••• Thanks to A. for sending over the World Trade Center Health Registry’s 2013 report.
••• Pen Parentis’s M.M. DeVoe says the Overseas Fujianese Cultural Center of America is now open at Nassau and Ann: “Part museum. Part bookstore. All crazy.”
••• From Friends of WaMaPa: “Join the Friends of Washington Market Park at the Gazebo for our Annual Christmas Celebration. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (rain date Dec. 8). Meet Santa and his trusty elves and reindeer will be on hand to give rides in an Adeline Adeline bike/pedi-cab! There will also be caroling with Trinity Church youth choir and ornament making with Church Street School, along with all kinds of sweet treats!”
••• From N., who wrote in to complain about the Keanu Reeves film shooting the other day: “The workers were all very nice and civil and even acknowledged to me how ridiculous and unsafe the conditions were on the block. There was a cherry picker on the south side of Duane between Church and W. Broadway on multiple days last week (including Friday) with two of its huge monster truck industrial wheels on the sidewalk. At prime drop-off/school times (8:30-9:30), the crane was loading and unloading through the window at 144 Duane, which created a very unsafe condition for parents and kids at Washington Market School and JCP. We are talking furniture and cameras and very heavy equipment being passed through. No special safety conditions were in place —no person warning pedestrians or cones to prevent walking by/under the crane. And the crane kept moving and swiveling—people literally had to duck to get out of the way and walk on the sidewalk to school. We are all for film crew jobs and movie sets in our backyard, but how can we prevent these unsafe conditions from taking place? Why couldn’t they set-up or disassemble when kids weren’t going to school? Why couldn’t there have been safety procedures in place? Who should we be voicing concerns to? Community Board 1? The police? Who does the permitting?” I think you could bring it up with Community Board 1 in the hope that they can call to the carpet someone from Made in NY, as the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting is now known. My own experience with that organization have never been fruitful; they seem to exist to facilitate the shoots, not to manage the relationship between the crews and the residents.
••• A. forwarded an email from Tom Goodkind about the city’s Division of Housing and Community Renewal rent overcharge application: “According to Serge Joseph, the lawyer who assisted in the stabilization of 37 Wall and who visited [CB1’s] Planning Committee a few weeks back, if one tenant in one of our many 421-g buildings fills this out, and DHCR sees this building as stabilized, it could stabilize the entire building. Even better, the timing of stabilization starts with the DHCR decision. So let’s make our local tenants aware—the list of local 421-G building is [pictured].”
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