The food hall is to open in the second quarter of 2021 and will feature a collection of sit-down and takeout counters sourced and curated by 16” on Center.The lease comes despite New York City restaurants being restricted to outdoor dining. No one at RXR or 16” on Center would comment on the timing other than to say through an RXR representative that the landlord “has faith in the New York City market and the vibrant environment to come,” according to the Post.Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week moved to allow museums and bowling alleys to reopen, and later gyms, giving restaurateurs hope that indoor dining is on the way. It is already allowed in the rest of the state, albeit at 50 percent capacity.RXR bought the 2.3-million-square-foot landmark building in the Far West Side for $920 million in 2011. Tenants include Ralph Lauren, McGarry Bowen, Johnson & Johnson and OXO.RXR’s Reed Zukerman, Brian Cheeseman and Whitney Arcaro represented the landlord in-house, along with Newmark Knight Frank’s Peter Fine and Janey Steinmetz.At least two other hospitality operators have signed leases for large eateries in recent weeks: a 10,000-square-foot Urbanspace food hall at 124 East 14th Street and a third Avra seafood brasserie of 16,500 square feet at 1271 Sixth Avenue. [NYP] — Akiko Matsuda This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now RXR CEO Scott Rechler and Starrett-Lehigh building at 601 West 26th Street (Rechler by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images; Starrett Lehigh)A Chicago-based hospitality giant has committed to open a massive food hall at RXR’s Starrett-Lehigh Building, the New York Post reported.The hospitality collective, called 16” on Center, or 16OC, has signed a 13,000-square-foot lease in the historic Manhattan building at 601 West 26th Street.Read moreRXR closes on $920M buy of Starrett-LehighWill the craving for food halls die out in NYC?Outdoor dining to return next summer — for restaurants that survive
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VOLUME Two of a History of Cricket in Guyana is not just about the accounts of cricket games played over 100 years ago in British Guiana; it underscores how those games galvanised our people and the impact the sport had on our society.Professor Clem Seecharan, though the support of the Hand-in-Hand Group of Companies, encapsulated these achievements in an entertaining and informative way in his 758-page second book of the series, which he officially launched at the world-famous Georgetown Cricket Club on Friday night.Professor Clem Seecharan displays the second volume of his book, The History of Cricket in Guyana.(See story on page 31)The accolades for the author were great and the audience included generations of cricketers from the legendary West Indies players Lance Gibbs, Roger Harper, Dr Shivnarine Chanderpaul, and current national captain Leon Johnson, to a few cricketers now trying to make their names in the sport.Among the notables who addressed the audience were Chairman of Hand-in-Hand Group of Companies John Carpenter, Dr Ian McDonald, the author himself, Harper, Gibbs, Minister of Social Cohesion with responsible for Culture, Youth and Sport Dr George Norton and Sales Manager of the Group of Companies Shanomae Baptiste, who gave the vote of thanks.Carpenter said that Hand-in-Hand was honoured to have played a part in the venture and that the series, which analyses cricket from 1865 to 1867 (Volume One) and 1898-1914 (Volume Two), begs a Volume Three.It was also emphasised that the Hand-in-Hand Company which started in 1865 also played a part in the integral development during the time of the publications. This year marks 140 years since construction started at the company’s head office.WORK OF ARTDr McDonald, who has known Seecharan for over three decades, paid respect to his commitment to his craft. He said that the author’s dedication to work, combined with his narrative skills, became a work of art.The renowned author also called Seecharan the “most appropriate author” to do the volumes.DCC discussion: From left, former Guyana cricketer Mark Harper, former West Indian cricketers Lance Gibbs and Roger Harper having a nostalgic moment.Also showing adoration for the cricket series was Minister Norton, who called the professor’s series a well-researched publication and an inspiration.“Your book helps us to better appreciate the importance of cricket in our society. As a politician, I would be happy if more of us can understand the importance of cricket in Guyana.”The minister added that he was confident that the series of books would serve to educate and enlighten many generations about Guyana’s past cricketing heroes.In highlighting how integral a role cricket has played in our past, Gibbs pointed out that there were some aspects of the game that the book did not cover, since backyard and alleyway games were not documented. The 84-year-old then took the crowd on a nostalgic journey when different versions of cricket were common and makeshift apparatuses were used as bat and ball.STAGNATION OF CRICKETSeecharan, who read for a doctorate in History at the University of Warwick in 1990, examines the stagnation of the game in colonial Guyana in the decade and a half before the Great War.He said that despite the flamboyance of GCC – founded in 1858 – which was vibrant in fostering regional cricket, “Guyanese cricket was marooned on a plateau of underachievement”.He added that the topography of the land and the share magnitude of the rainforest was a breeding ground for malaria which was one of the main hindrances when it came to the quality of cricket being played by our former cricketers.The 16 years of analysis filled many holes that existed about our past – one that will be kept alive through Seecharan’s undertaking.