In the News: Solving the Aggressive Ticket Hawker Problem

••• Eater‘s cheap-food critic stops by Burger N Grill on Church Street: “Though naan is now the only bread, it’s a good tandoori naan, and the simple dishes on the steam table are sure to please, including a very nice goat curry, and a spicy stir-up of spinach and potatoes.”

••• “A welcome calm has settled over the tourist-heavy sidewalks and plazas around The Battery. Gone are all but a handful of the ticket hawkers, and with them their aggressive and oft-alleged deceitful ways. On Feb. 1, the final boat to use middlemen tour ticket sellers whose tactics drew unending complaints was evicted from its city-owned dock. The new peace follows a history of frustrated efforts by the NYPD and the city to reign in the use of sellers by cruise boat operators.” —Tribeca Trib

••• “On this week’s episode of Hypebeast Radio, we had a sitdown with Jonathan Pak, co-founder and buyer of Patron of the New. Jonathan and his mother, UCLA art school alumnus and interior designer Lisa Pak, curate and run the conceptual retail store out of Manhattan’s pricy Tribeca neighborhood, quietly tucked away from the hustle-and-bustle of nearby Soho. Jon says this was on purpose. ‘I love Tribeca,’ he says. ‘I prefer it to Soho, because to me Soho is turning into an outdoor mall right now.'”

••• “More than 700 residents of a Battery Park City residential complex [Gateway Plaza] have signed a petition protesting their landlord’s decision to separate them from two beloved concierges who between them have guarded their doors for more than half a century.” —Downtown Express

••• “Sweetcatch Poke—from the team behind the NYC outpost of Korean barbecue hotspot Kang Ho Dang Baekjong and Top Chef alum chef Lee Anne Wong—is beginning its expansion plan, with three new locations planned to open this spring.” That includes “a new 20-seat location at 125 Maiden Ln., near Pearl Street in FiDi on March 19 and a 10-seat location at 66 Kenmare St., between Mulberry and Mott streets in Nolita on April 1.” —Eater

••• “Paul Andrew has long been fashion’s favorite shoe designer. On Saturday, however, he will become something else, as his first women’s wear collection for Salvatore Ferragamo is unveiled.” He has an apartment in Tribeca. —New York Times

••• “The City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development is accepting applications for 30 new apartments now under construction (including studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units) in a luxury building at 60 Fulton Street (between Cliff and Gold Streets), which have been set aside at less-than-market rents for low- and moderate-income tenants.” —Broadsheet


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  1. That’s very encouraging news about getting rid of the “ticket hawkers” at last.

    Can’t a similar move be made to get rid of the scourge of counterfeit sellers around Canal (especially on Canal and Lispenard near Broadway)?