In the News: Jose Garces Restaurant at Brookfield Place

••• Eater got a tour of the construction site that is Brookfield Placefood court: “The project, set to open next month, is called Hudson Eats. […] So far, 12 have been announced—Blue Ribbon Sushi, Chop’t, Dig Inn, Dos Toros, Little Muenster, Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue, Num Pang, Olives, Skinny Pizza, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Tartinery and Umami Burger—with two remaining vendors expected to be announced imminently. The space is being designed by AvroKO and features approximately 600 communal seats. Each vendor will occupy a kiosk (approximately 700 to 1000 square feet each) on the periphery. The space will also have three large, stand-alone islands which will house Tartinery, Blue Ribbon Sushi, and Dos Toros taqueria.” The post also has this to say, which seems a bit misguided…. “According to [Edward Hogan, Brookfield’s national director of retail leasing] there is not a significant amount of residential housing in the immediate area. Around 20,000 people live in the vicinity of Brookfield, of the approximately 120,000 total residents in the lower Manhattan area as a whole. But that is a number that is dwarfed by the daily influx of office workers and tourists, the groups that Hogan sees as providing the bulk of the business for Hudson Eats.” I don’t know about those numbers, but it seems to me that what he’s not realizing is how excited Battery Park City residents might be to have new options. And while Brookfield Place workers will likely venture over to the dining establishments at the World Trade Center mall, when it opens, residents are likelier to be more loyal to what’s close.

••• In other Brookfield Place news, “acclaimed Philadelphia chef Jose Garces will open his first New York City restaurant” in the complex, says Grub Street. “Garces currently operates restaurants in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Palm Springs, Scottsdale, and Chicago [….] A representative [says] the 7,200-square-foot space will include outdoor seating on Vesey Street.”

••• Battery Park City’s Tribeca Pointe is on the market for around $300 million. “Rockrose Development […] is seeking a buyer who would either convert the 80 percent portion of the 80/20 affordable housing setup into condominiums, or continue to operate the entire property at 41 River Terrace as a rental.” Shades of 22 River Terrace…?

••• Juice Inn is opening at Lafayette and Grand. —Racked

••• “Bob Townley, the executive director of Manhattan Youth, who also chairs the Advisory Council of the Hudson River Park Trust  is calling for enhanced security in the five miles of waterfront parkland, stretching from Lower Manhattan to West 59th Street that the agency oversees. ‘My contention is that we should have Parks Enforcements Officers in stationary posts, from dusk to dawn,’ explains Mr. Townley. ‘People would know where to find them in case of trouble, and it would create a sense of security.'” —Broadsheet