Newsletter: June 4

Donating to charities via those young, earnest-looking people who ask to speak with you about helping children or the ACLU is a terrible idea. They’re hired guns, and middlemen take a major chunk of the money.

Imagine Swimming, which currently gives classes at BMCC’s pool, is building its own pool in Independence Plaza (and allowed me to snap a pic).

This weekend in greater Tribeca: P.S. 234 yard sale, Hula Hoop contest, “Misery,” tribute to Yma Sumac, dance by Edisa Weeks and Parijat Desai, Tribeca Tarot Reader, Blessing of the Fleet, soccer-film and Brazilian-film festivals, a green house, soccer workshop, Tribeca Cinemas Kids Club, Chinatown tour, “Secret Brunch,” the Holmes Bros. Plus: The full calendar through July 4.

Now available from New York Kayak Co., stand-up paddleboarding (a.k.a. SUP) is like windsurfing without the sail—you stand on a board and propel yourself with a paddle. Or not, as I learned the wet way. (Photo by Asha Agnish.)

••• BPC’s West Thames Park opens, and then the tire swing gets taken down because kids were getting hurt.
••• Goldman Sachs decides Battery Park City doesn’t really need that New York Sports Club. After all, residents can use the GS gym, right?
••• The NYT checks out Il Matto’s avant-garde cocktails. Anything’s fine with me, as long as it has Tanqueray. I love the color of the bottle…. (Sorry, that was from A Single Man.)
••• Subway rescue on the Chambers stop A/C/E platform.
••• Historian Oliver Allen on vault lights, those little glass circles in sidewalks around here.
••• One York’s penthouse sells for $24 million to someone who’ll use it as a pied-à-terre. I housesit!
••• Several local restaurants make New York mag’s impressive list of the best sandwiches, and two make the NYT critic’s top 50 restaurants. Both lists are linked to from here.
••• Plus: Ward III interview, Locanda Verde chef branching out, the NYT talks sense about the Cordoba House brouhaha, the Trump Soho Hotel reviewed, Bono’s wife’s company is based here, BPCA nomination, bigots on parade, old City Hall subway station tour, Plein Sud‘s chef will be on “Top Chef,” and two more Hudson Square hotels.

There’s a new sculpture exhibit at City Hall Park, which is always a cause for excitement (relatively).

••• Don’t forget that Sora Lella is offering a free bottle of wine to Tribeca Citizen readers until June 21.
••• June’s CB1 committee agendas: beer/wine license for Kaffe 168 and Josephine, a French bakery and restaurant in that glass-façade part of Independence Plaza.
••• Tribeca is representing in East Hampton. There goes our salt-of-the-earth reputation!
••• New favorite thing: biscuits with raspberry jam.
••• Some lovely photos of the sidewalk, a truck—I need to sell this one better, don’t I?
••• A new thrift store, the Pink Fig (!), has opened.
••• Macao Trading Co. is welcoming “hardcore football fans” for the World Cup, and will open its doors at 7:30 a.m.
••• Plus: Farinella now open for breakfast, Kiva Cafe is making smoothies and sangria (separately), Maslow 6 launches a wine club, peonies, Ethan Coen Fine Arts moves next door, Resale-Riches on reality TV?, bouillabaise at Landmarc, and clown school.

No one got last week’s (the answer is here), but this week’s is easier. If you know where the photo below was taken, email me at tribecacitizen [at] gmail [dot] com. There is no prize—what do I look like, a box of Cracker Jack?



  1. On Varick, just off North Moore, outside of Hook & Ladder 8 firehouse.

  2. These days I’m embarrassed to be an American.