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Most Beaches Ready For Memorial Day Weekend After Sandy (Wall Street Journal, May 24, 2013)
Rockaway Beaches Readying To Open Saturday (Daily News, May 21, 2013)
A Dune Forest On Shore Front Parkway To Protect The Rockaways? (Capital, Apr 23, 2013)
Council Approves Pier 57 Restoration (NY Post, Apr 10, 2013)
Seaport Developer Wants Hotel, Housing (Downtown Express, Apr 4, 2013)
Homeowners Find Faults With New Flood Maps (WNYC, Apr 2, 2013)
Government Lends To Rebuild In Flood Zones (WNYC, Mar 6, 2013)
Shareholders Have Upbeat Take on Future of Lower Manhattan (Capital, Mar 1, 2013)
Trade Center Classified As Flood Danger Zone In New FEMA Maps (Daily News, Feb 27, 2013)
Reclaiming Storm-Torn Homes, Step By Uncertain Step (NY Times, Feb 26, 2013)
Could NYC Set Up Its Own Louisiana Land Trust? (Capital, Feb 6, 2013)
From Salt Marshes to Sea Barriers, Preparing for the Next Sandy Defense (WNYC, Jan 30, 2013)
NY, NJ Ponder New Boardwalks Without the Boards (Associated Press, Dec 10, 2012)
Small Historical Society Tries To Recover From Sandy (MetroFocus, Dec 7, 2012)
Rockaways Newspaper, The Wave, Back in Print (City Room, Dec 6, 2012)
Bloomberg's Waterfront Development Comes Under Scrutiny from Sandy's Impact (WNYC, Dec 5, 2012)
Still Building at the Edges of the City, Even as Tides Rise (NY Times, Dec 5, 2012)
How the Coastline Became a Place to Put the Poor (NY Times, Dec 4, 2012)
Development Near Gowanus Canal Moves Forward After Sandy (WNYC, Nov 26, 2012)
Will NYC Act to Block Future Storm Surges? (Associated Press, Nov 26, 2012)
A Much Criticized Pocket of the Rockaways, Built to Survive a Storm (NY Times, Nov 20, 2012)
Sandy Caused as Much Erosion on Fire Island as the Past 30 Years (Wall Street Journal, Nov 7, 2012)
NYC: World's Tallest Ferris Wheel Planned For Staten Island (Gotham Gazette, Sep 28, 2012)
Hunts Point Deal Reached (Crain's, Sep 27, 2012)
New York is lagging as seas and risks rise, critics warn (NY Times, Sep 11, 2012)
Sewage puts Ironman swim in doubt (Wall Street Journal, Aug 10, 2012)
Cuomo signs bill requiring public notification of sewage spills in rivers, streams (Albany Times Union, Aug 10, 2012)
City and federal officials will jointly manage Jamaica Bay (NY Times, Jul 18, 2012)
Atlantic Yards faces small set back (Crain's, Jun 28, 2012)
State's shores rank 24th worst in nation for water quality (Daily News, Jun 27, 2012)
Bill to save Pier 40 fails (Crain's, Jun 21, 2012)
Plan to extend natural gas pipeline through Rockaways gets chilly reception (Daily News, Jun 13, 2012)
Promised Parks Stalled on the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront (Capital, May 22, 2012)
The Impact of a Distant Expansion Allowing Larger Ships on the Waterfront (MetroFocus, Apr 30, 2012)
Coney Island Boardwalk Faces a Vote (Wall Street Journal, Mar 12, 2012)
New Astoria Project Would Bring 2,300 Units of Housing (Daily News, Dec 22, 2011)
State Helped Health Workers Union that Supported Cuomo's Budget (Wall Street Journal, Oct 7, 2011)
UN Expansion Creates 'Missing Link' in Greenway Plan (Wall Street Journal, Oct 6, 2011)
Concrete Makeover for Coney Island Boardwalk Opposed by Community Board (Daily News, Oct 4, 2011)
Cleaner Harbors Leads to Increase in Marine Pests that Eat Wood Pilings (NY Times, Aug 24, 2011)
City's Beaches Cleanest They've Been in Four Years (Daily News, Aug 23, 2011)
Four Beaches on Sewage Alert (NY Post, Jul 22, 2011)
City Nixes Plan to Pave Most of Coney Island Boardwalk with Concrete (Daily News, Apr 7, 2011)
Tug Boat Parking Lot Eyed for Atlantic Basin (NY Post, Mar 25, 2011)
Jackson Heights Residents Try to Keep Lot from Developers (Daily News, Feb 3, 2011)
City Revamps Approach to Waterways (NY Times, Jan 15, 2011)
Governor's Island Draws Record Visitors (NY Post, Oct 14, 2010)
Coney Island Businesses Get Help Fighting for Leases (NY Post, Aug 13, 2010)
City Bringing Two Piers to Greenpoint (NY Post, Jul 13, 2010)
Developers Test New Coney Island Rides (NY 1, May 28, 2010)
