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Watch List Highlights: Friday, April 8, 2011

Farley Post OfficeMoynihan Station: Governor Seeks Federal Funds for High-Speed Rail Plans Governor Andrew Cuomo is applying for federal funding for high-speed rail projects for the state, including phase 2 of the development of Moynihan Station. “New York is embracing high-speed rail as a faster way to move people and products and drive our economy in the 21st century,” he said. The funds were made available after Florida Governor Rick Scott returned the money. Cuomo is seeking approximately $517 million for eight projects that are currently ready to begin. Columbia University: Another Athletics Facility in Inwood Columbia University’s plan to build a field house on Baker Field was approved this week by the City Council. The university is now obligated to reserve only 1.5 percent of the property for public use, which is down from the 15 percent that the waterfront zoning rules normally require. The new percentage upset residents, who wanted more public waterfront access, as well as community admission to the facilities. The proposed field house would expand the university’s existing athletic buildings in the area. Waterfront: New York Harbor, Now One of America’s Great Waters New York Harbor was designated as one of the country’s Great Waters this week by the America’s Great Waters Coalition. The Harbor joins a group of 18 other bodies of water, like the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes. The Coalition is made up of various conservation groups, including the National Wildlife Federation and the National Audubon Society, as well as local groups. It is through the designation that the organization expects to raise awareness of the urgency to clean up the harbor. Coney Island: A Concrete Boardwalk Plans to replace five blocks of the iconic Coney Island Boardwalk with concrete were slightly modified this week. After facing resistance to their initial plan, the Parks Department now said they wanted a strip of concrete with fake wooden planks on either side. Residents that oppose the plan say that the inclusion of concrete will destroy the essence of Coney Island. The current boardwalk is dilapidated and in need of repairs.
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