Seen & Heard: Life Preservers Installed on the Riverfront

••• If you own a building or have a street-level business, please read this about the way shady lawyers abuse the Americans with Disabilities Act. I keep hearing about people getting sued, and as long as the lawyers keep making money, they’re not going to stop.

••• Tonight at the RealReal consignment shop: “On the first day of fashion week, join our resident historian to find out about three shows that defined the zeitgeist: Christian Dior’s launch in 1947, Yves Saint Laurent’s Liberation in 1971 and the 1973 fashion face-off that’s come to be known as the “Battle of Versailles.” Register here.

••• Last call for recommendations of restaurants to order Chinese food from. Email or comment away.

••• From the Battery Park City Authority: “The Battery Park City Authority today announced installation of life ring cabinets along the Battery Park City Esplanade, a result of consultation with the local community about adding these potentially life-saving measures to an iconic and popular public space. The durable, weatherproof red and white cabinets, each including a 24-inch water rescue life preserver and rope, are being affixed to the Esplanade railing at seven locations along the waterfront and will be regularly inspected by BPC Parks personnel, as well as by Allied Universal Ambassadors during their 24×7 neighborhood patrols. These installations join the life rings installed on all docks in Battery Park City’s North Cove Marina, at the Port Authority Ferry Terminal just north of the Marina, and those available along the length of Hudson River Park to north of Battery Park City. BPCA may install life rings at additional locations throughout the neighborhood as needed.” In September, a Stuyvesant student fell into the river, and everyone realized there’s no easy way out (or life preserver nearby).

••• Pen Parentis’s next literary salon is February 13. The theme is Secrets, with authors Jamie Brenner, Patty Dann, and Min Jin Lee. RSVP.

••• Thanks to TM for reporting back about Brookfield’s presentation at the recent  meeting of the Community Board 1 Battery Park City Committee: “Brookfield said they are not ready to share the plans for 225 Liberty Yet. At a BPCA board meeting a few months ago it was approved for them to redesign the inside lobby to allow for …more retail. All the rest of the presentation was about the sailing school plans for this year (they dropped the rates & redesigned the classroom space), some community sails and the plans for the marina. IGY says it will raise the rates on the commercial boats (but not the historic ones) to drop the rates for charters and private boats to attract more dock and drops.”

••• Press release: “The BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center is proud to present the winner and two finalists from the DC Jazz Festival’s DCJazzPrix emerging band competition. AMP Trio featuring Tahira Clayton, the Ernest Turner Trio, and SULA will perform three concerts on February 10, February 24, and March 30, respectively.” Tickets.



  1. Chinese food selections for tribeca.
    On Christmas my wife and I and our friend Nicole discovered that the grand Sichuan on 7th Ave was closed. This was a shame bc it was our favorite place for many years. We looked online and found a place in Chinatown that delivered to tribeca. I don’t remember the name but it was only OK. I don’t remember the name. The vegetables mooshoo was lacking. Maybe next year

  2. Pinch Chinese (Soho) – specializes in dumplings, steamed buns. Not your typical Chinese delivery menu – it’s carefully composed and edited. Everything we’ve tried from Pinch has been delicious.

  3. Shanghai Asian Manor
    China Blue
    Ningbo Cafe
    Famous Sichuan
    (I eat a lot of Chinese food)

  4. Re: Disabilities Act — you have lawyers abusing this, and then you have landlords/architects blatantly disregarding it. 15 Park Row just installed a new mailroom that requires going up 5 steps.

  5. peking duck house for classic old school chinese/american….(caviar)

  6. We’ve been ordering from King Wok at 222 Varick Street. They deliver to Tribeca via moped-like bikes so it gets it here pretty quickly. Food is always very good and travels well. The more you put in your order the more extra items they give you complimentary. The delivery guys are always super friendly too.

    One thing – they never ask how you plan to pay. You have to tell them if you are using a credit card in advance on the phone.

  7. Number 1 Chinese at 10 S William St. A neighborhood gem! Just as good as Chinatown restaurants and sometimes even better.

  8. Dim Sum GoGo
    A La Saigon – although not technically Chinese – they are fast and consistently good!