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  • Sad news: At the corner of Warren and West Broadway, dozens of rats are living and breeding in the jumbled pile of water and gas line pipes, construction debris etc. at the DDC fenced site. The rats seem to have an endless supply of food, feasting on the trash bags put out by Le Pain Quotidien each night. Hoping calls to 311 will result in placing bait boxes at the site.... — Hal Bromm on Construction update part one: Warren Street

  • Every bit of green space counts! Keep up the great work — Marcus on Friends of Finn Square: Making the most of 1/10th of an acre

  • Check out Croissant, which is an app that has a similar pricing model to KettleSpace. They have deals with LMHQ, The Yard, and a bunch of other places in Fidi. They used to work with Servcorp in 1WTC but no longer. Deskpass is a similar app. — murraystreetman on Crowd Sourcing: Inexpensive co-working spaces downtown

  • Not sure about this place. They need to get the lighting just right. A properly functioning dimmer switch is key. I need a bar stool with a back, no exceptions. And they need to add mini-onion rings with dipping sauce to their small plate menu - aka Smithereens. But who am I to judge or suggest? I am off to pee behind the bushes in Finn Square! — Jim Smithers on New Kids on the Block: 87 on Walker

  • The gentrification of Finn Square. — Jim Smithers on Friends of Finn Square: Making the most of 1/10th of an acre

  • And more benches! — neighbor on Friends of Finn Square: Making the most of 1/10th of an acre

  • Jennifer, you’re a beautiful soul inside and out! Miss you lots! Thank you for sharing a piece of you. — Nancy R. on Portrait of the Artist: Jennifer Elster

  • Come on in HHH! We've been so lucky to talk to many of our neighbors/guests who have so kindly stopped in for drinks, bites, or simply to say hello, and we have learned a lot in our first month! We're catching our breath over the Labor Day holiday and will roll out lunch (and other big things) in the coming weeks. Appreciate the support! — Jolene Howard on New Kids on the Block: 87 on Walker

  • I'm a huge fan of KettleSpace. It's fantastic as long as you don't need the resources that come with the more expensive options (conference room, mailing address, a printer.) Select Office Suites is another one to check out - their closest location is in the FiDi. I'm not sure what their prices are, but the space is nice, if a little less "cool kid modern" than WeWorks tends to be. — Christy Frank on Crowd Sourcing: Inexpensive co-working spaces downtown

  • This is a shocking justification for the Parks Department to make more money from the players. This is ONE court. It is a neighbourhood court. I have been a player there for over 30 years and see new players on the court all the time. If you go to any court in the city you will see many of the same players on a court. There is no reason that even if you work and you want to play that you cannot get a court. Online booking would mean that players who play a lot would have to pay a lot to play. Very disappointed that the Parks Department would even consider this an option when we already pay for our permits $100. New York City only for those who can afford it? — Bobbie Oliver on Washington Market Park tennis court sign-up may go online

  • I think a fair compromise for online reservations for the Chambers St tennis court is to have 2 or 3 hours per day available for online reservations. And the online reservation should be available starting at Noon one week before. Central Park and Riverside courts have 2 to 5 courts for online reservations. I think the equivalent for the single court on Chambers is 2 or 3 hours per day for online reservations. If the Parks Dept can’t put a computer in the Washington Market Park, maybe they could provide Park employees with a cell phone to which would be texted a list of reservations for each day. I work nights and the earliest I can get to the signup booth is 1030am. I play three times a week on Chambers Street, and I am totally dependent on my partner who stands in line for 45 minutes at 6:15am. I think it’s totally unfair to have only same-day 7am signups on Chambers. A possible remedy would be: At 6pm half the reservations would be available for the following day. At 7am the following day the other have of the reservations would be available. For example: at 6pm even hours would be available for the following day = 8am, 10, noon, 2pm, 4, 6, 8, 10. At 7am the following day the odd hours: 9am, 11, 1pm, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11. You can email comments to Parks dept: Jamal Patterson jamal.patterson@parks.nyc.gov Ralph Musolino Ralph.Musolino@parks.nyc.gov — Lee on Washington Market Park tennis court sign-up may go online

  • "HE"? Like Daft Punk? But Daft Punk was talented and wasn't committing a crime by defacing property. — Campbell on Where in Tribeca?

