In the News: Target’s Pre-Opening Pop-Up

••• Target is “celebrating their October 5 opening with complimentary Defy & Inspire mini-manicures courtesy of Nail It Up, free yoga classes in the nearby park, and snacks from Chobani Café.” Manicures! LOL! “And, to make it a truly trendy event worthy of Tribeca, there will be live music from a DJ.” Double LOL! “The tiny Target will have more lunch pick-up options for nearby office workers, organic food and lots of clothing options. The home goods will be adjusted accordingly, and will be smaller to fit into smaller Manhattan apartments.” A rare triple LOL! “The pop-up begins on September 30.” So that’s a third opening date. —Observer

••• An old but noteworthy post from FiDi Fan Page: “Market Lane, the newest food option coming soon to 4 WTC, made a brief presentation at the FiDi CB1 Meeting last week. What can we expect? The 11,000 sf space will be split between a Gourmet Grocery in one half and, in the other, 8 different food stations with prepared foods from around the world; presumably not Italian (Eataly) or French (Le District). This latest Food Fest is expected to debut late October/early November.”

••• Eater has a long post about delivery-only restaurants; an accompanying post lists several notable ones, including Green Summit Group, which has a new kitchen at 56 Reade. “Each kitchen runs several restaurants that only exist online, including a salad restaurant called ‘Leafage, a Mexican one called Maya Blue, and a sandwich one called Butcher Block.” (Oddly, the link above goes to a company called Blue Radish Group.) My point: If Seamless is going to allow these kitchens to be listed under more than one name, then it needs to allow traditional restaurants the same privilege. And if the city is going to make traditional restaurants post health grades, these kitchens must do so, as well. Otherwise, the playing field is far from level.

••• “The developers of the new super-tall residential tower at the corner of Greenwich and Thames Streets in the Financial District are hinting (but not confirming) that the building will top out at more than 1,000 feet. This would make it taller than the adjacent Four World Trade Center (at 150 Greenwich), which tops out at 977 feet. The comparative heights of the two buildings are strongly implied by sketches recently released by the project’s architect,  Raphael Viñoly, which show the 125 Greenwich tower reaching a height approximately ten stories (or more than 100 feet) above Four World Trade Center, from a perspective that would make the buildings directly comparable.” —Broadsheet

••• Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber are separating, which is too bad. (I was unsure about whether to include this. On one hand, it’s no one’s business; on the other, they did release a statement about it, and they are public figures.) —Vulture

••• “Fosun International, the Shanghai-based owner of lower Manhattan’s 28 Liberty Street (formerly One Chase Manhattan Plaza), has commissioned SOM to revamp their own classic International Style building and 2.5-acre plaza design. Among its planned changes to the site, Fosun received Landmarks Preservation Commission approval to build three glass cubes on the landmarked plaza that will serve as entrances to below-ground retail. Although the commission approved the scheme, implementing changes at 28 Liberty requires an additional, and contentious, next step. Fosun is seeking a modification of 28 Liberty’s deed restriction that would allow the cubes to rise 11 to 17 feet above the highest points of the plaza, heights that far exceed the deed restriction’s stipulation that structures rise no more than six feet above the highest point on the plaza.” —Architect’s Newspaper

28 Liberty rendering courtesy SOM28 Liberty rendering courtesy SOM


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