Nabe News: January 25

Posted on: January 25th, 2010 at 1:34 pm by

Anna Wintour against the DOB, FDNY in trouble, and bookstore shutter month, all in today’s neighborhood news roundup!

Fashion is now fighting the new development at 178 Bleecker Street.  The Post is reporting that Anna Wintour, who lives in a Sullivan Street townhouse, wrote a letter to the Landmarks Preservation Commission regarding the planned eight-story building.  The structure will reportedly include a jazz club, art gallery, and residential [NY Post via Curbed; Previously]

Looks like there might be department-wide cuts at the FDNY. Because of a monstrous budget shortfall, the Bloomberg administration is preparing for cuts and firehouse closures.  Losing necessary firefighters – that’s a scary thought [Gothamist]

Rather than declare bankruptcy, a cash-strapped Tishman Speyer hands over Stuy Town to its creditors.  The decor inside the complex now resembles “default chic” [NY Times; Lux Living]

A recap of Saturday’s Slacktivist protest/fundraiser outside Ray’s Candy Store. The PayPal account is doing some good – $1,000 has already been given to Ray. Slum Goddess was there, too [EV Grieve; Slum Goddess]

Atlas Cafe now open on Clinton Street [Fork in the Road]

Jeremiah declares January 2009 “Bookstore Shutter Month.”  Three independent bookshops were uprooted this month – Skyline Books, Biography Bookshop, and Left Bank Books.  The latter two have re-located [Vanishing NY]

Some history on the Washington Square Arch [WSP Blog]

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