In the News: Canal Street Raided

••• I suppose that headline makes it look like the police raided Canal Street and found these brass objets—maybe in a parallel universe. T Magazine looks into Carl Auböck, whose metal sculptures (right) are on view at Mondo Cane.

••• “Police raided two pedestrian shopping malls along Canal Street allegedly full of knock-off handbags, watches and jewelry, an official in the mayor’s office said. The raid was part of a two-month crackdown on counterfeit goods that resulted in 500 arrests and 13,000 seized handbags with a total retail value of $650,000, Lolita Jackson, Manhattan director of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, told Community Board 2 Thursday night. Little Chinatown, a highly-trafficked shopping area at 247 Canal St. and shops at 259 Canal St. were seen closed up on Thursday. According to Jackson, 27 booths were raided.” (DNAinfo)

••• “New York politicians gathered Thursday afternoon to denounce Tea Party leader Mark Williams and support a mosque and community center planned near ground zero. The politicians were responding to Williams’ blog rant against the mosque Wednesday, in which he said Muslims worshipped a ‘monkey god.'” (DNAinfo)

••• Downtown Express has an entire article on the newsstand at Broadway and Murray.

••• Actor Christopher Meloni has bought a condo in 88 Greenwich. (Curbed) I have a friend who lives there, and Meloni used to live across the street from her in Soho. Clearly—to her mind, anyway—he’s stalking her.

••• “Bob Townley, executive director of Manhattan Youth and chairperson of CB 1’s Waterfront Committee, will have one more chair to sit in this year: on the Hudson River Park Advisory Council.” (Downtown Express)

••• At Capsouto Frères, “Assemblywoman Deborah Glick and State Sen. Daniel Squadron presented [Albert] Capsouto’s family with a framed resolution praising Capsouto’s service to the neighborhood, as a leader on Community Board 1, a pioneering restaurateur and an advocate for small businesses.” (DNAinfo)

••• “The Tribeca townhouse at 1 White Street that John Lennon and Yoko Ono once identified as their Nutopian Embassy is in contract, according to StreetEasy. The asking price has stayed steady at $3.25 million since the house—now an owner’s triplex with a sweet roof garden above a soup and sandwich restaurant—came on the market in March.” (Curbed)

••• “Last week, 3-Legged Dog (3. L. D.) executive director Kevin Cunningham received a letter from his landlord, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which stated that eviction proceedings were set to begin due to a failure to pay rent and that the organization owed the authority $360,000. Almost as quickly as that letter arrived, Congressman Jerrold Nadler and State Senator Daniel Squadron sent a joint letter to the MTA asking for a suspension of the eviction proceedings and to begin a rent negotiation process to allow the media and theater group to remain at its 80 Greenwich Street location. ‘From our point of view this is just as much a disaster as 9/11 or [Hurricane] Katrina,’ said Cunningham. ‘Even though it comes from greed, it is still a disaster.'” (Downtown Express) Wait, what did he say?

••• The Wall Street Journal recommends tonight’s Lost Jazz Shrines show—with pianist Barry Harris—at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.


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