In the News: Queen Elizabeth II

••• “Abercrombie & Fitch has found bedbugs in a second Manhattan store, leading the company’s head to implore Mayor Michael Bloomberg for help. The retailer closed its South Street Seaport location Friday, two days after shuttering its Hollister Epic store in Soho.” (Wall Street Journal)

••• “For the first time since the 1970s, a majority of Manhattan’s population is non-Hispanic white, according to an analysis of census estimates. […] In Lower Manhattan, south of Canal Street and west of Chinatown, the white population surged by more than 25 percent between 2000 and 2005, much of it the result of an influx of whites working on Wall Street and couples who stayed in the neighborhood to raise families.” (New York Times)

••• Queen Elizabeth II is visiting New York tomorrow. “In the late afternoon, she will go to ground zero. She will make no speech, but will be met by an honor guard and by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Govs. David A. Paterson of New York and Christopher J. Christie of New Jersey. She will briefly tour the 16-acre site [….] In the early evening, the queen will cross Lower Manhattan to the British Garden in Hanover Square, a serene greensward memorial to the British subjects who died at the trade center on Sept. 11, 2001. Relatives of some 50 victims will meet the queen, who will cut a ribbon to formally open the garden. An elongated triangle in the rough shape of the British Isles, it is a landscaped version of a traditional British garden, planted with hydrangea, rhododendron, azalea, foxglove, holly and yew, and set off by a winding path of Morayshire stone and benches fashioned in Northern Ireland. Situated on city land, the garden broke ground in 2005 and has been open for several years. The queen will make no public remarks, but will stroll the path, escorted by the British ambassador to the United States, Sir Nigel Elton Sheinwald,” and other folks. Related: Only mad dogs and Englishwomen go out in 100-degree weather. (New York Times)

••• “Shortly after Robert De Niro and Mayor Michael Bloomberg affixed a sticker supporting the 9/11 Memorial to the front door of De Niro’s Locanda Verde restaurant last week, the sticker disappeared. After DNAinfo’s inquires, a new sticker appeared Thursday evening—not on the door, but on a side window, behind a pine tree and several bushes.” (DNAinfo)

••• “For a month before they were shipped out to parks and other public spaces around the city, 60 pianos in Sing for Hope’s ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ public arts project resided in the sprawling ground floor of the former AT&T Building at 32 Sixth Avenue. There they assumed their second identity as works of art.” (Tribeca Trib)


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