Howard Hughes’ Seaport project gets surprise backing from Gale Brewer

first_imgWhat makes 250 Water Street different is that it would fund a $50 million endowment for the South Street Seaport Museum, which has struggled financially for years and been closed since March. Its champions call the institution crucial to the historic district, which they say justifies the Landmarks Preservation Commission taking the funding into consideration.The project “will overall ensure this district’s success for many years to come,” Brewer told the commissioners via Zoom.But the borough president cited another key argument for the residential development, which would be 470 feet at its highest point: “It has been crafted to reflect the existing urban context,” Brewer said.To wit: At street level it would look like its neighbors, with the towers set back, and it would be at the Wall Street edge of the historic district. Backers say it would provide a transition from the low-scale buildings closer to the East River to the soaring spires just west of it.“Y’all keep talking about a 40-story building as a tower,” testified Kenneth Jackson, the retired Columbia University professor and perhaps Manhattan’s premier historian, after a number of opponents had spoken. “Have you walked around Lower Manhattan at all?”Robert Tierney, a former chairman of the commission, told his successors, “New buildings don’t need to be of the scale of 19th century buildings found on the other side of the district.” Howard Hughes’ edifices, he said, “would blend into the taller modern buildings immediately behind it.”Critics, though, made an impassioned case for Landmarks to deny the application, rejecting the very idea of a transitional zone.“There’s no such thing as an edge to a historic district,” said Tara Kelly of the Municipal Art Society. “You’re either in it or out of it.”Andrea Goldwyn, director of public policy at the New York Landmarks Conservancy, was among many who said the towers would “overwhelm” the district. And Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the Historic Districts Council, called the proposed building “a truly monstrous edifice to achieve many goals, but chiefly greed.”Hitting on another argument frequently made by project foes, Goldwyn said the landmarks agency is obligated to gauge only the historic appropriateness of the proposal. “A hefty donation should not influence the commission’s decision,” she said.But it is hard to imagine commissioners completely divorcing themselves from that and other factors touted repeatedly Tuesday by a veritable who’s who of the city’s so-called permanent government. Many testifiers needed a good portion of their allotted three minutes just to rattle off their résumés.The project’s role in saving the museum was a frequent refrain.“It would endow us with enough continuing support so that we might never face closure again,” said Brendan Sexton, chairman of the museum’s board and a former city sanitation commissioner. “We have the chance for financial stability for the first time.”Rebutting claims that development rights in the district could be sold to raise funds, as envisioned long ago, construction magnate Frank Sciame said, “For five decades, the benefits to the museum of the air rights have not materialized.”He questioned why the parking lot on which the project would rise was included in the historic district in the first place, as nothing distinguishes the site. But in any case, Sciame, a board member and former chairman of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, said, “The residential towers above are sited and massed such that they will not detract from the historic district.”With its size, proximity to Wall Street and striking views of the East River, the project’s 260 condominium units would command prices sufficient to accommodate 100 affordable rentals.“Even though I know we’re not supposed to talk about this issue, it will have affordable housing,” Brewer told the commission, alluding to the agency’s narrow mandate.Affordability would play a stronger role if the project gets past Landmarks and into the city’s land use review, where Council member Margaret Chin would decide its fate late this year. She testified in favor of landmarks approval Tuesday.Seth Pinsky, an Economic Development Corporation president in the Bloomberg administration, doubted that a low-scale project would be financially viable at 250 Water Street. And even if it were, he testified, it would not be appropriate from an urban planning perspective to put a small building there, given its proximity to job centers and the Fulton Street and World Trade Center transit hubs.Like other project supporters, Pinsky noted the need for economic development as New York City tries to come back from its pandemic state — ostensibly not Landmarks’ concern, but hard to ignore nonetheless.“Take a hard look,” Pinsky said, “at what we will forego as a city if we deny this.”Contact Erik Engquist Message* Share via Shortlink Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Email Address* Gale Brewer with 250 Water Street (Getty, the Howard Hughes Corporation/SOM)Et tu, Gale?For opponents of two towers proposed in the South Street Seaport Historic District, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s endorsement of the $1.4 billion project Tuesday must have seemed like a betrayal.For fans of residential development, it was a promising sign that the controversial project will get the go-ahead — and that 2021 might be a turning point for builders.Brewer has for ages sided against developers pitching outsize buildings, but she urged the Landmarks Preservation Commission to approve the Howard Hughes Corporation’s application for 250 Water Street.She was among dozens of New Yorkers to testify at a hearing before the commission, which is charged with ensuring the appropriateness of architecture in historic districts.Brewer’s backing was not only the most unexpected but arguably the most important, given her credibility as a steward of Manhattan’s traditional neighborhoods. For example, she is suing to reverse the de Blasio administration’s decision that four Two Bridges towers can be built without City Council sign-off.Read moreHoward Hughes relaunches review for Seaport projectDeveloper buys Milstein’s Seaport site for $180 millionSouth Street Seaport development tensions rise TagsDevelopmentPoliticslast_img read more

