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Transcript of Downtown Express, December 7, 2011

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    BY ALINE REYNOLDSThe First Precinct

    and World Trade Center Command Center is moving its headquarters to W.T.C. Four, according to a recent announcement made by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and confi rmed by the New York Police Department.

    The decision, which Bloomberg announced at the annual World Trade Center press conference on Sept. 7, came as a sur-prise to Community Board 1 Chairperson Julie Menin dur-ing an interview this week.

    I dont know why we werent notifi ed we asked to be notifi ed, said Menin.

    Relocating the precinct, now situated in Tribeca, to the W.T.C. site is a question-able move, she said. Id absolutely want to hear more from the Commissioner about this as to why it should be on the site itself. It has to be near the site, cause it has to be proximate, but not [directly] on the site.

    Specifi cally, Menin fears that the precinct could become a potential terrorist target if it is located at the redeveloped W.T.C. rather

    than in its vicinity cit-ing former Mayor Rudy Giulianis widely criticized move to place the then-police command center at 7 W.T.C.

    When 9/11 happened, so many of the top com-manders and offi cers at the site were out of communica-tion with the rest of the fi eld that was a major issue, said Menin.

    Meanwhile, the newly formed W.T.C. Command Center, which has temporar-ily replaced the 1st Precinct horse stable on Ericsson Place, is now being scruti-nized for what is considered to be potentially unlawful alterations to the building.

    We dont think the [city Landmarks Preservation Commission] approved it, said C.B. 1 Landmarks Committee Chair Roger Byrom. So we sent an e-mail to the [Department of Buildings] and the L.P.C. saying, can you tell us what went wrong here.

    L.P.C. Spokesperson Lisi de Bourbon said the com-missioners are investigating the matter per the commu-nitys request. Its a land-marked building, she said.

    W.T.C. Command Center alterations questioned

    BY CYNTHIA MAGNUSCommunity Board 1 is feeling left

    out of the loop. A methadone clinic is moving into the neighborhood and some board members are disturbed because they werent notifi ed.

    Representatives of Gramercy Park Services LLC, an uptown methadone clinic currently planning a move to 90 Maiden Lane will make a presenta-tion at the C.B. 1 Financial District Committee meeting on Wednesday to

    explain their plans to sublease space and share a fl oor with an existing substance abuse treatment practice, Metropolitan Corporation for Life Skills.

    Community Board 1 looking for facts on methadone clinics move

    Continued on page 7Continued on page 18


    Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess

    On Monday, Dec.5, a dense fog enveloped much of the city. Pier 25 in Tribeca appeared spared from the fog that hovered above the Hudson River.

    A foggy bottom

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    On Friday, Dec. 2 U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler introduced legislation to help prevent a meltdown at the Indian Point Nuclear Plant and further safeguard New Yorkers in the event of a catastrophe.

    The added protection was presented in the form of an amendment to the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011. In a statement released by the Congressman last week, the legislation, introduced by Republicans in the House of Representatives, was described as counter-productive to the safety of Americans.

    Nadler called the new regulatory requirements oner-ous and said his amendment to the bill would exempt rules proposed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from impediments to regulation. Congressman Nadler added that his amendment would keep his constituents and, indeed, all Americans more safe.


    A new hotel at 525 Greenwich Street hopes to compete with the other trendy hotels in the neighborhood, like the Trump SoHo and the Mercer Hotel, once it opens its doors in 2013.

    The hotel is reported to cost $60 million and construc-tion is set to begin before the year ends. The former park-

    ing garage site, located on Greenwich between Spring and Vandam Streets, was acquired by the Fortuna Realty Group in a recent auction for $12.75 million. The build-ing will include 124 quest rooms, with an annual nightly rate of $400, as well as a 90-seat restaurant, according to the Real Deal, a magazine devoted to the real estate market.


    Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin offi cially announced her formation of a General 2013 Committee at last months C.B. 1 full board meeting.

    Its not for any specifi c [elected] offi ce, said Menin. I will make that determination in the future.

    Menins announcement received some praise and positive feedback from various C.B. 1 members at the meeting.

    I was thrilled and gratifi ed by the board members com-ments, said Menin. It was very humbling.


    WCBS-A New York has offi cially joined its sister stations at 345 Hudson Street. The station was the sole remaining CBS New York radio affi liate to switch studios and move to the Hudson Square neighborhood. Broadcasts from the new studio began last Friday, Dec. 2.

    NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-9, 12-23, 31

    EDITORIAL PAGES . . . . . . . . . . 10-11

    YOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

    ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 - 29

    CLASSIFIEDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    C.B. 1MEETINGSA schedule of this weeks upcoming Community

    Board 1 committee meetings is below. Unless otherwise noted, all committee meetings are held at the board offi ce, located at 49-51 Chambers St., room 709 at 6 p.m.

    ON WED., DEC. 7: The Financial District Committee will meet.

    ON THURS., DEC. 8: The Landmarks Committee will meet.

    ON MON., DEC. 12: The World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee will meet.

    ON TUES., DEC. 13: The Youth and Education Committee will meet.


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    Seaport Museum volunteers go back to workBY TERESE LOEB KREUZER

    The sun was shining on the East River waterfront on Dec. 3 one of those blue-sky days of late fall that put a smile on the face for no reason at all but the 45 people who assembled on Pier 16 that morning had plenty of reason to smile. In fact, they cheered.

    After a hiatus of more than seven months, it was the fi rst day back for a group of volun-teers who not only had dedicated themselves to helping maintain the South Street Seaport Museums historic ships in the past, but who had fought to keep their condition in the public eye during the long period when the museums future was in doubt.

    Im extremely excited to be back, said Mike Cohen, one of the volunteers. We feel its indicative of a turnaround.

    Jonathan Boulware, waterfront director for the South Street Seaport Museum, who has been with the museum for around a month, said, Today the biggest project is to clean up the waterfront. Its a chance to get trash out and sweep and mop all the things you do in a fall or spring cleaning in your house.

    One of the volunteers pointed out a dumpster that they hoped to fi ll by the end of the day with trash from the 11 fl oating objects ships and barges owned by the museum.

    I dont think it will come as a surprise to anyone that some of the boats are in some stage of disrepair, said Boulware. Were still assessing where we are relative to the fl eet and looking at how were going to move forward. No decisions have been

    made as yet.Boulware added that a plan for what the

    waterfront should be would guide decisions about the ships. Its less related to the condition of the vessels and more related to what the vision is for the seaport of the future, he said.

    The Wavertree obviously needs a lot of work, he commented, but in terms of assessing the condition of a vessel, theres a lot of ways to look at it. She is stable for the moment but in terms of getting her where we want her to be, theres a lot to be done.

    Boulware, 39, worked with sailing ships and antique vessels before accepting his cur-rent job. He also has experience in shipyard project management and staff management.

    Prior to this I was running my own busi-ness of marine consultancy, principally, and shipyard project management but my career has been in sailing ships, said Boulware. There was no arm-twisting at all to get me to come here. I am super excited to be here. It is a really good match, I think, between what the Seaport needs and the challenge that it presents to me. Its a welcome chal-lenge.

    Boulware also noted the Seaport Museums passenger-carrying vessels the Pioneer, the Lettie G. Howard and the W.O Decker are being moved toward a state of operation. Particularly Pioneer will be sail-ing by spring. Lettie G. Howard has gone to Mystic Seaport to get worked on this winter. Shell be back with us in the springtime.

    Ships need constant maintenance, even

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