Today there is good news on two fronts and ominous news on a third.
First, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is proceeding with plans to allow construction on its large underused grounds. A new apartment building, as I’ve written before, would enliven a dreary corner (pictured), bring patrons to local businesses and finance the preservation of a beautiful Gothic marvel. Years of deferred maintenance have quite obviously taken their toll on the unfinished cathedral, and here is a win-win-win remedy.
Second, the mayor and governor announced that the city and state (supported by about a gazillion politicians) will include a Metro-North station at the new Yankee Stadium! This is a complete about-face from just a couple of weeks ago. The sheer logic of the need for a rail station there, and all the blogging, must have changed people’s minds.
Third, Atlantic Yards. My general inclination is to support projects that create housing, office or recreation space near mass transit, which is exactly what Bruce Ratner wants to put atop the subway hub and LIRR terminal at Flatbush and Atlantic. But Aaron Naparstek raises a number of reasons not to support the Atlantic Yards development. In what is probably very analogous to what was proposed for Yankee Stadium, this project seems to be taking on a number of automobile-oriented, traffic-generating characteristics. Talk of squandering such a one-in-a-million opportunity is enough to make one cringe. You should have a look at Aaron’s thoughtful observations.
– Deal Close on Apartments Near Cathedral [NYT]
– Preserving Parking Lots as a Cathedral Decays [S&F]
– Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Pataki Announce Support for New Yankee Stadium Multimodal Transportation Center [NYC.gov]
– Yankee Stadium Rail Station ‘Not in the Cards’ [S&F]
– Yankee Stadium Plan Mapped [OnNYTurf]
– Yankees Bomb South Bronx With Traffic, Pollution [The Oil Drum]
– Make It Permanent! [Save Our Parks]
– The Bad News Nets [Naparstek]