Squawking about New Bike Stations in SoHo

The bikes are ready and the stations are in place for the bike sharing program to start in SoHo. But, some people in SoHo aren’t taking to the new Citi Bike racks well.

There are now two bike racks in Lt. Joseph Petrosino Square at Lafayette and Kenmare streets. And, as Sean Sweene of the SoHo Alliance said, “The people of New York will have to view this ugly Citibank advertising in a place formerly reserved, and preserved, for art.”

There have been complaints all around from people saying that the bike stations are on landmark blocks and others arguing that there will be lost parking spots. Recently, people in Greenwich Village were given tickets after a new bike stand was installed.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, blowing off the criticism, said on WOR Radio on Friday that the anti-bike criticism “makes good theater.”

9000 bikers will start riding on Monday who have signed up already and the bikes will then be available to the general public starting June 2. An  annual membership costs $95 and a day pass is $9.95.

Delta Pop-Up Shop Comes to SoHo

DeltaIn a bit of a strange move, Delta has a pop-up shop coming to a store near you. They have recently converted a cast-iron building on West Broadway and Broome Street into a mini-airport for a three week promotion they are conducted. The company wants to show off their $1.4 billion Terminal 4 that will open on May 24 at JFK, and they are created a simulation of the terminal in SoHo.

As Gail Grimmett, Delta’s senior vice president in New York explains about the new terminal, “We have a Shake Shack and Blue Smoke plus two entries from Marcus Samuelsson. Our lounges are equipped with showers and full media offering. Travelers will want for nothing.”

The replica terminal opened on Wednesday at 11 am. It’s being dubbed “T4X” and it will have all of the amenities of the real JFK portal. As an extra perk, visitors can enjoy a $4 lunch box served on a conveyor belt that will stimulate baggage pick-up.

Grimmett explained why they created the replica, “We wanted to give New Yorkers something they can touch.”

Wednesday night there was a gala bash with football stars Victor Cruz and Justin Tuck. T4X then became open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am until 3 pm until May 22.

A Glimpse At Three Exhibitors From The Spring Show NYC

If you have time this week, there are few things happening in New York that are more exciting than the Spring Show NYC. Taking place right now at the Park Avenue Armory, this show includes over 50 of the finest international exhibitors today.

Gail Shields-Miller of Shields & Co. Interiors recently had the opportunity to check out three exhibitors in their own environments before the show. She relished in the romantic and lovely look of the Tiffany Studio pieces on sale at Lillian Nassau. Owned by Arlie Sulka, Lillian Nassau sells unique Louis Comfort Tiffany pieces. She described her visit as she wrote on her blog, “The list goes on with several pieces of studio furniture from such notables as George Nakashima, Phil Powell, Wendell Castle and Paul Evans. I fell in love with an out of this world leather love seat by Fritz Henningsen that I wanted to scoop right off the floor and into my apartment. AND then there was a Viennese wood and glass vitrine of uncertain artistic origin that definitely needed a home with one of my clients.”

Phoenix Ancient Art
Phoenix Ancient Art

As part of her tour, Shields-Miller visited Phoenix Ancient Art, owned by brothers Hicham Aboutaam and Ali Aboutam. They feature precious antiques from 5000 BC until about 14 AD. As she described her visit, “The gallery is a pristine environment of stunning dark bronze metal clad walls elegantly complimenting the stone floors, all very effective for displaying the select pieces on display and conjuring up the sense of ancient times long gone by.  You immediately can ascertain that this is a no nonsense place and that we are going to be delving into a discussion about precious irreplaceable artifacts from ancient civilizations.”

Rare lacquered cabinet on silver gilt stand, circa 1690 at Carlton Hobbs.
Rare lacquered cabinet on silver gilt stand, circa 1690 at Carlton Hobbs.

Finally, she visited the Carlton Hobbs, which felt like entering a small museum in France. As she explained, “Carlton Hobbs occupies a rarefied strata in the antiques business, and primarily seeks out furniture and art which belonged originally to royal families and aristocrats or famous architects of that period in history.”


Should you have the time, I would definitely run (not walk!) to enjoy Lillian Nassau, Phoenix Ancient Art, Carlton Hobbs and many others at the Spring Show NYC right now.