Downtown may be buzzing with announcement of 99 Church Street, but all is not full of hope and joy in the land below Chambers. The Fulton Street Transit Hub, the MTA's high-end answer to the Port Authority's Santiago Calatrava-designed PATH station near the WTC, is royally fucked. Those darn rising construction costs, which have already derailed the Javits Center expansion, will probably end up canceling the project's splashy topping?the glass and steel dome-like "oculus" that had already been scaled back from the grand initial vision. Now, after all that suggestive destructoporn, the MTA has no clue what will go on top. And ruh-roh, the MTA is also looking for ways to cut about a billion dollars in costs from the Second Avenue Subway, the 7-train extension and the Long Island Rail Road link to Grand Central. In the Post, Steve Cuozzo is in rare form, ripping the MTA a new one. He writes: "The best the MTA can now hope for is to slap up some sort of low-rent shed over the block it leveled." Low-rent shed? We know a rabbi who can assemble a nice sukkah if that's what it'll take to get this thing done.
· Higher Costs May Curtail M.T.A. Work [NYT]
· You Read It Here First: A Disaster From the Get-Go [NYP]
· Fulton Street Transit Center Plan Announced [Curbed]