Nosy Neighbor: Why Is a Tent Being Erected at Varick and Canal?

Any idea what’s going on in the empty lot on the northeast corner of Varick and Canal? Since Monday, construction has been going on at a fast pace. The temporary structures are different than those constructed for Talking Transition for last fall’s election. I actually went by the site yesterday and asked some of the workers, but they wouldn’t say. —P.

The Department of Buildings permit showed that a temporary structure is being built at 76 Varick, which is Trinity Real Estate property, for an event called All Clear (Aug. 20-25). But I hit roadblocks everywhere I asked: I emailed Trinity Real Estate, called Community Board 2 (which said that because it’s private land, the event doesn’t have to get community approval) and the architect (which didn’t want to talk about it), and so on. Finally, I called Trinity Real Estate, thinking I was calling the Hudson Square BID, and I was told that the event is called Night Court, that it involves tennis, and it’s for the public. So here’s an educated guess: It’s a promotional exhibition for the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 25, the day Night Court ends. There’s no mention of the event on the U.S. Open website, so maybe it’s a surprise. I did try calling the U.S.T.A. but the operator didn’t answer and there was no point in leaving a voicemail.

Obviously, if you know otherwise (or can confirm it), we’re all ears: 917-209-6473,

UPDATE: “Talked with one of the construction guys and they said it was ‘something for Nike,'” emails a reader. “So probably a Nike Tennis event. The stage they’re building is about the size of a court so could be an actual tennis court. Rockefeller Center does something similar each year and sets up a court and has various famous players play on it, so perhaps it’ll be something like that? But Nike involved for sure.”

UPDATE #2: “I went by last week and they told me they are building a tennis court for events during the US Open,” emails W.

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