In the News: Saint Nicholas expands its mission

The Times has a feature on the history and rebuilding of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at the World Trade Center site. The project has been under construction since 2015 and weathered all sorts of construction delays and fiscal scandals. In the end it cost $84 million to rebuild but will now offer a bereavement center open to all. More TK.

One of you sports fans might be able to confirm this, but Chron., out of Houston, had a story about Justin Verlander signing with the Mets as of this month, in which Verlander said he “loved the vibe” of New York because of an offseason he spent with his wife in Battery Park City. “When I got to live here and really kind of understand the city and feel the vibe and get to know the grid a little bit better, it really opened up my mind as to how great this city is, and I’m so thankful now looking back, that I had that time because it’s really intoxicating,” Verlander told Chron. Maybe he will swing by Downtown Little League this spring…

The Commercial Observer reports that Vivvi is opening a new day care location at 254 East 68th St.

I’m a little curious about this one: Law360 reports that Tribeca non-profit gallery Apexart has sued the Seattle Graffiti Museum (which I can’t find online) with a trademark suit, contending that it poached the gallery’s brand-name mark.

In other art world news, Artnet has the story but I don’t subscribe so someone who does can fill us in more: it seems the founders of Denny Dimin Gallery, which moved to Lispenard in 2019, are splitting up.


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  1. “ Is it just me, or are there an outsized number of galleries going through break-ups right now? Last week, I announced that Anton Svyatsky is leaving his role as coowner of Fragment Gallery alongside his partner Sergei Gushchin to start his own space, and the week before that, well, the whole Downs & Ross disintegration transpired. I’ve heard of a few other gallery splits that I can’t quite report yet, but stay tuned.

    On top of all that, I can reveal that two OGs of this generation’s Tribeca galleries, Denny Dimin Gallery , are splitting up. Isn’t this supposed to be cuffing season?!

    “It makes a lot of sense to me,” one artist who works with the gallery told me, noting that the relationship between the two had soured over both the workload and who was getting credit for that work. After a stint at Hasted Kraeutler (another double-billed gallery that ended not very amicably ), Denny founded her own shop in the Lower East Side in 2013. Two years later, Dimin joined as a partner and the gallery got a new name.

    The gallery-which joined the wave of spaces moving to Tribeca in 2019-is noted for launching the careers of emerging artists such as Ann Shelton , Stephen Thorpe , Paula Wilson , and Sheida Soleimani . This isn’t the gallery’s first scandal, as last year, Wet Paint reported on a screaming match that went on in the gallery with one of their artists, Pamela Council .

    Sources say Denny was the one who prompted the split, but both she and Dimin declined to comment to Wet Paint. No word yet on what will happen to the current space at 39 Lispenard Street or whether Denny will continue to operate it.

    Dimin, meanwhile, will open his own space , called DIMIN , at the top of next year, which will act as“a contemporary art gallery that will help artists navigate the complexities of the art world, provide stewardship to artists’ careers, and develop emerging talent.”