In the News: Proposal to Limit Tour Buses

••• Racked summarized a WWD article about Nordstrom:

“If you think about the country, and where we don’t have [full-line] stores, maybe you could argue [we should] have one in…lower Manhattan,” Blake Nordstrom said. “That’s it. We think we are in, for the most part, the key locations around the country.”

“It’s also easy to get excited about lower Manhattan,” Pete Nordstrom added. “We’re looking, but something opening downtown before 57th Street is highly unlikely. We don’t have anything downtown, but I wouldn’t dismiss it as a possibility.”

••• A recap of the many ways that the Battery Park City Authority has acted without concern for what residents might think. —Broadsheet

••• Press release: “Council Member Margaret Chin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will join community members on Friday, Oct. 16 at 1:30 p.m. to announce a new legislative effort to limit the number of sightseeing tour buses on congested streets. Unlike many licenses issued by the city Dept. of Consumer Affairs, there currently is no limit to the number of licenses issued to sightseeing tour bus operators.” Which is great, but for my money it’s the incredibly loud commuter buses that are really bothersome. (By the way, has anyone heard of an update about Chin’s proposal to reduce tourist helicopter flights?)

••• “The Union Square Hospitality Group will eliminate tipping […] by the end of next year.” (And that includes North End Grill.) From the announcement: “Once these changes are implemented, the total cost you pay to dine with us won’t differ much from what you pay now. But for our teams, the change will be significant. We will now have the ability to compensate all of our employees equitably, competitively, and professionally. And by eliminating tipping, our employees who want to grow financially and professionally will be able to earn those opportunities based on the merit of their work.” —New York Times.

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1 Comment

  1. What constitutes a “congested street?”And would there be any sort of enforcement. Currently tour buses park or stand wherever they find s spot, often in “no standing” or “no parking” areas. If those rules were enforced with fines, it might make those operators think twice about clogging streets.