In the News: Honoring the Former Head of Battery Park City’s Parks

••• Blouin Artinfo talks to Brazilian designer Carlos Motta; Espasso has a show of his work up through Oct. 12.

••• “The new head of Battery Park City’s parks, Bruno Pomponio, recently talked about maintenance, rats and clarified the organization’s structure after the recent ouster of its executive director.” —Downtown Express

••• This Sunday is the Battery Park City Block Party: “The guest of honor will be Tessa Huxley, the departing director of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, who was forced out of her job after 27 years of service by the Battery Park City Authority (which oversees the Conservancy) during the summer. Ms. Huxley will receive an award at the Block Party’s opening ceremony (which begins at 11:30 am) honoring her decades of service, innovation, and environmental stewardship.” —Broadsheet

••• This Saturday is Tribeca Trust’s temporary pedestrian plaza on W. Broadway. —Tribeca Trib

••• Press release (but it feels more like it belongs in an “In the News” post): “U.S. SENATOR SCHUMER, STATE SENATOR SQUADRON CALL FOR LMDC TO FUND NEXT PHASE OF PIER 42, SECURE FUTURE OF WTC PERFORMING ARTS CENTER.” That’s the subject line of the email—and it’s the way all politicians media people do it.

••• And here’s another press release (same reasons above): “The Alliance for Downtown New York announced more than one million square feet have been added to its free Wi-Fi network, bringing plans to provide access for the entire Lower Broadway corridor halfway to completion. In total, the Alliance now provides more than 3.7 million square feet of coverage throughout the district. The most recent addition to the network provides uninterrupted service on Broadway from the Battery to Trinity Church.”

••• Moody’s signed on for two floors at 1 World Trade Center, so the building is now “about 66%” leased. —New York Post