In the News: BMCC is one of few early voting sites

Gothamist reports that BMCC’s voting site will be one of 38 in the city that will be part of an early voting test. “Under the state’s new early-voting law, New York voters will be able to cast ballots nine days before Election Day, starting with this November’s general election. Exactly how this will work in New York City is a matter for the city’s Board of Elections, an agency whose performance has been admonished by voters, elected officials and even the Justice Department.” The list of early voting locations was not officially confirmed, but it should be on the Board of Elections site soonish.

More details to be seen on the Robert A.M. Stern addition to One Wall Street, the former Bank of New York HQ and 51-story Art Deco tower designed by Ralph Walker in 1931. The building is getting a $1.5 billion (!) residential conversion and expansion. Macklowe Properties is the developer of the planned 566 housing units. Yimby got a hard hat tour. And this is Erik’s tour from 2012.

Untapped Cities has a fun walking tour of seven downtown colonial sites that you can touch, starting with this chunk of the battery wall in the South Ferry station. I would add the Irish Hunger Memorial, designed by landscape architect Gail Wittwer Laird (who also did Albert Capsuoto Park) and reassembled from a real Irish farmhouse.

From the Broadsheet: “The terrace overlooking the Battery Park City ballfields, which also serves as the roof of Asphalt Green, will be demolished and rebuilt at a cost of more than $7 million, in order to repair leaks that have plagued the facility since it opened in 2013.



  1. To clarify the record, BMCC has not been officially confirmed as an early voting poll site.

    While we are always interested in finding new ways to foster civic engagement on campus, as well as being a good civic partner, we do have significant space constraints. We would have to evaluate the space and logistical considerations of hosting an early voting site, or any poll site for that matter, before moving forward.

    • Ok, thank you for the clarification. This was sourced by Gothamist, which was still awaiting confirmation from the Board of Elections when they wrote the story.

  2. I work at the BOE and I hope BMCC steps up as an early voting site. We are sorely in need of additional sites downtown. Space must be fully accessible and large enough to handle several voting machines over many hours over nine days. Any one who can recommend a possible site should call the poll site dept at 213 886 2100.

  3. Yeah! Early voting sites – democracy at work.