Full Name* Message* Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink From top: 355 Exterior Street in the Bronx, 55-15 Grand Avenue in Queens and 700 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn (Google Maps)Planning a new development project in New York City is not for the faint of heart, but some builders remained undeterred in 2020 — even in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as rising anti-development sentiment.This year saw the defeat of the Industry City rezoning, which would have transformed Sunset Park, as well as the Olnick Organization’s Lenox Terrace expansion. There was a near-miss with the Special Flushing Waterfront District, which was ultimately approved, and in November, the highest court in the state rescued the Inwood rezoning from ruin.But some major projects moved forward without much incident. Industrial and logistics space commands a premium in the post-Covid world, making the biggest new filing of the year — RXR Realty’s 770,000-square-foot, four-story logistics center in Maspeth — all the more attractive. RXR reeled in a big tenant with Amazon, which has been on an expansion spree in the city, despite abandoning its plans for a second North American headquarters in Queens in 2018.Other big projects include massive residential properties in Brooklyn and the Bronx, an affordable housing development in Queens and a life sciences building in Manhattan. And all but two were filed in the first half of the year.Here are the 10 biggest projects announced in 2020, according to an analysis by The Real Deal:1. 55-15 Grand Avenue, QueensRXR filed plans in May for a 770,822 square-foot last-mile warehouse in Maspeth, making it the biggest new project filed this year. The warehouse, which Amazon is reportedly leasing, will stand just 75 feet tall. Its location in Maspeth puts it near dense residential neighborhoods in both Brooklyn and Queens. The architect of record is BL Companies, which also designed the Whole Foods in Gowanus.2. 700 Atlantic Avenue, BrooklynIn May, Greenland USA filed plans for a 587,200-square-foot building that’s part of the larger Pacific Park megaproject. The 41-story residential building, which will be located just east of the Barclays Center, will have 682 apartments and a small amount of space on the ground floor set aside for retail. The architect of record is Dattner Architects. Pacific Park — once known as Atlantic Yards — was first proposed by Forest City’s Bruce Ratner in 2003, and has been slowly chugging along toward completion.3. 355 Exterior Street, BronxLightstone Group, led by David Lichtenstein, will transform two parcels in the South Bronx — an empty lot and a former bus depot — into a 2,000-unit residential development. In October, Lightstone filed plans for 710 of those units, to be located in a building at 355 Exterior Street. The 566,212-square-foot project will be split between 70 percent market-rate units and 30 percent affordable units based on area median income. The project, designed by Hill West Architects, will also have a retail component.4. 90-02 168th Street, QueensBRP Companies is doubling down on Jamaica. The firm, founded by Meredith Marshall and Geoff Flournoy, filed plans in October for a 12-story, 492,987-square-foot mixed-use building designed by Perkins Eastman. The development will have 614 units of mixed-income housing and 127 parking spaces, as well as bike storage and an art gallery. BRP is also developing a 24-story mixed-use tower and the 669-unit Crossing at Jamaica Station, both on Archer Avenue.5. 180 Ashland Place/98 DeKalb Avenue, BrooklynRockrose Development, led by father-and-son team Henry and Justin Elghanayan, is best known for towering residential buildings in Manhattan and Long Island City. But the family firm made an entrance in Brooklyn this year, with plans filed in April for a mixed-use tower on the edge of Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene. The 418,092-square-foot project will rise 47 stories and contain 619 units, with retail on the first floor. SLCE Architects is the architect of record.6. 