September 28th - October 4th, 2013
Fairway Supermarket Coming to World Trade Center Area
September 27 - Fairway Market, which launched its first store on the Upper West Side in the 1930s, is coming to the World Trade Center neighborhood, according to the New York Post. The high-end grocery chain just signed a lease for a jumbo store of more than 52,000 square feet at 255 Greenwich St. at the corner of Murray Street, two blocks north of the WTC. The location is an office tower owned by Jack Resnick and Sons, the prominent commercial and residential development company. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The new downtown store, to open next year, marks the latest entry into the thriving FiDi area. The new Fairway will have more than 11,000 square feet on the ground floor and the rest in the concourse, with a main entrance at the corner of Greenwich and Murray streets.
New York Police Search for Parachutists Who Landed Near Ground Zero
September 30 - Police in New York are searching for two men who appear to have parachuted onto a Lower Manhattan street near Ground Zero before dawn on Monday and disappeared, authorities said. Reuters reported that two men wearing black suits and black helmets were spotted by a security camera alighting onto a street near Goldman Sachs Group Inc's Lower Manhattan headquarters at 3:07 a.m. Monday, the New York Police Department's chief spokesman, John McCarthy, said. The pair landed near 200 West Street, a 43-story office tower located several blocks west of One World Trade Center, one of the sites of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Cameras near the site captured the final descent, but authorities have yet to determine whether the men jumped from a nearby rooftop or out of an aircraft. "They were seen walking with parachutes away from the location," NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said after a departmental promotion ceremony on Monday, local media reported. "No banners, notes were left," Kelly said. "They walked away from the (security) camera. We don't know how they left."
Carpenters Strike at World Trade Center
October 2 - Carpenters lined up around the World Trade Center construction site at 7 a.m. on Oct. 2 to support colleagues that could be facing a pay cut who work on the underground transportation hub, according to Epoch Times. Negotiations between the Cement League and transportation hub workers broke down yesterday, but another meeting is scheduled for today at 2:30 p.m. Jeremy Milin, a business agent for New York City District Council of Carpenters, said the carpenters have worked for the last two years without a new contract. John Brunetti from the Cement League said the breakdown in negotiations Tuesday was over a 20 percent reduction in wages for carpenters in the outer boroughs, and not the workers at the transportation hub at the World Trade Center site. According to Milin, the Vehicular Security Center parking garage across the street was paying their carpenters the normal rate. Only at the transportation hub were there problems, according to the workers. The workers could be back at work tomorrow if negotiations today are successful. About 200 workers lined up in three locations around the World Trade Center at 9 a.m. Most of them do not work on the transportation hub, but wanted to show their support for their colleagues.
Construction of Streetscape in Front of Pier A Halts Amid Funding Dispute
October 3 - While work is continuing on the redevelopment of Pier A, the dock situated at the border between Battery Park City and Historic Battery Park, which is being transformed into a restaurant, bar, and catering facility, progress has ground to a halt at the plaza planned for the front entrance to the structure, because of a funding dispute, according to The Broadsheet. The plaza is expected to cost approximately $5 million and was originally meant to be funded by the budget of the City's Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which owns Pier A and recruited the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) to manage its redevelopment in 2009. But the overall budget for the project was capped at $36 million, and the EDC's agreement with the BPCA stipulates that the Authority will be responsible for any cost overages. Based on this agreement, the BPCA had planned to absorb the $5 million that the plaza is expected to cost. But it has mostly depleted its cash on hand, especially in the year since Hurricane Sandy flooded parts of Battery Park City, necessitating many millions of dollars in unexpected repair costs. An EDC spokesman declined to comment on whether his agency would be willing to fund the plaza construction at Pier A.
West Street Crosswalk, Closed for Years, Restored at Vesey
October 3 - For the first time in five years, pedestrians have their crosswalk back at Vesey and West Streets, reported the Tribeca Trib. The crosswalk, on the north side of Vesey Street and adjacent to the World Trade Center site, opened Wednesday afternoon with six crossing guards and a traffic agent assigned to the busy highway crossing. Pedestrians have had to climb stairs -- or take an elevator that was sometimes out of service -- to access a temporary footbridge above West Street that the state built in 2003. The bridge, which has connected the south side of Vesey with the World Financial Center (now called Brookfield Place), provided a northern link between the Financial District and Battery Park City. The dismantling of that bridge is expected to begin "soon," according to a state DOT announcement.
Citigroup Zeroing in On New HQ Site
October 3 - Facing an upcoming lease expiration at its Park Avenue global headquarters, Citigroup Inc. is close to making a major decision on what it will do with the millions of square feet of office space it occupies across the metropolitan region and where it will locate the seat of its global banking operations, reported Crain's New York. Citi, like many large financial institutions, no longer needs the square footage it once did. Many of its jobs have been exported to lower-cost Long Island City, Queens, where Citi owns one building and leases another. Though the timing for a deal is still not yet set, several sources said the bank's search has now transitioned from an open-ended exploration of the market to negotiations with three landlords. The bank will choose between the World Trade Center site, an existing twin-building complex it occupies on Greenwich Street in Tribeca, and the Hudson Yards on the far West Side. At the World Trade Center site, Citi would anchor -- and potentially fully occupy -- the more than two-million square-foot 2 World Trade Center to be developed by Silverstein Properties. The deal would complete the buildout of the World Trade Center site, where Silverstein has nearly finished with another office building it is constructing there, 4 WTC. It is also close to a major lease with the media firm GroupM that would permit it to build another tower, 3 World Trade Center. One World Trade Center, the biggest tower at the site, is also set to open next year. Several sources said that a front-runner in the decision could actually be a property that Citi already occupies: 388 and 390 Greenwich St., a more than 2.5 million-square-foot, twin-building complex it sold to landlord SL Green Realty Corp. in 2007 for nearly $1.6 billion.