Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Lower Manhattan, NY, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Lower Manhattan, NY, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
Our friendly, knowledgeable TRT and HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!866-793-9933
NEW YORK - New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency across New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley as Friday's strong storm has brought flooding and damage across the area....
Significant flooding was reported throughout parts of Brooklyn and beyond. Parked cars were seen partially submerged in water. Some sidewalks were submerged.
Mayor Eric Adams is expected to hold a briefing on the storm at around 11 a.m. We will bring that to you live on CBS News New York and WCBS-TV.
By 10:30 a.m., more than four inches of water had fallen in Central Park.
"My team & I are aware of widespread flooding & dangerous conditions across [Brooklyn]. Like many [New Yorkers], we've spent our mornings stranded on subways & buses, but we're in communication [with] the offices of the mayor & governor & monitoring where conditions are worst," Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Reports of damage and flooding were numerous across the city.
Around 8:30 a.m., emergency responders were on the scene of a partial roof collapse at a warehouse in Lexington Avenue between Classon and Franklin Avenues in Brooklyn. Fortunately all workers at the warehouse were accounted for, according to the FDNY.
In Windsor Terrace, the FDNY said firefighters rescued a person in danger of drowning in a basement of an apartment building at Sherman Street near Greenwood Avenue.
Heavy rain brought flooding conditions at Walton Street between Union and Harrison Avenues. Water have overtaken the sidewalk and appeared to partially flood parked cars there.
Significant flooding was reported in southern Brooklyn. Video posted to X also showed flooding near Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street.
At Smith and Ninth Street, there was major flooding.
The flooding and damage and impact wasn't limited to just Brooklyn, of course.
The FDR was closed in both directions at Delancey Street in Manhattan due to flooding
The Belt Parkway was also closed in both directions at Exit 6 - Cropsey Avenue, the NYPD said.
There were extensive disruptions to subway and other mass transit service
Stay with us as we continue to cover this significant storm.
Flooding forced the closure of the FDR Drive at Delancey Street in both directions in Lower Manhattan. The Metropolitan Transit Authority warned of major service disruptions and suspended service on several subway lines.
Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) declared a state of emergency across New York City, Long Island and into the Hudson Valley, urging residents to refrain from traveling on flooded roads.
As of 10 a.m., flash flood warnings were in effect across parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, as well as northern New Jersey, western Long Island and Upstate areas including Rockland and southern Westchester counties, as well as southwestern Connecticut.
Social media video showed significant flooding in southern parts of Brooklyn, where some roads were becoming impassable. The National Weather Service received reports of multiple vehicles stranded in floodwaters. The agency also obtained reports of flooding in northeastern New Jersey in Monmouth County.
Flooding also spread north of New York City. The Weather Service received a report of lane closures in Hawthorne, N.Y., which is just north of White Plains.
Major flooding in Brooklyn today. Trains shut down and the only way out of the station is through this. pic.twitter.com/yQPLOyc6dX— Seth Chinnis (@sethchinnis) September 29, 2023
UNDER WATER: Brooklyn Queens Expressway pic.twitter.com/zXUDUoVXK5— NYScanner (@nyscanner) September 29, 2023
The overarching setup is one that’s notoriously difficult for forecasters to handle. While soaking rains were spreading over a broad area, the most exceptional rains, which could total 6 inches or more within 24 hours in some spots, were limited to small zones of New York City.
“Areas that are prone to flash flooding across the New York Metro Area will likely experience flash flooding today, so turn around [and] don’t drown,” cautioned the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center.
That group drew a Level 3 out of 4 “moderate risk” of flash flooding and excessive rainfall around New York City, warning that “there will be thunderstorms with heavy rainfall and serious flash flooding concerns over parts of the northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.”
Particularly concerning is the fact that overnight downpours left the ground sodden and waterlogged before the heaviest rain began. That primed the ground for being unable to handle additional waters, dramatically boosting the flood risk.
By 10:30 a.m., JFK International Airport logged 4.55 inches of rain, with 3.6 inches at LaGuardia International Airport. More than 4 inches had fallen at Central Park in Manhattan, and nearly 2 inches fell between 9 and 10 a.m. alone.
The New York Mesonet, a group of weather stations in the state, showed amounts as high as 6.26 inches in Brooklyn.
It appeared that at least some lull in the rainfall was likely by late morning in New York City, but the remainder of the Hudson and Connecticut River Valleys was stuck beneath a solid slug of drenching rains.
A flood watch remains in effect through Saturday morning as additional waves of downpours continue to lift north.
