In the News: Brookfield Place Lobby Renovation

••• “Brookfield Property Partners plans to redesign the vast but underused lobby of 200 Liberty St., the 1.6 million-square-foot office tower originally called 1 WFC. The expensively crafted, two-level lobby personifies late-1980s corporate clout.” That’s the nice way of putting it. “It’s to be remade with a brighter, public-friendly look. […] Among other alterations, the mezzanine that runs along the lobby’s north and west sides will be removed [….] The redesign will also allow for improved retail space and cafe seating in the lobby. [and] a new life for a currently unused, 16,000-square-foot outdoor space at the south end of the tower’s second floor. ‘We’ve never done anything with it,’ [Brookfield exec Mikael] Nahmias said. ‘The plan is to create an accessible terrace for an anchor tenant, or, depending on how leasing goes, a building-wide amenity.'” —New York Post

••• More photos of 3 World Trade Center.—Tribeca Trib

••• “The 60-story, 98-unit Seaport Residences, at 161 Maiden Lane […] has partnered with the members-only yachting service Barton & Gray Mariners Club to give residents the rare ability to walk from their lobby directly onto a Hinckley picnic yacht. Whether they wish to be ferried to the Hamptons or to a dinner uptown, Seaport Residences buyers are entitled to up to three complimentary yacht excursions each week—with an extra fee for Champagne and fuel.” Champagne is fuel, darling. —New York Post

•••”Hip-hop music mogul Russell Simmons, who’s currently facing allegations of inappropriate conduct, is quietly trying to sell his Financial District penthouse at 114 Liberty St. for $9.92 million.” —New York Post

••• “Director Joel Grey Reflects on the Continuing Relevance of Fiddler on the Roof,” Yiddish-language production of which is at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. —Broadsheet