It’s true of communities across the city, so why not West 57th Street? From the Rockaways to Staten Island, people have returned to their homes and businesses but found them without power, and the same seems to be going for the one-block stretch of the city that was shut down after the crane boom of One57 snapped back.
Yesterday, the city secured the crane boom to the side of the building, a day ahead of scheduled, and reopened the street. But that does not mean life is yet back to normal. According to a number of people on the street, they remain without electricity or heat—even though Con Ed claims otherwise. “They said we couldn’t expect anything before noon,” Daniel Van Doren, whose family owns 130 West 57th Street, told The Observer in a phone interview from his MetroNorth train headed to the city.
“Just like the rest of this debacle, Con Ed is not giving much detail,” Mr. Van Doren added.
With these pics from last night, there’s not much to say (and it seems like there will be pretty much the same story tonight). We just went to the East River Ferry dock in Greenpoint to check out the skyline. As you know, usually there’s a halo of light over the city, but now it just stops around 34th Street.
The rest is a void.
It looks like dreams of a downtown Islamic cultural center could be dashed if Park51 cannot come to an agreement with Con Edison. Dogmatic developer Sharif El-Gamal shares control of the site for the proposed community center with the utility, and Con-Ed now claims Park51 owes $1.7 million in back rent, according to the Post.
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Depending on whom you ask, the greatest tragedy to ever befall Brooklyn was the loss of the Dodgers to LA. But thanks to some internet sleuths, a piece of Dodger history on the shores of the Gowanus Canal has been saved.
Earlier this year, Gothamist began snooping around a wall on Third Avenue Read More
One of the few upsides to a down real estate economy is the plethora of deals to be had by the savvy investor with money on hand. That is certainly one way to describe the Fisher family, who began developing real estate in the outer-boroughs in 1915 and progressively worked their way in to some Read More
Consolidated Edison gets plenty of heat when the power goes out. So it should get credit when the city remains cool even as the mercury hits triple digits.
Last week’s heat wave produced no widespread outages even though the city nearly set a record for power consumption on July 5, when the temperature reached Read More
Graydon Carter has a penchant for a onetime power plant on the far West Side. The Vanity Fair editor is trying to gather support to renovate the IRT Powerhouse, built in 1904 on the block bounded by West 58th and West 59th at 11th and 12th avenues, and bring a photography museum to its ornate Read More
WNBC.com is reporting that a manhole explosion on East 39th Street prompted the evacuation of six nearby buildings early this morning.
No injuries have been reported.
The blast occured just a few blocks from the scene of last July’s steampipe explosion near Grand Central Terminal, which injured 41 people and caused Read More
Last week Mayor Bloomberg announced that the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) would request proposals from private developers to enter into a 20-year deal with the city to buy, install, own and maintain solar panels on city-owned buildings in New York’s five boroughs.
The goal is to deliver two megawatts (MW) of solar power Read More
Yesterday, New York's political class lined up to condemn the politically insulated MTA-whose members are in effect appointed by the governor-for the third rain-caused system-wide disruption of the nation's most heavily used subway system in the past seven months.
They were right to do so.
It's not clear how much the MTA can do Read More