500 East 30th Street, ManhattanThe life sciences sector has been booming this year, and a project for NYC Health + Hospitals serving that purpose was one of the year’s biggest projects. The 417,734-square-foot office property in Kips Bay will rise 21 stories, and form part of the third phase of the Alexandria Center for Life Science, which is being developed by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. The architect of record is Marvel Architects.7. 17-21 Redfern Avenue, QueensPhipps Houses, New York City’s oldest affordable housing developer, filed plans in May to erect a 354-unit residential building in Far Rockaway. The architect of record for the 12-story building, part of the firm’s Rockaway Village complex, is Marvel Architects. When complete, the eight-building, 850,000-square-foot complex will bring 1,700 subsidized affordable housing units to the seaside neighborhood, as well as community and retail space.8. 55 Suffolk Street, ManhattanIn April, Gotham Organization filed plans for a 389,790-square-foot mixed-use project on the Lower East Side. The 30-story development, designed by Dattner Architects, will include 378 residential units, as well as commercial and community space. Gotham is developing the project with the Chinese-American Planning Council as part of a two-building apartment complex that will eventually have nearly 500 apartments, including affordable units and ones reserved for seniors. The site of the project was formerly the landmarked Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Synagogue, which was destroyed by a fire in 2016.9. 180 East 125th Street, ManhattanGary Barnett’s Extell Development filed plans in May for a low-rise office building spanning about 354,000 square feet in East Harlem. When completed, the project will stand nine stories and 120 feet tall — a big change from Extell’s luxury skyscrapers — with community space and retail space on the ground floor. Extell spent $70 million to assemble the block-long parcel, which was previously home to a Pathmark grocery store. The project drew community opposition when the Abyssinian Development Corporation sold the site to Extell.10. 2440 Fulton Street, BrooklynRounding out the list is a commercial project from the Leser Group, founded by Abraham Leser, which filed plans in May for a roughly 325,437-square-foot commercial building in Ocean Hill. The building, designed by Marvel Architects, will stand six stories and 100 feet tall. Leser acquired the development site in 2015 for $33 million. The developer was one of the first in New York City to tap the Israeli bond market for fundraising in 2007.Contact Georgia Kromrei Tags2020 in ReviewCommercial Real EstateDevelopmentResidential Real EstateRXR Realty
Natural bioluminescence (that not mechanically stimulated by human intervention) produced by organisms on the seafloor of the northeast Atlantic ocean between 970 and 4,800 m depth was examined using an image intensifying (ISIT) camera mounted on an autonomous lander system. In the absence of bait little or no luminescence was observed but with bait present there was a significant inverse relationship with depth, Log10 (1 + number of events h−1) = 1.7627–0.3235 depth (km) (r 2 = 0.8158, P < 0.001) indicating an average of 2.6 events h−1 at 4 km and 28 h−1 at 1 km. But in an area at ca. 1 km depth near carbonate and coral mounds the mean was 133 events h−1, much higher than predicted. In this bioluminescent hot spot 52–483 events h−1 were observed including moving luminescent targets and release of patches of luminescent material into the water around the bait so that on occasions the whole area around the bait was illuminated persisting on a time scale of minutes. At abyssal depths, luminescence was much less than reported at similar depths in the tropical NE Atlantic off Cape Verde. The sources of luminescence could not be determined but in the most active areas were associated with presence of eels Synaphobranchus kaupii which although themselves not luminescent may have stimulated luminescence from prey organisms such as ostracods (Vargula norvegica).
January 4, 2020 /Sports News – Local Hardnett leads Kansas City past Utah Valley 68-63 Tags: UMKC Kangaroos/UVU Wolverines Basketball/WAC Written by Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJahshire Hardnett had 17 points off the bench to lead Kansas City to a 68-63 win over Utah Valley.Brandon Averette led the Wolverines on Saturday night with 16 points.
