In the News: Hudson River Park BID

••• “Shaun Hergatt, who has been the executive chef and a partner in SHO Shaun Hergatt in the Setai condominium on Broad Street in the financial district, has announced that he will leave at the end of July, dissolving his partnership with Asher Zamir, the main investor in the restaurant and the developer of the building. […] Mr. Hergatt said that the restaurant’s name belonged to him and that he would use it on a future project, yet to be determined. […] ‘We are formulating various options now, with a different name, a different brand and a different chef,’ [said Zamir] He said that he expected the staff to stay on, and that he planned a seamless transition, without closing the restaurant.” —New York Times

••• The Hudson River Park Trust visited the Clinton/Hells Kitchen Land Use Committee: “The proposed Business Improvement District (BID) or, as it’s now being called, Neighborhood Improvement District is, apparently, the largest-scale BID (or NID) ever proposed, and would tax residential properties 7.5 cents per square foot (median assessment: $99) and commercial properties 15 cents per square foot ($499) in order to raise a Total Amended First Year Budget of $10,000,000, which is around one tenth of what the park actually needs for day-to-day operations/development/integrating the park with the community/other things.” —Curbed

••• “Cyndi Lauper’s car was pulled over by the cops on the West Side Highway as she filmed with a camera crew. Lauper, shooting her WE TV series, was on her way to Tribeca’s Il Mattone for a dinner on Tuesday night, but, a source says, ‘her SUV was pulled over by the NYPD for a routine check.'” —New York Post

••• One of the ways that Nate Ruess of the band Fun. has fun in New York City: “Drinking at the Beer Bar in Tribeca…. Something we like to do is called ‘ratting.’ Sitting outside and trying to look for rats.” Is there a bar in City Hall Park I don’t know about? —New York Daily News

••• The folks in the New York Times‘s “The Hunt” real-estate column considered Independence Plaza before ending up in Battery Park City.

••• “President Barack Obama thanked the construction workers rebuilding the World Trade Center and marveled at the progress on the site during a visit Thursday afternoon.” —DNAinfo

••• “Bloomberg Questions PATH Shutdown During Obama Visit.” —DNAinfo


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