In the News: Pier 40 Restrooms Closed

••• Someone, possibly a real person but it doesn’t seem that way, asked the New York Times why N. Moore Street has the “N.” The answer: “North Moore […] was named after Benjamin Moore, a rector of Trinity Church and an Episcopal bishop of New York who was the president of Columbia College from 1801 to 1811. He was a British loyalist during the American Revolution but remained prominent in the church; his former Tory sympathies were no barrier to his promotion to bishop in 1801. The street was called North Moore to distinguish it from Moore Street in the financial district, which already existed. Moore Street, according to Henry Moscow’s Street Book, was not named for anyone, but was derived from Moor Street, off which ships anchored in the East River.”

••• The New York Times takes its turn with the how-to-save-Pier-40 story. (I’m surprised they didn’t make more of the broken sewage pipe that necessitated the closing of [UPDATE: some] restrooms.) Also: Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, who thinks the talk of massive disrepair is a ploy: “The statement by the trust that it’s considering a phased shutdown is really a tactic to pressure the community and elected representatives to adopt the suggested plan for residential development,” she said. She’d rather have offices than housing on the pier. Really? Offices offer zero sense of community, and while I can imagine people wanting to live over there—sort of—it’s an awful commute to work there.

••• Which reminds me: I need to remember to go take a photo of the Hudson Square Garbage Garage, because much of the framework is up. It’s huge! If anyone is nearby, feel free to shoot me one at

••• “Brookfield CEO J. Bruce Flatt Flees Tribeca Loft for Scant Profit.” —New York Observer

••• “John Valentino recently retired — but he hasn’t been able to stay away from Seaport Jewelry, the popular neighborhood shop he ran for the past 28 years.” —DNAinfo



  1. I was at pier 40 this morning and the bathrooms were open and operational, although not sure I can speak to their cleanliness….

  2. Glick should have dealt with Major League Soccer when she had the chance. Her intransigence is dooming the pier for the most important constituencies there, teams, families, and athletes, the biggest open potential space this area has. Failure on Saint Vincent’s, failure on NYU, and now a looming failure on Pier 40. A third of her sponsored legislation is animal rights related, nothing to do with community. She has abandoned the youth and families of this community with overreaching principle, and an absolute lack of ability to get the big jobs done, and seek compromise when she can’t. It’s time for her to go.

  3. The core problem is making a state park self-supporting. If it is a public good–it is, right?–it should be publicly funded. It would eliminate the drawn out discussions about what private uses were legitimate and allow the park to be a park and serve us all.

  4. Thanks for re-printing the info about N. Moore St. We have quoted it on our website. It’s cool that there is even a roundabout maritime connection to ships mooring on our rivers.

  5. In an ideal world the park would be publicly funded, but it seems there are no funds. @Patrick–agreed regarding Glick. When I read her comments about the pier, I keep thinking she must have some inside information that is not public because she doesn’t really seem to express any urgency or realistic sense of what is going on.