In the News: Superstorm Protection

••• Eater has a terrific interview with the Harrison‘s Jimmy Bradley. It’s actually part 2, but part 1 was mostly about the Red Cat, so I didn’t mention it. (Photo by Adam Lerner, courtesy Eater)

••• In an article about how developer Aby Rosen has put a 33-foot-tall Damien Hirst sculpture (of “a beyond-naked pregnant woman with an exposed fetus” where his neighbors—and possibly schoolkids!—in Old Westbury can see it, the New York Times includes an update on 67 Vestry (at West Street), which Rosen wants to tear down and replace with an 11-story condo. “The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has repeatedly rejected landmarking the building. In a May 6 letter, the former commission chairman Robert B. Tierney explained that while the property’s history had merit, ‘there are numerous more intact buildings within the historic Tribeca districts that encapsulate this area’s warehouse history.’ The commission mentioned in its official rejection that the original design had been substantially altered, with historic windows replaced, the 1910 cornice removed and significant changes made to the ground floor.”

••• “The last we looked at Rebuild By Design, the competition that sought out resilient coastal designs for a post-Sandy city and its surrounds, the competition was just whittling down its top ten from its 140 applicants. Now, six winners have been chosen in the competition that will dole out a piece of the federal government’s $4 billion disaster-recovery fund.” —Curbed

••• “An analysis of the proposed Seaport City (a plan to create hundreds of acres of landfill in the East River, to act as both a storm barrier and new space for development) has been deemed feasible by the Dutch engineering firm Arcadis.” —Broadsheet

••• A Q&A with the curators of the 9/11 Museum.” —Tribeca Trib

••• After Stitched Tribeca was flooded, it started holding classes at the World Trade Center Art Gallery and Whole Foods. —Tribeca Trib

••• “On Tuesday, June 24, 13 museums and cultural institutions in Lower Manhattan are teaming up with the River to River Festival (from June 19 through 29) for Night at the Museums, an evening of extended hours from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with free admission.” —Curbed

••• More lawsuits at 15 Broad. —Real Deal

••• “Little-known gym enterprise Retro Fitness [has signed a lease for] 17,000 square feet on the newly renovated retail concourse level at One New York Plaza in Lower Manhattan.” Retro Fitness’s slogan is “We get you,” which sounds kind of like a threat…. —Real Deal