In the News: Denny’s or 7-Eleven?

••• A Denny’s (possibly open 24 hours) or a 7-Eleven is coming to 150 Nassau, at the corner of Spruce. UGH.Broadsheet

••• Battery Park City Authority chair Dennis Mehiel on when the heck Asphalt Green will open: “We know it will not be before late spring. We know it will be open in the summertime.” And “Donald Capoccia, who serves on a subcommittee of the BPCA’s board that is working to expedite work on the community center, the ball fields and Pier A, then added, ‘within 30 days, we’ll be able to tie up the contracts and look to a delivery of the fields in early April, and the community center and Pier A in the month of May or thereabouts.'” —Broadsheet

346 Broadway lobby••• “The city has reached a deal to sell 346 Broadway and 49-51 Chambers St., two downtown office buildings that house a collection of city agencies. The Peebles Corp. will acquire 346 Broadway for about $160 million and will convert the 12-story, 400,000-square-foot property into a boutique hotel [no brand yet] and residential condo space. Investor Joseph Chetrit will purchase the other property, which is roughly 200,000 square feet. It wasn’t immediately clear by press time what Mr. Chetrit will pay for the property, which will likely be a residential conversion.” No word on 22 Reade. —Crain’s

••• Katie Holmes got pap-snapped at what looks (to this unmanicured type) like i-Plaza on Greenwich. Maybe next time go to Sweet Lily or TenOverTen, where the paparazzi can’t shoot you through the window? Or is that the point…? —New York Post

••• New York magazine’s “Best of New York” features Atera (“Best Tasting Menu”), the Dead Rabbit (“Best Everyman Bar”), and Aire Ancient Baths (“best Shvitz”). Also mentioned: Hale Organic Salon.

••• Serious Eats likes American Flatbread Tribeca Hearth—and if you noticed a prevailing sweetness, they say it’s due to maple syrup, “a signature ingredient.”

••• The Yorganic in FiDi is selling Korean food in a “secret” restaurant called Gangnam. “This operation is similar to My Belly’s Playlist—the online order only lunch box option that was cooked in the same Yorganic. That seems to have disappeared….” —Downtown Lunch

••• “Tribeca Pediactrics is opening a branch in Harlem. What’s next?” —New York Times



  1. Erik, maybe we ARE the same person. I recognized it as i-Plaza too. I guess the NY Post doesn’t realize you don’t get the disposable paper slippers at “fancy” spa salons.
    I have spotted Demi Moore pedicuring at Yuya on Greenwich St. I suppose the celebs don’t have an assistant to make advance reservations at the good places.

  2. I’ve never eaten at a Denny’s, so I don’t know quite how to react to that, but I really hope it’s not another 7-11. I’ve mentioned this before, but in Japan, where I spend a fair bit of time, 7-11 is really very lovely and full of decent to good stuff, including well-prepared fast foods, all on a higher level than your average NYC steam table deli. Also, the personnel are trained to be especially kindly and efficient. I realize that the J version is essentially a different species of 7-11, but the ones that have popped up around our neighborhood are pure crap and depressing, and there are already way too many of them. Another one?

  3. Brilliant move. A 7-Eleven (as the corporate name goes) will clean up, business-wise. Between Pace, the hospital, and the Wall Street dorm that is 8 Spruce, there is more than enough demand to keep it going. Even since the deli closed at the corner of Nassau and Beekman, there’s been nothing for a quick stop for more than a donut. (Not that the folks at 8 Spruce were even born when it closed, but still.)

    I’m not saying this is good for the neighborhood; but it’s a great business move. I’ll bet the goniff developer is the one who sold the space, not the condo board.

  4. @Suzanne: It seems they’ve chosen to pursue a Denny’s, not a 7-Eleven.