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Click here to watch the arrival of the two new spans, and the unloading of the first one, for the West Thames pedestrian bridge across West Street.
Gateway Tenant Leaders Plan Sunday Rally to Build Support for Affordability
The Gateway Plaza Tenants Association (GPTA) is building support and momentum for a renewal and possible expansion of affordability protections at the community’s largest residential complex. This campaign is taking place both publicly, and in private consultations with elected officials and Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) leadership.
On the public front, GPTA will host a rally this Sunday (June 2), starting at 5pm, on the Esplanade Plaza, near the volleyball courts, along side North Cove Marina. This rally is expected to draw hundreds of residents, as well as numerous elected officials, including U.S. Congressman Jerry Nadler, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou, and City Council member Margaret Chin.
Other aspects of the campaign’s overt face have included a series of tabling events recently held in the lobbies of the six Gateway buildings, at which the Association’s new board members have introduced themselves to residents, signed up new members, and “built up a sense of community,” explains GPTA board member Robin Forst. “This is part of our new emphasis on inclusion, participation and transparency.” These events have also driven letter-writing campaigns to elected officials, and gathered signatures for a petition on Change.org, supporting a renewal of rent stabilization at the complex.
“Our central priority is to advocate for stabilization for every current tenant, rather than just those who lived here in 2009, when the last deal was signed,” explains GPTA president Rosalie Joseph. This was a reference to the unusual nature of rent stabilization protections at Gateway.
Starting in the 1980s, these provisions limited rent increases (for all tenants) to those approved by the City’s Rent Guidelines Board (RGB), even though that agency’s jurisdiction does not extend to Battery Park City. Under this arrangement, a tenant was protected from drastic increases for as long as they lived in Gateway. When that resident moved out, however, the landlord was permitted to raise the rent to however high the market would bear. Once a new tenant moved in, this higher rent became the new baseline, above which the landlord was permitted increases only by the percentages authorized by the RGB.
These protections were curtailed in the 2009 renewal of Gateway rent stabilization. Under the terms of that revised agreement, tenants in residence at the time the pact was signed still received protection. But once they moved out, their apartments reverted to market-rate rents not only at the start of the new lease, but were also unencumbered by any limits on future rent increases. As a result of this change, more than half of all Gateway households are now market-rate units, with no affordability protections whatsoever. And even this limited form of protection is slated to expire in 2020.
“As we have researched the history,” observes Ms. Forst, “we have come to realize that the 2009 agreement was an aberration. Each deal before gave some protection to tenants who moved in after the deal was signed. Even though they began their leases at market rate, they were protected by limits on increases after that, for as long as they lived here.”
“So our goal,” explains GPTA board member Karlene Wiese, “is an agreement that restores this previous, higher level of protection. We want a deal that limits increases not only for people who live here on the day it is signed, but also for people who arrive later, for as long as this agreement is in effect.”
Another change sought by the GPTA, notes Ms. Joseph, “is that we are seeking a longer term. The previous agreement lasted only for 11 years. We think 20 years would be a more appropriate duration.”
“And we want the length of this deal to be concurrent with the length of whatever benefits the LeFrak Organization gets in exchange,” adds Ms. Forst. This was a reference to owner and developer of Gateway Plaza, who has received financial benefits worth hundreds of millions of dollars from the BPCA since the 1980s, in exchange for extending affordability protections to tenants.
This effort comes against the backdrop of vanishing affordability throughout Lower Manhattan. In the 1980s and 1990s, Gateway was one of three local citadels of affordable housing, alongside Tribeca’s Independence Plaza and Southbridge Towers, in the South Street Seaport neighborhood. But the latter complexes, both comparable in size to Gateway, converted to market rate rents (at Independence Plaza) and cooperative ownership (at Southbridge) in recent years. Elsewhere Downtown, the 1990s-era 421-g tax abatement program, which imposed rent stabilization on former office buildings in Lower Manhattan converted to residential use, has also lapsed, with the last protected apartments falling out of status in 2019 and 2020.
