Heard in the ‘Hood: Calling All Stage Parents

••• Franklin Café isn’t open yet, despite the party the other night. Monday is the official day one. More to come….

••• Walker’s extension unveiled its interior (below). Looks nice! Suddenly you can’t toss a pepperoni without hitting a pizza oven. Which is good!


••• Exciting stuff from the Manhattan Children’s Theatre: “Would you like your child to be featured on HBO? A documentary film company recently filmed a segment at MCT and enjoyed it so much they’d like to return and document one of our acting classes from start to finish. The only catch is that the students they’d like featured are a little older than our usual crowd, from 11-13 years old. So if you have an older brother or sister in the family who’d like to be a part of this class/film project let us know! If there’s sufficient interest, we’ll be scheduling this four-week intensive through the month of April. You can contact us directly for more information by emailing mctnewyork@gmail.com or by calling 212-226-4085.” Also: Spring acting classes start Mar. 23, so sign up soon.

••• Private sale: 45-minute massage for $50, Mar. 15–18 only, at Tribeca Spa of Tranquility (212-226-4141). You know I booked mine!

4424906899_24c93e632f••• 92YTribeca posted pix from Andy Garcia’s appearance there.

••• From the Downtown Dance Factory: “We’re so excited to finally announce the venue of our May 16 recital. It will be held at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Chambers Street right here in Tribeca. There are over 900 audience seats to fill, so let’s get a great audience together for our amazing young dancers! They more than deserve it! More details to come soon….”

••• Beekman Tower news: “Developer Forest City Ratner has begun removing the tower crane—a process that will take several weeks, through the end of March. Already the tallest building in Lower Manhattan, the tower was designed by Frank Gehry and features an undulating aluminum façade on three of its four sides (the fourth side was made flat to contain costs). It will house residential units, offices for New York Downtown Hospital, and a K-through-8th grade school on its lower stories. It is slated for completion in 2012.” (Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center)