August 31st - September 6th, 2013
DOE Reverses Decision to Move P.S. 150 Out of Tribeca
August 31 - The Department of Education has reversed a decision, announced in April, to move P.S. 150 out of Lower Manhattan, reported The Broadsheet. The plan would have uprooted the highly regarded school, also known as the Tribeca Learning Center, from its longtime home on Greenwich Street, to a new building on West 17th Street. The decision sparked widespread outrage among families with children at P.S. 150 and among downtown community leaders. Multiple sources say this tension came to a head at an August 26 meeting between parents, DOE officials, and Lower Manhattan's elected representatives.
9/11 Museum Starts Membership Program
September 1 - The 9/11 Memorial Museum in Lower Manhattan has launched an annual membership program to help sustain and develop its programming and exhibits, reported the Associated Press. The memorial museum portion of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum is slated to open next spring. It will feature a museum pavilion above ground leading to the main memorial museum underground. The museum had to be built at bedrock to give visitors access to the historic remnants of the World Trade Center, which are protected under federal preservation law, according to the museum's website. The above-ground memorial --- featuring waterfalls, pool, engraved names, and oak trees -- opened to the public on September 12, 2011. Membership offers various benefits, including unlimited yearly admission to the museum for one adult. It also offers 10 percent discount at the gift shop and cafe. Individuals who sign up before April 1, 2014, can save 10 percent. Individual membership costs $63, while $225 will get you a family membership. The memorial and museum cost $700 million to build and have an annual operating cost of $60 million. While visiting the memorial is free, the museum portion will charge admission to help cover operating costs.
Pace University Dorm Opens, One More in the Pipeline
September 3 - The first of at least two major dormitories in the pipeline at Pace University is open just in time for the beginning of the school year. DNAinfo reported that 600 Pace University students have a new home in Lower Manhattan after the university's 24-story dormitory at 180 Broadway opened this past weekend. The high-rise, reportedly owned by SL Green Realty Corp., Jeff Sutton and Harel Insurance, and sitting at the corner of John Street and Broadway, opened after a two-year construction process and includes a fitness center, staff offices and fourth-floor student common areas. Pace University is also building a dormitory at 33 Beekman Street. Last year the Wall Street Journal reported that SL Green signed a deal with the school to develop a new 29-story residence hall at that downtown location, slated to become a 129,000-square-foot building for another 600 students. That development is slated for completion in the fall of 2015.
Council on Tall Buildings Weighs 1 WTC Height Claim
September 5 - Developers of 1 World Trade Center, formerly called the Freedom Tower, say that at 1,776 feet it will be the tallest office tower in the Western Hemisphere, according to Newsday. That claim is being considered by the authority of such matters -- the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The group's Height Committee will convene in early November and hopes to make an announcement by Nov. 9, spokesman Daniel Safarik said. The designation involves more than just bragging rights. The developer of the tower, a joint project of the Port Authority and the Durst Organization, has hired a private firm, Legends Hospitality, to operate an observation deck, special events space, gift shop and restaurants atop the building, and hopes to attract 3.8 million visitors annually. Legends, a joint marketing effort of the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys, has agreed to pay the developers as much as $875 million over the 15-year term of the lease. At the time of their completion in 1973, the original Twin Towers -- with 110 floors climbing 1,362 feet above Lower Manhattan -- were the tallest in the world. The north tower included Windows on the World, a restaurant complex on the 106th and 107th floors. In 2000, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur held the council's title as world's tallest building at 1,483 feet. This year, the 2,717-foot-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai holds the title, according to the council's website.
Iconic 9/11 Flag Whereabouts Still a Mystery
September 6 - It doesn't appear tracking down this piece of 9/11 history will be easy, according to CNN. Tips have been rolling in, spurred by the CNN Films' production, "The Flag," a documentary about the flag that three New York firefighters hoisted above the World Trade Center rubble in the aftermath of the attack. This particular version of Old Glory was 3 feet by 5 feet. Photos and video from the site suggest it went missing fewer than six hours after a photographer with a Bergen, New Jersey, newspaper captured the firefighters' deed in a photo that would become one of the most -- if not the most -- iconic images from tragedy. Co-director Michael Tucker said he expects that as news of the film infiltrates the tight-knit communities of New York's firefighters, police officers, Port Authority workers and paramedics, more viable