Seen & Heard: The Oculus will not open for 9/11
STREET CLOSINGS FOR WEDNESDAY (9/11)
Streets between Broadway and the West Side Highway from Barclay to Battery Place will be closed until 3p, as will parts of South End Avenue, Albany and West Thames. Police advise to avoid the highway and the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel during the day, and be careful of rubberneckers looking up at the Tribute in Light when it gets dark.
TRIBECA TRUST LOSES APPEAL
The Tribeca Trust, which originally sued the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2017 to make it consider expanding Tribeca’s historic districts, has lost its appeal. When the Trust first made the request to the commission, they argued that the expansion area did not merit designation and there was already a preexisting high level of landmark protection in Tribeca. The judges in both the original suit and the appeal upheld the commission’s decision.
LEKKA TO OPEN IN OCTOBER
Lekka, veggie top chef Amanda Cohen’s fast casual offering vegan burgers, is now scheduled to open in October (from the original May – thanks, New York City) on the southside of Warren between Greenwich and W. Bway. See more about her plans here on Grub Street.
THE OCULUS WILL REMAIN CLOSED ON 9/11
The Oculus – whose design hinged around the idea that the skylight above would open on 9/11 to let in a dramatic shaft on natural light – has been plagued with leaks and will not open this week, the Port Authority said in a statement, “due to continuing engineering analysis necessary to repair the skylight operating systems.” Here’s a couple Instagram posts of what *could* be if the thing worked.