Seen & Heard: Anne Compoccia

••• CB1 chair Julie Menin sent out this email on Friday: “I learned this morning that Anne Compoccia, a long-time member and former Chair of Community Board One, passed away yesterday. […] Anne was Chair of Community Board 1 for 12 years between 1988 and 2000. She dedicated an extraordinary amount of time and energy to the Lower Manhattan community in the years when Lower Manhattan evolved from a business district to one that included a significant residential population. Anne fought tirelessly on behalf of the Lower Manhattan community, and her dedication, hard work and determination will be missed. […] I know that you will all join me in expressing your condolences and appreciation for Anne’s service on behalf of our community.” I redacted info about the memorial service, which was this morning, and the address of Anne’s brother Anthony; anyone who needs it should email me at

••• I spoke with Christina Lehr—she of the boutique coming to the old Kiva Cafe space on Reade—and she said they expect to open in around a week. She was lovely.

••• The Rema Hort Mann Foundation has put another Gorzo painting in its window at 153 Hudson. Unlike the other one, the new one (“Friday,” 58 x 38 inches, acrylic on canvas on board, 2010; pictured at left) is for sale. “Gorzo has a wild imagination, is fearless about his choice of materials and creates beautiful and wondrous artworks that contain both humor and tension,” said the foundation’s Quang Bao in an email. “He’s a risk taker and I feel like once you know about his works, you’ll always be able to recognize a Gorzo.” Contact Slag Gallery if you’re interested. (Another Gorzo work, “Gorzo and I,” pictured below, is going up inside the foundation’s offices; it’s viewable by appointment:

••• Shooting tomorrow (Sunday) on Broadway, near Duane: Tower Heist. Pro: Co-written by Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale), it has an interesting plot (“When a group of hard working guys find out they’ve fallen victim to a wealthy business man’s Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence,” says IMDB). Con: It’s directed by Brett Ratner. The cast is certainly rich: Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Téa Leoni (love her!), Gabourey Sidibe, Alan Alda, and Judd Hirsch. I just noticed that the flyer says it’s shooting Sunday 2/6.

••• Farinella Italian Bakery is now open Saturdays.


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