A celebrity-led coalition of SoHo and TriBeCa residents, hoping for a last-minute reprieve from the construction of a Sanitation garage, had salt rubbed in the wound yesterday — and a lot of it.
In a unanimous ruling, the state Appellate Division gave a green light to a proposed Sanitation Department facility, including a salt-storage shed at Spring Street and the West Side Highway, despite opposition from the community and stars like James Gandolfini, REM frontman Michael Stipe, Jennifer Connelly, John Slattery and Kirsten Dunst.
The ruling paves the way to move much of Sanitation’s facilities from Gansevoort Street to near the entrance of the Holland Tunnel, much to the chagrin of those who live in the area and are concerned about a fleet of garbage trucks in the neighborhood.
Residents had filed a number of legal objections to the project, arguing that the city hadn’t taken enough of a look at the environmental issues raised by increased traffic into the neighborhood and that the city should have broken the $400 million, 120-foot-tall garage down into smaller pieces around the city.
The appeals court found that many of the group’s objections were filed too late and that the city handled the matter properly.
“The court . . . properly found that the city respondents took the requisite ‘hard look’ at the relevant areas of environmental concern and made a ‘reasoned elaboration’ of the basis for their determination,” the ruling said.
“DSNY conducted a meaningful analysis of the burdens associated with the project as it related to the equitable distribution of public facilities throughout the city.”
“Obviously, we’re disappointed,” said Michael Kramer, of 340 West LLC, which had sued to stop the construction.
He was unsure whether they planned to try to take the case to the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. Because the Appellate Division ruling was a unanimous five-judge decision, they’d need to get special permission to file an appeal.
Elizabeth Freedman, of the city Law Department, hailed the ruling.
“This three-district Sanitation garage and salt shed is an important and necessary project,” she said.
Candids of Kirsten leaving a gym on April 13th
Candids > 2011 > April 13th, 2011
New candids from April 12th have been added to the gallery.
Candids > 2011 > April 12th, 2011
I’ve reorganized the magazine section of the gallery a bit and updated with some new that you can see below.
Magazine Scans > A-D > Be France – March 2011
Magazine Scans > A-D > Closer France – March 2011
Magazine Scans > E-H > Glamour Russia – March 2011
Magazine Scans > E-H > Heat South Africa – January 2011
Magazine Scans > M-P > Premiere US – July 2001
Magazine Scans > M-P > Public France – February 2011
Magazine Scans > Q-T > The Hollywood Magazine – December 2010
Magazine Scans > U-Z > US Weekly – March 2011
Kirsten Dunst attended the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards yesterday, wearing beautiful dress by Proenza Schouler. Kirsten presented a Special Recognition award to Bianca “Nikki” Peet, a 17-year-old student from Corpus Christi, Texas, for her efforts to organize a Gay-Straight Alliance at her high school after her principal originally prohibited the group.
I’ve updated with 2 sets of candids from April 9th and 10th.
I’ve added some candids of Kirsten from yesterday (April 8th).
Candids > 2011 > April 8th, 2011
The official trailer for Melancholia is here. There is no news on a US release date yet but the movie will be out in Denmark on May 26th.