Seen & Heard: Peeking Inside Frenchette

••• I got excited when I saw a sign for Ever After and The Westside—which appears to be this new “California-inspired” brand—on the door of 101 Reade, where Gotham Bikes used to be. But the word from Ever After is that it’s just for “back house operations.” Who knows? Perhaps that’ll change. You’ll recall that Ever After’s founders, Haro Keledjian and Sari Sloane Keledjian, are the former owners of Intermix.

••• I very much look forward to Frenchette opening in the former Cercle Rouge space, but I think we have to be realistic that it’s looking unlikely to be happening this month, or maybe even this year.

••• James posted an illuminating comment about the lawsuit over Franklin Place:

The letter posted at the link indicates the City has a public easement over this street. Privately-owned streets and sidewalks whose owners do not periodically exercise domain over the street by closing them to through-traffic can risk the loss of the street to the City. That is why Rockefeller Center closes its private street with a chain and sign once per year. See, for example, The New York Times: Closing for a Spell, Just to Prove It’s Ours: “Owners of some properties close them annually to protect themselves against any possible claim of ‘adverse possession,’ a concept with ancient roots.”

••• Add locally owned soupmaker Good Stock to the list of businesses that are no longer accepting cash. So bring your plastic/phone if you stop by the Carmine Street shop or the Urbanspace Vanderbilt stall to try out the new grilled cheese sandwich (available nights and weekends).

••• From Pam Warshay, owner of Sage Fitness: “After 18 years in Union Square, the studio has relocated to 139 Fulton Street #809. I came to Pilates off an old dance injury in 1992. I always say Pilates found me. It thrust me into the world of helping people feel better. We offer: Pilates, Gyrotonic, Indian Club Swinging, Functional Conditioning.”

••• I really want to let this placard thing go, but every single walk I see something that just drives me nuts. The other day, when a car parked on Laight had a “property of Maserati of Manhattan” flyer in the window, next to an NYPD sticker, I was annoyed—but at least it was a Maserati! Today, a Mini Cooper had the same flyer.

••• On Reade, meanwhile, I took some comfort in this car being ticketed; the “National Police Defense Foundation” placard certainly looked suspicious (not to mention the “Reade Street Pub & Kitchen” signage on the door….) Alas, none of the next seven cars I walked by on that block was ticketed, despite the “truck loading only” zone. Anyway, I really am going to try to stop obsessing; it’s not good for my health, and it’s not going to make any difference. Low-level corruption is not viewed as a problem by the NYPD or the de Blasio administration.



    • I mentioned the original NY Post article referenced in Gothamist in today’s “In the News” roundup. The problem isn’t really the people making fake placards. It’s the lack of enforcement, not just of fake placards but real ones (which there are way too many) used inappropriately, so that there’s little parking left over. Not to mention all the people who put NYPD-related crap in their windshields as a signal to cops to leave them alone.

  1. Additionally the street cleaner can never go down Reade Street because it’s filled with cars with fake placards.

  2. NYC is worse than a 3rd world country on this issue. Corruption at every level is sickening.