Mess Around Downtown: July 12, 2010

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Welcome back to Mess Around Downtown!

It was so hot last week in Lower Manhattan that the statue of George Washington in front of Federal Hall got down from his pedestal, took a seat on the steps and asked a nearby policeman for a glass of water and a bowl of cherries.

It was so hot in Lower Manhattan that 11,629 tourists were treated for symptoms of “ice cream headache” below Murray Street —  up 57.63 percent from last year at this time.

It was so hot in Lower Manhattan that the Charging Bull was spotted taking a dip in the Hudson around 8:45 on Wednesday evening. Hope you’re staying cool, Downtowners. Read on for new establishments that opened in past couple of weeks where you can chill out. You can find anything you need with our handy Downtown Directory, and don’t be afraid to email me at tre@downtownny.com. Thanks.

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Takahachi Bakery25 Murray Street: 212-791-5550

Do you like food? If you answered yes to this question then you will like Takahachi. A classic Japanese bakery with a Downtown cafe feeling. The passionate people here are baking tasty items all day long right there on the premises. A large variety of breads, sweet and savory pastries, mini pizzas and homemade ice cream make for an appetizing and colorful food case. I like the prices too. I got a super-fresh and flavorful chicken tomato sandwich for under $5 and some tomato sorbet. A must try.

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Bit’z Kids – 275 Greenwich Street: 212-571-0803

This new clothing store for children is a perfect fit for this neighborhood. The company was founded in Japan and is huge there. And now Bit’z is taking kid-friendly Downtown by storm. Offering clothes for babies all the way up to 8 years. Shop here for cute and funky apparel for your future hipster of America.

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Salon Greenwich – 88 Greenwich Street: 212-248-5252

A full spa and salon conveniently located on the corner of  Rector and Greenwich streets offering lemon spa pedicures, french manicures, any kind of waxing you can imagine, tanning, shiatsu massages, anti-aging facials, eyelash perms and more.

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Dunkin Donuts – 19 Rector Street: 212-785-8111

Wall Street runs on Dunkin.

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Greens and Art Alert

– The Andaz Hotel at 75 Wall Street just keeps getting better. First they open a classy bar and a restaurant run by Chef Maximo Lopez May that uses locally grown fare inspired by the Hudson Valley. Now, they start the first ever farmer’s market created by a hotel. It’s official, The Andaz is awesome. The Andaz’s outdoor market runs every Saturday from July 10 through November 20 from 8 AM to 3 PM. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again: Who wouldn’t want to eat a meal cooked by a guy named Maximo?

– You must stop by the provocative KiptonArt gallery at 75 Wall Street. Go to Kipton’s website to learn about how they are helping out new artists. Artists, enter the contest below and get recognized.

– Calling all Artists! Deadline of July 31 to be considered for KiptonART Rising 2011 debut on October 5th for 20 lucky artist finalists at the D&D Building in New York. http://www.kiptonart.com/kipton-art-rising

– The World Financial Center Greenmarket is in full swing every Thursday from 8 AM to 6 PM until November 24. Located at 225 Liberty Street at South End Avenue.

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Vacancy Alert

– William’s Restaurant & Bar at 52 William Street has closed.

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As always, thank you for being on the lookout and please continue to send any changes you come across to tre@downtownny.com