Seen & Heard: The MTA Is Taking No Chances

••• “Five days out from a possible storm, and the MTA seems to be taking no chances in battening down the hatches,” emailed Robert A. Ripps yesterday. “Should I stock up on Perrier and sheep’s milk cheeses?” Yes, if you mean Perrier-Jouët. UPDATE: I added a few more photos at the end of this post.

Joaquin storm protection by Robert Ripps_1791 ••• The BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center announced the schedule for Scenes Through the Cinema Lens: “a free film retrospective focused on the performing arts, curated and hosted by Professor Krin Gabbard, professor of Comparative Literature and English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and author of Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture. Each screening is themed and followed by a Q&A, moderated by Professor Gabbard.” Of special note: On October 27, “The Triumph of Orson Welles,” with scenes from Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Lady from Shanghai, Too Much Johnson, Chimes at Midnight, and F Is for Fake.” Let’s just assume Touch of Evil—and especially its opening scene—is included.

••• From a reader: “I’m looking for a 1- or 2-bedroom sublet in Tribeca for six to 12 months, starting Jan. 15 through Feb. 1. Approx. $5k/month.” Email me at and I’ll forward it along.

••• “Mini NYC”—the car dealership?—is shooting Sunday in the Franklin/Hudson area.

••• The curved façade of the Bottega Veneta store at Brookfield Place is handsome.

••• Here are more storm-prep pix:

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