In the News: Dining by Candlelight to Commemorate Sandy

••• “The developer selected to modernize the historic Pier 57 on W. 15th Street into a hip retail and cultural center partnered with Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival to gain city approval and then dumped the organization to maximize profits, according to a new lawsuit.” —New York Post

••• “Edgar Street Park forms a triangle where Greenwich Street and Trinity Place meet, between Rector and Morris Streets.  This little-known oasis was recently refurbished and restored, following Hurricane Sandy, by a consortium of community groups. Today at 3:30pm the park will be officially inaugurated with six new bench plaques and a historical sign acknowledging the surrounding area as ‘Little Syria,’ home to New York’s first Arab American community.” —Broadsheet

••• “On October 29, Meade’s Pub, at 22 Peck Slip, is observing the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy […] with an ironic re-enactment: Drinking by candlelight, $3 surprise beers, and free food grilled on the street, plus live acoustic music by Ballroom Jacks and other special guests.” Love it! Maybe all of Lower Manhattan should dine by candlelight. —Broadsheet

••• Bisutoro, the Tribeca Canvas mulligan, let Grub Street in to take pix. Photo by Melissa Hom (courtesy Grub Street)

Bisutoro by Melissa Hom courtesy Grub Street



  1. Tribeca Film Festival lends its name to a pier in Chelsea. Less and less of the festival is happening in Tribeca every year. Maybe we can have the Family Day in Hoboken!

  2. I’m sure the dead would appreciate the “ironic” tribute.


  3. absolutely tasteless and sick… the last thing those affected last year and still trying to rebuild their lives want is this kind of a commemoration…

  4. @”s.andy”: Surely Meade’s counts as among those affected? I still think a wider promotional effort — billed as a way to help local businesses get back on their feet — could’ve been interesting, and a tribute to those who perished could absolutely be part of it.

  5. I’m not sure about the ironic touches, but I do think it’s a good idea to remember Sandy with a candlelit dinner at the very least. It sure beats having a cold shower to re-enact weeks without heat or hot water!
    We commemorate all kinds of tragedies in our history, why not this one? And since all of Lower Manhattan was plunged into darkness, I’m sure it won’t take much to bring back those memories.