In the News: Water Leak Delays World Trade Center Mall

••• “A persistent water leak is among the problems that have delayed the opening of the” Westfield World Trade Center mall. “The latest twist involves water penetration around the construction site of 3 World Trade Center, an office tower abutting the hub […] What pedestrians perceive as the solid ground level around the 16-acre trade center is in fact the roof of a 70-foot-deep underground complex [….] As many roofs do, this one began springing leaks. The Port Authority traced the sources of the water to the constant spraying done by workers to reduce dust levels as they break up concrete, and to the fact that Tower 3, still under construction, is open to the elements.” And then there was this update: “By fall of next year, two new PATH train platforms are to be in service, in addition to those already used by commuters. Finally, the mezzanine above the platforms, which is linked to the Oculus by a grand staircase, is to be finished by the end of next year. The authority has abandoned its plan to open an interim passageway through the Oculus.” —New York Times

••• The Broadsheet recaps State Senator Daniel Squadron’s presentation to Community Board 1 about his plan for getting the city to exercise its option to take control of Battery Park City (and dissolving the Battery Park City Authority). This is important reading if you live in Battery Park City, and if you don’t, it’s still fascinating. (Taking Battery Park City from the state would certainly be one way for di Blasio to poke Cuomo, whose resistance to allow the community to be involved it its own affairs really is bizarre.) From Squadron’s remarks:

There are a lot of clocks ticking: Condo owners [whose equity is scheduled to disappear when the ground lease expires in 2069], and the affordable-housing tenants at Gateway Plaza, whose agreement is up in 2020. As these negotiations and issues come up, who do you want to be the governing authority? Local officials and the mayor? Or just a governor up in Albany? Where does your political voice have more impact? Having local representation means that these conversations happen ahead of time [instead of] after the board votes. They are public. It changes things.

••• The New York Times Real Estate section did one of its “Living in” pieces on Tribeca. Aside from a few mentions of new developments, it could’ve been written ten years ago. But it’s fun to see quotes from people I know!

••• 56 Leonard finally sold its remaining penthouses. —Curbed

••• The New Yorker ran one of its vague non-reviews of Macao Trading Co. It strikes me as specious to pass off one’s couple’s interaction as if it’s a meaningful take on the place. What is the point of the kicker? That Macao Trading Co. isn’t “authentic”? No shit.

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  1. Speaking of which, that leak over the escalators at the Brookfield end of the concourse is getting really scary. The ceiling is now peeling in more than one spot, and they’ll probably have to dig up the bike path and West Street to do anything about it. Strange: when the North Bridge was there, it always leaked too.

  2. That was really a “non-review”. Wow. I ate there last week?!