This leaves Gateway as one of the few remaining holdouts of affordability anywhere Downtown. But the impact extends beyond the six buildings of the complex. “Historically, Gateway residents formed the core of community that fought for things that benefitted all of Battery Park City and all of Lower Manhattan,” recalls Ms. Forst. As examples, she cites, “schools like P.S. 89 and P.S. 276, the Battery Park City branch of the New York Public Library, and the ballfields.”
Ms. Wiese adds, “they were able to do these things because rent stabilization
assured them that they could remain in the neighborhood. As long-term residents, rather than transients, they put down roots and invested their time in building social infrastructure, which helped make this a genuine community.”
“This kind of continuity is vital to maintaining a vibrant neighborhood,” agrees Ms. Joseph. “But it is possible only when people have a reasonable assurance that they can remain.”
The preservation of rent protections through an extension of the stabilization agreement is necessary because, unlike the “full” rent stabilization found elsewhere in New York City (which has no end date), affordability protections at Gateway have always contained “sunset” clauses, which envisioned an end to such benefits. Each time the deal neared expiration (in 1993, 2005 and 2009), however, community leaders, elected officials, and BPCA executives negotiated to extend it, always in exchange for rich financial incentives for Gateway’s landlord. However, the most recent version (for the first time) applied only to people who lived there on the date the deal went into effect, and excluded subsequent residents. As tenants moved out in the years that followed, hundreds of Gateway apartments reverted to unregulated, market-rate increases in rent. For such tenants, it has not been uncommon in recent years to see their rent increase by more than $1,000 per month upon lease renewal. This gradual process of attrition has now resulted in more than half of all households in the complex having no affordability protection whatsoever. And if the current agreement is allowed to expire in 2020, even the minority of Gateway residents who are still covered by rent stabilization will see this protection stripped away.
While working publicly to build support for renewed rent protections at Gateway, the GPTA board has also moved ahead on a less visible (but similarly vital) track, recently meeting in private with elected officials, including Mr. Stringer, Mr. Nadler, Ms. Chin, and Ms. Niou. Upcoming sessions are also slated with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and State Senator Brian Kavanagh. “They have all been enormously supportive,” says Ms. Joseph, “and they have all demonstrated a detailed, hands-on understanding of the issues we’re confronting.”
The GPTA board has also been meeting regularly with BPCA president Benjamin (“BJ”) Jones to assure the Authority is apprised of the tenants’ priorities as it moves the negotiations with the LeFrak Organization toward a conclusion. “BJ has been a hugely helpful partner throughout this process,” Ms. Forst notes, “showing over and over again that affordability is a top priority for him and his team at the Authority.”
But private discussions must be backed up with public demonstrations of support, such as the rally planned for this Sunday. “It’s vital for residents to show solidarity by coming out in large numbers to meetings like this,” observes Ms. Wiese. “It demonstrates to elected officials that this is a priority for large numbers of voters.”
“We need and want residents to join this effort,” adds Ms. Joseph, “because this will affect all of us. This matters not only to long-term residents, but also for newer tenants, who will also benefit. So we’re trying to mobilize and work collectively to accomplish common goals.”
“Our voices, our efforts, and our unity will play an important part in the outcome of this process,” concludes Ms. Forst.
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Meeting Tonight to Discuss Legislative Amendments to Facilitate Development at Pier 40
A panel of elected officials and representatives from the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) will host a public forum this evening (Tuesday, May 28) to discuss proposed legislation that would enable commercial development at Pier 40, the massive former cruise ship terminal on the Hudson River waterfront, adjacent to Houston Street, which covers 14 acres and now houses athletic and recreational facilities.
Among the elected officials expected to attend tonight are U.S. Congressman Jerry Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, State Assembly member Deborah Glick, and State Senators Brian Kavanagh and Brad Hoylman.
The meeting, which will focus on proposed revisions to the enabling legislation that governs operation of the Hudson River Park, will take place at MS 297, located at 75 Morton Street (between Hudson and Greenwich Streets), from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Admission is free and the public are invited to participate, but space is limited, so anyone wishing to attend will be accommodated on a first-come, first served basis. For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Because the Hudson River Park was created through New York State legislation in 1998,” explains State Assembly member Deborah Glick, “there are specific allowable Park uses, and regulations governing development that may generate revenue for the Park in addition to the allocation of City, State, and Federal dollars. Pier 40 is one of the commercial nodes permitted to generate additional revenue for the Park.”
