11/11: The V Saga

cherry-blossoms-courtesy-wendy-gardner••• I got an email yesterday from Wendy Gardner, the artist and children’s book author whose sample sale I mentioned recently: “You said if I saw anything interesting in the neighborhood to let you know…. Well, the cherry trees are blooming on Watts today! This crazy weather!  I’ll send you a pic….” Cherry blossoms in November?

••• Curbed gets a little breathless about the new building V33, at 33 Vestry: “A year and a half ago, sage minds were taking bets on the chances that glassy new development V33 in North Tribeca would survive a braced-up neighbor threatening to crash down on its recently cleared lot. This one, from architect Winka Dubbeldam and the team at Archi-Tectonics, is a former Development Du Jour that had hit the skids, due to the Dubbel-whammy of the Lispenard Meadows curse and the mired economy. But now, the seven nine-story stack of amenity-filled condos, complete with two multi-floor townhouses, four full-floor units, and a triplex penthouse, has started to rise.”

••• The New York Times’s Diner’s Journal blog reports that Bouley Bakery will turn into a wine bar in the evenings, beginning Nov. 17: “Called By the Ounce, everything—wine and food, including meats, cheeses, vegetable dishes, caviar and smoked fish—will be served and priced by the ounce ($5 and up). Wines […] will be dispensed by the ounce, half-glass and glass, from a new-fangled wine keeper by Napa Technologies, and also sold by the bottle from a list of 250.” (Grub Street chimes in with: “If we’re understanding this correctly […] a glass of wine is going to cost you around $30.” To which we say, well, it makes Vino Vino‘s by-the-glass menu look like a better deal.)

••• This month’s Tribeca Meet & Greet is Monday, Nov. 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Canis Minor‘s soon-to-open pet-supply store at 106 Reade (Church/West Broadway). Frankly Wines is donating wine—Christy Frank says she has found a wine known as Chateau D’og (I’m taking a stab at the spelling and, no doubt, missing)—and Cosmopolitan Café will supply food. The events are geared toward local business owners, but all Tribecans are welcome.

courtesy-steven-alan••• Brace yourself: Steven Alan‘s four-day sample sale will begin Thursday, Nov. 19 at 8:30 a.m. at 97 Franklin (Broadway/Church)—note that this is not the Steven Alan store. These sales are usually a madhouse, especially on the first day. Thursday and Friday, it’s open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday hours are noon to 7 p.m., and Sunday hours are noon to 5 p.m.

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