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Talk about latenight! L'Express is open 24/7 to delight and cater to the Park Avenue South party crowd. L'Express boasts a wide array of bistro favorites to nosh on after a night on the town, try the steak au poivre, a simple classic just like they did in the old country.

The staff are knowledgeable and helpful, buzzing around with a"merci" here and an "au revoir" there — you'll feel welcomed. If you're not done after a night of getting soused, perch on a seat at the bar and sample the vast selection of French and Belgian brews. Otherwise park yourself on a banquette and settle in for some traditional and mostly well-executed grub. This unpretentious and affordable menu is hard to find in the city at 7 p.m. let alone 3 a.m.

There's a Bistro crab cake that's crusty and packed with crab and served with a zesty Harissa mayo, also try the fried calamari with spicy red sauce — honest and good. If you feel like a lighter meal, get the frisée lardons and poached egg or the arugula shallot and garlic confit salad. But let's be honest, late night fare is about grease, fat, and salt! You'll do better with the andouillettes moutarde tripe sausage with veal and pork French fries — a pure delight.

L'Express does some justice to simple bistro food, and especially late night cuisine. The roasted half chicken au jus rivals most. However the codfish en papillote with fingerling potato, leek, and shiitakes lacks taste. For the adventurous, venture out on les specialties Lyonnaise and order the pig's trotter crepinette spinach salad with whole grain mustard or a gamy but decadent duck liver mousse on toasted sourdough. The burger with Roquefort is the perfect way to finish an evening, a monolith patty of meat slathered with creamy, crumbling Roquefort — a great bite.

L'Express is a great place to cool the heels and enjoy an admirable meal surrounded by chattering Francophiles, model types and late night revelers. It's definitely worth a visit.


High anxiety: super-rich find supertall skyscraper an uncomfortable perch

The supertall 432 Park Avenue in New York under construction. ‘I don’t necessarily want to put a Freudian spin on that – but people have,’ one architect observed. Photograph: Erik Pendzich/Rex Shutterstock

The supertall 432 Park Avenue in New York under construction. ‘I don’t necessarily want to put a Freudian spin on that – but people have,’ one architect observed. Photograph: Erik Pendzich/Rex Shutterstock

Wealthy residents of 432 Park Avenue have complained of leaks, malfunctions and wind sway – much to the delight of earthbound New Yorkers

Last modified on Sun 7 Feb 2021 08.02 GMT

A bout six years ago, the supertall residential tower 432 Park Avenue offered rich buyers something other buildings could not: a chance to live atop Manhattan’s famed skyline and far above their millions of fellow New Yorkers below.

But some of the hugely wealthy residents who have since moved into the 1,396ft structure have reportedly found that living in the western hemisphere’s “tallest residential tower” had unsettling drawbacks – potentially attributable to its great height.

According to the New York Times, some of 432 Park’s residents are sparring with its developers over issues such as “millions of dollars of water damage from plumbing and mechanical issues frequent elevator malfunctions and walls that creak like the galley of a ship”. This building, which opponents had compared to a “middle finger” to the rest of the city due to its controversial height, seemed to now be giving some of its own residents the same cheeky gesture.

“I was convinced it would be the best building in New York,” Sarina Abramovich, an early 432 Park resident, complained to the newspaper. “They’re still billing it as God’s gift to the world, and it’s not.”

Abramovich and her husband, described as “retired business owners” in the oil and gas industry, bought a 3,500-sq-ft apartment there for almost $17m in 2016, as a “secondary home” close to their adult children. When Abramovich was poised to move in, she said, neither the building nor apartment were finished.

“They put me in a freight elevator surrounded by steel plates and plywood, with a hard-hat operator,” she reportedly remarked of 432 Park, the design of which was inspired by a designer trash can. “That’s how I went up to my hoity-toity apartment before closing.” The problems worsened, and included “a number of floods”. In one instance, water rushed into Abramovich’s apartment from several floors above, allegedly resulting in some $500,000 in damage.

There’s also “wind sway”. A 1,000ft building may sway several inches on a day with normal winds. On days with 50mph wind, such a tower may move approximately six inches. In the rare event of 100mph gusts, this height structure could move up to two feet, the New York Times reported.

