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Barry Diller Makes Waves with Grandiose Park Plan

Curbed NY’s headline for today’s announcement that IAC chairman Barry Diller and his wife Diane von Furstenberg are endowing a proposed 2.7-acre offshore park and performance space in place of Pier 54 reads: “$130 Million ‘Pier 55′ Park Looks Like Something Out of Avatar. But for a majority of the New York City residents commenting in response to today’s front-page New York Times article, the tenor is more Titanic.

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If completed, the project will sit directly across the Hudson River from Hoboken’s Pier C (pictured). From the NYT comments:

WR: If this private island gets built, who will bear the cost when its piers start rotting – yes cement rots – earlier then expected? Diller did say 20 years, obviously that is when engineers have told him the thing should start falling apart.

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WNYW Anchor Greg Kelly Leaves Desk for Titanic Anniversary Story

WNYW/Channel 5 Good Day New York co-anchor Greg Kelly made the rare trip from behind the desk to reporter.

Kelly’s motivation was the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking, which occurred April 15, 1912. While we’ve read and watched numerous stories leading up to tragedy at sea, Kelly found an uncommon New York nugget.

Lost in the cruise liner calamity is the fact that the Titanic was destined for the now-defunct Chelsea Piers. Then Kelly uncovered a gem, Titanic owner, White Star Line, still visible in the pier’s iron gate.

In the piece that aired last night for the solemn centennial anniversary, a subdued Kelly showed the Titanic Memorial on South Street, dedicated a year after the ill-fated cruise.

Delving deeper during the two-minute feature, Kelly toured 9 Broadway, the former home of White Star, where he said anxious New Yorkers waited for information about relatives.

Kelly also explored how Titanic’s rescue ship, the Carpathia, ultimately docked in New York with stranded passengers.

Although Kelly is seen walking and interviewing, an on-camera “stand-up” would have connected more effectively with the audience.