In the News: Lawsuit Opposing World Trade Center Security Zone

••• Good for them: “A group of Lower Manhattan residents is preparing to sue the New York Police Department over its security plan for the World Trade Center, saying that the plan will leave the center in ‘fortresslike isolation’ and the area around it ‘as impervious to traffic as the Berlin Wall.’ Chief among their objections, they said, was that the environmental impact statement about the plan ‘failed to explain and generally suppressed the N.Y.P.D.’s rationale for critical aspects of the plan based on a purported need for secrecy.'” That rendering sure doesn’t help the NYPD’s argument. —New York Times

••• Cuomo signed the bill allowing Hudson River Park to sell its air rights. —The Villager

••• Tribecans Stephanie Johnson and Dan Yashiv had a problem: “Their nanny, from Wisconsin, does not always know the difference between quinoa and couscous,” so their child wasn’t eating well. “So they called marc&mark, a new nanny-consulting service, to teach their daughter’s nanny a thing or two” about healthy cooking. First World problem solved! —New York Times

••• “New York’s Hudson Square neighborhood is getting a $27 million makeover thanks to funding from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the New York City Council and matching funds from the Hudson Square Connection Business Improvement District. […] The first phase will allow for a transformation of the park at Spring Street and Sixth Avenue, with new seating, lighting and trees; turning Spring Street, which connects Hudson Square to SoHo on the east and Hudson River Park on the west, into a “main street” with distinctive lighting; and installing visual noise ‘WalkNYC’ pedestrian signs throughout the neighborhood. Each new tree in the district will have expanded tree pits, tree guards and permeable pavement over structural soil, which will help retain storm water and mitigate sewer overflow after heavy rain. The first 30 trees will be planted by the end of 2013, with an additional 150 trees scheduled over the next 3 years.” —Commercial Observer

••• “Billionaire Jeff Greene has switched tactics in Hudson Square. Rather than build a 140,000-square-foot condominium project at 100 Vandam […] he has decided to sell the parcel for $150 million, or three times what he paid last year.” —The Real Deal

••• Bedbugs at a city office on 1 State Street? —New York Daily News (via Curbed)

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