In the News: New FiDi Department Store

••• The Village Voice gives a nice review to Cómodo, the new Soho restaurant by Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe. Longtime Tribeca Citizen readers may remember that Adam and I went to their apartment for dinner two years ago, not long after they kicked off a series of dinner parties there. They mentioned that they wanted to start a restaurant, so it’s a real kick to see it in action—to see them living their dream. We happened to go Cómodo (Spanish for “comfortable”) last night, and we had a lovely meal—the duck was cooked exactly the way Adam likes it, and I enjoyed my scallops immensely. Felipe said that Christy Frank of Frankly Wines is helping them with the wine list (they’re expecting their liquor license any minute now), just as she had during the dinner parties on Worth Street.

••• Strange: “Last week, Trinity Place soft-opened at 61 Broadway in the Financial District. The department store will eventually fill three floors of the building with clothing for men, women, and children from labels like Sylvia Lee, Trollied Dolly, Rock’n Royalty, and Burkinabe Couture. If none of those names mean anything to you, you’re not alone. This it the first location for Trinity Place, which plans to launch more flagships in London, Paris, and Milan come 2013. Its parent company, Le Bunny Bleu, operates 82 stores worldwide, but their local presence amounts to a website full of under-$100 ballet flats. And many of the brands it carries are based in Europe or Australia, making this their U.S. debut.” —Racked (Pictured: A rendering. Will try get motivated to wander down….) UPDATE: See comments.

••• New FiDi restaurant Felice opens today, says the New York Times. Grub Street has photos of the interior.

••• Atera joins Corton and Soto on the 2013 Michelin Guide’s short list of two-star restaurants (no downtown restaurants have three). Tribeca restaurants with one star: Bouley, Brushstroke, Jungsik, Rosanjin, Sushi Azabu, and Tamarind Tribeca. —Eater

••• What “family meal” at Atera is like. —Grub Street

••• The principal of Peck Slip School—currently “incubating” in the Tweed Courthouse—is agitating for the crappy dirt yard to be replaced by fake grass. Poor City Hall Park. —Tribeca Trib

••• Manhattan Loft Guy wades deep into comps at 99 Reade.

••• “Bankrupt real estate developer Yair Levy, whose attempt to convert the former rental building at 225 Rector Place into a condominium ended in foreclosure and a raft of lawsuits, has settled with partial payment the judgement won against him by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last year.” —Broadsheet



  1. The city should build a playground at Tweed. It’s cheaper, and they’ll be renovating said playground before they ever build the new schools we really need.

  2. I just walked over to 61 Bway and not only is there no store called Trinity Place there, but there’s no place a store could go. Is it another Bway hoax? First Rebecca, now Trinity Place.

    The Halloween store in the JP Morgan building at Wall and Broad is open, however, although they are still stocking shelves.

  3. The entrance Trinity Place Department Store is located at Trinity Street, right opposite former Syms store. I visited there on the opening and I must say it was impressive. Glad to see some serious fashion and fun retail coming down to FIDI.

  4. @Joanna: Thanks for the clarification!

  5. OK, I found it. Nice so far; they’re still working on it. Tried on a jacket. Prices aren’t outrageous. Cute party dresses if you’re younger than I am. :-(