In the News: 9/11 Opportunists

••• The Village Voice drops a stinkbomb on the 9/11 holiday anniversary: “The September 11, 2001 attacks have been a symbol of many things and many causes, but like the lavish, flag-draped rebuilding of the site, it has also been a vehicle for enrichment. From corporations to politicians to government officials to nonprofits to the security industry to publishers to the health industry (not to mention the incidents of outright fraud over the years), many people have found ways to profit from one of the nation’s biggest disasters. 9/11 has created an economy all its own.” Isn’t that the American way?

••• Stuyvesant alumni not allowed to hold vigil for 9/11 anniversary. (New York Times)

What 5 Franklin Place could have been.

••• The full back story about 5 Franklin Place, “one of the worst casualties of the city’s banking and housing crises. Many new developments, of course, were stalled or thwarted by the economy’s tumble, but the mortgage note on the condo project, which was to have risen 20 stories and contained 55 luxury apartments, has been sold twice. Now a foreclosure auction for the property, with a $47.04 million lien on it, is scheduled for Sept. 12.” (New York Times)

••• When I first read about this Grub Street “food diary” by restaurateur John McDonald, someone-I-can’t-remember-who wrote that he was considering a new restaurant “between Soho and Tribeca.” It’s not mentioned in the diary—I skimmed it twice!—but there is a mention of scouting a space near La Colombe (but there’s also a La Colombe up on Lafayette…).

••• “As the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 approaches, one local filmmaker has pulled together footage of the Twin Towers standing tall and proud on the silver screen. Videographer Dan Meth created a ‘Twin Towers Cameos’ montage of clips from movies like Dog Day Afternoon and Superman in the 1970s to Ghostbusters II and How [sic] Harry Met Sally in the 1980s. The 3-minute, 20-second composite, set to music, can be seen on Vimeo and DanMeth.com.” (DNAinfo)

••• The New York Times profiles Michael Arad, the architect who designed the 9/11 Memorial.

••• “The Barbarian Group, a hip marketing agency, on Wednesday threw the year’s final ‘Roofie,’ a rooftop soiree at its Tribeca digs where employees imbibe with friends of the agency, chat about ad campaigns, and watch the sun set over the Hudson. Sipping beer tapped from a keg, attendees bid adieu to the summer while nineties music thumped.” Kegs, ’90s music, roofies…. It’s college all over again. (Wall Street Journal)

••• Battery Park City’s Tribeca Green is mentioned in a New York Times article about buildings “to go up under a program known as 80/20 in the last few years, in which people from both extremes of the income scale live across the hall from one another.”

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