Friday News Links

The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public on July 4th.

MTA head Elliot "Lee" Sander steps down. The governor will have the chance to put his stamp on the troubled agency.

The New York Times profiles Abrons Arts Center Director Jay Wegman. The Times says the center is "gaining a reputation as one of the last standing locations for avant garde performance downtown." Wegman, who is a practicing priest, says "People put religious people into a box, and clergy into a smaller box… I don’t even address the box.”  There's a bit of news embedded in the profile: Philippe Petit, who gained fame for his high wire walk between the Twin Towers in 1974, is considering a one-man show at Abrons.

Serious Eats calls the churros at the Doughnut Plant "beyond lust worthy."

Later today: look for a preview of Community Board 3's alcohol licensing committee meeting on Monday. A community group is mobilizing to oppose a proposed restaurant at the corner of Essex & Canal. We'll look at the state of restaurants & bars below Delancey.