In the News: No Movement on Congestion Pricing

••• In other World Trade Center performing arts center news: “An announcement that nearly $300 million had been raised and the naming, Friday, of its first artistic director: Bill Rauch, who leads the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. […] Officials said that they hoped that the theater […] could open as soon as the 2020-21 season, and that they plan to produce multidisciplinary works there with many partners.” —New York Times

••• “A man who was hit over the head by a metal fire-escape step that fell seven stories in Soho has died.” It happened at Broadway and Howard. —New York Post

••• The New York Times digs into WeWork’s grand plans.

••• The New York Post found two people who say they’re concerned about Taylor Swift’s real-estate holdings on Franklin Street, neither of whom would be named, and built a story around them about how Swift and her neighbors have “bad blood.” Also, quoting from a website without linking is poor form.

••• Model Christie Brinkley is renting in northwest Tribeca. If you really care, the slideshow makes it clear which building. —Variety

••• “Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to curb Manhattan traffic and have drivers help bankroll the subways appears to be stuck in neutral—for now at least. The notion of using a street-level cordon to charge automobiles for entering Manhattan south of 60th Street was missing from the governor’s budget amendments released Friday—just as it was conspicuously absent from his budget address last month.” What is included: “Empowering the city to establish a pilot program to penalize drivers who block the box, permitting state agencies to study the role of buses in congestion and allowing the FixNYC panel to recommend changes to the city on the use of parking placards. The amendments also called on FixNYC to outline the logistics for installing tracking and charging mechanisms in all cabs and for-hire vehicles. Sources said creating a surcharge on all hired cars in Manhattan to help fund the MTA is a rare area of consensus in the state capital.” I’d love to see action regarding commuter buses and Chinatown buses. —Crain’s

••• “Gov. Cuomo and state lawmakers recently approved a $1 million grant to help Cadillac renovate a swanky office building in lower Manhattan [….] The luxury automaker spent $12.7 million to transform several floors at 30 Hudson St. in Soho ahead of the controversial September 2015 relocation of its headquarters from Detroit. […] The construction subsidy was approved by the obscure Public Authorities Control Board, composed of members appointed by Cuomo and the state legislature. The Jan. 24 vote to underwrite the “purchase and installation of furniture, fixtures and equipment” followed a brief presentation by an official from the Cuomo administration’s Empire State Development agency, which needs PACB approval for its spending. None of the board members asked any questions before rubber-stamping the request, according to an online video recording of the meeting.” (It’s 330 Hudson, by the way.) —New York Post