Part of Coney Boardwalk to be Replaced with Cement (NY Post, Apr 23, 2010)
Gowanus Canal: Clean It up, But How? (WNYC, Dec 9, 2009)
Brokers Give Birth to New Neighborhoods (Daily News, Nov 9, 2009)
Biologists Fight Erosion in Jamaica Bay (Daily News, Oct 11, 2009)
New Ferry Fleet Subject to Breakdowns, Officials Say (NY Post, Sep 11, 2009)
City Seeks to Expand Ferry Service (AM New York, Sep 8, 2009)
East River Esplanade Takes Step Forward (Metro, Aug 19, 2009)
City to Drain Mott Haven Swamp (Bronx News Network, Aug 18, 2009)
Governors Island Wasted Money on Useless Ferry, Report Says (NY Post, Aug 18, 2009)
Can Oysters Return to Jamaica Bay? (Queens Courier, Aug 14, 2009)
City Beaches Earn Mixed Report Card (Crain's, Aug 11, 2009)
Vote on Coney Island Development Now Set for Today (, Jul 21, 2009)
Some Politicians Disillusioned with Atlantic Yards (Daily News, Jul 7, 2009)
Hudson River Park Launches 'Big City Fishing' Program (1010 WINS, May 26, 2009)
Hudson River Park launched its Big City Fishing program Monday. Would-be anglers can head to Pier 84 and Pier 46 in Manhattan. Rods, reels, bait and fishing instruction are all free.
Plan to Bring Back Oysters in Sunset Park Unsuccessful (Brooklyn Papers, May 19, 2009)
A plan to repopulate the dirty waters off Brooklyn with oysters was foiled — err soiled — by the harbor’s abundant silt, which clogged baskets that housed the bivalves and claimed the lives of hundreds of mollusks.
Bayside Marina Makes Room for Kayaks (Daily News, May 15, 2009)
City Proposes Concrete Walkway for Coney Island (NY Post, Apr 19, 2009)
City officials are pushing a plan that would replace the tropical hardwood that supports and covers the 86-year-old Coney Island boardwalk with a 39,600- ton concrete walkway. The concrete, which comes tinted, would be cut to resemble wooden planks.
Plan for Coney Island Amphitheater Faces Opposition (Daily News, Apr 19, 2009)
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz wants to build a $64 million Coney Island amphitheater across from two synagogues - even though a city law bans amplified sound during religious services. The law could mean that the glitzy, open-air arena in Asser Levy Park would be barred from hosting concerts on Friday and Saturday, the two biggest moneymaking nights. Opponents hope the glitch could derail the arena - which they argue is too big and would ruin the park.
City Makes Final Bid for Coney Island Property (Daily News, Apr 18, 2009)
Talks to buy coveted property standing in the way of a city plan to redevelop Coney Island have come to a halt. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city will not got above its offer of $105 million for 10.5 acres of property that developer Thor Equities owns. The offer is significantly less than the $250 million Thor officials floated in November for the property - and $5 million under the city's last offer, officials said.
Circus to Come to Coney Island (NY Times, Apr 18, 2009)
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s touring show will raise its air-conditioned tent at Surf Avenue and West 21st Street on June 18, for a summer run through Sept. 7. It will be west of the Brooklyn Cyclones’ ballpark, on land owned by Taconic Investment Partners.
Port Sees Decline in Cargo Trafic (Crain's, Mar 21, 2009)
Plan for Red Hook Waterfront Takes Shape (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Mar 18, 2009)
NY Waterway Might Declare Bankruptcy (Crain's, Mar 15, 2009)
Coney Island Under the Influence? (NY Post, Mar 15, 2009)
Councilman Dominic Recchia and Community Board 13 back Coney Island Developper's plan to quadruple retail space in the planned amusement park district.
Community Board Backs Coney Island Plan -- with Changes (Brooklyn Papers, Mar 11, 2009)
Eminent Domain Possible in Coney Island (NY Post, Mar 9, 2009)
After a year of insisting that the city won't condemn land to facilitate the Coney Island revitalization plans, the Post reports that the Bloomberg administration is considering asserting eminent domain after all.
