Seen & Heard: Previewing the Butterfly

swing dancers duane park••• Last night’s preview party for the Butterfly was a blast—so many young, attractive people I thought I was in Brooklyn. (No offense…?) The sign out front isn’t the only retro touch, as you’ll see when the place opens Tuesday. Chef Michael White told a cute story about his father buying a $600 piece of art that White ended up having sliced in half, so it could slide open to show a TV; you can imagine how his father reacted. White, who was lovely—and who lived in Battery Park City during 9/11—said he’s thrilled to be in Tribeca, and he also disclosed that the Butterfly will eventually serve some takeout. He specifically mentioned fried chicken….

••• Had a delightful post-Butterfly time at the Duane Park swing dance party, dining alfresco on lobster rolls and watching dancers cutting the proverbial rug. (The two at top, in particular, were amazing.) My friend Lisa said she felt like she was in a small town in a classic Hollywood film.

••• Interesting comment from ER about Gap’s plans for N. Moore: “Maybe it will be Intermix, which is now owned by the Gap.”

••• On June 27, New York Law School will host a forum with the four candidates for Manhattan Borough President. Info and RSVP.

••• I popped into Schoolhouse Electric yesterday, and when I inquired about a mirror, the clerk said they had one color in stock if I wanted to buy it right then and there (the other colors all had to be ordered). I said I was surprised they were selling stuff; when it opened, it was only a showroom, and he said that they were selling “some stuff.”

image••• Tribeca resident Jennifer Reed is performing tonight at the Jean Shop in the Meatpacking District. The evening is a celebration of her music and the Little Kids Rock Program.

••• Don’t forget: Cercle Rouge‘s “Bastille Week” party is July 11 this year.

••• From Manhattan Youth: “[We’re offering] free summer programing to middle school students. Teens can spend the summer developing skills, engaging in active learning, and having fun with friends! We offer three areas of summer study: performing arts, S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math), and sports. Activities run Monday through Friday, July 8 to August 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.” More info here.

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