Volume 16 • Issue 35 | January 30 - February 05, 2004



Downtown Local

E.I.S. & peace?
The board of the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corporation last week approved the draft environmental impact statement for the World Trade Center memorial and redevelopment plan. The 2,000-page document—the table of contents alone is 34 pages long—outlines the traffic congestion, noise, and other consequences that will result from the decade-long construction in and around the World Trade Center site.

Two public hearings on the draft environmental impact statement will be held on Feb. 18 at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, located at Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold St., one from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and then another from 6 p.m.

The statement is available online at the L.M.D.C.’s web site, www.renewnyc.org.

The statement will also be provided to some community-based organizations. Individuals can purchase hard copies of the report through the L.M.D.C. for a $100 fee to cover copy costs. CD Rom disks can be requested from the L.M.D.C. free of charge. For more information, contact William H. Kelley at the L.M.D.C. at (212) 962-2300.

Copies of the draft environmental impact statement are available for public review at the following locations: the offices of Community Boards 1, 2, and 3, the Chatham Square Library at 33 East Broadway, the New Amsterdam Library at 9 Murray St., the Hamilton Fish Library at 415 East Houston St., and the Hudson Park Library at 66 Leroy St.

Public comments on the document will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2004. Comments should be sent to: Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Attn: Comments WTC Memorial and Redevelopment Plan/DGEIS, One Liberty Plaza, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10006.


Blow your horn
Tune up your tuba, trumpet, and trombone, says the Church Street School of Music and Art, which is inviting Downtown musicians to join its gazebo band TriBattery Pops. Band members will rehearse and perform in six summer park concerts and a recording session. Musicians of any age and experience are welcome. For more information, call (212) 571-7290 or e-mail churchstreetschool@rcn.com.


Director search
The museum of American Financial History is looking to replace Brian Thompson, who left the museum as executive director Dec 31.

The museum which sees an estimated 150 visitors a week is hoping to expand over the next few years. John Herzog, chairperson of the board and founder of the museum of five years, is overseeing the search..

The museum, 26 Broadway, is currently having a special exhibit about the success of the Small Business Administration in Washington, which includes looking at how huge businesses, such as Intel, started off as a small business with help from the administration, and detail of its development into a large multinational company.


Fields at Wall
Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields will talk about the redevelopment of Downtown and discuss her priorities for Manhattan and the city at 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 5 in the Wall Street Rising Downtown Information Center on the ground floor of 25 Broad St. The event is free but the public is urged to reserve a seat by phone 212:425-INFO ext. 19 or email events@downtowninfocenter.org


Calatrava at C.B. 1
The upcoming week’s schedule of Community Board 1 committee meetings is listed below. Unless otherwise noted, the meetings will be held in room 709 of 49-51 Chambers St.

On Tues., Feb. 3, the Battery Park City Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. to hear a presentation by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy on the community center at Stuyvesant High School, an update on current projects by the Battery Park City Authority, and to discuss the Liberty Street Bridge elevator.

On Wed., Feb. 4, the World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee will meet at 5:30 in Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s Office, 250 Broadway, Assembly Hearing Room, 19th floor to hear an update on the Fulton St. transit hub by New York City Transit, and to hear a presentation on the permanent PATH station at the World Trade Center site by architect Santiago Calatrava. 

On Thurs., Feb. 5, the Tribeca Committee will meet at 6:30 to hear an update on the Tribeca Film Festival, a presentation on Tribeca Organization branding campaign and events, and to pass resolutions on the following: a wine license for 374 Greenwich St., a liquor license application for 385 Greenwich St., a liquor license application for Shinobi (tentative) and a wine license for 101-105 Lafayette Street.


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