Columbia Street Rezoning Proceeds Quietly (Brooklyn Papers, Mar 8, 2009)
The Brooklyn Paper reports that residents of the Columbia Street Waterfront District successfully lobbied the city to include their neighborhood in a broader zoning initiative in Carroll Gardens.
Unions, Community Groups Oppose Coney Island Plan (Politicker, Mar 4, 2009)
N.Y. Water Taxi to Build a Beach on Governors Island (Tribeca Trib, Feb 27, 2009)
Gowanus Businesses, Officials, Activists Discuss Environmental Concerns (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Feb 26, 2009)
Last Wednesday the Gowanus Canal Conservancy brought together more than 40 representatives from community groups, local businesses, elected officials, government agencies and from the different neighborhoods of the “Gowanus Basin,” to discuss their environmental priorities.
Mayor: Hudson River Park’s Money Should Go to Governors Island (Downtown Express, Feb 20, 2009)
More Funding Problems at Brooklyn Bridge Park (Brooklyn Papers, Feb 19, 2009)
City, Developer Fight Over Plans for Coney Island (NY Times, Feb 17, 2009)
Cost of Battery Park Ferry Terminal Triples (NY Post, Feb 16, 2009)
Costs Soar at Brooklyn Bridge Park (Brooklyn Papers, Feb 2, 2009)
Staten Island Community Board Approves City Waterfront Plans (Staten Island Advance, Jan 22, 2009)
City Unveils Coney Island Plan (Daily News, Jan 20, 2009)
Virtual reality rides and IMAX theaters would join the Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone under the city's latest plan to revitalize Coney Island announced yesterday. The plan, which must go through a length approval process, includes a 27-acre amusement district, 4,500 new apartments -- 900 of them "affordable" -- 800 hotel rooms, a 12-acre park and posher stores for now somewhat seedy Surf Avenue.
Coney Island Plan Could Threaten Nathan's (NY Post, Jan 20, 2009)
Mayor Bloomberg's plan to revitalize Coney Island could mean the end of the original Nathan's Famous hot-dog stand.
Coney Island All Year Round? (Associated Press, Nov 18, 2008)
City Dumps Red Hook Pier Plan (Brooklyn Papers, Nov 13, 2008)
Intrepid Air and Space Museum Reopens (USA Today, Nov 12, 2008)
City Scraps Private Marina (NY Post, Nov 11, 2008)
The city's plan to build a fancy marina for private yachts, with a hotel and entertainment complex, next to its Brooklyn cruise-ship terminal, is officially dead in the water. More than two years after the city's Economic Development Corp. announced plans to redevelop Pier 11 near the cruise terminal in Red Hook, the EDC has tossed out all proposals solicited from developers vying for the project.
Saving Jamaica Bay's Disappearing Marshes (City Limits, Nov 11, 2008)
Scientists and officials are working to protect a tarnished ecological gem before it fades forever
Tap Dance (Edible Manhattan, Nov 11, 2008)
If you are what you drink, Gotham is Upstate rainwater. And, increasingly, plastic bottles.
Pier Bridges Dropped from Brooklyn Bridge Park Design (Brooklyn Papers, Oct 16, 2008)
City, Coney Island Developer Clash Over Astroland (NY Post, Sep 19, 2008)
Whales Recorded in the Harbor (U.S. News and World Report, Sep 18, 2008)
Hasids Protest Scantly Clad Bicyclists (NY Post, Sep 12, 2008)
Astroland Closes -- For Good? (NY Times, Sep 8, 2008)
The owner of the famed Coney Island amusement park has announced that Sunday would be the last day for Astroland.
Newtown Creek Eyed for Superfund Status (NY Sun, Aug 26, 2008)
The EPA will review testing by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at four sites in the Newtown Creek area, where an estimated 17 million to 30 million gallons of oil were spilled since the 1950s. The spill was not discovered until 1978 and ExxonMobil, which owned the refinery that caused the underground leak, has since cleaned an estimated 9.4 million gallons of oil from the area.
Clinton Pushes for Federal Cleanup of Newtown Creek (The Forum, Aug 22, 2008)
Council Members Say Abandoned Barges Pose Dangers in Waterways (NY Times, Aug 5, 2008)
Two City Council members and a state assemblyman announced their disgust with what they called a growing problem: abandoned construction barges and other vessels left to rust, buckle, leak and eventually sink to the bottom of remote corners of rivers and tributaries feeding Jamaica Bay.
