Seen & Heard: On the Quad

••• You may recall how I wrote about Quad Manhattan and the Lang School a couple of months ago. Well, their new space—on Reade, just west of Broadway (next to the Starbucks)—is ready, and it’s pretty amazing. You walk up a stoop that leads up to a gorgeous room with mega-high ceilings and a climbing wall. I took a bunch of photos at the opening event, but none of the normal-size rooms upstairs because kids were in them (and I try hard not to take photos of people’s kids; it freaks parents out). The other pix are at the end of this post. Anyway, congrats to the Quad/Lang folks!

••• In the summer promotion from American Express and NYC & Co. (the city’s tourism arm), you can double American Express Membership Rewards points if you register your card at and then shop (between July 1 to September 5) at 92YTribeca, Bed Bath & Beyond, Bridge Café, Capsouto Frères, Centrico, Century 21, Greenwich Grill, J&R, Nobu, Next Door Nobu, The Palm, Ponte’s, Sushi Azabu, Thalassa, Tribeca Grill (and other spots around the city). I still don’t get the point of registering. It’s not like Amex doesn’t keep track of where you’re spending money—and couldn’t just hand that info over to NYC & Co.

••• “Friends, colleagues and collaborators” will gather to celebrate Alex Chilton on July 28 at City Winery. And on July 23, 25, and 30, the venue will host benefit concerts to aid the region affected by the BP spill. And on Tuesdays from June 29 to August 10, City Winery will host the second-annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival, with food from Great Performances, in the parking lot behind the winery (enter on Spring).

••• On July 1, at the Access Theater, Blue Coyote is presenting a reading of Reasons for Moving, a play by Matthew Freeman: “two neighbors hatch an unlikely plan to escape a seemingly menacing stranger.” It’s free but you have to RSVP at


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