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WTC’s Oculus needs $200K to fix leaking skylight

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Plus, Citi Bike surpasses 100K daily rides—and more intel in today’s New York Minute news roundup

Inside a building with skinny columns supporting a large skylight. Max Touhey

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The Oculus has a $200,000 leak

The leak that has plagued Santiago Calatrava’s Oculus since last fall is hasn’t yet been fixed—and according to the Wall Street Journal, it may cost another $200,000 to rectify the problem.

Recall, if you will, that a rubber seal that runs down the middle of the structure’s skylight ripped after it opened and closed on the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in 2018. The Port Authority has since spent tens of thousands of dollars (and, it appears, many rolls of tape) to try and fix the problem, but it wasn’t ready in time for the 18th anniversary of 9/11, when it was due to open and close at precisely 10:28 a.m. Now, an agency spokesperson confirmed to the WSJ that a previously announced engineering analysis is underway, and it’ll spend at least $200,000 to fix the problem.

Recall also, if you will, that the Oculus, which opened in 2016, cost a whopping $3.9 billion to construct. It was originally projected to cost $2.2 billion.

Another record-breaking day for Citi Bike

Citi Bike had its best day ever on September 21, with 100,379 rides recorded. The bike-sharing program offered free rides as part of a partnership with Healthfirst, and plenty of New Yorkers took advantage. This was one in a number of record-setting days for the program; the previous record for most trips taken was on September 17, with 94,975 rides.

That’s a huge change from when the program launched in 2013, when its highest daily ridership number was around 44,000. (It’s also quite a difference from the city’s highly-subsidized ferry system, which has a daily ridership of around 17,800, and weekend ridership of 26,739. We’re just saying.)

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