Lifeguards Union Criticized over Drownings (NY Times, Aug 3, 2008)
Report Rates Orchard Beach City's Most Polluted (Daily News, Jul 30, 2008)
Tides Takes Lives Over Weekend (Daily News, Jul 28, 2008)
Quinn to Introduce Bill on Waterfront Development (Daily News, Jul 27, 2008)
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is introducing legislation that would force future mayors to take a fresh look at development on the city's waterfronts every decade.
Federal Help Sought for Newtown Creek (Daily News, Jul 13, 2008)
Comptroller Cites Dangers on City Land (NY Times, Jul 9, 2008)
A two-acre city property that stretches from East 18th to East 23rd Streets along the East River has serious structural damage, including corroded piers, water penetration and a parking garage that is at risk of “catastrophic failure,” according to an audit released on Tuesday by the city comptroller.
Deal Reached on Manhattan Recycling Facility (Daily News, Jun 25, 2008)
In Rockaway Beach, Pretty Beach Meets Housing Bust (City Limits, Jun 10, 2008)
Weekend Ferry to Governors Island Returns for Summer (NY 1, Jun 1, 2008)
Debating the Flushing River Wetlands Project (Daily News, May 20, 2008)
Community Groups to Protest Coney Island Plan (NY Post, May 7, 2008)
New Rockaway Ferry Service (NY Post, May 6, 2008)
Vornado to Double Size of Pier 94 Site (Crain's, Apr 24, 2008)
Museum Hopes for Historic Ships on Pier 15 (Downtown Express, Apr 1, 2008)
New Partnership Eyed for West Side Pier -- Without Cirque de Soleil (The Villager, Mar 30, 2008)
Related's Pier 40 Plan Nixed on Lease Terms (Crain's, Mar 28, 2008)
Kayak, Canoe Network Unveiled (Associated Press, Mar 27, 2008)
New Brooklyn Vistas, and a Fight Over Plans for Them (NY Times, Mar 24, 2008)
Plan For Brooklyn Power Plant Rejected (NY 1, Mar 21, 2008)
Plan for Ambitious East Side Project Clears Big Hurdle (NY Times, Mar 13, 2008)
Brooklyn Bridge Park May Be Scaled Back (NY Post, Mar 10, 2008)
A Plan for a New Riverfront Park Faces a Struggle (NY Times, Feb 22, 2008)
Garodnick, Others Keep Up the Heat for East River Park (The Real Estate, Feb 20, 2008)
Preliminary Mayor's Management Report (, Feb 15, 2008)
An interim look at the performance of various city agencies was released yesterday in a report called the Preliminary Mayor's Management Report. Published annually, it takes a look at the city's performance in the first four months of the fiscal year and forecasts performance expectations. Much of the information can be broken down by individual agency, issue, or community. Some significant highlights were: Sewer back up complaints jumped by 23 percent; the average response time to heat complaints rose by 50 percent (although stays within the goal of seven hours); and major felony crimes in schools were nearly a third lower than the same quarter last year.
Firm Gets Cold Water After Floating Seaport Center (Downtown Express, Feb 15, 2008)
Red Hook Port Signs Ten Year Lease (Daily News, Feb 15, 2008)
Plan for Pier 40 Still Uncertain (Metro, Feb 1, 2008)
Village Residents Fight Planned Entertainment Complex on Pier (NY Times, Jan 30, 2008)
Village Wants to Keep Its Fields as They Are on Pier 40 (NY Times, Jan 30, 2008)
Developer Quits Pier 57 Project Due to Investigation (NY Sun, Jan 25, 2008)
City Intends to Renovate Landmark Pier as a Hub (NY Times, Jan 22, 2008)
Group Names Jones Beach One of 'Seven to Save' (NY Sun, Jan 18, 2008)
New York's East River to Host Artist Eliasson's 'Waterfalls' (Bloomberg, Jan 16, 2008)
Fireworks Expected at Meetings on Coney Island (NY Post, Jan 7, 2008)
Hundreds of people are expected to pack public meetings tonight and tomorrow to battle over the Bloomberg administration's plan for revitalizing the aging amusement area.
