Seen & Heard: American Apparel Is Basically Gone

••• American Apparel wasted no time in closing its Tribeca store: The space has been emptied except for a rack or two of merchandise at 90% off, and signage is directing people to the Soho and Noho stores. The fixtures are for sale, too.

••• Having recently turned its lobby into a café, the Duane Street Hotel is now introducing a happy hour daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. And on Christmas Eve (7-11 p.m.) and New Year’s Eve (8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.), the hotel is hosting an open house for hotel guests and the community, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Graffiti Earth and drink specials.

••• In other hotel news, the spa at the Four Seasons hotel will open to “external guests” at the end of January, as I found out when I tried to book a massage there. (For research.) The menu is here.

••• 111 Murray appears to be lit in various colors, à la a Christmas tree.

••• Congratulations to soupmonger Ben LeBlanc of Good Stock: Two months after setting up shop inside Urbanspace Vanderbilt in Midtown, he’ll be opening a dedicated brick-and-mortar outpost on Carmine Street. (Possibly as soon as next week!) He wrote an entertaining blog post about the endeavor—and great to see he’s using local neon-signmaker Let There Be Neon.