Seen & Heard: DanceBody Appears to Be Off

••• The first floor of 1 White was behind plywood for so long that I had to look up what it used to look like when it was Columbine (as Café Clementine was previously known), but it seems to be headed in an a sort of industrial direction, what with the metal siding. I don’t recall this going before CB1 and the LPC, but I’m sure it did.

••• Two local 14-year-olds, Lisa and Aoife, have founded Manhattan Macarons: “We are two amateur bakers based in Tribeca with a passion for baking macarons. We love baking the complex, but extremely tasty, macaron! We started in a small kitchen in Tribeca just making treats for our family. We decided to share our love of macarons to everyone and you might find outside of Washington Market Park… we hope to see you there!”

••• Still no activity at the Trader Joe’s opening at Sixth Ave. and Spring. The company’s website says both “opens late 2017” and just plain “coming soon.”

••• The DanceBody sign at 51 Warren has been taken down, so one might logically assume the dispute over the construction wasn’t able to be worked out. Maybe DanceBody will open a studio elsewhere in the neighborhood. (Photo by K.)

••• The Janovic store on Broome Street has reopened; it closed back in December after the ceiling fell in.

••• I finally made it to the Joe Coffee Co. (as it’s now called?) in the World Trade Center mall. The coffee was great, of course, and the folks were very friendly—it’s a welcome addition to the mall, even if the location (on the balcony near Condé Nast’s entrance) is sort of a pain.



  1. Trader Joe’s could be waiting for the stuff it ordered to construct and design before starting activity. How can activity and construction be possible when a company doesn’t have the items needed to construct something onsite yet?

    • Well, there should be substantial construction applications on file with the Department of Buildings well in advance of a supermarket build-out.

      Here apparently the only job relevant to the store is the alteration of the storefront (Job No: 122241225), apparently to comply with certain requirements of the MTA with respect to the nearby subway line.

  2. From Landmarks COFA 16-8338 for 1 WHITE STREET (ISSUE DATE: 02/26/15):

    “The proposed work as approved, consists of […] alterations at the first floor, including at the corner storefront on the West Broadway façade, constructing one new assembly of five café style single lite metal doors with raised panel base, all in a black baked on enamel finish; and finishing the existing concrete storefront piers and curb, and signband in a black painted finish; at the eastern most storefront opening on the White Street facade, replacing the existing nonhistoric storefront infill with one new single-lite metal and glass door and two full height single-lite metal display windows; replacing one existing non-historic single-lite wood window, transom, and bulkhead with one new single-lite metal and glass door with raised panel base; and replacing one existing non-historic wood door, transom, and sidelite with one new single-lite metal and glass display window and raised paneled base […] and constructing one new accessible ramp in black painted steel diamond plate with associated pipe metal railing.


    “With regard to this proposal, the Commission found […] that because the existing storefront infill and window openings at the building are not historic, their removal will not result in any damage to significant architectural features of the building; that the configuration and proportions of the proposed storefronts featuring operable café style single light aluminum and glass doors with paneled aluminum base in a black finish, will recall the configuration and proportions of historic storefronts found within the historic district; that the proposed full height aluminum and glass display windows and door at the eastern most storefront opening on White Street will harmonize with the existing fenestration at the upper floors[.]”