Seen & Heard: The Oculus Lights Up at Night

••• Anyone know why there were flowers hanging from the trees outside Brookfield Place yesterday? Hudson River sent over a pic. UPDATE: See HR’s comment…. It definitely sounds like pre-opening festivities for the Hermès fragrance store (which apparently opens Wednesday).

Brookfield Place flowers by Hudson River••• Keep an eye open tomorrow for Tribeca eighth-grader Rebecca Ronning, a youth ambassador for the Syria Fund. From her email about it:

My family is involved in a group that is helping Syrian refugee families who have been driven from their homes and are currently in Jordan. The specific goal of our efforts is to build classrooms and offer supplies, teachers, etc. for the children effected by this situation. We hope to raise $10,000 before October 15th as our founders will be traveling to Jordan and setting up the classes, distributing the supplies we have received, etc. This amount will provide a safe classroom on wheels, supplies, and teachers for a full year helping about 30 kids. I will be holding an informal “on the street” fund raise this Sunday around 11 a.m. or so.  Weather permitting, we’ll be outside Washington Market Park.

••• This is what the World Trade Center Transportation Hub (a.k.a. the Oculus) looks like lit up at night. Thanks to Mary King for the photo!

••• Another shoot permit:

—Around Church/White for “Trailer Park Post Fiat” shooting today (Saturday). I’d guess that “Trailer Park” refers to this creative agency, and that it’s making an ad for Fiat.

••• This comment wins Comment of the Week.

••• White Street has a new menu now that Jason Lawless has taken over from Floyd Cardoz.

White Street menu autumn 2015••• Soccer star Andrea Pirlo tweeted a photo of his apartment (and his kids), rumored to be in Tribeca. Maybe you can tell where?

Pirlo pic bigger••• From the Schimmel Center at Pace University: “On Sunday, October 11, noted silent film composer, accompanist, and historian, Ben Model will provide live accompaniment to the 1925 comedy classic, The Freshman, starring Harold Lloyd. The movie is 76 minutes in length; is directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and features Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict and James Anderson.” And this: “Thursday through Saturday, October 15-17, SCaPU presents a revival of Swango: The Theatrical Dance Experience. Originally premiering off-Broadway in 2005, Swango: The Theatrical Dance Experience features a book by Tony Award winning playwright, Rupert Holmes, based on a concept by choreographers Mariela Franganillo (Forever Tango) and Robert Royston (Swing!). This contemporary Romeo-and-Juliet story depicts a unique fusion of dance, romance, revelry and rivalry within and between two different worlds—the girl from the sultry world of Argentine Tango, the boy from the lively arena of West Coast Swing. When the lovers conquer their differences, they create the harmonic fusion of Swing and Tango.”



  1. The people putting up the flowers said it was part of fashion week.

  2. I asked one today and she said it was a “private event” Monday and Tuesday. I’m afraid the flowers will wilt by then. The Hermès perfume store in Brookfield is getting ready to open Wednesday at 10:00 am so maybe it’s part of that? It’s really delightful to walk down the path under the trees.

    Also re fashion week: they’re setting up a runway in the underground concourse between PATH and Brookfield and it will be closed at some point on Wednesday. Hope that slurry wall holds.

  3. The flower trees are finished and this afternoon there was a woman playing a harp in the boxwood garden and another one in a white toga walking around. The flowers are not too wilty yet. It’s really pretty.

    The concourse runway is a massive amount of construction, with dressing rooms curtained off in the section between the Brookfield escalator and the overhead passageway, and lighting and stuff going in the rest of it.