In the News: Fulton Center and the WTC Oculus Are Now Linked

WTC Dey corridor2 by K••• As predicted: “A link to Lower Manhattan’s two multi-billion dollar transit hubs is set to open Thursday [as in today], MTA officials announced. The World Trade Center’s transit hub will soon be accessible via the Fulton Center’s Dey Street concourse, an underground passageway that runs under Dey Street, from Broadway to Church Street. […] The same passageway will also eventually connect the WTC E train stop to the Fulton Center, as well as the 1 train Cortlandt Street stop, once reconstruction of that station is complete in 2018.” —DNAinfo

••• More on the recent push-polling on behalf of the Water Street arcade plan: “Global Strategy Group is a public relations and polling research firm that specializes in public affairs, issues management, and advocacy services. […] In this instance, the firm was working for the Downtown Alliance, which is one of the sponsors of the Water Street text amendment, according to representatives for both Global Strategy and the Alliance. These representatives also say that Global Strategy hired a subcontractor to handle the actual calls.” Push-polling is wrong; making the calls appear to be from an elected representative is inexcusable. —Broadsheet

••• Combina, Einat Admony’s restaurant at Grand and W. Broadway, is closing. —Eater

••• The café at the now-open Cadillac marketing boondoggle (330 Hudson) will be run by Joe Coffee. —Eater

••• “Police are looking for a man they believe scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti on the back of a residential building in April.” It was at 101 Leonard, and it was on April 23. Why does it take a month for the NYPD to release the surveillance footage? —DNAinfo

••• “Trans World Equities filed permits to convert one of Pearl Paint’s former buildings into eight residential units and build a two-story addition above the 150-year-old structure at 308 Canal Street. […] The block-through structure, with an alternate address at 55 Lispenard Street, is envisioned to have a commercial space at ground level, two apartments per floor on levels two through four, and two duplex residences sharing the hoped-to-be-constructed fifth and sixth floors. […] The larger neighboring structure at 304-306 Canal Street, that held the bulk of Pearl Paint’s operations, was purchased by Vornado Realty Trust for $16.4 million, and permits were filed last year by architects Formactiv to convert that 12,000-square-foot building into four full-floor apartments.” —6sqft

304-306 Canal