Seen & Heard: Harry & Ida’s Luncheonette Opens Today

••• Israel-based fashion line Q House of Basics is opening a pop-up shop in the former Agatha Ruiz de la Prada space at 466 Greenwich (at Watts) sometime the week of September 17. It’ll be around for 60 days.From the website: “Designer Dorit Sharon first found her calling in fashion when she designed the perfect basic line for the luxury denim brand 7 for all mankind. After a few collections and high demand she decided to launch the Q by Dorit Sharon collection. After many iterations, she managed to perfect the T-shirt. Today, she is known for an array of luxe jersey essentials including dresses, tanks, and pants which can be layered with one another.” Tal Sharon said we can expect women’s and men’s collections, as well as exclusive T-shirts. And: “We will be launching our salt capsule True Colors as well. It’s a salt capsule from the Dead Sea that you add to the wash and keeps your colors from fading.”

••• Harry & Ida’s Luncheonette at 11 Park Place opens at 11 a.m. today.

••• Let’s give a warm welcome to Fred Astaire Dance Studio Downtown New York, which has just opened on the ninth floor of 291 Broadway. It’s the fourth Fred Astaire studio in Manhattan, and the first below Midtown. The studio is owned by two Ukrainian couples: “We teach mostly private lessons in Ballroom, Latin and Social Dancing as well as do Wedding Dances. Through out the whole September we are offering a free private lesson. You don’t need a partner to start taking classes. Reservation is required for the lesson but everyone is welcome to stop by for a tour and meet us. Our working hours are Monday-Friday 1-10 p.m., Saturday/Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.” I took ballroom dancing lessons many years ago; highly recommend it.

••• I’ve been growing concerned about Bar Cyrk,which has been closed for “some sprucing up” for a month now. I emailed the owners to see if a reopening is imminent: “As soon as we set the date, we’ll be happy to let you know,” was the reply.

••• The “Sphere” sculpture was unveiled at Liberty Park. Thanks to A. for the photo.

••• From the 9/11 Memorial and Museum: “This year, we’re asking people across the country to come together in remembrance by supporting ‘Tribute in Light’ with a matched gift. Please consider making a donation of $75 or more toward ‘Tribute in Light.’ Thanks to a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, we are able to match your gift up to $200,000.” You know you love ‘Tribute in Light,’ so do it. (Thanks to Albert C. Lee for the photo.)

••• It looks as if Adidas is opening a huge store on Sixth Ave. between Prince and Spring, but I suppose that could just be advertising on a vacant storefront.

••• Through September 10 at Cheryl Hazan: “Gray MCA is pleased to announce their first US exhibition Drawing on Style, on display from September 5-10 on 35 N. Moore Street, New York City. Credited as the UK’s leading authority on original fashion illustration from the 20th century, Gray MCA will be hosting a 60-piece show in their Tribeca pop-up space. Drawing on Style, a prolific exhibition of fashion illustration will be featuring works from the 20th Century master Kenneth Paul Block (1924-2009) and leading contemporaries Bil Donovan and Jason Brooks.” Below: Donovan’s “Dior Flower Girl.”


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