Seen & Heard: A Reader’s Report on Denny’s

Dennys••• “Don’t be jealous,” emailed a reader, “but my husband and I just got a special preview of Denny’s.” It’s at 150 Nassau, if you’re just joining us. “We stopped to look in the window and someone invited us in and showed us around and gave us menus to look at. It is all ready to open but they are waiting for Con Ed which they think will take a few weeks. They are very proud that this is the only Denny’s that looks like this, because it’s specially decorated for NYC. I will say that I was impressed that they have an extensive selection of non-alcoholic drinks and I am always frustrated at places that have pages of cocktails but can’t do anything special for non-drinkers.”

••• A mini Nosy Neighbor for you…. Carlo asked in a comment why the scaffolding at 105 Chambers (the Cary Building, at Church). Answer: Window replacement.

105 Chambers Cary Reade side••• The reader known as Hudson River reports this: “The area formerly known as the entrance to the 9/11 Memorial is now Albany Street Plaza, according to a sign on the fence. They have moved the tables and chairs there from the block of Washington Street that was closed off and added some umbrella tables, a ping pong table, and some brochures.”

Albany Street Plaza••• The date of James Ellroy’s appearance at Mysterious Bookshop has changed; it’s now Sept. 17.

••• What is that bulbous white thing on top of the AT&T Long Lines Building (33 Thomas)? UPDATE: See the comments—it’s likely a radome.

att long lines building••• I did not know that Pearl River Mart has a “tea balcony”…

Pearl River Mart Tea Balcony••• …or that it sells Fart Bombs.

Pearl River Mart fart bombs••• Things are getting interesting at the top of Franklin Place, the building going up on Broadway between White and Franklin. Note the balconies to the north, cantilevered over the adjacent building.

Franklin Place••• Opening Sept. 16 at Taymour Grahne Gallery: “Tarek Al-Ghoussein’s K Files, featuring a body of work that premiered at the inaugural Kuwait Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale 2013, curated by Ala Younis. K Files was inspired by the invitation to represent Kuwait for its first national pavilion. Through carefully composed performative interactions with public architecture in Kuwait, the body of work explores the cultural, intellectual, and collective spaces of the landscape and highlights the physical manifestation of efforts to form a nation-state.”

K Files 735 by Tarek Al-Ghoussein••• Not sure if you can tell from this pic, but 2 Renwick—the two-hotels-in-one-building (with entrances on Hudson and Renwick) looks like it might be attractive. The use of brick is refreshing….

2 Renwick



  1. That thing atop the Long Lines building is probably a microwave dome.

  2. That is an earth station it’s been on that roof for many years

    • As in this, from Wikipedia?: “A ground station, earth station, or earth terminal is a terrestrial terminal station designed for extraplanetary telecommunication with spacecraft, or reception of radio waves from an astronomical radio source. Ground stations are located either on the surface of the Earth or in its atmosphere.[1] Earth stations communicate with spacecraft by transmitting and receiving radio waves in the super high frequency or extremely high frequency bands (e.g., microwaves). When a ground station successfully transmits radio waves to a spacecraft (or vice versa), it establishes a telecommunications link. A principal telecommunications device of the ground station is the parabolic antenna.”