture’ filmmaker Lena Dunham, another TriBeCian”—that’s a new one!—” whom Ms. Behl has known since nursery school. Ms. Dunham has an HBO comedy series, ‘Girls,’ premiering in April.” (The writer of the headline “Artist Afloat in Tribeca” is mistaken; from what I can tell, the gallery is on Washington Street—in the West Village.)

••• The New York Times ran a rather extraordinary see-ya letter from ex-Goldman Sachs employee Greg Smith. Personally, I loved how he mentioned his proficiency at table tennis.

••• Art-world humor on Hudson Street. —Gallerist

••• “Sad news on the soup front—it looks like the beloved Cafe Doppio on Beaver (at Broad) has shuttered instead of simply closing for a fix-up session.” —Midtown Lunch



  1. Not really worked up over the WTC street blockage story. These streets are basically closed now and many didn’t exist when the original trade center was up. My understanding is that all deliveries to businesses will have to go through the new Vehicle Security Center off of West Street anyway, so I’m not very concerned. They’ll figure it out. Besides, the subway is always the way to go.

  2. I am not sure why we need even more restrictions to the WTC area. There is something unsettling about having to live in what amounts to a military zone. It seems like the sort of overkill that someone sitting at a desk thought might be a thorough ” security plan.” I think it is going to be bad enough that the neighborhood will eventually be host to dozens of souvenir shops, and other ventures that cater to tourists. I have no animosity towards tourists, but the ensuing commercial ventures will give the neighborhood a distinctively Times Square feel.