Seen & Heard: The Battery Park City Authority Finally Caved

••• The Battery Park City Authority acquiesced to the widespread demand that locals be allowed to speak at its board meetings. From state senator Daniel Squadron’s statement: “For months I’ve worked with community members and colleagues on a simple request: to allow the community to publicly comment directly on public issues that directly affect the Battery Park City community. Today, the Battery Park City Authority Board unanimously agreed to allow direct public comment, and release board meeting agendas in advance—instituting our request.” The rules, as per the BPCA:

—A public comment period will be scheduled during each BPCA Board Meeting at a time on the agenda determined by the Chairman.

—Anyone wishing to speak during the public comment period of a BPC Board Meeting should make a request via email to by no later than 5:30pm on the business day prior to the meeting. Requests should include either the agenda item on which they wish to comment, or a description of the matter(s) on which they wish to comment.

—Each speaker during the public comment period will be provided two minutes to provide his or her comments.

—There will be up to 10 speakers allocated time to speak during any public comment period.

—If there are more than 10 speakers, priority will be given on a first-come, first-served basis to those who have submitted comment requests. The BPCA Board reserves the right to prioritize comments that have not been previously raised.

••• Regarding the rumor of a raid on an ice cream truck outside Washington Market Park: “The truck apparently failed a health inspection so it was closed down for being unhygienic,” reports M. “Cops were there telling families who were trying to line up for ice cream to go the other truck in front of P.S. 234 because the one in question was ‘dirty.'”

••• I couldn’t make it to last night’s Community Board 1 Tribeca Committee—rather, I showed up at 5:50 p.m. only to find out it was at 6:30 p.m. this month, and the agenda proved less interesting than dinner—so I’ll try to find out about the agenda items that might have been of note. First is Tetsu at 78 Leonard; second is the “Proposed curb lane closures for showroom at 144 Duane” (below), which was a late addition.

144-duane••• Milliner Augustus Quartus Swanepoel posted a photo of the inside of Augustine on Instagram, presumably from the recent Vogue party.

••• T. sends word-and-image that Bluemercury took down the framed Town & Country cover with Ivanka Trump on it. (My husband thinks Ivanka is doing what any daughter would, but I think she’s getting a pass simply because she’s not as ill-mannered and flagrantly dim as the rest of them.)

bluemercury-magazine-by-t••• Took a walk around the World Trade Center mall the other day. Here’s a peek inside Épicerie Boulud, as well as signage for Joe Coffee and Neuhaus chocolate, both of which are on the passageway to Brookfield Place (upstairs and downstairs, respectively).

epicerie-boulud-at-westfield-wtc-mall joe-coffee-at-westfield-wtc-mall neuhaus-at-westfield-wtc-mall



  1. Glad the truck wasn’t the guy in front of PS 234 – he is awesome. Was just there yesterday.


    CB1 voted in favor of Tetsu contingent on stipulations