“It is imperative that if any changes are made to the Hudson River Park Actthat will allow for future development at Pier 40, they must evoke the desires of the greater community of residents and park users while also contributing to the financial stability of the Park in the future,” she observes. “My colleagues and I have worked this year to find a suitable solution to the issues at Pier 40.” She notes that proposed amendments that will be discussed this evening are the product of, “many months of community input.”
“Pier 40 is a very key element of the Hudson River Park,” noted Paul Goldstein, who chairs the Waterfront Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1), at an April 26 meeting. “It not only serves many communities with recreational facilities, including our leagues down here, but it is also one of the designated sites to generate revenue for the Park, which is supposed to maintain itself and pay for future development.”
“Coming up with a plan to maintain that flow of cash and to continue to improve that pier is vital, but it has been a very difficult issue,” he continued. Community Board 2 (CB2), which has jurisdiction over Pier 40, “has turned down at least two development proposals that they found inappropriate. Following that, there has been discussion with CB2 and some of the local elected officials about a tentative plan to put commercial office space on the Pier. That seemed to be the use that the different entities had some common agreement on.”
Connie Fishman, the executive director of Hudson River Park Friends (who previously served as the HRPT’s president and chief executive officer) explains that, “Pier 40 is already a commercial development, with a large commercial parking garage, that has ballfields in the ‘hole of the donut.’ The proposed change to the Hudson River Park Act would modify the lease term and the uses allowed for future development.”
In specific terms, the amendments slated for discussion this evening would increase the amount of permissible office space within Pier 40 to 700,000 square feet, with no part of the structure rising to a height greater than 85 feet. (Of this total, some 100,000 square feet would be set aside for offices and operations space for the Hudson River Park Trust.)
The language of the proposed changes also mandates that, “any proposal for development or redevelopment shall give preference to adaptive re-use of the historical structure located on the Pier,” and that, “any new structure erected shall maintain a public open perimeter waterside walkway surrounding the entirety of the Pier.” It also calls for, “playing fields no less than exist on the pier as of the effective date of this act.”
In another major change, the proposed legislative revisions would increase the potential length of any lease that HRPT is authorized to give a developer at Pier 40, from the current maximum of 30 years, to a new limit of 49 years, along with the option of one 25-year renewal (for a total of 74 years). This has been a key sticking point in previous attempts to attract developers to Pier 40. In multiple rounds of negotiation over the past decade, several prospective partners have walked away, arguing that 30 years is not enough time to earn back the significant up-front investment that development at Pier 40 would require.
West Thames Pedestrian Bridge Update
Regarding the installation of the West Thames Pedestrian Bridge spans and related southern BPC community impacts:
Daytime Road Closure to Vehicular Traffic – Wednesday 5/29 beginning at 10am for Bridge Span Delivery via Barge @ West Thames Cul-De-Sac
South End Avenue from Rector Place to Cul-De-Sac
West Thames Street from South End Ave to Western Curb Line of Battery Place
Friday, 5/31, 6pm – Saturday, 6/1, 7am:
Full Vehicular Closure of West Thames Street from West Street to Cul-De-Sac
Full Vehicular Closure of South End Ave from Rector Place to Cul-De-Sac
Saturday, 6/1, 7am – 6pm:
Full Vehicular Closure of West Thames from West Street to Battery Place Eastern Curb Line
Saturday, 6/1, 6am – 3pm:
Full Vehicular Closure of West Thames Street from West Street to Cul-De-Sac
Full Vehicular Closure of South End Ave from Rector Place to Cul-De-Sac
Street Closures (Pedestrian)
The West Thames Cul-De-Sac will be CLOSED to pedestrian traffic during the day Wednesday, 5/29 to facilitate the delivery of the bridge spans via barge
Monthly parking customers in the West Thames Icon Garage will be allowed in and out throughout the closures.
Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday night (5/30-6/1):
Flagmen / Safety First
During the entirety of construction operations, flagmen will be posted throughout the area to assist in the safe passage of pedestrians.
