In the News: La Colombe and Haiti

by Jesse Neidler for the Wall Street Journal

••• “Once one of the largest coffee producers and exporters in the world, Haiti’s long history of economic and political chaos, combined with deforestation, left the industry ailing. In recent years, coffee exports have been miniscule and declining, less than 0.008% of world exports, according to the International Coffee Organization. La Colombe Torrefaction, a coffee roaster with cafes in New York and Philadelphia, is hoping to change that, partnering with a cooperative in Haiti to put island brew back in U.S. cups again.” (Wall Street Journal)

••• “The head of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum plans to market the museum at a convention, raising concerns among some 9/11 victims’ family members about the potential commercialization of the World Trade Center site.” See that horse in the distance? It left the barn about five years ago. That the World Trade Center site would become part of the entertainment-industrial complex, non-profit division, was inevitable. (Wall Street Journal)

••• “Turns out the plans for several floors of 1 World Trade Center were posted for download on the Department of Finance website. Whoops! The plans show the locations of entrances and exists, mechanical rooms, ventilation shafts, and the point where the PATH tunnels pass under the building. The Port Authority said sensitive information was removed from the plans before posting and blamed architectural consultants Beyer Blinder Belle for the fear-level-raising “confidential” stamp across the documents.” (Curbed, distilling an article in the Post)

••• “To applause from Sheldon Silver’s Schools Task Force, Dennis Walcott announced that a new school at Peck Slip will be a ‘reality.’ But the group warned that it won’t solve overcrowding.” (Tribeca Trib)

••• “This year’s [Battery Park City Block Party] will take place on September 28, from 11 am to 7 pm, on the Esplanade.” (Broadsheet Daily)

••• “Bari, Tribeca’s new barre studio, is as committed to the arts as it is to your core. Evidence? Two artists collaborated on the studio’s totes, and to say they didn’t cut corners is a massive understatement.” (Well + Good)


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