In the News: BPCA’s One Local Board Member Has Resigned

••• Martha Gallo, the lone resident of Battery Park City to be on the board of the Battery Park City Authority, has resigned. Her statement:

It is with gratitude that I depart the BPCA Board, after more than six years of service to a community I care deeply about – and always will. I thank Governor Cuomo for his trust and Chairman Mehiel for his capable leadership of BPCA during my Board tenure. To my fellow Board members as well—thank you for the diverse experience, expertise, and sound judgement you consistently brought to bear in achieving the Authority’s mission. And a special thanks to BPCA President Shari Hyman, and the entire BPCA staff, for their commitment to the community. It’s been a privilege to help lead an organization on the forefront of issues of critical local importance, such as the resiliency plan now being developed to protect BPC residents and property from the threat of future storms. My intent was to serve the three-year term of my initial appointment; after twice that time I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished, and even more confident in the future of Battery Park City. I wish the Board continued success in guiding the agenda for a neighborhood that’s second to none.

••• “The new public school planned for 42 Trinity Place, in the Financial District, is now likely to open up to three years behind its originally proposed schedule,” which means fall of 2022. —Broadsheet

••• A New York Times article on the rise of serious coffee in Midtown includes “Little Collins, a tiny Australian-style cafe [….] Before Leon Unglik opened the cafe in 2013, he was a corporate lawyer in Midtown and was quite depressed by his coffee options. ‘I found the lack of a good coffee to be frustrating and unbearable,’ he said recently, sitting at one of the narrow tables in the packed cafe as a line of hungry office workers snaked out the door. After establishing a ‘very serious’ espresso setup at his Tribeca apartment and regularly knocking back a few shots to load up for the day, he took matters into his own hands.” The piece ends with a lament about coffee near 1 World Trade Center, but Nobletree should change that.

••• “Pino Luongo, a pioneer in popularizing Tuscan cuisine in America, is branching out to Soho. Luongo, who runs the successful Morso on East 59th Street, has signed a lease to launch an eatery in the former Milady’s bar space at 160 Prince St., at the corner of Thompson.” —New York Post

••• “The Rockaway ferry will set sail May 1, a full month ahead of schedule, city officials said Thursday. The official name for the new service will now be NYC Ferry, not Citywide Ferry. The route, which will take passengers from the new dock on Beach 108th Street to the Brooklyn Army Terminal and then Pier 11 at Wall Street, is the first of the new ferry routes to launch.” —DNAinfo


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  1. Oh the bpca..bring on the pitchforks and torches…