Officials Allocate $7 Million For Brooklyn Bridge Beach

Local officials gathered along the East River this morning to announce they have set aside $7 million to develop a beach and park under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Quinn Focuses on Food – and the New Amsterdam Market

Christine Quinn, Margaret Chin, Robert LaValva

On Monday, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn released a comprehensive report and plan for creating a sustainable and affordable food system in New York City.  Gotham Gazette and Civil Eats both have good articles looking at her proposals. In the lead-up to the speech , Quinn came to the New Amsterdam Market recently, lending her support to the campaign for a 7-day-a-week public market at the Seaport.

Appearing with City Councilmember Margaret Chin and New Amsterdam Market founder Robert LaValva, the speaker praised a new food stamp program at the market (which the Council is helping to fund). In her remarks, Quinn also expressed more emphatic support for establishing a fresh food hall inside the historic Fulton Fish Market buildings.

Good Morning: More Bike Battles, Mars Bar as Bohemian “Standard Bearer,” Vintage Film

From International Pickle Day to the Hester Street Fair food festival — there’s plenty happening on the LES this weekend.  The weather will (mostly) cooperate.  59 for a high today and rain showers, beginning mid afternoon. Tomorrow, partly cloudy, windy and a hgh of 62. Sunday, partly cloudy and 67.

Good Morning: NYPD Skips “Stop & Frisk” Hearing, Bike Lane Protest Planned, the Post Profiles “Killjoy” Zella Jones

We get a little break from the storms today. 75 degrees and partly sunny, but the rain comes back late this evening. 

Quinn Leads Coalition for Seaport Food Market

Photo by William Alatriste/New York City Council

This morning, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn gathered with other elected officials and community activists in front of the old Fulton Fish Market to call for a regional food market at the Seaport. She is leading a coalition called NYERS 4 MARKETS to promote the idea.

LaValva’s Seaport Market Vision Coming Into Focus

New Amsterdam Market, last year.

When City Council Speaker Christine Quinn proposed a large scale regional food market at the South Street Seaport in her State of the City Address last month, no one was listening more intently than Robert LaValva.  After five years of hard work pursuing his vision for the Seaport, her announcement was music to his ears.  LaValva, the founder of the highly regarded New Amsterdam Market, had been invited to attend the speech by the Speaker, and was right there in City Hall’s Council Chambers for the occasion.

Chin Celebrates Historic Victory – Promises “Active Representation” of Community


Sheldon Silver congratulating Margaret Chin

Margaret Chin made history last night, coasting to an easy win in the District 1 City Council race. She becomes the first Chinese councilmember to represent Manhattan’s Chinatown, and the first Asian woman on the City Council. The victory party, in a cavernous banquet hall on Mott Street, was not only a celebration of Chin’s accomplishment but also a celebration of Chinatown’s new political clout.

Chin steamrolled her nominal Republican opponent, Irene Horvath, 86-percent (17.412) to 14-percent (2,834). She becomes one of at least 13 new members of the City Council, and one of five challengers to have knocked off incumbents. Together, those new members, are expected to counter-balance a newly elected, but weakened, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn. In September’s Democratic Primary, Chin defeated two-term incumbent Alan Gerson, who backed Bloomberg and Quinn’s maneuver to extend term limits.