News Roundup: Hive Mentality

Albert Capsouto—a co-founder of Capsouto Frères, 19-year board member of CB1, and a big presence in the years after 9/11—has died of brain cancer, reports the Tribeca Trib.

courtesy-hive-at-552punking-outcourtesy-tribeca-grillCOMING UP
••• The Tribeca Meet and Greet is tomorrow (Wednesday), 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Hive at 55, the new shared-workspace at 55 Broad from the Downtown Alliance. It’s a casual, fun time, with no speechifying of any kind. Come say hello—especially if you’re a local business owner, but even if you’re not. If my presence isn’t enough of an incentive, I hear there might be some Seaport gift cards given away.
••• 92YTribeca has added events to its January schedule: Punking Out, a 1979 documentary about the birth of the New York punk scene (Jan. 20, free); “Comedy Below Canal: Some Folks,” hosted by Wayne Cenac of The Daily Show (Jan. 21, $12 advance, $15 at the door); “Dream Role!” in which all sorts of people take on their theatrical dream role (Jan. 27, $10).
••• Want to taste a $1,000-per-bottle of sake? Your big chance will be on Jan. 23 at New York Vintners, when “Jihei Isawa, Vice President of Katsuyama Brewery, will be in the country for just a couple of days to introduce his new line of sakes to the American market” ($45).
••• On Sunday, Jan. 24, Tribeca Grill (right) is one of a group of restaurants that “will donate 10% of restaurant proceeds, 5% of server gratuities, and any donations diners feel compelled to make, to Haitian charities to help feed, clothe, and pay for medications.” (The Strong Buzz, via MUG)

A few months ago, in a piece about dining at restaurant bars, I wished aloud that Marc Forgione had a bar menu, Well, the other night, I was having a very good meal in the dining room when I saw a burger walk by (you know what I mean), en route to the bar. It turns out that the restaurant has had a special bar menu for about a year now; beyond the burger, it’s mostly nibbles—cheese, olives, oysters.

••• New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has voted to landmark 311 Broadway (between Thomas and Duane; Atomic Wings is on the ground floor). (Tribeca Trib)
••• “Scott Whalen and Jennifer Whalen bought a condo at 260 W. Broadway St. in Tribeca from Taylor Holdings LLC for $1.35 million on Dec. 23. Unit #8C is in the American Thread Building, which was built in 1893 as the Wool Exchange Building and converted to a condominium in 1980, has 50 units on 11 floors. Mr. Whalen is vice president and senior credit analyst/head trader at PPMG in New York City.” (Blockshopper)


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