In the News: Certifying Artists for Lofts

••• Downtown Lunch raves about the “trashy Chinese food” at New Fresco Tortillas III on Reade. I need an Alka-Seltzer just thinking about it.

••• The New York Times looks at the city’s certification process for people trying to qualify for downtown lofts reserved for artists; among those interviewed is Tribeca painter Sandi Sloane.

••• Racines NY, the Parisian wine bar and restaurant will open in March (despite the sign in the window?) with 66 seats and Frédéric Duca as chef. —New York Times

••• Seaport residents objected once again to the Howard Hughes Corporation’s plans for the South Street Seaport—and to being left out of the process—this time at a Community Board 1 meeting; “Howard Hughes representatives were present but silent.” —Curbed

••• The Lenny’s sandwich shop on John Street has closed (but there’s a new one on Hanover Square). —Downtown Lunch

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  1. Re: Racines opening…
    Lies… Damn Lies… CONSTRUCTION!

    Wish them a speedy and successful opening :)

  2. Since when did Tribeca have certified artist requirements? Is that why the neighborhood is inundated by financial workers?

  3. Tribeca does NOT have certified artists’ requirements. There is an option for buildings to apply for their C of O at a less expensive rate if the occupants are certified artist. Soho has certified artists requirements for ALL its residential buildings over a specific floor size and look at ‘what’ is living there!