Downtown Connection Route Changes
The Downtown Connection bus will be running on an altered route along South End Avenue and Battery Place on:
During these periods, Battery Park City-bound buses will run express from State St & Whitehall St to Vesey and WTC. The Seaport-bound buses will be skipping South End Ave and Rector Place and West Thames and South End Ave.
The stops at Gateway Plaza, 3rd Place and Battery Place, and 1st Place and Battery Place will remain on the route during the three days of limited service.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. We will be sharing additional updates this week as they are available.
Questions and concerns may be sent to Matthew Krenek, project manager for the West Thames Pedestrian Bridge. Matt’s at: Matt.Krenek@skanska.com. Please feel free to include me as well.
Nicholas T. Sbordone
Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs
Wednesday May 29
Elements of Nature Drawing
Battery Park City Parks
Get inspired by the beautiful expanse of the Hudson River & New York Harbor. Embolden your artwork amidst the flower-filled and seasonally evolving palette of Wagner Park’s verdant gardens. An artist/educator will provide ideas and instruction. Materials provided. Wagner Park.
BPC Adult Chorus
Battery Park City Parks
Directed by Church Street School for Music and Art musicians, the BPC Chorus is open to all adults who love to sing. Learn a mix of contemporary and classic songs, and perform at community events throughout the year. 6 River Terrace.
Figure Al Fresco
Battery Park City Parks
Challenge your artistic skills by drawing the human gure. Each week a model will strike both long and short poses for participants to draw. Artist/educators will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Materials provided. South Cove.
Battery Park City Parks
Unwind from the day with outdoor yoga overlooking the sights and sounds of our river. Strengthen the body and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment. An instructor provides guidance with alignment and poses. All levels welcome. Bring your own mat. Wagner Park
The Troubleshooters is an absurd comedy that tells the story of three young men open a company to solve other people’s life problems. A quick-witted, perceptive and reflective film, The Troubleshooters offers a charming depiction of Chinese youth culture, as well as a wonderful panorama of a 80s’ Beijing. 40 Rector Street. $5
Bowne Printers Workshop: Fresh Prints
South Street Seaport Museum
Bowne Printers open late on the last Wednesday of each month for Fresh Prints: a printing open house showcasing multiple styles of printing press in the collection. Our team of designers and printers speak about the history of printing and explain why the Seaport neighborhood became a printing district. Participants have the opportunity to pull prints of their own and take home a few printed pieces from the night. 209 Water Street. $15
Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen: Eric Bogosian
Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Person Place Thing is an interview show based on this idea: people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great speakers. Host Randy Cohen will be interviewing Eric Bogosian, celebrated actor and author. For twelve years Randy Cohen wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for the The New York Times Magazine. His first television work was writing for Late Night with David Letterman for which he won three Emmy awards. 199 Chambers Street. $10
Terrapins, Seahorses, and Horseshoe Crabs
– Oh My!
Come Meet the Fishes
The River Project celebrates its annual “Meet the Fishes,” welcoming you to the Wetlab to experience the wonders that lie beneath the murky waters of the Hudson River.
Come visit this unique flow-through river water aquarium and meet the many species that live in the harbor at this free event for the whole family on Tuesday, June 4, from 4 to 7PM at Pier 40, West Street and Houston Street.
In addition to the blackfish, crabs, oysters and other critters, there will be local diamondback terrapin turtles, courtesy of The Turtle Conservancy.
Big, the famed giant oyster, will also make a rare appearance!
There will be delicious finger food and beverages from our local sponsors and thrilling raffle prizes from our sponsors.
Come check out plankton at a microscope station, see a real, living, growing oyster reef and play with some tiny invertebrates in the touch tank.
The River Project is a marine science field station founded in 1986 at Pier 26 in Tribeca and works to protect and restore the ecosystem of the Hudson River estuary and New York Harbor through scientific research, hands-on environmental education, urban habitat improvement and innovative waterfront programs.
