In the News: Landmarc Lashes Out

••• Landmarc‘s Marc Murphy comes out swinging against the city’s new letter-grade system for restaurants: “Firstly, we believe that the mandatory posting of a letter grade, against the wishes of the business owner, and adopted as a rule by the Board of Heath and not a statute by the City Council, raises significant and serious constitutional issues, especially in light of the recent Supreme Court decision upholding corporate free speech rights under the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. Second, should letter grading go forward, the grade must be limited to serious and critical food safety related violations only. The difference between an A or a B should not be based on leaky faucet, an uncovered light bulb, a small work area in the kitchen or a design concern addressed for the first time well after a restaurant has opened and has passed its pre-opening design inspection. After 10 years of inspections, if an inspector decides that an additional sink is needed, that cannot be part of your grade. There is a long list of non food safety items currently included in the proposed scoring system that if remains part of a letter grade, would simply be misleading to the consumer and would inevitably lead to competing window signs… theirs and ours.” There’s much more at Eater.

••• “No resolution yet on Manhattan Youth space for P.S. 234.” (Broadsheet Daily)

courtesy-sothebys••• Curbed looks into businessman Edward Bazinet’s decision to put his 60 Warren penthouse back on the market for $28 million—down $500K from spring of 2006. He bought it in 2001 for $13.5 million. Check out the bathroom! Too sexy!

••• Also on Curbed: A model of unbuilt 56 Leonard sold for $1,136 on Ebay.

••• David Martin, CEO of Tribeca-based social-networking site Kontain was one of the folks stuck on the tarmac for six hours, courtesy of Virgin America; read his posts on the experience here. (WABC, though he made love to pretty much every media outlet)

••• New York mag’s Daily Intel blog goes gaga for the 8,200-square-foot space in the American Thread Building (the one with the Keith Haring mural); it’s $11.75 million. Note: It’s a video with a dopey Target commercial up front.

courtesy-urbandaddy••• Grown & Sewn is “an American treasure of a spring-ready pants depot, open now in Tribeca,” says UrbanDaddy. “The gear is pretty simple and straightforward—handsome khakis in three shapes, a few colors and that’s about it. But you’ll want to check out the Kax—a crazy jean-khaki hybrid that combines the feel of khakis with the ‘attitude and guts’ of jeans. (We have no idea what this means, but we’ve yet to meet a pants hybrid we didn’t like—we’re looking at you, jorts.)” Also: “…you’ll want to discreetly ask to see the place’s basement. No, there’s not a fight club down there, but you’ll be able to peruse one of the cooler art galleries we’ve seen in awhile, home to work from famous American pop artists like Warhol, Haring and Peter Max.” Wait, there is? (See pic.) Huh.


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