Agency of Transportation begins testing TowPlow

first_img‘The Agency is looking forward to seeing the results of testing this equipment during a storm’ noted Scott Rogers, Director of Operations for VTrans. ‘We are always looking to improve our service for Vermonters and are focused on becoming more effective and efficient. We hope new technology such as this can help us better achieve our goals.’If the results of an initial test are positive, the Agency may look to test the equipment in other parts of the state for the remainder of the winter season.The TowPlow is a steerable snowplow trailer equipped with a 26-foot plow and a granular spreader. In conjunction with a standard plow truck, the combination is able to plow a 24-foot pathway ‘ the width of two typical traffic lanes. This allows the truck and TowPlow combination to cover as much ground as two standard plow trucks. This equipment, if successfully deployed, could allow the Agency to adjust its approach to snow and ice control on Vermont’s interstate highways.In the initial test, the TowPlow and plow truck combination will be deployed during normal hours (4 am to 10 pm) to clear the travel lane and breakdown lane. During night patrols (10 pm to 4 am) the TowPlow and plow truck combination may be used to clear the passing lane and travel lane. During the first few test runs, the TowPlow and plow truck combination will be followed by a VTrans pickup with flashing strobes.Drivers are advised to use caution when approaching or passing the TowPlow and plow truck combination. The Vermont Agency of Transportation announced today that it will begin testing a TowPlow as part of its ongoing effort to explore new technologies to improve winter maintenance operations during heavy snow events. The new equipment test will take place during the next few storm events along I-89, northbound and southbound, between Brookfield (mile marker 35) and Berlin (mile marker 50).last_img read more

Annabell ties for Annika Invitational

first_img22 Jun 2017 Annabell ties for Annika Invitational England teenager Annabell Fuller topped an international field to tie for first place in the Annika Invitational Europe. The 15-year-old from Roehampton, Surrey, was three-under par for the tournament, with a birdie on the last hole for rounds of 75 69 69. But her title challenge was foiled by Sweden’s Amanda Linner who won a sudden-death play-off on the third extra hole. The players halved the first two holes in par, birdie, before Linner’s birdie beat Fuller’s par. The sixth Annika Invitation Europe was held at Halmstad Golf Club, Sweden and attracted a top-class girls’ field. Linner won the French U21 championship earlier this season while third-placed Julia Engstrom (Sweden) became the youngest-ever British women’s champion when she took the title in 2016 aged 15. Fuller was third in the recent German girls’ open, was part of England’s winning team in the U16 international against Spain and has been selected for GB&I’s U16 team for the junior Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe next weekend. Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

State to Help Residents with Sandy-Related Grants

first_imgBy John BurtonLITTLE SILVER – Borough residents interested in applying for state grants for help with Sandy-related repairs are invited to come to borough hall on Friday, June 21, for assistance and answers.Representatives from the state Department of Community Affairs, which is administering the grants, will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to answer questions concerning the applications.Borough officials strongly advise residents to submit applications to be in consideration for the first round of grant awards that will help homeowners with their rebuilding and raising of homes.The Homeowner Resettlement Grant will provide up to $10,000 for eligible homeowners for work on their primary residence, with the condition they remain in or return to Sandy-impacted communities.The Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabili­tation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program offers as much as $150,000 for eligible homeowners for the necessary repairs or elevating their homes.last_img read more


first_imgTRAINER QUOTES COREY NAKATANI, GOODYEARFORROSES, WINNER: “Her winning so easily is just a tribute to Richard’s team. Richard has been so patient with her and has let her tell us when she’s ready to go.“The group that owns her is great and being given the opportunity that I’ve been given, to ride her…the sky is the limit. She’s doing unbelievable, as you can tell from the way she ran today. She tells us when she wants to run and she’s just such a good mare.” RICHARD BALTAS, TRAINER, GOODYEARFORROSES, WINNER: “She’s been aggressive from the time we got her and it’s nice to have a jock like Corey, who I don’t have to give any instructions to.  She’s done everything right and she’s acted like a good horse.  We’ve got some weight on her now and she’s all race horse.  We might stay home (next time) and run in the Gamely (Grade I, 1 1/8 miles on turf, May 27).”BING BUSH, GOODYEARFORROSES, WINNER:  “I can’t put that run into words. We’re beyond the moon! That was amazing.”NOTES: The winning owner is Bing Bush of Del Mar, CA who races as Abbondanza Racing, LLC. -30- JOCKEY QUOTES last_img read more

