In the News: The Elevator Ride Down at One World Observatory

••• Regarding the elevator ride down from One World Observatory: “During the descent, the glass-walled cab seems to slip out of 1 World Trade Center entirely and float earthward in a great arc before re-entering the building through windows that slide open to receive it. The designers worked hard not to conjure images of a jetliner crashing into the tower.” And yet…. —New York Times

••• “217 West 57th Street, aka the Nordstrom Tower, received a height boost between April and June of last year, pushing the tower’s pinnacle to 1,795 feet. That will make it the tallest building in […] the Western Hemisphere.” Which pushes 1WTC to second place. —New York YIMBY (UPDATE: The developer says it’s not so.)

••• Atera has reopened; Eater has a menu, of sorts. (“Cuttlefish, Lardo” and “Oyster, Ponzu” can’t possibly tell the whole story.)

••• “Financial District families were alarmed when they and their children with scooters or strollers were kicked out of One Chase Manhattan Plaza in recent weeks.” —Downtown Express

••• More on the documentary about 60 White’s conversion. —New York Times

••• Parking garage at 111 Varick (at Broome, right by the tunnel) to get be replaced by “a 49-unit, 15-story apartment building [with] ground-floor retail and apartments on the fourth through 15th floors. It is unknown if the apartments will be rentals or condominiums.” —Real Deal

••• The lawn at West Thames Park will get replaced with fake grass starting this fall. —Tribeca Trib

••• “Ariana Grande will headline NYC Pride’s 29th annual Dance on the Pier,” which is on Pier 26 on June 28. I love this song but someone needs to tell her to stop touching her face. —Towleroad



  1. Breaking news: Developer categorically denies that the Nordstrom Tower will be taller than 1 WTC.

  2. Those sky pods could be vomit comets for some people as their ears tell them they are standing still and falling quickly while their eyes tell them they are swooping around in big lazy circles! I’m not sure I could take it, but then again, I have to close my eyes during the Regal roller coaster intro film!

  3. Seriously, those poor janitors…

    And yes, the Regal roller coaster intro film is way more intense than it needs to be. That exploding popcorn kernel at the end gets me every time.