Seen & Heard: Late-Night Sidewalk Seating Request

••• The new JR mural at 100 Franklin as of Saturday afternoon. It’s a historical photo of kids at Ellis Island. UPDATE: Right after I posted this, Shelley emailed that she just came across the full photo that JR is using at U.S. History Scene; it’s below.

Ellis Island mural by JR at 100 FranklinEllis Island children via US History Scene••• Filming yesterday around Cortlandt Alley: “The Starry Night, The Starry Sea,” which appears to be a Chinese TV series. From IMDB: “The romantic tale follows a girl living on a small island shelters and falls in love with a man from no where. The mysteries surrounding them gradually unravel his true identity, the ultimate end of an evolutionary process distinct from human beings.” Meanwhile, the TV show “Billions” is shooting in the Warren/Church area on Tuesday and the Murray/Church area on Wednesday.

••• The discussion around the sidewalk café at the restaurant opening at 385 Greenwich/71 N. Moore (formerly Ivy’s Bistro) promises to be even more contentious than I thought: Not only do owners Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein likely want to put tables on a side street, they’re asking for the right to serve outside till midnight Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. (About the headline: Yes, midnight and 1 a.m. qualify as “late night” in these parts, especially in regard to outside tables.)

385 Greenwich aka 71 NMoore••• It does indeed appear that Buddha Bar is going straight to the State Liquor Authority, having been rejected by Community Board 1 (whose role is only advisory). If you’d like to send a comment to the SLA, the info is below.

Buddha Bar 62 Thomas••• The door handle at 156 Reade, where an Alex & Ani jewelry store was said to be opening, says “Studio 156.” So maybe it’s less of a store and more of a showroom for the brand?

156 Reade aka 156 Studio