New York City’s Empire State Building, with a roof height of 1,250ft, is supposed to move approximately one inch in rapid winds, per Discovery. Chicago’s Willis Tower, with a roof height of 1,450ft, has an average sway of six inches from its “true center”, but is designed to move a maximum of three feet.

Midtown Manhattan from above at twilight, including 432 Park Avenue. Photograph: Yukinori Hasumi/Getty Images

However, wind sway is especially pronounced in supertall buildings that are also super-skinny – they are often referred to as pencil towers. For 432 Park, the height-to-width ratio is reportedly 15:1. The property website Curbed New York explained that “to put that in perspective, if you place a standard ruler on its end, it has a ratio of 12:1.” Another way: the Empire State Building is 424ft across, whereas 432 Park stretches slightly more than 90ft across.

In a statement Lendlease, the construction manager, said: “As a leading builder in the industry, Lendlease is always committed to delivering its projects safely and in accordance with the highest specified standards. We have been in contact with our client regarding some comments from tenants, which we are currently evaluating. We cannot elaborate at this time since we are in the midst of this review.”

One of 432 Park’s developers, CIM Group, said in a statement to the Times that it’s “a successfully designed, constructed and virtually sold-out project … Like all new construction, there were maintenance and close-out items during that period.”

Complaints about perils of living in a luxurious supertall building on a stretch of similarly luxurious supertall buildings known as “Billionaire’s Row”, feels like the apex of rich people problems. Given the deadly pandemic and ongoing economic devastation in the rest of New York, reaction to the Times article has included gleeful schadenfreude and sombre told-you-sos by many citizens.

“Condos at 432 Park are like GameStop shares for billionaires,” Daniel Bergstresser, finance professor at the Brandeis International Business School, wrote on Twitter.

Twitter user @eddiemajor commented: “432 Park Avenue is the most obnoxious building in all of Manhattan and this story warmed my heart.”

One reader commented on the Times’ website: “I was about to complain that the Times never published any feel good stories and then y’all come through with this little gem. Thanks for making my morning!”

Abramovich herself admitted to the Times that the woes of billionaires wouldn’t spur significant sympathy, but came forward as a matter of principle, commenting: “Everything here was camouflage … If I knew then what I know now, I would have never bought.”

Supertall ‘pencil towers’ have become an increasingly prominent feature of the Manhattan skyline. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Others see a more serious side to the story.

“We’ve been following the safety concerns of supertalls for a long time,” Sean Khorsandi, executive director of the preservation group Landmark West!, told the Guardian. “I was in architecture school on 9/11. We watched the towers fall. There were all sorts of symposiums and public statements that we’re never going to build [that] tall again” he said. “All we’ve done in the 20 years since is build even taller.”

Architect Stephen B Jacobs, president and founder of Stephen B Jacobs Group PC has worked on a wide variety of projects since starting his firm in 1967 – ranging from historic preservation to large-scale residential design. Some have exceeded 50 storeys and his firm is presently working on a slender, 800ft building on Manhattan’s East Side that has spurred its own controversies over height.

Although Jacobs is no stranger to height, he said of supertalls: “They’re totally irrational.”

Jacobs, who believes that these buildings were conceived to create the experience of “living up in the sky, for the richest” of the one-percenters, said: “I’m not really that interested in serving that market. I think the challenges that we have that we should be focusing on is how we provide housing for the vast majority of people that really need it.

“The whole purpose here is to be the tallest,” Jacobs continued. “I don’t necessarily want to put a Freudian spin on that – but people have.”


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With Park Avenue Closed Above, a Tunnel That Sounds Like the Sea

The idea of walking down into the Park Avenue tunnel, a cavern of dark gray granite and corrugated metal in Midtown Manhattan, prompted Jana Winderen, an artist from Norway, to think about descending into another environment that lies beneath the surface: the deep sea.

So Ms. Winderen designed the audio-art piece “Dive,” which plays underwater sounds recorded in oceans around the world. The installation is the centerpiece of the seventh annual Summer Streets festival organized by the New York City Department of Transportation.

As it did last year, the department is closing seven miles of Park Avenue to vehicles on three Saturdays in August from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., opening that stretch to pedestrians, as well as fleets of strollers, cyclists and joggers. The program also features carnival-type fare, including a zip line, a rock-climbing wall and booths that give away food. The last Summer Streets of the year is scheduled for Saturday “Dive” will be on display that day as well.

