In the News: Open-Air Mall Proposed for Off Broadway

••• “Word on the street is that [chef Eiji] Ichimura is no longer working” at Brushstroke. He has plans to open his own place on Leonard. —Eater

••• The 9/11 Tribute Center is moving to 88 Greenwich, but the residents don’t want its door right next to theirs (and you can hardly blame them; south of the World Trade Center is already overrun with tourists). Now Thor Equities, owner of the retail space, is playing the 9/11 card, calling the residents’ lawsuit “an insult to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks.” It’s hard to see how anyone could be insulted by using the existing door on Rector. —Broadsheet

••• “A citizens group has sued the city in a long-shot bid to shut down the Wall Street-area helipad, claiming officials didn’t conduct the required environmental-review process.” —New York Post

••• Capital Properties, which owns 111 and 115 Broadway, would like to turn the street that runs between the two buildings, Thames Street, into a pedestrian-only “retail plaza.” (A.k.a. an open-air mall?) It would be between Broadway and Trinity Place. “The project is a part of an extensive renovation of the two buildings, for which the landlord hired architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle—the company that designed the popular street market on Stone Street. […] The architects also plan to open up blocked up windows and doorways on Thames Street that have been shuttered for decades (for unknown reasons), according to Richard Metsky, the lead architect on the project. The new glass storefronts from those blocked spaces will be filled with retailers and restaurants. The landlord has also hired consultant Philip Habib as well as Al Borden of The Lighting Practice, who designed the lighting at the Empire State Building, to create historically accurate street lights for Thames Street.” Several city agencies would have to sign off. —Commercial Observer