Seen & Heard: The Maharishi Store Is Finally Finished

••• The Maharishi store on Lispenard, next to La Colombe, has finally opened. It’s one of the foxiest interiors I’ve seen in a while. Full report to come, but if you have a snazzy dresser on your holiday gift list, don’t wait for my post. UPDATE: Love the interior and the merch but my successor will have to write the post.

••• The sidewalk on the west side of Church Street in front of 3 World Trade Center is still under construction, but the security lane in the street is open, so you can walk between Vesey Street and the Oculus without having to cross the street. (Also, I dropped my camera and now the photos are blurry on one side. New camera arrives tomorrow….)

••• From Elissa Young, director of Little Essentials:

We were founded in 2010 by Sandie Trombert, who was inspired to action after reading a post on her local parent list serve from a volunteer at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene pleading for baby clothing for a pregnant mother living in a homeless shelter.  Trombert immediately contacted the parents who were giving away items and drove around her neighborhood to collect them and provide them to the agency.  She continued to do this work, storing donated items in her living room, and became a go-to resource for various city and social-service agencies serving low-income families in Brooklyn. In May of 2011, Trombert established Little Essentials as a nonprofit organization.

Little Essentials has grown its operations greatly since its founding, expanding its services to serve low-income families citywide and moved our operations to Manhattan in 2016. We have served more than 26,000 children across New York City and we now serve 1,900 families per year. Little Essentials collects donations for infants and young children that include new diapers and lightly used clothing, strollers, car seats, bassinets, and portable cribs. We operate a warehouse in Tribeca at which we receive the donations, sort through them, and prepare individualized packages for families based on their needs. Our 19 community partners that work with low-income families in New York City tell us which items their clients need, pick up the items, and bring them to their clients.

We are trying to expand our reach to families in and around Tribeca to let them know how they can get involved with Little Essentials. We are always in need of volunteers in our warehouse to sort, clean, and organize donations of baby essentials as well as informing families about all of the donated items we accept at our warehouse.

••• Work is underway at Max’s future home on W. Broadway, in the old Bennett space.

••• This Is Gyro has opened at 178 Church, and as you can see below, they spiffed up the inside. The menu says delivery is available by calling 646-559-0656. I didn’t see it on Seamless, but the “open” sign in the window is from Seamless, so maybe it’s online somewhere….



  1. Are we supposed to pronounce gyro as “JYE-row” or “HE-row”? Or is there another, more authentic way to say it?