Seen & Heard: Small Business Saturday

••• I hesitate to mention this in light of the recent comment war, but another flyer about school rezoning is being posted.

••• Mark your calendars: The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday, and American Express–led promotion to get people to spend locally. This year, Tribeca is a focal point for the event. There will be a table in Duane Park with giveaways, raffles, showcases of local businesses, interviews on ClearChannel radio, and more, as well as activities at Bogardus Plaza. Balloons and signs will be placed around the neighborhood. What’s in it for you, besides the warm feeling that comes with supporting local businesses? Many local merchants will be have deals that day (Estancia 460, for one, will offer $20 pitchers on sangria during brunch and a special free appetizer at dinner, and American Express will once again offer a $25 statement credit to 200,000 Cardmembers who register and spend $25 or more at American Express-accepting merchants in the U.S. on Small Business Saturday. If you like having interesting shops and restaurants then you have to support them.

••• I stopped by the new Anne Frank Center USA today to say hi and to find out what the difference between its soft opening and January hard opening will be. Basically, it makes sense for me to wait to write it up, but you should wander in. They’re super friendly, and the programming has begun.



  1. So only the people living within “TriBeCa” are a “committed community?” Once you become part of “Chinatown” you are no longer committed to your community or your children? So TriBeCa children are not able or not allowed to become friends or go to school with any children living North of Canal or East of Broadway?

  2. Why don’t we take the art and science classrooms at 234 and Spruce Street and use them as classrooms.There may be some additional spaces in those schools that could be used also for additional neighborhood kids. This would create a short term solution of keeping kids in the neighborhood until we can get our elected officials to realize that courting development without creating schools, etc. is problematic. This is not ideal, but might address the safety concerns and also enable TriBeCa is not be “broken up” until there are new schools in place.

  3. Thanks for helping people recognize the value and importance of small business in their neighborhood. In conjunction with Small Business Saturday, Torly Kid will offer $20 off any $100 or more purchase from 11/25-11/28.