Seen & Heard: The New Sculpture in Tribeca Park Is Up

••• The Hideaway on Duane was closed (temporarily, I’m sure) by the Department of Health. Here’s hoping it’s back on its feet soon.

The Hideaway••• A note from the DOT, via CB1, about the closing of the Liberty Street bridge to pedestrians.

Liberty Street Bridge closing notice••• As expected, the New York Sports Club has been emptied out. Thanks to Marie-Joelle Parent for the photo! Anyone know what’s taking the space?

NYSC••• Oren sent over a photo of artist Nicholas Holiber assembling his Head of Goliath sculpture in Tribeca Park. Need to see it in person, of course, but I’m loving this.

Nicholas Holiber Goliaths Head••• Karen Lord of Karen Lord Pilates Movement has a highly covetable view….

••• Sharon of Authentic Pre-Owned on W. Broadway sent over this pic of Lea DeLaria from Orange Is the New Black “buying a gift for her fiancé. She was super classy and cool.” Love the T-shirt! Now I have the Cramps in my head.

Lea Delaria from Authentic Pre-owned••• “The stores in this building on Fulton just off Broadway had ‘building was sold so we had to close’ signs,” reports P. There’s nothing about 143 Fulton on the Department of Buildings website, but it sounds like that building is coming down soon. It is rather small and distinctive for the new FiDi.

143 Fulton



  1. I have always loved that building on Fulton. I knew something was up with the aquifer drilling this weekend.

  2. Quitting a gym is hard enough … now try quitting when they’ve shut down and moved out. Other branches are useless, and as you would expect nobody actually picks up a phone at corporate. Given up and letting American Express handle it.

  3. I’m gonna go with Dunkin’ Donuts filling the gym space. For the irony.

  4. @alee There’s an NYSC at Broadway and Vesey.

    Otherwise (Tribeca-wise):

    Tribeca Health & Fitness $69/mo
    Crunch on Leonard St. $94/mo
    Equinox on Murray St. $170/mo
    Canali Club on Washington St. my guess at least $150/mo if not more than Equinox

    Blink Fitness on Nassau St. $26 and change/mo

  5. I love that building too! I was looking at it the other day and thinking about how cool it would be to live chalet-style on Fulton!

  6. The Head of Goliath is cool with it’s tongue hanging out, the kids from one of the preschools this morning were all over! I posted it on Instagram as Beach St. Park so I’m glad to know it is Tribeca Park.

  7. 143 Fulton Street
    (alias addresses: 143 Fulton Street, 20-34 Ann Street, 99 Nassau Street)
    Is that a Griswold or a fact?
    HereWas the printing center for the nation in the nineteenth century.
    Sons of Liberty. Before 1712, this block bounded by Broadway, Nassau Street, Fulton Street and Ann Street was a public resort for drinking and carousing known as Spring Garden. In 1770, 143 Fulton Street (today’s address) was still a Tavern, now owned by Henry Bicker. That year, the “Sons of Liberty” were harassed by the British at their favorite resort on Broadway, Montagnie’s. So, they needed a new gathering place and Bicker’s was just the ticket. The Liberty Boys persuaded Bicker to sell the joint to them. They christened it “Hampden Hall consecrated to the cause of Liberty” and on the 19th day of March, 1770, they assembled here for the first time. It became their new headquarters.
    Number 1 printing street in America. For almost a century, Ann Street was the center of the printing industry in the United States. In 1789 George Borkinbine had a print shop at 20 Ann Street. William Copp’s print shop was next door at 21 Ann Street.
    La-dies’ Dining Rooms. In the early 1830s, Hugh Pattinson had a restaurant here at the northwest corner of Ann and Nassau Streets. Women were allowed, but they had to pass through a separate entrance. They had a sign at the mens’ entrance which read “Entrance to La-dies’ Dining Rooms at the Private Door, 21 Ann Street.”
    Give my regards to Broadway; Remember me to Herald, er, Ann Street! In 1836 this (99 Nassau Street) was the location of James Gordon Bennett Senior’s New York Herald newspaper. That year, Bennett raised the price of the newspaper to two cents. Success followed success and the paper next moved to the southwest corner of Ann Street and Nassau Streets (21 Ann Street) and had more offices at 34 Ann Street.
    Four foot newspaper? In the 1840s, Rufus Wilmot Griswold (1815–1857) was the Editor of the printer-publishing house here at 26 Ann Street called The New World. Griswold succeeded Edgar Allan Poe as editor of Graham’s Magazine (at a higher salary–which was a source of friction between the men until Poe died). Griswold supported the establishment of international copyright, but as an Editor at a publishing house, he was the first and fastest book pirate in town. Griswold was determined to beat other American publishers by pirating and republishing copies of books by foreign authors without paying any royalties. At the time, this was legal because the United States was not yet a party to an international copyright agreement. American publishers had the freedom to reprint any foreign author without paying royalties. Griswold’s publishing house invented “mammoth” weeklies up to four feet long; basically these were entire books reprinted in tiny type on cheap but mammoth sheets of newsprint. Griswold rushed new English novels into print in this cheap “mammoth” format and had newsboys sell them on the streets for 10 cents each. They nearly ruined the book publishers, who charged $1.00 per book and were slower at printing.
    Is that a Griswold or a fact? A contemporary editor said of Griswold, “He takes advantage of a state of things which he declares to be ‘immoral, unjust and wicked,’ and even while haranguing the loudest, is purloining the fastest.” His friends knew him as a consummate liar and had a saying: “Is that a Griswold or a fact?” Another friend once called him “one of the most irritable and vindictive men I ever met”. Rufus moved to New York City in 1836 and, in March of that year, was introduced to 19-year-old Caroline Searles, whom he later married.
    His heart-rending loss. Rufus married 19-year-old Caroline Searles, on August 12, 1837. In 1842, Caroline died. Rufus could not accept this. He traveled by train alongside her coffin, refusing to leave her side for 30 hours. When fellow passengers urged him to try to sleep, he answered by kissing her dead lips and embracing her, his two children crying next to him. He refused to leave the cemetery after her funeral, even after the other mourners had left, until forced to do so by a relative. Rufus was often reunited with Caroline in his dreams. Forty days after her entombment, he entered her vault, cut off a lock of her hair, kissed her on the forehead and lips, and wept for several hours, staying by her side until a friend found him 30 hours later.
    In Vino Veritas. In 1857, 143 Fulton Street (aka 20 Ann Street) was one of New York City’s most celebrated restaurants, Mouquin’s. Mouquin’s was famous the world over for the splendor of its French cooking and its sparkling foreign wines of rare vintage. The restaurant was founded in May 1857 by Mr. and Mrs. Mouquin, Sr. Their motto was “In Vino Veritas.” This restaurant remained in operation until prohibition in the twentieth century.