In the News: P.S. 234’s Principal on Her Move to Dubai

••• “After 12 years as principal of PS 234, Lisa Ripperger, 49, is leaving her position as the school’s leader and taking a job as head of The Clarion School in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. […] Ripperger talked to the Tribeca Trib about her time at PS 234, her feelings about leaving and about her new job.”

••• “Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed a second local resident to serve on the board of the Battery Park City Authority. Anthony Kendall, who lives in southern Battery Park City, was nominated by Mr. Cuomo as a new board member on Tuesday, and confirmed by the State Senate late Wednesday evening. Mr. Kendall is the chairman and chief executive officer of Mitchell Titus, one of the leading minority-controlled accounting firms in the United States. He has led the firm, which is headquartered on Battery Place in the Financial District, since 2009.” —Broadsheet

••• Gitano might’ve mentioned this earlier: “A representative tells Eater that the menu of Mexican fare, cooked on open fire, will be limited until mid-July. At a preview on Thursday night, dishes included grilled avocado with almonds, ceviche verde with lychees, and chicken tinga on sopes, according to a statement.”

••• “Eataly announced this morning that it would be removing all plastic straws from its U.S. locations by July 31, ahead of a rally and public hearing on a bill that would ban plastic straws in New York City. The bill would ban any food establishments from providing plastic straws and plastic stirrers, except in the case that a customer is disabled or has a medical condition, and would take effect six months after the bill is passed.” —Gothamist

••• “Hundreds of students from the Battery Park City School (P.S/I.S. 276) converge[d] on the sidewalk in front of their building, to transform it into a vast mural advocating an end to gun violence.” —Broadsheet



  1. Did the Battery Park City School pupils use chalk on the sidewalk?

  2. Dear Erik
    Da Claudio Ristorante stopped using plastic straws over 6 months ago, only paper straws, we use only sustainable and biodegradable coffee cups and lids.
    Take out and delivery containers are biodegradable.
    To go cutlery that we use is made of corn or bambolo
    To go soup cups and lids are from reciclable paper.
    Bar napkins are from reciclable paper.
    Just wanted share it with you.

  3. Good about the proposed plastic straw ban. Seems like we this is only a baby step though; we have to go much more to get over our dependence on plastics.

  4. Good Luck Lisa,
    The community- and I- will miss you!