Seen & Heard: Greenwich Street Sidewalk Finally Reopened

••• The stalled hotel site at 456 Greenwich is giving us back the sidewalks. (I think they were blocked off in May of 2016.) The Greenwich one is already wide open, and the guy I spoke with said that on Desbrosses, there would be enough room to walk. He also said something might be happening at the site next week, but he knew nothing about it, so we’ll have to see.

••• Salad Box opened today.

••• Press release: “Thor Equities, a global leader in urban real estate development, leasing and management, has closed on its acquisition of The James New York – SoHo, company executives announced today.  Thor Hospitality Group, a newly formed division of Thor Equities, is planning substantial renovations and upgrades to the property.”

••• J. sent over a photo of the Google Home Mini pop-up next to the Brookfield Place ice rink. Hope it’s warm in there….

••• There are even more wayfinding signs going up around here than I had thought. At least I assume the thin ones are maps, too, but then why not make all of the signs thin? And why didn’t the city find a way to combine these with the Link NYC devices?



  1. The Link NYC devices have a lot more expensive hardware and site preparation and underground telecom wiring back to the nearest manhole. The wayfinding pillars seem a lot cheaper and simpler to fabricate and install.

  2. Happy to get the sidewalks back… felt a bit like ducks stuck in a hunters trap navigating that lovely mess…
    Sad though as it seems this Hotel project does not seem to be able to move forward. Would have been great for the neighborhood.

    • Back in November I had commented, “I’m still waiting to hear what DOT will do about the needlessly closed sidewalks at 456 Greenwich Street.” It would seem that Councilmember Chin’s office had some success with DOT after all.

      I hear that the Hotel project is not being abandoned at all, despite the relocation of the fence for now.