Seen & Heard: Holland Tunnel Traffic Study

••• Babesta is doing some reorganizing, as you might guess from the “store for rent” sign on the Babesta Threads store on W. Broadway. “We are consolidating our cribz and threads stores into cribz [on Warren], where we will be relaunching a fully integrated, furniture-based but full lifestyle Babesta that will have select clothing, toys, furniture and décor,” says Jenn Cattaui. “After 11 years, we are sad to let go of the W. Broadway space but are excited to revamp the Warren street store as a full Babesta. We hope to see our loyal Threads customers in Brookfield Place or Cribz (which will be renamed Babesta to account for the whole range of goods) and look forward to unveiling our jazzed up shop in the coming months. It will be distinct from Brookfield as it will have a large amount of square feet (as always) focused on furniture and décor, but we’re rearticulating it all in a new fresh way!”

••• Also of note at last night’s meeting of the 1st Precinct Community Council…. A Laight Street resident asked why the NYPD doesn’t enforce the no-trucks rule on Laight west of Hudson. The short answer from commanding officer Mark Iocco: The city wants traffic enforcement to be all about pedestrian safety.

••• A comment from Sam, who has been keeping us abreast of Community Board 2’s push to get the Holland Tunnel traffic mess addressed:

From Corey Johnson’s office: “One of the community victories won in conjunction with the 550 Washington ULURP was a commitment by the de Blasio Administration to conduct a $1.5 million comprehensive traffic study to address chronic transportation and pedestrian safety problems in Hudson Square/West Village (problems largely related to the Holland Tunnel). At April’s CB2 Traffic and Transportation Committee, the DOT will make a presentation about this study and outline its scope, contours, goals and timeline. We invite you to attend and ask any questions you may have. Here are the details:

Thursday, 4/6
6:30 PM
NYU Silver Building, 32 Waverly Place, Room 520”

It’s a start (and more that our own politicians have achieved). I posted a comment back at Sam asking whether the study will include Tribeca. Either way, if you are adversely affected by the tunnel traffic, I encourage you to attend. Things change when people complain. UPDATE: “The study is wide in its scope,” says Sam, “all areas affected up to Houston and down into Tribeca at the Tunnel exit.” UPDATE: Sam sent me the minutes from the meeting with CB2, the Hudson Square Connection BID, the city’s Department of Transportation, and AECOM (engineering consultants hired by DOT), and upon closer inspection, the study is limited to the area above Canal, and much of the focus is on bicyclist and pedestrian safety. My two cents: People who live along Hudson need to band together to strongly encourage councilmember Margaret Chin to focus on this problem. If the DOT is looking at the impact of the Holland Tunnel on traffic above Canal, it should obviously be looking at the area south of Canal, too. Do not assume that anyone in her office is reading this. Form a group, get a petition going, engage with her staff, and be relentless. If someone wants to take the lead, I’ll happily help round up other supporters. And if you’d like to see the PDF of the minutes, email me at

••• It looks like the owner of 190 Duane and the new restaurant tenant weren’t able to work out a solution to the dispute about whether Roc had the right to sell its lease. A reader noticed eviction papers tucked in the door handles; the papers argue that the lease should be canceled because of late payment of rent on six occasions (at least two of those payments were late by less than two weeks). UPDATE: Roc’s Rocco Cadolini says that negotiations are ongoing.

••• Seeing the ladder in the ground-floor window of 17 Harrison made me curious whether David Bouley’s plan to move Bouley to the second floor was progressing, but according to the Department of Buildings website, no work permits have been filed. (He bought the building last year.) In November, Bouley (the man) tweeted that Bouley (the restaurant) would stay open through the first quarter of 2017, and reopen at the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019. On OpenTable, the restaurant is taking reservations through at least June.

••• David Weeks Studio is having its spring sample sale at its Walker Street store for the first time: “The sale will have an assortment of hanging fixtures including standard collection samples, custom color variations and one-off pieces. Other items include floor lamps, furniture and tabletop accessories.” It’s today 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; cash and checks only.


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