Seen & Heard: Cast Iron House Update

••• There hasn’t been any visible work at the Cast Iron House conversion (67-69 Franklin/361 Broadway) in a long time, so I tried asking when it might start back up. The sidewalk should be completed in the next 90 days, I was told. Also, closings have begun, so perhaps that means money gets freed up to finish the penthouse addition (which I’m excited to see). P.S. As for that sidewalk, the response also included this: “There was a delicate removal process, indexing, extensive restoration, recasting and now reinstallation of the 165 feet of cast iron sidewalk grates and prism glass by world renowned Allen Architectural Metals.”

••• Something going by the name “CBR 2018” is shooting in the Church/Walker area today and tomorrow.

••• The two buildings under construction on the east side of City Hall Park—1 Beekman (at left) and 25 Park Row—are coming along. 1 Beekman is close to topping out, and note the windows; 25 Park Row will be 59 stories. Amazing to think about how much that area has been built up in recent years: the Gehry building, the Lara, the Beekman condo tower, the Pace dorm, and now these two.

••• Starting this Friday, Greca will be open till 1 a.m. (2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights).

••• Coming up at the Schimmel Center: “Two performances by acclaimed fado artists—Ricardo Ribeiro on Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Lula Pena on Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.—as part of the New York Fado Festival. Called ‘one of the most distinctive artists in the new wave of fadistas’ (Songlines) Ricardo Ribeiro is considered one of today’s top male fado singers. He brings his powerful, emotion-filled songs to the Schimmel Center, and will perform alongside a trio formed by Luis Guerreiro (Portuguese guitar), Carlos Manuel Proença (fado guitar) and Daniel Pinto (bass guitar). Singer, songwriter and guitarist Lula Pena, described as ‘utterly transfixing’ (NPR) makes a rare solo appearance, performing deeply emotional songs that cross borders from Andalucia to Greece and Sardinia to America. Pena’s concerts blend her fado roots with colors of Portuguese folk music, French chanson, Cape Verdean morna, and Brazilian bossa nova.” Tickets.


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  1. Went to Greca last night for cocktails. The Minos (habanero-infused Pamplemousse Rose, lemon) and Pisco Sour was exceptional.