Mess Around Downtown: November 22, 2010


Welcome back to Mess Around Downtown!

Hear ye! Hear ye! The time to feast and to be thankful is upon us once more, my dear Downtowners. This year I’m thankful for super heroes, burritos, not having to wait for over 15 minutes when I go to the emergency room, pie, and rock-climbing walls. I’m also thankful that I can find all of these things in Lower Manhattan.  You can also find anything you need with our handy Downtown Directory. Feel free to e-mail me at Thanks.


Midtown Comics64 Fulton Street: 212.302.8192

Yes, Gotham’s favorite comic shop, Midtown Comics has opened a third location. But it’s not in Midtown, folks. It’s Downtown. Spider Man was spotted at the grand opening getting a head start on his holiday shopping and Jim Lee will be hanging out and signing things from 2 to 4 PM on December 19. The store is stocked with all your favorite comic books, action figures, books about comic books, apparel, mugs and more. You must stop by to check out the  giant and super powerful New Release Wall.


Emergency Medical Care – 200 Chambers Street: 212.962.6600

Have you ever waited for five hours in an emergency room? I have. I accidentally sat in a wet chair about two hours in. It was not fun. This new upscale Urgent Care center understands that people don’t want to waste their whole day just because they sprained an ankle. They guarantee that you will be seen in 15 minutes by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. They have all the capabilities and resources of a hospital ER and an experienced team of providers. Definitely a great new option in the neighborhood.


Xtreme Gym10 Hanover Square: 212.855.0770

A recent study shows that over-eating at Thanksgiving makes people fatter. I call this practice extreme eating. There is only one way to battle the bulge that extreme eating creates around one’s waist: Join the Xtreme Gym. Xtreme offers classes in: spinning, yoga, kick-boxing, hip hop sculpt, cross-fit, and zumba. Lift free weights, work out on a machine, and schedule a rock- wall session.


Caliente – 97 Trinity Place: 212.227.6192

This Mexican grill is hot hot hot. I like that they keep their menu simple. Enchiladas, nachos, burritos, fajitas, and tacos are what you have to choose from. They’ll make it right in front of you and ask you what you want as you go down the line. I also like that their salsas and sauces are made from scratch and that everything is made fresh everyday. They deliver too.


The Bread Factory Cafe – 125 Fulton Street: 212.269.0300

It’s a bakery. It’s a cafe. No, wait, it’s a Bread Factory Cafe. But it’s also a deli, creperie, and pizza shop. They serve breakfasts like egg sandwiches, omelets, wraps, and bagels.  For $5.50 you can create your lunch sandwich. They’ve got burgers, stone oven pizzas, panini, and even quesadillas. Stop in for an espresso, iced frappe, or a protein smoothie. Buy whole cakes and pies for your office. If it’s food and American, I think they have it. Their menu is 11 pages and has a table of contents.


Business Tidbits and Updates

The Greene Grape at 55 Liberty Street held a contest to rename this wine store last month. They recently announced the winner and will soon be known as Downtown Cellars.

Bon Chon Chicken at 104 John Street is celebrating the fact that they now have a full liquor license. Until November 30 pay 1/2 price for all top-shelf liquor, $3 for all bottle and draft beers, and ladies pay $5 for cocktails and wine.

Tower Art Gallery at 7 Maiden Lane has closed.

Win Won Chinese at 10 Liberty Place has closed.


As always, thank you for being on the lookout and please continue to send any changes you come across to