NYPD and Port Authority Duel over 1WTC Jurisdiction

After being dubbed the tallest building in America, One World Trade Center is making headlines again, though the events are far less grandiose. 1WTC is currently the site of a playground fight between the NYPD and the Port Authority, who are both claiming security jurisdiction over the area.

The PA cast the first stone by opening up a guard booth outside the site, complete with agency logo. NYPD did not take kindly to this and responded by parking their massive mobile command center several feet from the booth. NYPD rebuffed PA’s request that they leave, so PA upped the ante by parking a newer, more high-tech command center directly behind the NYPD vehicle in a classic show of frat house one-upmanship.

On a somewhat brighter note, 1WTC is set to open early next year and set an example for modern architecture. In recognition of its predecessor, the new site features state of the art fire safety systems, concrete cover on all exit routes and a dedicated stairwell for emergency personnel.

The building also features modern environmentally friendly design. Much of the material is recycled, and natural light is maximized through the glass to reduce need for electrical lighting. Rainwater is captured and used to cool the tower and water the landscaping. It is appropriately located right next to Battery Park City, which has been dubbed one of the greenest neighborhoods in the world. Battery Park is run by Battery Park City Authority, headed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Board Chairman Dennis Mehiel. Board members include many local prominent businessmen and philanthropists such as Fernando Mateo and Carl Mattone.


Another Look at Eating Out vs Eating In

A recent article posted on The New York Budget last week really highlights how important it is to avoid eating out for both financial and health reasons. I’m guessing that finding out that eating in is cheaper won’t surprise anyone, but the scale of the cost difference might.

The author runs through two fictional monthly scenarios to demonstrate the costs of eating out vs cooking at home, and to me at least the scenarios pretty accurately depict your average urban lifestyle. “Restaurant Rick’s” monthly total comes out to $1,091, while “Home-cookin’ Holly” weighs in at $377.

And those are raw financial benefits only, not accounting for the health benefits. Not to mention that in today’s fast paced lifestyle, being a good chef is the first step in becoming the modern renaissance man. There are literally thousands of recipes online dedicated to keeping a budget, and cooking cheap has never been easier.

Feel free to look over the article yourself and see what you think here.

New York Cosmos Claim 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl

The New York Cosmos made a triumphant return to the North American Soccer League this year by claiming the 2013 Soccer Bowl. Finishing with a 1-0 win against the Atlanta Silverbacks, Cosmos midfielder Marcos Senna secured a 2nd half goal after a series of spectacular saves by Kyle Reynish. The win represented a strong finish for the Cosmos, who had only suffered one defeat all season long.

Though the revival is fresh, the Cosmos name holds a lot of weight with North American soccer fans as the best team this part of the world during the 80’s. Numerous unsuccessful attempts were made to revive the Cosmos and American soccer scene, but low turnout prevented it until recently. The new Cosmos team was officially announced in August 2010, with the 2013 NASL season representing their first foray back into action.

And the Cosmos are just getting started. A proposal was recently submitted to the Empire State Development Counsel in New York City regarding construction of a brand new soccer stadium. Cosmos Stadium would serve as both a major retail hub and a home base for the New York Cosmos. The stadium is expected to generate an average revenue of $200 million annually, and will be developed by real estate mogul Carl Mattone and the Mattone Group.

The stadium is anticipated to help revitalize interest in the Cosmos as a local franchise, and eventually in American soccer as a whole. Though the stadium is currently under consideration, the stellar first season the Cosmos have walked away with is sure to help their brand get the jump start it needs.