September 21st - September 27th, 2013
Fulton Stall Market in Seaport Closes Down
September 19 - After five years in the Seaport, the Fulton Stall Market -- a collection of vendors selling gourmet food, farm-fresh produce and handmade crafts -- has quietly shuttered, following a summer of poor sales, reported DNAinfo.com. Market organizers had originally announced last month, via Twitter, that the vendors would be on summer break during August and would come back in the fall. But the merchants, who had set up on Sundays beneath the same South Street awnings where fish was once hawked, never returned. Amy Weeks, the market's manager, told concerned Community Board 1 members that she was working with Seaport developer Howard Hughes Corporation to relaunch the market elsewhere in the area. The announcement of the Fulton Stall Market's closure came as Howard Hughes is about to begin the long-planned redevelopment of Pier 17, which has mostly been shuttered and is slated for demolition in October. Christopher Curry, Howard Hughes' senior vice president for development, said creating a new greenmarket soon is a "high priority" for the company, but it won't be located in its previous spot in the Fulton Market Building, which will undergo construction. Looking ahead to the fall, Curry told CB1 on Tuesday that while SmorgasBar's outdoor movies will soon end, there are new, "exciting" plans for the holidays, including several pop-up shops.
Woman Arrested With Gun at 9-11 Memorial Held on Bail
September 22 - The Milwaukee, Wis., woman who allegedly tried to gain entrance to the 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan with a loaded gun was held on $30,000 bail after a court appearance Monday, officials said. Ursula Jerry, 41 years old, tried to pass through the metal detectors at the memorial's visitors screening area with a .380-cal semiautomatic pistol in her purse, the official said. The weapon had two rounds in the magazine -- none were in the chamber, a law-enforcement official said. According to The Wall Street Journal, a private security guard working at the screening center stopped Ms. Jerry, who was alone, and notified the New York Police Department, officials said. She was arrested and was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, the official said.
Durst Launches Pre-Built Program at One World Trade Center
September 23 - The Durst Organization has announced a new leasing program at One World Trade Center, reported GlobeSt.com. The offering makes available a limited number of smaller spaces in the iconic three-million-square-foot office tower. The 45th and 46th floors are being set aside as part of the pre-built/build-to-suit program. Comprising a total of 94,000 square feet, the program can accommodate a maximum of 18 tenants. A single user can lease as little as 2,000 square feet of space up to a total of 43,000 square feet. The build-to-suit initiative offers customized construction and finishes to meet specific tenant configurations. Ownership will begin construction of the prebuilt spaces in early 2014. The spaces will be available for occupancy January 1, 2015. The building is currently over 55 percent leased.
Body Found in Hudson Near Pier A
September 24 - A body was found floating in the Hudson River near Pier A last Wednesday, reported The Broadsheet. Shortly after 1pm, a site supervisor at the construction project (which is transforming the historic dock into a bar, restaurant, and catering facility) spotted what appeared to be a human body floating in the water near Wagner Park. The supervisor called 911, which brought NYPD's Emergency Services Unit, at least one boat from Police Department's Harbor Unit, and Emergency Medical Technicians from the Fire Department, racing to the scene. Once the body was removed from the water, its condition made clear that the victim had been dead for some time. He was later tentatively identified as a 66-year-old man who resided in Jackson Heights, Queens, whose name is being withheld. A source within the First Precinct said that the man is believed to have entered the water by falling or jumping from the nearby Brooklyn Bridge, either late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.