Seen & Heard: Church Publick Is Closed for Renovation

••• Church Publick is closed; a notice on Yelp says it’ll reopen July 19. The Department of Buildings permit in the window is for the “installation of new interior partitions [and] new mezzanine,” while a more recent DOB permit online is for “installation of cooking equipments in the cellar kitchen for the existing 1st floor restaurant.” What’s curious about all of this is that at the end of May I came across a Craigslist ad for a general manager at a “soon to open upscale Tribeca restaurant” with a “New Orleans/Louisiana theme.” The address was listed as 78 Reade, which is Church Publick. But someone from Church Publick said that the ad was “unrelated to our business, and Church Publick is sticking with the same concept.”

••• The privately owned public plaza at Tribeca Tower (105 Duane) reopened ahead of schedule.

••• Drama the other day at 15 Leonard.

••• Work is underway on the Vin Sur Vingt wine bar opening where Babesta Threads used to be at 66 W. Broadway.

••• “Does anyone have advice for dealing with chronic roof parties in the neighborhood?” asks a suffering resident. “A renter in a neighboring building is blasting music into the wee hours of the morning. Numerous neighbors have dialed 311, but after the police leave, the music is turned back up. The building’s coop board is supportive, but their hands appear to be tied. Any advice on effective measures is welcome.” (From the New York Post in May: “A new NYPD directive forbids cops from entering a residence in response to a noise complaint—unless they’re given permission.”)

••• Buttercup Bake Shop is opening in the Fulton Center (where the popcorn store was). Its owner is Jennifer Appel, a co-founder of Magnolia Bakery.



  1. Re: Noise Complaint.

    Contact the apartment’s landlord regarding it. Landlords have more at a stake than a renter and may then put pressure on tenant to stop.

    • Have an attorney contact the co-op board. Unlike a condo, as a matter of law, they are the landlord of all the tenant-shareholders in the building and the renter of a co-op unit is a sub-tenant. The board is responsible to act here as any building owner would be not to permit nuisances.

      • Consult a lawyer immediately to take action and you will see how quickly the boards’ hands become untied. They have a duty to prevent a nuisance and will want to avoid the stiff damage claims that you will likely bring if this activity is not terminated.