Seen & Heard: Why Is the Municipal Building Dark?

Municipal Building 7april2014••• “I live in a building with a spectacular view of the Municipal Building, and about a month ago, I noticed it is no longer being lit at night,” emailed B. a month and a half ago. “Have you heard anything about this? Any guess? Di Blasio not wanting to pay cost to light it at night?!” B. and I actually live in the same building, and I had noticed the problem a while ago (so there’s no blaming di Blasio). I emailed the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, which directed me to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. I was told on the phone about a plan to revamp the lights at the very top, where the “Civic Fame” statue is, but the general darkness at night was news to them. Much later, the PR rep for DCAS said this: “Due to extreme temperatures this winter, repairs to the lighting system illuminating the Civic Fame Statue were delayed. By the beginning of June, replacement of the lights will be complete, using high efficiency LED lighting.” I responded that I was interested in below the statue, too, but I don’t get the impression an answer is forthcoming. If anyone out there knows anything, please do share it.

••• Haus, the “mixology lounge” (but really a nightclub) coming to the old Canal Room space at Canal and W. Broadway, is going to have two DJ booths, according to this Instagram post. That’s a photo of one of them, under construction. If you’ll recall, the owner told CB1 he’d be applying for a cabaret license just in case people started dancing, and that there would be no dance floor.

cat••• There’s a cat living in City Hall Park—spotted it by Tweed Courthouse—if you know anyone who has lost one.

••• Café Noir, coming to where 35 Thai was (at 35 Lispenard), has gone behind the plywood.

••• KP reports that Just Salad opened up at 325 Hudson (at Vandam) yesterday.

••• Press release: “One Art Space, in collaboration with Beers Contemporary Gallery—London, is pleased to announce ‘Variations on a Theme,’ a solo exhibition of London based Canadian artist Andrew Salgado. This exhibition will be on view from May 24 – July 6. Andrew Salgado has created a buzz for himself with bold, generally large scale figurative paintings.”

by Andrew Salgado courtesy One Art Space