Newsletter: Apr. 5

where-in-tribeca-face2WHERE IN TRIBECA…?
Congratulations to Robert Ripps, who correctly guessed the whereabouts of this face. The answer—and a pulled-back shot—is here.

On the calendar this week: Lock up your salame! Mario Batali is coming • Soho Photo’s big annual juried show •  “Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me It’s Raining” • Downtown Community Awards • Determining what to do with the waterfront • Embarrassing true stories • And much more….

I haven’t posted much over the weekend because I have family in town from California. So instead of a normal newsletter, here are some of my favorite items from the past 12 months. Some of them are quite good! Especially Asha’s photo essays!

boardwalk-300x225A WALK IN THE PARK
Connie Fishman (president of the Hudson River Park Trust) and landscape architect Signe Nielsen took me on a fascinating tour of the completed part of Hudson River Park’s Tribeca section, describing why it was designed the way it was. For example, why the hills? “We wanted to create another path in a narrow space,” said Nielsen. “But if the boardwalk were the same level as the esplanade, what would be the point?”

sign10-by-asha-agnish-for-tribeca-citizenWRITING ON THE WALL
Over a one-month period, photographer Asha Agnish walked every block of Tribeca. Her quest? To document the old signs left over from the neighborhood’s industrial past. Part one is here; part two is here.

No jiving! Jennifer Gilbert, founder of Tribeca event-planners Save the Date and a member of Real Housewives of New York City explained some things about throwing a party. “You can have the best caterer or the coolest venue. But if people leave starving, then the party will be remembered that way.”

elyn-zimmerman-by-tribeca-citizen-225x300CAVALA PARK
Artist Elyn Zimmerman, a co-designer of CaVaLa Park, showed me around the new park. (Can you blame me for having parks on the brain? Why am I not outside?)

Here’s an appropriate one for the spring break season: If you’re among the people forgoing travel this year, here are five ways to ensure that you make the most of your downtime. P.S. I cannot wait for BLT season at Wichcraft. And have I mentioned how much I admire Wichcraft for not even using tomatoes unless they’re in season (and therefore good)?

shopdogs-abhaya-by-asha-agnishSHOPDOGS OF TRIBECA
Sometimes that doggie in the window isn’t for sale…. Asha Agnish shot photographed the dogs—and one cat—who spend their days “working” at local businesses. It’s a cutefest!

I once watched whirling dervishes at Carnegie Hall, and found them entrancing—so when I saw a flyer about a “whirling workshop,” I knew I had to try it. The idea of doing it myself seemed childlike in the best possible way, and very liberating. Oh, well.

I haven’t asked in a while, but if you enjoy this newsletter, please forward it to anyone you know in Tribeca, even if you think they’ll hate it. (You never know!) Thanks….


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