In the News: The Mayor and 100 Franklin

••• Mayor Bill de Blasio “likely currently owes tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars to one of the biggest lobbyist law firms in the city [Kramer Levin Naftalis]. He declined to say how large the tab is. The firm has said it keeps its lobbying and legal representation separate.” Clearly, it’s not great to have a politician in debt to a lobbying firm. But the relationship is suspect in other ways. “Records show the firm lobbying the mayor’s office in 2015 and 2016 on behalf of two dozen real estate developers seeking zoning changes and project approvals. That includes DDG Development, which hired Kramer in May 2015. Kramer handled DDG’s petition for a zoning change on a luxury condo project in Tribeca [100 Franklin] before the city Bureau of Standards & Appeals. On June 23, 2015, the BSA approved DDG’s application, despite vociferous neighborhood opposition about the project’s size. Eight days later DDG wrote a $10,000 check to the mayor’s now defunct non-profit, Campaign for One New York. CONY is now at the heart of the federal investigation.” —New York Daily News

••• T Magazine has an article about how the fashion brand Mansur Gavriel, which is based in Tribeca, comes up with its content for Instagram.

••• A neat Soho loft. —T Magazine

••• “A woman left 165 Chambers in 1883 with $3,000 in cash and dripping in diamonds. She was never seen again.” —Daytonian in Manhattan P.S. I pulled that quote from DiM’s tweet about the post, but James says, “They found her.”

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  1. They found her.