Scoopy’s, Week of April 2, 2015
Third St. drops out: We hear from a source that representatives from BFC Partners and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development recently held yet another meeting with residents at 544 E. 13th St., regarding a plan to renovate a bunch of East Village buildings, in return for which BFC would get all the buildings’ unused development rights for market-rate construction. The former squat — where actress Rosario Dawson’s family lives — plus another one, 377 E. 10th St., are still in the mix, as is an H.P.D.-owned building, 507-509 E. 11th St. But 66 E. Third St., also owned by H.P.D., doesn’t want in, we’re told, and so has been dropped from the plan. So, BFC and H.P.D., seemingly set on the number four, are now looking for another building.
Corrections: An article in last week’s issue about Councilmember Corey Johnson, “Pushing for rent rollback, Johnson rolls into Year 2,” had a few errors. The article incorrectly stated that both the city and state would need to pay $50 million to the Hudson River Park Trust in order to “alienate” part of Gansevoort Peninsula to allow for a marine waste transfer station. In fact, the total payment to the Trust would be $50 million — with the city and state theoretically each paying $25 million, though whether the state will agree to do that, remains to be seen. Also, the community advisory group, a.k.a. “CAG,” for planning the park on Gansevoort includes nine, not six members, three each appointed by the mayor, borough president and Johnson. In addition, the article stated that the price Atlas Capital Group would pay for Pier 40’s unused development rights would be $100 per square foot. In fact, it would be around $400 per square foot. Also, Atlas hopes to buy 250,000 square feet of unused air rights from the pier, not 100,000, as stated in the article. Additionally, the article stated that Tom Duane, as a city councilmember, passed a bill to create HASA (the H.I.V./AIDS Service Administration) in the 1980s, but it was in the 1990s. Finally, after Johnson came out as gay to his Massachusetts football team, he was featured, not on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but of The New York Times. … In addition, in Scoopy’s Notebook last week, “Bernie’s blast” misstated the amount of pot that people in New York City can be found by police to be carrying without being arrested. It’s 25 grams, not 25 ounces.