In the News: Broadway Likely to Get Another Tower

••• “As a small-town kid from New Jersey, fresh out of high school, [Thomas] Cannuli was chipping paint, scrubbing the deck, keeping watch and doing the many other duties of a Coast Guard recruit on the 174-foot-long Lilac, now a nautical museum [at Pier 25]. Today he was reuniting with the old vessel, stepping into the cramped spaces where he had lived most of his four year, from 1955 to 1959, as the member of a crew that supplied lighthouses and maintained buoys along the lower Delaware River and Delaware Bay.” —Tribeca Trib

••• “A professor at the Pratt Institute who harnesses publicly available data to address urban-planning questions has discovered that the New York Police Department wrote more than $19,000 in tickets for a legal parking space in Battery Park City. […] The problem stems from a 2009 change in parking regulations, which made it legal for the first time to park in front of curb cuts (the dips in sidewalks and curbs that connect to an adjoining street, making it easier for wheelchairs, baby carriages, and disabled pedestrians to cross) provided there was not a crosswalk attached to the curb cut.” —Broadsheet

••• SL Green Realty Corp. “owns the small 183 Broadway, which it bought last year for $28.5 million, and the adjacent 187 Broadway, which it bought in 2015 along with the 70,000-square-foot 5-7 Dey St. for $63.7 million. The Dey building sits behind the other two to the west. […] Coincidently—or perhaps prompted by a query from SL Green—the MTA, which owns the adjacent 189 Broadway on the southwest corner of Dey Street, now has a request for proposals to buy the ‘surplus development rights and related easement interests’ over that subway entrance. The RFP says the MTA uses 6,565 square feet leaving about 62,750 square feet to be sold. Those proposals are due on July 12, and we can guess who will make the best offer. The C5-5 zoning district allows SL Green to create a tower of up to 15 FAR (floor area ratio) or roughly 200,000 square feet, if it gets those air rights.” —New York Post

••• New York State “Assembly Democrats are blocking a Cuomo-backed bill that would allow booze to be sold in movie theaters. Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, said that his members don’t think it’s a good idea to mix alcohol and films. ‘We want people to be able to take children to a movie theater and not have to worry about the sobriety of people next to them in the movie theater,’ he said.” This would seem to be an issue for iPic and Alamo Drafthouse, no? —New York Post

4 Comments

  1. Ironically NYPD tickets legally parked cars and fails to ticket the illegally parked cars with actual or bogus parking placards.

  2. iPic is amazing and I have been multiple times and there has never been an issue with anyone drinking too much.

  3. Maybe add a provision in the law regarding serving alcohol to folks who are obviously already drunk? Or limit the size of the portions? Or just toss out anyone drunk or inappropriate? Seems like a drag to keep the 99% of folks who just want to have a beer during a movie from enjoying one because of the 1% who might get drunk and rowdy.

    • Are parents drinking during G rated movies to get through the pain? Are teetotaler parents worried about taking their kids to R rated movies and exposing them to drunks?

      New York Consolidated Laws, Alcoholic Beverage Control Law – ABC § 65. Prohibited sales

      No person shall sell, deliver or give away or cause or permit or procure to be sold, delivered or given away any alcoholic beverages to
      1. Any person, actually or apparently, under the age of twenty-one years;
      2. Any visibly intoxicated person;
      3. Any habitual drunkard known to be such to the person authorized to dispense any alcoholic beverages. […]

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