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Watch List Highlights, Friday, June 10, 2011

11 For 2011 WatchlistEach week, we highlight stories from around the web that focus on our 11 for 2011 Watch List. Garment District MAS spoke on camera this week about the fate of a Jack Lubin mural located in the lobby at 1375 Broadway–in the heart of the Garment District. The mural depicts the history of textile design, and was completed in the early 1960’s and is threatened by renovations by the building’s new owner. Moynihan Station & Hudson Yards A new film opens June 17 chronicling another large redevelopment of importance to New Yorkers: the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn. The eight-year-in-the-making film Battle for Brooklyn is an intimate and behind the scenes look at the seven year struggle over the Atlantic Yards project. It makes its theatrical debut starting June 17th at Cinema Village in Manhattan. Get your ticket. Lower Manhattan UBS, the giant Swiss bank with North American headquarters in Stamford, Conn. is considering moving back to Manhattan’s financial district. The bank has discovered their youngest and brightest prefer to live in the city and are increasingly reluctant to commute or uproot to the suburbs. The move would be a huge gain for Lower Manhattan and reflect the continued population boom and renewed vitality of the area. Changing Streets (or “Car-Free Central Park” ?) This week saw more momentum build for a summertime car-free Central Park. A seventh Manhattan Community Board has joined  overwhelming support of a trial version, though the mayor has expressed skepticism. Read more on the proposed project. High Line The second section of the High Line opened this week! The eagerly awaited extension runs from 20th to 30th Sts. along 10th Ave. doubling the length of the existing park. The second stretch is characterized by new artwork including FriendsWithYou’s Rainbow City located in a lot at 30th St.