July 6th - July 12th, 2013
Firefighter Identified From 9-11 Remains
July 5 - The city medical examiner's office said Friday that the remains of a firefighter killed in the Sept. 11 attack have been identified, more than 11 years after his death at the World Trade Center, reported the Associated Press. The remains of the firefighter, Lt. Jeffrey Walz, were collected before May 2002 but were retested and identified only recently, the office said. Lieutenant Walz, 37, was an engineer before he decided to follow his father's example and become a firefighter in 1992. He was killed in the trade center's north tower, leaving a wife and toddler son. Some 2,753 people died from the attacks on the World Trade Center. The announcement on Friday brings the number of identified victims to 1,637. New identifications are made periodically. Authorities said that two weeks ago they identified the remains of a 43-year-old woman. Her name was not released.
Crews Work to Clean up Lower Manhattan Water Main Break
July 6 - Crews were working to clean up after a water main break the night of July 5th in Lower Manhattan, According to NY1. The Department of Environmental Protection said that water has been shut off to businesses in the immediate area, but said it is safe to drink. The cause of the break is unclear. The incident caused traffic issues and M15 and M22 bus reroutes near the Brooklyn Bridge.
NYC Takes Control of South Street Seaport Museum
July 8 - New York City has taken control of the South Street Seaport Museum. It continues to struggle with an estimated $22 million in damage from Superstorm Sandy. The Museum of the City of New York said last month it could no longer operate the waterfront museum in lower Manhattan. The Wall Street Journal says three Bloomberg administration officials now make up a skeleton board of trustees. Meanwhile, the city is scrambling to find a new institutional partner. The museum's waterfront director has been appointed as its interim president. The museum is housed in a commercial building on Fulton Street that served the seaport starting in 1811. It also maintains a fleet of historic vessels.
Silverstein Said to Be in Deal With GroupM on 3 WTC
July 9 - Larry Silverstein reached a preliminary agreement for advertising firm GroupM to lease offices at 3 World Trade Center, marking a key step for the developer to proceed with building the 80-story Lower Manhattan skyscraper, two people with knowledge of the negotiations said. Bloomberg reported that GroupM, the media buying and planning division of WPP Plc, the world's biggest advertising company, agreed to take more than 500,000 square feet in the tower, which is designed to be 2.5 million square feet, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. A term sheet was signed yesterday, with a completed lease expected by the end of the year. A deal would allow Silverstein Properties Inc. to move toward obtaining financing and government subsidies to erect the skyscraper, which would be the third constructed on the 16-acre site The lease would also provide a boost to lower Manhattan's office market, where almost 10 million square feet is available. GroupM agreed to a 20-year lease at 3 WTC, the people with knowledge of the deal said. The company would take the lower part of the building, including some of the 68,000-square-foot base floors that were originally designed to be trading floors for an investment banking tenant. GroupM would be the first non-government tenant in any of the three towers Silverstein has the right to build at the site.
Occupy Returns to Zuccotti Park
July 9 - Many dozens of Occupy demonstrators returned to Zuccotti Park Saturday, reported the Downtown Express. The scene, although sometimes loud, was far from the drama of two years ago when the international Occupy Wall Street movement began in the Lower Manhattan park. Only about 10 uniform and white-shirted police officers were on hand July 6 for the Occupy Town Square and they mostly observed. In one instance, police apparently tried to remove pamphlets, but protesters sat down on them and yelled, which ended the confrontation. Demonstrators yelled at police a few other times, but there were no arrests. Police on the scene as well as their spokespersons had no comment. Throughout the event, which was planned to go from noon to 8 p.m., Occupy participants sat in a large circle to discuss issues and sing songs, replenishing themselves with organic food. With many fewer demonstrators, arrests and confrontations, there was also dramatically less attention at Zuccotti.