Seen & Heard: Hudson Street Construction Update

••• The construction at 56 Leonard has risen above street level.

••• I was walking by Washington and Vestry when I heard glass breaking—workers were shattering the panes (from the inside out) in the building on the northeast corner. The great old windows are being replaced with big single panes—I think of the process as Libeskinding after what happened at 1 Hudson—which is kind of a bummer, no? I guess it depends on whether you live in the building or not.

••• Dylan Prime says not to worry about that “Seized” sign in the window; it’ll probably reopen by Friday. Update: Make that Tuesday.

••• Sample sale at By Joy Gryson April 8-11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Up to 70% off.

••• Espasso sent out an email saying it has a “new Brooklyn annex” in Dumbo (and is running a sale there through Saturday); it’s more of a showroom than a store, above street level and generally by appointment only.

••• Jill reports on her First-Time Tuesday experience: “Intrigued by the name and the summer look I chose Roberta Roller Rabbit on Duane for First Time Tuesday. I was pretty amazed at the size of the store and the plentiful stock of vibrant Indian-made smock, shift and shirt dresses and accessories, bed and table linens, children’s wear as well as rugs and furniture—reasonable prices too, given the location. Though I didn’t purchase anything I know I’ll be back.”

••• In other First-Time Tuesday news, Torly Kid is offering a 25% discount on this upcoming Tuesday (April 9) for anyone who mentions First-Time Tuesday.

••• I was (naturally) excited to see no sign of construction on Hudson (although N. Moore is another story). Could the work really be done? Not yet, says the city’s Department of Design and Construction: “Work will resume on Hudson Street next month with cobblestone restoration, I’m happy to report that the job is ahead of schedule and will be completed by the middle of spring 2014 almost two years ahead of schedule.” Wait, did that mean Hudson is getting cobblestoned?! No, it didn’t: Only streets that were cobblestoned before will get then again. And “roadway restoration will begin on N. Moore between Greenwich and Hudson Street and on Hudson Street  from Franklin to Worth.”

••• Two new items have been added to the agenda for next Wednesday’s meeting of CB1’s Tribeca Committee: 1) 57 Murray Street, request for a stipulation alternation to permit opening of store front windows for a liquor license for Cricketers Arms; 2) South Chambers Street between Greenwich and West Streets, application for newsstand. That’s a pretty busy strip between Whole Foods and the Barnes & Noble entrance—do we really need another newsstand in the area? I can’t remember the last time I bought something from one.

••• A tipster points out that the scaffolding is already going back up around 5 Beekman.

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