Seen & Heard: Parks in Progress

There’s a photo for every item in this post, so keep on scrollin’.

••• The Beekman Hotel’s condo tower is going up fast (and, happily, blocking some of my view of the Lara, its neighbor to the south right):

The Beekman condo•••While we’re looking outside my window, check out what’s happening atop City Hall:

City Hall••• Seriously, what’s up with the orange in 1 World Trade Center’s vents?

1WTC orange vents••• Peck Slip could indeed use some temporary landscape love, but in the meantime, having it open like this is still great:

Peck Slip 71814••• And the paving (right word?) of the extended Bogardus Plaza gives a hint about how big and nice it’s going to be when the plaza and park are combined.

Bogardus Plaza 71914••• The Smyth has started its lobby and restaurant renovation:

Smyth restaurant••• An even better NYPD-on-ecstasy moment:

police department flowers••• On his Hulu show, “The High Road,” Mario Batali checked out diners with Liv Tyler; the Square Diner segment starts at the 4:00 mark. (Thanks to Anna from the Square Diner for pointing it out in a comment.)