Seen & Heard: Japanese Shirtmaker Joins Brookfield Place

••• Thanks to David P. for the heads-up that the space across from the Brookfield Place Equinox will be Japanese shirtmaker Kamakura. A Commercial Observer article from March 26 says that the store  is “sandwiched between a women’s fashion brand that hasn’t been announced and Time Inc.’s lobby.” Expect it to open in three months or so. Also, David P. says that Aspinal of London will be on the east side of Financier.

••• Part-time Tribecan Gillian Zoe Segal has a new book: Getting There: A Book of Mentors. She interviewed and photographed 30 prominent people about their lives—in particular, their success and the obstacles along the way. It’s addictive reading—and a fantastic graduation gift—because even when the takeaway is not new (don’t give up, take one step at a time, etc.), when you hear it in the context of a person’s life, it takes on much more power. One part that stuck with me, albeit too late to do me much good, is advice that Warren Buffett gives to young people. Take it away, Warren….

Let’s say that I offer to buy you the car of your dreams. […] There’s just one catch… It’s the only car you’re ever going to get in your entire life. Now, knowing hat, how are you going to treat that car? You’re probably going to read the owner’s manual four times before you drive it; you’re going to keep it in the garage, protect it at all times, change the oil twice as often as necessary. If there’s the least little bit of rust, you’re going to get that fixed immediately so it doesn’t spread—because you know it has to last you as long as you live. Here’s the thing, that’s exactly the position you are in concerning your mind and body. You have only one mind and body for the rest of your life. If you aren’t taking care of them when you’re sixteen or seventeen, it’s like leaving that car out in hailstorms and letting the rust eat away at it. If you don’t take care of your mind and body now, by the time you’re forty or fifty you’ll be like a car that can’t go anywhere. So isn’t it just as important to take care of your mind and body as it is to take care of that car?

••• I also took a walk over to the Seaport yesterday, where there were several things worth noting. First up: Check out the construction progress at Peck Slip School (along with a rendering of the finished building—which is different from the last one we saw).

Peck Slip SchoolPeck Slip School rendering••• And opening at 25 Peck Slip: a creative agency called Ming Utility and Entertainment. What’s intriguing, especially give the company’s cool website, is the store signage to the right. No clue what it means; tried calling, but the company has one of those merciless voicemail systems where you have to know the name of an employee in order to avoid the dreaded general office mailbox. So I emailed. We shall see. UPDATE: Mr. Uptight noticed an Ad Age article that says the store “will act as both a retail space and gallery for local artists.”

Ming Utility and Entertainment on Peck Slip••• I finally made it to the Whisper Editions store/gallery on Fulton, in the South Street Seaport. It’s the one opened by a former photo editor at the New York Times Magazine, and it’s really lovely—a strong step up for the South Street Seaport. Go check it out. (Also below: Jesse Chehak’s “Hollywood.”)

••• On the way home, Adam and I noticed a new rendering for 118 Fulton. It’s going to be 59 stories, so you’re going to see it.

118 Fulton rendering

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    • Thanks. The only part really of note (it’s the usual story of ad folks venturing on their own) is this: The store “will act as both a retail space and gallery for local artists.”

  1. Has anything ever been planned for that huge block long parking lot on Water at the Seaport? (Next to the school)

    It’s always intrigued me that it hasn’t been snatched up. That’d make a great spot for some ultra high end townhomes. :D

  2. That large parking lot has been the subject of an enormous amount of zoning/land use controversies over the past 20 years. The FAR will not allow too much to be built there – maybe a 5.0 or 6.5 (the local community fought long and hard for that, and suffered at the hands of Dan Doctoroff, Mayor Bloomberg’s economic development czar, who allowed the large buildings on West Street behind PS 234 and just to the South to be built as punishment). The parking lot may actually be more profitable.