In the News: Residents Demand Cuomo Sign Bill

••• Canal Street Market made New York magazine’s list of best Cheap Eats. (I’m feeling the cookies-and-cream at Davey’s Ice Cream, by the way.)

•••”More than 100 residents turned out on Thursday evening for a rally on the Esplanade, called to encourage Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that recently passed both houses of the State legislature, which would require that two seats on the board of the Battery Park City Authority be set aside for residents of the community.” —Broadsheet

••• The Wall Street Journal profiles Chambers Street Wines in an article about “how one Manhattan retailer is thriving.”

••• Movie producer Amy Pascal, who used to be the head of Sony Pictures, is summering on Desbrosses Watts. —New York Times

••• Made-up neighborhood names can be annoying, but New York State has more important things to worry about, right? Evidently not: “In the New York Legislature, a newly elected senator, Brian Benjamin, has sponsored a bill that would introduce a formal protocol for renaming a New York City neighborhood, which would involve the mayor’s office, the City Council and community boards. Beyond that, it would inflict penalties on real estate brokers who advertised a property in a neighborhood that was essentially a fiction.” What utter dipshittery. —New York Times

••• “As he waited in line for his order [at the McDonald’s at 160 Broadway], a 59-year-old Bronx man who tried to break up a fight between two women was attacked by them.” And more in the Tribeca Trib police blotter.

••• “A swath of Chinatown will be completely car-free for one day on Sunday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.” —Tribeca Trib

••• “Co-working provider Serendipity Labs Inc. has looked for quick expansion in the U.S. using franchise agreements and joint-venture deals. Now, a new agreement extends its reach to China. Serendipity Labs has joined forces with UrWork Venture Investment Co., a Beijing startup with a $1.3 billion valuation, to create a 34,000-square-foot location at 28 Liberty St. Expected to open in October, the new space gives UrWork, a rival to co-working giant WeWork Cos. in China, its first foothold in the U.S.” —Wall Street Journal



  1. Regarding the restriction on neighborhood names, if the city can prevent the spread of names like “Chibeca”, I’m grateful for that.

    • Not even Bill de Blasio can overrule the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

      • Try telling him that.

      • what does this have to do with de blasio? this ass hattery comes via albany…

        • This bill if enacted would involve the mayor directly.

          “Section 995. Neighborhood integrity. 1. No person or entity shall rename or re-designate a traditionally recognized neighborhood within a city with a population of one million or more, or in any way
          reconstitute traditionally recognized neighborhood boundaries, except as set forth in subdivision two of this section.

          2. The mayor, upon a majority approval of the city council, shall designate and direct a government office or agency to develop a process for the proposed renaming of any traditionally recognized neighborhood, or for the reconstitution of the boundaries of any such neighborhood. Such process shall require input from the community board or boards which represent such areas as established by the applicable city charter.”

          • …the process seems more like regular process once passed in city council…this iniative was in the news and not mayoral driven but instead started by the local council person.

  2. regarding Amy Pascal; her rental appears to be on Watts st, not Desbrosses