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Bye, World Financial Center; CitiBikes Arrive at Astor Place

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FIDI/BATTERY PARK CITY?A cheesy promotional video for the new World Financial Center following its $250 million renovation, now called Brookfield Place, follows the life of a fictional New Yorker named Ethan (represented by a jaunty stick figure) who visits friends in their brand-new office building. He walks through climate-controlled passageways from 11 subways and the PATH train to arrive at a waterfront mecca with luxury retail and lots of new eateries. Guess this really is the end of the WFC. R.I.P., friend. We will miss your old atrium and, you know, normally priced stores. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

EAST VILLAGE?CitiBike racks have come to The Home of Curbed, that is, Astor Place, and a colleague kindly snapped their installation on Layfayette Street and East 8th Street across from Kmart. Thus far, racks awaiting the May launch of the bike-share service have covered in trash bags, vandalized, and the object of protest. What's next? [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]