Posts Tagged With: World Financial Center

Downtown Toy Store Fights Eviction from World Financial Center

Karen Barwick, owner of Boomerang Toys, is fighting the eviction of her World Financial Center shop. (Photo courtesy of DNAinfo)

By Julie Shapiro, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

Karen Barwick isn’t giving up on Boomerang Toys without a fight.
Barwick started a petition this week to save her beloved toy shop’s World Financial Center location, which is facing eviction this fall.

“We really want to stay here,” said Barwick, 39, a Battery Park City resident. “So many customers stop me on the street and say they can’t believe we’re leaving.”

Brookfield Properties, which owns the World Financial Center, is booting Boomerang and several other businesses south of the Winter Garden as part of a $250 million redevelopment that aims to attract 40 high-end fashion retailers and create a 25,000-square-foot fresh food marketplace.

Brookfield recently notified Boomerang Toys, along with Urban Athletics, SouthWest NY, Ciao Bella and others, that they have to leave their current spaces by the end of September.

Read more from DNAinfo.

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Audience Directs Battery Park City Actors With Texts

The two actors wear corporate black suits and respond to text messages from the audience.

By Julie Shapiro
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

“The Attendants,” allows viewers to text instructions to actors and runs Thursday to Saturday in the Winter Garden.

An interactive performance that conveys the frustration of being trapped in a cubicle is opening this week in the World Financial Center
Called “The Attendants,” the installation features two people stuck in an 8-foot, plexiglass cube, acting out their responses to text messages from the audience. The two actors will wear corporate-looking black suits and will respond only physically, not with words.

“It speaks to the way we live now,” said Chance Muehleck, co-founder of The Nerve Tank, which is producing the show. “The way we’re connected, and yet the distance that exists with all the technology.”
From Thursday through Saturday, the clear cube — which has an open top to allow the actors to breathe — will sit in the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden, in the middle of one of the largest office complexes in the city.

“I think people will be intrigued by it,” said Debra Simon, artistic director of Arts World Financial Center. “I think they will be puzzled [at first] and then they will be intrigued.

Muehleck hopes the installation will attract tourists and residents in addition to the thousands of office workers who pass through the Winter Garden each day, because the more people interact with the cube, the more interesting it will be.

Read more from DNAinfo.

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2011 River to River Festival in Battery Park City

The line-up for the 10th Annual River To River Festival has been announced, with free events being held at various locations along downtown New York City’s waterfront, including the World Financial Center, The Seaport, Battery Park City’s Rockefeller Park, Castle Clinton National Monument, The Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street, and more. The festival runs June 19-July 16.

On Wednesday June 22 at 7pm, Battery Park City Authority will present Bottom Line – NY On My Mind, starring Rosanne Cash, Marshall Crenshaw, Willie Nile, Martin Rivas, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche, Loudon Wainwright III, Dar Williams, and more. The event will be hosted by Meg Griffin, and also feature Christine Lavin and Vin Scelsa reading NYC stories.

Rufus Wainwright will join New York City Opera singers, and pianist Kevin Murphy to perform excerpts from his opera Prima Donna, which will premiere at New York City Opera in spring 2012, as well as his favorite arias. The event will be held at the World Financial Center Winter Garden on June 28.

Read more about other dates & River to River Festival events.

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Brookfield Promotes World Financial Center Plans


From the plate glass windows at the top of the Winter Garden staircase, the underground passageway that will connect the World Trade Center and the World Financial Center is clearly visible. Numerous workmen in day-glow vests bustle about their jobs — each forklift of dirt, each beam, bringing the tunnel inexorably closer. It is scheduled for completion early in 2013 and will convey thousands of office workers, tourists and residents a day into and out of Battery Park City.

“All of the commutation flow is going to come into the backside of the Winter Garden stairs,” said David T. Cheikin, vice president of leasing for Brookfield Properties, which owns the World Financial Center. “This is a place that was originally designed as emergency egress and ancillary retail and is not physically capable of handling 50,000 people in the morning and 50,000 people in the afternoon going in and out.”

Brookfield commissioned Booz Allen Hamilton, management and technology consultants, to study the traffic flow problem. Booz Allen’s recommendation was to demolish the staircase. Brookfield drew up plans accordingly along with plans for a new retail annex on the southern flank of 2 World Financial Center.

Read more in the Downtown Express B.P.C. Beat.

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Community Board Gets First Look at Winter Garden Renovations

World Financial Center’s soaring Winter Garden atrium is getting a new look and until last week many had wondered what the building would look like with out the well known dramatic steps in the front. The building’s owners, Brookfield Properties, finally revealed their vision for a drastic renovation of the Winter Garden that includes the removal of those dramatic stairs to the Community Board 1 board last week. In the redesign the issue of the stairs was addressed and the addition of escalators to accommodate traffic will be added. The addition of glass atrium and views of the Hudson will be included. For more details and photos read the full story here.

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