••• A reader has filed a complaint: “Attached is a photo of the horrendous awnings adorning the windows of the evangelical Faith Exchange on Leonard and Broadway. The awnings went up this week and are completely out of character with the rest of the surrounding area down Leonard Street. If it’s on Broadway, so be it. But Leonard Street is not Broadway. I’m hoping that you can post the pic to get a discussion going about the appropriateness of awnings. I have a feeling my sentiments are shared by many in the community. In addition to staining the neighborhood with these ridiculous awnings, the Sunday service, featuring a full 6-7 piece band, was so loud our windows were shaking across the street. I suspect this will become an issue at future CB meetings.” The opening paragraph of this 2006 New York Times profile about the founders is a humdinger. On second thought, I’ll just include it here!
Dan and Ann Stratton are a Wall Street power couple, even if Wall Street doesn’t know it. Dan is a tall, blond, muscular Minnesota boy turned Yale football star who, by the time he was 30, had parlayed his college connections into a small fortune as a commodities trader. Today, at 47, he is the founder and pastor of Faith Exchange Fellowship, a fundamentalist Christian congregation in Manhattan’s financial district. He is also a ‘five-fold minister’ of Yahweh, a self-described evangelist, apostle and prophet, and spiritual warrior king. [No way! So is my dog! —Ed.] Ann is a North Jersey Catholic schoolgirl turned born-again miracle worker, a lithe beauty with deeply sympathetic eyes and a sexy wardrobe—Carmela Soprano endowed with Protestant superpowers—whose prayers once supposedly raised a German au pair from the dead on the street in front of the Blue Moon Mexican Cafe in Englewood, N.J. [Is it just me, or does that sentence read like a Mad Lib? —Ed.] “Together they are on a mission to banish Satan from the financial temples of Wall Street and transform New York City into ‘ChristTown.’
••• A bit of not-quite-news from Asphalt Green Battery Park City: “The Battery Park City Authority has been working extremely hard at resolving the last of the permitting issues relating to the mechanical equipment in the building. In the next few weeks you will notice the pool being filled and the flooring and finishing being installed. BPCA is committed to completing construction as expeditiously as possible and then the focus will turn to opening the center. In our next update, we expect to outline our inaugural program plans.”
••• Proof that I listen to readers (er, at least once): Ayesha Ahmad commented on the Best Deli Sandwich in Tribeca post that the haloumi sandwich at Benvenuto was really good, so I went today to check it out. She specifically mentioned the pickles, and let me tell you, pickles are among the things that us mostly vegetarians don’t get to have often, because they tend to be served with meat. The sandwich was indeed delicious, although next time I’m going to have them skip the cream cheese—gilding the lily, that—and I’ll put mustard on it. Mustard is another thing you tend to only see with meat (and pretzels, I suppose).