Seen & Heard: Massive Gym Opening in FiDi

••• Friends of Duane Park’s annual Groundhog Day progressive cocktail party is February 2, and it’s a chance to loft-peep: “We’ll take you inside a brand new, expansive, dream penthouse and a landmarked building steeped in history. Both locations, roomy enough for all of us, will offer delicious nibbles and liquid libations to match. Proceeds support our beloved Duane Park—every tulip, every daffodil and every branch and leaf that grows in our neighborhood gem.” Tickets are $100 or $550 for six.

••• The residential conversion of 1 Wall Street will have not just a Whole Foods supermarket, but also a 74,000-square-foot Life Time Athletic Lifestyle Resort. (Just saying the name is a workout.) The chain has many locations across the country. “The new Life Time, expected to open in the second half of 2020, will span across four floors and be open to the public and residents,” says the press release. Besides the usual fitness stuff, there’s a Kid’s Academy, “led by certified experts with weekly classes including karate, yoga, music, Spanish immersion, tumbling and sports skills”; LifeCafe, a “fast casual restaurant includes breakfast, lunch and dinner items, made-to-order meals and meals to go”; LifeSpa, “a full service salon and spa […] featuring massage, nail and esthetics services”; and “luxurious dressing rooms with resort-style whirlpools, sauna and steam room suites.”

••• Two shows are now up at Postmasters: “Jen Catron & Paul Outlaw present a contradictory show of the tragic and the mundane, of logic that breaks down into absurdity. Dada artist Tristan Tzara once said dada can be god, or his toothbrush. It is with this perfectly sensible nonsensical logic that the artists present works that are both endearing and insane, that range from a miniaturized version of Alex Jones’ bathroom to a massive euphoric ice cream chocolate fountain. Reflecting upon the past years’ daily mundanity being punctuated by insanity, the works oscillate between tragedies in belief (such as tiny replicas of cult suicides) and humorously absurd monumental objects.” Also: “Rafaël Rozendaal’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. His most recent series of works are shadow objects of deceptive simplicity that fluctuate between an image and an object, a drawing and a sculpture. In what can be considered the shortest path from digital to physical, Rozendaal creates shapes which are coded to be cut by computer out of rectangular plates of white steel.” Below: Rozendaal’s “Shadow Object 18 09 09.”

••• Now up at Apexart: “Organized by Justin Tyler Tate, Peer2Pickle takes on the problem of global food waste by transforming the gallery into a workshop and factory for rethinking how to make the most of organic materials.”

••• From Downtown Alliance: “Black Fox Coffee opened its second location—this time on top floor of 85 Broad Street. This spot is open to the public but expect to sign in at the front desk via the WeWork entrance on the corner of S. William and Broad St for access to the building.” From Black Fox: “We will be offering everything you’ve come to love about our coffee program, kitchen eats and our personable service at 70 Pine in a much larger space designed [….] There are 120 seats and a much larger kitchen! There is a wine, beer and liquor license in the works so plenty of fun times ahead!”


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  1. New school opening at 75 Varick Street called Vivvi