Remember summers when we were kids, the dreamy stretch of days from late June to early September that seemed to encapsulate entire lifetimes? Bikes were flipped, knees were scraped, the first inklings of mustaches began to sprout (or not), and it wasn’t uncommon for friends to come back to school after summer vacation completely physically transformed. And remember the cold realization a few years down the line that no, two months of guilt-free (and free) vacation every year is far from an inalienable right, and yes, you will be expected to work through the best time of the year to not be working? If you’re anything like most New Yorkers, you would probably love to take an extended vacay this summer, but simply don’t have the time.
If you’re on the hunt for authentic Vietnamese cuisine with flare, look no further than Saigon Shack in Greenwich Village. While this little gem on Macdougal Street might almost qualify as a “hole-in-the-wall”, the bustling atmosphere and lines trailing out the door at lunchtime hint at something a lot more exciting than the restaurant’s modest exterior might suggest. Long time New Yorkers have likely walked by for years without realizing they had just passed one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Manhattan.
Early June marked the opening of 10 Hudson Yards, the first building to open in Hudson Yards’ 17M square foot development. Coach, the first tenant, was the first company to sign on to the project back when Stephen Ross and Related began their search for tenants of this groundbreaking development nearly 10 years ago. Every two months on my blog, I feature a notable name in New York City real estate by sharing an interview from The Real Deal’s “The Closing”. Now that Time Warner, L’Oréal, and Wells Fargo are also signed on to join the booming new development, I thought it appropriate to feature The Closing’s 2014 interview with Related Companies Chairman (and Miami Dolphins owner) Stephen Ross.