Every June, because the Tribeca Movie Competition attracts a slice of Hollywood to downtown Manhattan, Chanel hosts its swanky artists dinner to mark the event. For the final decade or so, it’s been held at Balthazar, the cavernous celeb-fave joint a neighborhood or two north in Soho. However in what amounted to an enormous outdated realignment for an especially small Venn diagram of the movie, vogue, and artwork institutions, this 12 months’s dinner returned Monday evening to its former residence on the Odeon, the bistro that for 4 a long time has occupied a chief perch of West Broadway. That is key, because the Tribeca Competition dinner was as soon as once more truly in Tribeca, the neighborhood that Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal have been in search of to revitalize submit 9/11 once they based the competition in 2002.

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De Niro’s ties to the Triangle Under Canal run deep. He first visited the neighborhood within the late Forties, venturing down from the Bleecker Avenue condo the place his artist dad and mom, buddies with Jack Kerouac and Jackson Pollock, had a loft. The Decrease West Aspect was all industrial then, and the Odeon was the Towers Cafeteria, serving lunch to manufacturing unit staff. The unique terrazzo flooring from the Towers Cafeteria stays as an unforgettable Odeon function, and people iconic bulb lights? These are from the Towers too.

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Mainly from its 1980 opening, the Odeon was an epicenter of artwork and film stardom. This was largely the doing of unique house owners Brian McNally, his brother, Keith McNally (who went on to open Balthazar and is greatest recognized lately for his spicy Instagram captions), and Keith’s former spouse, Lynn Wagenknecht, who owns the Odeon to today. The solid of Saturday Night time Live got here down from Rock Middle after reveals. De Niro was a fixture too, particularly in his Raging Bull period, even when he needed to follow salads to shed the burden he famously placed on to play Jake LaMotta.

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On Monday evening, the Tribeca Fest cofounder needed to go away early after an hour sitting at a desk with David O. Russell, Darren Aronofsky, and Jude Regulation. “Bob has a 5:45 name time tomorrow, as a result of he’s nonetheless working for some purpose,” Rosenthal informed the gang. Certainly, De Niro’s received a gig taking part in an ex-president within the upcoming Netflix conspiracy thriller Zero Days. “However he wished to thank Chanel for the 17 years of this dinner,” Rosenthal continued.

There have been just a few different Tribeca locals additionally in attendance. At Rosenthal’s desk was the artist Laurie Simmons, who lived in a former textile mill on Desbrosses Avenue. Ditto actor sisters Grace Gummer and Louisa Jacobson—their dad and mom, the artist Don Gummer and actor Meryl Streep, lived for years in a former masonry warehouse on Laight Avenue. And there was loads of barely much less hyperlocal star energy too: Katie Holmes, Blake Full of life, Dianna Agron, Hannah Einbender, and Natasha Lyonne have been all there. This being an artists dinner, there have been these as properly: Jose Parla, Glenn Ligon, Jenny Holzer, and Debroah Kass. Curator Racquel Chevremont had chosen every of them to make work paired with movies on this 12 months’s competition. “I attempted to decide on the artists who I really feel like greatest befit the second,” Chevremont stated as servers plopped down steak frites.