In the News: Fragrant Chilean Pickpockets

••• Architectural Digest wrote about designer David Rockwell’s design for the new Nobu, and there are a handful of photos, including the one above of the downstairs dining room. (Photo by Eric Laignel, courtesy the Rockwell Group.)

••• “A crew of four well-dressed Chilean pickpockets, known for smoking cigarettes and wearing ‘a lot of cologne,’ according to police, were charged with stealing wallets from 14 people at mostly Downtown bars and restaurants, then using the victims’ credit cards to buy more than $70,000 worth of electronics, usually from Apple stores.” —DNAinfo

••• “New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital—the borough’s only hospital south of 14th Street—is getting a $23 million face-lift.” I wish that name would go under the knife. “It plans to upgrade the area where patients register for and recover from surgeries in its eight operating rooms. The renovations should improve patient flow, streamline the presurgical testing and registration process, and increase patient and staff satisfaction, said Robert Guimento, the hospital’s chief operating officer.” —Crain’s

••• The Kabinett & Kammer antiques shop-within-a-shop inside Gary Graham‘s store on Franklin is permanent, and not a pop-up. Also, the store was painted white. —Vogue

••• Photographs from the New York Academy of Art’s Tribeca Ball. —W magazine

••• I’m not a fan of Grub Street‘s flood of “Best of” posts—editor, edit thyself!—but I do agree that BlackTail‘s daiquiri is excellent. And I didn’t know the free sample of frozen daiquiri was called a Snaquiri.

••• The Landmarks Preservation Commission is really only listening to itself at this point, and Community Board 1 isn’t happy about it. —Broadsheet

••• The rooftop addition at 308-310 Canal was approved by the LPC. —YIMBY



  1. Was admitted at new York Presbyterian lower Manhattan hospital last week and it felt like the step child of the Presbyterian system. It’s nothing like its sister hospitals uptown. Just how it is run operationally. I think the marketing team is doing a good job but in order for it to cater to it’s target population in fidi, Tribeca, and bpc it needs to step up it’s game. Just my two cents.

    • They don’t look great but they have already upped their game in my opinion, and being the sister hospital to NY Presbyterian Weill means downtowners are in a really good system. My teenage son walked in on his own, got a diagnosis that was unexpected, was put in an ambulance pronto, and got successful surgery at the uptown hospital from a top surgeon within an hour or so. He was alone, and they took him seriously and right away. So I like them even though they look dumpy.

      • Agreed! Both my ER visits over the past 4 years, once for myself and once for my two year old daughter were light on bed side manner and amenities but fast and effective, just the way a hospital visit should be. I prefer it stays that way and continued to exist under the radar of the rest of lower manhattan.

        • My son also had to go to the Pediatric ER and was seen quickly, xray and diagnosed within an hour. He received surgery by one of the top pediatric orthopedic surgeons in the city at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital which is a beautiful facility. I also go to 170 William for my annual tests and have been treated great and seen in a very timely manner. I moved all of my doctors to the Weill Practice at 40 Worth. I think they are doing a great job in Lower Manhattan. They have even opened a satellite cancer center on West Broadway.

  2. When St Vincent’s was demolished downtown lost its only
    Pediatric trauma hospital. I’m glad C. Son and others
    Have been able to get good care, and, indeed, Weill
    Presbyterian has stepped up its game. However, the need for
    Our own trauma unit downtown remains unmet. That’s scary.