In the News: $176 Million for Lower Manhattan Storm Protection

storm protection rendering via NYT••• “New York City may soon be one step closer to building a new flood protection system around Lower Manhattan […]. Senator Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said on Monday that the city would be awarded $176 million in federal funding for the proposed project, through a national contest created by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help communities recover from disasters and better prepare for them. The money would be used to help fortify a stretch of shoreline from Montgomery Street on the Lower East Side to the northern tip of Battery Park City. Specific measures have not yet been determined, but could include adding sea walls and temporary flood walls that could be deployed before a storm, and building grass berms that could double as recreational areas.” This is great, but can someone explain why the focus is on Battery Park City, which didn’t flood during Sandy, and not Tribeca, which did? [UPDATE: PeterD points out that I was dead wrong about BPC, but the question about Tribeca stands.] —New York Times (which didn’t credit the rendering above, so I’m not sure from whence it came)

••• In a letter to the Broadsheet, Tammy Meltzer explains how to write to Governor Cuomo about how much you would value more local representation on the Battery Park City Authority board. You certainly don’t have to live in BPC to do so.

••• This Vogue “interview” with Ben Stiller as model Derek Zoolander name-checks Tribeca about two minutes in.

••• “At 40 Rector Street, a block from the 64-story, 780-foot-high residential tower under construction at 50 West Street, are two roomy studios [where] artists are creating works inspired by the plans, people and structural innards of the nearby soaring tower. […] The space where [four] artists have worked is provided free, along with a stipend, by Time Equities, Inc., the developer of 50 West. In exchange, the artists’ work will be hung in the new building.” —Tribeca Trib

••• “In 2008, after selling the 386 apartments in [15 Broad] for at least $380 million, the developer abandoned all efforts to complete the renovations or build the promised amenities, according to the state attorney general’s office. Last week, after years of litigation, Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York attorney general, and the residents reached separate settlements with the developer, Africa Israel Investments Ltd., in the process cleaning up some of the wreckage from the last real estate boom in the city.” Same with 20 Pine. Also: “Africa Israel must also complete work on a historic building adjacent to 15 Broad Street, the landmark century-old former headquarters of J.P. Morgan & Company at 23 Wall Street, which has sat largely vacant for eight years.” —New York Times

••• The not-yet-built “condominium at 125 Greenwich Street will house 275 units—nearly 150 more than early renderings for the Financial District tower indicated. The Rafael Vinoly-designed tower will rise 91 stories with 275 condos spread over 306,312 square feet. Plans filed with the Department of Buildings […] describe an 876-foot tower.” Better start working on another new school. —Real Deal



  1. This links to the earlier flood project referenced near the end of the article:

  2. “…but can someone explain why the focus is on Battery Park City, which didn’t flood during Sandy, and not Tribeca, which did?”

    BPC didn’t flood? That must be news to those of us who watched the esplanade get submerged along with the North and South Cove Marinas and their adjacent plazas, and then watching the Hudson River completely filling up the Battery Park underpass as it rushed north into the Battery Tunnel and continued north up West Street submerging cars parked on West Thames Street, Little West Street and Battery Place and continuing north to flood the WTC site before it decided to head on up West Street to Tribeca. BPC didn’t lose power because the power supplies are above ground, but we did flood. But also look at a map. The storm came from the south. You need to fortify the whole southern perimeter on Manhattan island.

    • Fair point. But Tribeca flooded, and yet it’s not included?

      • I was only correcting your comment about BPC. Why is Tribeca not included? I have no idea. You would have to get inside the mind of Chuck Schumer… and good luck with that.

        • My cynical side would say that’s because Most of the banks are further south…
          Yet I am sure Citi offices on Greenwich street and their soon to be adapted Plazas will be well protected even though they are technically in Tribeca. Might be the first time someone may try claiming not to be a “part” of the neighborhood! ;)

  3. I believe Tribeca would be Phase 3 of the plan. Phase 1 was E. 23rd Street down to Montgomery. The money allocated by the Feds yesterday funds from Montgomery street, out around FiDi and up to the northern end of BPC. Phase 3 will go north from there up to Chelsea.

  4. Read today’s issue of Broadsheet Daily. I was correct. Tribeca flood protection is planned in a future phase.