From the Cut, condensing an interview in Marie Claire:
Being Pretty: "My hair was such a crutch. I looked quote unquote 'sexy' no matter what. I could hide behind it. As soon as I didn't have all that hair, I had to let my face hang out. I felt more confident than I had in a really long time. And it felt really good. Maybe to most people long hair is prettier. But then what? Is your main goal in life to be desired? That is boring as fuck."
Offending People: "Lately, I've been doing less of the 'I'm sooooo sorry.' And more of the 'No. Fuck. Jesus.'"
Being Pleasing: "'I believe the operative words are, accessible, easy, and uncomplicated,' she says with an exaggerated roll of her eyes."
Her Universe: "I lit my universe on fire and I watched it burn."
Plus, she was fantastic in Clouds of Sils Maria. Wait, maybe Kristen Stewart could be a counterpoint to Kristin Scott Thomas....
••• “Several meet-up sports for tonight’s secretive Diner en Blanc are in Tribeca,” says a tipster: Washington Market Park, Tribeca Park, Vesey Street, Spring & Sixth, Albert Capsouto Park. No one knows the final destination, but there will be quite a concentration of festively attired pedestrians milling around the neighborhood at 5:15 p.m.” Maybe Pier 26? Scenes from last year’s event, at Rockefeller Park; photo below by Yogissimo.
••• From the Museum of Jewish Heritage: “The Museum will screen two films in conjunction with the special exhibition ‘Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945.’ The first, from 1919, is Anders als die Andern (Different from the Others), one of the first sympathetic portrayals of homosexuals on film [Sept. 10]. The second, the 2000 documentary Paragraph 175, takes its name from the infamous section of the German Penal Code that targeted homosexuals [Sept. 30].” The exhibit runs through Oct. 2.
••• A reader asked the NYCMayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment about fashion shoots and their attendant RVs near Duane Park, and she was told that “No filming permits have been issued to productions on Duane Street near Staple Street on the dates you indicated. This area is currently receiving a respite from filming following recent production activity in the area. If a car is illegally parked, that would be a matter for the local precinct.”
••• Update #1 from M.M. De Voe of Pen Parentis: “Love the new foot action on the solar garbage cans! Thanks for the upgrade Downtown Alliance.” Indeed!
••• M.M. De Voe update #2: The Chopping Block, at 41 John, has closed after seven months.
Now that the St. John’s University building at Murray and West has been demolished, you can see parts of 101 Warren that weren’t visible before. What’s in that crenelated part above Bed Bath & Beyond? And what’s going to happen the south-facing wall of 101 Warren, since the 111 Murray tower won’t take up the whole lot? —T.
Let’s answer your last question first. A rep for 111 Murray said that it’ll be “some sort of masonry wall,” and pointed to this rendering for guidance. (Even if the design ends up changing, the takeaway here is that it won’t be left as is.)
As for the crenelated part of 101 Warren—which according to that rendering, will remain visible after 111 Murray gets built—I asked a resident. “That’s the ‘amenities’ floor. The first bump is the gym, the second bump is workout room 1 (aerobics, stretching) then workout room 2, then a party/billiards/TV room space where people have Christmas and birthday parties. The gym and workout rooms are truly separate rooms with doors connected by a hallway (where a person hands out towels and cucumber water). The party/billiards space is open to the hallway. The depressions in between each are kind of skylight-covered zones. There’s a big proposal to upgrade the whole area because it was so weirdly designed and the market for amenities is much more competitive.”
The resident didn’t actually say that all at once—I cobbled it together from a series of emails. Because I was having a hard time visualizing it, I ended up sending this, which got confirmed.
During the back and forth, I also sent over a satellite view from Google Maps. Obviously it predates the demolition (and subsequent renaming) of 101 Murray. I bring it up because it elicited this: “That weird spiral in the middle is an outdoor space with a (seriously) hedge maze. That would go away in the renovation. And those two corridors on either side of the spiral? They connects the amenities area to the residences. One corridor goes to 101, the other to 99.” Helpful readers are the best! Speaking of which: The photo at the top is by Laura.
Mobile on demand services have made our lives much easier. With a push of a button we can order a taxi, a bento box, a massage, and even dry cleaning. These services, while different, all save us precious time. Time, of course, is the biggest commodity for busy New Yorkers.
Going to the pharmacy is a daily occurrence for many people. Standing in line for your medicine is an unfortunate part of this experience. In fact, the average person waits nearly an hour a month at the pharmacy. Not anymore.
