In the News: Cigarette as Weapon

••• A weird-even-for-the-Styles-section article on rich people’s changing attitude toward high-end runs mentions Joseph Carini Carpets and Fort Street Studio. (Photo by Claudine Williams for the Spotlight Q&A with Joseph Carini.) —New York Times

••• “A 37-year-old Battery Park City woman was smoking a cigarette outside [Reade Street Pub & Kitchen] when a barefooted man assaulted her, putting a lit cigarette to her eye, causing pain and burns to her top and bottom eyelids. A 30-year-old man was arrested and charged with 2nd degree assault.” Also in the Tribeca Trib police blotter: thefts.

••• “CB1 Compiles Census of Rent Regulated Apartments in Lower Manhattan.” —Broadsheet

•••A New York Times article on how Amazon is changing Whole Foods includes this: “This month, Amazon allowed people to buy thousands of different items from Whole Foods have them delivered by Prime Now, a speedy Amazon delivery service that uses contractor drivers in their personal cars. The service, available only for Amazon Prime members, offers free two-hour delivery of orders and one-hour delivery for $7.99 on orders over $35. (Driver tips are optional.) Amazon introduced Prime Now delivery for Whole Foods stores in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach. The company said it would expand the service to rest of the country in 2018.” What about the congestion/environmental ramifications of all these “contractor drivers”?

••• “Fourteen Questions for BPCA President Benjamin Jones.” —Broadsheet

••• The New York Times‘s narcissism columnist makes a compelling case for the facial massage that Thuyen Nguyen of FaceXercise offers at Aqua: “My fine lines were no longer visible, and my skin looked so good that a friend later asked me what highlighter I was using when I wasn’t wearing any makeup. But these were mere bonuses after the pleasure of the treatment.”

••• “It seems Dean Winters, known for appearing in ‘Oz,’ ’30 Rock’ and a series of Allstate ads, has just bought a $3.49 million Tribeca condo, according to city records.” —New York Post



  1. “What about the congestion/environmental ramifications of all these “contractor drivers”?”

    Excellent question, and one that needs to be addressed more generally, regarding Über, taxis, and even regular old private cars. The time for congestion pricing and graduated fuel taxes is nigh.

    • I agree!!! Congestion pricing would be the best thing for our ‘hood and our city as a whole! Its about time we fight the congestion and air pollution that’s a result of all these cars on the road.

    • It will just be passed on to consumers. The congestion pricing is fool’s gold; until the MTA can prove it can manage and budget appropriately, all this is is merely another cash grab so they can band-aid their finances.

  2. Amazon also kills the environment with all its packaging. By encouraging, lots of shipments and individual boxes. No outcray!

    • I have been wondering about this very question recently myself, as a frequent Amazon shopper. I generally buy locally, and reserve Amazon for special items (including certain eco-friendly and non-animal-tested cleaners; food items I can’t find locally; tech items, and books where I want to have the physical version rather than just buying the e-book; etc).

      The answer of whether Amazon shopping is better or worse for the environment depends on the alternative, especially, whether the purchaser would have to drive to a store to buy the items themselves otherwise.