Seen & Heard: YogaSpark Opening Date

••• “The homeless lady who has been for more than a year on the southern tip of Bogardus Garden is no longer there since this morning,” emailed S. yesterday. “All her stuff is gone. It is the lady who took very good care of herself, brushed her teeth in the morning, had an umbrella when it was raining, etc. She was there on Saturday with the snow and is gone since this morning. Does anyone know what happened?”

••• YogaSpark, on Duane between W. Broadway and Hudson, opens January 1.

••• Sole di Capri will open on Sundays after the holidays.

••• “Increasingly baffled by 111 Reade,” emailed M. “It’s been leaning (to the right in the picture) for over two years, and hard to say but it may be getting worse. They appear to have vacated all the apartments, as well as Ward III (I assume because of the lean, or related repairs). It’s sort of hard to imagine a situation where the lean is unsafe for tenants of the building but OK for construction workers or soon-to-be patrons at Serafina next door?” I think that’s more of a statement than a question. The Department of Buildings filings mention “masonry load bearing wall stabilization,” and I guess they think it’s serious enough to warrant repair but not serious enough that anyone is currently at risk.

••• Something is happening in the former Happy Mailman space at 504 Greenwich—the windows have been papered.



  1. They likely vacated the spaces for the purposes of doing the structural work itself. It’s hard to do that kind of noisy, dusty, and disruptive work in occupied apartments.

  2. The homeless woman is now inside the plaza where they normally chain up the tables.

    • I noticed she wasn’t there, hoping that she had found somewhere warm to go, then saw the blue tarp through the park. She’s been in the area for a year now. I hate to see her out there in the winter. I’ve asked homeless services to reach out a few times but I understand she refuses the help. She seems well enough that with a little help she wouldn’t have to be homeless.

  3. 111 Reade was served an emergency vacate order a year ago. It was rescinded after the landlord filed remediation plans. There is disagreement over whether or not construction at the old Mary Ann’s space exacerbated the “structural instability.”

  4. The homeless woman’s name is KeeKee and I’ve talked with her many times. She has been in the area for about 1.5 years now. She started out on the SE corner of Reade & West Broadway. She’s told me she is from Chicago. I’ve offered to help her with resources I’m familiar with, to get her off the street but she always says she’s fine. Based on what’s she’s told me, I think she’s been homeless for a while. I never seen her panhandle. I’ve offered her food when I come from the grocery store which she sometimes accepts. And I’ve bought her a coffee now and then (2 sugars and milk…I asked). I know I’m not the only person who has tried to help her get off the street but she turns everyone down…always with a smile and a laugh.

  5. You know, I’ve bought the homeless lady coffee, too. But the bigger question is, if you let one person build a small camp on a public sidewalk, where does it end? We need to do a better of job of helping the homeless find permanent living accommodations. It doesn’t say much about our society that we let people live in the streets or on the sidewalks. Just because she doesn’t want to leave doesn’t mean she should stay. Living out in the elements isn’t a long term solution, and it isn’t healthy for her either.

  6. She has told me her name is Jane. I have given her money and food. she is very clean and I don’t know how she does it. She has pride and her wits about her. I
    don’t think there is a danger of a homeless camp popping up around your private garden.