Seen & Heard: New Mural at Washington Market Park

••• From Friends of Washington Market Park: “Two new art features have been created and unveiled in the park this week: The Court Mural [below; click to enlarge] and Picnic Table Art. Unveiled this morning, The Court Mural features original, rotating art installations on the 90-foot-wall of the Chambers Street basketball court. World-renowned contemporary artist Todd James was the first artist to paint The Court Mural. It will be on display until autumn 2015.” And “last week, ordinary picnic tables were transformed with original hand-painted artwork. The Friends of Washington Market Park selected New York and California artist Pam Smilow to kick-off Picnic Table Art.”

Washington Market Park Court Mural••• A bit more of 290 West (at Canal) got unveiled. I know those big windows are meant to recall warehouses, but they feel more like DUMBO than Tribeca to me. Not saying that’s necessarily a bad thing….

••• The Related rental building under construction at 261 Hudson, just above Canal, is above ground, although it’s hard to tell from this mishmash of a photo. It’ll have 160 market-rate apartments and 41 affordable ones.

261 Hudson••• The new Wyeth outpost on Canal, when it finally opens, will be two floors—make that at least two floors, if the basement  is used, too. (The Noguchi lanterns are also on the ground floor.)

Wyeth••• The State Liquor Authority meeting for Tara of Tribeca’s request for a 4 a.m. closing—on a residential side street—has been moved to July 14 at 10 a.m. As one concerned neighbor points out, “There are 14 establishments  within 500 feet with liquor licenses, and they all agreed with our Community Board and residents for 12 a.m. and 1-2 a.m. closing hours.” (Tara of Tribeca is trying to do an end run around CB1.) Anyone who wants to write a letter of opposition—or support—should email it to or fax it to 518-402-2304, making sure to mention the address (20 Warren) and the case number (#OP 1282475).

••• Taka Taka, the conveyor-belt sushi place at W. Broadway and Grand, has closed.

Taka Taka