Newsletter: Nov. 30

bpc-ice-rink-by-tribeca-citizenBPC ON ICE—THAT’S NICE Battery Park City on Ice has opened, on the ballfields between Warren and Murray, next to the West Street bike path, and I defy anyone not to be enchanted when the skaters, most of whom are kids, rush out onto the rink after the Zamboni is done Zamboning. (It’ll be even lovelier when the construction to the west is completed.) Admission is $10 for adults and children, and skate rentals are $3; Battery Park City residents get $1 off admission as well as 10 percent discounts on birthday parties and corporate events. The rink is rather large, certainly by Manhattan standards, and it’ll host skating lessons and hockey clinics starting Dec. 12. In the tent, there’s a snack counter, hot chocolate being an essential part of the ice-skating experience. Hours are 1 p.m.–10 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on Sundays (with some extensions around Christmas). 888-727-5423,

MAYBE I’LL GO AS JAMES FREY Helping Orphans Worldwide, an organization that publishes a literary magazine called the H.O.W. Journal from its office on Desbrosses Street to raise money and awareness for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, is throwing the H.O.W. Holiday Costume Party this Sunday, Dec. 6, from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Macao Trading Co. There’s an open bar during the first hour, followed by readings by Tao Lin and Willie Perdomo. You’re supposed to dress as a character from literature, drama, film, or whatever, and yes, you might win something for your efforts (first prize: $300; second prize: dinner for two at “one of NYC’s best restaurants”; third prize: Exhale Spa gift certificate). Tickets are $15 at or $20 at the door; proceeds go toward founding an art, music and film-making program for young adults at Safe Space.

dream-house-2-by-asha-agnishONE MAN’S DREAM IS… Last weekend I poked my nosy nose into the MELA Foundation‘s Dream House exhibit, on the third floor of 275 Church. Read more. (Photograph by Asha Agnish.)

COMING UP This week at Barnes & Noble Tribeca: Mickey Leigh and Legs McNeil, authors of I Slept with Joey Ramone (Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.); Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! and author of Breaking the Sound Barrier (Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m.); a kids’-music concert by the Jimmies, in support of their new CD, Make Your Own Someday (Thursday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m.). Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if the Jimmies covered the Ramones’ “Beat on the Brat”? No?

kenneth-cole-courtesy-zapposTRIBECA® WATCH Kenneth Cole has (once had?) an entire line called Tribeca, although if this page from is any indication, the shoes had nothing in common with each other, let alone the Triangle Beneath Canal Street. Add it to the list….

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