In the News: Fake Grenade at the World Financial Center

••• “Antonio Fermin, who has performed at Carnegie Hall and worked as a piano teacher, was arrested and pleaded guilty […] to illegally receiving $17,815 in Section 8 housing funds from July 2004 to September 2009, after failing to disclose he owned a three-bedroom, 2,700-square-foot hideaway on wooded Ranch Court in Sagaponack, court records showed. He used the money to pay for a two-bedroom apartment in Independence Plaza, which, at that time, was Mitchell-Lama low-income housing. He was already paying a subsidized, below-market $1,000-a-month rent for an apartment at the Tribeca complex that normally costs about $3,400.” —DNAinfo

••• A New York Times article about New York Ranger Brad Richards says that his teammate, defenseman Michael Del Zotto, also lives in Tribeca.

••• Then again, the New York Times also said that Matt Bernson opened his new store “at the same Tribeca location that has housed his design studio for six years,” which would certainly be news to Capucine.

••• “Community Board 1 got an infusion of fresh talent in April. As part of the panel’s annual appointment cycle, three new members joined the board: Adam Malitz, Tammy Meltzer and Linda Gertsman will replace Tiffany Winbush and Peter Glazer, who were not reappointed, and Elizabeth (Liz) Williams who decided not to reapply.” —Broadsheet

••• “One World Trade Center has a logo.” —Wall Street Journal

••• “Hidrock Realty, a New York developer, bought a vacant lot near the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan where it plans to build a 300-room hotel. The property at 133 Greenwich St. was purchased in a joint venture with Robert Finvarb Cos. for $27.9 million […]. The partners plan to spend an additional $70 million to develop the 28-story hotel, which is slated to open in 2015.” Maybe Downtown Alliance will do a map showing all the hotels in the works. Because it’s out of control.New York Post

••• Someone left a “novelty grenade” at the World Financial Center, which was evacuated as a result. —@Breaking911. UPDATE from DNAinfo: “Police determined that the suspicious device was a grenade-like novelty item mounted on a plaque with a sign: ‘Complaint Dept. Pull Pin,’ the NYPD said on Twitter.”


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