YIMBY last reported on the World Trade Center Transportation Hub last July, when the ribbed structure’s exoskeleton was complete, the glass skylight was going in, and interior work was the focus. Now, the transit center, dubbed the Oculus, is expected to officially open in early March, Curbed NY reports. The $3.9 billion creation was designed by Santiago Calatrava and will serve as the terminus for World Trade Center-bound PATH trains, and connection points for the A, C, E, J, Z, R, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 subway lines, multiple MTA buses, and ferry service. In addition, 365,000 square feet of retail space, managed by Westfield Corp., is in the works within the transit hub alone.
The city is moving forward with plans to seize multiple Coney Island waterfront properties along the amusement park’s Boardwalk, New York Post reports. The properties will total 75,000 square feet. 60,000 square feet of vacant land will be acquired between West 15th and 16th streets, where the old Thunderbolt roller coaster once stood, another vacant tract of land between West 22nd and 23rd streets will change hands, and, finally, a 9,000-square-foot amusement shop at West 12th Street is targeted. The Parks Department will build a long-planned esplanade connecting the park’s existing attractions at the Thunderbolt site, in addition to building new attractions. In the process, infrastructure work will occur in order for mixed-use developments to rise within the surrounding neighborhood. The eminent domain actions are expected to take a year.
As the Jehovah’s Witnesses place their Brooklyn properties on the market, the group has agreed to give the city $5.5 million towards rebuilding Bridge Park 2, located below the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in DUMBO. The park has been in limbo for over a decade, and previous plans to renovate and upgrade the dilapidated site never came to fruition. The redesigned park could have a skate park and a multipurpose field, although the Parks Department will have to finalize the redesign, according to the Brooklyn Paper.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is preparing to issue a request-for-proposals later this week to renovate and upgrade Pennsylvania Station, located under Madison Square Garden on Eighth Avenue between West 31st and 33rd Streets. According to the Observer, the project is part of the $26 billion investment in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), with the state contributing $8.3 billion. Multiple plans for a new entrance have already been put forth, one of which involves the demolition of the MSG Paramount Theater in replace of a glass enclosure, seen in these latest renderings.
Five environmentally-minded projects in Greenpoint received a total $4.25 million in funding last week, according to DNAinfo. One of those projects include the Greenpoint Monitor Museum’s planned USS Monitor Park, which was specifically awarded $599,200. To be located at 56 Quay Street on the Bushwick Inlet, the vacant property would be transformed into public green space. The shoreline would be restored and designed to protect against future floods, and a boardwalk would be installed. The Greenpoint Monitor Museum building will eventually be constructed on the same property, adjacent to a neighboring warehouse. AECOM is designing and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is partnered in the project.