In the News: Filthy Water Towers

••• The Cut loft-peeps a Tribeca apartment with a lot of patterns and colors.

••• “An investigate [sic] report by City & State […] has found that thousands of New York City buildings have failed to file timely (and legally required) documents verifying the safety and cleanliness of their rooftop water tanks. In Lower Manhattan, the report indicates, more than a dozen buildings have gone several years without inspecting the tanks, which hold water used for everything from bathing to drinking. Among buildings that were inspected, several tested positive for biological growth within their water tanks, or the presence of insects or floating debris.” —Broadsheet

••• Regarding the Howard Hughes Corporation’s purchase of the parking lot at 250 Water: “There is speculation that Howard Hughes might attempt to build a much bigger project on the site by transferring hundreds of thousands of square feet of air rights from its Pier 17 and Tin Building properties, and possibly the New Market Building, as well. But none of those parcels, in the language of the Department of City Planning’s zoning text, are ‘granting’ sites, meaning that the developer cannot now transfer development rights from them. In addition, 250 Water Street is not a ‘receiving’ site. For that to change, the city would have to amend the zoning map […]. Such an action would require a rigorous public review process and sign-off by the City Council.” —Tribeca Trib

••• Video of last weekend’s Jet Ski parade. —Broadsheet

••• “A firm at 81 White Street in 1886 made corsets for infants and toddlers to ‘train up a child’ for womanhood.” —Daytonian in Manhattan


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  1. DOH’s records of drinking water tanks are sufficiently unreliable that the following is posted in a FAQ on their website (and, I understand, in notices mailed to owners and managing agents):

    “My building does not have a drinking water tank but received a reminder from the Department about performing an annual inspection. What should I do?

    “If your building does not have a tank used to hold drinking water but received a reminder from the Department, the owner or a representative should notify the Department. There are two ways to do this. The first is to use the online Water Tank Inspection Reporting application here ( The second is to send a letter to the Department. The letter should include the building address, the BIN, contact information for the building owner (including address, email and phone number) and a statement that the building’s water supply system does not include a tank. It should be mailed to: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Public Health Engineering Water Tank Inspection Reporting 42-09 28th Street, 14th Floor Long Island City, NY 11101-4132 “