In the News: Todd English Restaurant at the W Downtown

••• Brooklyn Robot Foundry is called “The Absolute Best Birthday Party for DIY Kids in New York” by New York magazine.

••• Chef Todd English “is launching The English at the W Hotel Downtown with his son, Oliver. The father-son team will also be in charge of all food—including catering, weddings and room service—at the hotel, located at 123 Washington St. The flagship concept will be about bringing back ‘American glamour’ and ‘a true celebration of food, drink and life,’ English said.” —New York Post “It will also have an outdoor space called Sol Taco, and a Whiskey Room.” —New York Times

••• About those aggressive ticket vendors at the Battery: “A police source involved in the investigation says the ‘chaos’ of the ticket sellers around Battery Park has been fueled in part by ferry companies—including Statue Cruises’ parent company, Hornblower, Inc.—that rely on a network of aggressive sellers, some with violent criminal records.” —DNAinfo

••• Spring Studios is marketing itself (via sponsored content on BizBash) as a venue for private events with up to 2,500 guests, including a “roof terrace, set to open in June.” Back when it was applying for a liquor license, there were limits placed on the number of events (of various sizes) that it could host.

••• “Eight-time Grammy Award-winner Fergie will be the headline performer of this year’s Dance on the Pier at NYC Pride (Sunday, June 26) at Pier 26, on Hudson River Park, Heritage of Pride announced this morning.” —Towleroad