Newsletter: Nov. 29

THIN ICE I walked over to the new ice rink at Battery Park City on Friday only to find that it hadn’t opened after all. I was prepared to try again yesterday, but then I received a Notify NYC alert that “West Street in Manhattan is closed to traffic between Vesey Street and Chambers Street due to falling glass at 200 Murray Street [the new Goldman Sachs building] from the high winds. Emergency personnel have secured the area. Expect delays. Seek alternate routes.” Is Goldman Sachs, done toying with kittens, moving on to ice-skating children? (The alert was lifted Saturday night.)

fiterman-courtesy-lmcccDON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU The demolition of Fiterman Hall is complete, says Downtown Express: “The City University of New York classroom building, just north of the World Trade Center site and heavily damaged on 9/11, had stood shrouded in black netting for years, casting a figurative shadow on Downtown’s recovery and a physical one on the rebuilt 7 World Trade Center. By the end of last week, little more than the plywood sidewalk shed remained.” The groundbreaking for the new building (above) is Tuesday.

CALLING ALL ANGRY PARENTS Broadsheet Daily and the Tribeca Trib anticipate Monday’s school-zoning meeting. According to the former, “The Monday night meeting at P.S. 89 will begin at 6:30 p.m. Community members wishing to speak are advised to call the CEC office (212-356-3915) and register in advance. Speakers who do not register in advance can sign up at the meeting itself, but preference will be given to the former group. Those who cannot attend this meeting (or do not get the opportunity to speak) may wish to attend a second session, scheduled for the evening of Dec. 9 at the offices of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, located at 250 Broadway.”

SMOOTH CRIMINAL Orlando Reyes, having been arrested for petit larceny, escaped from the First Precinct station house at Varick and Ericsson before being caught once again over on White Street. The New York Post reports that he cried and whined “Please don’t beat me up” as he was dragged back into custody.

courtesy-carefully-consideredstrahan-courtesy-prudential-douglas-ellimanAROUND THE WEB Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff, and Robert De Niro of the Tribeca Film Festival make the Barron’s “25 Best Givers” list: “This trio of filmmakers transformed the horror of September 11, 2001, into a spirit of cooperation and rebuilding in Manhattan’s Tribeca. ‘The world didn’t need a new film festival—but Tribeca did, in order to bring it back to life,’ says Rosenthal. In a striking case of art spurring economic development, the first festival, in 2003, generated an estimated $50 million for local merchants. The event has now drawn 2.3 million moviegoers to the downtown neighborhood.” ••• Core77 fawns over the “ridiculously hot” motorcycle designs by Tribeca-based design company Carefully Considered. ••• “Retired New York Giants’ defensive end Michael Strahan is offering his loft in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood for $1.875 million” (below left); Prudential Douglas Elliman has the listing (Wall Street Journal). ••• The New York Times gets excited about this week’s Romanian Film Festival (Dec. 4–6) at Tribeca Cinemas: “Some of the most talked-about movies in recent years, at least among cinephiles, have come out of Romania, where a new generation of filmmakers has snagged awards at Cannes and other top festivals.”

ONE THUMB UP I recommend Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces—at Landmark’s Sunshine—although at times I wished I was watching Chicas y Maletas, the farce-within-the-movie, instead. Still, it’s always enjoyable spending time in Almodóvar’s world, and the film is gorgeous, absolutely worth seeing on a big screen.


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