Seen & Heard: More on Asphalt Green

••• A reader did some recon on the Asphalt Green/Battery Park City Authority situation: “1. The problems with the construction stem from BPCA not supervising it. Of the 19 people fired from BPCA, 7 were overseeing the AG project. It is the BPCA’s job to supervise construction. 2. The work that remains should take no more than 40 days. This is if BPCA gives it the attention it needs. 3. The contract between AG and BPCA went through the proper channels at the state level. This contract gives 50% of revenues back to BPCA.” Asphalt Green, meanwhile sent an email to members saying that “We are temporarily providing charter members complimentary unlimited use to our Upper East Side campus. (Please note that the pool will be closed for annual maintenance August 19–September 3.)” That’s sort of like giving me a lawnmower—it’s nice in theory.

••• I don’t think this was part of the original plans, but the ground floors of both the Warren (top) and Murray sides of 55 Warren (the building goes through the block) are both now being offered as retail. I can see why the Murray side would—who wants to live right next to Uncle Mike’s?—but Warren seems like it could have gone residential.

••• From the Lilac: “In a series of summer Saturday soirees, June 16, 23 and 30, from 8 to 11:30 p.m., the Aquarium from Austronesia will arrive on the Hudson River. The final evening coincides with the North River Historic Ship Festival, which runs from June 28 to July 1. The historic ship Lilac, berthed at Pier 25, will be transformed by a site-responsive installation under the orchestration of artist Beatrice Glow, and in collaboration with new media artist Matt Romein. The installation will consist of video and illuminated sculptures that map and visualize Austronesia—the region that shares linguistic roots originating from Taiwan, spanning west to Madagascar and east to Easter Island.”


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