News Roundup: “Triburbia”?

BURN! Food-and-wine consultant Rafael Mateo dismisses much of the Tribeca dining scene on his blog: “Many restaurants have closed, most notably Chanterelle and Danube [….] The quality of some existing restaurants have slipped too. Old standbys like Tribeca Grill and The Odeon have not kept up with the times, serving mediocre food for unjustified prices, and the basic grub stops such as Edward’s or Petite Abeille or Max, might as well be located in the Upper East Side. It’s a bad sign when a chain comes along, like Dean’s pizza, further signifying a changing of the guard. More Duane Reades, banks, and chain stores like Subway. I had a few recent meals at David Bouley’s Upstairs and Blaue Gans, and although the meals were fine, they were not up to par compared to past experiences. I am still wondering about Nobu’s consistency.” Ouch! (But he makes some fair points.) What really got me thinking, however, was this: “More than ever, at night, it is quiet, and that can be directly related to the Triburbia effect, meaning the rising number of stay at home moms with strollers who have traded in late night dinners for lunch/shopping.” I think it’s dubious to blame “stay-at-home moms” for anything, but the word “Triburbia” does nicely get at something that’s been on my mind lately. Does Tribeca even have an edge anymore? Or is it becoming a post-industrial Upper West Side? (I’ll let you know after Friday night.)

penthouse-courtesy-tribeca-grandAROUND THE WEB “Christian and Britt Ewen filed suit against Federico Maccherone, their neighbor at 200 Chambers St., for negligence, saying his smoking has caused them headaches, loss of sleep and chest pain, and caused their 4-year-old daughter nosebleeds” (DNAinfo). ••• Haute Living blows kisses at the new Penthouse Suite (pictured) at the Tribeca Grand Hotel; it was designed by William Sofield. ••• Apex Art is holding a competition in which you can open a four-week Apex Art “franchise” in your city, as long as it has a population under 500K. The deadline is Dec. 15. ••• “Vice magazine co-founder Shane Smith has reportedly paid $2.2 million for a loft on Desbrosses Street in Tribeca” (Luxist).

COMING UP Maslow 6’s Champagne seminar is tomorrow night, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.; $100. ••• Chris Van Allsburg, author of The Polar Express, will be at Barnes & Noble at 6 p.m. ••• Friday at 7:30 p.m., at New Field Yoga: “Multi-instrumentalists and Didge Project founders AJ Block and Tyler Sussman use the didgeridoo to bring awareness to the power of vibrations in meditation and healing” ($20).

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