In the News: The Lack of Construction Oversight

courtesy the Battery Conservancy••• “The Battery Conservancy has announced that the two-acre plot of grass that has been fenced off from the public for the past year is poised to open at the eponymous park in June, and The Battery’s caretakers are inviting locals to a party to celebrate. The inaugural celebration of The Battery’s Oval lawn will be a two-day, alfresco fair on June 25 and 26, featuring 90 stalls where hometown businesses will sell goods as natural as the grass.” —Downtown Express

••• Q&A with chef Jose Garces of Amada, who has “rented an apartment in Battery Park, just a block from Amada. He bikes up the West Side Highway, swims in the Olympic-size pool at Asphalt Green and walks to Maison Kayser in Tribeca.” —Wall Street Journal

••• “As an agency tasked with coordinating Lower Manhattan’s more than 90 active construction projects is slated to shut down at the end of the month, local elected officials are continuing to push the city to keep what they say is necessary Downtown construction oversight—a call they say has so far been ignored.” —DNAinfo

••• “During the years when food importing was becoming a vital industry in the western part of Tribeca and textile wholesaling was taking over the eastern section, a few adventurous souls were setting up manufacturing concerns that proved surprisingly hardy. One of those innovators was Robert E. Dietz, whose lantern company became famous throughout the U.S.” —Tribeca Trib

••• Brushstroke now has a 600-calorie lunch. —New York Post