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EYES TO THE SKY
May 28 – June 9, 2019
The Spring Triangle – an asterism
While writing my recent column about bright stars in the south at nightfall, I was reminded of patterns those stars shape in addition to the position each has in an official constellation. Arcturus is the brightest star in the constellation Bootes the Herdsman and Spica is brightest in Virgo the Virgin. Denebola marks the tail of Leo the Lion and Regulus the Lion’s heart. Draw imaginary lines to connect Arcturus to Spica and Denebola and we have a Spring Triangle, an asterism. Replace Denebola with Regulus for a larger Spring Triangle.
Asterisms are easily distinguishable patterns often composed of stars from more than one constellation. In the case of the Big Dipper – overhead to the south — the asterism is an outstanding part of one official constellation, Ursa major, the Great Bear.
While venturing out at nightfall to enjoy the asterisms, be sure to appreciate the Crow careening in the south and the full figure of the Lion striding high in the southwest.
Stargazer’s Calendar: Least moonlight makes for best two week period for stargazing: last quarter moon was on the 26th; waning crescent today rises in the east-southeast at 2:43.m, introducing a week of early morning crescents in the east, also visible in the daytime sky. New moon next Monday, June 3, introduces week of evening crescents in the west. First quarter moon near Denebola on the 9th.
Judy Isacoff naturesturn.org
Poets House Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Journey with us across the Brooklyn Bridge, from Manhattan to Brooklyn, to celebrate Poets House and the poetry of New York City with readings by poets Robert Pinsky, Rosamond King, Gregory Pardlo, Jenny Xie, and Anne Waldman, whom we will present with our Elizabeth Kray Award for service to poetry. This year marks Poets House’s 10th anniversary at 10 River Terrace-as well as Walt Whitman’s bicentennial.
Recognition of Whitman’s 200th birthday will lend special significance to the evening as we gather to hear a reading of Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.”
Afterward, we’ll continue with more readings, accompanied by wine, dinner, and dessert, inside a beautiful historic foundry in DUMBO. All proceeds benefit Poets House’s library, public programs, and class trips for children and teens.
Monday June 10
6:00pm: Walk begins in Manhattan, near One Centre Street
8:00pm: Seated dinner at 26 Bridge Street in DUMBO
For more information: poetshouse.org/poetrywalk2019
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Today in History
1453 – Constantinople falls to Muhammad II (Turks); ends Byzantine Empire
1453 – French banker Jacques Coeurs had his possessions confiscated and was charged with poisoning the King’s mistress by a couple who owed him money. He was a fabulously wealthy trader and banker who because of his wealth made many jealous enemies.
1733 – The right of Canadians to keep Indian slaves is upheld at Quebec City
1765 – Patrick Henry historic speech against the Stamp Act, answering a cry of “Treason!” with, “If this be treason, make the most of it!”
1849 – Lincoln says “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the
1911 – First running of Indianapolis 500
1913 – Igor Stravinsky’s ballet score The Rite of Spring is premiered in Paris, provoking a riot. Stravinsky debuted the The Rite of Spring Ballet at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris on May 29, 1913. Opposition to Stravinsky’s work was apparent within the first few minutes of the performance as members of the audience booed loudly in response to the inharmonic notes accompanying the unrecognizable bassoon’s opening solo. As the ballet progressed, so did the audience’s discomfort. Those in favor of Stravinksy’s work argued with those in opposition. The arguments eventually turned to brawls and police had to be notified. They arrived at intermission and successfully calmed the angry crowd (the show wasn’t even half way over before people were throwing punches). As the second half commenced, police were unable to keep the audience under control and rioting resumed. Stravinsky was so taken aback by the audience’s reaction, he fled the scene before the show was over.
1916 – US forces invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
1919 – Albert Einstein’s light-bending prediction confirmed by Arthur Eddington
1922 – US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport and not a business and thus not subject to antitrust laws
1943 – Meat and cheese rationed in US
1953 – Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest
1977 – Janet Guthrie becomes first woman to drive in Indy 500
1990 – Boris Yeltsin is elected president of the Russian republic
1999 – Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.