Introducing Zipdrug, the world’s first mobile on demand prescription delivery service. Now you can skip the pharmacy line and get prescriptions delivered right to your front door.
Using Zipdrug is easy. Simply download the app, create a profile, and enter your local pharmacy, insurance and payment information. Zipdrug then dispatches a background-checked, HIPAA-compliant messenger to pick up the medicine from your pharmacy. All pharmacy payments are handled by Zipdrug. Your card will be charged the cost of the medications after insurance deductions, plus a $10 delivery fee. Zipdrug works when your doctor has sent in a prescription electronically, or when your refill is ready for pick-up at your regular pharmacy.
Zipdrug is a great service for families and caretakers because users can add multiple profiles. The last thing a mom or dad wants to do is to go to the pharmacy with a sick child in tow. With Zipdrug, you can order your children’s medicine right from the doctor’s office and go straight home.
••• “The city will add a massive water slide to its roster of activities during its annual car-free Summer Streets days this August.” (Aug. 1, 8, and 15.) “The city will drop the 270-foot-long slide in Foley Square, which is along the route.” The photo looks more like a Slip ‘N Slide than a waterpark slide. —New York Post
••• “At a Community Board 2 meeting in June, neighbors complained that increasing the former Koppers Chocolate [at 39 Clarkson] factory from six stories to nine and filling it with residents would be bad for the neighborhood.” —DNAinfo
••• Dry for a year, the problem-plagued $4.5 million [Collect Pond] park pools are filled once again.” —Tribeca Trib
••• “Anyone who lives or works in Lower Manhattan and has an hour or two to spare in the middle of the day is invited to help feed the hungry. Trinity Church’s Brown Bag Lunch Ministry is seeking volunteers to pack meals and distribute them, six day a week. Although Lower Manhattan’s poor and homeless tend to be inconspicuous,”—less and less!—”this program feeds more than 200 people each week.” —Broadsheet
••• Pandemonia visited the Balloon Saloon. (From her website: “Pandemonia is the creation of an anonymous London-based fine artist. Existing on the dividing line between reality and myth, Pandemonia was born in 2007, immediately garnering the curious attention of the art and fashion world. Pandemonia is a critical reflection and, as such, an intervention upon ideas of celebrity and femininity. She is a pointed manifestation of how these ideas intersect with mass media, social media, and the marketability of desire. The art of Pandemonia herself is that of a constructed figure placed in the landscape of media, fashion and art events that has instigated the media response by feeding back to the media its own language, imagery and ideals.”
••• There’s going to be a Community Board 1 Landmarks Committee on Aug. 13. (There are no other meetings in August.) The agenda:
1) 27 N. Moore Street, application for pergola and screen design – Resolution
2) 287 Broadway, application for façade restoration and window and storefront replacement – Resolution [That’s the former Leaning Tower of Tribeca, at the southwest corner of Reade, finally coming back to life after many years of litigation.]
••• From the 1st Precinct Community Council: ” 2015 National Night Out event in Battery Park City will be held on Tuesday, August 4th from 5:30 to 8pm.” And the next Community Council meeting won’t be until September 24.
••• Last year’s weed outside the Tweed Courthouse not only survived, it’s grown into a full-fledged tree. (Say “Tweed weed tree” five times fast.)
••• Press release: “Rooftop Films and Arts Brookfield will be co-presenting three free screenings on the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place […] preceded by live musical performances”:
July 30: Animation Block Party, the premiere animation festival of the East Coast, kicks off their 12th annual festival with a collection of short films featuring world-renowned and independent short films along with special clips from DreamWorks TV.
July 31: Sneak preview of the environmental exposé Racing Extinction, directed by the Academy Award-winning filmmakers of The Cove.
August 1: Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense. The 1984 hit follows The Talking Heads during their titular [heh heh] three-day concert gig at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.
Damn, the Talking Heads were tight and funky. Someday I’ll karaoke the daylights out of this:
“Our Varick location is at maximum capacity,” says Nick Arrojo, explaining why he’s opened another Arrojo salon and education center seven blocks away on Hudson. “We see 1,200 clients a week, our school is fully committed, and our office is full.” He went looking for three criteria: daylight, street presence, and accessibility. “And this has them all.”
The new location is slightly smaller than the Varick one (12,500 square feet vs. 13,000), with a smaller salon (16 chairs) and a larger education center. Some of that was no doubt influenced by the footprint left behind by 92YTribeca: The huge concert space is now a massive lecture hall, with 38 chairs and a stage, and the theater hasn’t been changed at all. “In the entire space, we only built one wall and filled in a doorway,” says Arrojo.
