120th Egg Nog Party, December 14
We thought it was just cream, eggs, sugar, and rum, but, hey, what do we know. Chemists, apparently, know the secret to the lip-smacking-est eggnog, and they’re letting us nonscientists have a taste at their annual holiday party. The Chemists’ Club has been hosting this ode to the ’nog for more than a century now, so its secret recipe must be one for the record books (or at least a cookbook). New York Academy of Science, 250 Greenwich Street (between Vesey and Barclay Streets), Tribeca

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From Gothamist:
You Can Live On This Historic Ellis Island Ferry For $1.25 Million

Dreaming of ditching this concrete landmass for a breezy life on the open sea? While there’s no shortage of charming and affordable houseboats on the market, there’s only one Ellis Island ferry-turned-marine mansion. And now it can now be yours for a mere $1.25 million (remember, in this imaginary world where buying a floating home is not a terrible idea, you also have a million bucks lying around).

The 11-bedroom, 150-foot ferry comes with quite the backstory. Built in 1907, the ship spent its first decade ferrying passengers and cargo through different parts of New England. After the United States entered the war in 1917, the Navy commissioned the ship as the USS Machigonne, and used it to move men and supplies between Boston and Bumpkin Island Training Station. The steel hulled ferry was also fit with two one-pounder guns as a defensive measure.

Following the war, the decommissioned ship was purchased by US immigration services and moved to New York Harbor, where it shuttled new immigrants from Ellis Island to Manhattan for much of the 1920s. (It is the oldest existing Ellis Island ferry.) The ship was called back into service for World War II, again as a troop carrier, before spending the next fifty years as a commercial tour boat. In 1990, the decaying ferry was purchased by a private citizen and towed to Pier 25 in Tribeca for repair. Two years later, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Curbed reports that the ferry’s current residents, artists Richard and Victoria MacKenzie-Childs, are looking to sell after 15 years of living off the shores of New York City. The couple, who also run a home decor business, have overseen some major renovations and restorations in that time. Much of the original wood flooring is still in place, but the upper deck has been turned an open living area and a lower level ballroom, accommodating 150 people, has been added.“You could have a huge party on the top deck or passenger deck or both,” broker Michael Franklin of Franklin Ruttan told TODAY Home.

But don’t let the prohibitive cost of this history-rich party boat sink your seafaring dreams. The regular old ferry will do, and it’s getting a dramatic expansion this summer!”


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from Cool Hunting:

Much can be said of TriBeCa’s Spring Studios. Arguably of greatest importance, it’s an epic 150,000 square foot multi-floor space dedicated to creativity. Recently, a 12,000 square foot, 360-degree-view rooftop was opened and a members’ only club known as Spring Place was announced. Aside from being the headquarters of a production company and offering coworking spaces as well as photo studios for rent, there’s a state-of-the-art private cinema and forthcoming restaurant. The venue has already played host to a fair share of events—especially connected to the fashion world—and there’s plenty more to come. In the midst of it all, there’s an art gallery and Spring Studios’ debut art exhibition.

The Gallery@Spring presently houses an exhibition that affirms Spring Studios’ appreciation of its NYC home. More than 50 photographs, drawn from LIFE magazine’s extensive archives adorn the walls. Each image—captured between the ’40s and ’70s—offers a fascinating glimpse of the city’s fashionable history. Among the photographers represented, three of the four original LIFE team have works on display, including Alfred Eisenstaedt’s now iconic image “V.J. Day.” Many of the images are celebrity-driven and shine a light upon Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando and Audrey Hepburn. Other imagery demonstrates the sheer magnetism of the city and those who filled its streets.

Working with the LIFE archive, Director of SilverLake Photography Eleonora Flammini and photographer Javier Sirvent curated the exhibition. Along with Duggal Visual Solutions (who also helmed some image restoration), Flammini and Sirvent had many of the images on display printed from original negatives. The large-scale works are predominantly black and white, but there are a few colorful exceptions.

As a venue that’s already demonstrated its close proximity to the fashion world, Spring Studios—a relatively new offshoot of an organization that began in London—is affirming their commitment to the industry with this exhibition. The NYC-centric nature of the show also grounds the venue as a new destination. But even more alluring is that during LIFE magazine’s 80th anniversary, this is a classic partnership of new and old: timeless NYC glamour in a very modern setting.

The LIFE archival photo exhibition will be open to the public 22-24 and 29-30 July 2016 from 10AM to 6PM at Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street, NYC.

