Seen & Heard: West Broadway Cleaners has moved

The dry cleaner at the northwest corner of West Broadway and Warren (they used to be on the northeast corner, before PQ) has moved to the space vacated by the cleaner on the southside of Warren between West Broadway and Church. I always wanted to do a business update on them post-pandemic, when they went from nine employees to one. They were (are) great neighbors — always bagging the garbage once the can on the corner was full, and shoveling the crosswalks during big snow falls.

More on the West Broadway building soon, which was acquired recently and is now nearly cleared out of tenants.

The lights went off Monday at Whole Foods — curious. No word from corporate, but thanks to E. and V. for sending pics. Weird!

The Battery Park City Authority is producing videos about its public art, and the latest is of the Otterness installation at the top of Rockefeller Park called The Real World. (We always called it Penny Park, and when I was lucky enough to tour Otterness’ Brooklyn studio, I told him that. He said he loved it when his sculptures acquired colloquial names.) This video is especially meaningful since Otterness himself explains the work and the makings of the sculptures while kids run around behind him.

Lubov Gallery has a cool installation by Mimi Park on view till April 16. The gallery is at 5 East Broadway, open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 6.



  1. Re Whole Foods. Maybe that explains why Whole Foods was so overwhelming busy Tuesday night then.

  2. Oh Penny Park is the most special art installation. What a beautiful and gifted artist. Never met him but our family has enjoyed that special place throughout their childhoods. too many memories to count!

  3. The Whole Foods closure was due to a ConEd “emergency” of some kind. The tenants and residents were given word of it late morning Monday and told it would last 2 to 3 hours. It lasted less than 2, but no one explained what the big “emergency” was. Hope that helps.

  4. ConEd had some sort of “emergency” that required them to turn off power for the entire block starting at 4pm. They wrapped up around 7pm. Most of the residence buildings received a 1-hour notice before it happened. Not ideal for those of us who work remotely.

  5. Con Ed shut the power off at whole Foods because there was a fire in the basement. In fact by 4PM they had shut the power to the whole building.

  6. Thanks so much for the Otterness video. Appreciate it after years of enjoying his work wherever I come across it.

  7. I have never been able to forgive or stomach praise for Otterness since learning that 25+ years ago he adopted a shelter dog and actually shot/killed the animal for an art film he made at the time. Regardless of his tears and apologies, I can’t in all honesty celebrate this artist’s work. I know we all make mistakes, and forgiveness is personal. He crossed my threshold, even though my kids have fond memories of Penny Park and the PS234 frog.

    • Thank you your enlightening comment. I will now think of Otterness in a whole different way. That kind of “mistake”
      that he made, in my mind is impossible to forgive.

    • This is truly vile and unforgivable.

      There are many articles on this sadistic “art”, such as this one:

      “Otterness has apologized for Shot Dog Film, but judging from interviews, it’s unlikely that he’ll be donating any of his fortune to animal shelters, as some continue to call for.”

    • Agreed! I turn away and can not ever look his pieces whether at PS 234, along the A train stations, Penny Park or anywhere else.

    • Yes, that is unforgiveable. I have not heard of the artist but he probably thinks it is acceptable to do in the creation of performance art but this sort of thing cannot be forgiven and cannot be explained away. I can’t imagine how that poor dog must have felt finally leaving the facility and then ending up as part of some madman’s so-called “art”. Glad I never heard of this “artist”.

  8. I have a photo of the building (it had animals painted on the front) when I walked around the city. I worked in midtown and took advantage of being there and having the ability to see all sorts of curious sights.