In the News: Party Insiders to Choose Squadron’s Successor

••• “​The city is moving ahead with plans to launch two more NYC Ferry routes next summer along the Lower East Side and The Bronx, and is seeking approval from the Army Corps of Engineers to build new docks. The future Soundview route will start at Clason Point in The Bronx and make one stop at East 90th Street on the Upper East Side before ending at Wall Street. The Lower East Side route will connect Long Island City, East 34th Street, Stuyvesant Town, Corlears Hook and Wall Street.” —DNAinfo

••• Jungsik now serves a $55 dessert tasting menu at its bar. —New York Times

••• “The question of who will succeed [former state senator Daniel Squadron] is complicated by the timing of his departure. If the Senator had announced his resignation in July, it would have been possible to hold a special election, in which the public would have decided on the nominee for the Democratic Party line in the September 12 primary election. While the ultimate decision of who will occupy Mr. Squadron’s former seat will be made by voters on election day in November, in the heavily ‘blue’ landscape of Lower Manhattan, the nomination of the Democratic party is usually tantamount to winning the November election, which usually makes the primary the real contest, with the actual election relegated to the status of a formality. […] That candidate will be decided upon not by the public, however. Instead, the nominee will be picked by two Democratic Party insiders: Manhattan Democratic chairman Keith Wright and Brooklyn County chairman Frank Seddio. (They will decide jointly because Mr. Squadron’s district straddles both Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront.)” —Broadsheet

••• “A driver parked his taxi to take a break in Soho.” (It was on Thompson, near Canal.) “He died behind the wheel. Then, for nearly a day, New Yorkers went about their lives—just feet from his body.” If you didn’t think there’s much more to be said about the incident, you underestimate the New York Times.

••• “A thrill-seeking man arrested for climbing a high-rise construction crane in the Financial District to snap photos laughed all the way to a police station house.” It was the 71-story crane at William and Fulton. “Cops had to scale the crane in order to get [him] down.” —New York Post

••• “Meet the designers behind Neely & Chloe [accessories brand] and tour their gorgeous Tribeca design studio.” —The Style Line

••• “The online Museum of UnCut Funk [has] traveling shows [that] include one of coins depicting black historical figures, on display at the Museum of American Finance.” —New York Times



  1. So Squadron, in his departure, played the same insider game he decried for years at the BPCA. In leaving the selection of his replacement in the hands of party bosses rather than voters, he has proven every bit as cynical as the folks he made a living out of criticizing. And he’s “one of the good ones”? Please.

  2. Jon – our local politicians are broke – of course they’ll go for the money.

    That’s the situation we’re left with.