December 22, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 12/21/20 Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUECincinnati 27, Pittsburgh 17TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLGonzaga 95, Northwestern St. 57Baylor 99, Ark.-Pine Bluff 42Tennessee 102, Saint Joseph’s 66Florida St. 72, Gardner-Webb 59Virginia Tech 84, Longwood 58Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
City Hall in Ocean CityCity Council meets on Monday afternoon next week, and council will vote on a recommended replacement for retiring Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo.Mayor Jay Gillian announced last week that he would seek council’s approval to appoint James Mallon to the post.Council will vote on the appointment at its public meeting 1 p.m. Monday (Dec. 29) at City Hall. A resolution will ask council to waive the residency requirement for the position.The city’s administrative code does not require applicants for the top administrative position to live in Ocean City, but they must move to the municipality once they’re hired. The code does allow the city to waive the requirement by vote of council.Mallon, 46, lives in Buena Vista Township in western Atlantic County with his wife and two children.The resolution does not specify a starting salary for Mallon. Dattilo makes a base salary of $130,000 annually, according to state pension records.Mallon was first hired by Ocean City in 1994 in the Recreation Department. He stayed for eight years before moving on to public and private sector jobs in Pennsylvania. He returned to Ocean City to work as Community Services director from 2010 to 2013.After a short stint as municipal administrator in Pine Hill, Mallon returned this spring to Ocean City as an aide to Gillian.Mallon has a bachelor’s degree from Glassboro Universityand a master’s in public administration from Rutgers.City Council also will consider the following agenda items:Police Station Inspection: City Council will vote on paying Czar Engineering of Egg Harbor Township $10,000 for a “due diligence study” of the police station building. A former school, the century-old structure will be inspected for structural, safety and code-compliance issues. The study could be a precursor to a renewed effort to find an updated space for the department.Attics in Ocean City Homes Neighborhood: City Council will vote on the second reading of an ordinance that provides relief for the only single-family neighborhood in Ocean City with a six-foot attic height limit. The proposed measure would allow attic heights of nine feet and eliminate a requirement for a pull-down stair (without affecting overall building height requirements).Police Contract: The city apparently has reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Ocean City Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local No. 61. Details on labor agreements are typically not released until they are approved.Historic Grants: City Council will vote to accept three Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties from the New Jersey Historic Trust. The grants are for historic buildings that were damaged in the October 2012 Superstorm Sandy, including $501,000 for the Ocean City Transportation Center (10th and Haven), $143,031 for the U.S. Life Saving Station (Fourth and Atlantic) and $230,000 for City Hall (Ninth and Asbury).Appointments: City Council will vote to reappoint Jeffrey Frost to the Zoning Board, Edmond Speitel to the Ocean City Housing Authority, and Patricia Watts, Victor Plumbo and Martin Schlembach (first term) to the Aviation Advisory Board.See complete documentation for all agenda items below. Download (PDF, 8.64MB)__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook
regular handwashing social distancing wearing a face covering where recommended Pupils, students and staff should also tell their school or college if they test positive.Report your test result online or by calling 119.If your lateral flow test result is positiveYou must self-isolate immediately. You could be fined if you do not do this.If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should: Children of primary school age or younger will not be asked to test.Find out about childcare bubbles and support bubbles.Learn what rapid lateral flow testing is and why it’s being used.Staff of primary or secondary schools, nurseries and collegesTeaching and non-teaching staff working in schools, nurseries and colleges should take twice-weekly tests using a home test kit provided by their school, nursery or college. This includes permanent, temporary and voluntary staff.Staff should contact their school, nursery or college for further details.Secondary school pupils and college studentsPupils and students should take twice-weekly tests using a home test kit provided by their school or college. They should report all results to NHS Test and Trace as soon as the test is completed, either online or by calling 119.Members of households, childcare or support bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and collegesIf you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble of an early years child, a pupil, student or staff of a school, nursery or college, you can get a twice-weekly test: a new continuous cough a high temperature a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) What twice-weekly testing involvesYou will be asked to: Get a test through your employerYour workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.Take a test at a rapid lateral flow test siteYou can take a rapid lateral flow test at a local site. