In the News: New Amsterdam Market Presentation

••• “At last night’s Seaport and Civic Center Committee meeting, New Amsterdam Market founder Robert LaValva shared his proposal for moving his growing locavore market into the unused buildings with an extremely supportive standing-room-only crowd. The structures in question are the New Market Building and the Tin Building, both of which are controlled by the City Economic Development Corporation. New Amsterdam currently operates in the parking lot of the buildings, but with the proper funding and support, LaValva wants to restore the structures and return them to their original market use. Additionally, LaValva wants to expand the market to include traditional food production, a distribution system for Lower Manhattan restaurants, and an education center that offers hands-on classes about local and sustainable food.” Let’s make this happen!—Curbed (photo courtesy New Amsterdam Market)

••• “Another food truck lot [is] spawning downtown [at] the Lent Space at 70 Varick (at Grand) next to Duarte Park, and it’s another one involving the NYC Food Truck Association’s members, like the collection at the World Financial Center five days a week. According to the association’s site, there will be four to six trucks at the lot on Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.” —Midtown Lunch

••• “The owners of the landmarked Woolworth Building signed a contract to sell the top 25 floors of the tower to an Israeli investor group for nearly $70 million, or around $700 a square foot, sources familiar with the deal said. […] The top floors, which total roughly 100,000 square feet, are empty and have been for a while as the owners contemplated turning them into a hotel or condos. […] The remaining 32 stories, which are the bulk of the building, are occupied by office tenants. Sources says that although the owners weren’t actively marketing the space, they starting receiving numerous offers as the hotel and high-end condo markets revived in the wake of the recession.” —Crain’s

••• The New York Times on Demi Monde: “A hostess will greet you at the little entryway in the financial district and announce your arrival”—ladies and gentlemen, please welcome I.P. Freely!—”at this below-ground cocktail lounge and restaurant. The food, by Phillip Kirschen-Clark, formerly of Vandaag, will be small plates like Negroni-flavored oysters, king crab rolls and pork fried rice […]. These drinks are also served with Mr. Kirschen-Clark’s $130 nine-course tasting menu at a 12-seat chef’s table. This summer, the entry space will become a coffee bar by day. (The lounge is open; the chef’s table opens May 24, for dinner Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.): 90 Broad Street (Stone Street), (212) 248-7220.”

••• “9/11 Memorial Chief Emphatically Says ‘No’ to Sphere on WTC Plaza.” —Tribeca Trib

••• “A homeless man was rushed to a hospital late Tuesday night after an unknown assailant beat him with a piece of wood outside St. Peters Roman Catholic Church.” —DNAinfo


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  1. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to attend that meeting on 5/16; I would love to have heard plans for making the New Hipsterdom Market into something of real value. From a consumer’s point of view, as it is now the New Hipsterdom Market is just Smorgasburg come to under the FDR. Even at the height of the growing season, sellers of prepared foods for immediate consumption and of snacks and sweets far outnumber purveyors of fresh food. And few of those purveyors price their wares to sell to the masses; it takes very careful shopping there to find much that is affordable and worth taking home. New Hipsterdom has a long way to go to become an asset to the people who live downtown; at present it is mostly a tourist destination. (Just like the Fulton Stall Market across the street, which started with promise but has devolved into just another place for snacks and tchotchkes.)