In the News: South Street Seaport Fire

••• The New York Times Magazine showcased the photographs of Michelle Asselin: “Over the course of two years, while her daughter was a toddler, she interviewed nannies in her Tribeca neighborhood as she made their portraits.”

By Jared Rosen (courtesy DNAinfo)

••• “A huge fire broke out at the South Street Seaport, where a rock festival and sunny skies had drawn thousands to Pier 17 Saturday.” No injuries. —DNAinfo

••• “As residential towers work to incorporate puppy playgrounds and doggy doors into their amenities, the apartment management company Rose Associates has taken attentiveness to a new level, offering dog-care services en masse to thousands of residents. The services, provided by a dog-care group called the Spot Experience [will soon be at] the Verdesian, the Visionaire and the Solaire in Battery Park City, and by the end of October, Rose plans to expand it to 20 of its dog-friendly buildings.” —New York Times

••• The New York Times toured some roof gardens, including two in Tribeca: “At 35-37 North Moore Street, I found a penthouse whose owners, William and Ursula Fairbairn, had transformed two bare terraces into elaborate gardens. They hired Shinichiro Abe, who designed the Peace Bell Garden at the United Nations, to make one terrace into a Japanese garden. The couple enjoy sitting in their living room and quietly looking out at the garden, sometimes with a glass of Champagne, said Mr. Fairbairn, 76. […] On the other side of the apartment is an even larger garden terrace, with a more English feel, that has a small lily pond with goldfish.” Wait for it…. “The Fairbairns are selling the apartment for $19.95 million.” And then: “For sheer wow factor, nothing I saw beat the outdoor space under construction at Michael Hirtenstein’s triplex at 1 York in Tribeca. Mr. Hirtenstein, a telecom millionaire and well-known collector of trophy properties, moved into his apartment last month. Now he is fitting out every inch of the 5,800 square feet of outdoor space, which is spread over several terraces. […] Workers are preparing the curved wood that will house a sunken entertainment area, which will feature a grill, a stone fire pit, a retractable 55-inch TV and a wood-slatted roof for privacy. On the far side he has already installed a large infinity-edge pool and a 16-speaker sound system to give a cinemalike experience when a retractable projector screen rises 16 feet high from behind the pool. In the next week or two he is expecting waterproof remotes to arrive that guests will be able to throw into the pool.” No photos of either, alas.

••• “Last night, a Buzz Agent was sauntering down Hudson and noticed this sign taped to one of the windows between Morton and Barrow streets. A call to the Tribeca location of Bread confirmed that the moderately priced Italian joint will bring it’s soups, paninis and laid-back attitude to this stretch of Hudson Street.” Funny, I noticed it like a month ago, and when I called Bread they denied it had anything to do with them. Thanks, guys. —Zagat


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