In the News: Taqueria chain coming to the malls

It seems like a lack of commitment – or I will just go ahead and use my most dread word, authenticity – to have a chain of sushi restaurants and then overnight turn them into a chain of taco restaurants, but maybe it saves on real estate scouting. So here it is: Taco Dumbo, already with a few midtown and BK locations (with the original in DUMBO), coming soon to Brookfield and Westfield. It will offer SoCal-style tacos and juices. Thanks to R. for the heads up. –Eater

R., G. and A. sent over this story from the Times that waxes nostalgic for El Teddy’s, fka El Internacional (I know I’ll get in trouble for this, but while I liked the bar, I always thought the crown was kind of cheesy. I certainly didn’t get that it was cool…). The Times even scored a quote from the manager of Tribeca Paint, who still has tourists coming in looking for the lost crown. (Also, funny that the Times calls that location Soho, when it is clearly Tribeca. Why is that?) You can peruse these photos yourself on the Municipal Archives site.

Both the Wall Street Journal and Time Out New York give their top pics for viewings at the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from today through May 5. This year’s festival will highlight 174 feature-length and short movies culled from more than 9,000 submissions. From the WSJ: 17 Blocks, Dreamland, Plus One, Good Posture, Framing John Delorean. From Time Out: Halston, In Fabric, Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project, Only, This is Spinal Tap, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, Swallow, Luce, Apocalypse Now: Final Cut.

The Trib’s blotter records a few violent incidents at local subway stations, as well as a theft at 40 Harrison.

The Gothamist – though perhaps first the Commercial Observer – reports that developer and a contractor are accusing each other of botching the construction of the tower at 161 Maiden Lane – claiming it is listing 3 inches to the north thanks to a faulty foundation. Of course the developer has since told New York YIMBY that the building is safe – a good idea for a press release since it’s also 75 percent sold. Since anyone can sue anyone else for any reason, it is not clear where the truth lies. But Gothamist notes there have been troubles on the site for years: “Construction safety has been an issue at the site. In 2017, a construction worker whose harness was not attached fell 29 stories to his death. To date, there have been 17 violations at the site, six of which are still open, according to the Department of Buildings’ database. A DOB spokesperson told Gothamist there are currently no active stop work orders at the project.”