Seen & Heard: An Elvis-Themed Hotel?

••• Baiting The GoPro got up close with a City Hall Park squirrel.

••• This is the best rumor you’ll hear all week.

NYCTaxiCabTales Priscilla Presley tweet••• Congratulations to Grand Banks‘s Alex Pincus, who gets to ring the Nasdaq opening bell today.

••• I hadn’t been to Brookfield Place in a while, so this is probably old news, but Le District has ice cream. Anyone try it yet? Also, Scoop looks ready to open, if it hasn’t already [UPDATE: Clueless says below that it has been open for a while], and Drybar put up signage on its Brookfield Place store (it’s next to Babesta). And I peeked inside Amada, the restaurant next to Parm, and it doesn’t look anywhere near ready.

Le District ice creamDrybar••• The next Pen Parentis will be all about crime: “Three authors will read from new works on September 8: Ed Lin, Jack Miller, and Tim O’Mara, who have all distinguished themselves in writing various types of crime fiction, from literary, to poetic, to award-winning serialized gumshoe novels set in Brooklyn. After the readings there will be lively discussion on the writing life and how these authors balance a creative career with their active families. You don’t have to be a parent or a writer to enjoy this night of readings, mingling, and socializing over books. Books will be available for purchase if you want a signed copy by your favorite author, or bring your own. The readings are open to the public, admission is free, and Andaz Wall Street provides the wine and light snacks. RSVP is recommended at”

••• I really wish these garish food carts weren’t allowed on the park side of Broadway.

City Hall Park coffee cart



  1. Scoop has been open for months

  2. The Brookfield stores don’t look open because there are so few customers in them when I walk by. The Holiday shopping season we will see how many of these stores can survive.

  3. The Brookfield stores are getting free rent. Once Saks Fifth flagship opens next year, then the moment of truth will be at hand. Until then, the stores are just advertising billboards like bank branches with no one in them.

  4. Maybe when this mall fails they’ll build another mall again.

    • I don’t think having a mall there is necessarily a bad thing. Wouldn’t the alternative just be the offices that were there before?

  5. Maybe if the shopping center fails Buffett will change the name back to its original WFC. The World Final Center never had a brook & wasn’t ever really a field either. God I hate that name. It used to be a fun place to go, especially with little kids.