In the News: Remembering Imogen Roche

••• Theseus Roche spoke with the Tribeca Trib about his daughter, Imogen, who died in a tragic fall. It will break your heart.

“Imogen was a special human being who touched a lot of lives,” Roche said, noting that his daughter had a wide network of friends from all her schools as well as dance, filmmaking and other programs she attended with kids from around the city. “She was the shoulder that everybody cried on. She was the one who took care of people. She was kind and compassionate and this is going to affect a lot of people.”

Roche, 45, raised Imogen alone, and the two were unusually close. “We kind of had full conversations as soon as she could make words,” he recalled. “She was very independent and we would read together and go everywhere together.”

“We learned from each other, she and I,” he added. “We grew up together.”

••• On the occasion of a big new show, the New York Times visits “artist Red Grooms [who] has been working out of the same studio in Tribeca since 1969.”

••• Bizarre review of Manhatta, taking it to task for only accepting reservations within a 28-day window (an industry norm) and this: “I couldn’t help feeling a ripple of revulsion when I was told that the building had once been home to the executive offices of Chase Bank; a corporate chill still hangs in the air.” Maybe they should post a trigger warning. —The New Yorker

••• Most of a long article in WWD about 10 Corso Como in the Seaport District is the developer and store owner patting each other on the back, but it did include this: “‘The restaurant is an important part of our fantasy,’ Sozzani said. ‘It’s called 10 Corso Como Cafe, so there’s no pretension. It’s very good Italian food—fresh, fresh, fresh. Mediterranean is the cuisine of love. Italian food is called la cucina povera, the cuisine of the poor. We offer a few perfect dishes. My favorite is spaghetti number five with fresh tomatoes you cut with your fingers. You can’t use a knife. I love for food to be light. You want to eat with the eyes. You want to eat nature, today more than ever. I want to build a terrace and grow squash, basil and tomatoes here.” Also, Howard Hughes Corp. CEO David Weinreb offered up a couple of clues about two of the previously announced Pier 17 restaurants, referring to the Andrew Carmellini restaurant as a “chophouse” and saying that David Chang’s Momofuku will have Korean barbecue. (The article is behind a paywall.)

••• A bunch of models were photographed walking in the Chambers/W. Broadway area the other day. “Why did they go to Tribeca (a Lower Manhattan neighborhood home to offices, the occasional residential building and definitely not a ton of street style)?” asks Stylecaster.

••• “An especially handsome Romanesque Revival example, 10 Hubert Street was in bad shape before being rescued for residential use.” —Daytonian in Manhattan (the photo is from the 1930s; provenance unknown). Related: The stunning 14,000-square-foot triplex penthouse.



  1. The StyleCaster goes on with the insults, ending with:

    It’s hilarious actually. “….occasional residential building”… ?? Someone didn’t do research.

    What neighborhood should they have chosen?
    I’ve always thought TriBeCa is one of the most photogenic neighborhoods in the city, at least from an architectural viewpoint.

    I see more models on the streets of TriBeCa than most NYC neighborhoods. And countless photo shoots on our street, often using our building as a backdrop.

    “Street style”? Does that mean attention to aesthetics in dress? That’s a sad lack in all NYC neighborhoods, in my taste. I would choose Milan as a better standard of street style.

    • Just took a look at the actual photos…
      With photos like that, no wonder the critic might mock the choice of TriBeCa. The photos show nothing of what makes the neighborhood visually interesting: the architecture. These just look like generic streetscapes of any American metropolis. One photo’s prop is even the inexcusable mountaints of trash bags, which do seem to be an NYC site-specific “feature”.

      The fashions are beautiful though, although the article bizarrely even mocks those as inappropriate for “street style”.

  2. The New Yorker should really stop writing restaurant reviews. Manhatta is one of the finest new eateries to open this year. Is it distasteful that it was a former Chase Bank? Not for me, but maybe to Chase Bank who advertises with the publication.

  3. Passed by Pure Barre on Reade Street today. A lot of flowers and candles.I asked 2 people standing there what happened and they didn’t know. Does anybody know?

  4. Just watched Imogens Spring Dance Awakening video and it made me smile. Thank you Imogen.