In the News: A Foxy New Neighbor for the World Trade Center

••• Curbed sniffs out the lowdown on 22 Thames, the building next to the old American Stock Exchange that’s set to be demolished. (Foxy!) “On the first five floors, tucked inside a base of irregular glass bays, is retail and residential recreation space, topped by two floors designated for ‘performing arts.’ Rising above and reaching 637 feet, the tower features a faceted facade filled with 428 residential units. Last month the creative team at Selldorf [Architects] posted a video showing the louvered façade system, a ‘second skin’ controlled by each individual dweller, and described thusly: ‘Cloaking the façade, a system of operable terracotta louvers animates the building with its changing configurations and reflectivity.'” The DOB paperwork says Goldstein, Hill & West is the architect, but Curbed wonders: “So far Selldorf’s name is nowhere to be found among those DOB files, but the building outlined in the Schedule A for 22 Thames closely corresponds to the Selldorf design, give or a take a floor or two.”

••• “Pier 25’s popular playground will be ready for an official reopening in May.” —Tribeca Trib

••• Princess Polish reviews the new Drybar on W. Broadway.

••• Hotel Chocolat, the chocolate store/restaurant planned for 175 Franklin, decided to bail. The proprietor wouldn’t say why, but you have to guess he read the writing on the wall (at the CB1 meeting, a bunch of neighbors explained that his would-be landlord was loathed). —Tribeca Trib

••• “Shuttered Bridge Café Starts Fundraising Campaign.” —Eater

••• The FiDi location of Go Go Curry will open Feb. 25. —Downtown Lunch

••• “The new location of Baba Ghanouge is open on Fulton St. (btw. Broadway & Nassau).” —Downtown Lunch

••• Related Companies is [are?] trying to get BMCC to make a deal: The developer is “promoting a proposal to improve the viability of the [Moynihan Station] project by moving the Borough of Manhattan Community College to the back of the post office, which is across Eighth Avenue from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. Under the proposal by the developer, the Related Companies, the community college would move 3.8 miles north of its current location downtown to 1.1 million square feet of space in the post office building. The college would be the anchor tenant in the complex. […] In return, Related would receive the college’s potentially valuable campus, which spans four city blocks near the Hudson River, for residential development.” BMCC doesn’t seem all that interested, perhaps because it just (re-)built a new building downtown. —New York Times


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