9/24 News: An Artisan Gallery

beth-mcneill-courtesy-mcneill-art-group• Hamptons.com reports that the McNeill Art Group of Southampton is opening a gallery at 143 Reade, a.k.a the Artisan Lofts building. “The inaugural exhibition, Plastic, Rubber + Wood, curated by Beth McNeill [right], will open with a reception on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.” Otherwise, the space is open by appointment only (631-838-4843). BTW we’re planning on profiling another new Tribeca gallery, Jan Larsen Art on Greenwich between Duane and Reade, soon.

• In a piece about how city colleges are snapping up real estate, the New York Times noted that “The Art Institute of New York City, a professional arts institute, represented by Colliers ABR, leased 12,500 square feet at 11 Beach Street” and “Pace University is in the market for a large block of space.”

by-dean-kaufman-courtesy-travel-leisureTravel + Leisure‘s Peter Jon Lindberg surveys “the new downtown,” remarking “In 1970, Tribeca had only 243 residents. Today, it has 26,151.” Mentions include J. Crew’s Liquor Store, the Greenwich Hotel (left), and its restaurant, Locanda Verde.

The Lo-Down breaks down the voting in the recent City Council race by neighborhood: “Tribeca: Chin 326, Gerson 340, Kim 329.” (The numbers are preliminary and come from Margaret Chin’s office.)

• From the Real Deal: “The chairman and CEO for the Americas at Hugo Boss, Mark Brashear, paid $3.2 million for a 2,793-square-foot condominium in the Tribeca loft building at 60 Beach Street, between Greenwich and Hudson. Brashear closed on the three-bedroom sponsor unit Sept. 4, after going into contact in August, city records published today say. The unit was first listed at $3.675 million in September 2007 by the Corcoran Group, according to Streeteasy.com.”

• Bubby’s and Kitchenette both make Blackbook‘s list of the city’s top 10 pancakes.

tucano-by-tribeca-citizen• Having long suffered the indignity of having “space for rent” signs in its windows,  Tucano, the laptop-tote store on Duane Street, has officially packed its bags.

• David Bouley is being sued for $1.3 million for unpaid rent, says the New York Post: “In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Webway Associates says Bouley leased a space at 111 West Broadway in October 2007 for $23,000 a month—and hasn’t paid a dime.” The site was supposed to house a new Japanese restaurant. “The suit says Bouley — who moved and reopened his pricey, popular restaurant last year — also owes $600,000 for work done to get the would-be restaurant ready, including $369,000 for floor repair and replacement, and $186,000 for gas, water main and sprinkler work.”

• Andrea Thompson of The New Yorker drops in on Warren 77. To sum it up, the food is good but patrons are busier watching each other than any game: “The steak sandwich, swathed in mozzarella and served with a rich au jus, pairs tender meat with a soft ciabatta; the mac and cheese is buttery, with a crunchy layer of bread crumbs on top. The chopped salad, a bountiful mix of asparagus, avocado, egg, blue cheese, olives, and more, makes for a moment of incredulity—who gets to eat a satisfying salad while watching Federer get beat by Del Potro?”

• “Cymbeline may be nobody’s favorite Shakespeare play, but Fiasco Theater is making it awfully lovable in a spunky production at Access Theater.” —Neil Genzlinger of the New York Times (380 Broadway, at White).

• City Winery has announced its fall season, including New Year’s Eve performances by Los Lobos, as well as shows by Shawn Colvin, Nick Lowe, the Blind Boys of Alabama, War, Marshall Crenshaw, and Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs. For full info, see citywinery.com.

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