In the News: Pier 17 Redesign Approved

••• Shameful: “Even though African Americans make up just 3.1 percent of the population in Manhattan’s First Precinct, one square mile that includes Lower Manhattan as well as Soho and Hudson Square, blacks accounted for [57%] of the area’s Stop-and-Frisks in 2011, an NYPD study released Monday revealed.” —DNAinfo

••• “The City Planning Commission met this morning to take its official vote on the plans for the South Street Seaport’s Pier 17, and a tipster reports that the plans for a Pier 17 makeover were unanimously approved—with two modifications. The smaller one is that the pier must incorporate moorings for maritime use. The bigger one, which will please some anxious neighbors, is that there will be no rooftop Seaport signage.” —Curbed (rendering courtesy SHoP Architects)

••• “Pier A Project Delayed by Sandy; No Completion Date in Sight.” —Broadsheet Daily

••• Eater rounds up online reaction to American Flatbread Tribeca Hearth. Shouldn’t anyone who goes during the friends-and-family period be disqualified?

••• “The imam and former spiritual leader of an Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero [Park51] is accused in a new lawsuit of defrauding donors to his nonprofit organizations of millions of dollars, using the money for personal real estate, lavish trips and a luxury sports car.” —New York Times

••• “Apartment tower likely to sprout on LES Pathmark site.” —Crain’s

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