Seen & Heard: Duxiana Opens Saturday

••• Swedish bedmaker Duxiana opens Saturday (in the old Just Scandinavian space at Hudson and Laight); full report early next week.

••• @BrightKiran tweeted this offer: “Looking to donate boxes of barely used/ new condition binders and portfolios to a school program in our area. Suggestions?” Email me at and I’ll pass it along.

••• From the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center: “The acre-sized Collect Pond Park reconstruction is proceeding in the Civic Center area north of City Hall, with the Department of Parks and Recreation now at work on an improved drainage system, new pavement, and water-feature foundations. Reconstruction of granite-paved areas on the Leonard Street side of the park already are completed, and crews are now working on the Centre Street side. Parks Department crews also are installing underground utilities that will better irrigate and drain the former paved lot. The park is slated for completion this fall, when it will reopen as a garden-like respite at the center of the courthouse district. New lighting, tables, benches, bike racks, ornamental grasses, shallow ponds, and an interactive ground-spray water feature will add another welcoming, green amenity to the increasingly residential neighborhood. Crews began work at Collect Pond Park last summer, but upon excavation discovered portions of an old foundation walls footings. Archaeologists determined the wall was part of the second Halls of Justice, also called the “Tombs,” which stood at the site from 1902 to 1941. Working with the city Landmarks Preservation Commission and the State Historic Preservation Office, it was determined that the footings would remain in place, while park construction would proceed around them.”

••• Also from the LMCCC: Facade work is about to begin on big blue 137 Franklin. (No link because the one in the LMCC email was busted.)

••• From Manhattan Youth: “Join Manhattan Youth and kids of all ages this for Kids Wrap Pier 25 in Art! It’s a day of making art and having fun on Pier 25, Lower Manhattan’s Backyard. Kids of all ages are invited to help fill banners with their original artwork, assisted by Manhattan Youth art teacher Xavier Rivera and volunteers from the Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks program. We look for a warm, sunny day, lots of kids of all ages, and amazing artwork. We’ll hang the banners along the Pier 25 railing and if we don’t make it all the way around the 2,200 foot perimeter we’ll repeat this event each year until Christo turns saffron with envy!”


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