Seen & Heard: Target’s Other Opening Date

••• The big billboard on Varick pretty clearly says Target is opening on Oct.9, but someone tweeted this image, which says Oct. 5. So I reached out to Target’s very responsive media department. What I learned: “The marketing for the store”—such as the billboard—”is for the grand opening day on Oct. 9, when the store will hand out reusable bags to guests and distribute plush Bullseye dogs to kids. Wednesday, Oct. 5 is the soft opening of the store, which is the first day that guests can come in and shop. For our new stores, we market the grand opening day as that Sunday so the team has a few days to get the store up and running. We will be doing a ribbon cutting on Oct. 5 at 9 a.m.” The store will generally be open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., but we’re waiting to hear whether you’ll be able to walk in at the stroke of 7 a.m. on Oct. 5.

target-tribeca-oct-5••• Speaking of Target, chief creative officer Todd Waterbury, tweeted this photo of illustrator Timothy Goodman drawing a mural at the forthcoming store.

Timothy Goodman drawing at Target Tribeca photo by Todd Waterbury••• “Can you please shed some light on the plan for all the shredded streets in northern Tribeca?” emailed David, referring to Washington, Watts, and Laight, which have been milled, in preparation for repaving. “It might break your heart (as it did mine) to see patches of cobblestone peaking out from under what has been milled. So, once upon a time, someone gave the order to pave over all that cobblestone.” I was delighted to find a notice about the project posted by the city’s Department of Design and Construction —the two-sided flyer was taped to a pole so that only the front could be read, naturally—but the DDC’s project liaison said that the DDC is only responsible for the milling. She directed me to the city’s Department of Transportation, which is overseeing the repaving; it should happen in the next two weeks. (Not super specific, but at least there’s a timeline!). Here’s a glimpse of those cobblestones….

cobblestones-on-washington••• I was surprised to see this sign outside of the Jack’s Stir Brew café in the Roxy. I guess they’re getting squatters. (Or maybe it’s for the hotel? Does it serve drinks in that area at night?)

jacks-stir-brew-sign••• Opening September 29 at Steven Amedee Gallery: “New Paintings” by Rick Lewis. Below: “False Bar,” a mixed-media piece of oil, bitumen, sand, mica, collage on canvas.




  1. Re re-paving of streets: while they’re at it, perhaps they could re-pave Staple Street, which doesn’t look a lot better than that photo (as previously discussed on TC)?

    • I agree with you..Staple St has def. gotten a bit sad. I live right off the alley and am never clear why it’s constantly littered with garbage, kids smoking pot, graffiti..when in contrast Collister is so well looked after.

  2. If the Staple Street residents or building owners don’t care to keep the street clean or well-lit or graffiti-free than why should the rest of us care?

  3. Several large buildings on Hudson, that back onto Staple do nothing to maintain the rear of the buildings/AIR apartments I believe that are on street level. The residents on the West side of Staple do clean up and def. keep the West side of the street clean of graffiti.

  4. Target, check. Next up: Trader Joe’s, please!

  5. When we moved into northwest Tribeca in the late seventies, even the sidewalk of Washington Street was cobblestone.

  6. The 55 Hudson, whose back entry is on Staple Street, does in fact clean up the alley. It is an unfortunate and frustrating fact that many dog walkers/owners in the neighborhood fail to clean up after their dogs and that the restaurant fails to do its part.

    As for the cobblestones, I’d like to know the DOT’s rationale for choosing which streets are paved vs. cobblestoned. And are neighbors consulted on these matters? Personally, I’d prefer to have Staple Street’s historic stones restored rather than paved.