In the News: Poppa Neutrino

By Michael Shavel (courtesy New York Times)

••• What a life: The New York Times obit for David Pearlman, a.k.a. Poppa Neutrino, who lived for a while on a boat tied off Pier 25.

••• Also: Jerry Saltz remembers artist Dennis Oppenheim, who had a studio here (and who died last week). (Artnet)

••• “Some gay advocates are airing concerns about the new imam who’s joined [Park51]. In a lecture Imam Abdallah Adhami sells on the Internet, he offers the following explanation for the existence of homosexuality: ‘An enormously, overwhelming percentage of people struggle with homosexual feeling because of some form of violent emotional or sexual abuse at some point in their life. Again, not necessarily in their childhood…. A small, tiny percentage of people are born with a natural inclination they cannot explain. You find this in the animal kingdom on some level as well.'” (NY1)

••• “With the demolition of the former Deutsche Bank tower at 130 Liberty Street crawling towards its completion in the next few weeks, a question arises: What will replace it? The Port Authority will use the site as a staging area for construction of its underground vehicle-screening garage for the World Trade Center, a project scheduled to be finished in late 2012. In the meantime, the Authority, city and state officials and the public will be weighing in on the site’s future […].” (Tribeca Trib)

••• “Fatty Crew overlord Zak Pelaccio tells [Grub Street] he and Kevin Pomplun are in the process of turning the former Picnick and Picnick Smoked kiosks in Battery Park into a kiosk ‘tentatively titled’ Fatty Snack, and a mobile version of Fatty ‘Cue, respectively. ‘[Fatty Snack will] serve soft-serve ice cream and cold sandwiches. Nothing cooked,’ Pelaccio explains. ‘I want to do delivery to businesses down there.'”

••• Serious Eats waxes rhapsodic about Takahachi Bakery.

••• A long recap of the CB1 town hall with teachers’ union president Michael Mulgrew. (Broadsheet Daily) Also: Another potential solution to the Winter Garden staircase situation.

••• The Parks Department is considering doubling the price of an adult seasonal tennis permit, from $100 to $200. (Wall Street Journal)

••• St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford got his hair cut at bro-salon John Allan’s Tribeca. Or maybe he was just interviewed there about his haircut. Whatever. (ESPN)


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