CurbedWire Seaport Fight Goes to Landmarks Commission, Empty Fingers in Burg?

FiDi—The South Street Seaport redevelopment fight enters a new phase tomorrow with a hearing before the Landmarks Preservation Commission. It will be preceded by the kind of fun we would expect from such a session: a press conference by the Municipal Art Society denouncing the General Growth and SHoP Archtitects plan. Per a release, "MAS President Kent Barwick will state that the entire concept of the General Growth Properties project is flawed and misguided, and that it should be entirely re-conceptualized. Specifically, MAS will state that "the project overwhelms the historic buildings of the district, further severs the Seaport from its history and destroys the sanctity of views from and of the Brooklyn Bridge." The presser is at two at the Municipal Building, but no one is saying anything about the fact that General Growth may go bankrupt and render it all an empty discourse. [CurbedWire]

WILLIAMSBURG—Are the Scarano and Hot Karl Fingers on Richardson and Humboldt Street moldering, rotting turkeys? Let's say there is a possibility. Per a tipster: "I was driving on the BQE last night past the Luminous condo (maybe 1 sold according to Streeteasy). Next to it is a Karl Fischer designed finger that has apparently gone straight to rental according to the big vinyl sign hanging on it. The sun hit the building a certain way so that I could see that the building was essentially devoid of inhabitants. However, there was a bicycle on one terrace, some chairs on another, and a plant on a third. Is this some BS broker tactic to make the building appear inhabited?" We're not sure if it's a typo or someone's delusional, but prices on several Luminous units have actually increased since July. [CurbedWire]For more stories from Curbed, go to

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