Downtown Digest


Volume 20, Number 48 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | November 24 – 30, 2010

Photo courtesy of N.Y. Travel Bureau

A Hi-five world record

A new Guinness World Record was set on Tuesday when one intrepid soul gave 797 high-fives in one hour to an assembled crowd, breaking the previous record of 429. The record-breaking corresponded to the fifth anniversary of the Bodies exhibit at the South Street Seaport.

Glass panels appears at one World trade center

Twelve thousand of the glass panels will be installed between the 20th and 104st floors of the tower, after the underlying fireproofing of each floor’s steel core is completed. “Once the construction crews get into a rhythm, we expect they will install the glass panels at the rate of one floor per week,” Coleman said. The project is supposed to be completed by 2012.

“The glass is what’s called a low E-coating, which is energy efficient and eco-friendly,” according to Steve Coleman, spokesperson for the Port Authority, the developer of the building. It was made, in other words, to let in a good amount of natural light, reducing the need for artificial lighting sources.

A different glass façade designed for security purposes will be installed between the 1st and 20th floor by early 2012. It will resemble the coating of the first 10 floors of 7 W.T.C., according to Coleman.

Construction of One W.T.C. is slated for completion in 2013. At 1,776 feet high, it will become the tallest skyscraper in America.

N.Y.C.L hosts unlikely film fest

On Wednesday, December 1, The New York County Lawyers’ Association will present the next installment of its first annual film festival. December’s screening will include two films: Pray the Devil Back to Hell, a documentary about a small band of Liberian women who came together in the midst of a bloody civil war; and a short film, Come Home More Often, that documents the issues surrounding the unexpected death of the filmmaker’s sister, who had Down syndrome. The screenings will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker of Come Home More Often and a representative of Pray the Devil Back to Hell.

Although N.Y.C.L.A. has held many community events in the past, this is their first film festival. “It’s such a wonderful deal. For $5, you get beer, popcorn, you’ll get to meet a filmmaker,” said Anita Aboulafia, director of communications for the organization. All proceeds will help fund N.Y.C.L.A.’s pro bono programs.