Newsletter: Apr. 5

15 HubertFrenchetteNEW KID ON THE BLOCK: FRENCHETTE
Frenchette is a beauty, an idealized vision of a bistro that calls to mind Keith McNally’s restaurants. That’s sort of the idea, say chef-owners Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr, and not at all the idea. Take a look at the room and the menu.

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Souths by Claudine WilliamsSOUTHS IS CLOSING
“Of course we hoped Souths would last forever, but it just wasn’t in the cards,” wrote Souths co-owners Johnny Griffin and Roger Herr in the announcement about the restaurant’s imminent closing. “Please know we tried.”

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412 GreenwichTHE WARREN STREET SUSHI BAR
Also on Community Board 1’s April agendas: Letting light in under the Sterling Mason’s metal canopy; the so-called “privately owned public spaces”; more Seaport District liquor licenses; helicopter lobbyists; much more. Read the annotated agendas.

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Hawk by J.SEEN & HEARD
••• 4/3: Sunday nights at the strip club. Plus: Hawk enjoying its Easter lunch; Vitamin Shoppe confirmed its new Tribeca store; exhibit of artwork by neurosurgeon-turned-Bohemian painter; Tribeca Frowns.
••• 4/4: The April Fool’s post. Plus: Starbucks and Vitamin Shoppe look likely to open sooner than expected; Frenchette menu with prices; more on Ato restaurant’s tea room and shop; opera at the Flea; Bortolami gallery show.

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56 Leonard renderingIN THE NEWS
••• 4/2: Whole Foods is testing a discount for Amazon Prime members. Plus: Congestion pricing scratched for fees on taxi and livery car rides; “meat speakeasy” opening forecast; city studying the Governors Island gondola again; Water 4 Dogs to the rescue.
••• 4/3: Battle of the beans (above). Plus: More on how the closing of Rikers Island would affect Lower Manhattan; new furniture showroom; another FiDi tower in the works.
••• 4/4: Contraction at Condé Nast. Plus: Balloon Saloon’s fun display; local thefts (not even SoulCycle is safe); “homework therapists” in Tribeca; restaurant bake sale for Planned Parenthood; the battle over the World Trade Center name; “brutalized elegance” on Canal Street.

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KinderCareNEW KID ON THE BLOCK: KINDERCARE
KinderCare’s newest and largest early childhood learning center officially opens April 16. The former home of New York Sports Club now has 17 purpose-built classrooms for students up to kindergarten age.

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