In the News: Luxury Night Out

••• “On Tuesday, Sept. 14, this reporter received a transatlantic phone call from a Cypriot investor. Harris Stasis was following up on an email alerting The Observer to a squatter’s rights struggle. And while such headaches are no novel nuisance in New York City, this one cited designer Rachel Roy, ex-wife of hip-hop mogul Damon Dash, as the squatter and their foreclosed-upon luxury Tribeca condo as the tousled-over abode. Less than two months after the 5,000-square-feet condo at the Atalanta at 25 North Moore was auctioned off for $5.5 million by Eastern Savings Bank, the buyer, Mr. Stasis’ One Platinum Company LLC, is taking Ms. Roy to court to evict her.”

La Maison du Chocolat is a participant in tomorrow’s Luxury Night Out

••• “You are cordially invited to peek in on and nibble at some of Wall Street’s crème de la crème emporiums tomorrow night, Sept. 23, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at an event called ‘Luxury Night Out.’ The retailers that have banded together to form the FiDi Association […] are offering free wine and cheese, complimentary massages, and free ties (with the purchase of a suit or jacket and trousers)….” (Broadsheet Daily)

••• NearSay, which is based in Tribeca—I had coffee with the founders David Pachter and Trevor Sumner yesterday, actually—get a quick profile in the Wall Street Journal.

••• Bloomberg‘s restaurant critic gives Plein Sud a half star: “Does a forgettable steak tartare or coq au vin evoke Cannes? Thai-style mussels mimicked the ones I often eat in Syosset, Long Island.” So the mussels are good? Because if you didn’t like them, you surely wouldn’t keep eating them, right?

••• “Downtown arts and community groups could soon receive a much-needed cash infusion, thanks to a new $17 million grant program. The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. announced Monday that local nonprofits could start applying for the grants, which are dedicated to projects that benefit lower Manhattan’s residents and workers. Applications are due Nov. 5, and the LMDC hopes to start writing checks by the end of the year.” (DNAinfo)

••• “In the wake of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s recent decision to free up more than $200 million previously set aside to reimburse utilities for expenses incurred after the 9/11 terrorist attack, numerous interest and advocacy groups have lined up hoping to get some funding. Among the first to make its case was the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) represented by attorney Isabelle Silverman, who testified before New York City Council’s Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment last Wednesday. Ms. Silverman highlighted the benefits of allocating a slice of the LMDC money to upgrading the heating systems in downtown buildings so that they would burn either natural gas or high-grade heating oil.” (Broadsheet Daily)
••• “The exhibit ‘Alfred Stieglitz New York’ that opened last week at the Seaport Museum (formerly known as the South Street Seaport Museum) is revelatory both about the photographer and about the city that was one of his chief subjects.” (Broadsheet Daily)

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