In the News: NSA Billboard

••• Nobody knows who put the “NSA should have your data” billboard at Sixth and Canal (and the LA Times evidently thinks it could be from the NSA, which is bananas). —Gothamist (photo by the Dusty Rebel)

••• Citigroup “is choosing new digs, with downtown at the World Trade Center or existing Greenwich Street spot likely favorites. Also in the running: Hudson Yards.” —Crain’s

••• “While work is continuing on the redevelopment of Pier A, the dock situated at the border between Battery Park City and Historic Battery Park, which is being transformed into a restaurant, bar, and catering facility, progress has ground to a halt at the plaza planned for the front entrance to the structure, because of a funding dispute.” —Broadsheet

••• The Solaire and Tribeca Green received D grades on the city’s scorecard of energy use of multifamily dwellings. —New York Times

••• “Father and son developers Brad and Harold Thurman are facing a $6 million lawsuit from the Tribeca Mews condominium board for allegedly failing to obtain a permanent certificate of occupancy at the project because of a slew of construction defects. Tribeca Space Managers, the board at the 87-unit building at 25 Murray Street, claims that the condos are riddled with problems, from leaks in the roof and electrical room to the lack of a fire alarm system that complies with building codes, according to the lawsuit filed Sept. 23 in New York State Supreme Court.” —The Real Deal

••• A reader sent in an update on the Community Board 1 hearing about Remix’s application for a cabaret license: “Several residents showed up re: the Remix application for cabaret license (thanks from flagging in you). After having blatantly misled the CB1 (claiming that there was no entrance on Murray Street, among other things), his desire to get the cabaret license was unanimously rejected. They told him if, months down the road, he could prove to be a good neighbor, then he was welcome to come back and ask again.”

••• “Aussie-Style Coffee Shop Bluestone Lane Opens in FiDi.” —DNAinfo

••• Hudson River Park Trust chair Diana Taylor spoke to the Wall Street Journal about the park’s financial struggles: “‘We need people to realize the park is internally funded,’ Ms. Taylor said in a rare interview. ‘[People] look around and say, ‘Of course it’s getting money from the government,’ but we’re not. It has to be funded by the people who can afford it, frankly. And it’s an effort. And we’re going to get there.'”

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  1. That space rotates public art into the billboards from time to time, like every third billboard. An iconic Felix Gonzalez-Torres piece was up there about a year ago. I don’t know who this artist is, but whoever sponsors the space could tell you.