Do Democracy a Favor and Come Meet the Candidates for City Council

Save the Date Next Wednesday, May 17

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What:  Candidate’s Forum for our District 1 City Council Seat, sponsored by Tribeca Trust

Candidates who have accepted our invitation to this forum are Christopher Marte, Aaron Foldenaur, and Dashia Imperiale.  (We have not heard back from Margaret Chin yet, but are still hoping she will come).

Where:  PS 234 Auditorium in Tribeca, Greenwich Street, between Chambers and Warren Streets

When:  Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Time:  6:30 p.m.

Register here at Eventbrite to save your seat at Tribeca Trust’s “Candidates Forum for the District 1 City Council Seat”.

Each candidate will have 2 minutes to present their biographical information in rapid succession, and then each candidate will have another 5 minutes to present their policy platform.

This will be followed by a moderated Q & A session from the audience.

At the conclusion of the event, attendees are invited to stay for few minutes for a report and Q & A with Tribeca Trust about the pending lawsuit regarding Historic District expansion. 


Pretty much every preservation group in the city has co-sponsored the event described below, so the issue is big.  Save the Date!


What:  A Talk by Professor Steven Semes, University of Notre Dame

Panel Discussion with Richard Cameron, Simeon Bankoff, and Roberta Washington

When:  May 18, 6:30-8:30

Where:  First Church of Christ Scientist, 68th and Central Park West

If you have trouble reading the flyer below, click the link below for a pdf that will open up in a new browser window for you.

Here is the flyer in pdf form:  Reconsidering Context

Reserve your seat here.

Here is a slightly fuzzy jpg version of the flyer:

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Who sells the best Sourdough Bread in Tribeca?  Results of our taste test

Forget low-carb diets; we love bread here at the Tribeca Trust.   There is something about a warm, fluffy loaf of sourdough that provides a sense of comfort and satisfaction.  Therefore, we went on a quest to find the best sourdough bread in Tribeca.  The intern ran out and got one loaf from each supplier, except for Hot Bread Kitchen, as they are only here on Saturdays.


The Contenders:

Maison Kayser

355 Greenwich Street

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This loaf of sourdough (called tourte de meule) was very appealing with a great oval shape and was a light, wheat color heavily dusted with flour.  It had a lovely sourdough taste and in terms of texture, it had a nice crisp crust with a baked look to it.  It was also fairly fluffly, easily sliced, making for good sandwich bread.  The crumb was fairly dense with a distinct oatmealy, malty scent.


Le Pain Quotidien

81 West Broadway


While this is a chain store, we decided to include Le Pain.  However, Le Pain only has a whole wheat sourdough.  Still, this is a great option, and very healthy tasting. It was heavy.  This bread had a pretty good crust, fairly hard to tear through, and a mild sourdough taste.  Another benefit is that you can buy 1/4 loaf (unlike the others where 1/2 loaf is the smallest option) and they slice it for you.  The crumb on this bread was quite dense.  It would also make a decent sandwich bread or toasted with other things on it.  The scent was minimal.

Grand Daisy

250 West Broadway


We love Grand Daisy (especially their pizza, which we order for all our events).  However, we were slightly disappointed in the ‘sourdough’.  While we were told this was sourdough, its shape and white color did not at all look like a traditional sourdough bread of our imagination.  It had a very hard crust and was not very chewy.  It did not actually taste like sourdough–this is a great option if you are looking for crusty, French bread instead, it conveyed more the texture of a French baguette  We even went back and bought the magnificent seven-grain bread, thinking it was a sourdough.  Here is a photo of that dense loaf that had a hint of chocolate in the tasting.


Arcade Bakery

220 Church Street


Arcade’s sourdough loaf looked distinctively different from the others.  It was was darker, and seemed to be more of a hand made bread than the others.  Not only was this loaf extremely attractive with large, oval shape and a crust that looked like roasted caramel – its sourdough taste was spot-on.  Its texture was also amazing–fluffy and chewy, which balanced nicely with the crust.   And the crumb was porous and smelled a bit malty in the most delicious way. We wanted to rip it apart and eat it immediately.

Whole Foods 

270 Greenwich Street


Whole Foods, we know, another chain ‘bakery’.  But since Tribecans shop there we thought it better to give them a chance and test out their sourdough.  This loaf was obviously lighter  than the other sourdoughs, but still had a nice oval shape and attractive crust.  It had only a hint of sourdough flavor and it was fluffy on the inside, kind of like packaged bread.  This loaf was also the cheapest of the lot with $2.50 per half a loaf.  Whole Foods will also slice it for you, making it a good sandwich bread.  Compared with the others, it tasted bland and mike be good for picky kids if you are trying to wean them away from boring white bread.

The Ranking:

Ranking these breads was surprisingly easy.  We knew right away what our decision was:

  1. Arcade Bakery: Hands down the best. We loved this sourdough, you can’t get better than this!  We ate it all.
  2. Maison Kayser: A very good sourdough and close second.
  3. Le Pain: A good whole wheat/sourdough mix.
  4. Grand Daisy:   While the loaf we bought wasn’t really a sourdough at all. It was a fine bread, just not what we were looking for. But then the seven-grain we went back for knocked our socks off, even though it wasn’t a sourdough. So we put Grand Daisy at 4, but they might win the next battle of seven-grains.
  5. Whole Foods: Decent sourdough, but not as good as the others.