In the News: Lower Manhattan Storm Protection

••• “BPCA chair acknowledges using three marinas owned by competing North Cove bidder for personal yacht; Mehiel appears unwilling to recuse himself from upcoming vote on contract.” In his defense, it doesn’t seem like an obvious conflict of interest. But can we agree that a 148-foot, five-bedroom yacht is huge? —Broadsheet

••• The Chopping Block, “a sandwich shop focusing on freshly roasted ingredients,” has opened at 41 John St. The menu includes a “Naughty Ham & Swiss” and, according to a background photo on the website, something called “Tuna Excite!” Pictured: Short rib ciabatta. —DNAinfo

••• “At a [Community Board 1] meeting last week, many committee members peppered Daniel Zarrilli, director of the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, with questions about how $4.21 billion in disaster recovery funds from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development have yet to find their way to Lower Manhattan for safeguarding the area against the next big storm.” —Tribeca Trib

••• Someone told Taylor Swift it was costume day at Whole Foods. —The Cut

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