Govt stifling economic drivers in Regions 5, 6 – Nandlall

first_img…says BBCI toll increase a clear “political gimmick”Former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall believes the actions of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration has negatively impacted the two major economic activities in Berbice, which in turn has significantly reduced spending power and may even be the reasons behind the Berbice River Bridge not earning revenues. Following previously failed talks with Government, the Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI) last week went ahead and announced new toll increases. These include $8040 for cars and minibuses; $14,600 for pickups, small trucks and four-wheel drive vehicles; $27,720 for medium trucks; $49,600 for large trucks; $116,680 for Art trucks; $1680 for freight, and $401,040 for boats passing through the bridge.The new tolls are to take effect from November 12 and according to Chairman of the Bridge Company, Dr Surendra Persaud, who is a close associate of AFC, it has nothing to do with the impending Local Government Elections (LGE) which will be held on the same day. He explained that the Bridge Company has incurred losses in excess of GY$2.8 billion, and has never paid dividends to its ordinary shareholders.However, Nandlall has posited that the blame of the Bridge Company experiencing huge losses squarely lies at the feet of Government for destroying the economy of Regions Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).“The driving economic forces of Regions Five and Six are the sugar and rice sectors. The Government is closing down the sugar sector and is killing the rice sector by imposing VAT (Value-Added Tax) on agricultural equipment and increasing the rates and rents for rice lands by several hundred per cent,” he stated.According to the former Attorney General, the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary-Agriculture Development Authority (MMA-ADA) is unable to maintain the infrastructural dams in the rice cultivation areas while the Drainage and Irrigation Authority, along with MMA, have completed neglected the drainage system in the rice industry.“All of this culminates in economic stagnation in these two regions so there is no money circulating and this obviously will have a negative impact on the revenue generated by the bridge. In short, people simply are travelling less so we go right back to the Government being responsible,” Nandlall contended.He went on to call the proposed toll increases a “political gimmick” and an “electoral stunt” being engineered by the coalition Administration, noting that a number of factors can support this reality. Political gimmickNandlall stressed that there was no way Government, through its Infrastructure Ministry, did not know about the increases when the subject Minister, David Patterson, and the BBCI Chairman are executive members of the AFC party.“When the announcement was made by Dr Persaud, Minister Patterson came out with a statement that he is unaware [of the toll increases]. One has to be extraordinarily gullible to believe that Dr Persaud would not have communicated his decision to his party colleague before making it public. So when Minister Patterson came out claiming ignorance, it was laughable,” Nandlall stated.He further posited that it is also a strain on the intellect of the average Guyanese to accept that the bridge company sought and obtained legal advice from a reputable senior counsel to raise the tolls when only the minister can levy an increase in the toll.Furthermore, the Opposition parliamentarian outlined that it cannot be coincidence that the proposed increases are scheduled to take effect on the same day Local Government polls will be held.“Is it that no other date could have been chosen? And simultaneously, it cannot be a coincidence that there is a plethora of comments both from the Government and the paid PR personnel, both in the press and social media, blaming the People’s Progressive Party for the increase,” he continued.This entire fiasco, Nandlall noted, was staged to drive fear into the people of Berbice with this mammoth increase.“Then we will see the Government stepping in like a knight in shining amour and quash the increases, and take credit for it so as to garner votes especially from these two regions because they sense that they would be soundly thrashed at the Local Government Elections,” he stated.The proposed toll increases have been the subject of much criticisms with Government saying that it would not accept.However, outspoken political activist and former Presidential Advisor Ramon Gaskin is suggesting a total buyout of the bridge company by Government so as to resolve the issue.The BBCI, in which the National Insurance Scheme has majority voting rights on the Board of Directors, was forced to push for the increase in tolls in order to protect its investment. To this end, Gaskin suggested that an alternative can be for Government and the NIS to solely own the bridge, thus buying the shares from all the other shareholders.On the other hand, one of the shareholders told this newspaper that it recognises that BBCI is in serious financial jeopardy, given that debts have reached maturity and few options are available to stave off bankruptcy.Another noted that if an agreement cannot be reached, them it is recommended that the Government buy back the bridge and compensate investors in keeping with the financial model and other investment documents. (Vahnu Manikchand)last_img read more

