Seen & Heard: Japanese market opens today

The Japanese market on Greenwich and Franklin opens today, Friday, at 9a. (Thanks to B., A. and R. for the intel and the pics — everyone’s keeping an eye on this one!) I will stop in today and have a post for Monday. That’s the former Tribeca Tap House, which closed in spring 2019, and readers noted that “hashi,” which I Google translated to “bridge,” can also mean chopsticks.

O. sent a note from Fidi that a relatively new dry cleaner that has been hidden under a sidewalk shed at 26 Beaver (just west of Broad) for a couple years is now visible and open, and she said they are very nice folks: Max Cleaners, offering wash & fold, organic dry cleaning, plus alterations with a dedicated changing room. 212-227-9090. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8a to 6:30p, and Saturday 10a to 3p.

Washington Market School will host its annual street fair on Saturday, June 1, from 11a to 3p, on Duane Park, between Greenwich and Hudson. There will be live music, puppet shows, magic shows, the Bubble Dad, and lots more. Tickets are $50 for the family. Get them here.

The Maritime Association of the Port of NY-NJ and the Downtown Boathouse at Pier 26 present Shared Harbor Day on Saturday, May 4, from 9a to 4p, a kick-off to National Safe Boating Week. Join the Harbor Operations Education Subcommittee for presentations on commercial harbor traffic and NOAA’s switch to electronic charts followed by Q&A, plus you can share navigation tips with fellow boaters over lunch. The event will take place inside at the Downtown Boathouse and is free and open to all. RSVP here.



  1. Max Cleaners does excellent alterations.

  2. How can I pass along kudos to the organizers of the 5 boro bike tour (or the government agency that made them change their protocols)? This morning’s set-up seemed much better than in the past with no music and announcements bleeding over as far as Hudson Street and especially the new requirement that all riders dismount as they passed through Bogardus Triangle, which made it easy to cross at Reade and Hudson because all were obeying the traffic light. Last year, even though there was a BikeNY monitor there, I had to just assert myself and create an obstruction to cross the street because the bikes were an almost constant flow and the monitor assiduously ignored my attempts to get her attention from across the street. This morning a monitor was also doing a great job at West and Warren.

    • @N: You can write to Ken Podziba , president of Bike NY, which conceived the 5 boro bike tour in the 1970s and has run it ever since. If not for missing 2020 on account of Covid (if memory serves), today’s might have been their fiftieth run.

      I’m going to take a bit of credit for the lovely change you witnessed and wrote about. After the 2015 tour I began a fusillade of complaints to Ken about the grotesquely amplified sound before and during the start of the race. As I pointed out to him and in Tribeca Citizen, the music and announcements had gotten so loud that bike mechanics assisting riders near the start area couldn’t communicate with the people they were trying to help. It took a lot of hammering, much of it by other readers of this publication, but Ken and BikeNY finally got the message. I like to think that my ostensible stature in the cycling community lent some gravitas to the point we were all trying to make.

  3. Best was the empty streets, it was so spirit lifting. If only we can have it once a month, like fasting, a kind of urban life cleansing, bringing a sense of hope one rarely has, almost never.

    • Congestion pricing is a step in that direction.

    • R,
      The event meant no bus access in some places, difficult bus access in some places and slow bus transit all around.
      Lack of bus transit was especially an issue on a cold rainy day.

      Streets cannot be closed – people are entitled to and deserve essential mass transit.