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator.You may need to book an appointment.Find your nearest rapid lateral flow test site.Collect test kitsYou can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point or pharmacy. Each pack contains 7 tests.Anyone 18 or over can collect.Most collection points are open from 2.30pm to 8pm. You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment.Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times.Find your local pharmacy and what their opening hours are.Find your nearest home test kit collection point.Order home test kits onlineYou can order 1 pack of home test kits containing 7 tests for home delivery. Your tests should arrive within 2 days. PCR testIf you do not take a PCR test within 2 days of testing positive, you and your contacts may need to isolate for the full 10 days whatever the follow-up result.If you take the PCR test within 2 days of the lateral flow test and receive a negative result, you and your household can stop self-isolating. However, you and your household must continue to self-isolate if: self-isolate immediately get a PCR test to confirm the result follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection this PCR test result is positive you choose not to take a follow-up PCR test you receive a negative PCR test result but the test was taken more than 2 days after the lateral flow test through your employer if they offer testing to employees at a local test site or pharmacy by collecting a home test kit from a test site by ordering a home test kit online This page has been replaced by a newer version on NHS.UK: Regular rapid coronavirus tests if you do not have symptoms,The following people in England have access regular rapid lateral flow testing: take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart) report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test If you have coronavirus symptomsThe most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following: school bus or coach drivers, and other public transport bus drivers Special Educational Needs (SEND) school transport drivers or assistants childminders wraparound childcare staff childcare staff in an open residential homes childcare providers foster carers Financial support if you test positiveYou may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to self-isolate.If your lateral flow test is negativeA negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including: International arrivalsYou can also use this service if you’re an international arrival who’s been told to get a test because you’re exempt from quarantine.Related occupationsYour work qualifies as an occupation related to a school, college, nursery or early-years childcare provider if it puts you in close contact or helps support the return of children and staff to school.You also qualify if you work for an organisation (like an agency) that puts you into close contact with returning school staff and students, for example: Order rapid lateral flow home test kits secondary school pupils and college students staff of primary and secondary schools, nurseries and colleges households, childcare and support bubbles of nursery children, primary and secondary-age pupils and college students households, childcare and support bubbles of staff of nursery-age children, primary and secondary-school age children, and college students anyone who works in a related occupation If you have symptoms of COVID-19, arrange to have a PCR test if you have not already had one. Stay at home while you are waiting for a home self-sampling kit, a test site appointment or a test result. Do not use the rapid lateral flow testing service as this is only for people without symptoms.Order a test for people with symptoms online or call 119.
D.J. Williams is performing a surprise homecoming show next Wednesday, June 14th, following his arrival home to the United States, with his solo group D. J. Williams’ Shots Fired — an all-star collective of funk musicians from across the scene. The celebration, dubbed “D.J.’s Deportation Celebration – a Welcome Home Party,” follows Williams’ detainment in the Middle East, which saw the guitarist of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe held over an issue at customs, and his subsequent release back to the United States.Slated for Interscope Records’ showcase room, The Peppermint Club, in West Hollywood, the night is sure to be a jubilant welcoming party for those who missed the musician while he was away. For D.J.’s Deportation Celebration, Williams will be joined by Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band), Max MacVeety (Lyrics Born), Pete Griffin (Dr. John), David Veith (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) and Kenneth Crouch (Eric Clapton/Lenny Kravitz). In a statement, Williams said, “It’s been a hell of a ride to get here, but I’m back and ready to rage with my Shots Fired crew once again!” Tickets for this intimate, limited-space show at The Peppermint are on-sale now, with advanced ticket purchases encouraged. You can get tickets here.
