Seen & Heard: Objecting to the Criminal Court Move

••• Several folks reported in about last night’s Community Board 1 meeting, especially in regard to the planned criminal summons court move to W. Broadway and Thomas. (I only attend when I think there might be new info.) From A.: “It was definitely about community objection, mostly 51 Thomas and 100 Franklin. But first others (Daniel Squadron, rep from the Congressman’s office, rep from Stringer’s office, head of NYPD Precinct 1, and various other resident and interest groups) spoke.” From R.: “Lynn (from the Odeon) spoke and was amazing and some other chick who reminded me of Sally Field in that movie I can’t remember the name of.” (Norma Rae?) From John Willenbecher, who had this to say about the photo above: “All those who were there against moving Criminal Court to Thomas St. & West Broadway—over a hundred people.” And everyone agreed the views from 4WTC were fantastic. UPDATE: This comment from FiDiGuy warrants attention: “The shock of the night came when the deputy mayor revealed that a real criminal court is moving to 66 john street (it seems he’s not aware that FiDi is in CB1 since he boasted that the real criminal courts are being moved from the area). the folks who spoke up against the tribeca court had already left since no one knew the deputy mayor was coming to address this move.” UPDATE #2: “The Department of Probation’s case management office, ‘where people with actual criminal records go every day,’ is also moving out of 346 Broadway and is heading down to 66 John St. in the Financial District, [Deputy Mayor Cas] Holloway said.” —DNAinfo

••• Mauri, the Italian maker of exuberant footwear, is in the process of leaving 92 Chambers.

••• Work has started in earnest at the restaurant from Nish Nush’s Eyal Hen in the former Mimi’s Café space at Church and Reade.

••• ROC‘s reliably zany Halloween party (for adults) is Sunday. The theme, old sport? The Great Gatsby.

••• Congratulations to Meghan, who won two tickets to see Aaron Neville at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Nov. 15. Everyone else can still attend—to buy tickets, just look for Neville’s face among those square ads at right and click on it.

••• From Shinola: “On October 26, we’ll be offering free Halloween face-painting from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’ll also have Shinola-branded Halloween candy in the store for trick-or-treaters on October 31.” And from Mulberry & Vine: “We’ll offer good, old-fashioned candy on Halloween. And it will be done in costume!”

••• Please buy me this Alex Katz poster from Philip Williams Posters. I’ve been so good.

Alex Katz 1976 Olympics swimmer Philip Williams

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6 Comments

  1. The shock of the night came when the deputy mayor revealed that a real criminal court is moving to 66 john street (it seems he’s not aware that FiDi is in CB1 since he boasted that the real criminal courts are being moved from the area). the folks who spoke up against the tribeca court had already left since no one knew the deputy mayor was coming to address this move.

  2. ““This may be the biggest risk to TriBeCa that we’ve ever seen,” said Curry Ford, a resident of Duane Street. “This will rock this neighborhood to the core.”- DNA info

    Silly me. I thought that was 9/11. Maybe that’s not in CB1?

    And I’m … unclear… that John St is “in the area.” I don’t know if 346 Broadway is in CB1 or not, but it is a heck of a lot closer to “the area” – where has the concern been about that building all these years, if this population creates so many problems?

    It might be interesting to ask the appropriate precinct how much criminals activity is caused by Probation and the Summons Court.

    As far as the politician’s statements, they’re just…shocked… that these offices need new locations. Shocked!

  3. Yowzer, I didn’t realize this was a such hyperbolic community filled with such supremely gifted fear mongerers! I love it!!! What a bunch of supreme idiots galore. I thought I was the only one. If we don’t keep #TribecaPure, we may never live to see our children grow to replicate our hopelessness and fears. Stay brave my Tribeca-replicants, if we stick together, there won’t be anything we can do or say that won’t reinforce that we are complete and utter fools. #DoomsDayTribeccers!

  4. These courts have existed three blocks away from the proposed location for at least twenty years. The court officers are armed. Non-staff submit to a metal detectors. In fact, having worked there myself for almost 15 years, not once have I seen an incident of any sort. The courts open at 9, and close not a minute after 5. Back in the 90s, I felt safer there, after dark, then I ever did walking down creepy Thomas.

  5. Smithers for MAYOR!

  6. I second that devotion