Wall Street OWS'S GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY Julie Menin, chair of CB1, and State Sen. Daniel Squadron, Rep. Jerrold Nadler and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer all called on Occupy Wall Street to address the quality of life concerns raised residents and business around the park. Among the resolutions passed by CB1 and supported by Squadron, Nadler and Stringer were calls for OWS to limit use of "drums, trumpets, tambourines, bugles, air horns, shouting and chanting, and all other sources of noise to two hours per day in midday," as well as eliminating the use of retail shops and residential building doorways as bathroom facilities. Tribeca NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL FOR TRIBECA INTERSECTION Due in part to the efforts of Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Council Member Margaret Chin, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, State Sen. Daniel Squadron and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, the NYC Department of Transportation installed a traffic signal at the Tribeca intersection of Greenwich and Duane streets. The intersection is adjacent to two schools and was the site of an accident involving a young 3-year-old boy at the end of last month. WHOLE FOODS TRIBECA INTRODUCES WELLNESS CLUB Located inside Whole Foods Market's Tribeca store at 270 Greenwich St., the Wellness Club is a new initiative to help New York City shoppers make educated, positive lifestyle choices that promote their long-term health and well-being. Membership in the program costs $49 a month and includes lifestyle evaluation, nutrition education, skill-building classes, coaching and practical tips, as well as a 10 percent discount on healthier food choices in the store. The Tribeca Wellness Club team includes lecturers, chefs, doctors and registered dieticians. Citywide CUOMO APPOINTS JOSEPH LHOTA MTA CHAIR Facing a $9.9 billion budget gap, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's newly appointed MTA chair, Joseph Lhota, has his work cut out for him. Lhota will also face the challenge of maintaining the public transit system while at the same time preventing further fare hikes and service cuts. Transportation Alternatives, an organization working toward better bicycling, walking and public transit, and the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance said in press releases that they have high hopes for Lhota and believe he will be able to secure better funding, create better service and end cuts to the MTA. KEEPING MANHATTAN RESIDENTS SAFE FROM SEXUAL ASSAULT Following a recent string of sexual assaults in Brooklyn and Queens, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio partnered with more than two dozen elected officials and community organizations to release a guide to keeping yourself safe from assault. The guide, "How You Can Help Prevent Sexual Assault & Harassment" contains important safety precautions as well as information on free resources that escort public transit users home at night. The guide lists resources and groups available to Manhattan residents and offers practical points of advice on how to stay safe such as "plan your walking route along well-lit streets" and "have your house key in hand before you reach the door." More than 5,000 copies have already been distributed.
The team members of Whole Foods Market Tribeca's new Wellness Club celebrate the opening day Monday, Oct. 17 (see below). From left to right, Mark Wilkins, Whole Foods Market, Northeast regional healthy eating associate coordinator; Bill Renna, Whole Foods Market Tribeca store team leader; Nicole Wescoe, Whole Foods Market Northeast regional vice president; Giovanna Miller, Whole Foods Market Tribeca Wellness Club team leader; Dr. Matthew Leaderman, Global Medical Executives of Health and Wellness; and Christina Minardi, Whole Foods Market Northeast regional president. Photo Courtesy of Whole Foods Market