It will feel more like summer than fall today: 85 degrees and sunny with rain showers beginning around 7pm. President Obama arrives in New York this afternoon for the opening of the UN General Assembly and Democratic Party fundraisers tonight. Expect East Side gridlock.
In the news, the battle over Sin Sin. At last night’s 9th Precinct community meeting, there was a tense confrontation between the sister of Devin Thompson, the man killed outside the East Village bar last month, and the owner of the reviled night spot. Later today, we’ll take a closer look at what police are doing to deal with the situation.
The Observer talks with Ed Chen, the 28-year old engineering grad student taking on Sheldon Silver in 2012. A new resident of the 64th Assembly District, living in a Soho loft, Chen says his strategy is “to get the Chinese vote and build up the hipster vote on the Lower East Side.”
Meanwhile, Silver is focused on this November’s election, in which he’s become a campaign issue. In an interview yesterday, he said New Yorkers should consider moving out of state if Carl Paladino is elected governor. More political news: Following Carolyn Maloney’s resounding victory over primary challenger Reshma Saujani, the Wall Street Journal takes a look at the uneasy relationship between big business and New York City Democrats.
Real Deal reports 38 Delancey, the 17-story residential tower across from Sara D. Roosevelt Park, has sold 42 out of 56 apartments. But the remaining units will become rentals (at least temporarily), in a sign that the market is still soft. One expert, broker Larry Michaels, said, “this is a play you do when you’ve missed the market, or the market is not where you want to be.”
Curbed got a look at the sparkling new Sperone Westwater Gallery, Norman Foster’s 8-story creation at 257 Bowery. The Essex Street Market will be one of the venues featuring works from the winners of a new contest for emerging artists. And the Times reviews “A Bright New Boise,” from the Wild Project, which David Rooney calls “an increasingly interesting Lower East Side home for new work.”
Tonight, Community Board 3 will be holding its 2012 “fiscal priorities” meeting. It’s a good opportunity for residents and organizations to tell CB3 about needed improvements in the neighborhood. More details on the community board’s web site.