Seen & Heard: The Great Tribeca Scavenger Hunt

••• Friends of Bogardus Plaza’s first-ever Great Tribeca Scavenger Hunt is May 21. There are even prizes, and who doesn’t love prizes? (Losers, that’s who!) Sign up now.

••• Almost got run over again this morning. The crossing guards (traffic moderators?) at Murray and West only focus on the southern crosswalk, which is frustrating enough, but then they also wave northbound drivers through the red light. I’ll ask it again: Are the guards there to protect pedestrians or facilitate traffic?

••• A rep from Robert A. M. Stern Architects chimed in about the newly opened Four Seasons plaza: “Robert A.M. Stern Architects was responsible for the original concept for the plaza, but the final design is by Lee Weintraub Landscape Architecture.”

••• The private pop-up at the former American Flatbread space is for Pure Leaf tea.

••• The new building at 403 Greenwich has finally been revealed. The light made it hard to get a photo of the top, but is the cornice just a thin vertical lip?

••• The 1st Precinct Community Council’s monthly meeting is tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the precinct house. If anyone goes, please ask whether any progress is being made in the investigation of the murder of jeweler Omid Gholian.

••• Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day at Poets House: From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., “join young readers and writers along with special guests for an afternoon of readings and fun. Bring a poem of your choice to share or find one at Poets House. This community reading is a great way to tune your ears to new poets and old friends. Pick up this year’s Poem in Your Pocket cards with poems exploring themes of migration and immigration written by New York City students.” The kids’ poems are nice, I’m sure, but I like my poetry to have a bit of spice. Here’s an old favorite by the great Derek Walcott. Read it out loud.

Bleecker Street, Summer

Summer for prose and lemons, for nakedness and languor,
for the eternal idleness of the imagined return,
for rare flutes and bare feet, and the August bedroom
of tangled sheets and the Sunday salt, ah violin!

When I press summer dusks together, it is
a month of street accordions and sprinklers
laying the dust, small shadows running from me.

It is music opening and closing, Italia mia, on Bleecker,
ciao, Antonio, and the water-cries of children
tearing the rose-coloured sky in streams of paper;
it is dusk in the nostrils and the smell of water
down littered streets that lead you to no water,
and gathering islands and lemons in the mind.

There is the Hudson, like the sea aflame.
I would undress you in the summer heat,
and laugh and dry your damp flesh if you came.



  1. Crossing streets in this city has become a survival game.
    When exactly did it become legal to go through lights after they have turned red?

  2. Do the incoming residents of 403 Greenwich know that they will be living on top of a rat universe? Eegads, that stretch is rat-infested like no other I’ve encountered outside of the Karni Mata Temple.?????

    • In 2014, NYC identified the corner of Greenwich and Beach Streets as one of the worst places (I don’t recall the ranking) for rats in the entire city. Although the completion of this building solved the vacant lot problem that contributed to the infestation, I wonder if the real problem of the underground burrows can ever be addressed.

  3. I cringe every time I see people eating at Greenwich Street Tavern and Wolfgang’s. Given the enormous rat infestation on the corner, there is no way that those restaurants do not have massive rat problems. I have always wondered why the Tavern just continues to dump tons of raw garbage on the corner and watch the rats crawl around the front of their restaurant. Placing garbage in containers would go a long way towards solving the problem and getting locals to feel comfortable consuming their food. I gather the non-locals and Citi emplyees who do not know about the rats keep them in business.

    • NYC Department of Health – Inspection Results

      Restaurant Name Address Telephone Cuisine Most Recent Graded Inspection Date Grade

      GREENWICH STREET TAVERN 399 GREENWICH ST MANHATTAN, 10013 212-334-7827 American 11/16/2016 A

      WOLFGANG’S STEAKHOUSE 409 GREENWICH STREET MANHATTAN, 10013 212-925-0350 Steak 01/12/2017 A

    • Wolfgangs literally just dumps kitchen refuse onto the street. Pass by on a Saturday or Sunday morning and you will see bones from steaks, lobster carcasses, and all sorts of scraps just laying in a pile on the sidewalk. I’ve seen the same in front of Sweetgreen on occasion, but not with the regularity that it happens at Wolfgangs. Totally gross.

  4. You should visit the corner of West and Chambers today where a traffic agent is stationed to move traffic through red lights and shortening the time for pedestrians to cross the street. Perfect location fo this where 3 of the 4 corners are schools.