In the News: How to Dissolve the Battery Park City Authority

••• Well, isn’t this atrocious? “A controversial new virtual reality experience is taking viewers through one of New York’s most horrific days —from the perspective of an office worker trapped on the the top floors of the Twin Towers during the Sept. 11 attacks.” —DNAinfo

••• More on the Battery Park City Authority’s decision—with no public input, naturally—to hire a private security firm instead of using Parks Enforcement Patrol officers: “We are looking at a contract that would give us services up to 30 percent more in terms of boots on the ground and visibility with the public,” said BPCA vice president for administration, Benjamin Jones. But, says the Broadsheet: “Although they do not carry firearms, PEP officers are equipped with handcuffs, batons, and pepper spray. Private security guards have no legal authority to perform any of these functions. (Their only power to make an arrest is the same as that of private individuals to make a ‘citizen’s arrest.’) Apart from the presumed deterrent of a more numerous and more visible security force, the ability of security guards to stop a crime in progress essentially amounts to dialing 911 and requesting help from the police.”

••• Related: “Senator Daniel Squadron will come before the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1 on Monday night (November 2), to discuss his support for having the City take over the Battery Park City Authority.” Let’s get a petition going, Squad! —Broadsheet

••• Westfield World Trade Center mall is full leased. “A slew of shops, about 125 in total, are slated to open in the first half of 2016.” —DNAinfo

••• “The main entrance to the Whitehall St.-South Ferry 1 and R train station will be closed for nine months to allow the MTA to complete $193.8 million in repairs of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.” —DNAinfo

••• Changes to the plans for the conversion of 1 Wall: “The new building will contain 944,000-square feet of space in total, with 95,000 square feet devoted to commercial space, most of which will be used for retail. The developer plans to increase the building’s height from 627 to 650 feet.” —Real Deal