December 6th - December 12th, 2003
Project to Light Wall Street Begins
Wednesday, Dec. 10: A project known as "Corridor of Light" kicked off this week with the illumination of the façade of 60 Wall Street -- the first of 14 buildings in the Financial District that are to be lit up over the course of a year.
The New York Times reported Monday that the civic organization Wall Street Rising initiated the program to light up several buildings on and near Wall Street.
"The idea was to light it like Paris at night," Julie Menin, president of Wall Street Rising, told the newspaper. "There's such fantastic architectural detail that's not being lit."
The Times said the program, designed by Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, will cost about $1 million, and that building owners have agreed to pick up the cost.
Stuyvesant HS Student Wins Math-Science Competition
Monday, Dec. 8: Yin Li, 17, a senior at Stuyvesant High School in Lower Manhattan, won top honors in the nationwide Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. Li's project, "Characterizing the Prion Properties of a Translational Regulator Expressed in Mouse Brain," studied nerve proteins that may aid memory.
The award includes a $100,000 college scholarship. Several media outlets reported that Li hopes to attend Harvard University or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Construction of Office Space Starts at 7 WTC
Thursday, Dec. 11: A crowd of celebrants was on hand to view the ceremonial hoisting of a steel beam that marks the start of construction of office space at the World Trade Center, Crain's New York Business reported.
Rebuilding of 7 WTC, damaged beyond repair by the events of 9/11, began more than a year ago. It is the first structure at the site for which rebuilding has started. Work to date has focused on the Con Ed substation that will occupy the first 10 floors.
Crain's said that developer Larry Silverstein "plans to open the 52-story, 1.7-million-square-foot office building by the end of 2005."