News Roundup: State of Grace?

grace-by-tribeca-citizenSTATE OF GRACE? The agenda for the CB1 Tribeca Committee meeting on Dec. 9 lists a liquor-license application for 114 Franklin—the space formerly known as Grace—by a company called Cocktail Despirito LLC. At first, I thought Rocco Dispirito might be up to something, but he seems like someone who wouldn’t misspell his own name. (There’s still a “for lease” sign in Grace’s window, but something is going on inside.)

AROUND THE WEB “Everything There Is to Know About the Fast-Approaching Trump Soho,” including far more than you ever thought to ask (Curbed). Seriously, is that building ugly or what? At least it’s not bronze. ••• The Fiterman Hall groundbreaking had some d-r-a-m-a (Downtown Express). ••• Concerns that the BPCA-funded, Asphalt Green-managed community center in Battery Park City will swallow up the competition (Broadsheet Daily).

COMING UP On Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., John & Wendy, authors of Periwinkle Smith and the Twirly, Whirly Tutu, will be at Shoofly. (Is she the same Wendy who used to be with Lisa?) ••• Authors-with-kids group Pen Parentis is having a reading/party on Dec. 8 at the Libertine with Amy Sohn (Prospect Park West), Sam Apple (American Parent), and Jeffrey Rotter (The Known Unknowns). ••• Updates to the 92YTribeca schedule: Erin McKenna, founder of vegan bakery BabyCakes (Dec. 7, noon; $16); former NYT restaurant critic William Grimes talks up his new book, Appetite City (Dec. 8, noon, $16); Susan Abel Lieberman offers help for mothers-in-law (Dec. 9, noon, $16); Comedy Below Canal: The Twelfth Night of Chanukah with Sean Patton, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Mande, and Rob Paravonian (Dec. 24, 9 p.m., $12).

courtesy-museum-of-jewish-heritageSTEALS AND DEALS You probably already got the pamphlet in the mail, but Downtown Alliance is running a “Five Days of Giveaways” promotion next week (Monday–Friday) in which if you bring a certificate to any of 35 shops and restaurants and buy something over the minimum about (which changes depending on the business) you’ll get a free gift. Thanks, but I think I’ll focus on that $50 first. ••• The Museum of Jewish Heritage‘s gift shop is offering free domestic shipping on all online and phone orders and on in-store purchases of $50 or more. ••• Over the next three days, show this coupon at many Seaport-area stores for various discounts (via Broadsheet Daily).


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