Seen & Heard: Raccoon Lodge Is Closing After All

••• Guessing wrong occasionally has its virtues. Here’s a comment on yesterday’s post about what appeared to be Raccoon Lodge taking the 20 Warren space: “The Raccoon Lodge is closing on June 30, 2016. Another bar that will be opening at 20 Warren St. is not associated with the Raccoon Lodge aside from possibly hiring out of work bartenders/managers. It has been a great run for the past 34 years and I want to thank all of the patrons from the neighborhood that have enjoyed our conviviality. What others do, is out of my control. Cheers, Ace.”

instagram-TC-raccoon-lodge-reflection••• The Department of Buildings permit in the window of the former Matsugen/66 space at 241 Church/66 Leonard says the first floor, cellar, and subcellar are being converted to a “three floor retail space.” That’s a huge amount of square footage. Anyone know what’s opening there? Tip me at or 917-209-6473. The permit was issued February 24; for some reason, it’s not online.

241 Church 66 Leonard••• Speaking of below-grade spaces on Leonard…. The ground floor of 55 Leonard is being converted to residential, and the other day workers were hauling dirt out—possibly creating a sub-basement?

55 Leonard••• And while I was poking around for info on a single-family mansion in northwest Tribeca, I came across DXA Studio’s rendering for 17 Leonard. We knew the building was being redone, but I don’t think we ever saw the version approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

••• On June 4, the “Lost Jazz Shrines” series at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center presents “an evening remembering Lester Bowie. Musical Director Bob Stewart will lead a program featuring Lester Bowie’s music as a brass ensemble, in the spirit of his Brass Fantasy bands that would play Sweet Basil.”

••• The Transportation Alternatives event scheduled for Oct. 5 on Beach between Collister and Greenwich is now going to be Tuesday, August 30. From the organizer, Clearview Festival Productions: “We are bringing in artisanal food to the block including items like duck, mofongo, home Frite [sic?], lobster, brick oven pizza and much more. Approximately 30 artisanal food purveyors will be serving.” From what I can tell, Clearview is attempting to upgrade the street-fair experience to include stuff Manhattanites might actually enjoy.

••• A reader who used to hold concerts at City Hall restaurant’s Granite Room wonders whether anyone knows of a venue around here with a piano.



  1. Beluga Bar on Murray has a piano. Went there a while back when a friend’s band played there.