Seen & Heard: Kool Bloo Has Closed

••• From Babesta: “Here’s a first look at our renovation at Babesta Threads! Our doors are open (though there are still a few things we’re still finishing). Come by and check it out!”

••• After not quite a year, Kool Bloo on Church has closed. A sign in the window says “Grand Re-Opening Under New Ownership Sunday August 12.” Hmm. “Re-opening” implies it’ll still be Kool Bloo—was one misspelling not enough?—but all of the KB signage has been removed. Wait! I can call the number online and ask whether it’ll reopen as a Kool Bloo. “Not sure,” was the response. “Why?” I didn’t care enough to explain.

••• This morning, I walked by the By Joy Gryson boutique opening on Franklin (between Church and W. Broadway) and, boy, they’re moving fast. I asked Joy on Twitter if there’s an exact opening date, but I haven’t heard back yet. There’s already merchandise being displayed—and from the signage on the window, it’s clear that the shop will sell all three of Gryson’s lines (Gryson, Olivia Harris, and IIIBeca).

••• “Blue Bloods” (TV show) is filming today on Warren. And “Law & Order: SVU” is filming Friday on Warren.

••• From the Battery Conservancy: “Battery Urban Farm is proud to be supplying North End Grill with fresh vegetables and herbs every week.” Also: “It’s August and our next monthly ‘fun on the farm’ day is just around the corner. Join us on Saturday, August 18, between 10am and 4pm! Volunteer hours (a unique opportunity to help with the morning harvest and farm stand set-up) are from 10am-1pm, followed by an interactive ‘Cook Together’ with guest chef at 12:30pm and a special workshop at 2pm. The farm stand is open from noon until 4pm, and will be bursting with locally grown produce including tomatoes, eggplants, okra and lots of fresh herbs.”

••• The new Key Food in FiDi says it’s likely to open Aug. 17.

••• The Historic Districts Council is offering a tour of One Wall Street (PDF) (current home of the Bank of New York Mellon) on Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. It’s the gorgeous Art Deco building across from Trinity Church with the insane lobby (left). I want to go! But I just signed up for a HDC tour of Grand Central Terminal, and there’s only so much I can justify….

••• Speaking of One Wall: “I was walking by a building in Chelsea that is being converted called The Walker Building,” emailed reader Matt. “The building was originally designed by an architect I had never heard of, Ralph Walker. The sign outside the building said that Frank Lloyd Wright called Walker ‘the only other honest architect in America,’ so I was intrigued. I looked him up and it turns out he designed several iconic lower Manhattan Buildings—1 Wall St, 60 Hudson (Western Union Building), and 140 West Street (Verizon Building). Hard to imagine converting any of those to condo, but apparently the Walker Tower was a Verizon building as well and Verizon still inhabits the first seven floors. And they just announced another Walker building is being converted at 435 W. 50th Street, which is also an old Verizon building. What’s next?”

••• Another reader emailed about a meeting about the city redistricting plans: “So once every 10 years the districts are open to change, due to population changes. This affects everything—who your senators are, who your local council members are, who fights for you, who represents you. Not all change is bad, things have moved a lot and it’s right that some change occurs, but lines will be redrawn. The Manhattan public meeting is on August 16, conveniently close to us at the New York Law School on W. Broadway. Please let people know about this, because if they have an opinion, now is the time they can officially be heard.” It would be nice if someone who knows about these things would explain what exactly is at stake for Tribeca. If that’s you, email me at

••• And yet another reader sent in a photo of the renegade pink shade at New York by Gehry.


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