Newsletter: Feb. 19

I attended so you didn’t have to. On the agenda: horrifying construction on Chambers and Hudson (and environs), as well as liquor-license drama about Jour et Nuit (opening soon in the Smyth), 20/20, 50 Lispenard, and Walker’s (which is putting in a pizza oven). Plus: Liquor coming to the Duane Street Hotel? Read all about it.

pier-a-second-floor9-by-tribeca-citizen1-200x3001IN THE NEWS
••• The Pier A renovation (left) squeezes by the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission.
•••• The World Financial Center’s Winter Garden could be getting remodeled.
••• Church Street Gym featured in Outside magazine.
••• Wall Street Journal and New York magazine report from on Thom Browne’s racoon-tail fetish.
••• Kate and Andy Spade—he conceptualized the J. Crew Liquor Store—get profiled in New York.

christy-frank-by-asha-agnish-for-tribeca-citizen1THE TCQ&A
“With three kids, aged 5, 3, and 1.5, almost any night out qualifies as a special occasion,” says Frankly Wines’ Christy Frank (right). “My husband, Yanai, and I keep trying for a last minute seat at Locanda Verde, but so far, we’ve been out of luck. Given that we usually show up at 9 p.m. on a Saturday, this isn’t surprising. So we just keep on going to Sushi Azabu. I dream about their sushi—the rice is textbook fabulous.” Here are her other thoughts on the neighborhood. Photograph by Asha Agnish.

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••• This Friday afternoon is your last chance to see “Plastic Rubber + Wood” at Tribeca Project Space—the gallery inside the Artisan Lofts lobby—before it closes to make way for a new show, “The Garden.” Remember, the space is generally open by appointment only.
••• It’s Armagnac Week at the Brandy Library! Hell, let’s make it Armagnac Month!
••• This weekend’s movies are laid out here. (Yes, Annie is among them.)
••• Jody Sperlin and Time Lapse Dance are at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. this weekend.
••• “A Fresh Take on Race and Cultural Identity,” a discussion between author Adam Mansbach and cultural critic Joan Morgan about race, cultural identity, and hip-hop in the Jewish and Black communities, will be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Sunday afternoon.

••• Coming to 92YTribeca in February: Comedy Below Canal with Liam McEneaney, Baratunde Thurston, Lizz Winstead, and Todd Barry. And here’s the whole March schedule, including appearances by Stanley Tucci, Anthony LaPaglia, Justin Bartha, Andy Garcia, and Lindsay Lohan (OK, she’ll only be onscreen). Plus: Jolie Holland! And an Oscars Viewing Party!
••• Monday, Feb. 22, Tribeca Cinemas Doc Series will screen Dark Days (2000), which “shatters the myths of homelessness by revealing a thriving community living in tunnels beneath New York City.”

borbay-resize-by-tribeca-citizen1BORBAY’S ATELIER
I met with artist Borbay (right), who’s immortalizing the Tribeca Grand Hotel….

••• 10% off Old Tom gin.
••• The deal yesterday at Blackboard Eats was 30% off dinner at Marc Forgione. I’m not sure if it’ll still be available today. I posted something as soon as I saw it, so do check back now and again)—or become a fan of Tribeca Citizen on Facebook, where I’ll post breaking (and/or time-sensitive) news.

courtesy-corcoran1REAL ESTATE
••• A White Street loft (left) that’s the set for a TV show is on the market.
••• Three-bedroom at 79 Laight sells for $2.6 million.


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