“I am interested in giving the public one more sense to understand the underwater environment with — listening,” Ms. Winderen said in an email from Oslo. “I am trying to take the audience on a journey through an unknown place.”

Among the thousands who walked through the tunnel on Saturday, Naomi Huth and her boyfriend, Ilya Kushnirsky, paused midway, under cool turquoise-colored lights, and tilted their ears toward a speaker crackling with the eerie clicks of crustaceans skittering along an ocean floor.

“I think it’s beautiful,” said Ms. Huth, 31, an art curator who lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. “It’s immersive.”

Leaning in the direction of a neighboring set of speakers pumping out the melodious songs of humpback whales, Mr. Kushnirsky, 36, a lawyer, volunteered another take on what he was hearing.

“This sounds more like Sonic Youth down here,” he said.

The theme of this year’s festival is sound. The absence of honking taxis and grumbling trucks from the base of the Brooklyn Bridge to East 72nd Street created an audio void that let in the city’s subtler sounds: the chatter of bicycle gears, the clap of running shoes on asphalt, the scratch of dog toenails on sidewalk and snippets from a collage of conversations.

“Now you have a dueling aural experience, the art and the people — that’s New York,” Polly Trottenberg, the city’s transportation commissioner, said while standing inside the tunnel.

The southernmost of eight speaker zones inside the seven-block tunnel played the sounds of waves washing on a beach along the Baltic Sea. Ms. Winderen said that moving north, each successive speaker zone played sounds from deeper and colder parts of the ocean. There were the chirps of dolphins swimming in the Caribbean, the songs of pilot whales navigating the coast of Madeira and the grunts of Pollock hunting in the Moldefjord in Norway.

Sonic evidence of humans’ encroachment on the oceans could be heard, too, including the clanging of ships fishing illegally for parrotfish in the Dominican Republic and the metallic roar that is blasted underwater to scare seals away from a salmon farm in Scotland. Ms. Winderen even added a reference to the dire climate change models that predict Manhattan will be flooded if sea levels rise after polar ice sheets melt: the cracking sounds of ancient ice breaking apart in Greenland.

“I hope that I can inspire some people,” said Ms. Winderen, who said she had studied both marine biology and art. “And that some can think another thought and gain respect, curiosity for the underwater environments we still know very little about.”

As with all art, interpretations of her work varied.

“A little kid came up and said, ‘This reminds me of a haunted house,'” said Andy Singh, 22, a Summer Streets volunteer from Queens. “And I agree.”

Outside the tunnel, Park Avenue felt like an amusement park. In front of the fluted columns of Manhattan Supreme Court, Leigh Sansone hurtled on a zip line toward a red inflatable landing pad painted with a yellow bull’s-eye.

“What a strange cultural experience,” said Ms. Sansone, 47, a dog trainer.

On Spring Street, Izailea Whaley, 32, a fashion designer, clambered to the top of a climbing wall.

“I feel like climbing walls to get off the train when its rush hour,” she said. “But going up there in the middle of the street was something else.”

Bob Curley, a photographer from the Bronx, said the experience he wanted most was just to walk through the tunnel, open to pedestrians for only the second time in more than 80 years.

“I tried it once when I was a kid and I almost got killed,” said Mr. Curley, 56. “It’s beautiful, it’s another one of those hidden New York City wonders.”


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This Upper West Side stalwart, not to be confused with Papaya King across Central Park, serves up crisp, extremely cheap hot dogs. Grab a frank or two plus those namesake tropically flavored drinks, surrounded by awesomely kitschy signage, at all hours.

Feast on Jewish classics like matzah ball soup, massive sandwiches stacked with house-cured pastrami and equally well-regarded corned beef, and rugelach at the Murray Hill institution. It might not be as revered as Katz’s, but it’s been around for over five decades, and, unlike Katz’s and its weekends-only 24/7 hours, Sarge’s is open all the time, 365 days per year.

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Police: Man dead in shooting on South Park Avenue, no suspects identified

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Tucson Police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened on Park Avenue Sunday.

Officers responded to an apartment complex located at 5950 S. Park Avenue around 11:15 p.m. for the report of a shooting, according to TPD. Upon arrival, multiple bystanders were found giving aid to a man with obvious gunshot trauma.

Tucson Fire medics arrived on scene and rendered aid to the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the department.

The victim was identified as 36-year-old Andres Joseph Mori. Next of kin was notified.

