••• Boat parade today, says the Broadsheet: “At 11am, led by L’Hermione the parade begins south of the Verrazano Bridge, heads north toward the Statue of Liberty, then hugs the coastline of the westside of Manhattan up to the Intrepid Museum and back down again. L’Hermione will be joined by dozens of ships and boats. The Parade will pass Lower Manhattan around 12:30.”
••• Also today: “Two Love Missile F1-11s Navy F-18s will flyover the Hudson River near the Statue of Liberty, Saturday, July 4th. The aircrafts will depart LaGuardia at 11:30am and be over the Statue of Liberty at approximately 12:05 pm.”
••• I was thinking about the possible redevelopment of the BMCC site the other day. Would the Hudson River Park Trust be able to sell air rights from Pier 25 and 26? If I remember correctly, the air-rights proposal was for lots directly across West Street, but no one mentioned BMCC…. Then again, I have no doubt there’s a massive FAR (foor-area ratio) already.
••• No clue what the FDNY is up to right now on W. Broadway—it feels like a drill, because they were in no rush, but what a shock if that’s your window.
••• Ann Hampton Callaway is playing City Winery on Sept. 10. I saw her do an improvisation like the one below before. It was amazing.
••• There was another shoot Thursday—in the Duane/Staple area—and once again it was an ad. I understand that the proposed economic value is the same whether it’s a film, TV show, or ad, but we can disabuse ourselves of the notion that all the shoots are culturally additive, as an ad type might say. (Also, that’s a real helpful phone number.)
••• Another floor of 290 West has been revealed. I said the other day that it reminded me of DUMBO, but then I was walking through Hudson Square, and I also saw a lot of these kind of warehouse windows in Hudson Square.
What’s going on under Nobu Next Door? I’ve never seen a sidewalk ripped up so that you can see the cellar level! —V.
I asked the folks at Myriad Restaurant Group, which owns Nobu, and I was told to ask the owners of 105 Hudson instead. “We’re replacing our sidewalks and redoing our vaults,” was the answer. “Why does someone want to know?” I explained that people are naturally curious, especially when a project has been going on for so long. “It only started two weeks ago.” Oh… “It’ll probably be completed in September or October. Actually, the part in front of Nobu on Hudson should be done in August, and then we have to do a bit around the corner on Franklin.” So there you go.
••• The SeaGlass carousel at the Battery (née Battery Park) is now scheduled to open August 20. “A $5 ticket to the carousel will give you a ride on one of the huge fish, but you’ll also get to watch a show where other visitors are gliding around, so you can get a full experience of the unique space.” —DNAinfo
••• It’s chugger season again, so please pay attention: Those cheery people asking you to support a worthy cause? Don’t do it! Most of your money goes to the company that hires them on behalf of the charities. (Do you really think the charities are hiring all those people themselves?) Giving directly to charities makes far more sense. (“Chugger” is a Britishism for “charity mugger.”)
••• The rarely open Concepts sneakerhead store on Hudson installed a “fireworks stand” yesterday. It was a New Balance promotion, and there was ice cream; no clue if it’s open again today. (UPDATE: It was one-day only.)
••• The Ghostbusters mural (?) outside Ladder 8 got a fresh coat of paint. Just in time for the firehouse’s three-year renovation! (Actually, the ghost is different. Compare it with the older photo below. Also: I need a life.)
••• There were a handful of comments/emails about Euphoria Spa recently, and owner Kristen Haines responded with this comment: “Please email Kristen@euphoriaspanyc.com with any questions or concerns regarding these issues. I have personally responded to all emails, so please reach out for accurate information. Please let me know how I can help. Thank you so much for your patience!”
••• Press release: On July 12, “Brookfield Place celebrates Bastille Day with a full day of music, games, and family fun. Le District will offer several activations and promotions celebrating French food and culture, including a Ricard bar and a roving ice cream cart. Equinox will run a Tour de France spin class on the plaza with stationary bikes. The event will incorporate many other activities for all ages including live music and parkour demonstrations and lessons. Caricaturists will also be on site for portraits along la Seine (Brookfield Place Waterfront). Stroll into Montmartre (The Winter Garden) for music by wandering musicians and various retailer activations. Once inside, guests are also invited to visit the Champs Élysées (230 Vesey Street 2nd Level Shopping) for children’s storytelling by Posman Books, French lessons by Bilingual Birdies, and a short one-act performance of Sleeping Beauty by the New York Theater Ballet. Brookfield Place’s brasserie Hudson Eats will play a selection of French films throughout the day. All events are free.” Activiation is one of those words that shouldn’t leave the conference room.
