Seen & Heard: Sandy Grants Awarded

••• Tift Merritt—a favorite musician around my house—is performing at 92YTribeca on Jan. 26. It’s not a straightforward concert, though. She and painter Anna Schuliet will be creating “an improvisatory tapestry of visual art and song.”

••• Press release: “The Alliance for Downtown New York, as part of its Lower Manhattan: Back to Business Small Business Grant Program established after Superstorm Sandy, today provided the first 17 grants to Lower Manhattan small businesses in an amount totaling $266,269 and also issued $120,000 in deferred grants to six small businesses that have not yet reopened. […] In today’s first round of grant distribution, qualifying businesses are receiving up to $20,000 in grants. The grants are being made to a nail salon, wine shop, dry cleaners, and others, who were among the first eligible businesses to apply for the assistance.”

••• From Euphoria Spa: “Given the recent events that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Euphoria would like to offer comfort to the community. Anyone and everyone who would like to reconnect, rejuvenate and relax, please call us to schedule your 15 minutes of complimentary sauna time.”

••• @Tribecacanuck reports that door technicians have been spotted at Food Emporium today. Progress?

••• A reader whose company, Shop My Label, was displaced by Sandy invited me to see the start-up’s free temporary offices in the World Financial Center—he also took me to lunch at North End Grill, where I brought down the average level of dress, because he read about Brookfield’s kind offer here—and temp offices have never looked so good! He has a view of the Statue of Liberty!

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