In the News: Duane Park Sukkah

••• The New York Times recapped the sukkah-in-Duane-Park controversy and went to legal experts for opinions. I like this one: “Arthur Eisenberg, legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said one widely accepted principle is equality: The government cannot discriminate against groups that seek access to the park, cannot ‘favor some religions over others” and “cannot privilege nonreligious expression over religious expression.'” Or vice versa, presumably.

••• The Wall Street Journal has an item on it (via the AP) that gives pronunciations for sukkah, Sukkot, Chabad, and even Tribeca.

••• “The activists protesting against American financial institutions in Lower Manhattan have had an unlikely host for their eight-day-old encampment: Brookfield Office Properties Inc., a giant office landlord more accustomed to housing big banks than anti-capitalist agitators.” Brookfield owns Zuccotti Park, which means it’s unclear what the legal ramifications are. —Wall Street Journal

••• “High-end stores across the Financial District are offering special deals Monday evening for the second annual Luxury Night Out.” —DNAinfo

••• BPC ball fields reopened. —DNAinfo

••• “The owners of a huge apartment complex in Tribeca who have been battling middle-income tenants for years have cut a deal that solves a major problem they were facing with lenders. Last month, a venture led by Stellar Management received a two-year extension of $265 million in senior debt tied to Independence Plaza, a 1,332-unit red- brick property with unobstructed views of the Hudson River, according to Trepp LLC, a real-estate research firm that tracks commercial mortgages. The mortgage had been set to mature on Aug. 9. The extension gives Stellar, a New York-based firm led by Laurence Gluck, breathing room….” —Wall Street Journal


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