Seen & Heard: A New Store at Brookfield Place

••• The reader who goes by Hudson River says that Brookstone is taking the former Posman Books space in Brookfield Place. (“It’s turning into Pier 17!”) Maybe we can get a Spencer’s next. Anyway, HR also says that “The women’s Club Monaco opened Friday; men’s will be ‘this week.'”

Brookstone••• Yesterday, I sat in the Warren Street cut-through in City Hall Park and read a bit, and it was magical—the ginkgo trees were dropping leaves all over. I happen to love ginkgo trees—the long branches, the fan-shaped leaves, especially as they turn gold, and even the smell of the crushed nuts. But what I love most of all is explained in this New Yorker article by Oliver Sacks:

While the leaves of the more modern angiosperms—maples, oaks, beeches, what have you—are shed over a period of weeks after turning dry and brown, the ginkgo, a gymnosperm, drops its leaves all at once. The botanist Peter Crane, in his book Ginkgo, writes that, in relation to a very large ginkgo in Michigan, “for many years there was a competition to guess the date on which the leaves would fall.” In general, Crane says, it happens with “eerie synchronicity,” and he quotes the poet Howard Nemerov:

Late in November, on a single night
Not even near to freezing, the ginkgo trees
That stand along the walk drop all their leaves
In one consent, and neither to rain nor to wind
But as though to time alone: the golden and green
Leaves litter the lawn today, that yesterday
Had spread aloft their fluttering fans of light.

Anyway, I think we need to create a ritual of some kind on the night the ginkgos drop their leaves.

City Hall Park gingko tree••• Matt says the tent outside the Winter Garden is for this: “The Museum of Feelings, as curated by Glade, brings emotion and scent to life through an engaging and immersive experience inspired by fragrance. The installation combines hands-on interaction, emotional expression and scent-inspired experiences that turn each visitor’s journey into art. Five customized galleries invite visitors to experience different moods including Optimism, Calm, Invigorated, Exhilarated and Joyful. Glade fragrances act as a muse for each of the galleries, letting visitors experience how the sense of smell, combined with other senses, evokes a particular emotion.” Yes, I’m feeling emotions just thinking about it.

••• Last week’s Where in Tribeca…? proved to be a stumper. Click the link to discover the answer.

••• Wes Gordon tweeted this at me, so I assume we can ignore the “non-transferable” part.

Wes Gordon••• Shooting today around Warren: Blind, probably this film starring Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin: “Blind tells the story of a novelist who was blinded in a car crash that killed his wife and several years later rediscovers his passion for life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife of an indicted businessman.”

••• The Sabor de Mexico on Park Place closed.

Sabor de Mexico••• Also on Park Place, the Little Italy slice joint is now open weekends, or at least it was last Sunday. It’s possible the pizzeria has been open weekends for a while and I just missed it.

Little Italy Pizzeria••• The SeaGlass carousel in the Battery is closed for maintenance this week, reopening Saturday.

••• Xi’an Famous Foods, which I think people still love, is opening an outpost at 68 Kenmare, just east of Mulberry.

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