In the News: Blue Moon Fish Cookbook

••• “It has been almost 30 years since Alex Villani first lugged his catch from his boat, the Blue Moon, to a Greenmarket stand in New York City. His Blue Moon Fish stand has been going ever since. Now his wife, Stephanie Villani, has written a book”—The Fisherman’s Wife: Sustainable Recipes and Salty Stories—”about fishing Long Island waters and how to cook the harvest.” Buy it here. —New York Times

••• Re: the Styrofoam snow at 143 Fulton: “The contractor was able to fix the problem by installing a vacuum on the sanders workers used to smooth out the insulation, and by Oct. 6 the company had reduced the amount of debris generated by the work by 90-percent, [construction supervisor Elias Nelon] said. Inspectors from the Department of Buildings swung by the worksite four times from Oct. 2 to Oct. 6, but didn’t notice any violations of the city’s building code, according to spokesman Andrew Rodansky. The city agency registered an additional 311 complaint following the Oct. 6 inspection—and after Nelon claimed the problem was fixed—and another DOB appraisal is forthcoming, Rodansky said.” —Downtown Express

••• The New York Post looks into what’s entailed in the restoration of a historic building such as 195 Broadway, the Woolworth Building, 100 Barclay, 346 Broadway (a.k.a. 108 Leonard). “The decorative flowers on the ceiling of five-and-dime mogul Frank Woolworth’s former office, made of white plaster and horsehair, were also gingerly removed, bathed in a surprising combination of Johnson’s baby shampoo, sea kelp and salt, and then laid out to dry in wooden boxes piled with hay. (Woolworth’s old office is now a part of unit 40A.) ‘When you took them down, you ran the risk of them crumbling, so maybe we lost one or two,’ [Kenneth Horn of Alchemy Properties] says of these delicate elements. You can find them repurposed on the ceiling of the newly built residential lobby at 2 Park Place.”

••• Tribeca Trib profiles Malcah “Zeldis, a well-regarded folk artist whose work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the American Folk Art Museum, the Jewish Museum and other institutions, spent her days in front of an easel. But after a shoulder injury a few years ago, Zeldis was forced to put down her paintbrushes. Now, she says, her canvas is her clothing. ‘Since I’m only sketching, not painting, I need a creative outlet and some days, putting an outfit together is the only creative thing I do. It never fails to cheer me up.'”

••• “What was once the largest office building in the world is now set to undergo a major renovation. Silverstein Properties, the owner of the behemoth that is 120 Broadway, has brought on Beyer Blinder Belle to carry out a renovation, that will restore many of the design elements of the building to when it first opened in 1915. Among these changes include the restoration of the entrance; the current green marble that fills the arch above the doorway [directly below] will be replaced by a bronze grille over glass [rendering further below], which in turn will fill the building’s lobby with more light. […] The retail spaces in the lobby will be activated and expanded as well.” —Curbed

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