Newsletter: May 17

Congratulations to the Taste of Tribeca team—entirely made of volunteers—for pulling off such a classy, fun afternoon! (That’s Harrison chef Amanda Freitag at right.) Now, let’s dish about the food….

More details on the restaurants planned for Duane Street and the Fitz’s Pig-N-Whistle space on Greenwich. Plus: the forecast for two-way tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, an application for a newsstand at W. Broadway and N. Moore, drunk Pace students, and sidewalk seating at Saluggi’s.

“My dream has always been to open a hardware store in my own neighborhood,” says Andy Scheman (left), whose Tribeca Paint—Hardware & Home opened yesterday in the West Broadway space that used to be Tribbles.

Remember: Our neighbors at Sora Lella on Spring would like to offer Tribeca Citizen readers a complimentary bottle of wine, valued at $35. (The full details are here.) TC reader Matilde Busana reports back: “The bottle of wine on the special deal was great in fact we had another one (paid for). The food was fantastic—all wonderful typical Roman dishes—artichoke salad, wonderful prosciuttto, saltimbocca alla romana but with tuna, a great alternative! And to die for pecorino—still a bit soft!! Just like being in Roma—not—but close enough!!”

This week in Tribeca: Civil rights legend Andrew Young, the author of “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” an eating tour of Chinatown, a Veuve Clicquot dinner, Suzanne Vega and Lloyd Cole, the Proclaimers, the fall of Bear Stearns, and a whole lot more. Plus: the full calendar through June 26.

Battery Park City’s half-acre Teardrop Park South finally opened, and I took a lot of photos—it’s quite pretty. Also: Despite the photo at right, dogs aren’t actually allowed in the park. One more reason to get the pug certified as an emotional-support animal….

••• An extra kindergarten section for P.S. 234.
••• The dramatic façade of Cordoba House, the mosque and Islamic cultural center slated for Park Place.
••• Crossing guards coming to three West Street intersections.
••• A dog blew off a balcony and lived. One good thing about pugs: They’re very dense.
••• Inside the One York apartment owned by the owner of Ricky’s.
••• Condé Nast said to be looking into the Freedom Tower. Will Condé Nast even be around when the building is finally done?
••• Antiques dealer Steven Sclaroff in T Magazine.
••• Marc Forgione makes headlines by kicking out a writer who barged into the kitchen to complain about Forgione yelling. Plus: What Forgione eats in a week.
••• The owner of Scoop is selling his Watts Street apartment.
••• Soho Rep’s latest reviewed.
••• A truck selling art by Marco parks in Tribeca.
••• The Brooklyn Banks skateboard area is closing (and after my run-in with skateboarders, I’m fine with it.)
••• Plus: Riverhouse sales update, the garbage garage looks like a done deal, Bouley and Montrachet pastry alumnow at the White House, Tamarind Tribeca in the VV, Karkula in the NYT, Locanda Verde in the WSJ, local composer PT Walkley, and Tribeca Summit has cut its prices.

••• Archipelago, Sasha Wolf Gallery, and Design Within Reach have left the neighborhood.
••• But Le Pain Quotidien is coming to BPC.
••• A peek at what’s in store at the Fulton Stall Market, which starts May 30 (it’ll be Sundays and Wednesdays this year).
••• Restaurateur Danny Meyer said to be serious about BPC. And it’s looking like a Shake Shack.
••• Cristina Dos Santos starts a bedding line.
••• A very cool map of Tribeca (and beyond) in 1852.
••• The MTA protesters on Duane are being rude. Also, might they not be better off spending their time looking for new jobs?
••• Night tennis is back at Hudson River Park.
••• The View’s Sherri Shepherd is in a cute Bing/Bar Artisanal ad.
••• Plus: Bubby’s gets in bed with Williams-Sonoma, Saluggi’s starts brunch, Amanda Peet burglary acquittal, Takahachi Bakery delayed by a week, Best Made is making a clever lamp, and some lovely photos.


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