Yoav Gonen at the New York Post, among others, reports on the August 12, 2016 NYC OATH Hearings Division decision upholding a $10,000 civil penalty levied against Trump Tower for its failure to correct an earlier violation with regard to a sales counter illegally occupying the POPS and the failure to install a public bench. The sales counters are gone, the bench is present, and a total penalty of $14,000 hopefully brings this year-long saga to an end.
Olivia Martin of Architects Newpaper writes about the Water Street zoning amendment that authorizes owners of arcades and other POPS along Water Street to apply for permission to fill in the spaces with retail uses. APOPS founder Jerold S. Kayden is quoted in the article as accepting that, in the case of irredeemable POPSs, it is conceivable that they could be removed from the inventory for other beneficial uses. At the same time, he argues, owners should provide community benefits in return for the additional retail space they may receive in the Water Street case. APOPS Senior Advisor Douglas Woodward is also quoted, “Retail activation in POPS is a frequently used strategy, and some of the best and most successful POPS (e prix viagra pour homme.g. the Rubenstein Atrium at the Lincoln Center, the IBM space on 57th Street, and 60 Wall Street) all have active retail.”
David Dunlap writes for the New York Times about the plan to encourage retail infill in the POPS arcades for 17 buildings in the downtown Water Street neighborhood. The City Planning Commission approved with few changes the original proposal. The City Council will hold a public hearing and potentially vote on the amendment in the coming weeks.
376 Broadway, at the southeast corner of Broadway and White Street, paid $12,000 in penalties for three zoning violations related to its privately owned public space. The Department of Buildings issued the violations in October, 2015, citing a failure to provide required plaques, to maintain required vegetation, and for using the public space to display seven motorcycles being sold by the adjacent Harley Davidson store. A recent visit by APOPS shows a plaque has been posted, efforts to provide vegetation, and the absence of motorcycles on the public space.
Katherine Brenzel for The Real Deal reports on a land-use zoning application to the City Planning Commission from the Alliance for Downtown New York, a downtown BID, that would permit 17 buildings in the Water Street area to fill in 110,000 square feet of ground-floor arcade space with retail. In return, the owners would upgrade their plazas, including the addition of chairs, tables, and planters. Roblox Hack Free Robux
Matt Chaban of The New York Times reports that, following a hearing before New York City’s Environmental Control Board on a Department of Buildings-issued notice of violation of a City Planning Commission special permit regarding the intrusion of two sales counters and the removal of a required bench in Trump Tower’s privately owned public space at 725 Fifth Avenue, the Trump Organization expects to remove the sales counters and reinstall the bench in the next two to four weeks. At the hearing, Michael Cohen, Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization and Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump, stated that the company could not locate documents to support the installation of the counters and the bench removal. APOPS’s Jerold Kayden was sworn in by the ECB Hearing Officer, but the need for additional testimony did not arise.
Kayden pens a Boston Globe op-ed about the recovery of the little bench that could.
APOPS Founder and President Jerold Kayden recently discussed the role of POPS and public-private partnerships on a panel entitled, “Whose Public Space? Security and Access” at the Creative Cities: Re-framing Downtown conference, hosted by the American University in Cairo. Panelists addressed how public space is defined by context, culture, and politics. An article in the Cairo Observer, describing the conference, concludes from Kayden’s talk that “Whether publicly or privately owned, one cannot ‘design’ a space for public protest. Spaces of protest are taken, not made.” To read Mia Jankowicz’s full article for the Cairo Observer, click here.
Giacomo Bianchino of The Saturday Paper reports on the dwindling access to public space in Sydney as private interests outbid the wellbeing of local citizenry. Bianchino argues that the development of Sydney’s harbor demonstrates a trend toward “government-owned private zones,” created as a means of attracting tourism over improving the city for locals. The article cites Jerold Kayden’s work on privately owned public space for its argument that what determines publicness in a city is not necessarily who owns the land, but by legal rules governing public accessibility. Click here to read more.