Well, after writing to the thread on Les Halles I figured it might be nice to discuss some other downtown stuff.
All of streets north and west around Hanover Square seem to be torn up and Hanover Street is about to be turned in to a memorial for the British who died on 9/11, once again evicting the DePeyster statue that used to be at Bowling Green. Harry's at Hanover Square is no more, which is a real loss. One less link to "old" NYC. Harrys family has worked to revive Stone Street, which goes down from Hanover Square to the current Goldman Sachs headquarters. There are some fairly mundane places on the street, but Finacier is a wonderful little pastry shop/cafe. Unlike Starbucks they serve the beverages in a real cup, not paper, and they don't try to ruin both the english and italian languages. Pastrys can be gotten to go as well. Some other nice places on the street as well.
And what will happen to the former Harry's?