In the News: The Banana Man

••• A very sweet profile of Abdulhamed Kharma, who sells fruit at W. Broadway and Park Place. Worth the read, and here’s where you can contribute to his college education. —New York Times

••• “More than 5,400 Ground Zero responders and others who lived, worked or went to school near the fallen Twin Towers have come down with 9/11-linked cancers, a grim tally that has tripled in the past 2.5 years.” —New York Post

••• Gothamist says the Shared Streets event on Saturday didn’t really work out because drivers ignored the 5 m.p.h. recommendation. (Thanks to Duane Street for pointing it out.)

••• New York Times class-warfare columnist Genia Bellafante hadn’t taken a swipe at Tribeca for a while, but she couldn’t resist sneering at “marketing executives in Westchester County and bond traders in Tribeca” in a apiece about the city golf course bearing Donald Trump’s name.

••• The New Yorker reviewed Le District.

••• You know those signs on Sixth Ave. lampposts that celebrate the nations of North, Central, and South America? There used to be 300 and now there are 22. —New York Times

Belize medallion on Avenue of the Americas NYC



  1. Unfortunately for the Banana Man, the GoFundMe link is apparently old and not working.

  2. as a resident who was told it was safe to move back after 911. ( I was actually out for 2 1/2 weeks) we were mislead. I have severe Asthma, had Melanoma an still treated and bad allergies. what about our grown children who are adults now? The VCF is not enough for the lies we were told “it is safe downtown”. All the Firemen, EMS, Police how terrible. our government mislead all of us.

  3. Shared streets needed help……its true that everyone was not going 5 miles….I walked around for 2 hrs. and saw normal speeds up to 40