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Transcript of DOWNTOWN EXPRESS, MARCH 12, 2015

  • VOLUME 27, NUMBER 20 MARCH 12-MARCH 25, 2015


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    March roared in dropping a cold flurry on our neighbor-hood. But four boys from Southbridge Towers found

    a way to turn the last blast of winter (we hope) into a fun, creative adven-ture. They built an igloo in the snow pile at the end of Water and Beekman

    Sts. to the delight of everyone who passed by over the weekend.

    Sel f-designated r ingleader J.J. Derogatis, 13, who the oth-ers agreed was the shovel master, headed up the dig. After nearly 13 hours of carving and excavating on Saturday, they had an icehouse to be proud of. But they didnt stop

    there. They picked up their shovels again on Sunday to make a snow fort that wowed everyone.

    All four of us fit inside, but Im the only one who can stand up, bragged 7-year old Tal Kahanov who also noted that hes been in one

    Photo by @HannaBrakeyDSLR

    Four boys from Southbridge Towers spent what perhaps will be this winters last weekend of snow building an igloo (L-r): Anthony Derogatis, Klan Kahanov, J.J. Derogatis, the groups leader, and Tal Kahanov.

    The boys of winterSeaport Report

    Continued on page 14



    BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVICThe Battery Park City Authority

    has opened up the permit process for the neighborhoods ballfields, planting seeds of doubt and con-cern for future field time for local groups.

    We werent particularly happy about that, Anthony Notaro, chair-person of Community Board 1s Battery Park City Committee, said at the March 3 meeting. We didnt see any reason. But [the authority] felt that they were obliged to do it.

    The Downtown Little League, which also serves Tribeca and FiDi, lost some time this season, and offi-cials worry even more will be lost in the years to come.

    Robin Forst, vice president for external relations for the B.P.C.A., said the process was opened up so that the authority could gauge the nature of interest in the use of the ballfields.

    The authority received requests from over 20 groups, she said, which included the local leagues and groups.

    Downtown Little League will continue to have a significant pres-ence on the ballfields this spring, said Forst, who emphasized that

    Continued on page 12

  • 2 March 12-March 25, 2015

    #FASTCORRECTIONThe Notify NYC alert system

    started as a pilot program in Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the fatal 2007 fire during the demo-lition of Deutsche Bank building across from the World Trade Center, so weve taken more than a passing interest over the years.

    Now that its citywide, we end up getting a lot of texts and emails were not interested in, so we didnt know what to think last week when the citys Office of Emergency Management sent us one about an

    overnight exercise without a location.It turned out the N.Y.P.D. and

    F.D.N.Y. were planning to show up in our hood, Vesey St. and North End Ave. last week. Notify quickly sent updated messages soon after we pointed out the omission. Youre welcome, O.E.M.

    AND THE WINNER ISCongrats to Buxton Midyette, who

    was recommended unanimously by the 66th Assembly Districts quartet of Democratic district leaders John Scott, Jean Grillo, Keen Berger and Arthur Schwartz to fill the vacant seat for state committeeman.

    Alan Schulkin, the previous state committeeman, recently vacated the post after getting tapped to be dep-uty chief clerk at the Manhattan Board of Elections.

    Midyette, a V.P. in marketing, lives in Tribeca and got involved in community activism when he head-ed the successful grassroots cam-paign to keep P.S. 150 from being

    moved out of Tribeca. Midyette then co-founded Build

    Schools Now, an organization advo-cating for more schools to alleviate Lower Manhattans school over-crowding. A father of three, he is also known as a very dapper dresser.

    Other candidates interviewed for the post included Jonathan Geballe, Dennis Gault and Delay Gazinelli. The leaders pick will be submitted to the State Committee, which will consider it closely at their next meeting. Like district leaders, state committee members are unpaid vol-unteers who serve two-year terms.

    Berger, a member of Village Independent Democrats, said We expect Buxton to represent us well, and to add new energy to the politi-cal power of Downtown.

    A CRUSH ON DOWNTOWN?UnderCover welcomes an old friend,

    Danny Weisfeld back Downtown. Weisfeld, a former staffer to U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, has just started working

    as communications director for State Sen. Daniel Squadron.

