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Construction resumes at WTC’s St. Nicholas church
The reconstruction of the beleaguered St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center is back on track after two years of delays.
Construction on the shrine, which is replacing the original church that was destroyed on 9/11, has been stalled since December 2017 when the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese ran out of funds to continue the $80 million undertaking—the result of a series of scandals. Cuomo’s announcement came after a Thursday meeting with Greek American religious and civic leaders at the Archdiocese’s headquarters on the Upper East Side.
“This house of worship will serve as a reminder that our collective faith is something we can always count on to move past our painful memories and build a better tomorrow,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Construction is expected to resume by the end of January under the leadership of a new non-profit, the Friends of St. Nicholas, with an independent, 13-member board, according to the governor’s office. Officials aim to complete the project by September 11, 2021.
And in other news...
- Gov. Cuomo has signed a long-stalled elevator safety bill that gives the state authority over New York’s elevator industry.
- The December death of Erica Tishman was a wake-up call for the city about the perils of crumbling building facades. But new analysis shows that many landlords continue to defy requirements that they regularly inspect and repair facades.
- Sidewalk sheds are a ubiquitous part a cityscape that is ever evolving with new construction. They aren’t always much to look at, but in New York City some developers, designers, and artists are elevating the shabby scaffolding.
- Zayn Malik of One Direction fame sold his Soho penthouse for $9.45 million.
- Staten Island’s outlet mall is still missing many of its promised restaurants.
- A 74-year-old woman struck and killed by a driver in Queens marked the first pedestrian death of 2020.
- The elusive subway raccoon living in the Nevins Street subway station was finally captured after days of strategizing and released into Prospect Park. So long, Chepe.