In the News: Capsouto Park

••• “CaVaLa Park will soon become Albert Capsouto Park, in memory of the Tribeca restaurateur and community activist who died of a brain tumor in January at the age of 53. […] Parks Department officials initially appeared reluctant to rename the park, but Manhattan Parks Commissioner Bill Castro agreed to the change this Wednesday, said Julie Menin, chairwoman of Community Board 1. The city will hold a dedication ceremony in September, Menin said.” (DNAinfo)

••• The New York Times looks at where to play tennis in the city, including the Washington Market Park (“Though permits are required, and time slots fill up fast, this neighborhood secret remains unlisted on the city parks website,”) court on Chambers and the Hudson River Park courts (“The courts are free. Not parks-permit free—free free”).

••• “Facing a growing deficit and with major capital improvement projects—like Pier 40—needing to be addressed, the Hudson River Park Trust is moving toward designating an independent fundraising entity to solicit private funds for the waterfront park.” (Downtown Express)

••• Eater puts Il Matto on its Deathwatch list. Anyone eaten there lately?

••• Terroir‘s Paul Grieco on his Riesling obsession. (New York Times)

••• “On Tuesday, the very great Blonde Redhead will be playing their album in full at Tribeca’s 92Y. Just to be clear, they will be playing a CD copy of the album over the PA…. But then they’ll also be performing! Their first NY show in more than a year! It’s an invitation only event, and we have two pairs of tickets to give away. Details are available here. Leave your favorite BR song in the comments (and use an actual email address so we can find you) and we’ll pick two winners Monday afternoon, August 9.” (Fader)



  1. glad to see Albert Capsouto is getting a well-deserved honor from the city. He was a pioneer and active advocate for small businesses in Tribeca.

  2. Capsuto Park just sounds sooo much better, and in honor of such a special person. So glad that change is being made.

  3. I ordered from Il Matto a couple of days ago, not horrible, not great. Wouldnt order again.