Seen & Heard: Is the Tribeca Family Festival Backing Off Its Laight Street Plan?

••• Kristopher Hull took this video of the crane on Thursday: “As you can tell from my expression, it certainly didn’t look right to me.”

••• The TV show “Limitless” is shooting around here yet again; the flyers on Chambers say it’s happening tomorrow (Monday).

••• The City Council voted to co-name Bowling Green as Evacuation Day Plaza.

••• As you may recall, the Community Board 1 Tribeca Committee agenda that was sent out at the start of the month said that the Tribeca Family Festival is planning an event on Laight Street (between Varick and Hudson) from April 11 to April 18 (besides its usual hootenanny on Greenwich and adjacent streets). On Friday, CB1 sent out a revised agenda that said “Street Activity Permit Application by Tribeca Family Festival, 6 p.m. on April 21, to 11:59 p.m. on April 23 , Greenwich, Beach, North Moore, Franklin, Harrison, Jay, Duane, and Reade Streets and April 11, 2016, 12 a.m.“—apparently cutting off the Laight Street part midway through. The version posted online, meanwhile, deletes all mention of the Laight Street part: “Street Activity Permit Application by Tribeca Family Festival, April 21, 2016 6 p.m. – April 23, 2016 11:59 p.m., Greenwich, Beach, North Moore, Franklin, Harrison, Jay,  Duane, and Reade Streets.” So perhaps the Tribeca Film Festival is backing off the plan? We’ll find out during the meeting this Wednesday, Feb. 10.

••• And added to the Tribeca Committee agenda:

—Crane Accident on Worth Street at 60 Hudson Street – Discussion
—Hudson River Park Security Plan – Presentation by Debra Kustka, Vice President of Operations, Hudson River Park Trust
—Hudson River Park Signage Plan – Presentation by Madelyn Wils, President, Hudson River Park Trust

••• As expected, the TD Bank branch at Duane and Hudson closed. Anyone know what, if anything, is taking that prominent spot?



  1. Evacuation Day Plaza???

    • “Evacuation Day on November 25 marks the day in 1783 when British troops departed from New York Town on Manhattan Island, after the end of the American Revolutionary War. After this British Army evacuation, General George Washington triumphantly led the Continental Army from his former headquarters, north of the city, across the Harlem River south down Manhattan through the town to The Battery at the foot of Broadway.”

      • Regardless of the actual historical context of the name, it’s a horrible name

        • …especially since most people will think of how people evacuated from the area on and after 9/11, not the American Revolutionary War.

          • As the date is clearly on the placard, they should not think of anything else and if they do………so what? This co-naming is great addition to the historical landscape of downtown. Hopefully it will encourage people to do their own research to find out more about the history of our city.

          • Who are you to tell anyone what to think? The name sucks, it evokes 9/11 more than an important but obscure day which isn’t even on a calendar, since you know, people evacuated from the FiDi on 9/11. The name has a negative tone. You disagree (like I disagree it’s a “great addition” to the neighborhood), so be it.

  2. At the TD Bank on Chambers and Greenwich (where almost all the staff from the Duane Street branch have been relocated) they told me they’d heard that Bouley wanted to take over the space

    Makes sense, yes?