In the News: Chin Wins by 200 Votes
••• “Two-term Councilmember Margaret Chin was nearly humiliatingly defeated in Lower Manhattan’s District 1 by upstart Christopher Marte, a 28-year-old political neophyte. […] In unofficial Board of Election results, as of 10:37 p.m.—slightly more than an hour and a half after the polls had closed—with 98.84 percent of the vote tallied, only a slim margin of 200 votes separated the two—5,220 votes for Chin to 5,020 for Marte. Chin apparently only avoided a devastating upset because of two other candidates, Dashia Imperiale and Aaron Foldenauer, who ultimately wound up as spoilers in this intensely watched race. Together, the pair took more than 10 percent of the vote, with Foldenauer raking in 699 votes to Imperiale’s 445.” —Downtown Express
••• “Police are looking for three men in their late teens who they say approached a 33-year-old man in front of 154 Reade Street, took $150 from his pocket, then punched him in the head and body.” This was on September 5 at 10 p.m., and there are photos of the suspects. —Tribeca Trib
••• The Real Deal has a long article on retail rents in New York City, and to be honest, it got too wonky for me pretty early on. But if you’re obsessed over the topic, and you have a head for business, you might find it illuminating.
••• “After struggling for months to save their church, the parishioners of St. Joseph’s Chapel in Battery Park City publicly announced a new plan—and perhaps final hope—to preserve their parish in the Gateway Plaza apartment complex. Following a noon service—what they feared could be their last—the church members stood outside their tiny Catholic chapel to present the request they have made to the Battery Park City Authority: Take over the the 3,300-square-foot space and repurpose it into an interfaith and community center that is part Battery Park City memorial to 9/11.” —Tribeca Trib