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Seen & Heard: That Magical Second Floor


••• These Chick-fil-A logos have been painted on Broadway, but they’re not for the restaurant on Fulton—that isn’t supposed to open till early next year. Instead, Chick-fil-A is doing a food-truck pop-up in FiDi this afternoon and tomorrow.

••• Like many white males of a certain age, I have a fondness for vinyl records. Barnes & Noble’s “annual celebration of vinyl records [means] an expanded Vinyl Weekend November 17 to 19, showcasing its extensive selection of vinyl records and related products including exclusive turntables, music magazines and more. Barnes & Noble Tribeca will feature exclusive albums, signed vinyl editions, a special price on the Crosley turntable bundle, and discounts on all vinyl records. Grammy-winning and trailblazing trumpeter Keyon Harrold will appear Friday, November 17, at 6 p.m. for an LP signing for his album, The Mugician.”

••• This from the people who double-park all along Duane Street.

••• M. emailed this on Monday: “Not sure if you’ve received other tips, but the construction crew was out last night on Warren Street at 1 a.m. using saws to cut piping. The flood lights were on and the noise was blaring. I called 311 and they said there was no permit for work during those hours. They’ll also get back to me within 10 days to make sure it doesn’t happen again, which is super helpful.” That last part was sarcastic, judging from the emoticon I didn’t include. I told M. to send the complaint numbers to CB1 and Margaret Chin’s office, so that—if it does happen again—there’s a history of the bad behavior.

••• “Do you know what’s going on in the New York Mercantile Exchange building at Harrison and Hudson?” asked R. “First time in 15 years I think I’ve been able to see through these windows, and it looks fantastic.” Indeed! The second floor of that building is one of those magical spaces that I’ve longed died to get inside of. (Technically, I was inside it once, for Thierry Despont’s gorgeous art-and-antiques exhibit in 2011, but most of the architectural details were hidden.) The second floor is owned by CWA Local 1180 union, which bought it in late 2016 for $10.85 million. (The union has its office on the ground floor; you may have noticed its propaganda in the windows.) I tried emailing and calling, to see what the plans are for the space and whether I could possibly photograph it, but I never received a response. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if a listing comes up. In the meantime, click on the photo to see it larger.



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