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New Subway Grates Mitigate Flooding, Add Seating

subway grates seating prototype tribecaNew prototype subway grates that also feature bike racks and seating have premiered in Tribeca, the New York Times reports. The grates, designed to mitigate subway flooding, were developed with input from MAS’ Streetscapes Committee, the Public Design Commission, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission. In other news, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will renovate the George Washington Bridge Bus Station and include more retail space. (New York Times) After failing to find a developer for the aging Pier 40, the Hudson River Park Trust may be in major jeopardy as it derives most of its budget from the facilities at the pier (Crain’s New York Business) The northern end of Brooklyn Bridge Park that opened to the public this summer was a success, garnering 192,675 visitors, more than double the attendance of the Floating Pool that docked there last year (New York Post) Tonight is the first public hearing on the Related Companies’ plan to transform the interior of the Bronx Kingsbridge Armory into a shopping mall (New York Daily News)