Seen & Heard: Olympics on the Hudson

••• Is the Dietz Lantern building seriously telling pedestrians to slow down, lest they impede the progress of cars exiting the garage?

Dietz Lantern Building 429 Greenwich slow sign••• Citigroup is hosting an Olympics-themed event on Pier 26 from August 5 through August 11: “Come celebrate Team USA and keep up with the latest action, enjoy authentic Brazilian cuisine, and entertainment throughout the week, including opportunities to perhaps see U.S. Olympians and Paralympians. If guests want to get in the game, they can virtually ‘sprint’ against track & field sensation Allyson Felix, honor the return of golf to the Olympic Games by testing their swing in the golf simulator, and learn all about the Paralympic movement by trying out a Paralympic sport.” Curious what that means, exactly. “Plus, with family friendly activities like face painting, live art demonstrations, and samba dancers, there’s something for everyone. It wouldn’t be Rio without a beach and we have that too! We invite you to come put your feet in the sand and enjoy the view at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 this August. With sports, food, music and dancing, you might think you’re in Rio.” More info, including the hours.

••• Whole Foods Tribeca apparently has an Etsy section. It’s probably in that non-food area I hurry though like it’s a bad part of town.

Etsy at Whole Foods Tribeca••• Best Market is getting very Baron Von Fancy-esque!

Baron Von Fancyesque signage at Best Market••• Independence Plaza North sure is doing some serious sidewalk work.

IPN sidewalk construction IPN sidewalk construction2



  1. It is easy enough to pick up that “slow” sign, turn it to face the garage and move it to the open “garage” door.

    • I wonder if that wasn’t how it was originally and someone turned it to be the way it is in the picture. It would actually make more sense since those signs are usually directed at vehicles and not pedestrians.

      re Pier 26. they should have said something like, “all of the fun of Rio without the Zika”

  2. It was actually placed there after too many close calls with bike riders who don’t like to ride on the cobblestone streets and so come up onto our sidewalk. Our front door opens right on to the street and we have witnessed too many people coming out of our building and being surprised by a bike rider riding (not slowly) right past our front door. There are a lot of small children in the building – trying to prevent an accident.