In the News: Ballet School

••• Former ballerina Gelsey Kirkland has opened a ballet school here: “A MetroCard trip from Lincoln Center, the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet sits daintily above a messy fabric shop on Broadway in Tribeca. During a tour [Kirkland’s husband Michael] Chernov, who teaches but mainly serves as the general manager, described the space when they found it: ‘Burned out, rusted, no glass, barren, empty.’ Now it could be a film set. At about 8,000 square feet the space features four studios, exposed brick walls, skylights, large windows and, blessedly, no columns. But their dream is to move eventually to Governors Island and set up a school in the opulent Officers’ Club. […] For the foreseeable future they will remain downtown. (They have a 10-year lease.)” (New York Times)

••• “Albert Capsouto, one of the ‘frères’ of Capsouto Frères, will be commemorated […] when the city Parks Department renames Tribeca’s CaVaLa Park after the restaurateur. Capsouto died this past January at the age of 53 after a battle with brain cancer. The pie-shaped park, originally named for the intersection of Canal, Varick, and Laight streets, will be officially re-christened Albert Capsouto Park on Thursday, October 28. The park is around the corner [um, no it’s not] from the restaurant.” (Village Voice)

••• Someone who bought a fancy apartment at One York has yet to build a pool. (Curbed)

••• “Save for name checks in songs by the Ramones, Talking Heads and Nina Hagen, the Mudd Club may well be the best New York venue you’ve never heard about. While CBGB and Max’s Kansas City have been lionized, Mudd Club and its contemporary, Club 57, played a key role in late-’70s/early-’80s New York. In addition to nurturing seminal local bands, they helped launch the careers of painters Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, performance artists John Kelly and Joey Arias, and filmmaker Vincent Gallo. Several alumni will attend a reunion party at the Delancey Lounge on Thursday, organized by Tessie Chua—who, back then, often performed dressed as a giant cockroach.” (New York Post)

••• “Because of ongoing construction at City Hall, the shared bike and pedestrian path through City Hall Park narrows on its eastern end, and cyclists are supposed to dismount and walk their bikes. But [FiDi resident Leigh] Devine and others said many [most!] cyclists ignore the signs and ride straight through, heedless of the kindergartners and first graders on their way to the Spruce Street School in Tweed Courthouse.” (DNAinfo) I couldn’t agree more. The construction-related constriction is the worst of it, but allowing cyclists to treat the passageway as a bike path was a dumb idea from the start. (Where else do pedestrians and bicyclists share paths?) Kids aren’t the only ones at risk.


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