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Craftbar to close April 30th due to rent hike

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We learn from Eater that Tom Colicchio’s Craftbar (900 Broadway at 20th) will close April 30th due to a 50% rent hike. “The writing has been on the wall for awhile,” Colicchio says. The sister restaurant to Craft has been in the spot for 15 years and serves a slightly more casual (than Craft) New American menu.

Craft itself is safe with its current lease and Eater reports that Colicchio would like to re-open Craftbar in another location, possibly on a second level. The second level concept is one that may become more and more common as ground level rents become more expensive. Of course then you need a very reliable elevator and open stairs. I think it should be a warning sign of a retail bubble (and greed) when a Tom Colicchio restaurant won’t pay the new rent asking price. Exorbitant rent is also a great way to kill a neighborhood of innovative restaurants from new chefs, which continues to be a sad reality.

If you want to hit Craftbar again before it closes, get in before April 30th.

 

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Icon Realty buys 133 West 25th Street office building

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The Real Deal reports that Icon Realty has bought a 9-story office building from Dezer Properties at 133 West 25th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenue) just west of Madison Square Park. The sale price was reportedly $33 million for the 45,499-square-foot building, putting it at about $725 per foot. Icon also bought 30 East 23rd Street in the neighborhood last year.

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Best Burger in NYC may be at the Lobby Bar of The New York EDITION Hotel

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There are a lot of great burgers in New York City, and even just in the Madison Square Park and Flatiron neighborhoods, but there may be a new contender for “Best Burger in NYC”. We have of course 2 local favorites in the Shake Shack Shackburger and the akaushi cheeseburger with herbed mayo and pickled jalapenos at ABC Kitchen. But the New York EDITION Hotel, situated in the ClockTower building just east of Madison Square Park (24th and Madison) may be the best of the hood.

The burger at the Lobby Bar is composed of Dry aged ½ lb burger, with bacon, cheddar, Churchill sauce, red onion, and a side of fries. Our server actually told us she was a vegetarian but finally had to try this burger after bringing it out so many times. And she did. It has all the components you would want with a high quality aged beef burger on a great bun. Two of us actually split one and it was delicious. The fries are perfect too, deep fried and thin. Admittedly I first tried this late night after a few drinks and it just tasted amazing, but I went back a month later for a gluttonous lunch and it was just as good totally sober. But don’t take our word for it, try it and let us know your thoughts.

You can get the burger in the lobby bar as well as the ClockTower restaurant. It runs for a whopping $24 so it is not cheap, but not bad if you split it.

Here is the full menu at the Lobby Bar.

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Josiah McElheny to have 3 art sculptures in Madison Square Park this summer

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Every summer there is a huge art installation in Madison Square Park for park visitors to enjoy (or occasionally despise). This summer, artist Josiah McElheny will have 3 sculptures in Madison Square Park in an exhibit called Prismatic Park. It will feature painted wood and prismatic glass sculpted into a translucent blue sound wall, a vaulted-roofed pavilion, and a reflective green floor (SEE rendering to get an idea of what it will look like).

The spaces will be used respectively for musical performances, poetry, and dance. Three New York-based art nonprofits (Blank Forms, Danspace Project, and Poets House) will use the spaces for performances this summer.

“Our program of public art continues to push the boundaries of this field. Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park is a hopeful use of a Park site where sculpture and performance will seamlessly unite for the tremendous benefit of Parkgoers,” said Keats Myer, Executive Director, Madison Square Park Conservancy. “We are delighted to have this project on view in the summer of 2017 and to collaborate with our colleagues at Blank Forms, Danspace Project and Poets House.”

The installation will run from June 13, 2017 through October 8, 2017. The sculpture is part of the Madison Square Conservancy’s groundbreaking Madison Square Art public art program. Each season you will find thought-provoking sculptures, structures, video and audio art throughout the park by the most prominent artists in the world including Antony Gormley, Orly Genger, Iván Navarro, Jim Campbell, Richard Deacon, Tadashi Kawamata, Teresita Fernández, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, William Wegman, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Jaume Plensa, and Sol LeWitt.

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Mad. Sq. Eats for Spring 2016 is underway, and here are the vendors

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Madison Square Eats is underway again in the open space just west of Madison Square Park (around 25th Street and 5th Avenue), and this spring 2016 food market runs from April 30th until May 27th, from 11am until 9pm daily.

As most of you know, it features dozens of food stands offering up lunch and dinner takeaway options of all types of cuisine for about $8-$10 each. It’s perfect for an outdoor lunch, afternoon snack or casual dinner.

The event is hosted by UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

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