In the News: Cuomo Picks Outsiders for Battery Park City Board

••• “Amish Market director Michael Jording said he’s never seen his staff ‘come into work in such a happy mood as today,’ after the store reopened Thursday morning following a carbon monoxide leak that hospitalized 32 workers.” —DNAinfo

••• Amazon is buying Whole Foods. I’m not enthusiastic; I used to use now and again, but I find it impossible to navigate now that Amazon has absorbed it. —New York Times

••• “Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday nominated three new appointees to fill empty seats on the board of the Battery Park City Authority, one of whom is a part-time resident of Battery Park City [Louis Bevilacqua], another of whom lives elsewhere in Lower Manhattan [Catherine McVay Hughes], while the third has no direct connection to the community, but has extensive experience in real estate development and management [George J. Tsunis]. The two nominees who do not live in Battery Park City are, respectively, trusted friends of Authority chair Dennis Mehiel and BPCA president Shari Hyman.” —Broadsheet

••• A WWD article about Cote, the new Korean steakhouse from Piora owner Simon Kim says that his mother was the initial owner of Kori.

••• “A Russian-born billionaire has been parking his mega-yacht in front of the Statue of Liberty for the past two months—and seafarers say it’s blocking cherished views of the symbol of freedom.” Think of it as art, like “Fearless Girl.” —New York Post

••• “Starting this weekend, [Brooklyn Flea] is heading indoors for the summer at 100 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. As per usual, there will be 60 vendors hawking a bevy of merchandise, including vintage, antiques, jewelry, handmade goods and gifts. (The flea is open both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.)” I’m not sure how this impacts the plan to be involved at the Smorgasburg across the street. —Time Out



  1. It looks like there is work going on in the former NYSC space corner Reade and Greenwich. Any idea what they’re planning?

  2. Totally agree re: Amazon ruining! Not sure I like this Whole Foods news.