SA wins UN Security Council seat

first_img13 October 2010 For the second time, South Africa has won a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. The country will push for international peace and the African agenda during its two-year term. South Africa received 182 votes in the 192-member UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. The country last served on the UN Security Council in 2007/08. The UN General Assembly also elected Germany, India, and Colombia to two-year seats on the council, commencing 1 January 2011. Canada and Portugal went to a second round of voting. Each non-permanent country sits on the council for two years alongside the permanent powers – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – who have the right to veto any council resolution. “If elected to the UN Security Council, South Africa will be guided by its commitment to multilateralism, advancement of the African agenda and the peaceful resolution of conflicts,” the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said on Monday. South Africa surprised many, and outraged some, during its first term on the council, when it joined Russia and China in voting against a Security Council resolution on human rights issues in Myanmar. In a recent interview with the SABC, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane acknowledged that they should have communicated better during that experience. She said the country had now gained international experience. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

On Social Value

first_imgOne of the primary challenges many companies face using social is a lack of understanding of social value.Because they misunderstand social value, these companies (and many individuals) fail to create enough value to be relevant and to create a connection. These organizations (and people) produce content that talks about their company instead of their client’s company. They produce content that pitches their product, instead of addressing their client’s challenges. They withhold anything actionable or valuable in the belief that the only way they will ever capture any value is by selling their product, service, or solution to the people with whom they hope to engage.This is why their social marketing efforts fail. Because they withhold value, there is no engagement. Because they create no social value, there is no social connection. This is a recipe for failure.The best remedy for this ailment is to separate social value from “the ask.” When you are creating social value, you don’t worry about “the ask.” Instead you worry about the value creation and the connection with the audience you serve. When you ask, ask directly and make it easy to say yes.Creating value and asking are two separate activities, and they are not seeking the same result. Worry about the value creation, and the ask is easier.last_img read more

Ginebra nears title repeat, shuts down Meralco in Game 5

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s been that kind of day,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “Meralco has done a really good job of grinding out wins against us and that’s really what we’ve always tried to be about — a grind out, defensive type team and so we talked about getting back to our identity and really going out there and getting at people defensively.”The game wasn’t a pretty sight to see on the offensive end with both teams making it tough for the other to score. The lack of familiarity playing in the massive venue also played its part.But the Gin Kings just had enough to win it with its defense forcing Meralco to 20 turnovers that led to 23 turnover points.“We kind of took advantage of that fact that we didn’t shoot the ball all that well either. Again, it was just a grind it out battle. I thought tonight we took away some of their strengths and we were able to get to some of ours as opposed to the last couple of games where they really made us play to our weaknesses,” said Cone.“We just didn’t battle, we went to war today. We knew how important this game is. It didn’t win us anything but in a best of three series, it’s always important to win the first game,” Cone, the two-time Grand Slam winner, said.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE – Barangay Ginebra clamped down on defense late and slammed Meralco, 85-74, to move on the cusp of winning the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Sunday at Philippine Arena here.Leading 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, the Gin Kings shoot for their second straight title with a victory on Wednesday, with Game 6 slated still at the world’s largest indoor arena.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa After coaching first game, Ildefonso says he has no plans of becoming head coach Read Next In front of 36,445 fans in attendance, Ginebra held Meralco to only one field goal in the final six and a half minutes of the game and went on an 11-2 blast to extend a four-point lead to 13, 85-72, with 1:15 to go.Justin Brownlee unfurled 20 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and a block to lead the charge for the Gin Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut it was Greg Slaughter, who imposed his presence down low as the Best Player of the Conference tallied a double-double of 17 markers and 16 boards on top of six rejections.LA Tenorio scattered 17 points, six rebounds, and four dimes, while Joe Devance got 12 markers and seven boards. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES View comments Allen Durham once again gave his all and finished with 27 points, 19 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks.Garvo Lanete had 11 markers and three assists, Anjo Caram got seven, but the locals had little to show in supporting Durham. The Scores:GINEBRA 85 – Brownlee 20, Slaughter 17, Tenorio 17, Devance 12, Aguilar 8, Thompson 5, Caguioa 4, Ferrer 2. MERALCO 74 – Durham 27, Lanete 11, Hugnatan 8, Caram 7, Hodge 6, Dillinger 6, Newsome 5, Amer 4, Tolomia 0, Faundo 0. Quarters: 21-15, 42-35, 66-62, 85-74.last_img read more