December 21 - December 27, 2011
SQUADRON BACKS GREEN INCENTIVE PROGRAM
In advancing the mission to provide service and advanceLower Manhattan, the Downtown Alliance, backed byState Senator
, has put forth an initiativeto launch the Green Commercial Incentive Program.In Squadron’s letter to Governor
, the Senatorasserted that, after the state passed legislation, New Yorkhas the means to create jobs and build the economy.The incentive program is expected to reduce energy use,increase tax revenues, grow and retain employment, aswell as sustain the market for “green-tech” jobs, accordingto the proposal.Squadron proposed that the Downtown Alliance beallotted $10 million to launch the program. “The programwould cover the cost for new commercial tenants whomake sustainability improvements to their spaces by offer-ing a grant of refundable credits and supporting smallbusinesses and building owners. The investment…. wouldcontribute to Lower Manhattan’s continued redevelopmentand growth,” the letter read.
E.D.C. LIGHTING INITIATIVE
The New York City Economic Development Corporation(N.Y.C.E.D.C.) has issued a Request for Proposals to allowdesign and architectural professionals the opportunity tobrighten Lower Manhattan and give it a 24-hour appeal tobusiness, residential and commercial individuals.“The new [street] lighting will make visitors feel morewelcome,” said Councilmember
said. “Thisproject will further our vision for Lower Manhattan as adynamic and forward-looking place to live.”The N.Y.C.D.E.C. will provide the selected team up to$1 million to leverage other funding sources. N.Y.C.E.D.C.has identiﬁed South Street between Fletcher and WhitehallStreets, as well as the pedestrian area bordered by ExchangePlace, Broad Street and Wall Street, as two potential loca-tions that have the ability to engage a large amount of tour-ists, workers, and residents.The initiative is scheduled to begin in late 2012.
Elizabeth H. Berger
, President of the Alliance forDowntown New York said, “Downtown Alliance applaudsE.D.C. President
for this visionary plan.”
MOSES COMES TO LITTLE ITALY
A bronze replica of one of the world’s most renownedsculptures has found its way to a church in the heart of Little Italy.On Dec. 1, the ﬁrst ofﬁcial casting of “Moses,” madefrom Michelangelo’s original white marble sculpture, wasinstalled in the sanctuary of the Church of the Most PreciousBlood, at 109 Mulberry St. The bronze work, which wasproduced in the last 50 years, originated from the very ﬁrstmolding of Michelangelo’s famed sculpture, which is part of the elaborate tomb of Pope Julius II in San Pietro in VincoliChurch in Rome.The majestic bronze, crafted to the exact dimensionsof the original “Moses” by the Chiurazzi Foundry in Italy,depicts a horned, long-bearded Moses who, having justdescended Mt. Sinai, is bearing the Ten Commandmentsdown to the Jews.“The work of art itself is deemed one of the greatworks of art in the history of the world,” said
, owner of SPQR, a New York-based art-brokerageﬁrm. “It has not only tremendous historical signiﬁcance,it has what they called ‘implied movement’ — one motionstopping and another about to begin — as well as beauty,form and line.”
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Please note that the C.B. 1 ofﬁce will be closed fromDecember 26 to the end of the month, and that no C.B.1 meetings are scheduled during that time.
ON WED., DEC. 21:
C.B. 1 will host its monthlyfull-board meeting at 6 p.m. in 3-Legged Dog’s artand technology center (Studio A, 80 Greenwich St. atRector Street).