Thieves Break into UrbanSpace Market, Abscond with Cash
The UrbanSpace food hall opened this summer at 100 Pearl Street, in the Financial District. Below: Video captured by a surveillance camera shows two thieves breaking into cabinets within the market, searching for cash.
The Financial District’s newest food hall was ransacked by thieves on Tuesday evening.
The UrbanSpace market at 100 Pearl Street was broken into around 3:30am on Tuesday evening, by two men who shattered a glass door, according to surveillance video captured by the facility’s security system.
Once inside UrbanSpace, the men (who were wearing masks and gloves) broke into a locked office, where they found keys to each of the individual 16 stalls that comprise the market. This gave them easy access to each shop, where they searched for locked cabinets, forcing the doors open, to look for cash registers and miniature safes inside.
At least three of the food vendors had left cash within their shopfronts, in the apparent belief that the broader security precautions taken by their landlord, the UrbanSpace market, as well as their own locked stalls and cabinets, would keep their premises safe. Food stalls Que Chevere, Senshi Ramen, and Coney Shack were all robbed for a combined total of more than $1,000. The thieves also caused significant property damage, the value of which is not known.
The 15,000-square-feet UrbanSpace opened this summer, as the latest in a wave of such facilities coming to Lower Manhattan that began in New York with the 1997 advent of Chelsea Market. The craze took Downtown by storm starting in 2012, when the vogue for dining at communal tables, while also shopping for produce and takeout, was sparked by the acclaimed All Good Things market and restaurant in Tribeca. Although that establishment garnered universal praise, this was not enough to sustain it in a sluggish economy, and it closed two years later. A few months after All Good Things shuttered, however, Hudson Eats opened at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City, along with Le District, a French-inspired marketplace and collection of restaurants. In August 2016, the trend gathered further momentum with the debut of Eataly in the World Trade Center complex. Since then, similar emporia, such as City Acres, Canal Street Market, the Essex Street Market, and the Bowery Market have planted their flags Downtown.
Although the food hall concept originated in Europe, it has gained increasing traction with American consumers, who prize the perceived authenticity of eating and shopping in a stage-set atmosphere, along with the variety and quality offered by a marketplace that showcases independent and artisanal producers, while catering to locavores and customers seeking organic offerings.
It has also proved expedient for real estate developers, providing a ready use for large volumes of commercial space that, in an earlier era, would have been occupied by supermarkets, department stores, or big-box retailers—all of which are under siege from online shopping.
But the mania for food halls is showing signs of having crested. Market Lane, a food hall in the Oculus shopping center of the World Trade Center complex opened in 2017, but struggled to gain traction for two years, before finally closing at the end of 2019.
Other food halls have been derailed before even opening. The much-anticipated Bourdain Market, planned for Pier 57 (on the Hudson River waterfront, near West 15th Street) was in development for five years, before celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain cancelled the project in late 2017, six months before his suicide. And plans for Sevahaus, another food hall (to be located at 205 Hudson Street, in Tribeca) were dropped in 2017, before it could debut.
The trend may yet have some life in it, however. Another large food hall recently opened at Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport, where noted chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten oversees a seafood-centric version of the concept for the historic Tin Building, and the space that was to have been occupied by Anthony Bourdain’s abortive project is now slated to house a food hall presided over by the James Beard Foundation, a highly regarded culinary nonprofit. The facility, which will include a showcase kitchen, dining and demonstration spaces, and vendor kiosks is slated to open by the end of the year.
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Eyes to the Sky, October 3 – 16 , 2022
Planet Jupiter brightest in 59 years
In evening twilight, gazing to the eastern skyline, the puzzling sight of a brilliant light close above the hills prompts conjectures such as “airplane?” stadium light?” “UFO?”
This was mostly my response as I approached a lookout expressly to observe planet Jupiter rise over an unobstructed view to the east a few evenings ago. When the unusually bright light met my eyes, I searched my mind for an explanation before accepting that it was, indeed, Jupiter. Not seen so large and bright since 1963, this is a not-to-be-missed time to view the largest planet in our solar system. Two rarely coinciding planetary events account for Jupiter’s outstanding appearance in Earth’s skies over the next couple weeks. The giant planet was at perigee, closest to Earth, on September 25, and arrived at opposition, when Earth was between Jupiter and the Sun, on September 26.
Currently, Jupiter is second only to the moon in radiance and traverses the sky all night. The most dramatic times to see the great gas planet are when it is rising and setting. Look to the east on Sunday, October 9, when the Full Hunter’s Moon rises at 6:34pm. Jupiter rises at 5:51pm that same evening, preceding the moon. The two travel the night sky in tandem.
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Today in History
This is the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, a symbol of German unity. On this day 32 years ago, East and West Berlin were united into a single city. Photograph by Thomas Wolf.
52 BC – Vercingetorix, leader of the Gauls, surrenders to the Romans under Julius Caesar, ending the Battle of Alesia.
1789 – George Washington designates the first Thanksgiving Day.
1849 – Author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death.
1872 – The Bloomingdale brothers open their first store at 938 Third Avenue.
1932 – Iraq gains independence from the United Kingdom.
1952 – The United Kingdom successfully tests a nuclear weapon to become the world’s third nuclear power.
1957 – The California State Superior Court rules that Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems is not obscene.
1962 – In Project Mercury, Sigma 7 is launched from Cape Canaveral, with astronaut Wally Schirra aboard, for a six-orbit, nine-hour flight.
1990 – Germany is reunified. The German Democratic Republic ceases to exist and its territory becomes part of the Federal Republic of Germany. East German citizens became part of the European Community, which later becomes the European Union. Now celebrated as German Unity Day.
1995 – O. J. Simpson is acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
85 BC – Gaius Cassius Longinus, Roman politician (d. 42 BC)
1804 – Townsend Harris, merchant, politician, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Japan (d. 1878)
1900 – Thomas Wolfe, author and academic (d. 1938)
1936 – Steve Reich, American composer
1941 – Chubby Checker, American singer-songwriter
1954 – Al Sharpton [Alfred Charles], minister and civil rights activist
1988 – ASAP Rocky [Rakim Mayers], rapper.
42 BC – Gaius Cassius Longinus, Roman politician (b. 85 BC)