News Roundup: Pedal Pushers

soul-cycle-by-tribeca-citizenOPENING/COMING SOMEDAY
••• Soul Cycle (above) opens tomorrow at 103 Warren, at the southeast corner of West Street (pressed up against the Whole Foods). I popped in yesterday and it looks fantastic—if not exactly ready to open. “We have a few all-nighters ahead of us,” said co-founder Julie Rice, “but we’ll get there.” What’s Soul Cycle? I’ll post something more extensive soon, but here’s the quick description from its website: “[The founders] believed indoor cycling could be inspiring; they both believed you could incorporate upper body and core workout into the routine; and finally they believed with some great branding, a beautiful environment, and outstanding customer service, the 45-minute class could be transformed into a special experience each time.”
••• RBC NYC had a friends-and-family day yesterday, and I crashed it—too late in the afternoon for a coffee for me, but the peanut butter cookie was delicious and the space is gorgeous. More on RBC this afternoon. (It’s at 71 Worth, east of Church.) UPDATE: I won’t be writing about RBC after all. Maybe they’ll be nicer once they open on Monday.
••• Crain’s reports that L.A.–based antiques firm Lucca is taking over the old Room store on Duane—for its first NYC outpost—and “should open by April.” (The story is about how Tribeca commercial rentals are heating up.)

••• The Grown & Sewn/Skot Foreman pop-up has extended its temporary lease on Duane Street.
••• Zutto is now open for weekend brunch (until they start putting bacon on it, I don’t know).

whatchamacallitAPROPOS OF NOTHING
I was walking down Reade yesterday afternoon, congratulating myself for not buying a cookie while checking out neighborhood sales, when, in a logic that might be unique to me, I rewarded myself by stopping in at Tribeca Treats for a cookie. (Why I love their cookies: They’re small and only $1.) I had a lovely snickerdoodle, still warm from the oven. The real revelation, however, was the free sample of a dark-chocolate Nutella candy bar that I snatched up from by the register. Holy moly! It was like the world’s best Whatchamacallit (remember those?). Highly recommended.

The next opera night at Duane Park restaurant is Feb. 3; it occurs the first Wednesday of every month. It’s not as overwhelming as you might expect: “Our divas will sing two arias (3-5 minutes each) with a 20-minute break between performances, giving you time to chat and for our host, Jonathan, to describe each aria and explain the story behind the song.” If that’s too high-culture for you, check out the burlesque and vaudeville acts on Friday and Saturday nights or the jazz pianist on Sunday night. On opera night and Sunday nights, there’s a prix-fixe menu ($33 and $25 respectively). And one more Duane Park tidbit: Half-price drinks at the bar from 5:30 to 7:30 daily.

••• The New York Post on “Tribeca’s civil war over P.S. 234.”
••• “Vestry Street’s 21-unit The Fairchild […] has crossed the 50% sold mark. The allure of ding-dong-ditching James Gandolfini should be appealing enough to move the remaining units.” (Curbed)
••• Zagat included Jour et Nuit in its 2010 restaurant preview: “The Smyth Tribeca gets its own restaurant this spring when Frederick Lesort (of the two shuttered Frederick’s) opens this French bistro. Despite the name though, it won’t be open 24 hours.” (Hasn’t J&N been in the works forever?)


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