28 August 2004. The San Remo is the building adjoining the unprotected high-pressure natural gas pipeline pit at West 75th Street and Central Park West.

New York Times, June 23, 2004:

The office building at 865 South Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles is a fairly typical high-rise, but inside the plain reddish-brown tower is the headquarters of an investment management firm that handles roughly $90 billion in assets.

By contrast, the San Remo, at 146 Central Park West in New York, is a dazzling two-tower building with captivating views of the park that has been home — or at least one home — to people like Steve Martin, Steven Spielberg, Demi Moore and Steve Jobs.

These two disparate buildings across the country from each other may not seem to have much in common. But more donations to President Bush and Senator John Kerry and their parties, respectively, have come from the two buildings than from any others in the United States through April, according to an examination of Federal Election Commission records by The New York Times.

In these days of sophisticated databases it is possible to crunch numbers and find out not only who gives how much, but where they live, in what ZIP codes — even in what buildings. And after scouring the nation for the two most generous addresses for presidential donations, what turn up are 865 South Figueroa and 146 Central Park West.

27 August 2004

Previous red-team reports of convention preparations:




Cryptome reported earlier today:

One of the two natural gas pipelines which serve Manhattan runs along West 75th Street. At West 75th Street and West End Avenue there is a street opening for repair work which is covered with heavy timber and steel plates when no work is going on. Yesterday the pit was open and 4 workmen were present.

Cryptome looked at the pit area today and found again that it was open, with one workman on hand.

Walking east on West 75th Street, temporary steel pit covers were seen atop the pipeline at Columbus Avenue and workmen were unloading excavation shoring, apparently for work to begin after the weekend.

Walking further east along West 75th Street, an open pit was seen at Central Park West, next to the famous St Remo apartment house, with two workman on hand. The gas pipeline could be seen in the pit. The protrusion atop the pipeline is for a smaller pipe connection.

Returning in about an hour, the pit had been covered with steel plates. Several other steel plates nearby appeared to have been in place for some time, indicating that earlier excavations remained open under the plates awaiting completion of work.

These photographs appear to show that a 26-inch diameter high-pressure natural gas pipeline serving from one-half to two-thirds of Manhattan, including electrical powers plants in Manhattan and Queens, is easily accessible under temporary covering at one location, perhaps at three, along West 75th Street, on the weekend before the reportedly heavily-secured Republican National Convention is to begin. Demonstrating the joke: it is easier to find something in the dark if you look only where the light is, in this case over-spotlighted icons.

Map below repeated from RNC Prep 07.

West 75th/East 71st Streets Pipeline, Manhattan.

Yellow line, pipeline. Red circle, street opening. Red boxes, possibly exposed pipeline. Red dots, regulators/vents. Blue dots, pipeline markers.

For repair access and to avoid train vibration below tracks, it is possible that this pipeline is exposed or lightly covered over
(1) the Amtrak railroad tunnel, (2) over the IRT subway at Broadway, (3) over the 8th Avenue subway at Central Park
West, (4) over the Metro North railroad tunnel at Park Avenue, and (5) over the Lexington Avenue subway.