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    Any pics of the connection into the hub and T4?

    many thanks for the updates.

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    Was in the restaurant on the UWS when I saw four loaded trucks sped up along the Broadway in the direction of downtown.
    One was carrying massive steel column covered in studs, another - gigantic I-beam that I assumed had no other place to go in the city but the underground VSC.
    Saw them parked later that night along the 90 West Street

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    Quote Originally Posted by yepole View Post
    Was in the restaurant on the UWS when I saw four loaded trucks sped up along the Broadway in the direction of downtown.
    One was carrying massive steel column covered in studs, another - gigantic I-beam that I assumed had no other place to go in the city but the underground VSC.
    Saw them parked later that night along the 90 West Street
    That was probably a super column and the 106 ton beam that has been talked about for months. There is a lot of steel coming in these days for Phase 1 of the site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BiggieSmalls View Post
    Any pics of the connection into the hub and T4?

    many thanks for the updates.
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    I don't have any specific ones but in this picture you can just see the opening on the left (north). This goes in under the 1/9 subway box (the bottom of which is just above the top row of grey beams running across the secant wall). Where you see mud now, will be the bottom slab where vehicles will drive and pass into that opening on the left.

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    Tribeca Trib
    December 20, 2011

    Port Authority Pictures 'Sphere' in Park Near WTC Site

    BY CARL GLASSMAN

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    The Port Authority has yet to announce a permanent home for the battered 22.5 ton sculpture “The Sphere,” the iconic memorial to the tragedy of Sept. 11 that now resides in Battery Park. But renderings prepared for a possible presentation, obtained by the Trib, show the Authority’s concept of how the sculpture might look in the future Liberty Park—near the World Trade Center site but not on it.

    The renderings show two optional locations for "The Sphere" on the elevated park, to be constructed above the Vehicle Security Center on Liberty Street. Acording to one image, the sphere would be visible from the Sept. 11 Memorial Plaza across the street.

    Whether the renderings will become part of a formal presentation to the community is unclear. A Port Authority spokesman declined to comment to the Trib on its plans for the sculpture. “We are in ongoing discussions with family members about the placement of the Sphere," Authority spokesman Steve Coleman said in an email statement. A spokesman for the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum responded with a similar statement.

    Fritz Koenig's "The Sphere," which has stood in Battery Park since March 2002, must be moved by next summer to make way for construction. No one involved with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site—not the Port Authority, the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum nor Silverstein Properties—has expressed interest in returning the sculpture to the World Trade Center site, its home for 30 years.

    But some victims' family members continue to advocate for bringing it back to what they see as its rightful place. Michael Burke, the brother of a firefighter killed on Sept. 11 who leads that movement, said he has gathered 7,700 supporters in an online petition.

    "It survived the terrorist strike, the terrorist attack upon civilization and humanity and world peace. And now we are moving it somewhere else, because somehow it disturbs the integrity of the Memorial design," said Burke, who was shown the renderings by the Port Authority and rejects Liberty Park as a site for the sculpture. "Well, what does that tell us about the Memorial design?"

    According to its renderings, the Authority appears to be choosing between two locations within the new park. The "West Side" option shows the brass-and-steel sphere near the Liberty Street bridge. The "Center" option places it closer to the site of what will be the rebuilt St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Though a rendering indicates it can be seen from the Memorial plaza, Burke said it will hardly be noticed from there.

    "If it is visible, it sure as hell won’t be prominent," he said. "It will be mildly noticable, perhaps, when the trees are bare. But no one is going to notice it."

    Not having received a presentation by the Port Authority, Community Board 1 has yet to weigh in on where "The Sphere" should go. Catherine McVay Hughes, chair of the board's World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee, said she is not yet taking sides in the controversy but calls the artwork a significant reminder of what happened at the World Trade Center. "It's the largest unvarnished artifact that will be open to the public," Hughes said. "It's important that people can see it."

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    Is placing it on the (future) corner of Fulton and Greenwich really such a bad thing? Hell they could even put it on the (future) grounds of the PAC. Gehry's buildings tend to look similar to it anyway.

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    Or maybe in the plaza out front of the Calatrava Hub building. There will be a fairly wide open expanse on that block, both on the NE & SW corners, although the SW would be a better home for the Sphere.




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    Tribeca Trib has some images showing two possible sitings for the Sphere in the planned Liberty Park ...

    (nearby to what's looking to be a really ungainly church structure)

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    Interesting that the base is like small fountain pool.

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    i'm diggin this approach. would be even better if a tower never goes up on the old DB site.

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    Wasn't the sphere on a pedestal?

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    It was on a raised circular platform of sorts within a large round fountain. What's shown is something of an attempt to mimic how it used to look, on a much more minimal scale. It appears in the last render that the water would be coming out from beneath and from within the base of the Sphere, which would be a nice touch.






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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Or maybe in the plaza out front of the Calatrava Hub building. There will be a fairly wide open expanse on that block, both on the NE & SW corners, although the SW would be a better home for the Sphere.
    If I'm not mistaken, that area would be quite close to it's original location (though be it at a lower elevation than the original plaza)

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    Yes, that SW corner of the Hub block would put the Sphere very near it's original location (which was a bit to the NW, across where Greenwich Street will now cut through). The clearing at the Memorial plaza just to the east of the north pool seems like the logical place, but the powers that be aren't for that ...






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