Newsletter: Aug. 3

Chambers then and nowTRIBECA THEN & NOW
We owe Tribeca resident Ivan Kosnyrev a big round of thanks: He sifted through the New York Public Library’s historical photos of the neighborhood, and then he shot the locations as they look now. Let’s start from the south….

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FrenchetteINTRODUCING FRENCHETTE
The restaurant under construction in the former Cercle Rouge space is aiming to open this September—and chef-owners Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr plan to take the menu into unfamiliar territory.

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SEEN & HEARD
••• 7/31: Tipsy Shanghai has closed, and another Chinese restaurant has taken its place. Plus: 91 Leonard appears to have topped out; pop-up gallery coming to Broadway; new Brookfield Place tenant; tattoo parlor on Lafayette; Harrison storefront; Jane Lynch’s Christmas show; “Instinct” shoot.
••• 8/1: DanceBody appears to be off. Plus: Still no activity at the Trader Joe’s Hudson Square store; first floor of 1 White revealed; Janovic in Soho reopened; two teens have started a macaron company; Joe at the World Trade Center mall.
••• 8/2: VCafé has reopened. Plus: “Herbal blessings” from David Bouley; update on two Seaport ice cream shops (above); Arcade Bakery’s month-long break; fashion showroom moved to L.A.; the Civil Service Book Shop keeps surviving.

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courtesy Poke GreenA POKE RESTAURANT IS OPENING ON GREENWICH
The great citywide poke boom—or bubble?—has finally reached the western half of Tribeca.

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courtesy AlumnaeNEW SHOE BRAND ALUMNAE IS OPENING A TRIBECA BOUTIQUE
According to Vogue, Alumnae is “the footwear phoenix rising from the ashes of Sigerson Morrison’s legal disputes,” and the magazine declared the shoes “affordably cool” at $400 to $600.

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IN THE NEWS
••• 7/31: Summer Streets kicks off this Saturday. Plus: Homeless people living in FiDi hotels are unhappy that the neighborhood is so expensive; an ode to Bouley; lost Greek Revival church (above); ways to get out on the water.
••• 8/1: Privatization of public space. Plus: Man injured in fall at the World Trade Center Oculus; area thefts; Soho Rep’s fall schedule; Stuyvesant alumni fracas.
••• 8/2: Rebuffed thief attacks woman. Plus: Optometry chain leases space on Worth; spending the night with transit cops.

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Worth StreetCLOSE-UP: WORTH STREET
The patterns, details, textures, and scars that give Worth Street—and Tribeca in general—its character.

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