In the News: Saks Fifth Avenue Opening Forecast

••• A Wall Street Journal article about department stores in New York City says that the Saks Fifth Avenue at Brookfield Place will open this spring (with the Saks Men’s Store a year later).

••• A Port Authority official said the “World Trade Center Oculus is aiming to open as early as April.” Previously, the unofficial word had been March. —DNAinfo UPDATE: Then the Port Authority said it’ll likely open the first week of March. —DNAinfo

••• “To protect the character of residential neighborhoods such as Soho, Tribeca and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, zoning should require a special permit, including public review, for buildings that are ‘disproportionately tall’—for example, any proposed building that is 25% taller than the average of the five tallest buildings in a three-block radius.” —from an op-ed in the Daily News by Frederick Iseman and Philip K. Howard, “current and former chairs of the Municipal Art Society, respectively,” about the rash of tall, skinny skyscrapers going up all over town.

••• Regarding the Battery Park City ball fields: “Broken lights that cast the location of the December 19 attack into deep shadow may have contributed to the incident, and the Battery Park City Authority has acknowledged that these lights have been malfunctioning for several months.”—Broadsheet

••• Sweetgreen is opening at 67 Wall this year. —Eater

••• “About 80 WeWork members and employees have moved into 45 apartment units in WeWork’s first ‘coliving’ space at 110 Wall Street, which will eventually house about 600 people on 20 floors, WeWork confirmed. Along with living accommodations, residents will have access to community events like fitness classes and potluck dinners, services like cleaning and laundry, and a digital social network—all of which can be coordinated through a mobile app.” […] “All units are fully furnished, decorated, and set up with cable and Internet at move-in. A monthly cleaning is included with rent (members will receive monthly bills for cable, utilities, Internet, and more frequent cleaning). Every floor has a common area such as a yoga studio or a movie theater. And the building has a community manager who will help plan Sunday-night suppers, game nights, karaoke, and fitness classes.” In other words, it’s a dorm. —Fast Company