In the News: Jeweler’s Death Ruled Homicide

••• The death of Omid Gholian, co-owner of the World of Gold N’ Diamond jewelry store, has been ruled a homicide. And that’s all we know at this point. —New York Daily News

••• Community Board 1 has indeed decided to eliminate most of its geographic committees (such as Tribeca, FiDi, and Seaport/Civic Center), and now there will be a “Licensing and Permitting Committee [to] handle applications for liquor licenses, outdoor cafes and street activities.” This is such a terrible idea. The L&P Committee meeting will go on for hours and hours and hours, and anyone from the public who decides to attend will have to sit through a dozen discussions that have no relevance to him/her. And, more selfishly, this means I’ll likely have to go to more than one meeting per month and an end to the Unofficial Minutes posts as we’ve known them. —Tribeca Trib

••• Curbed posted about the conversion of 49-51 Chambers (now being called 49 Chambers), saying it’s in FiDi (in the headline, no less), which probably made the developer cry. When the PR firm subsequently sent info this way, it said the project is in Tribeca, which is debatable. Anyway, here’s a photo of the triple-height banking hall, which will be home to amenities for residents. (Click it to see it larger.) I can’t help thinking that when the city sold the building, it should’ve found a way to keep this publicly accessible.

••• “The Punjabi Palaces of Wall Street Have the Power to Excite,” or so says Eater in a roundup of Indian lunch counters in FiDi.

••• “Multiple bridges and at least one tunnel that carry thousands of vehicles each day in Lower Manhattan are classified as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete by the federal government’s Department of Transportation. Among these are one leading into the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, two ramps serving the Brooklyn Bridge, and the viaduct that carries the FDR Drive between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Battery Underpass.” —Broadsheet

••• Gwyneth Paltrow chopped the price of her Tribeca loft to $9.95 million, and now the listing has lots of photos. Below: Do these people not have legs?. —Curbed