In the News: Alexander Wang’s Sweatshop

Alexander Wang in his Tribeca home (photo by Maciek Kobielski for W; to read the story click Wang's name)

••• “Designer Alexander Wang […] ruthlessly runs a Chinatown sweatshop where workers are abused and exploited, a $50 million lawsuit alleges. Thirty workers claim they were forced to work 16 hours a day or longer—without overtime—in a suffocating, windowless, 200-square-foot room by the acclaimed fashionista, who earned a whopping $25 million in 2011. Wenyu Lu and dozens of co-workers charge that Wang, 28, and his brother Dennis Wang violated numerous New York State Labor Laws at their operation at 386 Broadway [between Walker and White].” —New York Post

••• The Broadsheet has details on Occupy Wall Street’s request to have a “rebirthing ceremony” at the Irish Hunger Memorial on March 17 (to be discussed at tonight’s meeting of the CB1 BPC committee). It’ll be done by 2 p.m., so if you have dinner plans at North End Grill—no, wait, that was me—you won’t have to worry. Unless, of course, the OWS folks decide to stay: “That structure has high stone walls on three sides with an interior courtyard accessed by a narrow corridor and iron gate,” someone at the NYPD told the Broadsheet. “There’s also a tall parapet on one side that is shielded by thick masonry. If even a small group wanted to barricade themselves inside, clearing that space could be a lot more trouble than we had at Zuccotti Park.” Then again, they could just go meet there right now—why put yourself through a CB1 meeting?

••• “The developers of the Artisan Lofts [143 Reade] condominium in Tribeca are facing a $6 million lawsuit from Fillmore Real Estate after they missed a deadline to complete construction and failed to make payments to their construction workers.” —The Real Deal

••• “The owners of One World Trade Center are planning to install a broadcast antenna in the 1776-foot building’s spire in a bid to lure some of the more than two dozen television and radio stations currently broadcasting from the Empire State Building.” —Wall Street Journal

••• “Police and a Hazardous Materials Team were on site at P.S. 150 Monday night, after a secretary opened an envelope containing a powdery substance. The substance was determined to be food-based, and school was open on Tuesday.” —Tribeca Trib


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