In the News: City Buildings for Sale

49-51 Chambers facade entrance••• Tribeca Trib has an update on the three city buildings that the Bloomberg administration wants to sell: “The City Council rejected the sale of 22 Reade Street in November (which some on the council would like to see become an African Burial Ground museum)”—to go along with the exhibition at the monument?—”but approved the disposition of [346 Broadway and 49-51 Chambers (above)], which currently house offices for more than a dozen city agencies. Space given to the community could be in either of the two buildings being sold, but is more likely to be in 49-51 Chambers.” There’s not enough room for a school, so community politicians are pissed. (Note to CB1 chair Catherine McVay: There is a library east of W. Broadway. It’s at 9 Murray, between Broadway and Church.) If you have no idea which buildings these are, check out these posts; I sneaked into each one and took photos.

3WTC••• “Developer Larry Silverstein is ‘closer than anyone realizes’ to landing tenants that would allow him to complete Tower 3 at the World Trade Center, Mayor Bloomberg told The Post. [...] The likely anchor tenant is GroupM—a subsidiary of the world’s largest advertising company, WPP—which a source said is in ‘advanced talks’ to sign a lease. GroupM has been looking to consolidate its operations in the city by leasing about 550,000 of the 2.8 million square feet in Tower 3, an 80-story structure Silverstein hopes to construct by 2015.” (via Curbed)

••• “Kindergarten registration begins this month, again sparking waitlist worries and crowding concerns among many Lower Manhattan parents. Nowhere are those concerns more acute than at P.S. 276 in lower Battery Park City, where parents fear that their school will be saddled with more 5-year-olds than the school can handle.” —Tribeca Trib

••• “In the last year, the government’s prosecutorial branch in [Lower] Manhattan has taken in about $160 million from an online poker operation and more than $2 billion from a failed Ponzi scheme. Last week, it even secured a Tyrannosaurus skeleton from Mongolia valued at more than $1 million. This business is the asset forfeiture unit of the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan. In 2012, the unit recovered about $3 billion in crime proceeds—the largest amount ever recovered by a single United States attorney’s office since the Justice Department established the asset forfeiture program four decades ago. It also accounts for 68 percent of the national total last year from the country’s 93 United States attorney’s offices, according to government figures.” —New York Times

••• “After the Sept. 11 attacks, nothing symbolized the city’s rallying around like many New Yorkers who helped at ground zero for days, weeks, months, without being asked. Now Mr. Oliver, suffering from back pain and a chronic sinus infection, is among scores of volunteers who have begun filing claims for compensation from a $2.8 billion fund that Congress created in 2010. But proving they were there and eligible for the money is turning out to be its own forbidding task.” —New York Times

••• The playground part of City Hall Park being used as a schoolyard for the Tweed Courthouse will be covered in wood chips so the kids don’t have to play on dirt. —Tribeca Trib

••• “A homeless man was arrested early Wednesday for setting fire to Christmas trees left on the curb” at Broadway and Thomas. Call Fox News! The War on Christmas continues! —DNAinfo

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  1. One of these buildings needs to be a school. If the city wants to grant upzoning requests for Pace’s new dorm, CB1 ought to demand a school before agreeing to any upzoning request.