I like a couple of things mentioned in the article.
I like how 80 South Street is on the fast-track for construction in 2005. I can’t believe this is an attainable reality, it was initially proposed to start in 2006. I like how it has kept a low-profile and how there is no “real” opposition to it other than, it’ll change the neighborhood, duh. I suppose however the residents know what we do, that the tower could’ve been much larger if Sciame combined the air-rights of neighboring buildings that he already owns. Its also the nature of Sciame himself, he’s not Donald Trump, he’s a CUNY graduate whose only ambition is to put a piece of art on the downtown waterfront and restore the skyline. The very nature of the design guarantees either a failure or at the very least breaking even.
I’m also very very happy to learn the proposal for a mall has fallen through at the Fulton Fish Market. This is a sleeper site; surely its size and value is a subject of contention. However I agree with the current notion for the site that it combine retail, residential, and commercial, and be fully functional as mixed use. I’ve never been a fan of the South Street Seaport, it’s touristy and completely wrong for the area, its an attempt at Boston’s Wharf and Quincy Market, both of which I hate. Something that offers something, not everything to the tourist is ideal. For instance I like the free tours offered at the South Street Seaport. However the focus has to be on what’s best for the city, the area is at a unique juxtaposition, and a combination of commercial, residential, and retail would best suit it.