I didn't get much work done, even though the construction site is temporarily quiet. We received a copy of a letter from the Manhattan borough president to the buildings commissioner citing safety and zoning concerns and concluding, "I request that the Department of Buildings revisit its reconsiderations for this project and revoke building permits." With a huge hole in the ground, this seems a little late. I'm still thinking new stores (Whole Foods!) and more people on the street will be good.
It's Restaurant Week, where upscale restaurants offer special prix fixe menus. In the past, I took advantage of this to try the Brasserie and Molyvos. The lunch price used to be correspond to the year, e.g. $20.01 in 2001, but inflation has hit and for 2007 it's $24.07. N suggested we have Greek seafood at Estiatorio Milos. We did this yesterday, and the lunch of Greek spreads, grilled seafood (the service was so attentive they immediately removed my emptied skewers), and raspberry sherbet was tasty and filling.