In the News: Pressure on De Blasio to Deal With Helicopter Noise

AB Biagi at Espasso••• “Gelateria A.B. Biagi will be scooping gelato and sorbets at Espasso, a Brazilian furniture store in Tribeca through the month of August. Featured flavors include the Brazilian inspired chocolate brigadeiro, Romeu & Julieta (ricotta and guava), and açai and banana sorbet.” —Eater

••• In a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Howard Hughes Corporation says that its plans for a tower at the Seaport are still on—and that “it expects to begin the formal approval process for these plans in the fourth quarter of 2014. Since the HHC proposal involves some landmarked buildings and some public property, it would have to go through ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure) to become a reality. This entails getting approvals from Community Board 1, City Planning, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Manhattan Borough President and City Council.” Also worth noting in Downtown Post NYC‘s article, the Howard Hughes Corp. filing included this about Sandy: “We are continuing to work through the claims process with the insurance carriers and have collected $47.5 million in insurance proceeds through August 6, 2014. Insurance recoveries to date have exceeded the book value of the buildings and equipment at the date of the storm.”

••• Twenty New York City politicians “fired off a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio protesting the constant parade of tourism helicopters from the Downtown Manhattan heliport.” —Downtown Post NYC

••• The residential population of FiDi has really grown a lot in recent years, and the New York Times is on it. Of note: “70 Pine’s window-lined top-floor observatory […] along with several lower floors, will be given over to a ‘gastro pub.’”

••• The Tribeca Trib‘s police blotter.



  1. As a commercial airplane and helicopter pilot, I can tell you that the politicians have no idea what they are talking about regarding regulations. These helicopter flights are highly regulated under 14 CFR Part 135, just like air ambulances and private air transportation. They fly under the control of the air traffic controllers who guide commercial aircraft into and out of JFK, Newark, and La Guardia.

  2. As a commercial airplane and helicopter passenger, I can tell you that the politicians have no idea what they are talking about.

  3. FiDi’s population has grown, and the prices increased, in part, because the NYTimes says it starts at Chambers St.

    Include a different, more expensive, populated neighborhood and, surprise, statistical magic happens!