Sparking the rain is a rather atypical setup known as an “inverted trough.” A larger parent low pressure system is present off the Outer Banks of the Carolinas, but from that low protrudes a more concentrated, intense strip of low pressure and converging winds. That feature juts out to the north, brushing up against the New York City metro area.
The convergence, or gathering of air, along that “inverted trough” forces air upward, spawning a band of heavy downpours. Plus it pushes them to the northwest, where they unload their moisture over land.
Additional moisture is being swirled north from the subtropical Atlantic courtesy of an approaching upper-level low, or a bowling ball of high altitude cold air, low pressure and spin. That will further feed downpours.
There is some potential for offshore convection, or thunderstorm activity, to rob near-shore downpours of moisture. That would be helpful to Long Island City and southern Connecticut, since it would cut back on how much more precipitation is to come. Still, it’s very likely that a wide region surrounding the Big Apple will net between 3 and 5 inches of rain, with a few folks picking up in excess of 7 inches.
As the main offshore low pressure system deepens, or intensifies, east of the Mid-Atlantic Friday night, another resurgence of downpours could occur. That will be due to deformation, or stretching of air at the mid-levels, on the low pressure system’s back side. That stretching will further enhance upward motion, supporting a continued risk of downpours.
The disturbed weather off the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts feeding this rainstorm can actually be traced to Tropical Storm Ophelia, which dissipated over the area.
Jason Samenow contributed to this report.
Lower Manhattan Major Openings PAC NYC1 Liberty Plaza – Opening Fall 2023Opening this fall, the Performing Arts Center will redefine Lower Manhattan as a prime cultural destination. The PAC will be a one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary space, with the latest theatrical design, technology and boundary-pushing work located at the World Trade Center. Leading international artists in theater, dance, music, film, and chamber and new opera will inspire, entertain, and unite us.Cent...
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Opening this fall, the Performing Arts Center will redefine Lower Manhattan as a prime cultural destination. The PAC will be a one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary space, with the latest theatrical design, technology and boundary-pushing work located at the World Trade Center. Leading international artists in theater, dance, music, film, and chamber and new opera will inspire, entertain, and unite us.
Century 2122 Cortlandt Street – Opened May 2023
After shuttering all 13 of its locations in November 2020, including the much-loved Lower Manhattan flagship, the famed retailer has reopened in its original downtown store. The new iteration has nearly the same footprint as its predecessor, spanning 100,000 square feet over four floors, and maintains its core mission of offering designer apparel at great prices. The Lower Manhattan flagship has been a fixture of the downtown shopping experience, marrying old world New York glamor with the city’s signature hustle.
Hall des Lumières 49 Chambers Street – Opened September 2022
Hall des Lumières is the largest permanent digital art center in New York City. Located in the historic Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank, the exhibition seamlessly showcases legendary works across the Beaux-Arts architecture. Its three exhibition areas span 31,000 square feet. The center opened with its inaugural exhibition Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion. Destination COSMOS: The Immersive Space Experience is currently on exhibit through June 4th, 2023, with participation from NASA.
PrintempsOne Wall Street – Opening Spring 2024
Luxury French department store Printemps will open its first US location at One Wall Street in spring 2024. The store will span 54,365 square feet over two levels. This space will include the landmarked Red Room, one of only 50 interior landmarks in New York City. The brand has commissioned internationally multi-awarded Parisian interior designer, Laura Gonzalez, as the architect on the project with the aim to create a ‘Paris meets New York’ design.
SAGA70 Pine Street
Located on the top floor of Art Deco masterpiece building 70 Pine, SAGA has recently been awarded 2 MichelinStars in the year since being opened by James Kent and Jeff Katz, the duo behind Crown Shy, on the ground floor of the same building, This restaurant has a sensational multicourse seasonal tasting menu, and exquisite views of Manhattan. Overstory, an elegant cocktail bar, sits above SAGA on the picturesque 64th floor.
The Tin Building96 South Street – Opened Fall 2022
Located on the site of The Seaport’s famed Fulton Fish Market, the Tin Building is a new culinary destination curated by acclaimed celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The 53,000-square food mecca offers two floors of “immersive concepts,” multiple restaurants and a market where you can buy everything from locally-sourced seafood and meats to fresh produce and specialty items. Fans of Jean-Georges can also find his first seafood restaurant, celebrated spot The Fulton, at The Seaport.
Smyth Tavern85 West Broadway – Opened Fall 2022
This 100-seat restaurant is attached to the Smyth Hotel and is the third restaurant from John Mcdonald’s Mercer Street Hospitality group. Featuring fresh fish, raw bar, dry-aged steaks, homemade pastas and a specialty burger. The dining room is adorned with a rotating collection of artwork curated from local Downtown galleries.
