Lower Manhattan’s Local News
The Train to the Plane
A Convenient Connection to the Airport Visible from Lower Manhattan Rooftops May Be Less Than Ten Years Away
The Regional Plan Association (RPA) recently partnered with the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association (DLMA) to build support for a proposed rail connection between Lower Manhattan and Newark Airport. A report the two organizations produced together, “Taking the PATH to Newark Airport,” summarizes the potential and the prospects for such a link, which local leaders have long pushed for.
The RPA (an independent, not-for-profit civic group that develops ideas to improve the economy, environment, and quality of life in the New York metropolitan area) and the DLMA (parent organization of the Downtown Alliance, which counts as part of its mission the improvement of transit, traffic and transportation facilities serving Lower Manhattan) hope to galvanize enthusiasm for the $1.7-billion proposal to extend tracks on the Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH) rail transit system, from Newark’s Penn Station to an existing train stop on the outskirts of the eleventh-busiest airport in the United States.
That facility, known as Newark Airport Station, is currently served by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit, but not the PATH system. Establishing such a link would allow passengers originating in Lower Manhattan to transfer quickly and easily across a platform to the AirTrain Newark monorail system, which plies a three-mile loop within the airport, stopping at all major terminals.
This connection would allow riders to travel between the World Trade Center’s PATH terminal and Newark Airport in 36 minutes, at a cost of less than $10 — a trip that currently can more than an hour (depending on traffic) and cost more than $50 in taxi fares.
Such a development would come on the heels of explosive growth in both PATH ridership at the World Trade Center and passenger traffic at Newark Airport. In the five years between 2013 and 2018, the number of daily PATH passengers at the World Trade Center swelled from 34,700 to 50,800 — and jump of 46.2 percent. (During the same period, ridership on the PATH system overall grew by only 15 percent.) At the same time, the tally of air passengers arriving at or departing from Newark Airport has expanded by 31 percent — a rate of growth far surpassing equivalent figures for both Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports.
Calls for connecting the PATH system to Newark Airport date back to the late 1970s, but remained dormant until the early 2000s, when the Port Authority (which oversees the World Trade Center, the PATH system, and Newark Airport) resurrected the idea, estimating in 2004 that it would cost approximately $500 million. In 2012, the agency allocated money for a feasibility study, and two years later included the proposal in its ten-year capital plan, earmarking $1.5 billion for construction. At the time, building work was slated to begin in 2018, and be completed by 2023. In 2016, however, the plan was put on hold. It was revived again, however, the following year, with a revised cost estimate of $1.7 billion. The new projected date of completion for the plan is 2026.
DLMA president Jessica Lappin said, “obviously, residents, the work force and tourists to Lower Manhattan would all benefit from better access to Newark International airport. Our global world demands global connectivity. It’s important to note that this regional project would also have a great positive economic impact on Newark. A project like this will support continued employment and residential growth along existing PATH lines and bring more opportunities to the new communities served by the extension.”
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Where the Streets Are Paved with Gold
Decades of Savings Needed to Purchase on Lavish Lanes
A trio of new analyses points to the self-evident conclusion that Lower Manhattan is a mind-numbingly expensive place to reside. The first of these comes from PropertyClub.com, an online real estate marketplace that eliminates middle-men for landlords, brokers and managers. This report tallied to most expensive streets in New York City, by tabulating residential sales on each thoroughfare.
Tribeca’s Murray Street was calculated to be the third-most expensive anywhere in the five boroughs, with a median sales price of $5.4 million, and a volume of sales in excess of $364 million. Park Place, West Street, and Chambers Street took places five, six, and seven, respectively, while Leonard and Warren Streets also appeared in the top 20.
A Tale of Two Museums
Community-Focused Cultural Center Faces Uncertain Future, as Tourism Magnet Thrives
The 9/11 Tribute Museum, a highly regarded local cultural institution, is grappling with a precarious outlook, according to a story first published in Crain’s New York Business, which says that the space housing the facility, located at Greenwich and Rector Streets, may be sold out from under the organization by its landlord.
Gotham Girls Winter Futsal League & Formativo Training
Gotham Girls F.C. – the only NYC all-girls soccer club
is running our Winter Futsal League for girls ages 7 to 16.
(Our foundational development soccer – Formativo – is available for girls ages 7-10). Our dedicated coaches ref the fun, active 50-minute 4v4 indoor futsal games, and provide coaching to develop girls foot skills and knowledge.
Dates are December 7/8 – March 21/22.
Games are on Saturdays or Sundays (depending on age)
at PS276 and PS234 gyms.
Cost is $210 for 12 games.
To register for Winter Futsal or Formativo, please go to http://gothamgirls.org.
