In the News: Harvey Weinstein Turned Himself in at the 1st Precinct

••• “Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surrendered to the New York Police Department in lower Manhattan on Friday to face sex-crime charges​​related to a 2004 allegation by aspiring actress Lucia Evans as well as one other accuser, according to a law-enforcement official. Just before 7:30 a.m.,​ ​Mr. Weinstein, dressed​ in a blue sweater and black suit jacket, exited a black SUV and walked into the 1st​ precinct surrounded by detectives.” —Wall Street Journal

••• “A drunken man who had jumped into the Hudson River near Pier 25 Wednesday evening tried to fight off Good Samaritans attempting to save him before finally being pulled from the water, one of his rescuers said.” —Tribeca Trib

••• “The city is pushing a zoning change creating more hurdles for hotel developer in the outer boroughs and parts of Manhattan, but [members of Community Board 1] fear the move would just push even more hotels into Lower Manhattan.” —Downtown Express

••• “The 200-year history of the former house at 325 Canal St is hidden by neglect, graffiti and disrespect.” —Daytonian in Manhattan


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  1. Hotels are now effectively the only residential use (albeit short-term) permissible in manufacturing districts without variances. That is what produced the Trump Soho condo/hotel zoning evasion scheme before it was thwarted by lawsuit.

    No one is manufacturing in Soho any longer, but local politicians and long-time tenant lobby groups have resisted changing the manufacturing zoning to prevent (or rather slow down) development. The City–desperate for more tax revenue–should recognize reality and change the M1-zoned district to allow residential use with an affordable housing provision if it wants to exclude hotels and transients/tourists. The manufacturers are not coming back.