Seen & Heard: Ballerina Mural Extended

••• This Thursday at 1 p.m., there will be a reading of Not Norman at Tribeca Treats. It’s part of Jumpstart‘s attempt to break the world record for the most people reading the same book at the same time (to raise awareness for the importance of preschool literacy). Plus: free milk and cookies.

••• Press release: “Previously scheduled to last only through October, the 100-foot-tall ballerina mural created by famed French street artist JR at developer DDG’s 100 Franklin Street site has been granted an extension by New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. The installation […] has had its permit extended until next summer.” Not sure if that means the mural will necessarily be around for nine months, but it must mean at least a small reprieve for these trees.) And the word is that JR will be touching up the piece, which got a bit thrashed in a recent storm.

JR mural disintegrating••• Speaking of DDG…. Its new condo at 325 W. Broadway (called Xoco), has a funky exoskeleton. The rendering is below.

xoco 325 wbroadway••• November 15 at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center: “The Modern School of Film’s founder, Robert Milazzo, will host artist, writer, filmmaker, and legendary creator of the classic graphic novels The Dark Knight, Sin City, and 300—Frank Miller—as he revisits the three films that have most influenced his life and his craft. The discussion will include clips and in-depth discussion. Buy your tickets before Friday with Password SINCITY and save $10 per seat.”

••• I hear there’s hope that the street trees along Con Ed’s W. Broadway substation—also known as the FreshDirect parking lot—will be replaced soon.

WBroadway tree FreshDirect Con Ed substation••• The Happy Mailman pet boarding/daycare at 504 Greenwich has closed.

Happy Mailman 504 Greenwich



  1. I heard they are not building I guess this pretty much confirms that.

  2. The scaffold is down at 325 West Broadway. ExoSKELETON is the right word because in my opinion it looks like dinosaur bones welded together.