In the News: FiDi Love Crime

••• “The shiny new Peck Slip School is already out of space. Play space. A 6,100-square-foot rooftop play yard, offering dazzling vistas of Lower Manhattan, was too cramped this first school year for the running and ball tossing of the school’s 270 students, according to Principal Maggie Siena. And the number of kids will more than triple when the school adds fourth and fifth grade classes.” —Tribeca Trib

••• It has been a while since we had a FiDi Love Crime…. “A lovesick New Jersey man showed up at the Financial District cafe where his ex-girlfriend works—armed with a knife and the lyrics to a Spanish love song—and stabbed her in the stomach and arm.” It was at Koyzina Kafe on William Street. —New York Post

••• Having bailed on Brookfield Place, Joël Robuchon decided to open on “two floors in a condominium tower under construction at 100 East 53rd Street [where] he plans a fine-dining restaurant similar to the ones he has in Las Vegas, Tokyo, Macao and Singapore.” —New York Times

••• Tracy Obolsky, whose desserts many of us remember fondly from North End Grill, is opening a bakery in teh Rockaways, where “she’ll offer wholesale baked goods for local businesses and have a takeout window, which will open at 6 a.m. to peddle coffee and biscuits for local fisherman. She’ll also drive a VW van to the beach to sell sandwiches and pastries.” —Grub Street

••• An exhibit at the NYC Department of Records and Information Services on Chambers looks at the Little Syria neighborhood once in Lower Manhattan. —Downtown Post NYC

Little Syria courtesy Arab American National Museum.



  1. Erik, I don’t know if I’m being overly socially correct, but something about a violent crime perpetrated on a woman by an ex-boyfriend being called a “love crime” just doesn’t feel right to me.

    • Guilty, although not quite as charged. The phrase is what it is, and I think this was fairly described as a love crime. What’s regrettable is the insensitive amusement I get not from amour fou in FiDi (which is funny!) but from a true-life story of someone hurting someone else, and it would be equally as offensive if the relationship in question was between two men or two women, or if a woman had hurt a man, or whatever. I will endeavor to be a better blogger.

      • Yeah, the phrase is what it is: an insenstivie unfeeling to the victim on an attempted murder which isn’t in the same neighborohood as “love” – you have a funny idea about what love is.

        I suppose with your pretzel logic an attempted rape is a “Love Crime”, too, cuz hey, rape isn’t worse than murder and it involves two people who were once in love, right?

        But keep justifying yourself, jerk.