Detectives learned that Mori was in a physical fight with neighbors before the shooting, according to the department.

No suspects have been identified at this time, and detectives are currently pursuing leads in the incident, police say.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.


It allstarted with a sketch on a napkin

It was on a trip to Rimini, Italy, where our chefs found inspiration in the distinct charm of the roadside food trucks and corner markets that served centuries-old family recipes. As the aromas of fresh basil and cured meats wafted through the air, we shared some of the most satisfying hand-made meals that were made with some of the simplest, freshest ingredients. At that moment we knew we had to capture the essence of Rimini and bring it back to the United States.

When we opened our first Piada restaurant in 2010, we held true to what we learned — that every meal should be a great meal shared with family and friends — old and new. As you walk through our doors, we invite you to join in a meal with our family. One that’s been hand-crafted just for you by our chef. And to savor the Piada experience, knowing you can always eat well and enjoy good food fast.


by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

Corpus Christi has miles of shoreline that are easily accessible to the public, along with many convenient fishing piers and jetties on the Gulf and on area bays.

Anglers without boats have lots of safe, affordable choices. And some of these fishing spots are free. Adults will need a fishing license, but kids younger than 17 do not.

Many of the fishing choices are family-friendly, while others would better suit the more adventurous angler. Some local piers rent fishing equipment and sell bait, while dispensing advice and tips at no charge. Pick the one that suits your tastes and your family’s needs.

Bob Hall Pier

This 1,240-foot Gulf pier is located at Padre Balli Park on Padre Island. This is a good year-round spot for anglers who don’t want to travel far from downtown Corpus Christi. If the surf is green, anglers usually catch fish with live shrimp under a float. In a murky tide, use live/dead shrimp combined with Fishbites fishing strips (available at bait & tackle shops) on the bottom for drum and redfish.

Cost: $3 per person $4 per pole (3 pole limit per person) $2 to bring a cast net $1 entry for seniors 65 and older, active/disabled military $1 per pole for seniors, active/disabled military $20 for 72-hour pass with 2 poles.

Hours: 24/7, year-round.

Fish species: Trout, redfish, whiting, pompano, black drum, jack crevalle, sharks, tarpon, kingfish, and sheepshead.

Bird Island Basin

Acres of shallow seagrass flats on the backside of Padre Island National Seashore are easily accessible from this spot with or without a kayak. But if you go, it’s important to understand the parking rules within Padre Island National Seashore. The Bird Island Basin boat ramp parking lot has only four non-handicap spaces available for vehicles without trailers. And the consequences of parking illegally can be expensive. Additional parking is available at the far north end of the campgrounds. You may launch a kayak or easily park and wade just south of the ramp from the day-use parking lot north of the windsurfing/kayak rental shop, except from January through April when campers take over that area. Kayakers usually head to the nearest spoil islands. Or they paddle a big loop either north or south. The water here is usually clear because of a thick layer of seagrass. Anglers without a kayak who launch here can wade the island shoreline or the seagrass drop-offs, either north or south of the basin. The bottom is mostly firm. Park entry is $10 for a day pass, $20 for a week pass, or $40 for an annual pass. A Bird Island parking permit is $5 daily or $10 annual.

Directions: From SPID, cross the JFK Causeway onto the island and follow Park Road 22 for about 10 miles until it enters Padre Island National Seashore. Not far beyond the gate a road on the right leads to Bird Island Basin boat ramp and parking lot.

Padre Island National Seashore (Surf-Fishing Beach)

Where: South of Corpus Christi on north Padre Island. This national park offers 65 miles of surf-fishing along its Gulf beach. But beyond the first four miles of beach, four-wheel-drive traction is recommended. Cell-phone service is unreliable throughout the park. A jetty marks the park's southern boundary at Port Mansfield. Most anglers use light tackle with live bait or artificial lures, but shark fishing also is popular. Summer and fall are best, but a calm surf in any season can offer good fishing. Pompano generally run in cooler months.

Fee: Park entry is $10 per week or $20 for an annual pass.

Directions: From SPID eastward, cross the JFK Causeway onto the island and follow Park Road 22 for about 10 miles until it enters Padre Island National Seashore. Follow the main park road until you reach the beach. Turn right. About four miles south of entering the beach, you will be advised to use 4-wheel drive.

