In the News: Are You Smoking?

••• “New York City police monitoring a social media-fueled protest in Manhattan’s Financial District have charged demonstrators with violating an obscure, 150-year-old state statute that bans masked gatherings.” —Wall Street Journal

••• “Pearson P.L.C., the publisher of The Financial Times and Penguin Group books, will relocate to Hudson Street by summer 2014, the company and Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday. The London-based firm will relocate 600 jobs to 330 Hudson St. from Saddle River, N.J. and White Plains, N.Y. and plans to create additional media and technology jobs.” —DNAinfo, following up on this item

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••• “While shooting on Chambers and Church streets in Tribeca, [Dutch photographer Peter Funch] noticed someone reading, another talking on the phone and a third person smoking a cigarette. ‘I thought it would great if everybody was smoking in one photo,’ Funch said. ‘I put it together in the computer, and it was magical to see what it did when everybody in the photo did the same thing. It was like adding fiction to documentary.'” There’s a show of his work. —Time

••• Nathan Kensinger has a neat photo essay on “ghost town” aspects of Governors Island. —Curbed

••• “The Peck Slip Post Office is moving to John Street as soon as this coming spring to make way for Downtown’s new elementary school, the US Postal Service announced this week.” —DNAinfo

••• As a video stunt, Zagat “decided to give Shaun Hergatt, chef-owner of SHO Shaun Hergatt, a school-themed plating challenge featuring the ubiquitious cafeteria meal: Lunchables.” (via Eater)

••• “The new managers of the struggling Seaport Museum New York have committed to reopen the 19th-century print shop Bowne & Co. Stationers, advocates said this week.” —DNAinfo

••• Guess who was featured in BlockByBlock‘s slideshow of hyperlocal websites’ “newsrooms”?


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