In the News: Unearthing the Tombs at Collect Pond Park

••• “The excavation and renovation of Collect Pond Park at Centre and Leonard Streets have unearthed a foundational link to the city’s criminal history. Archaeologists identified a collection of stones discovered under the site as belonging to one iteration of New York’s Tombs jail, where city prisoners have been held since 1839. The Tombs was built on top of the Collect Pond in 1838, after the freshwater reservoir was rendered useless by over-pollution and filled in. The recently discovered stones belonged to the second incarnation of the jail, built in 1902 and officially called the New York City Halls of Justice and House of Detention.” —Curbed (photo by Pete Davies)

••• “According to, Rent the Runway opened a Showroom at 163 Varick Street this week. Now, instead of scrolling through designer dresses and accessories online, customers can visit the 250-square-foot showroom to ogle over 200 designer dresses. Best of all, customers can get help from on-site stylists for free. The showroom operates by appointment only; call 212-524-6860 to schedule a visit.” —Racked

••• Refinery29 had brunch at fashion designer Erin Fetherston’s Tribeca apartment. I think you had to be there.

••• “Tribeca Pediatrics, which has offices across the city, will be moving into the space formerly occupied by the Roots & Vines coffee shop at 403 Grand Street.” That’s near Essex. —The Lo-Down

••• “Alleged City Hall Hammer Attacker Stole Canadian Chess Master’s Identity.” —DNAinfo


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