In the News: Four World Trade Center

••• “School officials plan to bus dozens of Downtown students to P.S. 1 on Henry Street to ease Lower Manhattan’s overcrowding problem—a solution that was immediately criticized by parents and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.” —DNAinfo

••• “A fire broke out on a section of scaffolding outside [346 Broadway] Monday morning, authorities said.” That’s one way to finally get it taken down. That scaffolding has been there forever. —DNAinfo

••• The penthouse at 145 Hudson (Skylofts) is back on the market, this time for $48 million. —Curbed

••• The Landmarks Preservation Commission “will hold a public hearing today on the proposed designation of 86 Trinity Place—former home to the American Stock Exchange, originally called the New York Curb Exchange. The LPC has set a likely June 26 vote on whether to landmark the vacant, 15-story tower with an imposing Art Deco limestone and granite facade. Designation would protect the structure from demolition or alteration without the LPC’s blessing. The building owners plan to convert it into a retail mecca and a 174-room hotel. And they have alterations very much in mind.” —New York Post

••• “A 9/11 family group is calling for the National Parks Service to take over the memorial/museum at the World Trade Center site, claiming that the folks currently running it have turned it into a ‘memorial-industrial complex characterized by gross mismanagement, bloated salaries and out-of-control spending.'” —Village Voice

••• Beekman Street is getting a “school crossing” sign. —DNAinfo

••• In case you missed it in yesterday’s post: “Brookfield Properties is close to a 30,000-square-foot deal to bring a gourmet food market into the World Financial Center and several sources in the retail brokerage industry say that Todd English and Stephen Starr are among the shortlist of restaurateurs in talks to operate it.” —Commercial Observer

••• Manhattan Youth is expanding its summer camp to help families left hanging by the Battery Park City Authority and Asphalt Green. The Broadsheet seems to place the blame with Asphalt Green, but everyone I’ve heard from is pointing fingers at the BPCA.

••• Michael Stipe is trying to sell his Canal Street apartment. —Wall Street Journal

••• “If it were possible for a skyscraper to quietly rise nearly a thousand feet into the sky with little notice, 4 World Trade Center would be the building to do it.” The New York Observer takes a loving look at Four World Trade Center. Does the narrator sound stoned or what? Or maybe the music is just making me sleepy.


1 Comment

  1. Re: 4 World Trade Ctr. Can’t comment on whether the narrator is broasted, but that’s none of my business. The point of the piece is well-taken. #4 will probably be the least heralded of the WTC towers for whatever reason, but will arguably be the best, most-satisfying design.