In the news today:
–After spending $6 million on a renovation project, Google backs out of plans to open a retail store at 131 Greene St. Its now trying to sublease the space, reports Crain’s. “The annual asking rent works out to $450 per square foot, a rate that (the leasing broker) said is in line with other rents on Greene Street.”
—Artinfo reports that a former Chelsea gallery with a talent for attracting controversy has resurfaced at 175 Rivington St. Priska Juschka Fine Art was embroiled in multiple lawsuits before its owners hinted of moving to Kazakhstan. The new venture, called Lichtundfire, is being billed as a “new cultural platform and artists’ management site.” Their first show opens tomorrow on the Lower East Side.
–At the NYC Municipal Archives there’s a new exhibit called, In the Shadow of the Highway: Robert Moses’ Expressway and the Battle for Downtown. Gizmodo uses the opening as an occasion to revisit Moses’ dastardly plan to build the Lower Manhattan Expressway. You can read the story here.
—The Wall Street Journal pays a visit to CW Pencil Enterprise, the Forsyth Street specialty shop. “The thrill of the store,” writes Ralph Garnder, Jr., “is that you can do some serious shopping—say, purchase a vintage pencil as well as a Möbius & Ruppert sharpener from Germany and a Czech L&C Hardtmuth eraser—and still spend under 10 bucks.”
–It’s back. EV Grieve observes that SantaCon 2015 is set for December 12.