In the News: Katherine Heigl vs. Duane Reade

••• Actress Katherine Heigl served Duane Reade “with a $6 million-plus lawsuit Wednesday alleging she was photographed without consent by paparazzi outside one of its Manhattan stores—and that Duane Reade then brazenly misused the image for its own advertising.” And that’s exactly why I don’t visit the Duane Reade across from the Greenwich Hotel unless I know I’m looking good. —New York Post

••• A proprietor involved with Barleycorn, the big beer bar coming to Park Place, had this to say to the Commercial Observer: “There are people living down there with nowhere to go. We’re hoping to give them what they need—a nice night out without having to travel far away.” That explains the 70 beer lines.

••• From a Curbed post about a hotel on Bryant Park: “Meanwhile, Gemini Real Estate Advisors’ Seaport project is a conversion of a former Best Western at 33 Peck Slip. Atelier & Co. is on board there, too, this time working with MLG Architects on the design. The 72-roomer will open in mid-2015.” The post is recapping a Wall Street Journal item that says it’ll be 72 rooms, as it is now.

••• “A transformer fire inside a manhole on Broadway between Walker and White streets on Tuesday caused the closure of two lanes of Broadway and shut down a heavily trafficked block of Walker Street for most of the afternoon.” —Tribeca Trib

••• Community Board 1 has four new members. —Downtown Express

••• Community Board 2 “wanted to know if the tenants of the affordable apartments [in the new building set for 261 Hudson] have access to such things as the gym and the computer room. ‘This could potentially be a tale of two cities within an individual building,’ said CB2 District Manager Bob Gormley.” Rather like an Independence Plaza. Wait, what’s a computer room? —Curbed

••• The East River Ferry is now $6 one-way on weekends. —Downtown Express

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