In the News: Pasanella’s Rebound

••• “Hurricane flooding of the Battery Park City ball fields already brought an early end to the Downtown Soccer League season. Now, it appears, the Downtown Little League season will be affected as well. A letter to the [Tribeca] Trib from the lead member of the ball fields’ design team who inspected the fields has raised questions about the upcoming season.”

••• The New York Times has a long profile of Marco Pasanella of Pasanella & Son about Sandy and its aftermath. Of note: “Among other precautions, Mr. Pasanella removed the store’s centerpiece and trademark, a 1964 Fiat Giardiniera, to the safety of a garage in Westchester.” And this very nice extended quote: “You have to put this all in perspective. People didn’t die here. I get it. But I don’t know if the city has quite figured out how to respond. Neighbors without flood insurance are asking, ‘Where’s the money?’ At some point I think there will be some. But I don’t want to be relying on a grant or loan, a handout. The heart of the business is the people. I didn’t start the store because I thought it would be rah-rah community. But what I miss is starting to dawn on me. The dozens of people you see every day and talk to, who bring their dogs, are just not here. Having an extended community is not insignificant.”

••• “The John Street post office reopened for P.O. Box holders but didn’t offer its promised package pickup.” There’s even a slideshow, if you’re hungry for visuals. —DNAinfo

••• A New York Times article on people who coveted certain addresses and ended up living there includes real estate broker Barrie Mandel, who bought 25 Harrison in 1994 for $550,000.


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