In the News: Café Forgot Pop-Up

••• In August, Café Forgot—”a high-school fashion club turned avant-garde pop-up shop”—will be at 51 Hudson (at the northwest corner of Duane): “Since last summer, [Vita Haas and Lucy Weisner] have successfully opened three pop-up shops in and around the city: two on the Lower East Side and one in Brooklyn. Café Forgot is about giving young talents a platform, both through the pop-ups and the seasonless, sporadic photo shoots they post to Instagram. Haas and Weisner have worked with labels such as Lou Dallas, Auto Body Clothing, Kahle, Marland Backus, and Piera Bochner, among others. […] Besides the clothes, Haas and Weisner also curate art and furniture installations and hold events for each pop-up space. In August they will host an all-female comedy show, a nude figure drawing class, and a book club.” —Vogue

••• “Gitano racked up a slew of health violations [last] week that led to the Department of Health temporarily shutting down the outdoor Soho hot spot. A total of 92 violation points on July 10 and 114 points on July 11—ranging from insufficient refrigeration to improper sewage disposal—led to the brief closure, which the outdoor restaurant told several guests was for varying reasons. […] Through a spokesperson, Gitano said that ‘one of the most challenging parts of this project has been the core utilities infrastructure, bringing city water and waste disposal connections to an empty lot in NYC.’ The restaurant pointed to temporary services it initially employed to do so, saying that since the inspection it has switched to a system where it’s connected directly to NYC city water and sewer. Other changes include netting around the open kitchen and a roof connecting the two kitchen trailers.” —Eater

••• “City Council member Margaret Chin has introduced a resolution calling for two-way tolling on the Verrazano Bridge. Although the span, which connects Brooklyn and Staten Island, is located outside of Ms. Chin’s district, such a move could have a dramatic impact within Lower Manhattan, which she represents.” That’s because trucks and other vehicles end up using Canal Street (and others). A nice gesture, to be sure, but the toll can only be changed by federal legislation: “The United States Congress enacted a law in 1986 prohibiting the MTA from collecting tolls in both directions on the span. This bill was sponsored by then-U.S. Congressman (and later Staten Island Borough President) Guy Molinari, in response to pressure from his constituents, who complained about air pollution from Verrazano’s toll plaza.” —Broadsheet

••• Architectural Digest on the design of Manhatta restaurant, which opens tomorrow.



  1. Maybe Margaret Chin can propose a toll at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel since that is in her district.

  2. Please leave Staten Island alone Margaret Chin. As it is, remains the only borough that requires a (steep) toll.