In the News: Fixing the Canal Street Problem
••• A New York Times article on the expensive (but only one-way and if you’re not using an EZ-Pass) toll to cross the Verrazano Bridge includes something we know too well: “The tolls also lead to spillover congestion from ‘bridge-shopping.’ Canal Street in Lower Manhattan has become jammed with drivers from Brooklyn bound for New Jersey who go out of their way to avoid the Verrazano toll. Many cross over on the Manhattan Bridge, travel along Canal Street and then onto the Holland Tunnel to New Jersey.” (Want a laugh? “People hesitate to visit Staten Island because the tolls are so high,” said the president of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.)
••• The wine list at Frenchette is entirely composed of natural wines, which the New York Times makes a big deal of (even though that’s not exactly cutting-edge).
••• “The head of the Landmarks Preservation Commission plans to resign, Crain’s has learned. Meenakshi Srinivasan was appointed to oversee the city’s landmarking process by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014.”
••• The many lawsuits swirling around chef Jose Garces and Amada, his now-closed restaurant at Brookfield Place. —Philadelphia Inquirer