In the News: World Financial Center Food Hall

••• Commercial Observer has a rundown about the market coming to the World Financial Center. The leasing agents “drew parallels to other successful marketplace eatery concepts in recent years, including Grand Central Market and Eataly. […] Unlike Eataly, Brookfield’s food market likely won’t have internal restaurant components, but rather counters where shoppers can buy goods such as cheeses, meats and baked goods and also prepared foods for lunch and dinner. Brookfield is reserving eat-in dining for the complex’s second floor, where plans have been made to bring in several restaurants and create a food court with eating stations run by prominent restrateurs. [sic] The dining space will be located in Two World Financial Center and look out on the harbor, a view that both Brookfield executives said hadn’t been fully utilized by the existing retail.” (As you can see from the article’s URL, the headline was initially “Food Emporium, a la Eataly, Set to Open at WFC”—which caused my heart to stop. Because the Food Emporium has nothing to do with it—one hopes—the headline was changed to “Food Mega-Market…”.)

••• The seven-court Basketball City opened yesterday on Pier 36. —The Lo-Down

••• “The financial dispute that has hobbled construction of the museum at ground zero for eight months entered a new stage this week with a struggle over who will control the overall memorial and the eight-acre site. […] Officials of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is jointly run by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, say they are concerned about the rising cost of building the museum and finding money for a $60 million annual budget once it opens. They contend that there is a need for more oversight from a government agency, especially if the museum requires a continuing subsidy to cover its operating expenses.” —New York Times

••• “A federal health official’s ruling has cleared the way for 50 different types of cancer to be added to the list of sicknesses covered by a $4.3 billion fund set up to compensate and treat people exposed to the toxic smoke, dust and fumes in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.” —New York Times

••• “Architect Carlos Zapata’s proposed two-story rooftop addition at 105-107 Reade Street was meant to be something of an anomaly, a structure designed to stand out in a sea of deliberately-hidden penthouses. The design, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission said after lengthy debate last month, was beautiful, sculptural, and ultimately inappropriate for the landmarked 151-year-old building.” —Tribeca Trib

••• “A man caught trying to burglarize law offices in Tribeca unsuccessfully tried to deflect suspicion by claiming he was simply looking for his lawyer, court records state. Andre McKenzie, 19, was spotted peering into offices at 325 Broadway, near Worth Street, at about 1:20 p.m. on May 28. A cop who had been alerted to the situation asked him what he was doing, court records show. ‘I’m looking for my lawyer,’ McKenzie said before sneaking off and trying to use a key to another office’s back door, cops said. The burglar allegedly tried the same ruse at 321 Broadway.” —New York Post


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