More than half a century after John F. Kennedy dismissed the role that his Catholic faith would play when he was elected president, today’s candidates for the nation’s highest executive office still have to navigate the electoral implications of religion.In a talk sponsored by Harvard Divinity School (HDS), four religious scholars took up the question of “Religion and the Election: Does it Matter?”The panelists suggested that while the faith of any individual candidate seems less important now to the electorate, Americans remain attracted to candidates whose values mesh with their own views, which are largely informed by specific religious traditions. Religion can help to shed light on important election issues, the panelists agreed, but a couple of them worried that religion can also be a means of defining voters too narrowly.Max Perry Mueller (at podium) offers his point of view while panelists Dan McKanan (seated from left), Ruth Langer, J. Bryan Hehir, and the Rev. Jonathan Walton listen.Religion and election issuesFor panelist J. Bryan Hehir, politics and religion “certainly should be” connected in domestic policy, foreign policy, and health care. Those issues are part of the secular debate, he said, but should also be discussed in “religious moral terms.”Concern for the poor, a tenet of the Catholic Church that focuses on the welfare of society’s powerless, is useful when thinking about debt reduction and fiscal policy, said Hehir. The same principle is helpful in foreign policy and in nonproliferation, an issue “inherently discriminatory” when viewed through an ethical lens. “We’ve got to deal with the question, in the wider perspective of the world,” said Hehir, the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard Kennedy School, “of how to reduce the privileges that come with nuclear weapons.”Religion can also offer a multidimensional perspective on health care, he said, including the “social justice” question of medical coverage in the United States.A Jewish perspectiveThe nation’s Jewish population is also a cultural community drawn together around common concerns, said Boston College Theology Professor Ruth Langer. Unsurprisingly, its top concern is Israel. According to Langer, Jewish voters in the United States want a candidate who will support that nation and a viable peace process. They also want someone well-versed in the nuances of international affairs.Over the past four years, many in the Jewish community have developed “deep concerns” about President Barack Obama’s level of understanding of the political and emotional complexities of the region, said Langer.Mormon diversityMitt Romney’s candidacy and a hit Broadway musical have brought Mormonism into the spotlight, both in the election and in popular culture. Such exposure has shown a diversity among Mormons, one that could have political implications, said Max Perry Mueller, a Ph.D. candidate at HDS and associate editor of the online news journal Religion & Politics.While a recent Pew Research Center poll said that 74 percent of Mormons are leaning toward voting Republican, Mueller painted a more diverse political and ideological picture of the members of the Mormon Church, one that includes subsets like Mormons for Obama.Defining evangelicalsAccording to another scholar, evangelicals are also diverse. Jonathan Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, and professor of religion and society at HDS, deconstructed the popular belief that evangelicals are largely white, conservative, and middle class.Instead, the term, argued Walton, includes those to the far right concerned with Christian Reconstructionism, progressives on the left whose evangelical tradition is tied closely to social justice, and many people in between who defy easy classification.“In 2006, 38 percent of Americans self-identified as evangelicals, yet when measured against the nine-point criteria derived from the belief statement of the National Association of Evangelicals, only 8 percent would qualify as evangelicals.”Those evangelicals, said Walton, are “less likely to be married, they have lower household incomes, they are less Southern, they are less conservative, they are less Republican, and they are less white.“When one considers all of these factors,” he said, “does the evangelical vote really matter at all? Or is it just something created by the infotainment news cycle to be a nice story about the ways evangelicals impact national elections as long as we define them in a particular sort of way?” <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbKfKYNhL1U” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/DbKfKYNhL1U/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image.CHAUTAUQUA – Two people were arrested last week following a traffic stop in the Town of Chautauqua.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says Martha Wheeler, 43, of Clymer, was pulled over on Route 430 last Saturday night for an alleged traffic violation.Through investigation, deputies allege Wheeler was operating the vehicle in an intoxicated state.While deputies were performing standardized field sobriety tests on Wheeler, the vehicle’s passenger, Mark Griswold, 58, of Clymer, reportedly got out of the vehicle and confronted deputies. Wheeler was taken into custody and charged with driving while intoxicated per se, driving while intoxicated common law, and inadequate head lamps.Deputies say Griswold followed them to the Sheriff’s Office where he tried to enter the facility.He was additionally arrested and charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration.Both were released with appearance tickets for the Town of Chautauqua Court.
Broadway and TV fave Andrew Rannells heads to the big screen beginning September 25 in The Intern, appearing opposite Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro in the Nancy Meyers comedy. When Rannells stopped by The Tonight Show on September 23, he told Jimmy Fallon that the idea of working with De Niro was initially nerve-racking, as it’d be for anyone. Before filming, he received some sage advice from the legendary screenwriter and director. “Don’t be an ass,” Meyers said. “You have to be normal.” Take a look below to find out what Rannells’ version of “normal” was. It involves a lot of four-letter words. A lot. View Comments