In the News: Pier 40 Shutdown

••• “The Hudson River Park Trust has begun a phased shut down of decrepit Pier 40, which officials say will continue over the next five years. They say only critical repairs will be made to the structure. ” —Tribeca Trib

••• “It will be another three years before the Peck Slip School’s building opens. But School Con­struction Au­thority officials are showing what the finished structure will look like.” —Tribeca Trib (I called the SCA to see if I could use the rendering, and they sent an updated one, which you can click to enlarge.)

••• “A 15-year-old student fired a gun in the bathroom of his Financial District high school earlier this month, destroying a urinal but not hurting anyone, officials said. Jason Morel, a sophomore from the East Village, told police he brought the .38 caliber handgun to the Leadership and Public Service High School, at 90 Trinity Place, on the morning of Sept. 19 because he wanted to show it off to friends.” —DNAinfo

••• More on the agreement re: pets at Gateway Plaza. —Broadsheet

••• “A source who lives next to [Jay-Z’s] $7 million pad at 195 Hudson St. tells Confidenti@l that guards have been planted outside his private parking garage before each Barclays Center concert. Even after his Mercedes SUV left for Brooklyn Saturday, the squad remained.” —New York Daily News

••• “It’s been almost a year since $14 million was secured for the rehabilitation of Pier 42″—on the East River, north of the Manhattan Bridge—”and the project’s design process is finally moving forward. State Senator Daniel Squadron and Parks Department officials led a tour of the decrepit pier and warehouse, which will be turned into a waterfront park designed by landscape architecture firm Mathews Nielson. Currently, the eight-acre pier is the missing link in the string of parks creating a green ribbon around lower Manhattan.” First comes a temporary park. —Curbed

••• New York magazine interviewed playwright Edward Albee, who either enjoyed it or hated the experience.

••• “The Pathmark store at 227 Cherry Street is closing at the end of the year.” —The Lo-Down

••• The New York Times looks at the cultural programming at the World Financial Center.



  1. Great, the only place to go to do grocery shopping where you can actually get a break like the suburbs and they are taking it away. They saved it 5 years ago, maybe they can do it again.

  2. @Tribeca Mom: State Sen. Squadron’s statement didn’t sound like he was fighting to save it: “I’m deeply concerned about Pathmark’s closure and what it means for an already-underserved Lower East Side. Lower East Side residents need access to the full service food retailers, including fresh food, that most other New Yorkers can take for granted. It’s critical that we maintain a comparable grocery store that will provide our community’s seniors, public housing residents, and all Lower East Siders with the food access they need, and I will work with my colleagues, the community and the owner to ensure that happens.”

  3. Pier 40

    Diana Taylor Quote:
    “But the board’s chair, Diana Taylor, questioned whether it makes sense to put money into the pier if the Trust’s proposed legislation, allowing a variety of commercial uses, including residential, fails to pass.

    “If we’re shot down I say we don’t put in another dime,” she said, “because we’re not going to get it back.””

    Don’t you just love her? At the end of the meeting she announced that now she needed a drink. – Dear, dear it must be tough being….

  4. I really can’t imagine what the people within walking distance to Pathmark will do without it. Not to beat a dead horse either but if they are building all those new apartments, where do they plan to send their kids to school? I cannot believe after what has gone on over the past 10 years that our community leaders are allowing something like this to happen. Actually I can but I think as a community, all of Lower Manhattan has to come together to support each other’s neighborhoods. Battery Park City Authority is crazy, LMDC has no clear plan to spend the money that is supposed to feed back into the neighborhood especially to small business. Hudson River Park Trust is going to take away a vital resource that provides space for parking and supports so many sports programs in Lower Manhattan. Tribeca is about have thousands of new residential units with no amenities in the pipeline to support them even though the city owns two buildings they plan to sell rather than develop them to support the neighborhood. I am sure these issues are just the tip of the iceberg.