In the News: Inside Augustine

augustine-rose-sconce••• Grub Street has photos of Augustine, Keith McNally’s restaurant at the Beekman, which does indeed open Nov. 1. “Their menu includes dishes like cheese soufflé, petit aïoli of vegetables and seafood, and a selection of rotisserie-cooked meats.” It’ll be open from breakfast through dinner. And here’s the phone number: 212-375-0010. When I called, the outgoing message said they’re only taking reservations a week in advance, but the reservationist said that’s no longer the case. (Above: One of the pretty glass rose sconces, as seen through the window.)

••• “City Councilman Corey Johnson has requested that no more development rights be transferred within his neighborhood from Pier 40. His demand could cost the pier more than $140 million—funds needed to repair the crumbling structure. […] The Hudson River Park Trust, a public-benefit corporation overseen by both the city and the state that manages Pier 40, is seeking approval to sell 200,000 square feet of air rights to Westbrook Partners and Atlas Capital so they can build a residential, retail and office complex. If that sale goes through, Pier 40 has 380,000 square feet of remaining, unused development rights. Those rights could be worth more than $140 million, according to a recent appraisal that was conducted to confirm whether Westbrook and Atlas were paying a sufficient sum to add bulk to their project.” —Crain’s

••• “A proposed law would allow city cyclists to get the jump on cars by going through lights at the pedestrian walk sign instead of waiting for the green.” Geez, another rule that cyclists have to learn to ignore? —New York Post

••• Fans of 56 Leonard will enjoy photographer Paul Clemence’s photo essay on the building. —ArchDaily

••• “A new ProPublica analysis shows that two-thirds of more than 6,000 rental properties receiving tax benefits from the city’s 421-a program don’t have approved applications on file and most haven’t registered apartments for rent stabilization as required by law. That allows owners to raise rents as much as they want.” And there’s a database of buildings: “Search for your building to see if your landlord has been approved for the program and registered your building for rent stabilization, as required by law. If not, you may be paying more than you should.” Below: Search results for Tribeca and FiDi.




  1. But if bicyclists ask to be waived from the same restrictions as cars, can they still ask to be taken as seriously as cars?

    • Presumably you’re okay (as are most of us NY’ers) w/ different criteria and expectations for pedestrians vis-a-vis drivers. Is it too difficult to expand “binary” into “ternary” by distinguishing bicycle riders from the first two? Would it be worth it if it meant more people cycling — and thus a quieter, healthier, more efficient city?

      • The “different criteria and expectations for pedestrians vis-a-vis drivers” is in no way comparable to that between bikes and cars. Pedestrians haven’t injured anyone by walking into them. But stay binary. Healthiest city would be more bikers and more bikers adhering to same laws as vehicles, and having those laws enforced at the level they are to vehicles, regardless of the neighborhood. A double standard would defeat legitimacy for bikes.