Here We Go Again…
Battery Park City Resident Charged with Latest in String of Alleged Sex Crimes
Battery Park City resident and music industry executive Adam Lublin, a resident of the Tribeca Pointe building at 41 River Terrace is facing further charges of sexual misconduct, in addition to the counts filed against him by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office related to three other alleged incidents.
In a story first reported by the New York Post, Mr. Lublin was arraigned again on Monday, when he was charged in relation to a September 10 incident, inside his apartment, in which he allegedly took videos and photos of himself molesting a woman who was sleeping there. Investigators found these videos archived in an online account registered to Mr. Lublin. To read more…
Aggregation and Promulgation
Council Member and Borough President Push for Transparency in Development
Community Board 1 has endorsed a proposed new law — sponsored by a City Council member representing the Upper East Side and supported by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer — that would require City government to notify local officials whenever development rights are transferred between building lots. Such transfers are often used by developers to maximize the zoning potential for the site of a planned skyscraper.
Preservation, Renovation, Elevation,
and a Donation
Seaport Structure Reborn as Flood-Proof Food Emporia as Owner Celebrates with Support for Local Charity
The South Street Seaport’s historic Tin Building reached a milestone on Wednesday, when the last and highest structural beam was placed (after being ceremonially signed by dozens of well-wishers) within a reconstructed edifice, following an unprecedented, years-long effort to preserve it.
photos courtesy HHC
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Nadler Sponsors Legislation to Make Lower Manhattan Heliopolis No More
Support is building among decision-makers to heed a decade long call by Lower Manhattan community leaders to enact a comprehensive ban on non-essential helicopter flights in New York’s airspace.
On October 26, Congressman Jerry Nadler was joined on the steps of City Hall by fellow federal legislators Nydia Velazquez and Carolyn Maloney, as well as Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and State Senator Brian Kavanagh, along with a coalition of activists and community leaders, to announce a new proposed law — the Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019. To read more…
Cruise Ships in New York Harbor
Arrivals & Departures
Friday, November 22
Inbound 9:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm
Saturday, November 23
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 5:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 3:00 pm
Port Canaveral, FL/Bahamas
Sunday, November 24
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 3:30 pm
Port Canaveral, FL/Bahamas
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, New Jersey, 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.
Today in History
1635 – Dutch colonial forces on Taiwan launch a pacification campaign against native villages, resulting in Dutch control of the middle and south of the island.
1718 – Off the coast of North Carolina, British pirate Edward Teach (best known as “Blackbeard”) is killed in battle with a boarding party led by Royal Navy Lieutenant Robert Maynard.
1869 – In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark is launched and is one of the last clippers ever built, and the only one still surviving today.
1873 – The French steamer SS Ville du Havresinks in 12 minutes after colliding with the Scottish iron clipper Loch Earn in the Atlantic, with a loss of 226 lives.
1935 – The China Clipper inaugurates the first commercial transpacific air service, connecting Alameda, California with Manila.
1963 – John F. Kennedy is assassinated and Texas Governor John Connally is seriously wounded by Lee Harvey Oswald, who also killed Dallas Police officer J. D. Tippit after fleeing the scene. Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as the 36th President of the United States.
1963 – The Beatles release ‘With the Beatles‘.
1975 – Juan Carlos is declared King of Spain following the death of Francisco Franco.
1995 – Toy Story is released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.
2005 – Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany.
1602 – Elisabeth of France (d. 1644)
1635 – Francis Willughby, English ornithologist and ichthyologist (d. 1672)
1744 – Abigail Adams, second First Lady of the United States (d. 1818)
1890 – Charles de Gaulle, French general and politician, 18th President of France (d. 1970)
1912 – Doris Duke, American art collector and philanthropist (d. 1993)
1913 – Benjamin Britten, English pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1976)
1921 – Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian, actor, rapper, and screenwriter (d. 2004)
1967 – Boris Becker, German-Swiss tennis player
365 – Antipope Felix II
1896 – George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., American engineer, invented the Ferris wheel (b. 1859)
1902 – Walter Reed, American physician and entomologist (b. 1851)
1916 – Jack London, American novelist and journalist (b. 1876)
1955 – Shemp Howard, American actor and comedian (b. 1895)
1963 – Aldous Huxley, English novelist and philosopher (b. 1894)
1963 – C. S. Lewis, British writer, critic and Christian apologist (b. 1898)
1980 – Mae West, American actress, singer, and screenwriter (b. 1893)
Governors Island Caps a Banner Season; Faces Momentous Decisions in 2020
Governors Island has recently concluded a record-breaking season, and faces a year of both expanded amenities and milestone decisions in 2020, according to a recent discussion at Community Board 1.
