In the News: What’s Cheaper Now at Whole Foods

••• Money magazine “visited the Whole Foods in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood on Friday and again on Monday morning to determine what had changed. Upon walking into the store, the most noticeable change was a new pop-up display for Amazon Echo and Dot systems, which were selling for $99.99 and $44.99, respectively. The grocery items immediately affected by the merger also had new signage touting the ‘Whole Foods + Amazon’ discounts, noting that there was ‘more to come.'” Plus, other items were cheaper.

••• Ichimura restaurant has a new chef to go with its new name, 69 Leonard Street: Derek Wilcox “has worked in Japan for the last 10 years, seven of which were at Kyoto’s three-Michelin-starred kaiseki restaurant Kikunoi.” (To whoever the PR rep is: If you ever want to share info with the readership most likely to visit this restaurant, the email is —Eater

••• “NYC Ferry’s long-awaited Queens route launches today: The new route will connect Astoria to the Financial District in just about 45 minutes.” —Curbed

••• A review of the new Drake’s menswear store on Crosby Street, which sounds dandy for dandies. —New York Times

••• At 111 Varick (northwest corner of Broome, across from the tunnel on-ramps), “Madigan Development is planning a 27-story tower, with a design by S9 Architects. The site is quite close to the other proposals at 565 Broome Street and 100 Vandam Street, so naturally, the anticipated envelope is roughly the same. The building will rise 337 feet to its rooftop, so ceiling heights should be generous, and its total construction area of 125,000 square feet will be divided between a commercial component of 1,785 square feet, and residential space totaling 105,696 square feet.” Rendering below.