In the News: When Canal Street Was Gritty

••• Fitness guru Taryn Toomey tells the New York Times how she spends her Sundays. As I always say, it’s great when the subject of this column mention local businesses—in Toomey’s case, Tribeca’s Kitchen, Tiny’s, Laughing Man, Kaffe 1668, Sarabeth’s, and Barnes & Noble. But even if she never identified the nail salon in the photo by name—I’m not sure whether it’s Tenoverten or i-Plaza—the Times really should have included it in the caption. (Also, Kaffe 1668’s name is misspelled.)

••• Recommended art at the Independent and NADA art fairs; the former is at Spring Studios through Sunday, while the latter is at Skylight Clarkson Square through Saturday. —New York Times

••• A long Eater article about how “Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group mishandled misconduct allegations for years, current and former staffers allege,” includes accusations that former North End Grill chef Eric Korsh behaved inappropriately with several employees. “When contacted for comment, Korsh denied that he ever behaved inappropriately, saying that he ‘always strived to maintain the highest professional standards in running a kitchen.'” Korsh is now at Racines.

••• The New York Times reviews the Michel Parmentier show at Ortuzar Projects: “French abstract painting of the 1960s, dismissed at the time by chauvinistic American critics, is having quite a moment in New York: Elsewhere in town now are exhibitions by Martin Barré and François Morellet. But there is a particular satisfaction, in today’s snapping and yapping New York art world, in rediscovering this most stringent painter of all.”

••• The Soho Memory Project has a marvelous trove of photos “by artist Susan Fortgang capture Canal Street in the 1980’s and 1990’s when it was a lawless flea market free for all. Her in-depth descriptions tell the story of a bygone era that straddled the old and new SoHos and shows us an up-close look at a street that had a culture all of its own.”


  1. I believe the nail salon in the photo is Tenoverten on Fulton.

  2. It’s Tenoverten..they also offer ‘limited edition Taryn Toomey nail colors’ (which is the most ‘TriBeCa’ thing I’ve ever typed”