Seen & Heard: The Scourge of “TriBeCa”

••• I’ve waited till now to start a petition because I wanted to save it for something important: insisting that Apple stop autocorrecting “Tribeca” to “TriBeCa.” Please sign it.

TriBeCa••• “Not sure if this rises to the level of Nosy Neighbor, but who is the lady in City Hall Park that has recently started serenading people as they walk through?” asks Chris. “Yesterday I got ‘Slow down you move too fast’ and today it was ‘Pretty Woman,’ which I am sure was not aimed at me. She looks completely normal—would never assume she was a homeless person or otherwise of her rocker. She stands on the west side of the fountain which would much prettier without police barricades and if it were flowing. Kind of a nice addition to the park in light of what’s happening there… but kind of weird too!” For a piece called “This You,” Tino Sehgal engaged singers to serenade people; it’s part of the Public Art Fund’s “Language of Things” show, up through Sept. 29.

••• Baked is opening an outpost at the depachika (food hall) at the Isetan department store in Tokyo. We can add it to the list of businesses you’ll see both in Tribeca and Tokyo: Sarabeth’s, Bubby’s, Maison Kayser….

••• Caveat emptor: One year after renting a Manhattan Mini Storage unit, the company raised my rate by 33% (assuming, no doubt, that the last thing I want to do is move all that crap again). Related: On my last visit there, I found a 2004 issue of Penthouse slipped under our door. Below is a photo from the lesbian Valkyrie spread.

2004 Penthouse1••• I’ve long been wondering who put the charming monsters in the window of 56 Lispenard, and I had heard it was an artist’s studio. Now we know who.

56 Lispenard sign



  1. Go into Settings
    Choose General
    Choose Keyboard
    Choose Text Replacement
    Click on the + sign at the top
    In the Phrase box type in Tribeca
    In the Shortcut box, type in Tribeca
    Close Settings

    • Thanks. I did that once (and posted the instructions somewhere on this site), and then at some point a software upgrade erased the override. And yes, the windows/Windows one is bizarre!

  2. Then, using the same process, type in “windows” and “windows” (without the quotes) and this will prevent autocorrect from changing your discussion about glassed-in room openings to one about an inferior computer operating system.

  3. Tribeca or TriBeCa are catchy and cute but the historic name of most of the area is/was Washington Market. I like that better.

  4. Triangle Below Canal

    It’s New York. That is historically the basis for the “Neighborhood” name.

    I think Tribeca is pretentious not the other way around.

    Are we better than SoHo or FiDi? (Ok probably)

  5. I prefer “TriBeCa”.
    It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.

  6. vapid ghetto. will you take this one down too ?

    • I took your last comment down because it was vitriolic and tedious, the way many of your comments have been. (They didn’t start out that way; what happened?) As I’ve said before, I won’t allow trolls to take over what is generally a smart, engaged comments section. Be additive, be constructive, be useful—but if you’re just here to piss on the wall, go somewhere else. And if you truly dislike this site so much, why on earth are you here in the first place?

  7. Leo: “Warpoes” wouldn’t be so catchy a name.

    “The people inhabiting Lower Manhattan at the time of the European explorers were probably the Marechkawieck group of the Canarsee, who controlled all of the nearby islands in the East River and Brooklyn. The Canarsee were related to Delaware or Munsee-speaking groups who occupied the west side of the Hudson and the area around New York Bay. Manhattan itself is derived from the Delaware mannahata, meaning ‘hilly island’ or Manahachtanienk, meaning ‘the island where we all became intoxicated’.

    “The Marechkawieck were dispersed throughout lower Manhattan and lower Brooklyn, including Governor’s Island, then called Pagganck (meaning nut or walnut) by the Canarsee. The Marechkawieck are most likely the individuals responsible for selling Manhattan Island to the Dutch in 1626 as they are listed on a 1637 document for the sale of Hell Gate to the Dutch.

    “The Marechkawieck had a settlement in lower Manhattan just north of New Amsterdam in proximity to the Collect and Little Collect, spring-fed freshwater ponds located in what is now Foley Square. The area of City Hall Park would have been a desirable location for Native American settlement as it was
    comparatively level and close to the freshwater ponds, swampland, and the East River. Valentine noted that the location of City Hall marked the former site of ‘a large Indian village.’ Bolton’s map and index of Indian sites in New York City and its environs lists […], Warpoes or Werpoes, described as shellheaps in an area above Collect Pond. The location of this village is variously given as west or south of Collect Pond. A Native American footpath was located in this section of Lower Manhattan, running north from the Battery to the northern end of Manhattan Island. This path, called the Wickquasgeck Road, was the main pathway for north-south
    movements along the length of Manhattan Island at the time of European occupation. This path followed the route of Broadway in Lower Manhattan.”


    Bolton, R.P.
    1934 Indian Life of Long Ago in the City of New York, New York.


    James: Thank you for this! And for anyone interested in exploring: