Seen & Heard: Organic Avenue Rumor

••• If you were wondering where “Boardwalk Empire” was shooting yesterday, it was by the Municipal Building—doubling as Havana. Thanks to Alexandra Hilton for the photo.

••• The New York Law School bookstore at the southwest corner of Church and Worth is closing today. Moreover, I hear that the school is leaving 40 Worth, which would free up storefronts along Worth, including the one on the corner of W. Broadway. UPDATE: “That’s correct,” emailed a NYLS rep. “We are launching a virtual bookstore. We believe this is the first virtual bookstore at any law school in the United States. The virtual bookstore was an idea conceived by Dean Crowell when he arrived in 2012, and it coincides with a space consolidation initiative the school is undertaking to synergize its academic programs, faculty offices, and classrooms in a single law school building.”

••• New Amsterdam Market released its vendor list for the May 31 market.

••• Someone told me that juice chain Organic Avenue had taken a space on a northeast corner of Church—I figured it must be at Leonard (249 Church/65 Leonard), but it could be Lispenard, where Saluggi’s Sandwich Shoppe was. Know anything? UPDATE: See David G. Imber’s comment below—I would’ve sworn the Village Light Opera was gone, from the look of the storefront.

••• Ueshiro Downtown Shorin Ryu Karate Dojo is having an open house at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, at Tribeca Health & Fitness. Expect “demonstrations of ancient Okinawan martial art kata, weapons, self-dense techniques, and breaking.”

••• I visited La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, a new wine bar on Centre (Broome/Grand) this week. The food was good if a bit meat-oriented, and the place seems destined to become first-date central, but for that area it’s refreshingly not loud and crazy. This photo doesn’t show it off to its best advantage—I hadn’t realized I’d be running a photo of the place—but you get a sense of the size and vibe. And you can reserve.

La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

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  1. Northeast corner of Church and Leonard is still home to the Greenwich Light Opera Co. (I think that’s what it’s called. I hear rehearsals every day.

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