Seen & Heard: “Mr. Robot” Shooting Here on Tuesday

••• A reader told me about a scary story of a dog owner who seems to have no control over her dog, which attacked the reader’s dog and dog-walker. (The same dog also attacked the reader’s neighbor’s dog in the dog run.) The dog to look out for is “a large black terrier/lab looking mutt,” and this happened in northwest Tribeca.

••• No one has guessed “Where in Tribeca…?” yet. I’ll post the answer at end of day tomorrow.

••• The TV show “Mr. Robot” is doing a big shoot in southeast Tribeca on Tuesday. It’s being camouflaged as “Norwich Follies,” which the city lets the production get away with, so I’ll put it in the headline and tweet it to @OLV.

••• A noisy, smelly street fair to benefit Community Board 1 will be held Thursday, July 13, on Warren between Church and Broadway. So if you live on that block, you might want to make plans to be elsewhere.

••• The storefront at 27 Desbrosses is a construction office for the project across the street, 440 Washington, which will presumably start up soon, now that 70 Vestry is nearing completion. Here’s a rendering of what to expect from the 11-story building.

••• “Not a fan of the ‘Merman’s Mermaid’ mural,” commented Ian the other day in the post that mentioned changes to the arcade at 200 Water, “but very curious of what was in this location when it was painted in 1971. I see it says something about a pool?” The Municipal Art Society had the answer: “A giant fishing lure hangs above a pool of water, its cascading hooks ready to ensnare the next victim. Entitled Very Large Fish Lure, the sculpture is credited to the Rebel Fishing Lure Co., with concept design by Rudolph de Harak, a Kaufman favorite used at other buildings. A nearby impression on the arcade wall, entitled ‘Merman’s Mermaid’ (1971), by Forrest Wilson, continues the water-based theme. The rectangular water pool has six jets, viewed from above on the adult jungle gym and its multiple levels of seating.” I had never noticed the lure! And presumably the odd fenced in area is where the pool used to be; why they didn’t remove the fence when the pool was filled in is anyone’s guess. (It’ll all likely be removed when the current owner, Rockrose, reclaims the atrium for private use.) P.S. The Kaufman mentioned by the MAS was Melvyn Kaufman, a developer fond of quirk. From his NYT obit (definitely worth a read):

Mr. Kaufman had a lifelong fascination with office buildings as public spaces with which tenants and passers-by could engage. If one was going to erect a leviathan, his design philosophy seemed to go, at least make it leviathan with levity.

He deplored lobbies, the sine qua non of office buildings since the dawn of recorded history. “Marble and travertine mausoleums are bad for the living and terrific for the dead,” Mr. Kaufman told The Times in 1971.

4 Comments

  1. thanks for the link to the melvyn kaufman obit. i was unaware of him but his creations have elicited a smile from me many times. i have spent several pleasant lunch breaks sitting on his big red swing at 777 third ave.

  2. 200 Water has a Privately Owned Public Space (POPS) whose original owner received a square footage bonus. I assume it is the now private atrium. The building was citied in the Comptroller’s recent audit as non-compliant.
    https://comptroller.nyc.gov/wp-content/uploads/documents/SR16_102A.pdf

  3. thanks for the research and follow up Tribeca Citizen! That mural and hanging sculpture would have been much more appealing with the jet pool, adult jungle gym with multiple levels of seating. sounds very cool.

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