Indian Point/Sunset Park

This is a traditional wading spot in Portland for either Corpus Christi Bay or Nueces Bay. Here you will find a hard bottom with deep guts and oyster shell. Long wading pants or waders are recommended to protect yourself from jellyfish during warmer months. And hard-soled reef boots (www.Foreverlast.com) are best for wading in shell.

Directions: From Corpus Christi take the Harbor Bridge and cross the Nueces Bay Causeway into Portland. Take the Indian Point exit for the pier. For the park, exit Moore Avenue off Highway 181. Before you get to Moore Avenue turn right onto Bayview Boulevard and follow the road to Sunset Street and turn right. This will lead you to Sunset Park and the Corpus Christi Bay shoreline. Find parking along this road. If you fish the park, please note that fishing and using a cast net in the tidal pools and smaller ponds of the park are prohibited. Limit your fishing to the main lake. Read the entry sign for other rules.

Packery Channel Nature Park & Kayak Launch

This is an easy-access spot on north Padre Island, with a paved road and parking area right near the water. It provides about 200 yards of shoreline for bank fishing or wading. Kayakers have a very short paddle to access Packery Channel’s depths or nearby seagrass flats. These waters are fairly well protected from prevailing southeast winds. No admission. Within Corpus Christi city limits.

Directions: Head east on South Padre Island Drive and cross the JFK Causeway onto north Padre. The park entrance is within a mile of bridge on the left. Look for the brown park sign that reads Packery Channel County Park.

Packery Channel Jetties

This is one of the most convenient jetties in Corpus Christi. The two jetties flanks Packery Channel, which flows between Mustang Island to the north, and Padre Island. Both are paved with sidewalk-smooth concrete, with handrails the entire length. The north set of rocks is accessible via Zahn Road off Texas Highway 361 on Padre Island. Access the south jetty by going east on Whitecap Boulevard from Park Road 22 on Padre Island, turning left on Windward Drive until you reach the beach at St. Bartholomew Avenue. You must have a $12 beach parking sticker to park at the base of either jetty. They are available at most area convenience stores, CVS stores, and from vendors at beach entrances. Portable restrooms are nearby.

Expect to catch trout, redfish, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, mangrove snapper, black drum, jack crevalle, sharks, whiting, and occasionally snook and tarpon. The best method to use is live shrimp under a float.

Shamrock Cove/Wilson’s Cut

There are several dirt/sand roads westbound along Highway 361 on Mustang Island that lead to Corpus Christi Bay, which has many wadeable seagrass flats, spoil islands, and bottom contours. Some of these roads flood or might require four-wheel traction after heavy rain. Towing services are expensive in this area. The east end of Wilson’s Cut provides a good kayak launch, but the road just south of the main path, which parallels the cut, will reduce your paddling time and distance. On the flats you’ll find a maze of spoil islands, channels and shell reefs, most of which are protected from a southeast or northeast wind.

Directions: From north Padre Island, take Highway 361 toward Port Aransas and look for the dirt road entrance directly across from the Sea Gull and Sandpiper Condominiums signs on the east side of the road. Either park and launch at the end of the cut or take the road to the left of the cut where you should find several spots to pull over to park and bank fish, or launch a kayak.

Laguna Shores

This is an obvious and easy Flour Bluff wading spot or a good kayak launch location that provides access to the Upper Laguna Madre, just south of the JFK Causeway. You’ll find mostly firm bottoms for wading, with contours, seagrass, sand and a few scattered rocks. There is adequate water depth during high or low tide. And baitfish tend to concentrate along the sand and seagrass edges, as well as the distinct drop-offs in the area. The down side is that parking can be difficult, and space is very limited.

Directions: From SPID, exit Waldron Road from either direction. If you’re coming from town, then stay on the feeder and turn at Wind and Wave Watersports (10721 SPID). From the Island, make a U-turn at Waldron Road to get to Wind and Wave. There are several options along Laguna Shores Road. But the easiest might be to park at the first oil field peninsula, being careful not to block vehicle access to the rig or gate.

Nueces Bay Marsh Restoration Area

This spot is along the west side of Texas Highway 181 in Portland, across the highway from Sunset Lake. The Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program has created a launch site with adequate parking in this 160-acre project area. You’ll notice a series of grassy berms extended from the surface. The depth between these berms can reach 5-6 feet, providing dramatic bottom contours that attract fish. The marshy middle area periodically becomes inundated and exposed by tidal fluctuations. And outside a perimeter rock barrier is a 6-foot-deep trench. Beyond there, into the bay, are platforms and shell reefs that can hold good numbers of trout.

