In the News: Millennium school safety officer killed off duty

I should have run this last week, but still wanted to get this in, from The Broadsheet: “A protector and defender of Lower Manhattan school children is gone. Naire McCormick, who has served as the uniformed School Safety Agent at Millennium High School in the Financial District for the past four years, died on Sunday evening, the victim of an apparent murder-suicide in Brooklyn.” It’s as horrible a story you can invent, and the school is devastated, not to mention the 12-year-old son who had to witness the event. Her son also goes to Manhattan Youth. “All the students loved her,” senior Jamie Morrison told the Broadsheet. “It’s going to be real hard passing the security desk every morning without seeing and hearing her. I can’t believe something so tragic can happen to someone so special.”

In the Who-Knew department: The 5th Annual Nordic International Film Festival will run Oct. 16 to 20, 2019 at the Roxy Hotel. The festival was started by two young Swedish filmmakers living in NYC and highlights the work of independent and up-and-coming Nordic and international filmmakers, as well as celebrating established peers and their work.

Is it just teenage girls who are obsessed with these weird little dough pockets of ice cream, or are there more of you out there? Eater reports that Mochi ice cream brand Mochidoki is opening a Soho store this fall at 176 Spring. The ice cream comes in the usual, but also passion fruit, salted caramel, Thai tea, pumpkin and cookies.

InsiderNJ reports that NY Waterway has restored midday ferry service to Jersey City from BPC starting last month.

Old story, but adding it in here since it adds emphasis to the the ticket seller crusade: “Ex-con Jason Wright, 39, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for shooting an innocent 34-year-old woman in the knee in Battery Park City on April 24, 2017, after a judge discounted his excuse that he was aiming for a rival ferry ticket vendor, who was grazed in the chest during the violence.” –Daily News

Watch, and that will be four minutes of your life you will never get back. I know. I am lamenting my own loss. But it takes discipline to avoid junky TMZ videos of rap stars, whose names you have to check with your 13-year-old, behaving badly on the streets of Tribeca. Right? In this case it’s rapper French Montana (that’s a stage name, clearly generated with one of those rap name apps, or the thing where you combine your first pet’s name and the name of your street growing up to get your stripper name) getting picked on in front of Amish and then bawling out his staff for leaving him exposed.



  1. Pam,
    Your comment about mochi is really cringy and tinted with racism.

    • Are you kidding?! That is so unfair. I am not sure what “cringy” means but what is racist about saying a product seems popular among teenage girls? Our world is so angry.

    • Dear “Resident” stop looking for things that aren’t there.

    • Um, sorry, not following your point at all.

      • I can’t speak for Resident, but I think the point is that calling another culture’s food item “weird” and wondering whether anyone other than teenage girls is obsessed with it suggests this reporter didn’t do her homework before dashing off what she thought was a cute/funny lede. Millions of Japanese people eat them regularly and it is apparently becoming quite popular here. A simple Google search just now revealed a couple of “top ten places to get mochi” in NYC lists and both Williams Sonoma and Uncommon Goods sell kits to make your own at home. Sounds pretty mainstream to me.

    • Nonsense – teenage girls, should Pam have written teenage women? It isn’t there Resident – fake news! Take a breath the boogie man is lurking somewhere else on this one.

    • My comment had nothing to do with teenagers. The statement saying the mochi is “weird” in such a casual and dismissive way was the troubling part. So many people do this without even realizing that comments like that are very offensive. If you don’t see that and think I’m looking for something that’s not there, I would suggest you to get to know people who don’t come from your background or race.

      • I’m Korean, and I don’t find that offensive or racist in the least bit. If someone told me they found kimchi to be weird, I would totally agree. Things can be strange or weird to someone that’s never grown up with it, without being offensive.

        If you really cared about helping people understand, the best way is to nicely let them know why someone might be offended. That would get a better response than calling them racist.. even if it’s just a tinge.

        • In my opinion, it’s the tone of the first sentence that could be triggering all these responses, not necessarily the content. To say, “Is it just teenage girls who are obsessed with these weird little dough pockets of ice cream, or are there more of you out there?” puts the journalist’s judgment on anyone out there who likes mochi, no matter what their race. If this sentence had instead been written as “It must not just be teenage girls who are obsessed with these weird little dough pockets,” I doubt there would be such an uproar.

    • Just want to point out they were invented and first marketed in the U.S.

  2. Thank you for reporting on the tragic loss of Millennium’s Naire McCormick. Her son attends a Lower Manhattan school, so her loss has doubly affected our downtown community. There is a Go Fund Me if anyone is interested in supporting Scottie’s future.

  3. What’s with all of the resident weirdos?

  4. Get a life people! Snowflakes melt eventually. And I do miss Erik Torkell. Never any bickering.

  5. At the risk of inviting more criticism, all for the mention of new dessert shop in Soho, here’s the history of mochi ice cream, taken from Wikipedia but found to be the same on several sites:
    Frances Hashimoto, the former president and CEO of [American confectionery] Mikawaya, is credited as the inventor of mochi ice cream. Hashimoto’s husband, Joel Friedman, conceived the idea of taking small orbs of ice cream and wrapping them in a Japanese traditional mochi rice cake. Hashimoto expanded on her husband’s idea, inventing the fusion dessert now popular in the United States and elsewhere. Mikawaya began production of mochi ice cream in the United States in 1993. Research and development took over a decade to evolve into the mass production form used today, due to the complex interactions of the ingredients. Friedman explained that in order to conduct production of the ice cream, experts ranging from construction to microbiology were brought in to perfect the state-of-the-art production.