••• Another Laughing Man
Café Marketplace—complete with “Hugh Jackman approved” signage—opened, this one in the New York Mercantile Exchange in Battery Park City (just north of North Cove Marina). “We stopped by on a walk this evening and chatted for a few minutes,” emailed reader Hudson River. “I’m not a coffee drinker so I don’t know how it compares to the one in Tribeca, but they have some nice-looking pastries. And tea. And chocolate drinks. They took out the security and opened the doors to the plaza so you can walk right in.” It’s much bigger than the one on Duane—what isn’t?—and it’s open Saturdays and Sundays, too, which is handy.
••• On my way to review 55 Fulton Market the other day, I noticed a sign for Magic Mix Juicery coming to 102 Fulton. And on the way home, I stopped by the newish R&R Coffee at Fulton and Gold for an excellent macchiato and little palmiers (50¢ each or three for $1, so there really isn’t any choice). It’s cute in a way rarely seen in FiDi, although the youngster barista lost some cred when I asked if the café was on Twitter and he said, “I don’t think so, but we are on Yelp.”
••• Karl Taro Greenfeld’s Triburbia is now being sold at Mysterious Bookshop—it’s $26 (the list price), but hey, you get to support a local business and a local author at the same time. Also, if you receive the shop’s email newsletter, you now know where Greenfeld lives.
••• The state intercity bus law was signed: “Under the new law (Chapters 402 and 410), the city now has the power to designate bus stops, as well as require bus companies to provide information about the buses they are using, the number of passengers they expect to carry, and where they would be parked when not in use. Violators will face fines of up to $2,500 and the loss of their permit.” The goal was to clean up Chinatown, but I hope the politicians realize those buses are everywhere.