Directions: From Corpus Christi, cross the Harbor Bridge and causeway. Take the first Portland exit (Moore Avenue) off Highway 181. Make a U-turn and exit at the Indian Point exit and look for the observation deck near the parking lot and turn in there.

Oso Bay

This is a convenient free launch/wade spot if you’re looking for a short paddle and an excellent spot for beginner or novice kayakers and waders. You’ll know pretty quickly whether this spot will yield good results.

From the old south Corpus Christi Bay boat ramp (directions below) paddle or walk about a quarter mile east to the Naval Air Station bridge. Fish under the bridge or paddle under it into Oso Bay and target the western edge of the narrow channel with your favorite bait or lure. Best times to fish are late summer through early fall early morning and high tide.

Directions: Head east on Ocean Drive toward Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. As you pass the second entrance to the university (Sand Dollar Boulevard), continue on for about a half-mile. On your left you should see the remnants of an old abandoned boat launch on Corpus Christi Bay. Park and launch there.

San Jose Island (Port Aransas North Jetty)

This spot is known as the north jetty in Port Aransas, accessible by taking the Jetty Boat out of Fisherman’s Wharf, 900 Tarpon St. in Port Aransas, across from the Tarpon Inn.

Cost: Round-trip tickets run $15 for adults $8 for children or $120 for a 10-trip pass. $10 each for parties of 10 or more.

Departures: 6:30 a.m. (summer), 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. If there are no passengers, the Jetty Boat will not run to the island except at designated times (see below).

Scheduled return trips: 10:10 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 6 p.m.

Amenities: No restrooms or conveniences of any kind on San Jose Island.

Tips: Rent a jetty cart at Fisherman’s Wharf to carry equipment. To keep from getting hooks snagged on rocks, try a lemon rig to suspend baits in the water column. If fish are not biting, there’s always beach combing, swimming, birding, turtle watching, or bicycling along the remote San Jose Island beach. Wear closed-toe shoes on the rock. In winter, some of the rocks may be covered in slick algae. Some anglers wear metal cleats to improve footing. Watch out for racoons that steal bait and fish. They can open ice chests.

Call: 361-749-5448 or 800-605-5448.

Amenities: Concessions, restrooms, nearby bathhouse and covered picnic tables, plus bait and tackle sold during the day. Rod and reels for rent. Free parking (no beach parking sticker required in lot). Full-service restaurant, Mikel May’s Beachside Bar & Grill, serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

Call: 361-949-7300.

Humble Channel Fishing Piers (Red Dot & Cos Way)

Take your pick. Red Dot Fishing Pier is on the east side of the channel and Cos Way Fishing Pier Bait & Tackle is on the other side. Both are lighted for night fishing. Both are on the JFK Causeway, which spans the Upper Laguna Madre. And both are open 24/7. These piers are low to the bay surface, with benches and rod holders for the sedentary angler and families. Plus, restrooms and concessions are convenient. The night-fishing can be excellent, especially during the black-drum run in winter. Anglers on both piers catch black drum (keeper October-December oversized January-March), redfish (September & October), trout (year-round), flounder (October-December), croaker, and sand trout.

Cos Way Pier

Address: 11645 South Padre Island Drive

Cost: $2 per person $2 per pole, with a three-pole maximum.

Hours: Pier fishing open 24/7. Store open from 5:30 a.m. to midnight.

Restrooms: Yes

Amenities: Fully stocked tackle, supplies, snacks, drinks, and extras. No rod/reel rentals. Fish-cleaning station. Does not sell fishing licenses.

Bait: A wide variety of live and dead baits.

Rules: No pets, no cast nets, and no chairs (pier has benches).

Phone: 361-939-7513

Red Dot Pier

Address: 11801 South Padre Island Drive, along the JFK Causeway.

Cost: $2 per person $2 per pole, with a three-pole maximum.

Hours: Pier fishing open 24/7. Store open before daylight, closes midnight on weekdays, 1 a.m. weekends.

Restrooms: Yes

Amenities: Limited tackle supplies, snacks, drinks, and extras. Fish-cleaning station. No rod/reel rentals.

