In the News: Has Anyone Seen Bill de Blasio?

••• Neighbors are aggravated by the light show at 111 Broadway, first reported here in July. You do wonder whether the city needs to regulate the use of light, because “no city agency, it appears, currently regulates light pollution.” (Don’t worry, Margaret Chin’s office is on the case.)  —Tribeca Trib

••• “In 2014, Mr. de Blasio spent an average of 19 days a month at City Hall, a busy first year in office that included the creation of universal prekindergarten, the mayor’s signature accomplishment. But each year, the mayor has shown up less and less. In 2015, he averaged 17 days a month at City Hall; in 2016 it fell to 14; last year, it dropped to nine. This year, through September, Mr. de Blasio averaged 10 days, according to his official schedules. In July, he was at City Hall for just five days.” —New York Times

•• Thefts, including a robbery by gunpoint, in the Tribeca Trib police blotter.

••• “Beginning in January 2019, the PATH train’s World Trade Center Station will be closed on weekends to carry out repairs to tunnels and equipment, caused by Hurricane Sandy. Construction work is set to take place through December 2020, meaning that the station will be closed for virtually all of 2019 and 2020 (or 45 weekends each year, to be specific).” Terrible news for the stores in the mall. —Curbed

••• “Berkeley College, a for-profit institution founded in 1931 (and unrelated to the prestigious University of California school with a similar name) […] is being sued by the City’s Department of Consumer Affairs over allegations of predatory lending practices, among other forms of alleged misconduct.” —Broadsheet

••• The City Planning Commission approved two huge new towers along the East River, north of the Manhattan Bridge. They “would contain nearly 3,000 apartments. About 700 of those would be enrolled in the city’s affordable housing program.” But: “In response, a cadre of elected officials including Council Speaker Corey Johnson vowed to look into a lawsuit to block the towers.” According to the rendering below, the new buildings will practically blend into the sky. —Crain’s


1 Comment

  1. I noticed that the light show coming out of the Oculus also glares light onto the Four Seasons. I’m sure the residents are enjoying the laser light blasting through their window.

    And Erik, take us with you!