••• The banner in the window of Il Mulino’s forthcoming Tribeca restaurant is down, affording one and all a peek inside—and as you can see, despite what a rep told me 10 days ago, it’s not even close to opening “very soon.” In fact, the state of the interior and the removal of the banner makes me wonder if it’s still happening at all.
••• The recent groundbreaking at the 456 Greenwich hotel appears to have been entirely metaphorical.
••• The retail space at 18 Warren, currently home to the Wall Street Humidor, is for sale for $4.15 million. The listing doesn’t indicate the state of the lease.
••• Up now at Apexart: “Rendered Cities,” featuring work by Felicity Hammond, Lawrence Lek, and Laura Yuile. “In a society obsessed with the visual, there is an increasing tendency to mistake good images with good architecture. Perfect renderings printed on glossy billboards have not only colonized global cities, but are also used to approve, evaluate and sell new construction projects. These digitally constructed, imagined landscapes become real before reality: their shiny presence merges with the existing urban environment, masking the raw construction sites they overlook and forming a representation of a future city in citizens’ minds. And when construction terminates, finished buildings imitate the aesthetics of digital architecture, leading to a hyper-real experience of physical space, as well as a fixed idea of what life in the city should look like.”