Seen & Heard: Alleged Package Thief

••• There’s a “wanted” poster on 54 Warren for an alleged package thief.

••• The mesh hiding the 1808 building at 35 Walker has finally been removed. (It’s an improvement.) The Department of Buildings paperwork says the owner is Patricia Youdeem, who now goes by Dr. Patricia Moezinia, who had founded Franklin Dental Health at 81-83 Franklin (now the Allied Maker store). From the Tribeca East Historic District report:

This converted dwelling, a frame structure with a brick facade, is located near the Church Street end of the block. In 1803 Anthony Lispenard sold the property, then a vacant lot, along with two other lots, to carpenter Seba Brinckerhoff and tailor Albert Cooper. Two years later Brinckerhoff sold the site of this building to mason Icabod Price; the purchase price seems to indicate that the property did not yet contain a substantial improvement. In 1808, probably the year this portion of Walker Street was regulated (prior to its official opening the following year) and thus the earliest logical time for a substantial dwelling to be built, Price was assessed for a house on the site. The 1808 directory, however, shows carpenter Thomas Price as being the only Price associated with Walker Street in that year. By 1812, No. 35 was already accommodating two separate tenants, and a rear structure was occupied by a third tenant. Directories of the period list a hatter named Icabod Price, who in 1816 lived at No. 35; whether the owner changed his occupation or had a similarly named relative is not known.

••• The 2018 MATA Festival (which was in April) included something I’ve never heard of: “MATA’s 20th Anniversary Festival will come to a spectacular close with an unmissable new music event at Tribeca’s Imagine Swimming. ‘A Room of One’s Own: Nadia Botello’s Sono/Aqua,’ part of MATA’s unique and vital initiative devoted to female-identifying composer-performers, will be a truly immersive event. The audience, having passed through stages of listening from the audible to the vibrational, will be invited to enter a sonified pool to become one with sound: generating, altering, and ultimately becoming sound incarnate.” And here’s more, from Botello’s website: “Sono/Aqua utilizes a system pioneered by Botello that activates and amplifies the resonant frequency of water in real-time; a swimming pool ‘sings’ out its vibration, and simultaneously activates standing waves and harmonic nodes above and below water. While immersed, bodies become live nodes—audibly affecting and altering the frequency of the pool. Participants hear through their bone structures; tuning in to engage differences in aurality between air and water, cochlear and bone, active and receptive, solo and communal. Each movement affords a new listening experience, and the audience is encouraged to explore freely as they co-compose alongside the water for themselves and each other.”

••• Thanks to Brett for the heads-up that the Park Row bike/pedestrian path has opened. I went over to walk it, and I guess it’s handy for cyclists, but it was always open to pedestrians, no? (Or maybe you could only get to the stairs leading up to the Brooklyn Bridge?) Anyway, the photos show the route from south to north; note the funny little part where the path is too narrow so the markings just end. I do wish they’d opened the ramp (in the last photo) that leads up to One Police Plaza and the Municipal Building—as is, you have to go all the way around the Manhattan Detention Center or over to the Gold/Madison Street underpass.

••• Also of note: The city installed wayfinding signage on Frankfort Street. They missed the memo about the South Street Seaport changing its name to Seaport District. Also, a big “Brooklyn Bridge” sign by the stairs (in the previous item’s second photo) would really help—I watched as a group of tourists tried to find the stairway.