Seen & Heard: Ichimura’s New Name

••• “Do you know if Ichimura is still in business?” asked John. “I walked by Friday evening and it was closed. I tried to open the door to see it was locked.” Given the situation, I wouldn’t be surprised if the restaurant was taking a break—or worse. I’m out of town this week, but I’ll check into it when I get back. The former website,, now redirects to, with 69 Leonard Street as the restaurant’s new name.

••• I’m excited about the 1 subway station on the upper level of the World Trade Center Oculus. It’s very space-age. Alas, it’s not scheduled to open till the end of 2018.

••• Press release: “On Back In Time Walking Tours, guides in period costume will whisk you away to an long forgotten era. See New York City as it was while being entertained along the way by riveting stories, melodic songs and nostalgic poetry performed by professional actors and musicians. Each tour is only 90 minutes, but the memories are guaranteed to last a lifetime. There are currently two tours available, both originating in Lower Manhattan. The Downtown & Beyond Walking Tour: Visit Revolutionary War sites, hear a tune at Alexander Hamilton’s tomb, walk the Canyon of Heroes, see the famed New York Stock Exchange, selfie where our forefathers stood and pay solemn tribute at the World Trade Center site. The Jewish Community During Colonial Times Walking Tour: Visit the original sites of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Congregation Shearith Israel, the oldest congregation in the United States as well as the oldest known Jewish Cemetery in NYC and much, much more! Experience the Jewish community as you never have before.”

••• Soho Photo‘s September shows, opening September 6, include “Above and Beyond” by Austin Jensen: “I photographed the city from the unique vantage point of its skyscrapers. The images involve the contradictory feelings of peace and excitement. This is the beauty of seeing and searching the depths of the city from its heights.” Below: Jensen’s stunning shot from high up the Municipal Building.

courtesy Austin Jensen••• September 9 at noon at Wagner Park: “Dan Zanes & Friends perform traditional acoustic folk music with a modern twist. Featuring songs from his latest release Lead Belly, Baby!, Dan and Friends provide a fresh vision of the American icon’s music for a new generation.” The Battery Park City Authority’s full events calendar is here (PDF).


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  1. I was thinking the same thing as I passed through the Oculus yesterday. I hope that you will be able to see the train passing through the station from inside the Oculus.