Seen & Heard: $5 Bills at ATMs

••• A sign of the times? Chase has been pushing $100 bills pretty aggressively at its ATMs for a year or two, so this is a serious step in the other direction. (This was the branch at Broadway and Murray.)

••• Drink for a good cause: “On Sunday, September 24, New York City’s food and beverage communities will unite on behalf of those hurt most by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The fundraising event, NYC Loves TX & FL [is a] ticketed, multi-room tasting event [that] will feature the city’s most illustrious bartenders and leading chefs serving their signature cocktails and small bites. Participating bars, restaurants and media include: Basik, BlackTail, Blind Barber, Boulton and Watt, Clover Club, Clyde’s, Coup, Daddy-O, Dante, Drexler’s, Employees Only, Flagship Montauk, Genuine Roadside, Ladybird, Leyenda, Llama Inn, Loverboy, Nitecap, Porchlight, Pouring Ribbons, Rosé Wine Bar Provided by SevenFifty Daily, Suffolk Arms, Sundays in Brooklyn, Sweetwater Social, The Dead Rabbit, The NoMad, The Raines Law Room and Underdog, with more to come. In addition, there will be a silent auction of items ranging from rare spirit collections, kayak trips, cocktail crawls, helicopter excursions and even four-day vacations, with all proceeds also benefiting the foundation. The event will be held at Pier A Harbor House. Every cent raised at this event will be given to The John Besh Foundation, a 501(c)(3) established in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to provide crisis relief after storms, as well as scholarships and financial aid. Tickets ($125 for VIP hour of vodka &and oysters, $75 for general admission) may be purchased in advance and at the door.”

••• I got excited when I saw the marvelous old Frank’s Shoe Repair sign at 66 W. Broadway—maybe the shop had decided to go retro? But then the sandwich board says “Fernandez Shoes Shine and Repair,” so my guess is that the shop has changed hands and new signage will soon be covering up the old one. UPDATE: “Fernandez Shoe Repair has been there for a long time,” commented Karen. “I’ve been going there since the Russian guy closed his shoe repair around the block on Greenwich, in the storefront that became Yorganic. Fernandez is just getting a new awning.” Perhaps it will say “Fernandez Shoe Repair” rather than “Frank’s”—the old one for Frank’s was there for at least ten years, according to Google Maps.

••• The door to 142A Franklin (one of the two vacant storefronts at 140 Franklin) was open. A worker said it was unleased; they were just cleaning it up.

••• Also on Franklin: Have you taken a look at 108-110 Franklin lately? It’s being refurbished, and it looks fantastic. I only learned recently that cast-iron decorative elements are made of individual pieces that get screwed together, as you can see in these photos of the ones at 108-110, which were being painted.

••• Also on Franklin: 81 Franklin appears to be getting a new look. Those are nice windows; a different color scheme could really perk the building up (but that could just be primer, right?). One of the storefronts will soon be a lighting shop.

••• Heyday is opening on Lafayette between E. 4th and Great Jones.



  1. Fernandez Shoe Repair has been there for a long time. I’ve been going there since the Russian guy closed his shoe repair around the block on Greenwich, in the storefront that became Y Organic. Fernandez is just getting a new awning.

  2. Those $5 bills won’t help you at the ever growing businesses that do not accept cash!