Images courtesy of BFA

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from Gothamist:

“The last remaining steam-powered lighthouse tender in the country is currently berthed (and slowly being restored) at Pier 25 in Tribeca. Her name is Lilac, she was built in 1933, and you can clamber around her steampunky chambers as much as you want, all summer long.

There’s art, too! For the second straight season the Lilac functions as a gallery as well, with more than a dozen site-specific pieces throughout the vessel, from the deck to the galleys to the dank depths of her rusty heart. And this isn’t the the first time the Lilac was used for cultural purposes; last year it was a floating library, and in 2009 the phenomenal site-specific play The Confidence Man was performed throughout the vessel.

The art’s pretty cool—Jackie Mock’s cleverly humorous conceptual stuff, Rhys Hecox’s video down in the hold, and Lavinia Roberts’s Mad Max-esque masks were the standouts for me—but the real attraction here is Lilac herself.

A lighthouse tender was responsible for resupplying and repairing lighthouses and buoys, and Lilac did her job in these waters for nearly 40 years before being decommissioned in 1972. That was also the last time her steam engines were fired up, and by none other than
Pratt Institute’s Chief Engineer Conrad Milster, who knows a thing or two about steam power. As does the Liliac’s amiable engine-room docent Gerry Weinstein, who will be happy to give you a tour of the area when you visit.

And visit you should! Boarding the Lilac, poking around, checking out the art, relaxing on the deck… it’s all completely free, though donations are graciously accepted for the long-term restoration of the vessel.

The Lilac is berthed at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park, across West Street from North Moore Street. The Liliac is open starting May 23 and running through October on Thursdays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sunday from 2:00 until 7:00, weather permitting.


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This tragic tale of Manhattan (and some Staten Island) landmarks lost shows that when the landmarking law was first enacted, was a lot easier to overturn or otherwise get around a landmarking designation and for financial interests to win over historic or aesthetic grounds. That said, before I read the piece from Curbed linked above, I had no idea that several Lower Manhattan landmarks had been lost/destroyed for good before the Twin Towers (first WTC) were built, an entire street (Washington St.) had been demapped, some of the surviving older buildings had been moved, and only in the wake of some serious and obvious abuses against the intentions of the law were some remedial and corrective measures able to be taken.…

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Though the modern incarnation of the “Speakeasy” is a “speakeasy” in name only (as alcohol and places which serve it are back to being legal) operating above-board, they face all the other relevant regulation aimed at public gathering and eating places, including capacity limits.  Here’s a relevant example:

From Eater.com:


Church Street Tavern and Bandit Roost have been slapped by the DOB with a partial vacate order.

The Tribeca restaurant Church Street Tavern and it’s basement speakeasy Bandit’s Roost are less than two months old and neighbors are already very unhappy with them. The owners originally used the largely residential building’s lobby as it’s exclusive entrance to the basement party. “All of a sudden we had a bouncer outside of our door and these people wandering through our lobby to get inside…It was ridiculous,” a resident who has lived in the building for 34 years told DNAinfo. The team has reportedly moved the entrance inside the restaurant, but there are still complaints of vibrations from the music from residents.

The DOB has slammed the restaurant and bar with a partial vacate order, saying that it violated the legal limit of 74 patrons in both spaces and doesn’t have a Place of Assembly Certificate that would allow it to host up to 120 people. The liquor license for both spaces is a holdover from when Morimoto operated Tribeca Canvas and the short-lived Bisutoro, and is set to expire on November 30. The team will appear before the local community board next month, but given the loud way it announced itself to the neighborhood, that may not go very well.

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The Butterfly, a restaurant in Tribeca, is tailored to look and taste “mid-century modern”. (The middle of the 20th Century, otherwise known as the Mad Men era.) The menu of main dishes and cocktails were selected as evocative of mid-century middle-America, but much like the TV show Mad Men, both the restaurant’s carefully orchestrated ambiance and its high-end riffs on traditional cocktails, and entrees, replete with exotic ingredients, are an improvement on the truth.

According to Tasting Table e-newsletter, Michael White’s The Butterfly lands in Tribeca, “(Michael) White has infused the space with a stylish take on his Wisconsin memories (and a retro-delicious menu of patty melts and sundaes to match), while cocktail whiz Eben Freeman turns those reminiscences into 10 easy-drinking beverages.

It’s not just the drinks that make The Butterfly a destination: A big dash of Midwestern nice seems to have gone to the entire staff’s heads. The waiters are genuinely friendly, the soundtrack is extra-snappy, and shrimp toast ($12) with sweet-and-sour sauce is especially gratifying.”
The Butterfly
225 W. Broadway

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