Seen & Heard: Tribeca Film Festival “Drive-In” Screenings

••• @tofromnyc tweeted that Le District is “partially opening tomorrow” (i.e., the café/sweets area on March 27) and “fully opening next week.”

••• The Tribeca Film Festival announced its three free Drive-In screenings at Brookfield Place: the most delightful Clue (Apr. 16), Lady and the Tramp (Apr. 17), and a documentary about the Ford Mustang (Apr. 18). “Doors open at 6 p.m. The programs will also begin at 6 p.m., with screenings starting at dusk (approximately 8:15 p.m.).” The festival also sent out a huge list of what’s happening at the Tribeca Family Festival on April 25, but it’s too long to include here. I think it’s all on the Family Festival’s website, but you have to wade through some links. The page does say that some local restaurants, shops, and other businesses will have booths (not mentioned in the press release, though). And Back to the Future will be screened that day for free at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

••• Check out these structures at R & Company‘s current show of contemporary African design. Perfect for your loft!

courtesy R and Company••• Two pieces of news from Woolworth Tours, which runs the tours of the Woolworth Building lobby:

Gilbert Trail is on April 10 and June 19. We have partnered with the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House and the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse to provide an afternoon of tours of all three Cass Gilbert buildings for $20. People will start the tour at the Custom House, then go to the Woolworth Building, then to the Courthouse at Foley Square. There will be tour guides and docents at each location. [All of these buildings are great, but the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse (below) is generally hard to get into—and worth it!]

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the New York Landmarks Preservation Law and in conjunction with the NYC Landmarks 50 Alliance we are offing all 60-minute tours of the Woolworth Building Lobby during the week of the Woolworth Building’s 102 anniversary (April 22-28) for $1.02. These tours are normally $30/person.

Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse••• Today’s opening of Brookfield Place got me to wondering if I had any pix of the west pavilion (as I alone am probably calling it), where the Chinese restaurant was. I could only find this one, from when the strange interior structure was being dismantled.

Brookfield Place••• Two very interesting shows opening April 16 at Taymour Grahne Gallery:
Whitney Bedford’s “Night and Day” and Maia Cruz Palileo’s “Guavas and Ferns.”

The Poolside Kids by Maia Cruz Palileo



  1. Why call it West Pavillion, when it is North?

  2. Clue, Lady And The Tramp, and Back To The Future are the best movies they could come up with for the drive-in? Jesus Christ.

    Here are mine:

    American Graffiti

    Midnight Run

    Annie (1982)

  3. Thanks for the heads up on the Woolworth Building tours! I’ve been meaning to do one and the anniversary pricing was too good to resist.

  4. What you have called the “West Pavilion” was called The Courtyard, I believe. There was a Chinese restaurant as you recalled and also Johnnie’s Fish Restaurant, Donald Sachs, a Cosi sandwich place and one other that does not come to mind. The sixth spot was empty with tables and chairs for picnickers.

    Up to the Mezzanine? where there was a small but enjoyable art gallery for really interesting offbeat shows. There was also a news stand and florist. I can’t remember the name of the restaurant on that level, but it was good, expensive and had very nice views.

    I visited the newly opened space and, right now, am simply enjoying the light, air, space freed from all the terrible confines of the past too many years!