Daily News from New York, New York on July 12, 1984 · 449
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Daily News from New York, New York · 449

New York, New York
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Thursday, July 12, 1984
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NEIGHBORHOOD edges Mas? l n rw ,i n trsssi ma (mm Endorses regent Martin Rogowsky, who dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination in the 20th Congressional District, gave his endorsement yesterday to Edward Meyer of the state Board of Regents. The seat is being relinquished by Rep. Richard Ottinger. Rogowsky called Meyer, "the best qualified to represent Westchester County in the United States Congress among the four very fine men" seeking the Democratic nomination. Also seeking the bid are former Rep. Peter Peyser, ex-Ottinger aide Oren Teicher and Yonkers businessman Bennie Batts. Rogowsky cited Meyer's commitment to protecting the environment, calling it "unmatched by any of the other candidates." New park opens An urban cultural park, created by linking six harbor sites in the metropolitan area that illustrate the historic themes of maritime trade and immigration, officially opened yesterday with the publication of the park's map and visitors' guide.. The guide and map to Harbor Park was presented to Kitty Carlisle Hart, chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts, in ceremonies at the World Trade Center. Harbor Park links the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the South Street Seaport, the Fulton Ferry area. Battery Park and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center under a design plan created by the Parks Council. The council is a privately funded organization dedicated to improving open spaces and recreation in the city. PA air lounge A new departure lounge for airport-bound passengers was dedicated at the Port Authority Bus Terminal yesterday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the entry of the new area, which is on the main floor of the terminal's north wing at 42d St. and Eighth Ave. The lounge, to be known as the Air TransCenter, will provide seating for bus passengers en route to Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Airports. The terminal now offers nonstop bus service to all three airports. Building acquired A 20-story office building at 100 Church St. in lower Manhattan has been bought for more than $100 million by two of the city's leading real estate investors the Equitable Life Assurance Society and the Mendik Co. Built in 1958, the building is adjacent to the World Trade Center. Its major tenants are NYNEX, Merrill Lynch and CNA Insurance. The acquisition pushes Equitable's real estate holdings in the city to more than $1.6 billion, with Mendik's holdings a shade less at about $1.5 billion, a spokesman said. -Joyc Whfte , , Daily News, Thursday, July 12, 1984 fU" LTL TOOT fHuUdlnl ff flfn)i By RICKI FULMAN Battalion Chief John Bres-nan, killed in the line of duty in 1894, was one of five firefighters honored posthumously by the Fire Department yesterday with the unveiling of a plaque at Ladder Co. 3, 108 E. 13th SL Bresnan, whose grandson John Bresnan is a retired fireman and whose great-grandson Bill Bresnan (right, in photo) is a New York City firefighter with Ladder Co. 15 at South St., is best remembered for his inventions, some of which are still being used by the Fire Department. These include a distributor that allows firefighters to spray water into normally inaccessible areas and a hose-roller gadget All the men honored in yesterday's ceremonies died before 1930. THE IDEA for a plaque was initiated by firefighter John Donelon, whose father, Francis, died in the line of duty before John was born. When Donelon set out to learn about his father's life, other firefighters helped him with the research. From this came the idea to honor the long-dead firemen. iigj - I K f -t. iy ' - . f ml, : I , i : ft - I - " 1 : f yJ The Bresnans, Bill (in uniform) and John, with plaque. By JENNIFER CALDWELL Although a special zoning district has just recently been proposed for Union Square, development south of the park is well under way. It is particularly noticeable in the area bracketed by Fourth Ave. and Broadway a neighborhood in search of a name. Fourth Ave. once had 48 bookstores in the six blocks between Eighth St. and 14th St. It was known, in fact, as Booksellers Row. Only a couple of stores are left, and one of them, Dave's Books, is closing soon. "My rent is going from $900 to $3,000," said Dave, the owner, recently. "This whole neighborhood has changed. They'll make it a David's Cookies." Dave, who prefers to keep his last name to himself, isn't adverse to sweets; in fact, he plans to open a cookbook shop in New Orleans. But the move is not a happy one. Fourth Ave.'s old factory buildings now house co-ops where studios change hands for more than $100,000. "It's the best neighborhood in New York," said David Teitelbaum, the first resident of 111 Fourth Ave.,' which he converted from a suit-making factory in 1977. He said that studios that sold for $30,000 when the building was made into a cooperative in 1980 now sell for $100,000. The 180-unit, 12-story building, which has 14-foot ceilings, was built in 1921. Residents include NYU students, doctors and lawyers. Residents of 111 Fourth can see the Chrysler Building, the Citicorp Center and, on a clear day, as far as the Verrazano Bridge. But the neighborhood is dominated by a 138-year-old landmark Grace Church. Fourth Ave.-Broadway, like Union Square, was a family shopping district. It contained the John Wanamaker department store (now the Wanamaker Building, housing banks and offices) and an annex, now a huge co-op called Stewart House. Those who live and do business in this area are now odd fellows in New York's neighborhood name game. West of the East Village, east of the "real" Village, north of Noho, south of Union Square, they are in a no man's land. "Maybe it's NoHo," said Cristin Connelly. "That sounds like No Where," said Fred Bass, owner of the neighborhood's second landmark, the Strand Book Store, which moved to Broadway from Fourth Ave. in 1958. "I think it's the Village," said Karl Dowhie. So does Doris Diether, head of the local zoning commission, who says Nollo's boundaries are the Bowery, Broadway, Houston St. and Astor Place. "It's the leading edge of the lower East Side," said Teitelbuam. "I took a walk yesterday down First Ave. all the way to Delancey. My sense is the whole area in really picking up. This is the new frontier. From 14th St. down and from Fourth Ave. over is the most exciting real estate in the world." Paul Yari of the New York Health and Racquet Club evidently agrees. He expects to build a luxury apartment building on a lot at Fourth Ave. and 12th St. Where does he think he lives? "I suppose the Village," said Bass. "I thought the East Village began around Third Ave. I don't know about NoHo. I think it sounds better than it is. I guess it's all running together now." 1 :Wyy SwilsSMAWSS yy-y MS. Uyiy: V:y', 'yMy A &'- y - S y - -s.. 'y, :-: - -lyyyy "y:y -- yyyy--y y, 3 - .. . . . - ' t E. Lyy'A-y'-' ' fry ' ' yi-fy'i yyy .'yy yZ ' y :' : y ' y y y'yyyyyyy''t Mh :yyyyyyyyyymM m4 myyyyyyyy'yWyWy -. . yy : Jy i f y.y - y,y,y yy mm ylyyymy'im-i'y v$&i:;-ivst: yy yyyyyyyiyMm-yy 5 "y K. -yy y yyyZ: ' v. yyyyy - & " w .$.-.:. JIM HUGHES DAILY NEWS Footloose in the park Youngsters break for the tape during Children's Day races in Bryant Park yesterday. Program brought together hundreds of children age 6 to 17 for a day of games and races.

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