In the News: Governor’s Island head steps down

From Crain’s: “During his time as head of the trust [since 2016], Michael Samuelian helped to increase visitorship to the 172-acre island, which sits in New York Harbor 800 yards from Lower Manhattan. He extended public access to the island to six months a year from four as well as its hours of operation. He also oversaw the procurement of a new 400-passenger ferry that will shuttle in as many as 1,000 more visitors per hour beginning in June.” (I added that video in above because I had never seen it and it’s pretty cool. It’s narrated by his predecessor, Leslie Koch.)

From Curbed: “A 4,600-square-foot penthouse in the Sterling Mason condo at 71 Laight Street has just listed for $20 million. The seven-story building, once one of the neighborhood’s hottest properties, was designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. This penthouse has the largest terrace in the building, which was designed by Harrison Green and has an outdoor hot tub. It also comes with a garden that was designed by Deborah Nevins.”

Patch has photos of the new conversion at 25 Broad across from the stock exchange – The Broad Exchange Building. There are 300 units in what is now a luxury condo tower. “Built in 1902, the tower was once known as the largest office building in Manhattan and was headquarters to investment bank and stock brokerage firm Paine Webber for 70 years. The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the building, designed by Clinton & Russell, as a landmark in June 2000.”


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As many of you may know, I have had the supreme pleasure of calling 10 Columbus Circle home for my restaurant, Landmarc, (@eat_landmarc ) for the past 12 years. Today, it is with a heavy heart that I’m announcing its closing. But before I do that, I’d like to extend my deepest appreciation and gratitude for every single person who helped build our company, those amazing people who served our customers, who sweated it out in the kitchen, who kept things running behind the scenes — there is no way that any of what I’ve done in this business would have happened without all of you, and for that I am forever grateful. I’d also like to thank every customer who has come through our doors – you are the true heart and soul of this operation and it’s been my honor to serve you. We’ll be serving our last meal on July 22, and I hope you’ll join us before then for a drink or a meal or just to say hello. Change is never easy, but I’m excited for what’s to come.

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Eater reports that Landmarc chef – and Food Network star and “Chopped” judge — Marc Murphy is closing the Time Warner Center version of his original Tribeca restaurant, the last of his restaurants in the city, on July 22. Ours closed in July 2017 (and opened in 2004) and it is now only open for private events. Awaiting word on what will happen to that space…


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  1. While I am sorry to see this news about Landmarc, I have to say the restaurant hasn’t been what it once was – a place of delicious conviviality, conversation and community – i was there just about a month ago and the food was actually terrible – old and seemed reheated in a microwave, outrageously expensive wine by the glass and very poor, unpleasant service to top it all off. It was certifiably depressing.