TRIBECA?It's Memorial Day, friends. Time to pack up the kids and the coolers, throw 'em all into the back seat, fill 'er up and head to destinations both sandy and refreshing. But wait! That's going to be a bit more difficult in Tribeca, because NSNYRE's Nigel Shamash tips us off that the Mobil gas station on the south side of Canal Street at West Street?a prime development spot for those who don't mind the perfect storm of tunnel, Canal Street and West Side Highway traffic?is no more (seen above). Not only that, but Shamash also tells us the boarded-up walk-ups about a block east have finally come down, perhaps clearing the way for this crazy thing? [CurbedWire Inbox]
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN?"Tree massacre in Brooklyn" reads the subject line of this next tip to the CurbedWire?which also went to Gothamist, Brownstoner, the Times and pretty much everyone short of the New York Herald-Tribune. Intrigued, we clicked: "I'm hoping you can help me get to the bottom of this. Yesterday, nine full-grown trees were cut down on DeKalb Avenue, between Flatbush Avenue and Bond Street, in Brooklyn. I've made a report to 311, but they won't let me speak directly with Parks Department employees to see if there was a good reason for this wholesale arborcide."
"I suspect that it has something to do with the construction across the street, on the former Albee Square Mall site, but I can't imagine a good reason to cut all these trees down except for some kind of infestation. I've attached below two pictures of the site. In the first picture, each orange plastic traffic cone, labeled 'Trocom Construction', covers a tree stump. The cones are the same as those on the construction site." [CurbedWire Inbox]