This is our monthly recap of recent NYC news you might have missed during the last few weeks. As usual, top of our list again is food and drink, real estate and shopping. And some politics.
Lady Liberty loves visitors – A record number of 4.5 million people visited the Statue of Liberty Liberty and Ellis Island last year. It is the largest number of visitors since 2000, the year before the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks, and mark a resurgence of tourism since 9/11, according to Statue Cruises, the boat line that ferries visitors to the iconic sites. Statue Cruises is owned by Hornblower, Inc., the San Francisco-based boat company chosen by Mayor diBlasio to run the new citywide ferry service. (DNAInfo)
1984 comes to Broadway in 2017 – George Orwell’s iconic novel 1984 will come to Broadway this summer in a new production opening June 22 at the Hudson Theatre. Created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, the drama comes to NYC after acclaimed runs in the United Kingdom, with Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin producing. (TheaterMania)
Broadway’s bathroom problem – Record audiences at theaters have highlighted a major inconvenience at many grand but geriatric buildings: the lack of toilets, particularly for women. According to the NYTimes, NYC theaters are scrambling to add facilities.
A future to believe in – Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is this year’s commencement speaker at Brooklyn College. Sanders grew up in Brooklyn (in Midwood) and briefly attended Brooklyn College, which has been tweeting about his upcoming visit. The ceremony will be at Barclays Center. (@BklnCollege411).
Multi-million dollar museum gift – The Museum of the City of New York has received a $10 million gift to fund its permanent exhibition on the history of our city. “New York At its Core” opened in November to rave reviews. The exhibit is “framed around the key themes of money, density, diversity, and creativity,” including the important contributions of immigrants and descendants of (which is all of us) of according to the museum’s site. The ambitious show took five years to put together.. The gift, from the Thompson Family Foundation, is the largest in the museum’s 94-year history. This news was published in the Observer, formerly owned by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Craftbar in Flatiron shutting it doors – The chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio is closing Craftbar, his 15-year-old casual restaurant in the Flatiron district, on April 30. “Lease is up and the rent is too damn high,” Mr. Colicchio wrote in a Twitter post. Last year he closed Colicchio & Sons on the edge of the meatpacking district, and opened Fowler & Wells near City Hall, which has received two stars from Pete Wells of The New York Times. Colicchio also operates iverpark in Kips Bay, the NYC casual sandwich chain, ‘Wichcraft, a branch of Craft in Los Angeles, Craftsteak and Heritage Steak in Las Vegas, and Beachcraft in Miami Beach. (NYTimes)
Hopping down the bunny trail – The Playboy Club is returning to New York City, 31 years after shutting its doors. According to the Associated Press, the new bunny hutch will be in the 107-room Cachet Boutique New York Hotel on West 42nd St., at the site of the former Out Hotel, which was the city’s first hotel to market actively to the LGBT community. No opening date has been confirmed, but a fall opening is planned.
Freedom is the ticket – Starting this fall, you might be able to use your MetroCard on the LIRR. The MTA will launch a pilot program this fall, called the Freedom Ticket, that will allow riders to use a MetroCard at select LIRR stations within NYC, including in Brooklyn along Atlantic Terminal, East New York and Nostrand Avenue, and in Queens at Laurelton, Locust Manor, Rosendale and St. Albans stations. Users also would be able to connect with busses in those neighborhoods.
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