In the News: Private Streets Under Review by City

••• James commented yesterday about the Franklin Place contretemps: “There is currently a legally-mandated study underway by NYC Department of Transportation to study private streets for taking by the City. Perhaps the unit owners of 5 Franklin Place should contact the DOT to make sure their private street is included in the study. See AM New York‘s story from April 2017. See also Local Law 52 of 2017: ‘The department of transportation shall conduct a study of private streets that are not within its jurisdiction. As part of such study, the department shall obtain from each borough president and from the department of city planning the locations of private streets in the city, to the extent such information is available, and shall review the factors that may be considered or necessary for the acquisition of built private streets. Upon completion of such study, and no later than June 30, 2018, the department shall issue a report on the study’s findings to the mayor and the speaker of the council. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, any locations of private streets in the city obtained from each borough president and the department of city planning pursuant to such study.'”

••• Community Board 1’s new district manager is Lucian Reynolds, who most recently worked in the office of the Manhattan Borough President. —Downtown Express

••• “A Bronx man was busted for stalking supermodel Bella Hadid and harassing her with frightening online messages for months, police sources said Friday. The 21-year-old runway star spotted Brian Perez, 37, of Fordham Manor, lurking outside of her Tribeca apartment—which he had allegedly done several times before—and called for help on Thursday, according to cops.” —New York Post

••• Chinatown Ice Cream Factory “is facing eviction from its $1,000-a-month storefront over claims that it uses too much water.” The situation is a bit more complicated than that. —New York Post

••• “In celebration of National Bagel and Lox Day, Acme Smoked Fish and Zucker’s bagels [attempted] to set the Guinness record for the world’s largest bagel and lox. Their goal is a 250-pound fish and bread combo, three feet in diameter.” —New York Times

courtesy Acme Smoked Fish