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    So it's 'finished'?
    I couldn't tell if the plantings are native specimens, or just weeds. Ground-cover ivy has found a home in the construction fence.

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    This never-ending construction at Collect Pond Park is a total Sh!t Show ...

    Now they've jackhammered out some of the plaza in the SE section, next to the "interactive water feature" and dug down deep.

    Workers on site yesterday, when asked why they had ripped out the pebble covering previously installed throughout the new pond, said there was a problem with the membrane.

    Plus, on the NYC Parks construction signs, they've now taped over the construction end-date, and no new completion date has been added.

    Who's overseeing this project?

    Calling Veronica M. White, Bloomberg's latest cog-commish at NYC Parks, apparently sitting around and doing very little other than enjoying her paycheck, now payable from our tax dollars at $205,180 / year.

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    Although it seemed to be hopelessly behind coming out of the backstretch, the Collect Pond Park has taken the lead over James Madison Plaza as the longest park project to completion.

    JMP still isn't open (they don't bother updating the sign anymore), but they cut a pedestrian detour through it so the sidewalk can be rebuilt. Headed for the wire, there's still a chance that JMP could stumble and throw its jockey.

    How much do you weigh, Bloomie?

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    Jockey was thrown a long time ago and has been walking faster than the horse.


    Maybe they should stop kicking it...

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    I walked by here on July 3rd. It's looking better and is a massive improvement over the parking lot that was there.

    The next lot that needs attention is the one on Chambers next to the Surrogates Court.

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    SInce you walked by a week ago they've dug up the plaza near the water feature. Progress is moving in reverse.

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    Thanks for the info.

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    Default Will it hold water?

    They've now replaced the defective membrane & pebble-ized coating covering the surface of the pond -- and news from Collect Pond Park is optimistic ...

    Nearly a Year Late, Collect Pond Park May Finally Open Next Month

    Tribeca Trib
    October 2, 2013



    Rendering courtesy of the city Parks Department.

    The $4.6 million construction of Collect Pond Park, an entire makeover of the drab concrete plaza between Centre and Lafayette Streets situated next to the New York State Supreme Court Building, was due for completion at the end of last year. It is now expected to be finished next month, at the earliest. Defective waterproof sheeting had been installed and must be replaced in what is to be the park's centerpiece, a 100-foot-long reflecting pond, said Lawrence Mauro, the city Parks Department's project manager for Lower Manhattan. The sheeting is meant to protect the park and prevent flooding of a basement of the nearby courts.

    “The contractor is being especially cautious in that replacement, of course, [because] they don’t want the problem to reoccur,” Mauro recently told Community Board 1’s Seaport-Civic Center Committee. “We’re also having the manufacturer’s representative come in and inspect the re-installation of the waterproofing at each step—so, hopefully, it will not fail.” The waterproofing must be put in before the park’s tile surface can be installed, a process that needs to be finished before cold weather sets in, Mauro said. Once completed, the pond will be surrounded by benches, plantings and trees. A spray shower for children is expected to be up and running next spring. The park is named after the spring-fed pond that existed there in the city's early years, providing residents with most of their drinking water. The pond became so polluted that it was drained in 1805. The area was eventually known as “Paradise Park,” named for Paradise Square, which replaced Collect Pond in the 1830s. In the 1950s, it was turned into a parking lot.

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    good of that contractor to be "especially cautious"

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    This park is still fenced off, and not open to the public, despite the fact that the "Pond" is filled with water and the interior hardscaping & landscaping work appears complete. The stretch to the south of the court house (once Franklin Street, running between Lafayette and Centre, now pedestrian area) still has a long way to go.

    NYC Parks website continues to say: Anticipated Completion: Fall 2013

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    This is a good project. Next, we need to get rid of the parking lot on Chambers St (next to the Surrogate's Ct), which is used by lazy officials. Billy "Fidel Castro" DeBlasio should authorize the city to sell it to a developer who could build some affordable housing at the base and apartments above.

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    Yeah London, the parking lot there has always annoyed me. Anyone know what building was there before this ugly parking lot was left in its stead?

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    The online NYPL Digital Gallery has a shot of the building circa 1940 - it was fine old structure:

    39 Chambers Street - Elk Street

    [Koller & Smith Co. Inc.]


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    That company got a patent for Magnikol, a filing system innovation:



    And in 1979 filed for a patent for a new innovation that probably paid off very well:

    Magnetic Stripe

    Assignee: Koller & Smith Co., Inc. (Pelham, NY)
    Inventors: George A. Kowalski (Deer Park, NY), George Mayer (Hamden, CT), Murray Rosenbaum (New York, NY)


    A stripe for magnetically receiving encoded information; the stripe is bonded and adhered to any type of document having a paper substrate onto which the magnetic stripe is deposited, usually in the form of a narrow rectilinear strip, which is raised above the original surface of the paper substrate by embossing the latter during deposition of the magnetic stripe. Basically the invention entails the provision of a flexible sheet for use in forming a magnetic recording medium in the form of a magnetic stripe on a paper substrate, e.g. a document such as a bank passbook. The sheet includes a first layer of magnetic-particle-free thermoplastic material, which is bonded to the paper substrate by application of high temperature and pressure to a local narrow rectilinear area thereof. Above the first layer and permanently bonded thereto is a middle layer of magnetizable material consisting of a plurality of discrete magnetizable particles dispersed in a matrix. Above the middle layer is a second layer of magnetic-particle-free thermoplastic material permanently bonded to the middle layer. A carrier web such as Mylar (a phthalate ester) is detachably bonded to the second layer of thermoplastic material.

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    While searching for info on that building, I came across this horrifying story in the NY Times from June 10, 1966 about a massive plan to tunnel under City Hall to make connections between the Brooklyn Bridge & Holland Tunnel access and also construct a new Municipal Building (900,000 sf; 53-stories; 800' tall) on the east side of Broadway between Chambers & Duane. We really dodged a bullet here (the construction schedule was apparently tied to the timing of the original WTC, then still in the planning stages).

    Read the full story HERE [pdf]

    CIVIC CENTER GETS
    MAYOR'S GO-AHEAD


    Tunnels for Bridge Traffic
    and Other Plan Changes
    Agreed to in Parley

    Lindsay Gives Go-Ahead
    for Civic Center Project


    Mayor Lindsay yesterday approved proposals of the City Planning Commission for revisions
    in the plans for the $200-million downtown civic center and ordered a go-ahead on the project ...


    Map of the Plan:

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    Three images of the 1966 Lower Manhattan Plan:

    http://proyectos4etsa.wordpress.com/...town-new-york/

    Click the images for super-sized (opens in new window)

    This would have led to total destruction of the South Street Seaport and other historic areas downtown.






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