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Seen & Heard: Whitmans Restaurant Is Open

••• The Whitmans burger restaurant at 261 Hudson (above Canal) is open, reports K. Below: The Hound.

••• Added to the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Community Board 1 Land Use Committee:

Borough Based Jail System Plan & Manhattan Detention Complex – Discussion with Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit and Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

••• The Cast Iron House conversion has taken a long time, but the Franklin Street sidewalk is finally open, and they did a nice job with it. Thanks to T. for the photos.

••• Press release about the forthcoming rezoning of Soho and Noho: “Department of City Planning Director Marisa Lago, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Council Member Margaret Chin today announced the launch of a public engagement process to inform future planning efforts in the Manhattan neighborhoods of SoHo and NoHo. Beginning in early 2019 and continuing through the spring, DCP, the Borough President, and the Council Member will convene a series of public sessions to hear from the local community on topics including housing, jobs, retail, and creative industries. The first public meeting is set for Wednesday, February 6, with time and location to follow.” Why announce a meeting without that info? “In consultation with stakeholders, insights and findings from the public discussions will be distilled into a report. The report will express values and community priorities for the future of SoHo and NoHo. The report, which is expected to be released this summer, will be compiled in direct consultation with a stakeholder group that includes residents, arts and culture organizations, businesses and property owners, and historic preservation advocates. […] A website with information on the planning process will be launched soon at sohonohoplan.nyc.”

••• Beyond the general tiredness of demonizing hedge funds and mocking yoga, there’s more than a whiff of misogyny in Paul Rudnick’s weak attempt at a joke. The punchline, after all, is that a woman can’t find the kitchen because she’s been too busy running a business. Such a joke would never be made about a man.


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