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This Week: New Venues in the Works for Harlem, Changes to Javits Could Happen Soon

By Anna Sekula April 3, 2009, 11:45 AM EDT

If New York state's Public Authority Control Board approves the proposed plan for the Javits Center, an expansion could be completed by 2010, and a renovation finished in 2013.

Photo: Alice and Chris for BizBash

  • Billionaire financier Carl Icahn has placed a $200 million bid to buy Atlantic City's Tropicana Casino and Resort, which is struggling in the weak economy. [Forbes]
  • The National Jazz Museum of Harlem plans to take over the Victoria Theater on 125th Street, and cultural organization ImageNation will raise funds to create a Soul Cinema. [NYT]
  • Years in the making, the proposed repair and expansion of the Javits Center may take place in the next four years. [BizBash]
  • After dismissing a lawsuit against the renovation of Union Square Park, a Manhattan judge has given the city the green light to construct a restaurant in the park's pavilion. [NYP]
  • Saveur's list of 12 “restaurants that matter” includes Gramercy Tavern, Brooklyn's Marlow & Sons, and Dan Barber's Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills. [Saveur]
  • For the first time in its 84-year history, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year may skip Times Square, which has the neighborhood's hotels and businesses in a flap. [NYT]
  • Larry Silverstein's development in the financial district—a 912-foot-tall tower that will house a Four Seasons hotel—is still happening, and the foundation is expected to be completed by summer. [NYP]
  • The first Mets game at Citi Field scores positive reactions. [NYT]
  • Like other high-end properties, the Gramercy Park Hotel is battling the drop in room occupancy with discount rates. [NYP]
  • New York rounds up the latest lounges, conveniently located beneath restaurants. [NYMag]
  • Terrance Brennan will turn the recently opened Trigo into a lighter version of Artisanal, to be called Bar Artisanal. [Feedbag]
  • “With its busy design, facile exoticism, and ultra dark lighting,” Macao Trading Company gets a one-star review from Frank Bruni. [NYT]
  • Adam Platt checks out two casual eateries, Bar Breton and Txikito, where Michelin's “lofty, increasingly outdated standards” are irrelevant to restaurants adapting to changes in taste and consumer spending. [NYMag]
  • Dressed in jeans, Danyelle Freeman visits Le Cirque's casual lounge, where jackets are not necessary and the café offers “many of the dishes that are also served in the dining room.” [NYDN]
  • To check out the recent wave of bar menus, Steve Cuozzo makes the rounds at seven restaurants and finds “huge differences in ambience.” [NYP]
  • And The Wall Street Journal investigates how this trend's popularity is a reaction to an abrupt swing in consumer behavior. [WSJ]

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