In the News: Ballfield terrace repair now at $8 mill

The Broadsheet has an in-depth story of the continuing saga of the Asphalt Green roof, aka the parent mezzanine for DLL baseball and softball viewing. Not sure where everyone has been day drinking all this time — the terrace has been out of commission since construction started in 2019. (Picture from years ago, obv.) “The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) has increased its budget for fixing a leaky roof at the Asphalt Green Community Center by slightly more than $500,000, which will bring the total cost of the ongoing project (which requires replacing the terrace that overlooks the ball fields) to approximately $8 million.”

Crain’s has another story on the future of Pier A (the Trib had the first) including its history, which was never short of disappointments.

YIMBY notes that excavation has started at 65 Franklin at Broadway. Will catch up on this in more depth soon.

The Trib has an opinion piece from Todd Fine, president of the Washington Street Advocacy Group, on the plans to develop 5 World Trade Center for luxury residential: “If the Governor and the Port Authority want to continue stating that they need a “magic number” of compensation, they should put up or shut up. Tell the public what they expect for the September 11 Memorial, so that this can be addressed without every decision involving public land at the World Trade Center prioritizing private interests. The public is tired of hearing of how one private giveaway is necessary to ‘finance’ another.”



  1. 65 Franklin currently has a Stop Work Order because it has damaged the adjacent buildings. My building, which is two over from the site, has suffered from their excavation. They even burst a sewer pipe a couple of months ago which required the city to hire an outside contractor to continuously pump the water from our basement until it was repaired.

  2. This construction is an example of egregious violations of rules and our rights as neighborhood residents. For months it created vibrations that shook the entire bedrock and all surrounding buildings like ours. My computer monitor would sway on high floors and the constant pounding give me headaches at the end of the day. And this has continued day after day for many months even after numerous complaints to 311. Our building residents emailed each other helplessly thinking about what we could do to stop this dangerous work. It took two damaged buildings and damage to the city sewers to finally stop it temporarily. The red adjoining building on franklin is seriously cracked and the windows are propped up. When will our city regulators and construction folks care about us, the residents, and not just think about their own pockets!

  3. The NYC developer mindset is to get their building done and the apartments rented or sold as soon as possible, whatever the impact on others. These narcissists let liability insurance take care of any damages and litigation later. Department of Buildings enforces safety regulations with little regard to preservation of adjacent structures, paying lip service until disaster hits. Landmarks Preservation Commission does nothing for the fragile aged buildings under its purview, deferring to DOB’s inaction. For bureaucracies, “do nothing” is less risky for the individual bureaucrat (and his/her job/pension) than “do something”. The hopeful anticipation of a lucrative job in private industry is apparently often foremost in the minds of bureaucrats.