Seen & Heard: Arrests at jail protest

10 people were arrested for civil disobedience at yesterday’s protest against the mega jail scheduled for White Street. A group led by Neighbors United Below Canal attempted to block the road Baxter Street between Canal and Bayard as the city tried to start construction. Councilmember Christopher Marte asked the contractors for their permits to do the work, and when they refused to comply, the group sat in the road and chanted, “No new jails” and “Shame shame shame.” The city plans to go forward with the work.

Add another gallery to the list: Carracci Art has taken a space at 368 Broadway, suite 305, in the Finks art buildings between Franklin and White. The gallery was founded in March 2021 by Clarence Johns as an online-based gallery and curatorial project showcasing work by a selection of six contemporary artists. The first show will present work by by Mary Blakemore, Edward Cabral, Michael A. Cummings, Charlie Goering, Evan Halter, Edward Salas, and Texas.

I.R. wrote back about three weeks ago that Pick A Bagel had been closed by the Department of Health, and now it’s “closed for renovations.” (I tried getting in touch with them AND looking up the violations on the DOH website but nothing popped up. Might be a job for James B.) Let’s hope it’s not permanent. I am a dedicated consumer.



  1. Update re Pick a Bagel. The site that has an overview of city data confirms they were closed by the Department of Health. The main restaurant inspection site now says “Grade Pending “, suggesting they are contesting the grade, and details the issues, including mice.

      Manhattan 10282

      March 25, 2022

      1) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
      2) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
      3) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
      4) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
      5) Pesticide use not in accordance with label or applicable laws. Prohibited chemical used/stored. Open bait station used.
      6) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
      7) Single service item reused, improperly stored, dispensed; not used when required.

      March 28, 2022

      1) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
      2) Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained and/or not properly sealed, raised, spaced or movable to allow accessibility for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit.