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In the News: Thai Sliders takes a lease on Cliff


Thai Sliders is coming back to Fidi, taking a new lease at 27 Cliff (John and Fulton) for a two-level spot totaling 5,700 square feet. The Thai eatery left its former spot at 108 John Street because the site is under development. –Commercial Observer

I. spotted this Post report that British billionaire Joe Lewis will open a New York outlet of the Nexus Club May 1 on the seventh floor of the office building at 100 Church. The 34,000-square-foot space — “designed by architect Morris Adjmi and featuring restaurants, bars, a gym and a spa — is costing $25 million. The lower floor will feature golf simulators.”

The Dead Rabbit added a taproom downstairs in December, and now the bar has opened a second floor “parlor” that holds another 25 people, open Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 2. “The new parlor room comes at the same times as a new menu series for the entire bar — created by beverage director Jillian Vose — called “Darkland” and featuring dark themes in its branding and the cocktail names. There are 30 new cocktails on hand, including the “stun grenade,” made with Irish whiskey, a Cuban rum blend, sweet vermouth, carrot, pineapple, sumac, and tarragon.” –Eater

Governors Island is doubling its ferry fleet with the addition of a new vessel.The Trust for Governors Island will begin operating the 400-passenger ferry, Governors 1, in June.The 132 foot-long, 40 foot-wide vessel, which was purpose-built for the trust by Blount Boats, a family-owned shipyard based in Rhode Island, has 800-horsepower engines and was designed as a double-ended steel monohull with one deck for passengers, according to a spokeswoman for the trust.The ferry will initially deploy on weekends only, increasing the frequency of service to the island from twice to three times an hour, and carrying an additional 1,000 passengers per hour.During summer weekends the trust has been ferrying more than 1,200 passengers and vehicles between Manhattan and Governors Island; a second route between the island and Brooklyn will continue to be operated by a contractor. –Crain’s

The Real Deal did some math and provides a handy tax calculator for the new mansion tax AND transfer tax passed in the state budget (this was instead of the pied-a-terre tax). Any property sold for more than $3 million will now pay .65 percent in taxes to the state, instead of .4 percent – and that’s in addition to the 1.4 percent transfer tax already collected by the city on anything sold for more than $500,000. But if you are selling something over $25 million, the state will also collect a mansion tax of 2.9 percent on that, and its usual 1 percent on anything over $1 million. (For example, James Dyson would have paid $4.4 million on the sale of his penthouse at 520 Park Ave., which he unloaded for $74 million.)

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