Seen & Heard: Five Boro Bike Tour Complaints

••• I heard a lot of complaints—and made a few of my own—about the noise of the Five Boro Bike Tour yesterday. Even those of us who love the idea of the ride wonder whether the kick-off needs three speakers on every block of Church blasting cheesy music (a Pitbull medley?!) and the emcees’ exhortations (“Yeeeah!” and “Have a great ride!”) for hours early on a Sunday morning? Adam and I could hear it in our east-facing Broadway apartment, even with the windows closed; at street level on Church, the volume was bonkers. Why on earth doesn’t the ride start somewhere that’s not residential? At minimum, the organizers should give us warning about the street closures and noise. I only heard about the race when a vendor at the Saturday Greenmarket asked if I would be affected by it. UPDATE: See Komanoff’s comment below for a response from the organizers.

••• Martin Auer says his forthcoming Bakehouse at 249 Church won’t open before autumn.

••• Gotham Girls Football Club is the only NYC soccer club devoted solely to girls—providing formative and development soccer training for girls ages 8 to 17. The coaches instill a love of the game, prepare the girls to compete at the highest level, and help them reach their full potential as players, students, and people. For more information about Gotham Girls FC, and to register for a try-out date (May 8 or 15), visit gothamgirls.org. Sponsored.

Gotham Girls••• From Friends of Washington Market Park: “Ladybug Day is a decades-long tradition at Washington Market Park. This year we are holding the event on a weekend so everyone can join in the fun! The Friends of Washington Market Park will distribute 100,000 ladybugs to children and adults who will then release them in the park. Many of the ladybugs will make their homes in the park and help protect the plants from aphids and other pests. Please join us at 11 a.m. for this exciting event!” It’s May 30. That reminds me: If you’ve never seen the documentary Microcosmos, about insects, you really should. It’s astounding—and it’s on Netflix now.

••• A Chaise Fitness studio is opening at 180 Maiden Lane. Its “Reinvention Method combines Pilates, ballet and aerobics; transcending these by incorporating a custom overhead bungee system creating long and lean muscles. Our method will improve your flexibility, balance and posture to transform you into your best self.” There are already locations in the Flatiron District and on the Upper East Side.

chaise fitness 180 Maiden Lane••• There were a few stop-work orders on 111 Murray, as 101 Murray is now known. I don’t normally post about them—and all projects seem to get them at some point—but two of them were for improper storage of combustible liquids and a “failure to provide safety zone for demolition operations,” an done of those was a full-stop order (as opposed to a partial one). The hearing is scheduled for June 18; I can’t imagine they’re forced to stop demolition till then, but who knows (and if so I’m sure residents of 101 Warren will be relieved). P.S. The work this morning seemed to be mostly clean-up, which I think they can do during a stop-work order.

111 Murray stop work order1 111 Murray stop work order2••• An Art Strut event this Thursday from the Soho Strut blog: “From 6-8 p.m., twenty galleries will be open to the public and five will have a wine reception and live music. Plus, the 7-10 p.m. pop-up gallery at 28 Wooster features local artists, silent art auction, live music and wine ($25-$35) and includes a limited edition Moleskine notebook. The proceeds raised go to support local non profit ACE programs for the homeless! Tickets at artstrut.eventbrite.com.”

••• Come on, Satur Farms! Plastic shells are totally unnecessary—and wildly wasteful—for radicchio and treviso. Do we really need Whole Foods to turn into Trader Joe’s, with its produce aisle full of plastic?

Satur Farms radicchio at Whole Foods