THE HILLS ARE OPENING IN 2016!
Exciting news today! The Hills are opening in the summer of 2016, nearly a year ahead of schedule. Thanks to an unseasonably warm fall and rigorous construction management, the Hills will be complete and open in 2016 instead of completing in December 2016 and opening in May 2017.
And the Hills aren’t the only thing opening in 2016. The 2.2 mile promenade around the edge of the Island will reopen to visitors for biking and walking for the first time since the Island’s construction program began in 2012. Hello, Lady Liberty!
That means you can climb, scramble, slide, stroll, sit, picnic and revel in phenomenal views with ten new acres of parkland for the first time this summer, and you can bike all the way around the Island again!
For a sneak peak at the Hills under construction, check out this awesome drone video by Night Owl Interactive:
NYC Council's Committee on Environmental Protection hearing TO BAN TOURIST HELICOPTERS
On November 12th the City Council's Committee on Environmental Protection held a hearing on the proposed legislation to eliminate helicopter tourism at the Downtown Heliport.
There were five hours of testimony!
70 speakers signed up to testify. They represented neighborhoods across the city: lower Manhattan, downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carol Gardens, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Staten Island, Upper West Side, Washington Heights, West Harlem, Chelsea, Tribeca, Battery Park City, northern Queens, and others.
Many elected officials submitted testimony: Jerry Nadler, Daniel Squadron, Letitia James, Joanne Simon, Gale Brewer, and many more attended the rally on City Hall steps before the hearing. DC37 - the city's municipal public employees union - testified as well about the health impacts to their employees.
Governors Island was well represented by GIA, NPS, the National Parks Conservation Assn, the Harbor Foundation and Earth Matter. Council Committee members seemed to be on our side. However, we need to keep the pressure on over the next couple of months to keep pushing the Council bills forward.