One World Trade Center Spire: Workers Begin To Hoist Spire Atop City’s Tallest Building

Workers lifted the first section of the 408-foot spire to the top of One World Trade Center Wednesday morning. When completed, the spire will bring One WTC to a staggering 1,776 feet tall, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Since November 16, nine of the sections have been traveling 1,500 nautical miles to Lower Manhattan via a barge from Canada. Continue reading “One World Trade Center Spire: Workers Begin To Hoist Spire Atop City’s Tallest Building”

NYC Pedicab Fares Eyed By City Council After Tourists Charged $442 For A Ride

NEW YORK — Even in an era of $500 hotel rooms and $18 cocktails, the $442 that a Texas family paid for a ride in a New York City pedicab has become notorious.

The outrageous fare made headlines in the city’s tabloids over the summer, and since then, officials have been pushing for a simplified pricing structure so tourists don’t get taken for a ride. Continue reading “NYC Pedicab Fares Eyed By City Council After Tourists Charged $442 For A Ride”

World Trade Center Memorial Magnificent, But At A Steep Price

NEW YORK — With its huge reflecting pools, ringed by waterfalls and skyscrapers, and a cavernous underground museum still under construction, the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center is an awesome spectacle that moved and inspired some 4.5 million visitors in its first year.

But all that eye-welling magnificence comes with a jaw-dropping price tag. The foundation that runs the memorial estimates that once the roughly $700 million project is complete, the memorial and museum will together cost $60 million a year to operate. Continue reading “World Trade Center Memorial Magnificent, But At A Steep Price”

Raw Sewage Spill In The Hudson River Clean Enough To Greenlight Ironman Championship

Raw Sewage Spill Hudson River

By Paul DeBenedetto, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

NEW YORK CITY — The Ironman U.S. Championships will go on as scheduled.

Officials ruled Friday that the Hudson River was clean enough for swimmers to cross after a broken sewer line in Westchester on Thursday led to a “controlled discharge” of millions of gallons of sewage into the river.

Die-hard athletes eagerly waited all day for a decision on the inaugural competition, set to take place on Saturday. Continue reading “Raw Sewage Spill In The Hudson River Clean Enough To Greenlight Ironman Championship”

New York Ironman Championship Threatened By Raw Sewage In Hudson River

Sewage Spill Hudson River

Millions of gallons of raw sewage stemming from a sewer break in Westchester is threatening the upcoming Ironman U.S. Championship set to take place on Saturday.

NBC reports the sewage break, which occurred in Tarrytown on Thurday, prompted officials to approve a “controlled discharge” in order to begin repairs in the sewer line and chlorinate the sewage.

An Ironman spokeswoman said in a statement organizers were “diligently monitoring the situation” and they “will be sure of the water quality and that the venue is safe before we allow our athletes to swim on Saturday.” Continue reading “New York Ironman Championship Threatened By Raw Sewage In Hudson River”