In the News: Hudson River Park Squabble

••• “Shortly before 1 p.m. [on Friday], an emotionally disturbed man climbed onto the metal roof of the Rector Place pedestrian bridge, began waving a knife, and shouting to passersby that he was going to jump into the traffic passing beneath him on West Street.” Police saved him. —Broadsheet

••• “TED Conferences will be opening a new office in Hudson Square. Known for thought-provoking conferences, TED will be taking 5,881 square feet on the ground floor of 315 Hudson Street, a building owned by Jack Resnick & Sons. The office will be located across the street from their other office that is approximately 14,000 square feet. The two offices combined bring TED’s presence to 20,000 square feet in Hudson Square.” —Commercial Observer

••• Curbed summarizes the New York Observer’s report on Hudson River Park: “One of the park’s primary benefactors, Douglas Durst, is stepping down from his position as chairman of the Friends of Hudson River Park due to a disagreements with the Hudson River Park Trust over what steps should be taken to save the pier, the Observer reports. Durst had been lobbying for the trust to shore up the piles that hold up the pier and turn the whole thing into parking and commercial leasing. The trust, on the other hand, has absolutely no interest in pouring any more money into the rapidly sinking ship, and seems to think that the way to go is to have residential developers take over and let them deal with any maintenance costs. Although Durst vehemently opposed that plan, calling it unrealistic, his departure means that it’s the most likely one moving forward.”

••• The fate of Seaport restaurant Barbarini remains uncertain. —Eater (photo courtesy Eater)




  1. Barberini will be missed!
    Great people, great food!

  2. Wasn’t 403 Greenwich Street (formerly a stationery store) a very, very old building? I always thought it would be a good space for a restaurant.
    Isn’t the Landmarks Commission supposed to protect very old buildings?
    Now that it has quietly been torn down to make way for yet another cliche glass box full of millionaires, I’m wondering where was the Landmarks Commission when they were supposed to be caring for landmarks?