Midtown East Rezoning
Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s initiative to rezone the 73 blocks of East Midtown surrounding Grand Central Terminal was met with rejection yesterday as members of the City Council announced they could not come to an agreement on the plan.
“A good idea alone is not enough to justify action today,” Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Member Dan Garodnick said in a joint-statement released yesterday. “We should rezone East Midtown, but only when we can do so properly. After extensive negotiations, we have been unable to reach agreement on a number of issues in the proposed plan.”
The Howard Hughes Corporation launched the redevelopment of the South Street Seaport today with a groundbreaking ceremony for the Pier 17 building.
The $200 million project will yield 365,000 square feet of retail space — a mix of shops, dining and entertainment options — highlighted by a one and a half-acre rooftop and what the developer said will be a world-class restaurant, two outdoor bars and an amphitheater with a 4,000-person capacity.
Masters of Real Estate
There’s “something major” happening in every submarket in the city, but will gridlock in Washington and the impending mayoral election thrust the city back into recession – or even into a backdrop of crime and bankruptcy reminiscent of the 1970’s?
Not a chance, said a group of the city’s top real estate developers at Observer Read More
As a part of New York City’s initiatives to offer free Wifi across the five boroughs, the New York City Economic Development Corp., is teaming up with Gowex, a company specializing in free Wifi and business-to-business wireless networks.
The city is working with Gowex to add 500 additional smart zones to its existing 2,000 zones. The expanded coverage includes Long Island City, Brownsville, Harlem 125th St, Roosevelt Island, the Bronx and Staten Island.
Tech and the City
The Downtown Alliance has announced LaunchLM, a city-backed initiative aimed at bringing together tech innovators below Chambers Street.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced the endeavor, which will be advised by a group of leaders including Rudin Management’s Bill Rudin, during a speech last week on New York City’s post-9/11 renewal.
“This new initiative will advance the tech community in Read More
NHL Hall-of-Famer Mark Messier has been named CEO of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center in the Bronx, which is set to become the world’s largest ice sports facility when complete, it was announced today.
As CEO, Mr. Messier, who led the New York Rangers to a Stanley Cup in 1994, will oversee the development and Read More
For most of us, the Internet defines our lives, from immediately checking our Twitter feeds in the morning to falling asleep cradling our Netflix-blaring laptops at night. So New Yorkers may be shocked to learn that one in four New York households do not have an Internet connection in their homes.
And while for some of us, that might just mean a little less Facebook trolling, for New York’s K-12 students, an Internet-less household could put them at a severe academic disadvantage.
That’s why Connect2Compete, an organization that aims to provide low-cost computers and Internet access to people across the nation, is launching EveryoneOn, an initiative to help bring affordable Internet to all the city’s students.
A waterfront park that includes repurposed rail tracks is open in Long Island City, sprucing up the 30-acre middle-income housing development underway in the Hunter’s Point South area.
The five-acre park includes basketball courts, a children’s playground, an expansive dog run and an athletic oval. And, of course, panoramic views of Midtown Manhattan reinforce one of the post-industrial neighborhood’s greatest assets.
Last summer, Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a series of initiatives to expand the city’s broadband capabilities—specifically when it comes to fiber connectivity. But it’s no secret the city has a long way to go before access to fiber is widespread. In Brooklyn, for example, one businessman said his DSL connection is even slower than dial-up. And in rankings recently published by New America Foundation, New York only placed tenth on an international list of cities with fastest Internet speeds.
So maybe it should come as no surprise that the people of Nunavut—Canada’s northernmost territory, with a population density of 0.052 people per square mile and whose most populous city, Iqaluit, is home to around 6,000 people—might be getting fiber connectivity before you.
Earlier this week, The Commercial Observer reported on an article that appeared in New Republic, which questioned the energy efficiency of the Bank of America Tower, also known as 1 Bryant Park.
In an email sent to The Commercial Observer yesterday, Douglas Durst, chairman of The Durst Organization, acknowledged there Read More
Elizabeth Berger, president and CEO of the Alliance for Downtown New York and president of the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association, has died at 53 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Ms. Berger helped shape the reimagining and rebuilding of Lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks and recently led a multifaceted effort to assist Lower Manhattan businesses and residents following Superstorm Sandy.
Despite an LEED-Platinum certification and praise regarding its sustainability from the press, Al Gore, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration, the Durst Organization’s Bank of America Tower isn’t all it was cracked up to be, according to an articleThe tower in fact “produces more greenhouse gases and uses more energy per square foot than any Read More
In December 2012, Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge, an opportunity for New York businesses to compete for super-speedy fiber broadband connectivity in their workplaces, with installation free of charge. The first round of winners was notified throughout the spring and summer of 2013, and this week, Wired City spoke to one of them: luxury lingerie purveyor Journelle, whose flagship store and offices are located in Union Square.
The office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, recently announced that the Planning and Resiliency Office is now working with the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) to create a new Telecommunications Planning and Resiliency Office.
The goal in joining together is to develop a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to achieve “telecommunications resiliency.”
On the blogs
This week, The New York Observer rolled out a new blog, Wired City, focusing on one of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s signature infrastructure initiatives as he winds down his final term in office: expediting technological upgrades at the city’s office buildings.