Seen & Heard: Irish furniture for Harrison

An Irish furniture store called Orior is coming to Harrison Street in May (thanks to S. for the snap). The website has next-to-no info – just a placeholder – but this from their LinkedIn page: “Orior By Design is a furniture design and manufacture located in New York and Ireland. As a company, Orior have been manufacturing furniture Globally in the contract and retail sectors for around 40 Years. Originating from Ireland, Orior opened their first US showroom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2015. Since then they have been driving to expand throughout the US.” Their Instagram shows sumptuous, clubby looks at hotels and restaurants in London, Ireland and Kuwait.


Fidi’s second Justino’s Pizza outpost has opened at 64 Fulton, according to the Downtown Alliance (though the company’s website shows no evidence of it). The first is at 77 Pearl.

Primp NYC, a new blow dry bar, is offering a 20 percent discount during their soft open at 142 Beekman at Front.

Elysium Health – a start-up that markets a supplement designed to slow aging – will open soon at the World Trade Center. Its founder, Dr. Leonard Guarente, is the Novartis professor of biology at MIT. The questions he has tried to answer with his work, according to the MIT website, are: Why do living things age? What genes influence longevity? Is it possible to extend youthfulness by means of genetic manipulation? His discovery of a gene that is a key regulator of longevity in both yeast and worms has led him to develop a pill for mammals (that’s us).

The Jewish Learning Experience and Chabad FiDi are throwing two parties to celebrate Purim. On Wednesday, their FiDi Purim Bash for adults at Setai Rooftop Lounge will feature a sushi buffet, open bar and a Megilla reading with multimedia presentation. On Thursday at the Rooftop at Pier 17, Magical Purim at the Seaport will include a kid-friendly dinner, balloon twisting and hamantashen and gragers. For more information on the events and tickets, visit the Jewish Learning Experience’s website. And for you goyim, alternate side parking is suspended on Thursday.

A third Blue Bottle Coffee location is coming soon to Fidi, near the stock exchange, adding to the one in the World Trade Center and at Varick and Watts. The chain wants to expand, but needs to find the sweet spot between low rents and high incomes. “A big hurdle for the coffee chain has been finding lower-priced rents in areas where the white-collar workers it caters to with cups of coffee that cost $5 can patronize its stores easily.” –Crain’s UPDATE: Crain’s was wrong; Blue Bottle does NOT have a signed lease in Fidi (too bad).