••• The Water Street Greenmarket has returned as of today.
Yesterday, Warren G. (no, not that one) said he’d heard as much, so I looked at the restaurant’s website. There was no indication of anything amiss, although there was also no phone number posted…. I called the number on Google (212-571-5555), and I got a recording saying the “call cannot be completed at this time.” OpenTable shows no availability ever.
I walked by at 2 p.m., when its website says the restaurant would be open for lunch, and the gate was pulled down. I walked by again at 5:45 p.m., and nothing had changed.
My guess is that it has closed, and yet I wouldn’t be surprised if it reopened. Il Giglio always seemed to play by its own set of rules. (Also, I have a vague recollection of it closing for summer vacation in years past.)
UPDATE: Remington comments that it’s “definitely closed.” Also, does anyone know how long it was there? I’ll keep looking online…. Wait, here we go! The 1997 New York Times review by Ruth Reichl says the restaurant was nine years old at the time, so it was founded in 1989, so it was on Warren for 26 years. (Math!) “The food is still not very good,” wrote Reichl. “But judging by the restaurant’s popularity, nobody seems to mind.” I always thought of it as one of the more polarizing restaurants in Tribeca—I had a horrible experience there years ago, yet I know people who loved it.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: HOUSEMAN
When chef Ned Baldwin decided to open his own restaurant, he kept asking himself, “What’s in the restaurant that I want to go to?” Drawing on fifteen years of working and eating in New York City, he came up with Houseman.
ANOTHER INEXPENSIVE RESTAURANT BOWS OUT Baluchi’s Indian restaurant has closed. That corner has become far more desirable in the last 12 years—in good part to Whole Foods—and one has to imagine that the rent went up accordingly.
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COMMUNITY BOARD 1 AGENDAS FOR JULY What’s being discussed this month: The big hotel being built on Greenwich (above) will have “rooftop features”; a new restaurant in the Ivy’s Bistro space; Keith McNally’s Beekman restaurant; more construction on Leonard; FiDi is getting a Le Pain Quotidien; Atera’s bar; W. Broadway
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••• Have you ever wanted to eavesdrop on two people talking about what it’s like to take The Class with Taryn Toomey? Dreams do come true. —Racked
••• There’s a new “superfood ice cream shop” called Tribeca Kitchen… on Orchard Street. The folks at Tribeca’s Kitchen might want to have their lawyer send a letter. —Bowery Boogie
••• NYPD “officers were assaulted recently in two separate incidents in Lower Manhattan, leading to arrests in both attacks.” —Tribeca Trib
••• “It looks like Fortis’s sky-high South Street Seaport tower is moving forward after years of planning. Broker Fredrik Eklund [touted] his involvement in 151 Maiden Lane, to be known as One Seaport, all while revealing that the tower will stand a whopping 60 stories tall along the East River.” —Curbed
••• Tribeca Cinemas has indeed closed. The removal of the sign will give you a shock when you see it.
••• Can’t vouch for the sourcing of this rumor, but it’s intriguing just the same: Could Trader Joe’s be opening a store in the Janovic space at 161 Sixth Ave. (at Spring)? Janovic, after all, is moving over to Thompson.
••• Cercle Rouge‘s Bastille Day party (with petanque tournament) is on July 14. Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra will perform, and there will be cancan dancers and foosball (?). No word yet on whether the guillotine of years past will make an appearance.
••• For posterity: 268 West as a near-vacant lot.
••• Two more film shoots: Signs posted near One York for “CMS Prod” (thanks, that’s illuminating; probably this company) shooting on Friday and Saturday, and on Greenwich above Canal for “Vogue MK” shooting today.
••• Some interesting discussion about where to order Indian food from now that Baluchi’s has closed. Do add a recommendation to that comment thread if you have one.
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