At the September 17 meeting of the Board’s Waterfront, Parks, & Cultural Committee, Clare Newman, the president and chief executive officer of the Trust of Governors Island, began by noting that, “as everyone knows, we are now open six months of the year, which means you can experience spring summer and fall on Governors Island.”
Quay to the Future
Hudson River Park Trust Hints at Estuarium Partnership with River Project
A discussion at the October 15 meeting of the Waterfront, Parks & Cultural Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1) pointed toward a possible resolution of a question that has remained unanswered for years: Will a highly regarded non-profit that has served Lower Manhattan for decades continue to have a home on the waterfront?
“A Fraudulent Scheme”
FiDi Renters Seek Recompense for Years of Rent Overcharges
In the wake of a June ruling by New York State’s highest court that tenants in Financial District rental buildings had been illegally deprived of rent stabilization benefits, a pair of apartment dwellers is litigating to recoup the money they lost by paying inflated, market-rate rents for years.
In October, Bruce Hackney and Timothy Smith, tenants at Ten Hanover Square, filed suit against their landlord, alleging that the owner’s, “failure to follow rent regulations was part of a fraudulent scheme to deregulate apartments in the building.”
Eighteen Years Later, What about the Children?
Schools Agency Begins Belated Outreach Effort to Former Lower Manhattan Students at Risk of 9/11 Illness
The City’s Department of Education is partnering with the United Federation of Teachers union for an unusual mission: tracking down former New York City public school students who were pupils at Lower Manhattan schools on September 11, 2001 (or in the months that followed) and informing them that their health may be at risk. The project will also seek to put these students in touch with the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.
In September, the DOE began mailing out the first of more than 19,000 letters to the last known addresses of students who attended schools such as P.S. 89, I.S. 289, P.S. 234, P.S. 150, and Stuyvesant High School, along with dozens of other elementary, middle, and high schools below Houston Street.
Lower Manhattan Forecast: It’s Getting Cloudier
Downtown Alliance and BPCA Expand Free Wireless Coverage by 1.5 Million Square Feet
The Battery Park City Authority and Downtown Alliance have teamed up to bring improved or new free WiFi service to an additional 1.5-million square feet of outdoor space in Rockefeller, Teardrop, and Wagner Parks along the Hudson River in Battery Park City.
The next phase of the project, slated for 2020, will aim to cover large swaths of the Battery Park City’s Esplanade. For more information about free WiFi coverage in Lower Manhattan, please browse: www.downtownny.com/wifi
Click to 30 seconds of morning sounds on the esplanade
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Shoot
Chin Pushes Legislation to Rein in Production Permits
City Council member Margaret Chin is co-sponsoring a package of bills to clamp down on rampant film and television production in Lower Manhattan.
Although the new laws, if enacted, will have City-wide effect, their impact would be especially significant in the square mile below Chambers Street, where dozens of movies and TV shows commandeer local streets (sometimes for days at a time) each year.
Things That Make You Go ‘Hmm…’
Lawsuit Over Similarity Between One World Trade and Architecture Student’s Design Moves Ahead
One thing is reasonably certain: In 1999, Jeehoon Park, then a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture, created a design for a very tall building with a large square base tapering to a smaller square top. In Mr. Park’s vision, the square formed by the roof was rotated 45 degrees relative to the one at the ground level, so that the center-points on each side of the quadrilateral below corresponded to the corners of the one above, and vice versa. And instead of four vertical walls, the structure’s facade consisted of eight elongated triangles.
That structure was never built. Or was it?
What’s In Store?
Amid a Booming Economy, Lower Manhattan Retail Space Languishes
A new report from City Comptroller Scott Stringer finds that in one Lower Manhattan zip code — 10013, which covers parts of western Tribeca SoHo, and the Canal Street corridor in Chinatown — there are 319 empty retail spaces, comprising almost 300,000 square feet of unused property. To read more…
Breaking It Down
Composting Catches on in Battery Park City
You’re probably heard of the farm-to-table movement. Thanks to the Battery Park City Authority’s compost initiative, there’s a burgeoning table-to-earth movement in this Lower Manhattan community.
What happens to the scraps after you’ve dropped them in the bin? How do your apple peels and corn husks turn into rich, beneficial compost?
The Broadsheet set out to investigate. To read more…
Death Came Calling at the Corner of Wall and Broad Streets, in Lower Manhattan’s First Major Terrorist Attack
As the noon hour approached on a fall Thursday morning in 1920, a horse-drawn wagon slowly made its way west down Wall Street toward “the Corner,” the high-powered intersection of Wall and Broad. Its driver came to a gentle stop in front of the Assay Office, where stockpiles of gold and silver were stored and tested for purity. But theft was not his motive.
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
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