Newsletter: Apr. 12

Taste of Battery Park CityStaple Street in the 1980sTRIBECA THEN AND NOW: W. BROADWAY AND STAPLE STREET
Pre-1990 Tribeca was a markedly different place than it is now. In this post: W. Broadway and Staple Street.

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Tribeca Health & FitnessTRIBECA HEALTH & FITNESS
New owners. New attitude. We look forward to connecting with you. Find us online at our updated website, TribecaGym.com. Independent trainers welcome! $299 introductory personal training packages (4 sessions). Photography by Luba Grosman. Sponsored.

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FoundraeNEW KID ON THE BLOCK: FOUNDRAE
The jewelry line Foundrae, which has chosen Lispenard for its first boutique, is best known for its cigar-band rings, pendants, and charms, predominantly based on a collection of symbols meant to serve “as a tool for self-discovery and self-expression.” The new shop is beautiful.

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Ladder 8 firehouseSEEN & HEARD
••• 4/9: A peek inside Trader Joe’s. Plus: Chipotle explanation; the Vitamin Shoppe is stocked with merchandise; Citigroup starts the final facade; progress on the plaza south of the World Trade Center Oculus; likely Hyundai commercial shoot.
••• 4/10: The Ghostbusters firehouse is back. Plus: Soho Grand is opening a 24-hour diner; Blaue Gans is taking a break; new fast-food restaurant on Church; nightclub proposed for former Haus space; the conversion of 51 White.
••• 4/11: Arborcide on Warren. Plus: What’s happening in the old Maserati showroom; hair-removal salon on Duane appears open; sidewalk seating at Khe-Yo; enforcing the rules for semi-public spaces; yoga studio finally gets signage; “Tape” shoot.
••• 4/11: Sneak preview of Pier 17. Plus: Another Starbucks; poems to magically appear on rainy days; the new building at Washington and Desbrosses (and musing about what comes next); “The Good Fight” shoot.

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Summer Activities for Kids in Tribeca / SponsoredSUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS IN TRIBECA
The longest days of the year can get really long if you have a bored child hanging around. Keep ‘em occupied—and happy!—with these excellent neighborhood options for summer. (Photo courtesy Church Street School for Music and Art.) Sponsored.

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30 WarrenA CLOSER LOOK AT 30 WARREN
I said yes to a sales-office visit because 30 Warren, designed by Post-Office Architectes for Cape Advisors, interests me more than most new buildings. It’s trying to stand out rather than simply fit in.

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Van Leeuwen Ice CreamIN THE NEWS
••• 4/9: Dog run at risk of sinkhole. Plus: City Hall Park’s next sculpture show will involve kitchen utensils; Foundrae has plans for a men’s clothing line; progress on Bronx and Lower East Side ferry routes.
••• 4/10: Three new ice cream shops, all just out of easy reach. Plus: A classic “overheard” anecdote; building at Canal and Cortlandt Alley to become offices; Tribeca gallery now accepting donations; more thefts, including construction equipment from the World Trade Center.
••• 4/11: Why Souths is closing. Plus: A rave for Frenchette; St. Nicholas National Shrine’s finances are being investigated; a “Wall Street legend” who lives in Tribeca; Emily Blunt’s first New York City apartment.

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