In the News: De Blasio Transition Event

••• Carl had the best explanation so far as to what’s going on at the Lent Space lot at Canal and Varick: “I asked a construction worker at the Varick site what was going on. He said it was something for ‘That guy running for mayor, De Blasio.'” Now the name “Talking Transition” makes sense, as does why no one from Trinity Real Estate will talk about it. Sure enough, New York magazine posted this. (Photo courtesy New York.)

••• It was due to happen soon. “A package of lots with a total of 132,780 buildable square feet on Broadway between Leonard and Franklin streets in Tribeca has hit the market [….] The lots, at 353 and 355-357 Broadway, total 10,956 square feet, with 23,220 square feet of air rights from the neighboring lot at 359 Broadway.” Is there a building Broadway between Worth and Walker that isn’t going residential? —The Real Deal

••• The New York Times writes about the new design for St. Nicholas Church, and even mentions Tribeca Citizen: “Comments on the website of the TriBeCa Citizen,”—actually, it’s Tribeca Citizen—”show that some viewers already say St. Nicholas resembles a mosque.” Hmm…. Only one commenter said it resembles a mosque, unless you count Smithers’s sarcasm, and the commversation has generally been very civil.

••• “BPCA Conducts Post-Sandy Review: Authority Enumerates Steps Taken, Allocates $1 Million for Further Measures.” —Broadsheet

••• “This month the NYC Police Museum opened a temporary location at 45 Wall Street [….] Current exhibitions include Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino and his heroic stand against the Black Hand; a photography exhibit of Associated Press photographers documenting 9/11; and a history of policing from the Dutch Rattle Watch of the 1650s to the modern NYPD.” —Broadsheet

••• “Passers-by have been startled this week by the sight of a nine-foot-high wall standing in front of [Verizon’s] switching center at 140 West Street, across Vesey Street from 1 World Trade Center. This wall was intended to defend against floodwaters. Segments of it were being tested. Made of steel posts and aluminum planks, the removable barrier would look like a heavy-duty storefront security shutter about 1,000 feet long if it were completely installed. […] Most of the year, there will be almost no evidence of the wall except for footings that will be flush with the sidewalk. If the city’s Office of Emergency Management says that a distant storm may have destructive potential, Verizon will pull the barrier out of storage.” —New York Times

••• “A man was attacked with a wooden stick in the Financial District last week.” —DNAinfo

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