Bait: A wide variety of live and dead baits.

Rules: No pets and no cast nets, but you may bring a chair.

Phone: 361-937-5347

Clem’s Marina & Fishing Pier

This popular bait house has the area’s only submerged green-lights along its pier to attract fish at night. It’s within casting distance of the Intracoastal Waterway. The pier is open 24/7.

Where: Under the JFK Causeway on north Padre Island. 13304 SPID.

Phone: 361-949-8445.

Cost: $3 per person $1 per pole.

Amenities: Bait (live & dead), restrooms, tackle shop, snacks, drinks, pier benches.

Store hours: 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Fish species: Mainly black drum, redfish, trout, sheepshead, croaker.

Fish Pass Jetty

Where: Near Mustang Island State Park, between Corpus Christi and Port Aransas. It’s not for small children. This remote, short jetty gives sure-footed anglers a high and dry perch to fish the gulf surf. The basic angling style is dead bait on the bottom, but live mullet or shrimp works best. Try live shrimp under a float. Soft plastics lures and topwater plugs also produce fish during calmer conditions. And because the jetties are within Mustang Island State Park, no fishing license is required. If you access the jetty through the state park, you must pay an entry fee ($5 per person kids 12 and younger free $70 annual park pass for all state parks). There are no amenities or restrooms near this jetty.

Species: Expect to catch black drum, sand trout, speckled trout, sheepshead, redfish, flounder, jack crevalle, and occasionally snook, and mangrove snapper.

Directions: Accessible from the main park entrance as well as from Beach Access Road 2 off Highway 361. Four-wheel-drive is recommended. The channel this jetty once flanked silted in many years ago.

Go Wild with David Sikes is an ongoing nature and outdoors series for Visit Corpus Christi. David Sikes has over 20 years of outdoor columnist experience and is an incredible resource for all things nature in the Coastal Bend. Follow along with Visit Corpus Christi as David gives us everything we need to know about fishing, hunting, birding and so much more!


270 Park Avenue’s Demolition Wrapping Up as New Superstructure Rises in Midtown East, Manhattan

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

By: Michael Young 8:00 am on April 19, 2021

Demolition is nearly complete on the Union Carbide Building, JP Morgan Chase‘s former 52-story, 707-foot-tall headquarters at 270 Park Avenue in Midtown East, while the new steel superstructure for its 2.5 million-square-foot supertall replacement continues to rise on the opposite side of the full-block plot. The new 1,425-foot-tall skyscraper will eventually stand as one of the tallest structures in New York City on a parcel of land bound by Park Avenue to the east, Madison Avenue to the west, East 47th Street to the south, and East 48th Street to the north.

Recent photos show the former headquarters reduced to a couple remaining sections of steel framework. The photographs really give a sense of how many layers there were to the demolition process and the building itself from the steel, concrete and rebar, cinder block walls, metal decking, and wiring.

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

Most of the stainless steel members that ran between the glass have been removed. Only a few examples remain around the southern section, attached to a small amount of the outer steel frame. Black netting and scaffolding hangs along the northeastern corner, while the construction crane along East 47th street still hovers over and steadily reducing in height.

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

The crane helping to demolish 270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

On the western end of the lot is the new ground-up steel superstructure. Since our last update on March 1, a series of incredibly deep steel girders have been welded in place running west to east that feature multiple connecting moments and elaborate vertical and horizontal plates. Based on the height of the welders standing next to them, we estimate these gigantic assemblies to be some 24 feet tall, and are placed above the array of inner and outer diagonal columns that fan out below. Despite only about half of the supertall’s upside-down trapezoidal base being constructed, one can still get an impression of the sheer bulk of 270 Park Avenue, which will eventually dwarf all the surrounding buildings.

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

A previous diagram illustrates that there will be three sets of diagonal columns to help transfer the loads of the supertall, creating inward-sloped walls along the eastern and western sides of the ground floor. From here, the largest floor plates would act as trading floors, followed by office levels in between several mechanical and amenity floors, and the structure will culminate in a stepped crown. Setbacks on the eastern and western profiles appear planned to be utilized as terraces, while the northern and southern sides would remain largely flat and vertical.

A diagram that shows the programs inside 270 Park Avenue

Final renderings and a completion date for 270 Park Avenue await to be disclosed.

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