City Wants More Power Over Brooklyn Bridge Park (NY Observer, Jan 3, 2008)
State Senator Wants Review of Coney Island Project (NY Times, Dec 29, 2007)
State Senator Carl Kruger said on Friday the city’s plan to revitalize Coney Island could not go forward without an extensive environmental review, an undertaking that could delay or even derail the project.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Coming Soon (Daily News, Dec 20, 2007)
Blinding Headlights Make Part of West Side Greenway Unusable (StreetsBlog, Dec 14, 2007)
State Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Take Land from Energy Company for Parkland (Brooklyn Papers, Dec 6, 2007)
Beaver Lodge Seen on Bronx River (Daily News, Dec 4, 2007)
A new beaver lodge has been spotted on the banks of the Bronx River where it winds through the New York Botanical .Garden, according to the Bronx River Alliance. It's the second to show up in the borough recently,
Group dumps on Sanitation plan (The Villager, Dec 1, 2007)
City Claims Final Private Island in East River (NY Times, Nov 20, 2007)
Pier D Stands Out in the West Side’s Industrial Past (City Room, Nov 19, 2007)
Brooklyn: Navy Yard Development (NY Times, Nov 8, 2007)
Designs for East River Esplanade Presented – and Criticized (Metro, Oct 24, 2007)
New Walkway Along Hudson River (NY Post, Oct 18, 2007)
Quinn Gets Campaign Cash From Red Hook Shipper (NY Post, Oct 8, 2007)
Council Speaker Christine Quinn pocketed $17,500 in campaign donations traced to the operator of Brooklyn's only working dock, records show - just three months before she jumped on board its bid to stop the city from converting the ports to a cruise-ship destination.
21 Officials Back Red Hook Cargo Operator (NY Post, Oct 4, 2007)
Council Goes Fishing (NY Sun, Oct 3, 2007)
Fouled Creek’s Improvement Inspires a Site for Respite (NY Times, Sep 27, 2007)
City to Preserve Staten Island Wetland (Staten Island Advance, Sep 27, 2007)
The city has announced that Arlington Marsh Cove will be ceded to Parks Department and maintained as parkland
City Cancels Plans for Randalls Island Water Park (Daily News, Sep 22, 2007)
The city pulled the plug yesterday on an eight-year plan to build a suburban-style water park on Randalls Island. The decision was a victory for area residents who opposed the 26-acre water park, which was first proposed in 1999 and was approved in April 2006.
Coney Island Boardwalk Repairs to Cost $200M (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Sep 21, 2007)
Controller Faults City on Extending Water Park Deadline (Daily News, Sep 18, 2007)
The Parks Department broke a city law by giving a secret extension to the developer of a Randalls Island water park after the company blew the deadline to line up financing, a top city official charged yesterday.
Floating Pool Attracted 63,000 (Daily News, Sep 4, 2007)
Thousands of New Yorkers swam on a pool docked on the Broklyn waterfront or relaxed on an adjoining "beach" this summer.
Floating Pool May Set Sail for New Borough Next Year (NY Post, Aug 30, 2007)
When It Rains, Sewage Often Pours Into Harbor (NY Times, Aug 13, 2007)
Besides flooding subways, the wild downpour this week provided a disconcerting glimpse into one of New York’s dirtiest environmental secrets: heavy rain regularly overwhelms the city’s vast sewage system and pushes polluted water into places it is not supposed to go.
Artist Arrested for Floating 200-Year-Old Submarine Replica (Newsday, Aug 7, 2007)
New York Marshes Vanishing Fast, Study Says (Reuters, Aug 3, 2007)
Coney Island Plan Threatens Historic Site (AM New York, Jul 25, 2007)
Housing, Open Space Planned for Domino Sugar Site (NY Sun, Jul 25, 2007)
City Beaches Get Poor Marks from Parks Group (AM New York, Jul 18, 2007)
Historic Battery Maritime Building Slated for Makeover (Metro, Jul 12, 2007)
Gritty Coney (Washington Post, Jul 11, 2007)
Mayor Still Undecided On Cross Harbor Tunnel (Daily News, Jul 10, 2007)
Mayor Bloomberg, who once insisted the proposed Cross Harbor Tunnel would "destroy neighborhoods," said yesterday he would be willing to take another look at the plan.
