Seen & Heard: Lots of New Wayfinding Signage

••• New wayfinding signage (i.e., maps) is popping up all over the neighborhood. I guess it’s nice, and I see lots of people using the one at Broadway and Warren, but I do have some questions and concerns. 1) Is the expense—which must be considerable—justifiable, given how more and more people have GPS in their phones? 2) Why didn’t they put advertising on the panels? I’m grateful they’re not animated, but perhaps with a bit more advertising income, the city would commit to getting rid the remaining pay phones. 3) In two square blocks of southeast Tribeca, there are maps on Chambers just west of Broadway, Broadway and Warren, Murray just west of Broadway, and Church between Warren and Murray. Too much?

••• I attended the first hour of last night’s meeting of the Community Board 1 Licensing Committee in the hope of learning about the Five Boro Bike Tour’s plans for May 6, 2018, but I had to abort after an hour. (I did learn, from the 1st Precinct officer who attended for the first 40 minutes, that gunshots were fired last year at—or outside—Haus nightclub at Canal and W. Broadway; mark my words, that place is going to descend into danger. And amazing what doesn’t make the police blotter….) Anyway, S. persevered. Here’s her report: “Bike New York’s Sharon Pope and Jena McLaughlin (director of events) spoke. Reducing to one block of speakers but unsure how many speakers or volume level. New sound company. Still announcements and recorded music for 15-20 minute blocks with each wave. Committee wants them to come back on January 10 with the number of speakers and volume. Not happy because that’s still disruptive. Committee is saying if January answers are insufficient, they will ask police to deny permit because of 50-foot rule. It would likely help if others show up in January.”

••• A Baynes + Baker menswear pop-up is at 356 Broadway from December 15 to 17: “We are celebrating the launch of the exclusive King Leo Collection, our long awaited collaboration with CBS NFL Today Host and style connoisseur, Nate Burleson. The King Leo Collection features custom suits, shirts, trench and wool coats!”

••• A discount clothing store has opened in the former Nelly space on Chambers. It looks temporary.

••• I found this in a draft from October that I had forgotten about…. Press release: “The Battery Park City Authority today announced ‘Sunrise, Sunset (Revolution),’ a new, temporary public art installation at Pier A Plaza. Created by artists Dharmesh Patel and Autumn Ewalt, ‘Sunrise, Sunset (Revolution)’ is an interactive, large-scale sculpture designed specifically for the site. It consists of 27 aluminum panels embedded with 3,000 crystal prisms activated by natural light, and is based on a previous, three-panel installation in Austin, Texas, titled Hyperprism. The artwork will be on view beginning Friday, October 13 through the summer of 2018 in front Pier A Harbor House.”

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