In the News: Au Revoir, Dominque Strauss-Kahn

••• “Religious leaders are calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to reverse course and offer clergy a role in the ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Rudy Washington, a deputy mayor in former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s administration, said he’s outraged. Mr. Washington organized an interfaith ceremony at Yankee Stadium shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. ‘This is America, and to have a memorial service where there’s no prayer, this appears to be insanity to me,’ said Mr. Washington.” (Wall Street Journal)

••• “After criminal charges were dropped against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and his passport was expected back in hand soon, his tumultuous tenure in Tribeca appeared headed into its final hours. Perhaps the only people as delighted by that development were his neighbors.” Guess he won’t be attending the Sept. 10 hand-holding after all. (Wall Street Journal)

••• “The mortgage on Tribeca’s very arrested 5 Franklin Place changed hands in December 2010, with new owner Glacier Global planning to keep the project condo but scale back the flashy Ben van Berkel design. (One possibility on the table was this look from Montroy Andersen Demarco.) Before any of that happens, though, the property is going up for foreclosure auction. The auction’s scheduled for September 12, with a lien of $47,041,385, according to PropertyShark.” (Curbed)

••• “NBC New York has a time-lapse video of construction at the World Trade Center site, smashing eight years of work into eight minutes of video. The mesmerizing clip was compiled from stills shot by the ‘Earth Cam’ operated by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.” (Curbed)

••• UBS isn’t moving from Connecticut to New York City. (The Real Deal)

••• Crackdown on FiDi food trucks. (Midtown Lunch)

••• Midtown Lunch went to Sea World and ate a trashy sandwich. I still think Sea World is a wrong name for a seafood restaurant.


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