Harrys is back
Harrys at Hanover Square is open for business again. The iconic steakhouse will reopen its doors May 12, ending a three-year hiatus. The original Harrys once a famous watering hole for Wall Street traders closed in 2003 when owner Harry Poulakakoss wife, Adrienne, died of cancer. The Harrys comeback has been in the works since last spring, when Poulakakos told Downtown Express that the bar, which once boasted one of the citys biggest wine cellars, would soon return to the Downtown landscape. Harrys will return to the same location 1 Hanover Square but with a different Poulakakos at the helm. Harrys son, Peter, will take the reins and give the old standard a new look. Harrys Café will cater to the casual, sophisticated crowd and serve burgers, pasta and Kobe beef hotdogs. The traditional Harrys Steak will serve steaks and the winemaking monk murals from the original Harrys will grace the walls. The Poulakokos family also owns Bayards upstairs and co-owns Ulysses, a nearby bar on Stone St.
Alan Gerson might have missed 33 percent of City Council meetings in 2005, but it was not because he was at Lower Manhattan Development Corp. meetings, the City Councilmember insists. A New York Post article recently reported that Gerson had missed meetings to attend L.M.D.C. meetings, but Gerson said the paper got it wrong. He was attending a wide array of meetings about the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan, he said. I was at a range of any number of meetings depending on the particular day or particular time, he told UnderCover. It could have been meetings on the release of the ground zero plans or with the police commissioner pertaining to parking in Chinatown.
Gersons attendance record is 13 percent poorer than the City Hall average, a statistic the councilmember disputes. Councilmembers missed an average of 20 percent of the meetings in 2005.
There was a lot that was incorrect in that article, Gerson said. The only thing that was correct was that they didnt list me in the top five [attendance offenders.]
Bow-line tie event
Downtowns glitterati shined last Friday night at the New York Harbor Sailing Foundations annual Sailors Ball at the Down Town Association the stately club building with the largest mens room in Lower Manhattan, if not the world. Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh hosted the black tie event that drew James Cavanaugh, president of the Battery Park City Authority, world-class sailor Bruce Schwab and a slightly-underdressed Councilmember Alan Gerson, who came in a light-colored suit and tie and joked about his tux-less appearance.
Move over 90210, here comes 10013. Tribecas tony zip code is the 12th most expensive in the country, according to Forbes Magazine. Think you got off easy because youre in southern Tribeca or Battery Park City? Not so fast 10007 is ranked 19th.
Three Downtown developments were tapped for a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award. The Battery Maritime Building, which was restored by the city, Historic Front Street, a residential renovation and conversion by developer Frank Sciame, and 90 West Street, a residential conversion overlooking the World Trade Center site, will all be honored along with five other projects at the New York Landmarks Conservancys 15th annual award ceremony.