In the News: Da Mikele

••• The pizzeria coming to the old Neighborhood Restaurant & Bar will be called Da Mikele, with the tagline “Signature Food by Luzzo’s.” Presumably, (a) the Mikele in question (and the signature in the logo) is Michele Iuliano, and (b) the restaurant is opening soon, because the paper is off the windows. (Eater)

••• “On November 23, Bubby’s in Tribeca will be giving away free pie to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Anyone walking by the restaurant or dining in will be offered a free slice of their famous pie….” (Eater)

••• “Carolyn and Gerard Renny, owners and founders of Bar Stuzzichini and its new sister restaurant Stuzzicheria, are no longer involved with the first operation. Meanwhile chef Chef Paul Di Bari is no longer involved with either restaurant. They cite “creative differences,” and say that Di Bari is embarking on a new project, soon to be announced, and the Rennys are focused on bringing the Stuzzicheria brand uptown.” (Eater)

••• A deal on Signpost: Prix-fixe lunch at 35 Thai on Lispenard for $8.95: “Choose from eight appetizers and and seven entrees with either chicken or beef (jumbo shrimp is $1 extra).” (NearSay)

••• “Hoping to lure more tourists to lower Manhattan, eight museums are banding together to launch the Downtown Culture Pass. Starting Thursday, those who buy the $25 pass will receive three days of free admission and discounts at eight museums south of Chambers Street. […] Participants include the Fraunces Tavern Museum [$10], the Museum of American Finance [$8], the Museum of Jewish Heritage [$12], the National Museum of the American Indian [free], the New York City Police Museum [$8], the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site [free], the Skyscraper Museum [$5] and the Tribute WTC Visitor Center [$10]. While some of those institutions already offer free admission, it would still cost over $70 to visit all of them, said David Cowen, president of the Museum of American Finance.” I can’t help but put on my travel-expert hat for a minute. With any pass, you have to know what the individual tickets cost to know whether it’s worth it, so I added adult-admission prices in brackets above. The Downtown Culture Pass also gets you a 50% discount at Wall Street Walks ($23–$28) and 10% at some of the gift shops, but I always say, 10% ain’t worth crossing the street unless you have many millions of tithers. (DNAinfo)

••• “Ever since the first owner of #22C in William Beaver House took a 23 percent loss on his resale just two months after the original purchase—and since the building’s foreclosure suit and mysterious medical rumors—the rest of the units in the FiDi party palace have had to work that much harder to get our sympathy for their resale challenges. The recent sale of #45B, though, does tug at our heartstrings. The 1BR, 1BA unit, sent our way by a tipster, sold for $1,466,280 only a year ago. It was relisted in May for the rather noticeable loss-taking price of $1.05 million. The sale just closed for a tax-friendlier $999,900.” (Curbed)

••• Michael Musto—I know, right?—reported on the Mudd Club reunion. (Village Voice)

••• “Downtown dog owners were hoping the city would grant a trial period allowing dogs to go off-leash on Battery Park’s main lawn in early mornings starting Nov. 1. But at a closed-door meeting with dog owners last week, Manhattan Parks Commissioner Bill Castro declined the request, saying more discussions were needed, according to two people who attended the meeting.” (DNAinfo)

••• Gawker wrote a sort of encyclopedia entry on Tribeca resident Jon Stewart. He was once roommates with Rep. Anthony Weiner. Who knew?


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