At a UN session on April 23, 2008, the UN's head of its plan for rehabilitation
of the complex, said the design intent is to retain the look of openness
of the UN by providing security measures that do not frighten the public,
in contrast to the new US Mission building across the street.
The US Mission to the UN design uses cast-in-place (or precast) white concrete
as an exterior finish material. The dots on the exterior facade are indentations
left after removal of the concrete formwork metal ties -- a feature long-used
in concrete finishes, initially used by Louis Kahn in the 1960s. Note gradual
enlargement of windows at higher floors.
A curvilenear canopy is to be provided at the street-level entrance, apparently
with a glass-enclosure. There are several blast-resistant glazing systems
available. One uses flexible glazing with a durable sandwiched membrane between
glass layers and may be backstopped by cabling. One type is being installed
at a federal courthouse in downtown Manhattan where the once-highly-vulnerable
entrance is being replaced by a new anti-blast version. These are used where
substantial street setbacks are not feasible. There may be more blast-resistance
interior walls behind the glazing.
Other blast resistant facades employ durable metal screens as blast diffusers,
backed by more durable interior walls. One of these is used at 7 World Trade
Center, and something similar has been considered for the Freedom Tower,
both at Ground Zero.
These transparent and filigreed designs are intended to reduce the bunker-like
effect of public buildings while providing blast protection.
In contrast to built measures, the NY Police Department prefers the use of
uniformed police, undercover cops, spies and heavy armaments for protection.
There is fierce competition for public funds for counterterrorsim between
NYPD and the public agencies responsible for structures. NYPD refuses to
advise on built counterterrorism measures until the latest possible time,
as with the Freedom Tower, then recommends draconian design changes under
guise of reducing policing requirements. No agency has the guts to challenge
NYPD with its masterful machine for scaring the public thanks to ex-CIA
operations chief David Cohen, publicity-averse spying czar.
NYC visitors: It is far easier to get into the UN, NYC's highest-profile
iconic-target, than fear-smeared public and private structures in the city.
Beware transit systems -- which are largely unprotected, thanks to NYPD and
the commercial security industry toothless grandstanding. Tip: Avoid the
Times Square subway complex for a radius of 1 mile.
August 24, 2008
Machine Gun-Toting Officers To Patrol NYC Subway
M4 Carbine Rifles, MP5 Submachine Guns & Bomb Sniffing Dogs Part Of New
"Torch Team" Anti-Terror Efforts
NEW YORK (CBS) -- More protection against terrorists is coming to a subway
station near you. Starting Thursday, special bomb teams, known as "Torch
Teams," will be toting submachine guns and bringing bomb-sniffing dogs onto
the platforms and into the trains. CBS 2 HD was out first thing Thursday
morning on the lookout for these significant security measure improvements.
It's a first for mass transit in the United States. NYPD officers, armed
with rifles, submachine guns, body armor and bomb-sniffing dogs will begin
patrolling the city's subway system thanks to a 50 percent increase in a
homeland security grant.
The city's massive subway system has long been considered a potential terror
target. Six officers and a dog will constitute a team, patrolling all platforms
and trains in 12-hour shifts. The "Torch Teams" will be toting MP5 submachine
guns and M4 Carbine rifles that are used by Navy seals and FBI hostage-rescue
teams. The teams are being paid for by $151 million from the Feds.
Similarly equipped NYPD units, known as "Hercules Teams," have patrolled
Wall Street, the Empire State Building and other aboveground city landmarks
for years as a response to the World Trade Center attacks.
A police official likened the "Torch Teams" to "Hercules Teams" with MetroCards.
In this age of heightened security, commuters and keen canines will share
the underground world of mass transit.
Photos by Cryptome taken April 23, 2008.