Seen & Heard: New Businesses

••• ARC Athletics, a “fitness, sports rehab and performance training facility” with an outpost in Harlem, is opening next month at 5 Harrison, in the storefront behind Kanlo Tea. I hope they were tempted to try and get a Staple Street address, although I can imagine it would make the storefront hard to find.

••• And coming to 355 Broadway (bet. Franklin and Leonard), in the northern window bay of JEM Fabric Warehouse: a tiny coffee bar/pastry shop. I had noticed something was up, and today I met owner (and FiDi resident) Davis Thompkins. He said it’s going to be European-style, where you can walk up and order an espresso (in a real cup) and a pastry from Ceci Cela or Balthazar, or a macaron from Bijou Bisous Ciao on the Lower East Side (at least that’s what I thought he said, but I can’t find it online). There’ll be cupcakes and cookies and more; the coffee’s provenance has yet to be determined. “It depends on who’ll service my machine,” said Thompkins.

••• CB1’s Youth & Education Committee will meet at 5:45 p.m.—before the main CB1 meeting—on Tuesday, June 28, at the New York Law School, in order to discuss the Department of Education’s plan to redraw school-district zones.

••• From Tribeca Cinemas: “This Fall, our private reception area will be relaunching with a major assist from renowned designer Bronson van Wyck of Van Wyck & Van Wyck.” Wouldn’t it be awesome if the company’s name were pronounced Van Wick and Van Wyke? “He is known for his fantastic ability to transform event spaces into works of art. Having designed the Whitney Museum’s famed Art Party for the past few years, we feel that we’re in the best hands possible.”



  1. Is the CB1 meeting re:rezoning a public meeting? Is it private and amongst board members or for an exchange/ questions etc with the neighborhood?

  2. @Zoe.: I’d assume it’s like any CB1 committee meeting—mostly CB1 members discussing, with some public input—but I’ll ask to make sure.

  3. It’s “bisous ciao” and their macarons are lovely!

  4. @una: Thanks! I fixed it. (I seem to have a block on that name….)

  5. @Zoe: CB1’s rep said that “Caucuses, like all CB meetings, are certainly open to the public. Caucuses essentially are Committee meetings, but likely to be a little less formal, given the setting.”

  6. I’m a real estate agent and I work in Tribeca. I’m looking forward to having a place to get a “good” cup of espresso!!