In the News: The Dangers of West Street

••• “The NYPD is adding a fleet of crime-fighting drones to its ranks [….] The department will roll out 14 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones as part of its latest technology ‘evolution.’ A department spokeswoman insisted the drones will not be used for everyday police patrol, unlawful surveillance or to enforce traffic laws. The machines will not be used as weapons, nor will they be equipped with any, she said. […] Drones will be used for large-scale city events, in hazmat investigations, search-and-rescue operations, as well as hostage situations and for accessing hard-to-reach crime scenes.” Above: That time I first saw a drone and freaked out.New York Post

••• “Concerns on the Rise about Pedestrian Safety on West Street,” especially at the intersection of Liberty. “This intersection is approximately 207 feet wide. Crossing it in 31.5 seconds requires a pedestrian to cover that distance at a speed of more than seven feet per second, or approximately 4.8 miles per hour, which is closer to a moderate jog than to a brisk walk.” —Broadsheet

••• “ is testing its cashierless checkout technology for bigger stores, according to people familiar with the matter. […] The online retail giant is experimenting with the technology in Seattle in a larger space formatted like a big store, the people said. The systems track what shoppers pick from shelves and charges them automatically when they leave a store. Although the technology functions well in its current small-store format, it is harder to use it in bigger spaces with higher ceilings and more products, one of the people said, meaning it could take time to roll out the systems at more larger stores” such as Whole Foods. One of Amazon’s smaller Amazon Go convenience stores is said to be coming to Brookfield Place.Wall Street Journal

••• More on Canada gallery’s move to Tribeca. “The new Tribeca abode will require a buildout, and the plan at the moment is for Canada to decamp from Broome Street at the end of January to open on Lispenard […] sometime in early spring.” —ArtNews

••• Bâtard chef Markus Glocker is moonlighting at Augustine; his “casual French-Austrian menu that goes into effect this week.” —New York Times



  1. Glad to hear about the proliferation of galleries in the neighborhood!

  2. if the nypd drones replace the helicopters, i’m all for it.