In the News: The Downtown Eataly Is Likely Delayed

••• “A dispute between the Port Authority and WTC mall operator Westfield has held up Eataly’s access to its 41,000- square-foot floor. While it’s unclear who’s at fault, Westfield has balked at taking the keys from the PA, according to multiple sources. Until Westfield takes possession, it can’t turn retail space over to Eataly.” Westfield has said the World Trade Center mall will “is expected to open in stages from 2015” but that’s looking less and less likely. —New York Post

••• The ruling that Arne Svenson was within his rights to take surreptitious photos of his neighbors was upheld by an appeals court. “But Justice Dianne Renwick urged lawmakers to take up the matter, noting that relevant case law dates back to 1902.” —New York Post

••• The New York Times profiles writer Toni Morrison, including a visit to her Tribeca loft.

••• “The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has subpoenaed the Port Authority as part of a probe into the award of a contract to a firm that will operate the observation deck at One World Trade Center, a source said Wednesday.” —New York Post

••• A public space at 180 Maiden Lane is getting a rethink: “Plans call for the 26,000 square feet to have a 5,000-square-foot turf lawn for picnicking and games, an art gallery with a curator, a café-type kiosk, a large movie screen and plenty of seating.” —Wall Street Journal



  1. Eataly in Madison Square is great!

  2. As a 34th floor resident who often keeps her blinds open for the magnificent view I have of Tower 1 and the water, I understand the risk that my equally high up neighbors may view/photograph/stalk my comings and goings.

    Although the appeals court has now ruled on the permissibility of this intrusion for profit, I am certain that utilizing one’s image in photographs without their consent and making money on those photographs, translates into a tortious act which may reap the subjects monetary relief.

    That being said, I would think if the law permits this artist to photograph his neighbors without their knowledge, permission and consent, perhaps the idea that he has to share his new found money (from the free publicity and notoriety) would hinder future “artists” from this legalized stalking behavior.