Tech Discovers DUMBO (Crain's, Jun 26, 2007)
Hudson River Park Project Threatened by Cash Crunch (Crain's, Jun 22, 2007)
Brooklyn Heights to Get Floating Pool (NY Post, Jun 21, 2007)
Brooklyn Waterfront "Endangered", Says National Trust (Metro, Jun 15, 2007)
Project Aims to Record Coney Island History (Metro, Jun 1, 2007)
Five Plans to Make Governors Island Fantasy Island (New York Magazine, May 30, 2007)
City Said to Be Scaling Back Plans for Red Hook Waterfront (NY Sun, May 14, 2007)
Hudson River Barge Aims to Educate New Yorkers About Urban Farming (Metro, May 4, 2007)
Battle of West Side Pier Heats Up Over Big Developments (NY Sun, Apr 27, 2007)
Mayor Reactivates Staten Island Railroad for Garbage Disposal (NY Post, Apr 18, 2007)
Mayor Bloomberg yesterday reactivated a dormant branch of the Staten Island Railroad, a $75 million project that's part of his plan to revamp the way the city deals with its garbage. (NY Times)
Plan to Shut Red Hook Docks Halted (Daily News, Mar 2, 2007)
Officials Begin Campaign to Find Lifeguards (NY 1, Feb 22, 2007)
Charles Gargano, Nepotism and the Future of the Brooklyn Waterfront (Village Voice, Feb 14, 2007)
No Luxury Condos in Latest Plan for Southwest Brooklyn Waterfront (NY Post, Dec 15, 2006)
Congress Investigates New York Port Security (NY 1, Jul 11, 2006)
Organized Crime Still Controls Dockworkers (Village Voice, Jul 5, 2006)
Mayor Unveils New Hurricane Evacuation Plan (Daily News, Jun 29, 2006)
South Street Seaport (NY Sun, Jun 26, 2006)
Bloomberg Suggests Return of Seaplanes to Ease Airport Congestion (Associated Press, Jun 18, 2006)
More than 60 years after the Pan American flying boat Yankee Clipper departed Long Island Sound on its last trans-Atlantic flight, New York's mayor says it may be time to resurrect the seaplane -- not to restore the romance of aviation's "golden age," but to ease pressure on the city's crowded airports.
2 Homeless Men Blamed for Fire on Waterfront (NY Times, Jun 8, 2006)
Two homeless men burning the insulation off copper wires they intended to sell as scrap sparked the spectacular fire that ripped through a warehouse complex on the Brooklyn waterfront last month, the authorities said yesterday. Four hundred firefighters fought the May 2 blaze, which consumed at least 10 historic buildings.
Conference Considers Ideas for City (Metro, May 24, 2006)
As Waterfront Buildings Continue to Smolder, Attention Turns to a Failed Real Estate Deal (NY Times, May 4, 2006)
Niche Products Keep Manufacturing Alive in New York (Metro, May 4, 2006)
How a New York Power Plant Doesn't Get Built (NY Sun, Mar 30, 2006)
Brooklyn Groups May File Suit To Save Dry Dock (NY Sun, Mar 23, 2006)
Conservation groups in Brooklyn are considering filing a federal lawsuit to stop a historic dry dock in Red Hook from being filled to make way for the parking lot of an Ikea store, the coordinator of the Save the Graving Dock Committee, Roberta Weisbrod, said yesterday.
Eight Finalists Picked To Develop Willets Point (Metro, Mar 6, 2006)
A Look At The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Along 14 Miles Of Waterfront (Metropolis Magazine, Feb 28, 2006)
Mayor Wants American Company to Operate Cruise Ship Terminals (Daily News, Feb 25, 2006)
The city is exploring the possibility of severing ties with the foreign company that manages Manhattan's cruise-ship terminals and replacing it with an American firm, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday.
Pataki Joins Opposition to Takeover of Ports (NY Times, Feb 21, 2006)
The Republican governors of New York and Maryland on Monday joined the growing chorus of criticism of an Arab company's takeover of operations at six major American ports. Both raised the threat of legal action to void contracts at ports in New York City and Baltimore.
Bush Aides Have Business Ties To Arab Firm That Will Run NY Harbor (Daily News, Feb 21, 2006)
The Dubai firm that won Bush administration backing to run six U.S. ports has at least two ties to the White House. One is Treasury Secretary John Snow, whose agency heads the federal panel that signed off on the $6.8 billion sale of an English company to government-owned Dubai Ports World - giving it control of Manhattan's cruise ship terminal and Newark's container port. Snow was chairman of the CSX rail firm that sold its own international port operations to DP World for $1.15 billion in 2004, the year after Snow left for President Bush's cabinet. The other connection is David Sanborn, who runs DP World's European and Latin American operations and was tapped by Bush last month to head the U.S. Maritime Administration.
A Look At Dubai (Daily News, Feb 21, 2006)
A cross between Disneyland, Las Vegas and Oz, Dubai is a dazzling dreamland on the Persian Gulf that has become an international banking center, a tourist mecca and a place where architectural marvels leap from the drawing board into reality. But Dubai was also an important base for the 9/11 plotters, and as one of the seven tiny states that make up the United Arab Emirates, it does not recognize Israel. Now, Dubai's bold foray into international shipping - spearheaded by the Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem - has alarmed many in the U.S. because it wants to control six crucial ports, including Manhattan's cruise ship terminal and Newark's container port.