2012 – A 5.9 magnitude earthquake kills 24 people near Bologna, northern Italy
1736 – Patrick Henry, US, patriot “Give me liberty or give me death“
1794 – Johann Heinrich von Mädler, German astronomer (d. 1874)Orphaned at age 19 by an outbreak of typhus, Johann Heinrich von Mädler found himself responsible for his three younger sisters. He began giving academic lessons and in this way met Wilhelm Beer, a wealthy banker, in 1824. In 1829 Beer decided to set up a private observatory in Berlin, with a 95 mm refractor telescope made by Joseph von Fraunhofer, and Mädler worked there. In 1830 they began producing drawings of Mars which later became the first true maps of that planet. They made a preliminary determination for Mars’ rotation period, which was off by almost 13 seconds. A later determination in 1837 was off by only 1.1 seconds. They also produced the first exact map of the Moon, Mappa Selenographica, published in four volumes in 1834-1836.
1903 – Bob Hope, (Leslie Townes Hope), Eltham Kent, British born American entertainer
1914 – Stacy Keach, Sr., American actor (d. 2003)
1917 – John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President (1961-1963)
1928 – Felix Rohatyn, Vienna Austria, investment banker (NY Big MAC Bonds)
1953 – Danny Elfman, Los Angeles California, composer (Simpson Show Theme)
1955 – John Hinckley Jr, shots and wounds President Reagan (1981)
1884 – Irish writer Oscar Wilde marries Constance Lloyd
1453 – Constantine XI Dragases, last Byzantine Emperor, dies at 49
1814 – Josephine, empress of France (1804-14)
1951 – Fanny Brice, Zeigfield Girl (Baby Snooks Show), dies at 59
1998 – Barry M. Goldwater, Senator from Arizona and presidential candidate (b. 1909)
2004 – Archibald Cox, Watergate special prosecutor (b. 1912)
2010 – Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (b. 1936)
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Local Elected Officials Say ‘Avast’ to Water-Borne Ads, But Company Claims City Is Out of Its Depth
The advertising barges that have become a pet bête noire for Lower Manhattan residents were the focus of a discussion at the April 23 meeting of Community Board 1 , where Paul Goldstein, who chairs that panel’s Waterfront, Parks, & Cultural Committee, offered an update, saying, “those floating billboards that you’ve seen on both the east and west sides — the good news is that the City is cracking down on them. Both the Mayor and the Council say they find it unacceptable. So they are imposing fines and enacting laws to restrict it.” To read more…
Anthem of the Seas Spins About
Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals and Departures
Friday, May 31
Adventure of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am; outbound 3:00 pm; Florida/Bahamas
Saturday, June 1
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 4:00 pm; Bermuda
Inbound 7:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; Canadian Maritimes/Maine/Rhode Island
Sunday, June 2
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; Bermuda
Many ships pass Lower Manhattan on their way to and from the Midtown Passenger Ship Terminal. Others may be seen on their way to or from piers in Brooklyn and Bayonne. Stated times, when appropriate, are for passing the Colgate clock in Jersey City, NJ, and are based on sighting histories, published schedules and intuition. They are also subject to tides, fog, winds, freak waves, hurricanes and the whims of upper management.
Shelter from the Storm
City Plans Temporary Flood Protection Measures for Downtown
The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio is formulating short-term strategies to protect the South Street Seaport and the Financial District from sea-level rise and future extreme-weather events.
This Sand Is Your Sand, This Sand Is Our Sand…
Although Not Yet a Shore Thing, Proposal for Brooklyn Bridge Beach Takes a Step Forward
After multiple rounds of funding since 2013, the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Beach — a project supported by elected officials, community leaders, and the public — may be inching closer to reality.
The plan, backed by all of these constituencies, aims to create a crescent-shaped wedge of sand along the East River waterfront, just north of the South Street Seaport, where park-goers could wade knee deep in tide. If built, it would become the sole access point at which Lower Manhattan residents could step into the water that surrounds them, rather than merely looking at it.
Hudson River Park Trust Seeks Development on Pier 40
The Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT), in collaboration with local elected officials, is seeking to revise its enabling legislation to allow for commercial development at Pier 40.
“The major issue is that there need to be changes to the legislation that created the Hudson River Park, because Pier 40 is sinking,” explained Anthony Notaro, chair of Community Board 1 (CB1) at an April 26 meeting.
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Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
Not So Alone
in Trinity Churchyard
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