In the News: Scaffolding Accident

•••”Everyone on Nassau Street knew Michael Rogalle. The 58-year-old UPS worker from Teaneck, N.J., had the same route for three decades and he learned the names of everyone he met, from the restaurant workers to the babysitters pushing strollers, residents said. So the community was devastated on April 17 when an SUV jumped the curb on Beekman Street and crushed Rogalle against an office building. He died of internal injuries five days later, his family said.” —DNAinfo

••• The New York Times drops in on the long-running “Dream House” installation, which I was just mentioning.

••• “Before each screening in the Tribeca Film Festival, trailers tout various festival sponsors. Usually the audience ignores the spots, but one highlighting Brookfield Office Properties, the owner of the park where Occupy Wall Street took root last year, has led to a nascent protest by a small group of filmmakers and their supporters.” Because the TFF is somehow not aligned with corporate interests…? —New York Times

••• “Three workers fell from a sidewalk shed at a construction site erected outside a building on Broadway Thursday, officials said. The victims were hurt at 366 Broadway just after 9 a.m., an FDNY spokesman said. The workers’ injuries were not serious.” —DNAinfo

••• The Broadsheet has an item about the Maserati boat docked in North Cove Marina.

••• “Forgive me, but the question that lingers longest in my mind after seeing that the ‘2,200 sq ft’ Manhattan loft #5E at 56 Warren Street just sold for $2.35mm, is how did they take that bathroom picture without the photographer being reflected in the mirrors? […] You are in the ‘one-of-a-kind bathroom’ (this babble does not lie), facing a mirrored wall above the mirrored bathtub with the long back wall of the bathroom (also mirrored) to your right and the wood-paneled wall of closet behind you (of course, that wall has a small mirror). The red thing suspended from the ceiling? An artfully tied shower curtain, of course. I don’t know what to say about the flooring, so I won’t. I can’t be certain, but I think the ropes that subtly hang down the middle of the floor-to-ceiling glass walls are pulls for blinds or shades. (I really hope so.)” —Manhattan Loft Guy, in rare form!



  1. Finally… a story about an individual who isn’t part of the elite. Man… I hope he becomes well.

  2. @supbron: If you mean Mike the UPS man, too late. He died. And we who were on his route are all devastated. He was a friend to all of us, not just a service provider. When he was off on vacation and we had a sub, there was a real difference. Mike was a very interesting guy–a bow hunter who went after venison, in season. His ethnic background was French, and he and I often chatted about cooking classic French dishes. And other dishes, too–he loved to cook. He will be missed a lot.