Sixpoint BreweryBrookfield Place – Opening Late 2023
Popular Brooklyn-based craft beer brand Sixpoint Brewery is set to open a 7,500 square-foot taproom, including a 2,500 square-foot outdoor beer garden at 200 Liberty Street in Brookfield Place.
Court 1628 Liberty Street – Opening Summer 2023
A family-friendly, membership based tennis and pickleball facility with programming for adults and children is expected to open its first Manhattan outpost this summer in a 7,000 square-foot facility at 28 Liberty Street.
QC NY Spa on Governors IslandOpened Q2 2022
A luxury spa with amenities including relaxation rooms, saunas, massages, wellness water experiences and outdoor thermal pools with stunning 360-degree views of Manhattan, bookable for day trips year round. Governors Island is also home to fields of hammocks, hills of slides, incredible arts programming, and plenty of food options — including Island Oyster, which was nominated for a James Beard Foundation 2019 award for Best Restaurant Design.
The popular Summer Concert Series at this dramatic rooftop venue is back and bigger than ever, with Summer 2023’s lineup including Coheed and Cambria, T-Pain, Macklemore, the Pixies and Modest Mouse. Kicking off in May and running through September, enjoy one-of-kind, cutting edge experiences featuring everything from pop to comedy — plus views that can’t be beat.
Ferry routes connecting Lower Manhattan to all five boroughs leave from Pier 11: Lower East Side, the Bronx, Astoria, Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, North Brooklyn and the Rockaway beaches and now St. George on Staten Island.
Warren Street Hotel86 Warren Street – Opening Early 2024
The third property from Firmdale Hotels in New York City, the Warren Street hotel will feature 57 individually designed rooms and suites as well as 12 exclusive residences.
33 Seaport Hotel33 Peck Slip – Opened Q1 2023
Located in the exciting Seaport area, close to the Tin Building and Pier 17, the hotel features 66 guest rooms and suites, including eight premium rooms offering private outdoor space inviting guests to take in breathtaking panoramic views of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge and the iconic New York City skyline.
The Wall Street Hotel88 Wall Street – Opened Summer 2022
The Wall Street Hotel is home to 180 individually-designed guest rooms with interiors inspired by classic New York residences and featuring robust technology amenities, curated libraries, eclectic objects, and original artworks. The hotel features architecture by Stonehill Taylor, interiors by Rose Ink Workshop, and signature restaurant design by Charles & Co.
Casa Cipriani10 South Street
As part of the redevelopment of the historic Battery Maritime Building, the third and fourth floors of Casa Cipriani feature a 47 room boutique hotel with many suites and balconies overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. A new fifth-floor glass addition houses a private membership club with a jazz lounge, bars, and a restaurant.
Residence Inn by Marriott + Courtyard by Marriott215 Pearl Street
Tour operators, groups, and travelers on more of a mid-price budget have yet another option in Lower Manhattan with the recent opening of a combo Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott which features approximately 320 guest rooms, generous amenities and excellent access to all of the nearby sites.
Lower Manhattan welcomed 12.1 million unique visitors in 2022 as domestic travel returned and most international travel restrictions were lifted. The neighborhood has swiftly become a destination of choice to base a stay in New York City. And with 9,343 rooms in 44 hotels and 5 more in the pipeline, there have never been more options within our one square mile. Popular luxury properties include the Beekman Hotel, the Four Seasons, and the Conrad New York Downtown. A number of new hotels have opened since the start of the pandemic, including Casa Cipriani and The Wall Street Hotel, which both offer some of the finest hotel stays in all of New York City.
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For two decades, critics have called for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to be shut down.At one point, the organization’s leaders even announced they were closing up shop. “The LMDC had a mission and we’re nearing the end of the mission,” then-chair Kevin Rampe ...
For two decades, critics have called for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to be shut down.
At one point, the organization’s leaders even announced they were closing up shop. “The LMDC had a mission and we’re nearing the end of the mission,” then-chair Kevin Rampe told the New York Times. That was in 2006.
The agency, formed in the wake of 9/11 to rebuild the area, forged on even as Mayor Michael Bloomberg campaigned to dismantle it. In 2008, on the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attack, the mayor, frustrated at the pace of rebuilding, called the office part of a “multilayered governance structure that has undermined accountability from the get-go.”
But now, following an agreement to build 1,200 apartments at 5 World Trade Center, the LMDC is winding down. For real, this time.
The plan is for the state’s Empire State Development to absorb the agency by March, according to state officials. The LMDC needs to still technically exist because it is a conduit for federal grants for the Perelman Performing Arts Center, Pier 42 and other projects — even the restoration of a centuries-old wooden ship excavated just south of where the Twin Towers stood.
