In the News: Sheldon Silver in Hot Water

Svenson171••• The New York Post writes about how Arne Svenson’s neighbors aren’t happy about being photographed. There’s nothing new here except this: “Experts in privacy law said the residents will have more luck in a civil case rather than a misdemeanor criminal proceeding, because their faces aren’t fully visible.” Calling it an exclusive is either brazen or indicative of an inability to use Google.

••• Ever wondered how Colin Quinn feels about his studio apartment at 50 Murray? Feast on the New York Post‘s article.

••• “The owners of Bin No. 220, a wine bar, and Keg No. 229, a craft-beer haven, still hope to reopen their storm-damaged original locations on historic Front Street in August but, in the meantime, they’ll launch a smaller temporary outpost on [Pier 17] starting Memorial Day weekend.” —DNAinfo

••• The Tribeca Trib‘s police blotter has info on thefts of a motorcycle, two wallets, and a pocketbook.

••• The penthouse at 55 Warren is now $14 million, which still seems rather optimistic. —Curbed

••• Curbed has (66!) photos of the three model units at 93 Worth. I actually went and saw them last week, you may recall, but as nice as they were—and they were!—it didn’t seem like a story, seeing as how the building is 85% sold. Guess I missed that one—if nothing else, it’s proof I don’t kowtow to advertisers. Left: The dramatic lobby-in-progress.

••• The Historic Front Street development—and the restaurants and other businesses at street level—are apparently still delayed because the Durst Corporation had installed a geothermal system underground, and Sandy wiped it out. The earliest the restaurant can hope for is August. The main focus of the piece if pizzeria Il Brigante, and somewhat oddly, the owner won’t disclose hr name. —Serious Eats (via Eater)

••• “Trying to beat back salacious allegations against his client, the lawyer for creepy Assemblyman Vito Lopez dropped a bombshell, accusing Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of inappropriate personal conduct. ‘It is no secret, except perhaps from the public, that stories of the speaker’s serial and sometimes overlapping personal relationships with his own staff have long circulated in Albany,’ attorney Gerald Lefcourt wrote in a letter to a state ethics panel. […] Wednesday was an all-around bad day for Silver and top Assembly officials, who were portrayed by the ethics commission and in another investigation by special prosecutor Dan Donovan as being more concerned with protecting the Assembly’s reputation than halting Lopez’s sexual harassment of staffers.” —New York Daily News

••• That big storm last weekend may have been a gustnado, and yes, that’s a real word. —Broadsheet

••• Curbed has a rendering of the 34-story Pace dorm coming to 33 Beekman.

••• “The city is expanding the free weekend IKEA ferry service. From May 25 to September 2, the ferry will depart from Pier 11 downtown every 25 minutes (currently it’s every 40 minutes), and it will stop at Van Brunt Street in addition to the IKEA pier.” —Curbed, summarizing DNAinfo


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