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Friday, August 9, 2013

The Weekly Round-Up: Lab-Grown Burgers, Fresh Fries, and Frank Bruni


+FOODS OF NY TOURS NEWS+

+NYC NEWS+
  • Competition bubbles up for craft brewers in NY: By this time next year, the city could be home to as many as 20 craft breweries, up from the current 14 today. While craft-beer sales have been rising locally and nationally, some fear a beer bubble from the new arrivals. Others wonder how the smaller breweries might survive in one of the nation's most expensive real estate markets.
  • Tavern on the Green gains financial backer: A Boston-based private-equity investor has emerged as the financial backer of the Central Park restaurant Tavern on the Green. Jack Le Roy of Summit Partners, who is no relation to the LeRoy family that had run Tavern on the Green for decades before its 2010 closure, plans to reopen the restaurant by the end of the year with Emerald Green, the Philadelphia firm that won the operating license from the city last year.
  • Now Legal: 10 a.m. Brunch in NYC: For the first time in more than four decades this weekend, NYC restaurants legally opened sidewalk seating before noon for Sunday brunch. A city law dating from 1971 had forbidden sidewalk seating before midday, but some Brooklyn restaurants had recently fought the oft-ignored rule, prompting the City Council to move the Sunday opening time to 10 a.m.
  • Woolworth Building Gives Peeks at Its Historic Lobby: For years, enjoyment of the detailed mosaic ceilings and intricately sculpted figures of the Woolworth Building's lobby has been restricted to its office workers and their guests. But now, 100 years after it opened, the public can view the lobby once again in small tour groups organized by the great-granddaughter of the building's architect, Cass Gilbert.
  • Bloomberg gets serious about Seaport City: Just months before leaving office, the mayor has issued a request for proposals for a new effort to both shield lower Manhattan from storm waters and to create new economic opportunities.

+INDUSTRY NEWS+

+NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS+

  • Frank Bruni Tweets Rafele: @FrankBruni, Aug 3rd "Terrific dinner last nite at under-the-radar Rafele in NYC's West Vill. Eggplant parmigiana, margherita pizza and ravioli in particular."
  • A Peak Inside 9.5 Million Greenwich Townhouse: Joshua Gurwitz purchased this property at 23 Downing Street, pictured at center, in Greenwich Village in 2011 for $3.35 million.
  • Marc Jacobs to Open a Dedicated Store for His New Beauty Line: Marc Jacobs is no stranger to switching around his Bleecker Street stores, but The Shophound recently noticed a pretty big move: the women's collection accessories store will soon become an outpost for the designer's inaugural beauty collection. 

  • Chelsea Market Openings: Chelsea Market, which débuted sixteen years ago, can feel like an open secret: the former Nabisco factory’s unassuming façade hides a cavernous, cobblestoned food court dense with tantalizing eateries and still growing. 


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