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Vegi D-Lite

The Seaport Greenmarket Farmers Market is replanting itself on Fulton St. and sprouting new produce booths, to the delight of South Street Seaport vegi lovers.

“It’s going to be a much better location,” said Paul Goldstein, district manager for Community Board 1 and a Southbridge Towers resident.

“You have the supermarket,” said Greenmarket director Tom Strumolo, “But there’s no place to buy fresh farm products unless you want to move to the Tribeca market.”

Goldstein and his C.B. 1 team gave the Greenmarket folks a little “behind-the-scenes” nudge to move them away from the cobblestone Seaport and cross over Water St. to the well-traversed side of the neighborhood. “People just don’t go over there as much, certainly not for their day-to-day shopping,” he said of the previous locale. “They’re going to have more visibility now.”

The market will grace Fulton St. between Pearl and Gold Sts. every Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the end of June until Thanksgiving.

The 47 Greenmarkets throughout the city — the oldest and most famous is the 29-year-old Union Square Farmers Market — sell food grown by “local” growers who live within 200 miles of the New York City area.

“We provide superior food for New Yorkers because it was picked that day,” said Gabrielle Langholtz, a spokesperson for the Greenmarket. “The foods are more delicious and they’re nutritiously superior.”

Stewart takes Tribeca

Tribeca has a new funny man moving in. Jon Stewart is hightailing it out of the West Village and heading south to a $5.8 million loft he bought in March. The Hudson St. spread used to be home to a more reptilian resident — 1,000 turtles adored by the Wetlands Preserve — an eco-friendly rock club and activist center.

Stewart’s duplex penthouse, part of a renovation, boasts a 600-sq. ft. terrace, a 1,200-sq. ft. private roof and 40 windows offering north, west and east exposures, the New York Observer reports. Stewart and his wife, Tracey McShane, and baby Nathan will have more than enough space to frolic in a tortoise-free abode.

The Daily Show host and front man for the best-selling book “America” will still have a raucous neighbor to contend with in the 27-unit building. Mets catcher Mike Piazza closed on a 3,000-sq. ft. condo in the venerable building last November for around $4.1 million.

Nobu national

Former Nobu chef Chef Masaharu Morimoto is going national. He has plans to open a new restaurant chain – Pauli Moto – in 12 locations nationwide with Conn.-bade Paul Ardaji Sr. and son Paul Jr., the New York Post reports. The Iron Chef left Tribeca a few years back to team up with Philly’s Stephen Starr. The mid-range restaurant chain will offer a mix of sushi and pan-Asian dishes, as well as yummy fixings made on a robata, a Japanese charcoal grill. Downtowners may have to travel far a field to taste Masaharu’s new menu – the first location is opening in Virginia.

Orchestrating noise?

If you wanted to send the message that Downtown rebuilding is proceeding apace, what would you do? Would you position Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Mike Bloomberg directly in front of large construction equipment working on the renovation of the South Ferry subway station so they would have to be in the shot for television and newspaper photographers? Would you have the construction noise level go up to ear-cracking volumes right when the press conference began and virtually stop the second after Pataki and Bloomberg answered the last question? All of that occurred last Friday at an event worthy of Karl Rove’s White House spin machine. Coincidence? We think not.

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