Seen & Heard: Tribeca repping for playgrounds

The Hudson River Park Friends’ fourth annual Luncheon and Silent Auction at the Chelsea Piers drew more than a few Tribeca women, decked out to support the park and its play spaces. The keynote speaker was downtown resident Jenna Bush Hager who brought her sister, Barbara Pierce Bush, and her Today show colleagues and who used the occasion to recall with humor some parenting low points that took place in the park. (She also responded to rumors that she could replace Kathie Lee Gifford when she leaves in April.) Tribeca businesses also supported the cause, including Jenni Kayne, Ever After and The Westside, and jewelry designer Mignonne Gavigan Smith. Pictured below, Allison Buan, Amy Purcell and Mia Jung; below that, Kaelyn Silverstein-Davis, Lauren Netter (the Playground Committee president), Dendy Engelman, Julie King (standing), Emily Heitner, Tracy Goodwin (standing), Jill Bouquard, Sarah Dunleavy and Betsy Pepe.


Gloveworx – where “our coaches are elite boxing professionals hand-picked by celebrity trainer Leyon Azubuike” — opened last week in the World Trade Center, on the second floor above the Path. Thanks to R. for the fresh snaps.


Community Board 1’s Youth and Education Committee is lobbying DOT for a speed “hump” that will be installed just west of the Millennium High School entrance on South William Street. A student was hit in that spot in 2017, according to chair Tricia Joyce. The Transportation Committee is also pushing DOT to install a speed “cushion” on Spruce Street, after urging from officials from Pace University, who said that two faculty members were struck by vehicles at Spruce and William last year. The catch there: the device can’t also slow down the ambulances headed to Lower Manhattan Hospital (FKA Downtown Hospital) or clog up the bike lane. (There’s always an annoying collection of double-parked cars on that block, which also get in the way of ambulances.) Instead, the plan is to have wheel lanes in the cushion that are lined up with the width of the axle of an emergency vehicle, which is wider than that of a car. Another option is a blinking red light.


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  1. “There’s always an annoying collection of double-parked cars on that block, which also get in the way of ambulances.” Too true. Reason #731 to support both congestion pricing (w/o the inane exemptions our local electeds sometimes insist on) and the nascent campaign to stop placard abuse.