  • My favorite brand — Jagger Walk on Kids These Days: Jagger Walk | Runaway New York

  • Great stuff! keep up the content. #runawaynyc — bianca scotto on Kids These Days: Jagger Walk | Runaway New York

  • Finally! That Tory Burch store was supposed to open on Black Friday after Thanksgiving 2014! However, given the performance of retail in general, it's unclear whether TB ever opens this space as TB retail, or just as their offices, or if they instead rent it out to someone else. — James on In the News: Arrest made in Fulton bomb scare

  • From a NY Post story about a Department of City Planning study into the retail vacancy problem: "The long-vacant First National City Bank building on Canal Street and Broadway, for example, boasts 20,000 square feet of untapped commercial space — but only half may be used for retail under zoning rules, and 'historic district regulations make it difficult to subdivide space,' per the study. " 'All the stores have closed down,' said Jay Chin, manager of Canal Lighting, one of the few area shops still doing a brisk business on a recent Post visit to the strip. 'Business used to be great in the ’80s, ’90s.' " The story also notes: "Meanwhile, lower Manhattan is flush with deep-pocketed entrepreneurs and is consistently ranked among the city’s safest areas — but the area still suffers from a 13.8 percent vacancy rate. "Retailers there want smaller storefronts and are prevented from getting them due to onerous historic district rules, the report found. " 'While the area is characterized by many large-footprint loft buildings, historic district regulations complicate subdivisions that could create smaller, easier to lease spaces,' the study said. [...] "And while lawmakers have pointed the finger at landlords for keeping storefronts empty as they hold out for higher rents, the study found burdensome regulations and shoddy planning — such as poor transit access, restrictive zoning and onerous parking requirements — are also to blame for the city-wide issue." https://nypost.com/2019/08/18/soho-and-brownsville-both-face-empty-storefront-crisis/ — James on Nosy Neighbor: What’s happening at the bank on Canal and Broadway?

  • September 6, get ready! Not sure who will join yet, but I'm all in for drinkies and chow. Ex/publishing cronies? Long-time friends...? — HHH on New Kids on the Block: 87 on Walker

  • James, great information which I was never fully aware of, thank you, Sonia Stock. — Sonia F. Stock on Where in Tribeca?

  • Yes Joe Barbetto - absolutely! Email me the night you have in mind and the booth is yours. jolene@87onwalker.com — Jolene Howard on New Kids on the Block: 87 on Walker

  • In a just world, the 86 Warren developers would have to fill it in by Monday or face criminal charges. Or better: now forfeit their right to any permit to build, at least not without first paying new good faith, many-figured lump sums to both CB1 and the residents on either side of that lot. We all know nothing will happen to them otherwise. They'll just wait out the stop work order and pay the relatively small DOB fines long the way to building whatever they want (it's a few stories too high? Oops sorry!). That's the business model. — j frank parnell on Seen & Heard: 111 Murray is revealed

  • From "The Evolution of MUTCD," about the selection of shapes in 1922-1923 "These pioneers devised a plan to classify sign shapes according to the level of danger represented by highway situations. For example, round signs warned of approaching railroad crossings, which even then represented the most potential danger to the driver. The octagon advised of the next level of danger - the need to STOP for intersections. Diamond signs indicated more ordinary conditions that required drivers to be cautious. Rectangular signs provided direction or other regulatory information. All signs were black letters on white background and were limited to 2 feet (0.6 m) square - that was the maximum width of sign-making equipment. Because round and octagon shapes required the most cutting and wastage, they were chosen for the fewest installations. These shapes made sense because there was little illumination of signs and the rationale was that drivers would respond to the shape of the sign even when they couldn't see the letters." https://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/kno-history.htm — James on Where in Tribeca?

  • I am strongly in favor of switching to the online system. I am a long time resident of Tribeca and avid tennis player. It is unfair that the same group of people monopolize the court and it is a contest to see who can get their early. Can someone post how to express their opinion to the NYC parks dept. Thank you — Tribeca resident on Washington Market Park tennis court sign-up may go online

  • As an occasional user of the court I think the current system works ok but the online system would eliminate a lot of waiting around very early in the morning. This will change things from who has time to wake up early in the morning to hang out by the park entrance to who is fastest on the keyboard! Moving to an online system doesn’t solve the issue of people giving lessons on the court or people signing up and then having someone else use the court. The only way to fix that would be to have someone actually check people’s tennis permits match the reservation booking every hour. Also, the only reason that there would be spots filled on the sign in sheet before 7am is because people start lining up earlier than 7am to sign up. If you get there at 6:15am you will get your court time! Obviously abuse of the park staff is unacceptable and should not be tolerated (revoke their permits?). — BPCResident on Washington Market Park tennis court sign-up may go online

  • There's a nice display of some Toni Morrison titles over at the Barnes & Noble. I saw it near the information desk. — CRP on In the News: Maiden Lane construction back underway

  • re: the digging at 86 Warren. That digger also created a huge crack in the middle of the newly finished sidewalk in front of the site - probably while it was going from the street into the site. I hope they plan on fixing it since that was only finished a couple of months ago. — lowphat on Seen & Heard: 111 Murray is revealed