In the News: Walker Street Storefront Leased

••• “Architecture firm Fogarty Finger was running out of space in its Tribeca office, so it took the unusual step of leasing a retail space downstairs. The 15-year-old firm inked a deal last week for 6,000 square feet of ground floor and basement retail in its current home at 69 Walker Street, between Broadway and Church Streets, where it has occupied 8,000 on the second floor for four years, company co-founder Robert Finger told Commercial Observer. It will use the new square footage as an part of its office. The lease will last for two years, with the right to extend.” The space in question is 61 Walker, where Walker Supply Corp. was. I hope they leave the sign! —Commercial Observer

••• A spicy chicken recipe from Frenchette. —Wall Street Journal

••• “Now named simply Harry’s, [Harry’s Cafe and Steak in FiDi] reopened this month after a $1 million renovation.” —New York Post

••• The previously announced sister restaurant to Locanda Verde opening at the Seaport District in 2019 will be “an Italian chophouse, as yet unnamed, centered on fire-grilled beef, seafood and poultry.” —New York Times

••• Brian Loiacono “will take over the kitchen at John McDonald’s restaurant, Sessanta, in the Sixty SoHo, to be renamed Bistrot Leo. His menu, in place starting in April, will represent a shift to French bistro fare from the original Italian approach.” —New York Times

••• “The Broadsheet asked a range of elected officials, community leaders, and residents to frame such suggestions and pose questions for the Authority to answer at tonight’s [Open Community] meeting.”

••• “Last week, a new bill that adds caveats to the measure signed by Governor Cuomo in December, setting aside two seats on the board of the Battery Park City Authority, passed both houses of the State legislature. The revised measure, which was ratified by the Assembly on Tuesday and the Senate on Wednesday, will amend last year’s legislation in two ways. First, it requires that, ‘all board members shall recuse themselves from matters pending before the board in the event of a conflict of interest,’ in a manner consistent with applicable State law, ‘and relevant Authorities Budget Office guidance.’ More anomalous than the first provision is a second rider that stipulates, ‘all board members appointed under the provisions of this section shall have relevant real estate, corporate board, financial, legal, urban planning and/or design, architectural, governmental or security experience.'” The Broadsheet explains what that means. The notion that Cuomo suddenly cares about conflicts of interest is laughable, given the way he takes money from his own political appointments.

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  1. Sounds like a good use of the Walker Street space!