“For over two decades, LMDC has steadfastly led the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site, resulting in the dynamic community it is today,” a spokesperson for the governor said in a statement. The 5 WTC agreement “represents Governor Hochul’s commitment to ensure LMDC completes the original vision of what Ground Zero should become.”
Officials have long talked about shifting the agency’s responsibilities to the state. In 2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for the consolidation of the LMDC and another Empire State Development subsidiary, the Moynihan Station Corporation.
The LMDC was launched in November 2001 by Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Rudy Giuliani to oversee the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and help coordinate city and state efforts. By one count, 19 public agencies were involved with that effort.
As with much about the massive redevelopment, the LMDC’s history is complicated, involving competing political interests across five gubernatorial administrations and four mayors.
“This entity was set up at a time of extraordinary crisis and distress,” said Alicia Glen, a former deputy mayor under Bill de Blasio who has served on the LMDC board for nine years. She said the agency’s role evolved from “reactionary crisis management,” to a planning agency to a mainly transactional entity.
While elected officials repeatedly called for its dissolution, the agency had powerful defenders, including the late Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver. His arrest in 2015 on corruption charges triggered new calls for the agency to close.
Disagreements between the LMDC and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey delayed the progress of 5 World Trade Center. The former wanted to allow a mixed-use project, including residential, while the latter pushed for office use. The two agencies eventually agreed to let developers pitch either project type. (Residential won out.)
Beyond the legal need to have an entity that federal funds could pass through, the LMDC gave the city a seat at the table in determining the future of the World Trade Center sites.
“It was a place and a space where various stakeholders had to come together to make a deal,” Glen said. “I think that LMDC played an incredibly important role in maintaining continuity and just trying to be focused on the site being rebuilt.”
Flooding shut down half of New York City’s subway lines on Friday, sending travelers scrambling to reach their destinations as they waded through the flooded streets and train stations.The rain poured so intensely at times that commuters stood on the benches inside bus shelters to avoid the floodwaters. Transit workers were evacuating subway stations while maintenance crews pumped thousands of gallons of water a minute from subway tunnels.Gov. Kathy Hochul called the bad weather a “life-threatening rainfall event,&r...
Flooding shut down half of New York City’s subway lines on Friday, sending travelers scrambling to reach their destinations as they waded through the flooded streets and train stations.
The rain poured so intensely at times that commuters stood on the benches inside bus shelters to avoid the floodwaters. Transit workers were evacuating subway stations while maintenance crews pumped thousands of gallons of water a minute from subway tunnels.
Gov. Kathy Hochul called the bad weather a “life-threatening rainfall event,” as transit officials urged riders to stay home.
“There’s children who use the subway to get home from school,” Ms. Hochul said during a news conference. “People need to be able to know if they can get home from work. And so that is priority No. 1: that our subways and our rail systems are safe.”
About half of all subway lines were either fully or partially suspended because of the rain. Service on the Metro-North Railroad, the commuter line connecting New York to its northern suburbs, was also badly affected. Travel in and out of Grand Central Terminal — the railroad’s main hub — was suspended because water had submerged the system’s electrified third rail network in the Bronx. Janno Lieber, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, urged passengers to consider the bus system because it was fully operational aside from some delays.
Still, in Queens, a bus station worker told a group of travelers that flooding around La Guardia Airport was slowing trips by up to 30 minutes at a busy nearby bus stop in Jackson Heights. Chris Buzan, visiting from Phoenix with his wife, Kim, and two sons, hoped they could make their flight home.
“Fingers crossed,” Mr. Buzan said. When the bus finally arrived, several minutes later, the Buzans managed to squeeze in, but other travelers had no choice but to stay behind.
Train crews scrambled to adjust service as heavy rain flooded the Canal Street station in Lower Manhattan, while in Brooklyn it submerged the tracks at President Street and Seventh Avenue. Major train lines that crisscross the city were cut off or delayed. There was no 2, 3, 4 or 5 train service in Brooklyn, and the B and G train lines were suspended in and out of Manhattan, among other service interruptions.
In Brooklyn, some subway station entrances were blocked off with yellow caution tape. Crowded Manhattan-bound Q trains were stalled at stations as passengers squeezed in, with some travelers enduring commutes that had stretched hours longer than usual.
Aissatou Diallo, 18, said she had no choice but to wait at the Prospect Park station in Brooklyn, because she needed to get to a class at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, on the West Side of Manhattan. “Everyone is squished,” Ms. Diallo said. “It’s better to be late than not show up at all.”
Andrew Keh, Hurubie Meko, Zeke Minaya and Joseph Goldstein contributed reporting.