The city pulled a fast one on the Dutch last year when Battery Park's New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion was briefly opened just long enough to greet the Dutch royals who helped pay for it. Now the visitors' center and its Ben van Berkel-designed windmill building is almost set to open for real, the Observer reports. Was the wait worth it? Well, how's this for a major letdown: Shake Shack was being wooed to run the pavilion's concessions, but ended up passing because there wasn't enough space to work worth. The Battery Conservancy hopes to announce a new food vendor by the end of next month. We'd suggest something Dutch, but do they have any delicacies other than pot brownies? Not that the tourists (or FiDi cubicle drones) would mind.
· Battery's New Amsterdam Pavilion Opening Year Late, Sans Shake Shack [NYO]
· Downtown's New Dutch Treat Welcomes Royals, Then Closes [Curbed]