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The upcoming week’s schedule of CommunityBoard 1 committee meetings is below. Unless other-wise noted, all committee meetings are held at theboard ofﬁce, located at 49-51 Chambers St., room709 at 6 p.m.
ON THURS., JULY 9:
The Landmarks Committeewill meet.
ON MONDAY, JULY 13:
The WTC RedevelopmentCommittee will meet at 6 PM at 250 Broadway in theAssembly Hearing Room, on the 19th ﬂoor.
ON TUES., JULY 14:
The Seaport/Civic CenterCommittee will meet.
ON TUES., JULY 15:
The Planning and CommunityInfrastructure Committee will meet.
ON TUES., JULY 16:
The Quality of LifeCommittee will meet.
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The old Harmony Theater burlesque club in Tribeca couldbe staging a comeback.
, who ran the Harmony and still ownsits 279 Church St. building, posted an online ad solicitingrenters for the ground ﬂoor and basement space.“‘Anything goes’ uses include bar/night spot/party space/restaurant/live theater/store,” she wrote in the ad. She is ask-ing $10,000 a month for the 3,750 square feet.Separately, Droege, a k a Madeline
, also hasa Web site advertising the space as the Fig Leaf Theater andPink Fig juice and raw food snack bar. The site offers thetheater space for rent for themed parties and events, andpromises, “Coming soon.”Droege did not return calls for comment, but one sourcesaid she had approached at least one burlesque group aboutperforming in the space. Another source said costumedpeople turned up at the building on a recent night lookingfor an S&M party, and a sign posted on the front door toldthem to go to a different location.The city closed down the original Harmony Theater in1998, but burlesque dancing crept back in. From 2006 to2008, during nonproﬁt Collective:Unconscious’s lease of the space, a group called Pinchbottom held monthly shows,said a Pinch performer and producer who goes by the name
.A burst sewer pipe forced Collective:Unconscious to leavein the middle of last summer, and the space appears to havebeen empty since then. Local residents, who long objectedto the stripping, likely prefer it that way, but they recentlygot wind of Droege’s plans, and they are not happy. Severalpeople from the area turned up at a Community Board 1meeting last week to urge the board to reject a liquor licensefor the space, should Droege choose to seek one.
Millennium High School is very close to getting its long-desired gym, but the location isn’t ﬁnal yet.The School Construction Authority toured two potentialspaces last month: 25 Broadway, the Cunard Building, anda double-height space on Wall St., said
,Millennium’s parent coordinator.Meanwhile, we’re hearing from two other sources that thecity is actually focusing on 26 Broadway, the former SportsMuseum of America space, for Millennium’s gym. The Dept.of Education is already leasing space in that building forschool seats and could be looking to expand its holding, thesources suggested. Wherever the gym winds up, City Councilmember
thinks its delivery is imminent.The D.O.E. appears to have very speciﬁc plans in mind,because they asked Gerson to increase his planned $250,000allocation for Millennium’s gym to $350,000 in June, Gersonsaid.“We allocated money at the last minute based on[D.O.E.’s] representation that they would be able to proceedwith the gym immediately,” Gerson said.Marge Feinberg, D.O.E. spokesperson, said only, “We areexploring possibilities for a Downtown gym site and cannotcomment further at this time.”If city ofﬁcials are indeed looking at 25 Broadway for agym site, they could face competition from Claremont Prep,a private K-8 that is reportedly looking to lease 200,000square feet there.
From the owners of SouthWest, the Merchants cafeand Pound & Pence will soon come a new, more casualdining option: an as-yet-unnamed barbecue stand on theplaza just outside the World Financial Center WinterGarden.Merchants Hospitality will open the stand as soon as theBattery Park City Authority signs off and will add beer andwine whenever the State Liquor Authority approves, said
, a vice president with Merchants.Tables and chairs recently arrived on the plaza, not farfrom P. J. Clarke’s, courtesy of Brookﬁeld Properties, whichowns the Financial Center. The stand will be open seasonallyfrom 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Cohn said. Some of cooking will bedone at the nearby SouthWest, with the grilling completed alfresco at the stand.“I think it’s a great idea,” said
, co-chairper-son of Community Board 1’s B.P.C. Committee, upon hearinga presentation this week. The committee approved the beerand wine license in an advisory vote.
didn’t manage to beat Assembly Speaker
in last fall’s Democratic primary, but hiseffort is now chronicled in a documentary ﬁlm.“Excuse Me, Mr. Speaker…,” by ﬁlmmaker
, debuted last month at the Vision Festival inTribeca. The 71-minute documentary follows Newell’s candi-dacy through its ups and downs, and even travels with him tothe Democratic National Convention in Denver. In an e-mailannouncing a recent screening, Newell promises plenty of humor along with the politics.
The Goldman Sachs construction is putting a bit of adamper on the annual Battery Park City block party, slatedfor Sun., Sept. 13. The party usually closes off Vesey St.between West St. and N. End Ave., but this year half of thatarea is already blocked off for the Goldman construction.
, one of the organizers of the party, saidthey’ll make do with just half the block.“We’ll just have to adapt,” he said.
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