History has shown us that when being invaded, one party’s failure to cooperate seldom ends peacefully. Although in this instance World War Three won’t be the outcome, for some New Yorkers, it may feel like it: Shake Shack is not coming to Grand Central just yet.
The Goldman Touch
It might be said that Goldman Sachs has a way of transforming everything that it touches, including, it would seem, Battery Park City, where the company has spawned a fledgling village adjacent to its headquarters.
After the heady financial services firm opened its 43-story headquarters (a $2.1 billion investment located by Vesey and Murray streets.) in October 2009, it quickly summoned a host of businesses and boutiques to cater to the needs and whims of its commerce-savvy employees, The New York Times reports.
Battery Park City. Like the Upper East Side or Mill Basin, it’s the sort of out-of-the-way neighborhood you never visit unless you live there, or maybe there’s a concert going on at the Winter Garden?which feels more like the Financial District anyway, so does it count?
Well, NY1 has a report out about how Battery Park City has finally come into its own, and it is indeed a place worth visiting. Much of the credit is given to Danny Meyer for spicing up the food scene, but really, credit is due Lloyd Blankfein.
The Neverending Story
Is there a better way to enjoy the New York City skyline than from its highest point, atop the swiftly rising 1 World Trade Center? How about with a Shackburger and shake in hand?
NYT REVIEWS REVIEWS
Some might say this is long overdue. Others may call it heresy. One thing is certain: Nobody quite expected the storied and lofty perch from which the chief New York Times dining critic sits, being used to evaluate a fast food restaurant. Even if that fast food restaurant is one of New York City’s most ballyhooed and fiercely debated—if not, the most of those—Shake Shack.
Mr. Ross' Neighborhood
As if there was not enough anticipation surrounding the construction of Hudson Yards, here is probably the one reason to trump any other: Danny Meyer will be setting up shop on the Far West Side.
The Related Companies and Union Square Hospitality announced a new partnership today, whereby Steve Ross and his globetrotting development company will take a stake in Union Square Events. While not encompassing all of the restauranteurs operations, USE offers more than just catering but also runs the sports venue operations for Mr. Meyers sprawling eatery empire, and now it will do even more. So no fine dining, necessarily, but Mr. Meyer will be offering a range of culinary options, from private residential dining to catering events in Hudson Yards buildings as well as operating restaurants and outdoor cafes.
Danny Meyer, the enterprising restauranteur who operates establishments at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney, as well as New York mainstays like Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern, will be in charge of two restaurants at the Whitney’s new downtown location, next to the High Line, when it opens in 2015.
Shack Shack deity and New York’s most customer-friendly restaurateur Danny Meyer recently got The New York Times Magazine treatment in a profile that makes him look less like a businessman and more like a walking, breathing, hospitality-obsessed god-amongst-men. Yet: a picnic basket could put a dent in what may be some of the best publicity to ever hit the pages of The Times for a service industry owner. Hey, Boo Boo, indeed.
Basquiat paintings alone do not a hip hotel make.
The Gramercy Park Hotel’s well-documented troubles came to light last May when Crain’s reported that developer Aby Rosen and hotelier Ian Schrager were having trouble repaying a $140 million loan they’d taken out for the celebrity-magnet’s initial development. In December, it was reported that Mr. Schrager Read More