Seen & Heard: Historic Signage Likely Getting Destroyed

••• I walked by the new Leather Spa at 28 John on New Year’s Day, so it wasn’t open, but the storefront looks fantastic—a real step up for FiDi (especially compared to the I-Mobile phone store next door).

Leather Spa 28 John FiDi NYC••• Shuggie Otis plays City Winery on Feb. 3. Below: “Sweet Thang.”

••• Yesterday, the boiler vent at Tribeca Tower (105 Duane) was as loud as it’s ever been, and possibly louder. The rep from Related Companies, which owns the building, said on Dec. 10 that a solution should have been ready in a few weeks. Jean Grillo, who lives nearby, says that there’s hope: “It appears that some work is being done on the exhaust system making the noise at ground level at the park. Green walls are now up around the biggest noise maker.”

Tribeca Tower boiler vent••• I’ve been impressed with Le District‘s produce lately. The salad greens are far better than at Whole Foods, and the store carries actual watercress, which is much tastier than the bagged kind. Plus, these melons have been delicious.

Le District melon••• I just realized that when 33 and 34 Park Row get razed to make way for a new 25-story building, we’re going to lose this old signage on Theatre Alley. (I assume it’s still there—I was walking along Ann Street when I thought of it, and I didn’t want to go check because Theatre Alley is extremely dark and I could hear people hanging out.) UPDATE: The headline should probably read “Semi-Historic Signage…,” because according to Mruptight, “While there was a Park Theater on Park Row, the signage on Theater Alley was a prop from Billy Bathgate (1991). Still sad to see it leave.”

Theater Alley signage••• Sale at Gary Graham this week:

Gary Graham sale••• The Lego set for the Hook & Ladder 8 firehouse is now available (it’s $350). From the product page on the Lego site:

Recreate iconic Ghostbusters scenes with the 2-story Firehouse Headquarters, featuring laboratory, living quarters, containment unit and much more. Capture the ghosts with the proton packs and restore order, or solve other supernatural cases!

• Includes 9 minifigures: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Janine Melnitz, Dana Barrett, Louis Tully, Zombie Driver and Library Ghost.
• Also comes with Slimer, Pink Ghost and Blue Ghost.
• Slide the Ghostbusters heroes down the fire pole into action.
• Chase the ghosts and secure them in the containment unit.
• Turn the librarian old lady into a scary ghost with the double-sided face and extra wig!
• Run tests on Louis in the lab to see if he’s possessed!
• Suspend ghosts around the building’s exterior with attachable transparent arms.
• Dodge the slime oozing up through cracks in the pavement.
• Accessory elements include an alarm bell, fire extinguisher, computer, phone, toolbox, tools, jars of slimes, magnifying glass, camera, camera rolls, arcade game, toaster with slime, fridge with frozen pizza, milk and cheese, and much more!
• Features opening walls for easy play access.
• Features over 4,600 pieces.
• Ghostbusters minifigures come with decorated arms.
• Measures over 14” (36cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 14” (38cm) deep.
• With walls opened out, measures over 14” (36cm) high, 18” (46 cm) wide and 14” (38cm) deep.
• Firehouse Headquarters doors can open to fit the 21108 Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 inside!

That’s right. You can also get the car ($50).



  1. While there was a Park Theater on Park Row, the signage on Theater Alley was a prop from Billy Bathgate (1991). Still sad to see it leave.