Despite Concens, Company from Middle East Will Help Run NY Ports (NY Times, Feb 17, 2006)
Concerns About Brooklyn Park Plan Cross Party Lines (Metro, Jan 23, 2006)
Preservationists Look to Save East River (Metro, Dec 9, 2005)
Fired Ferry Captain Sues To Be Reinstated (Staten Island Advance, Dec 5, 2005)
The man who was in command of the ferryboat Andrew J. Barberi when it crashed two years ago, killing 11 passengers, is suing the city. The lawsuit, filed last week in Brooklyn federal court, says city officials falsely claimed Capt. Michael Gansas had violated regulations requiring there be two pilots in the forward wheelhouse. Gansas is demanding that the city agree to arbitrate his claims before a labor panel or reinstate him with back pay.
Oyster Beds: After Eight Decades, It Is Time To Bring Them Back To New York (, Oct 28, 2005)
there haven't been any oyster beds to reopen in Manhattan since 1927, when city health officials closed the last one, off Staten Island, to prevent the spread of typhoid. ..Once, all five boroughs and the islands in the harbor had been famous for their oyster beds.Some biologists have estimated that 17th-century New York Harbor may have contained half of the world's oysters
Newtown Creek Advocates Score Another Victory Against Pollution (, Oct 28, 2005)
Newtown Creek advocates won another victory in the battle against pollution last Thursday, when Congress passed legislation that would require an extensive study of the polluted waterway. The legislation, which passed the House of Representatives by a unanimous vote, would require the Coast Guard to conduct a study within one year to determine the public health risks of pollution from an oil spill in the creek.
Speeding Boats And Heavy Ferry Traffic Cause Wave-Inflicted Damage On Waterfront Businesses (Daily News, Oct 11, 2005)
City to Pump 50 Million More into Coney Island (Daily News, Sep 15, 2005)
Coney Island will be getting some serious clams - another $50 million, to be precise - from the city to jump-start the seaside amusement area into a year-round destination.
NY's Ports Booming, But Costs Of Security Eroding Gains (NY Times, Aug 16, 2005)
Although the ports of New York and New Jersey have improved their productivity to handle a rising flow of imports, their increased security costs since 9/11 have eroded some of the gains, according to a study released yesterday. The ports have been booming as they attract a larger share of the goods bound for the Northeast from China and other foreign countries. But despite huge investments in machinery and computers to improve their efficiency, terminal operators have been hiring at an equally fast pace, according to the report, the first independent study of local port activity since 2001. The study was commissioned by the New York Shipping Association, whose offices were in the World Trade Center and are now in Iselin, N.J. The number of jobs at cargo terminals in the ports has increased by more than 29 percent, rising to 20,947 in 2004 from 16,232 in 2000, the report shows
Judge's Ruling Puts On Hold Dredging In Bay (, Aug 13, 2005)
A Manhattan federal judged has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision to dredge near an underwater Superfund site in Newark Bay was "made without a hard look at the environmental consequences." Now, the Army Corps must submit to the court a plan of how the dredging would be coordinated with federal Environmental Protection Agency efforts to study and clean up the Diamond Alkali Superfund site, according to the ruling by Judge Shira A. Scheindlin... The Natural Resources Defense Council, the New York/New Jersey Baykeeper and GreenFaith contend that a cancer-causing dioxin and other toxic chemicals could be stirred up and released into New York and New Jersey waterways, with deadly consequences for marine wildlife around Staten Island, if dredging were to proceed without proper safeguards... The deepening of Newark Bay is a small portion of an overall $3.2 billion project to deepen New York Harbor from Ambrose Channel to Newark Bay to 50 feet by 2013. Deeper channels will allow larger vessels access to container terminals in New York and New Jersey.
Plans Unveiled For East River Esplanade (, Jun 28, 2005)
The typical riverfront developments of today, with their traditional lampposts and quaint park benches, drip with nostalgia for a city that never was. They have all the charm of an open-air suburban mall. The master plan for an East River esplanade, which was unveiled last month by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is a welcome reprieve from that New York cliché. Covering a two-mile stretch of waterfront from Battery Park to East River Park in Lower Manhattan, the project will transform a series of abandoned piers and derelict corners beneath the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive into a vibrant urban panorama without sacrificing the rough edges.
