In the News: The $225 Million Hallway

••• Possibly the best restaurant review you’ll read all year (although I’d suggest skipping the first section): Joshua David Stein on American Cut, in the Observer.

••• Thanks to Tom Adams for pointing out this New York Times graphic that illustrates how north Battery Park City went heavy for Joe Lhota (although the number of votes for that red section was 80 for Lhota and 25 for de Blasio—can the latter really claim a mandate when the turnout was so low?).

••• Tribeca Trib reports on the CB1 meeting about the city’s plan to move a probation office to 66 John Street: “The most common offenses among those visiting the offices, said Ryan Dodge, the Probation Department’s communications director, are theft and larceny, drug-related charges and driving while intoxicated.” By the way, great photo: She looks like she’s going to dee devour that microphone!

••• Manhattan Loft Guy on a perplexing sale at 288 West.

••• “The Steven Alan sample sale will launch Thursday, November 14, at the brand’s Tribeca showroom (and at noon the day prior on their website).” —Racked

••• “The Aloha Rag sample sale starts today at noon.” —Racked

••• Hudson River Park Trust’s Madelyn Wils argues in the Villager on behalf of the air rights plan.

••• “Tous Crepes, which opened this week at 125 Maiden Lane, reimagines the traditional French pancakes by stuffing them with non-traditional fillings, including a sushi crepe bursting with yellowfin tuna, nori, cucumber and wasabi aoili.” —DNAinfo

••• “Last week, when the World Trade Center Transportation Hub’s ‘West Concourse’ opened, we called it the world’s most expensive hallway, and pegged its cost—based on publicly available documents—at $100 million. It turns out that number was way too low. According to a spokesperson for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the final, total cost for digging and outfitting the underground pedestrian passageway has risen to ‘approximately’ $225 million. To put that into perspective, $225 million would buy an entire subway station and one kilometer of tunnel in most continental European cities.” —Next City (via Curbed)

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  1. It’s a nice very nice hallway.

  2. ha! I’m a BP North resident and it wasn’t ME in the Lhota camp (though given neighborhood demos, not surprising)… it certainly WAS a ghost town at the P.S. 89 voting station

  3. Re: Tribeca Trib report – Poor, poor, baby Claire. So glad to see a mother bring her young child into such a tranquil and loving environment. She gets my “Mom of the Year” vote. She should have just thrown baby Claire onto the table and changed her diaper and then held up the dirty diaper to illustrate how baby Claire feels about the probation office move.
    Madelyn Wils should always carry around random babies when she stumps for more tax money to preserve “her” park – that has been a godsend for “her” children, “her” neighbors and the “entire” West Side.
    Maybe the HRP should just throw weekly Galas to overcome the budget shortfall.

  4. So that’s why this country is going bankrupt