June 29th - July 5th, 2013
New York Downtown Merges with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
July 1 - New York Downtown Hospital has merged with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, reported the Associated Press. NewYork-Presbyterian says the 180-bed community hospital will be called NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital. It's the only acute care hospital below 14th Street. It serves about 750,000 residents and visitors. The merger was approved by the New York State Department of Health. NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the city's largest academic medical centers. New York Downtown has been affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian health care system while maintaining separate operations. It became vital to lower Manhattan after St. Vincent's Hospital declared bankruptcy in 2010. New York Downtown was projected to face a significant operating loss in 2013.
Friends of Bogardus Garden Announce $400K in Capital Funding
July 2 - Friends of Bogardus Garden (FBG) was just awarded $400,000 in capital funding: $300,000 from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and $100,000 from Councilwoman Margaret Chin toward the complete re-design and re-construction of Bogardus Garden and Plaza, according to a FBG press release. Friends of Bogardus Garden, a grassroots, all-volunteer community group, sought funding for this $3 million capital project by forming a public-private partnership, leveraging city dollars with private, local philanthropy. Earlier this year, FBG was awarded $2 million by the NYC Department of Transportation through a competitive Plaza Grant Program, which it used to generate over $300,000 in additional private funding.
New Residential Tower May Soar Above Historic Trinity Church
July 2 - Trinity Church, one of the city's wealthiest parishes, is floating plans to redevelop its ministry offices and top them with a 25-story residential tower, reported DNAinfo.com. The church's vestry, or board of directors, is expected to decide at a meeting July 24 whether to replace the pair of 90-year-old buildings or embark on a $35 million project to gut, renovate and upgrade them, a Trinity spokeswoman said. Plans for an opulent overhaul for the buildings at 68-74 Trinity Place, which sit directly behind the historic Broadway church, have long been a point of contention for a parish divided over the direction of the church, which is also a major property owner with 6 million square feet of real estate in Hudson Square. The designers said they were inspired -- and conscious -- of how their designs would become the new backdrop for one of the most iconic views in the city, of Trinity Church standing tall at Wall Street's western end. The church has not announced a timeline for the project.
Fire at Century 21 Building in Lower Manhattan
July 2 - The Century 21 discount department store was evacuated Tuesday after a fire in the basement of its building in Lower Manhattan, reported NBC New York. Authorities said the blaze broke out in the motor room below the elevators, and smoke billowed up into the store. FDNY said the blaze was extinguished after about 75 firefighters responded, but they worked longer to contain the smoke. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.
Rockaway Ferry Service Extended Through Labor Day
July 1 - A city-subsidized ferry put in place after Hurricane Sandy knocked out the Rockaways' link to the A train is sticking around through at least Labor Day, according to NY1. On Tuesday, the city announced that the $2-per-ride service will continue into early September, even though A train service was restored to the Rockaways on May 30. That was welcome news for the commuters who've taken to the ferry, which offers far better views than the subway. City officials had originally extended the ferry's run for six weeks after the A train's return, with a pledge to keep it going until Labor Day if ridership stayed strong. According to the city, approximately 700 riders use the ferry daily. What happens after Labor Day, though? City officials said they'll keep studying the ferry's ridership figures to determine if the service extends beyond that holiday. Another Rockaway ferry line was shut down in 2010 due to lack of ridership. But with more than 90,000 passenger trips taken since the city started the current service in November, many commuters are hoping this one lasts longer than a summer fling. The ferries leave from the landing at Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive and arrive at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan, and a free transfer is available to East 34th Street. Regular service from the Rockaways to Manhattan is available between 5:45 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. and through the evening rush on weekdays. One-way weekday fares cost $2. Weekend beach service fare is $30 round trip, or $26 with a transfer from the East River Ferry. For more information on schedules and fares, visit www.newyorkbeachferry.com.