In the News: Update on New White Street Building

••• YIMBY posted updated renderings for 14 White, the building going up someday at the northwest corner of Sixth Ave. “The latest changes to the proposal are only minor alterations to the rooftop, and are barely noticeable in the renderings, however the project must receive certification from the LPC before they can be incorporated into the design, and the hearing will be held this Tuesday.” Also, “Construction is slated to begin in 2018 with full completion expected in 2019.” Sure it is.

••• People really like Carl Hall, a fitness instructor at Crunch (including the Tribeca outpost). —New York Times

••• A profile of “Agnes Denes, the artist who created one of the most significant artworks in New York City history, ‘Wheatfield—A Confrontation,’ a two-acre wheat field that was planted in May 1982 on the landfill that would eventually become Battery Park City, was harvested that August and then disappeared forever from the site.” —T Magazine

••• Reviews of various River to River Festival dance performances. —New York Times

••• “A bill sponsored by State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou, which aims to enhance the benefits available responders and rescue workers made sick by exposure to environmental toxins after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, has passed her house of legislature. The bill, if enacted, will extend through the year 2022 the deadline by which an individual must submit paperwork attesting to their participation in the rescue or cleanup efforts, as well as any certification of any medical condition they developed afterward.” I do wish the Broadsheet wouldn’t use 9/11 photos so cavalierly to illustrate its articles.

••• Another rave for La Mercerie. —New York

••• Whenever I walk through the Municipal Building and north on Cardinal Hayes Place, I hope I’m not there when El Chapo tries to break out of the Metropolitan Correctional Center. After reading today’s New York Times article about funding cuts at prisons, I might take another way from now on. “As the Trump administration has curtailed hiring in its quest to reduce the size of the government, some prisons are so pressed for guards that they regularly compel teachers, nurses, secretaries and other support staff to step in,” is the main point, but then there’s this:

In New York, the Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo, is locked up in the most secure wing of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he awaits trial, accused in the murder of thousands.

When Mr. Guzmán, who twice escaped from Mexican prisons, was transferred to Manhattan in 2017, the number of workers in the wing, which can house about a half-dozen inmates, was increased to at least four people, including two correctional officers, according to three people with knowledge of the arrangement.

But since early this year, they said, the wing has been routinely staffed by two people because of shortages. One is an officer—and sometimes that role is filled by support staff.



  1. Does anyone know what is going on with the building on the corner of Hubert St and West?