In the News: Methadone Clinic

••• In an article about gift wrapping, the Wall Street Journal loses track of why it exists checks in with near-champion wrapper Jacob Marshak, who has worked at Boomerang Toys.

By Ben Fractenberg (courtesy DNAinfo)

••• “The unveiling of a new city scaffolding design got off to a wet start Wednesday afternoon when the structure—called the ‘Urban Umbrella’—leaked water onto Mayor Michael Bloomberg during a photo-op outside 100 Broadway with its designers.” —DNAinfo

••• “A bunch of politicians promised last year to create a $100 million fund for Frank Gehry’s World Trade Center Performing Arts Center. [Needs a new name, stat!] The problem: the fund still needs a board of directors—and in order to qualify for Lower Manhattan Development Corporation funding, the board needs to be appointed by December 31. Mayor Bloomberg is waiting for Governor Cuomo’s input before he moves forward with the appointments.” —Curbed, digesting the Wall Street Journal

••• “Despite a series of deep budget cuts, school overcrowding around the city is not as bad as was originally expected, School Chancellor Dennis Walcott told parents at a town hall Wednesday. Walcott made the remarks as he shot down a proposal to turn the Department of Education’s headquarters at the Tweed Courthouse into a school in order to help relieve overcrowding in rapidly growing Lower Manhattan neighborhoods.” —DNAinfo

••• “Downtown residents slammed a proposal for a methadone clinic in their neighborhood on Wednesday, fearing it would increase crime in the area.Residents said they were alarmed to hear that Gramercy Park Services, which has run a substance abuse treatment center on Third Avenue for more than 40 years, wants to move to a 6,000-square-foot space at 90 Maiden Lane in the Financial District.” —DNAinfo

••• “Failed West Broadway condo conversion Tribeca 5 reopened last year [sic; it opened in October] as Tribeca Twelve, a Hazelden-run drug rehab center for young adults. Except, according to The Fix, there were a few problems. Until last Friday, for example, there was no certificate of occupancy, and the first residents were put up in nearby hotels instead. Since the facility received its C of O, four residents have moved in to the actual 283 West Broadway building.” —Curbed


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