TLD reader William sent along this photo from Madison Street, just east of Montgomery, where a new Citi Bike station popped up in the last couple of days, replacing another station that was located just a few steps away on Gouverneur Street. He points out that the docks were placed right in front of a fire hydrant. “If these were cars, there would be (parking) tickets all over,” he wrote.
Lo-Down reader David Flaherty noticed some welcome improvements along Montgomery Street. Work has been completed on a fancy new median stretching from South Street to Madison Street. There are multi-level planters, which we assume won’t be fully beautified until next spring. The project is part of a larger Greenstreets program funded by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp (using 9/11 recovery money).
Firefighters are on the scene at East Broadway, near Montgomery Street, where two manhole covers exploded shortly after 5pm. It happened in front of the Emigrant Savings Bank and across the street from P.S. 134. No one was hurt but police have strung crime scene tape along Montgomery and a section of Grand Street to keep onlookers at a safe distance. There were two loud booms when the manhole covers blew off, about five minutes apart, and a fairly strong smell of smoke.
The bank building is owned by the Seward Park Cooperative. Seward Park General Manager Frank Durant was told a transformer blew (the elevators in the bank went out briefly). A firefighter speculated that salt (used in the lead-up and aftermath of yesterday’s snow storm) probably seeped underground and set off the explosions. We’re told Con-Ed will be on the scene shortly. More photos after the jump:
This just popped up on the wire: The NYC Economic Development Corp. announces a financing deal for Basketball City, the privately owned facility being developed on Pier 36, at the end of Montgomery Street. Unsurprisingly, there’s no mention of a protracted dispute with several neighborhood organizations, who have pressed Basketball City to make a wide range of concessions to low income residents. Here’s the full news release: