In the News: Possible 2012 Olympic Contender

By Doug Mills for the New York Times

••• Olympic swimmer Anthony Ervin, who has been teaching kids at Imagine Swimming in Tribeca, is trying to make the 2012 team: “This week he entered the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events, the usual double for a sprinter. Ervin finished 13th in the 100 semifinals Thursday night and did not advance to the final. In the 50, his specialty, the preliminaries and the semifinals will be held Saturday, with the final on Sunday night.” —The New York Times

••• “Public School 150 […] inhabits a culinary world of its own. During parent-teacher conferences, staff members are rewarded with homemade stratas, spiced bean chilies and exotic salads, courtesy of the school’s principal, Maggie Siena, who has a subscription to Cook’s Illustrated and a background in restaurant management. For big PTA meetings, dinner is a given. Japanese parents arrive with slabs of raw fish stuffed into giant sushi rolls. South American parents contribute marinated steak quesadillas. And in recent years, Suikerbrood, a sugar loaf spattered with ginger and cinnamon, has become a distinct favorite, thanks to a group of families from Holland.” —New York Times

••• “A man became stuck in a trash compactor in at 67 Wall Street Friday morning.” —DNAinfo

••• “The governors of New York and New Jersey are trying to wrest control from Mayor Michael Bloomberg over events and other decisions at the 9/11 Memorial, including the annual ceremonies marking the terrorist attacks’ anniversary, according to people familiar with the discussions between the city and the Port Authority. The proposal, strongly opposed by Mr. Bloomberg’s administration, has derailed an agreement to resume construction on the unfinished 9/11 Museum, which has hung in limbo since September.” —Wall Street Journal

••• “As part of the River to River festival, Smyth Tribeca will use one of its hotel rooms as a performance space for ‘Showcase’ by Richard Maxwell. It’s the story of a businessman preparing for a conference”—you can imagine the drama when he realizes he forgot to pack business cards—”and features Jay Smith and Bob Feldman. 7 p.m. Free. (RSVP is recommended,” —New York Daily News

••• “Some residents of Gateway Plaza are up in arms about a decision by the landlord to convert the complex’s swimming pool to an outdoor seasonal facility.” —Broadsheet


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