Seen & Heard: Another Japanese Restaurant Is Opening Here

••• “Some interesting lighting on 56 Leonard,” says Albert Lee. Indeed! Thank goodness it’s not purple or whatever. (To which he replied, “Yet.”)

••• James spotted a notice for a liquor-license hearing that says a Japanese restaurant is coming to the former Tribeca Treats space at 94 Reade.

••• The other day, I was walking down Thompson when I noticed a swanky storefront between Spring and Broome. It’s a new-ish Japanese barbershop called The Barber. “Since 2006, we have been following our philosophy of catering to the styling and relaxation needs of professional urban gentlemen in Tokyo. Not only do we cut and style hair, but we also take great pride in our three renowned rejuvenation services: our head spa, shave and facial care services.” It isn’t cheap: A trim is $62.50 and a haircut is $125, and I don’t know where the line is drawn between the two.

••• From Downtown Alliance: “Come down to the Water Street-Whitehall Plaza on Monday (10/22) at 5 p.m. to celebrate the launch of New York City’s first secure bike pod. The Downtown Alliance has partnered with NYC-based startup Oonee to bring this revolutionary bike parking pod to Lower Manhattan. The kick-off party will feature food, beverages and music [and] the pod has space for up to 20 bikes on a first-come, first served basis with the goal of creating a city-wide network of pods.” (The company’s explanation for the name, “Just like the sea urchin from which its name derives, Oonee is equipped with safety features to protect its valuable interior cargo.”)

••• Press release: “Director and puppeteer Frank Oz will give a post-screening Q&A session at the Schimmel Center at Pace University’s Halloween screening of the rarely seen Director’s Cut of the cult classic 1986 musical film he directed, Little Shop of Horrors, on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at, by calling 212-346-1715 or by visiting the box office located at 3 Spruce Street. The Schimmel Center box office is open Tuesdays through Saturday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and three hours prior to performances.”



  1. We noticed the lighting on 56 last night — it’s so tacky.

    Also, when you look at the top of 5 ever notice the massive crane? Seems like such an eyesore that they didnt find a better way to conceal that stuff up there.

  2. 56 Leonard aka the Jenga Building the the most incongruous building the the neighborhood. Second place goes to the wavy 157 Franklin Street. YUCK!