Professional Artists Painting Signs at Coney Island (, Jun 17, 2005)
in the summer of 2003, when the artist Steve Powers became simultaneously obsessed with Coney Island and the dying art of sign painting, he had a tough time convincing many of the wary and con-wise business owners that he wanted to give them - free, really - brand-new hand-painted signs for their aging bumper-car palaces and clam bars.... But Mr. Powers, a former graffiti artist who has had scrapes with the law and lots of experience dealing with suspicious authority, was persistent. And now his personal mission has become a sprawling public art project that blurs the line between art and commerce in a way that perhaps could happen only on Coney Island. Since last summer, when the project began in earnest, Mr. Powers and Creative Time, the nonprofit arts group, have signed up dozens of artists with gallery credentials and international followings to paint signs for businesses and arcades.
Mayor Blocked On Trash Plan (, Jun 9, 2005)
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's ambitious 20-year plan to ship the city's garbage away by barge was dealt a stinging setback yesterday in a City Council vote. It was the mayor's second major defeat this week on a signature initiative of his administration. The Council's vote blocking the mayor's plan will effectively stall it but does not kill it, since he can veto the Council's decision. Council leaders believe they will have the votes to override any veto, though.
New York Fails In West Side Stadium Quest, Hurting Olympic Bid (, Jun 7, 2005)
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's nearly four-year quest to build a Manhattan football stadium that could spark the redevelopment of the West Side and lure the Olympic Games to New York was defeated yesterday when two of Albany's leaders refused to approve the $2.2 billion project. The decision threw into serious doubt the city's bid to bring the 2012 Olympics to the United States. By far the most contentious development project proposed for New York City in years, the stadium became a victim of the city's and state's clashing rebuilding priorities after the World Trade Center attack. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who held veto power over the stadium, said yesterday that he could not support the project on the West Side, along with the large commercial redevelopment plan the mayor has proposed, because it would undermine the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan, his district.
Asia trade pumps up N.Y. port (, Dec 8, 2004)
Thanks to the explosion of trade with China, which each year is manufacturing a larger share of goods for American stores, traffic into the Port of New York, which was shrinking or flat a decade ago, has grown faster in the last five years than at any point since just after World War II. Overall container traffic has surged 65 percent since 1998 - nearly twice the national average, and more than the increase in any other major East Coast port except Savannah, Georgia. Last year, $100 billion worth of wares moved through the port, up 12 percent in just a year. That new bustle signals a startling change in global shipping.
Bid For The Olympics Fails To Address Some Controversial Questions (, Dec 8, 2004)
Olympic boosters have long argued that the 2012 Games would provide New York an opportunity to transform itself, and the bid book offers numerous examples: an expanded central business district, a revitalized waterfront, new sports and recreation facilities. But the book prepared by NYC2012, the city's Olympic bid committee, fails to deliver when it comes to the most controversial questions surrounding New York's grab for the Olympic rings: Who will pay for the Games? What are the hidden costs? Why are the proposed West Side Stadium and Brooklyn Arena so crucial?
Ferry Company Warns of Cuts or a Shutdown (, Oct 22, 2004)
fter years of expansion that helped to radically change the way thousands of New Yorkers and New Jersey residents get to work every day, New York Waterway, the largest company providing ferry service in the metropolitan region has told transportation officials that it is in financial trouble and may be unable to continue providing service to its 38,000 daily commuters.
City Trash Plan Forgoes Trucks, Favoring Barges (, Oct 7, 2004)
hree years after the closing of the mammoth Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, the Bloomberg administration has drawn up a 20-year plan to deal with the city's residential waste by shipping the bulk of it elsewhere by barge
Scientists Find Geochemical Fingerprint Of World Trade Center Collapse (, Feb 23, 2003)
Dust and debris deposits associated with the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center have left a distinct fingerprint on the sedimentary record in New York Harbor, scientists have found. Their results appear in the January 21, 2003, issue of the journal EOS, a publication of the American Geophysical Union. This geochemical fingerprint, the researchers believe, may facilitate a better understanding of the short-to-medium term processes that affect the input, dispersal, and fate of particles and contaminants in the lower Hudson River.
Trust wants four more months for Pier 40 choice (, Feb 23, 2003)
With one day left before the deadline to choose a developer for Pier 40, the Hudson River Park Trust last Friday decided to ask for a four-month extension to more carefully consider the competing proposals.
A Lively Waterfront in Store for Tribeca (, Feb 23, 2003)
The future of Tribeca’s waterfront is taking shape and it appears likely to include a large artificial-turf sports field, a kids’ playground, basketball courts and an ecological preserve, as well as familiar elements—sand volleyball, miniature golf and a boathouse.
Cape May to Montauk: A Coastal Protection Report Card (, Nov 1, 2002)
This November 2002 NRDC study grades 169 localities and a half-dozen state and federal agencies for their effectiveness at controlling pollution and managing coastal sprawl. The report also names the region's 12 biggest polluters.