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Second Avenue Subway Ribbon Cutting

Governor Cuomo Hails Second Avenue Subway
By Michelle Deal Winfield
Published 01/01/17, Https://

Man. Boro. Pres. Gail Brewer cuts ribbon at 86th St. subway station

On Friday, December 30, 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo, congratulated the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Chairman and CEO, Thomas Prendergast for meeting the deadline of completing the Second Avenue Subway at the 86th Street Subway station. Gov. Cuomo said, “People didn’t believe the government could do it. This is New York – the best state in the nation. New Yorkers make it happen; the biggest and the tallest. We did this the old-fashioned way, by having blacks, whites, brown, and gay New Yorkers, the best workforce of ‘organized labor’ in the world, give NY a beautiful gift.” The audience erupted with cheers. Cuomo continued praising the magnificent architecture and art throughout the subway. “There is openness. There are no columns downstairs. And throughout the subway, a child will be exposed to public art.”

Chairman Prendergast heaped praise on the artist, Chuck Close: “Subway Portraits” and continued by saying, :Thousands of men and women, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worked using boring machines, completing 60 feet a day.”

Governor Cuomo stressed, “This a remarkable New York story. No one believed it could be done. The concept was conceived 100 years ago. So, in the 1940’s the overhead elevated trains were removed on Second and Third Avenues leaving only the 4, 5 and 6 trains to transport Eastsiders. After decades, no one believed it could be done. The residents and shop owners have suffered terribly. But, today, is the day it is worth it.”

Chairman Prendergast, Gov. Cuomo, Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and Council Member Ben Kallos helped cut the ribbon during the ceremony, signifying the opening of the subway. The official ride is scheduled to take place on January 1, 2017. Souvenirs of hats, bags and printed mementos were distributed to the residents during the tour.

86th Street Subway Facts:

  • 969 feet long
  • 64 feet wide
  • 84 feet deep
  • 39,994 square feet of customer space
  • 76,535 square feet of space to house equipment
  • 1 elevator – Street to Mezzanine
  • 1 elevator – Mezzanine to Street
  • 2 Station Entrances

Art Work

  • Chuck Close – Twelve large-scale portraits

Kips Bay Fire

Kips Bay fire displaces residents on Thanksgiving weekend

By Michelle Deal Winfield             Published: Town and Village Newspaper


Residents were forced to flee their apartments when a fire broke out at a five-story building on Friday morning.

The blaze began at 238 East 24th Street at around 3:45 a.m. on the fourth and fifth floors, and soon smoke filled the air for blocks.

As firefighters fought to control the blaze, one resident was in front of the building in tears, wondering how she could salvage her clothing and valuables. The building’s owner was at the scene comforting residents concerned about their belongings. A couple visiting a relative said the woman’s cousin and his fiancée lived there but were vacationing in New Hampshire during the holidays.

One of the firefighters at the scene commented, “We were lucky here. Most of the residents were away on vacation. No one was hurt.”

After firefighters vented the roof; the fire was located and shortly before 5 a.m., it was extinguished. A spokesperson for the FDNY said the cause was still under investigation. Over 100 firefighters had responded to the fire.

Two storefronts at the building suffered water damage, Limon Restaurant and Charlie’s Laundromat, and were later boarded up. The owner of the laundry was in the process of delivering previously cleaned clothing and household goods.

An engineer from the Department of Buildings who was at the scene after the fire said he was there to assess structural damage. In the meantime, though, he said the building would be vacated and sealed. A notice to vacate was then posted out front.


Representatives from the American Red Cross of Greater New York were also there to provide referrals to residents for short-term assistance. Five adults have since been relocated while others self-relocated.

By 2 p.m. on Friday, five families and a neighbor from next door at 240 were allowed into the building to retrieve valuables, carrying bags or duffle bags from the building as a police officer stood guard.

The following day, Saturday, workers sealed the windows on the fourth and fifth floors.

The smoky smell has lingered, though, seeping into apartments blocks away. On Monday, neighbors next door at 240 said the smoke was making their own homes inhabitable.

There median age of tenants at 238 is 30 and there are 18 apartments at the building, which was built in 1950.


Secondary Bomb Device Found

Woman who called in Chelsea bomb honored with proclamation at event

NYPD Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney of the 13th Precinct, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Public Advocate Letitia James, honoree Jane Schreibman, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Daniel Campanelli , aide to Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Dr. Joyce Brown, president of FIT, at an event on Friday (Photo by Michelle Deal Winfield)

By Michelle Deal Winfield                      Published: Town and Village Newspaper

On Friday, September 30, a celebration was held to honor Jane Schreibman, a professional photographer, who reported finding a bombing device on September 17 in Chelsea. The event was held at the Fashion Institute of Technology and coordinated by Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer.

At the event, Brewer presented a Proclamation from the City of New York naming Friday, September 30th “Jane Schreibman Appreciation Day” in the borough of Manhattan. Jane had found a pressure cooker with a cell phone attached in a plastic bag, a secondary bombing device, on 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. The proclamation was unusual because it contained multiple gold seals and multiple signatures of elected officials. Brewer read from the Proclamation, the “rigged device was ready to explode.” And called Schreibman her “Shero.”

In accepting the proclamation along with a bouquet of flowers, Schreibman said, “After calling 911, I initially apologized to the dispatcher not knowing whether the device was real or not. The dispatcher taking the report reassured me she would have the NYPD look into it.”

Then Schreibman ended with, “If you see something, say something,” to which she received a standing ovation.

Taking turns praising Schreibman at the podium were numerous elected officials including Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and a representative for Council Member Corey Johnson. NYPD Chief Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney and Detective Dorrian, Community Affairs from the 13th Precinct, were also in attendance.