Seen & Heard: Kesté Pizzeria Is Open

••• After I posted that I had heard a rumor that a grocery/restaurant is coming to 90 Hudson, a resident said that the word in the building is that it’s a CVS.

••• The Kesté pizzeria at 77 Fulton opened for lunch and dinner seven days a week. (The company’s website spells it Kestè, Kesté, and Keste…)

••• Yesterday afternoon’s recon walk was ruined by CWA union members blowing air horns non-stop outside 50 Varick. The sound was audible—and downright aggravating—for hundreds of yards in every direction. Their signs demanded “good jobs” from AT&T Mobility, and AT&T sponsors the Tribeca Film Festival, which is holding events at 50 Varick, so I guess the idea is a sort of blackmail: Hire our union members or we’ll disrupt your events in a rude, juvenile way. I couldn’t care less about AT&T or CWA, but now I’m pretty sure I’d side with AT&T. I called 311, which transferred me to 911, which said they’d file a report with the 1st Precinct.

••• One of the Starbucks outposts in the World Trade Center mall has opened; it’s on the mezzanine near the Vesey entrance to the Oculus. Notably for this mall, there’s seating outside the shop.

••• The Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center now offers Glide Fit classes: “Bringing the party to the pool, this class will introduce the fundamentals to working out on top of an unstable surface in the water utilizing our floating platform. You’ll be introduced to a variety of exercises to build strength from head to toe while you raise your heart rate—with the added bonus of firing stabilizers that often go unused—in a fun new way. The innovative floating platform challenges your core and stabilization muscles to strengthen your body. Added mobility training will keep you moving throughout the class, with different focuses ranging from the hips, shoulders, and knees to test your balance with proper technique.” It’s free for members of the center and $40 for non-members.

••• Opening April 25 at Sapar Contemporary: ” Home as an Irrevocable Condition brings together artists Poonam Jain (India), Heeseop Yoon (Korea/US), Wyn-Lyn Tan (Singapore), and Zsofia Schweger (Hungary/UK). These four women are now based in Dubai, Brooklyn, Norway, and London. For this exhibit these artists are challenged with defining the notion of home and finding the visual and conceptual language to represent it.” Below: A work by Schweger.

••• Apparently, Masa invited other press outlets to an event that included a tasting of Tetsu menu items.



  1. We live on Laight btn Hudson & Varick and those horns were blaring most of the afternoon. There must be a more neighborly way to protest.

  2. God forbid some “middle class” workers disturb us in our multi-million dollar lofts by protesting against offshoring of jobs. Let’s call the police. Pretty much sums up modern TriBeCa.

    • I don’t see it as a class issue. People living and working in a big city need to be respectful of each other. The noise was insane, and not just near 50 Varick, and I can’t see a compelling argument in ruining the afternoon of people who have nothing to do with the dispute.

      • It’s not a class issue – the unions need to realize that air horns are an assault on everybody. I run a psychotherapy office out of my loft, and it isn’t a class issue when I’m calling 311 over and over trying to get the First Precinct to tell the union guys across the street to stop with the air horns because I’ve got someone in my office in tears, trying to get some comfort over personal issues in their life and we can’t hear each other over the noise. That was a protest down at 55 Murray a few months ago, but I’ll never forget it and it sure doesn’t make me feel sympathetic to the union. I ran down and asked them politely – explained what was going on, that I’m a therapist, etc. with an office right across the street – and they just smirked and blasted the horn right in my face.

  3. You could hear the horns from my offices on 25th St on the EAST side. Not ok.

  4. Did they have a permit to disturb the peace?