In the News: McNally Jackson Is Opening a Seaport Bookshop

Pier 26 rendering by Sage and Coombe architects with landscaping by Mathews Nielsen••• To go with a blurb on the public meeting on Oct. 19, Downtown Post NYC ran a rendering of Pier 26 that I’ve never seen before. (Rendering by Sage and Coombe architects; landscaping by Mathews Nielsen.) UPDATE: As suspected, the rendering is old, says Mr. Burns, but I still think it’s useful if only to get a sense of how the space could be divided.

••• Soho bookstore McNally Jackson is opening a shop on Schermerhorn Row in the South Street Seaport. “Slated to open in 2017, [it] will be home to a ground floor café with outdoor seating, free events, and a family-friendly reading area for children.” —DNAinfo

••• The New York Post says that the Odeon is hot again, thanks to Condé Nast and Refinery 29. Which is great, but the real news is this:

[Jay McInerney’s] new book, due out next year, will feature the Odeon in several scenes.

“There are a lot of restaurants in the new book, but it’s sort of appropriate to circle back to Odeon, because it’s a place that people like [the main characters] would go.

“And people like them do go. He’s an editor. She’s a screenwriter. They live in Tribeca. They would naturally be having their date-night dinners sometimes at Odeon,” says McInerney, who spent his own years at the Odeon hunched at the bar with a vodka, or crouched by the bathroom with some cocaine. (“I tried to confine my activities to the bathroom. I was a very proper person,” he says.)

••• The Broadsheet runs down the various projects that the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation is considering for its $50 million windfall.

••• The Battery Park City Authority “will restore the [Police] Memorial’s water and light features. Fearing another flood, the BPCA has decided to build two above-ground structures to house the electrical equipment currently located in subterranean vaults that previously provided power for the Police Memorial, a portion of the North Cove Marina and an adjacent playground and dog run.” —Downtown Post NYC

••• “The Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Centre St. will be renamed for former Mayor David N. Dinkins in honor of his decades of public service. The David N. Dinkins Municipal Building will be formally renamed at a ceremony on Oct. 15.” —Downtown Post NYC



  1. Dinkins?!?! I guess even incompetence has its rewards.

  2. The Pier 26 rendering is a concept from a number of years ago. Design parameters for the pier are wide open, which is why the architects want to hear from the community.

  3. Wonder if they’ll add a marina to include community sailing, like North Cove had before they screwed the Battery Park community by giving the RFP to an incompetent bunch of hacks

  4. Dinkins was a disappointing mayor in many ways but during his term he allocated the monies needed to upgrade and increase the city’s park and green spaces. He also increased NYPD hiring and the crime rate decreased under his watch for the first time in decades. More than you can say for many hmmm.