In the News: Lead Levels at Local Schools

••• A partner* in Belle Reve is accusing his other partners of… bad management, I guess. “Chef Paul William Gerard says in Manhattan Supreme Court papers that […] his partners—Vincent Vitek, William Gilroy and Patrick Fahey—never took the business seriously, instead turning the joint into a regular bacchanal by hiring staff ‘known to have substance-abuse problems’ and ‘actively encourag[ing] the restaurant’s employees to drink and disturb patrons at the premises during work hours, often as early as 1pm,’ the suit says. This led to a brawl between staffers and patrons at one point, and as a result, the business lose clientele, Gerard’s suit says. [….] (*”Partner Patrick Fahey called the allegations ‘false.’ He added that Gerard’s ownership interest in the business was ‘not a clear-cut thing.'”) —New York Post

••• “Following a report in Downtown Express that eight out of 10 public schools in Lower Manhattan have tested positive for dangerous levels of lead in their water, state Senator Daniel Squadron has rallied Downtown elected officials to demand full transparency about the problem from the Department of Education.” —Downtown Express

••• It’s a twofer on Daytonian in Manhattan: 150 and 152 Chambers, “twins born years apart.”

••• “An obsessed fan of pop singer Taylor Swift lurked around her luxurious Tribeca condo building for the past three months—including on her roof—in the hopes of landing a face-to-face meeting with the star, court papers allege. [One time he] allegedly rang Swift’s door buzzer for an hour straight in a desperate attempt to make her acquaintance.” —New York Post

••• Thefts and robberies in the Tribeca Trib police blotter.

••• Saja Wedding’s Tribeca showroom is included in a roundup of places for readily available wedding dresses. —New York Times

••• “A map circa 1740 by John Carwitham is believed to be the first one to credit Henry Hudson with his eponymous river. The map is for sale and will be exhibited at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory.” Below: A detail of the Lower Manhattan part, courtesy Martayan Lan Rare Maps & Books. New York Times


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  1. While the North River name was prevalent for a long time, the same book quoted by the Times about the Hudson River also includes two maps referring to “Hudson’s River” that predate this one, including the Duke’s Plan of 1664. There are other such examples available at the NY Public Library Digital website.