    Readers with an encyclopedic memory might recall that Weisfeld, who plays in a band under the stage name Danny Ross (his middle name), hooked up musically in 2008 with the Obama Girl after her famed video yes, we too almost forgot about the lady who had a crush on the president to be, Amber Lee Ettinger.

    JEWS & MAD MENAs Mad Men fans well know,

    Jews needed not apply for Madison Avenue jobs in the early 60s. Matthew Weiner, who created the show about a fictional ad firm, will be talking about Mads Jewish plot lines at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Sun., March 29 at 4 p.m.

    The talk ($20-$25, 36 Battery Pl., 646-437-4202, is being presented with a new museum exhibit Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism.

    Downtown Express photos by Milo Hess

    Peaceful scenesThe Tribeca section of the Hudson River Park was virtually empty and had a serene feel at the end of last week with the late in the season snowstorm. With the return of spring-like temperatures this week, people are returning.

  • March 12-March 25, 2015

    BY LUIS VAZQUEZIf you ask someone to name New Yorks best

    shopping districts, chances are you will hear Fifth Ave., Madison Ave., Herald Square and, of course, Soho. But very soon, you will start hearing the Financial District added to the mix. And not just for shopping, but for food as well.

    Indeed, over the next two years more than two million square feet of new and repositioned retail will be opening throughout the Financial District and not just in one concentrated corner. In fact, the new retail is spread throughout Downtown from Brookfield Place to the World Trade Center, from South Street Seaport to Fulton Center, from the thriving Broadway corridor to the bases of landmark towers at One Wall Street, 28 Liberty St. and 70 Pine St., all are being born anew, much like the new 24/7 neighborhood they call home.

    First to take center stage will be Brookfield Place, formerly known as the World Financial Center. The complex was renamed when the owners realized that the Financial District was increasingly a misnomer as more diversified tenants were drawn Downtown.

    Over the last year, Time Inc. (newly spun off from Time Warner) and Hudsons Bay (corporate parent of Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor) both announced their moves to the newly christened Brookfield Place.

    But they knew they needed to do more than just change their name. They decided to gut, ren-ovate and reposition their entire 250,000 square feet of retail space to appeal to a new market.

    The first part of the big reveal opened last spring when Hudson Eats opened to big fanfare. In April of this year, Le District, a 37,000 square foot French inspired version of Eataly will debut, along with the first of many luxury retailers including Hermes, Ferragamo, Zegna, Michael Kors, Burberry, Diane von Furstenberg, Aspinal of London and, the biggest name of all, an 85,000 square foot Saks Fifth Avenue.

    Also opening will be Amada, a tapas restau-rant from acclaimed Spanish chef Jose Garces, a Downtown branch of Parm. The most eager-ly anticipated of all is the reopening of Joel Robuchons acclaimed restaurant, LAtelier only this time its Downtown and at a whopping 11,000 square feet (which will also include outdoor space), it is bound to be become a dining destination to be reckoned with.

    Right across the street at the W.T.C., workers are feverishly working to open their shopping expe-rience this coming fall. More than 365,000 square feet of new retail will be spread out between the various W.T.C. towers, the transit centers Oculus, and all of the subterranean passages in between.

    We can expect something for everyone here from Tiffanys, Tom Ford and Armani to FiDis first Apple store. Added to the mix will be John Varvatos, Hugo Boss, Canali, Kate Spade as well as stores from Lego and Disney.

    The W.T.C. will not be lacking in food options. A 40,000 square foot outpost of Eataly will be opening at 4 W.T.C., and Daniel Boloud is opening a

    branch of his Epicerie Boulud at the W.T.C. Oculus. Also rumored is that Anthony Bourdains much anticipated Bourdain Market will make its home at 3 W.T.C. It will contain 40 to 50 stalls with vendors from across the world.

    Though the Fulton Center has opened for transit purposes, its 65,000 square foot of retail space is not expected to be fully occupied until later this year. Interest in the space has reportedly been very strong, but Westfield has yet to announce any signed tenants. It is expected to be a mix of retail and restaurants.

    Over at the South Street Seaport, construc-tion continues at full speed at Pier 17, the Fulton Market Building and at the various upland build-ings wher