In the News: Downtown Freedom Trail

••• The Wall Street Journal covers Jacob Morris’s quest “to develop New York’s own Freedom Trail of slavery, the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad” (much of which is in Lower Manhattan). Photo by Bryan Thomas for the WSJ.

••• “Mayor Bloomberg dismissed efforts by the governors of New York and New Jersey to wrest more control of events and other decisions at the 9/11 memorial, saying such a move would improperly inject politics into the site.” —Wall Street Journal

••• Amish Market owner Adem Arici is in jail in Westchester, “charged with conspiracy to violate the Trading with the Enemy Act and witness tampering. The ‘enemy’ is Cuba and the trading, federal prosecutors allege, was investing in real estate in the country, where the U.S. has maintained a trade embargo since 1962. The government claims Arici tried to cover up his actions by telling a witness to lie to investigators.” —Tribeca Trib

••• “Trinity Church Begins Urgent Repairs to 18th-Century Graveyard Wall.” —DNAinfo

••• “Three empty hulks of South Street Seaport history are slated for rebirth in a very 21st-century way. They are a sad trio of four-story former counting houses at 104, 105 and 106 South Street, between Beekman Street and Peck Slip. If the developers, who plan to convert the buildings into a single 20-unit rental project, have their way, they will take two of the three buildings to new heights—seven stories.” —Tribeca Trib

••• “Husband and wife doctors and their two children leave Battery Park City for a year-long mission” in Haiti. They’re back. —Tribeca Trib

••• “Chalk one up for Con Edison in its battle over back rent with the mosque developer at 51 Park Place. The Post has learned that in June, State Supreme Court Judge Richard Braun upheld the $10.35 million appraisal price obtained by the utility, which it used to calculate the rent. Con Ed argues that it is owed $1.7 million in back rent and $47,437 a month in rent for the building that sits on its land. But Sharif El-Gamal, the Park51 Mosque developer, contends Con Ed’s math is bad and that it owes $881,519 in back rent and $25,875 a month going forward.”


1 Comment

  1. Bravo to Docs & kids Ashley & Jonathan.
    What a giving and productive way to teach their kids empathy.
    I’m in awe!