In the News: Whole Foods Testing Discount for Amazon Prime Members

••• “Whole Foods just hinted at giving Prime members a 10% discount. A Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas, briefly tested banners proclaiming 10 percent discounts for members of Amazon’s increasingly powerful Prime service. One of the banners told Amazon Prime members ‘blue signs mean special deals just for you, yes you.'” I object to having class levels at the supermarket—and even more to inadequate punctuation. —CNBC

••• “There was little about congestion pricing in the state budget negotiated Friday by Mr. Cuomo and state lawmakers despite months of lobbying by advocates, a six-figure media campaign, and rallies by transit riders. The most significant development was a new surcharge that will be tacked on to every ride in for-hire vehicles in Manhattan south of 96th Street: $2.50 for yellow taxis; $2.75 for other for-hire vehicles, including Ubers and Lyfts; and 75 cents for car pool rides such as Via and UberPool.” Penalizing the people who live here rather than the outsiders who travel through…. —New York Times

••• New York magazine’s spring restaurant preview says that Holy Ground, on the lower level of the former Super Linda space, will open this month: “Pitmaster Franco Vlasic’s seasonal barbecue pop-up Fort Gansevoort gets a permanent home in Tribeca, courtesy of restaurateur Matt Abramcyk, who’s calling the new subterranean venture a ‘meat speakeasy.’ In addition to slow-smoked ribs, brisket by the half- or full pound, and pork shoulder ‘pulled tableside,’ there will be sophisticated vegetable sides, steakhouse-style mains, and classic cocktails.”

••• Great to see John Larson of Water 4 Dogs in a New York Daily News article about a German shepherd that had to gnaw off its own leg.

••• “The city is studying a gondola that would run from lower Manhattan to Governors Island, Crain’s has learned. The Economic Development Corp. has hired engineering firm AECOM to look at the feasibility of running a line between the two islands, according to several sources aware of the selection. The idea has been proposed before, but reexamining an aerial transport system is likely in anticipation of big changes at the 172-acre outpost.”

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