At the 16-chair salon, cuts and color range from $75 to $500. The education center, which takes up the bulk of the space, has room for 200 students. One of the six classrooms has windows on Hudson Street, because, as Arrojo says, “I want people to see that we’re teaching hair.” Student cuts and color will be available from $25 to $60.
The vastness of the space also allows Arrojo Tribeca to host large events, such as the recent Underground and, in October, the Arrojo Expo,when 600 hairdressers will come from all over the country.
MANY MORE RENDERINGS OF 2 WORLD TRADE CENTER A bunch of new renderings of 2 World Trade Center: Because of its size (80+ stories) and position in the World Trade Center site, 2 World Trade Center is going to be the one you’ll see the most of from the north (along with 1WTC, of course).
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SEEN & HEARD
••• 7/23: The Spring Street Salt Shed is taking shape. Plus: Duane Reade confirmed for Canal and Broadway; Keith McNally menus, floor plan; Church Street building demolition about to start; Levi’s commercial shoot today; groundbreaking at 111 Murray; is the Chambers stink fixed?
••• 7/24: A new outpost of ROC. Plus: The most absurd use of cobblestones ever; the big new rental on Washington; Robyn Hitchcock concert; Tribeca as seen from on high.
IN THE NEWS
••• 7/23: New 25-story building on Park Row. Plus: Jake Gyllenhaal trained in Tribeca for his new film; Margaret Chin introduces ban on tourist helicopters; “draft lattes” at La Colombe (above); La Garçonne warehouse sale; interactive look at 2 World Trade Center.
••• 7/24: The WTC Performing Arts Center is dealt a blow. Plus: Who’s moving into the big storefront at Franklin and Varick; La Colombe and Dos Toros opening in FiDi; New Amsterdam Market’s new location; the Flea to play a zombie game on the street; more bad reviews for 1WTC food.
WHERE IN TRIBECA…?
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••• And the big retail space at 140 Franklin (northwest corner of Varick), where Crunch was going to open till the residents fought it, will be…. The new offices of Douglas Elliman. No word on what’ll take its space (at 90 Hudson with more frontage on Leonard) after it moves in January. —Commercial Observer
••• “The Performing Arts Center planned for the former World Trade Center site was dealt a serious blow on Thursday when the corporation in charge of downtown redevelopment insisted that the project come in at no more than $200 million—about half the original estimated cost. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which oversees the former World Trade Center site, made it clear at a board meeting that the $99 million in federal funds committed to the project was contingent on the arts center’s leaders’ producing an affordable design and a viable plan for raising the remaining money from private sources. […] Maggie Boepple, president of the Performing Arts Center, [said] she already had renderings of a scaled-down design by a new architect. […] ‘It will be starkly simple and meaningful,'” she said. —New York Times
••• “A world premiere by Thomas Bradshaw, a play by Jennifer Haley directed by the Hollywood veteran Joel Schumacher, and a real-time zombie war-game played out on the streets of Tribeca are among the highlights of the Flea Theater’s fall season. […] The alert level may hit its high in Ms. Haley’s Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, which runs from Nov. 9 through Dec. 21. Set in a hyper-regimented suburban cul-de-sac, the play features a group of teenagers who lose themselves in an online zombie game, quickly blurring the line between game and reality. The same may happen outside the theater: in conjunction with the run, the Flea will partner with the group State of Play to present “Humans vs. Zombies: Neighborhood 3 Edition,” a live-action game that will unfold on the streets near the theater’s Tribeca home and beyond.” —New York Times
••• La Colombe is doubling down on FiDi: Besides a café in the World Trade Center mall, it’s reportedly opening one at 63 Wall. —FiDi Fan Page
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Oversaw a complete reinvention of Budget Travel magazine and BudgetTravel.com—improving the trustworthiness, introducing a more sophisticated look and tone, and developing a devoted community (Budget Travel’s innovative 10th-anniversary issue was written and photographed entirely by readers). In four years, the magazine’s circulation increased from 500,000 to 675,000. In 2008, Budget Travel was a National Magazine Award finalist for General Excellence. —Led 30-member team —Coordinated annual $3 million budget —Participated in sales and marketing efforts —Made media appearances, including CNN, USA Today, The New York Times, The Today Show, The Early Show, NPR, CNBC, and Fox News —Oversaw the launch of a new magazine, Girlfriend Getaways —Created new ventures, including three books in an 18-month period: The Smart Traveler’s Passport, Secret Hotels, and A Stingray Bit My Nipple!
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