Brooklyn Tech Triangle ideas unveiled
In November 2012, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and its partners at the DUMBO Improvement District and Brooklyn Navy Yard designated a consortium led by WXY architecture + urban design as the winning team to develop a master plan to grow the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, an area where the tech sector currently employs 9,628 people, generates $3.1 billion of economic output, and is poised to double over the next three years.
The Triangle – comprising the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Downtown Brooklyn, and DUMBO – is now home to nearly 10% of all tech firms citywide.
According to Tucker Reed, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, quoted in today's New York Post: "This is really a comprehensive plan to guide the area's growth over the next decade."
One item discussed that we would love to see is the reopening of the Brooklyn Bridge anchorage in DUMBO/Fulton Ferry. Closed after 9/11, the anchorage was one of the most beautiful locations to view Manhattan. In the late 90's, I produced a 360° image with the World Trade Center and waited for one of the most incredible sunsets I had ever seen over the city.
A Blast on Governors Island makes way for a park
With a series of explosions, the tallest building on Governors Island was imploded to make way for a softball field.
The abandoned apartment building was part of the housing for military families during the islands long tenure as a Coast Guard base.
It took just 10 seconds to bring the structure down.
Red Hook is one of @ 100 communities up for nomination in Benjamin Moore's Main St. Matters campaign
Cast Your Vote Online for Red Hook
Benjamin Moore Paints has just announced.
When Benjamin Moore Paints announced the launching of “Main Street Matters,” an all-expense-paid program provided FREE to spruce up rows of properties located in twenty communities throughout North America, the Mazzone family immediately took it local to Brooklyn.
Mazzone Hardware, owned and operated by the Mazzone family
in Carroll Gardens since 1950, launched its own campaign to include Red Hook on the list of selected communities being considered for this great opportunity.
What’s needed now is for people to go online and vote for Red Hook. The twenty communities that will be chosen as the most in need of revitalization will be based solely on the amount of votes received.
Considering what the Red Hook community has suffered in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, this could be one more way we can all come to the aid of our neighbors in need. Just look at what Benjamin Moore is willing to do.
Benjamin Moore will not only provide the paint and supplies needed for facades, railings, and other exterior building trims, but will also provide color experts to consult on the best choices to enhance the architectural style, regional influences and historic references in each community. And in addition, this program will put local professional painters to work – again, all paid for by Benjamin Moore.
Please, click on this link and vote. http://www.paintwhatmatters.com/
The map of North America immediately comes up.
Locate and click on NY, next click on Red Hook, and finally click on Vote Now. ALL DONE!
Just a couple of important things: You can cast a vote once every 24 hours* Voting ends at midnight June 30th.
*You can only vote once every 24 hours when using the same email address and/or same computer.
Comments on the site include:
Monica Byrne says:
Our neighborhood, Red Hook, Brooklyn was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and we could really use a facelift, and a fresh coat of paint!
ReStoreRedHook.org tells the stories of some of our small businesses in the aftermath of Sandy.
Come play with us, an incredible little village in the middle of NYC that rebuilt itself, when it couldn’t get help from the outside!
THE SHOWBOAT CIRCUS MAKES A MANHATTAN APPEARANCE
For years, my daughter and I have enjoyed "CircuSundays" on the Showboat Barge and Waterfront Museum. Now it is Manhattan's opportunity to see this great event.
The Showboat Circus offers old-time family entertainment and classical circus artistry aboard a century-old covered wooden barge. Featured in Tribeca this June are the rope tricks of Chris McDaniel, the masterful juggling of Jen Slaw, and the delightful songs and laughs of Ilene Weiss. Hosted by Captain David Sharps aboard his beautifully restored Lehigh Valley No. 79, the show offers a glimpse into an authentic NY Harbor showboat in the late 1800ʼs.
The Showboat Circus features:
Chris McDaniel – a cowboy rope artist. This world champion rope trickster with immense charm has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, on Late Night with David Letterman, and on the National Rodeo Circuit.
Jen Slaw – an award-winning female juggling genius fresh from David Letterman. Jen combines grace, humor, skill and beauty with an absolutely captivating style.
Ilene Weiss– a twinkling and tender gal-with-guitar presents an assortment of family friendly songs with a charm that is wildly hysterical and heart-warming, all in the same verse.
THE SHOWBOAT CIRCUS is part of the North River Historic Ship Festival June 20 - 23. The fifth annual ship festival features free public boat rides aboard the Tug Pegasus and the John J. Harvey Fireboat, and dockside tours of the steam-powered lighthouse tender LILAC and Lehigh Valley No. 79. Also featured are Outrigger Canoe Races at Pier 26. For more information on the Festival visit http://www.nrhss.org.
Hudson River Park's Pier 25 is located in Tribeca, Manhattan along West Street at N. Moore Street. Nearest subway stations are the Franklin Street stop on the 1 or Canal Street on the A/C/E (exit at Walker Street.) N. Moore Street is one block north of Franklin Street or a block south of Walker Street. Walk west on N. Moore to the pier.
The Waterfront Museum is housed aboard the only surviving wooden example of "The Lighterage Era" (1860 –1960) -- an era in transportation and commerce history when goods were transported by Tug & Barge across the NY Harbor. The Lehigh Valley No. 79 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Group Tours are available daily by appointment by calling 718 624 4719 or by visiting www.waterfrontmuseum.org.
Come enjoy waterfront breezes and views, see antique vessels docked at Tribecaʼs new historic ship pier, marvel at the George Rhoades Ball Machine and view the original art exhibition entitled "Pollywogs & Shellbacks" – Marine Paintings by Frank Hanavan hanging on the bargeʼs walls.
|Mayor Bloomberg in Red Hook
Tax Relief and Business Loans and Grants announced for Sandy Victims in NYC
Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to Red Hook today to announce a $90 million property tax reduction for homes and businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
The reduction takes into account the damages, as well as the loss in market value following the storm.
"Since Hurricane Sandy struck, weve been doing everything possible to help homeowners and business owners whose properties were damaged," said Bloomberg. "The $90 million reduction will stay in the communities hit hardest by Sandy, helping families rebuild and supporting local businesses."
Giving his speech in the glamorous space at the end of Pier 41 in Red Hook, little can be seen here of the impact the superstorm had on the surrounding neighborhood. Red Hook suffered catastrophic flooding as the storm surge raced through the streets, inundating numerous homes and businesses. The resiliency of the residents has been remarkable.
The announcement today included the opening of the application process for the city's business and loan grant program, a part of the Federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief Program. The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated $1.77 billion in aid, with $293 million to be spent on business recovery programs:
• $72 million for business loans and grants
• $90 million for investments in business resiliency
• $90 million for "Game-Changer Investment Competition" to reward innovative ideas for spurring economic development in hard hit areas
• $41 million for a competition to develop resilient technologies
NYC Small Business Services Commissioner Rob Walsh announced the opening of the process. "The city's low interest emergency loan and matching grant program has helped hundreds of small businesses get back on their feet. The federally funded business loan and grant program will help provide a boost to small businesses still working to recover from Sandy."
Business owners can find out more information about the application and other requirements by visiting nyc.gov
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