Seen & Heard: “New York’s Archaeological Sandwich”

••• Back in 2014, artist Antoni Miralda got in touch about a book he was working on about El Internacional, the “art restaurant” my phrase that predated El Teddy’s at 219 W. Broadway. He’s going to be in town this Friday for an event at the AIA New York Center for Architecture: “Please join us for a discussion of the book El Internacional (1984-1986): New York’s Archaeological Sandwich and a celebration of the historic restaurant with its founder Antoni Miralda. A contemporary spin on El Internacional’s famous blue margarita will be designed by Toby Cecchini, and tapas inspired by the restaurant will be crafted by Laila Gohar; books will be available for sale.” The cost is $20; more on the event, including who’s speaking, is here.

••• If you saw yesterday’s Seen & Heard item about how businesses can protect themselves from shady lawyers abusing the Americans with Disabilities Act before James’s comment, you should go back and read it here. So many businesses in this area are vulnerable.

••• I was admiring the mural inside Target that refers to various neighborhood locations, when I noticed “Sugar House Prison Window” among them. From the explanation on Atlas Obscura:

Hidden away on a wall of the New York City Police Department Headquarters is a mysterious window. [It’s actually on an outbuilding behind the south side of the Municipal Building.] Embedded in the wall, and made of an ancient brick which doesn’t match the ones surrounding it, the window is set with a row of ominous, rusted iron bars. It is thought that this is the remnants of a horrendous prison dating back to the Revolutionary War that stood on the same site. The infamously brutal, Sugar House Prison. The plaque underneath the iron-barred window explains that “this window was originally part of the five-story Sugar House built in 1763 at the corner of Duane and Rose Streets.” […] Peculiarly enough, a section of the wall from the ancient sugar house, with an identical window embedded in it, found its way to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

••• “The New York Daily News and City & State Magazine are hosting our inaugural Politics of Food event on Thursday, November 16 bringing the New York City political world to great restaurants in downtown Manhattan. The 2017 Politics of Food conference will bring together over 250 top chefs, policy makers, innovators and leaders from diverse fields to uncover and assess the most important issues and trends affecting the nourishment of our New York. This event presents an opportunity for government and food industry executives to tackle the most important policy, management and leadership issues affecting New York’s food policy efforts and program. If you are in the food, restaurant or nutrition industry in New York this is a must-attend event.” That’s uptown; of more local interest is the Taste of Lower Manhattan food festival that evening at the Museum of American Finance. Eighteen restaurants are participating, including the Dead Rabbit, Brushstroke, L’Appart, and Harry & Ida’s Luncheonette. Tickets to the food festival start at $125.

••• Something called “Little Faith” is shooting Thursday in the Broadway/Warren area.

••• The latest (and least interesting) installment in my series of photos showing the inside of things.

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