December 30th - January 5th, 2006
Bloomberg Makes Inaugural Address
Monday, January 2: Delivering his inaugural address on the first of the year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared the city healed from the attacks on September 11, 2001, the New York Times reported. In his second term as mayor, Bloomberg plans to revitalize New York schools, rebuild Lower Manhattan, and take on the issue of illegal guns, the paper continued.
"We'll quicken the pace of rebuilding here in Lower Manhattan, creating a sustainable residential and commercial community," he was quoted in the Times as saying. "By giving New York a genuine 21st-century downtown, we'll ensure that this, our historic birthplace, once again captures the imagination and admiration of people around the globe," he continued.
The mayor will address the residents of New York City in his State of the City address later this month, at which time he will outline his plans for the city's future in greater detail, the Times added.
City, State Leaders Announce Chinatown Empire Zone
Wednesday, January 4: Governor George Pataki, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced on Tuesday the creation of a new Empire Zone in Chinatown designed to boost the area economy, create business incentives, and lower the property tax burden on taxpayers within the zone. Two additional Empire Zones, in Livingston and Nassau counties, were also announced. For more information, click here.
7 WTC Seeks Tenants Through Bus Ads
Wednesday, January 4: Silverstein Properties is taking a new approach to leasing by running bus advertisements to try to attract new tenants to 7 World Trade, Newsday reported. The development firm has had difficulty finding tenants for the building, scheduled to open in April, and has begun a broad marketing campaign to fill the vacancies.
With 1.7 million square feet of office space to rent, Silverstein Properties hopes that the advertisements on the sides of 200 New York City buses will prompt people to visit the building's website, www.wtc.com, the paper continued. The building's first tenant, the New York Academy of Sciences, was announced last month. It will occupy the 40th floor.
Pataki Delivers Final State of the State Address
Wednesday, January 4: Governor George Pataki delivered his 12th and final State of the State address, thanking New Yorkers for their partnership over the past 11 years and praising them for their resilience and courage in the face of the events of September 11, 2001.
"Four years ago, we were struck by one of history's most heinous and heartbreaking attacks and with it some of the most significant challenges we have ever faced as a people," he said. "And like true New Yorkers, we dared to transcend the challenges before us -- we established and met an aggressive timetable and series of objectives for the revitalization and rebuilding of Lower Manhattan."
He went on to cite the notable signs of recovery present downtown today, including $10 billion worth of new construction moving forward, commitment by firms large and small to remain in Lower Manhattan, 7 World Trade ready to open its doors, and the PATH fully operational.
The future, he continued, holds even greater promise. "This spring, the crowning achievements of this noble undertaking, the Freedom Tower and the World Trade Center Memorial, will begin to take form -- to remind, to inspire, to reflect the power, promise and pride of New York."
9/11 Victims Remains to Be Placed in WTC Memorial
Thursday, January 5: The World Trade Center Memorial will include a private room for family members providing a view into a glass-encased chamber housing the more than 9,000 unidentified remains of 9/11 victims, Newsday reported. An adjacent contemplation room will give the public an opportunity to pay respects to an empty vessel intended to represent the actual remains, the paper continued.
The glass-encased chamber will be controlled for climate and humidity changes, and a container with drawers will be designed to protect and store the remains, Newsday added. It will be built in the north tower's footprint, Anne Papageorge, who oversees memorial development for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC), told the paper.
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation will present plans for the memorial and memorial museum next week to potential bidders for the contract to lay the cement footings for the buildings, the Daily News reported.
Drawing Center Considers New Lower Manhattan Location
Thursday, January 5: The Drawing Center is considering a new location in Lower Manhattan after deciding not to inhabit space in the International Freedom Center, the New York Times reported. The center may build in what was until recently the Fulton Fish Market in the South Street Seaport, the paper continued.
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) allocated $150,000 to the center to study possible alternative sites in Lower Manhattan and granted the center $10 million toward building costs at a new location, the Times added. "It's important to us that the Drawing Center not only relocate to Lower Manhattan but relocate in a way that contributes to the revitalization of Lower Manhattan," LMDC President Stefan Pryor told the Times.
While a decision is not yet final, the South Street Seaport location was deemed the most appealing of more than 75 sites considered, according to the paper. "We're poised to serve as an engine for growth and also expand and create a great institution," Drawing Center Chairwoman Frances Beatty Adler told the Times.