This is our monthly recap of recent NYC news you might have missed during the last few weeks. As usual, our list is heavy on foodie news, real estate and shopping, plus other tidbits. We identify our sources, too. No spins, no leaks, no lies, no fake news on NYC on the Cheap.
On Target – The giant discount retailer opened its 43,000-square foot store in the heart of 34th St. on October 20, in between Macy’s and the Empire State Building. So you missed the giveaways of FREE MetroCards, product samples, coupons and opening day hype. You won’t miss “takeover” of Herald Square through the end of November, as Target papers the neighborhood with promotional messages on tables, chairs and barricade covers throughout the 34th St. pedestrian plazas, all saying “Target Loves Herald Square”. So do Macy’s, Old Navy and H&M, which are just down the block. (34th St. Partnership)
- This stretch of 34th St. used to be the home of retailers inludling Gimbel’s, Franklin Simon and Orbach’s. Check our Vanishing NYC for other going, going, gone but not forgotten NYC favs, including the Waldorf-Astoria hotel and Carnegie Deli.
- Target also has shops in College Point, Forest Hills and Bensonhurst, and is on target (pardon the pun) to open locations on the Lower East Side, East Village, Midwood, Jackson Heights and Hell’s Kitchen by 2019.
Amazon Delivers – Whether or not the giant online retailer makes NYC its second headquarters, its expansion here continues, with a huge new presence near the new Hudson Yards, and huge tax breaks. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office says Amazon will open a 359,000-square-foot office space at 5 Manhattan West, a new development at 10th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets, bringing with it 2,000 finance, sales, marketing and tech jobs. Cuomo sweetened the pot with hefty tax breaks, including up to $20 million in performance-based tax credits through the State’s Excelsior Jobs Program, which allows businesses to claim tax credits over time by maintaining job creation. (DNAInfo)
- Amazon already has a 350,000-square-foot office in Chelsea, as well as a distribution center in Sunset Park, and has annunced plans to open an 855,000-square-foot warehouse in Bloomfield, Staten Island, employing up to 2,250 full-time workers.
Dem Bums – First, it was a 19th century baseball stadium, where the Brooklyn Dodgers played before moving to Ebbetts Field. Then, it became a Con Edison Yard Service Center. Now, it’s an environmental disaster area, about to be cleaned up – finally – as part of NY State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program. The property, bounded by First and Third streets and Third and Fourth avenues – is a block from the toxic Gowanus Canal — a Superfund site and one of the country’s most polluted waterways, which is getting its own federal cleanup at the hands of the Environmental Protection Agency. (DNAInfo)
Bee-ing Sustainable – The Javits Center imported 12,000 honey bees from California in April, who are buzzing around three hives atop the convention center’s 6.75-acre green roof. The first 250-ounce yield was just harvested, enough to fill more than small 130 jars. Right now, the 1.5-ounce jars are sitting in the office of the center’s chief communications officer, gifts for guests and other VIPs, but the plan is to offer – maybe sell – Javits honey when there’s a larger supply. The honey represents sweet redemption for the Javits, whose glass roof used to be the No. 1 killer of birds in the city. The birds have been saved by a recent $463 million renovation that replaced the center’s mirrored glass exterior with a translucent, dotted one that birds can see. It’s a good thing – Bird deaths are down 90%, and 26 bird and five bat species have been identified thriving on the roof. (Crain’s)
- The new green roof is the second largest in the country, after the Ford Motor Co. Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Mich.
I Spy – NYC is getting a new museum, Skyscape, a museum dedicated to the art of espionage. Dig out your Dick Tracy decoder ring from storage, and wear your your best trench coat and James Bond suave demeanor to this new exhibit opening in December in the Columbus Circle area. The Wall Street Journal reports the attraction will feature seven main galleries dedicated to aspects of espionage such as deception and cyberwarfare. And bring money. Admission reportedly will be $30.