Stamford

October 17, 2012: “In addition to a five-story, 850,000-square-foot office, the campus for Bridgewater Associates calls for a helipad, a floating recreational barge, a restored estuary and a marina…Made up of two long, curved buildings joined in the center by bridges and paths, the structure is poised to become the most striking presence on the Stamford coastline. The project’s goal, according to the coastal site plan application, is ‘to house a corporation in an environment that fosters personal interaction and a strong connection to the living world.’” June 27, 2014: “After careful examination and reflection surrounding the challenges, time, energy, and resources needed to bring the proposed Stamford project to completion, we have decided not to proceed with the move.” [AP]

A platoon of protestors objecting to UBS’s support for mining operations in Appalachia have descended on the financial giant’s Stamford-based headquarters and unfurled a banner from a downtown construction crane. Following a morning of securing a large construction crane at a 15-story building going up on lower Summer Street, protestors with the group Hands off Appalachia and Capitalism vs. the Climate intruded into the UBS’s Washington Boulevard headquarters and some chained themselves to the outside of the building…The protestors associated with the group Hands off Appalachia and Capitalism vs. the Climate climbed the crane before work began Monday morning on the site of a 15-story building now under construction next to the Majestic Theater on Summer Street. Three people went out on a boom and two began hanging about 200 feet off the ground and unfurled a 40 foot by 60 foot banner protesting UBS’s support of a company involved with the blasting away of tops of mountains for minerals. The activists pulled the banner back in at about 11:30 a.m. after about 2 hours of allowing it to fly directly within view of UBS’s North American headquarters on Washington Boulevard…At about 11 a.m. police found two other people that they believe were associated with the protest that had walkie-talkies, repelling gear and cameras watching from the Bell Street Garage. Fontneau said those two have also been taken into custody. On their web site, Hands Off Appalachia is claiming responsibility for the banner and are displaying pictures on their website. On the website the group says, “To executives at UBS, the devastation of strip-mining might just be another set of numbers on one more piece of paper. To the people of Appalachia, it is a matter of life and death. Today, we are headed once again to Stamford to tell UBS that no one is collateral damage to their profits. Hands Off Appalachia will not rest until UBS stops enabling the destruction of Appalachia and its people and severs their relationship with coal companies that engage in mountaintop removal.” [Stamford Advocate]

Cutler, an architect who trained under the legendary Louis Kahn, had meticulously prepared a presentation about the history and environment of the piece of land that Bridgewater would like to use for its new 850,000-square-foot headquarters. The boat people didn’t care. They were shouting Cutler down. Boat people? Oh, yes. Boat people…Almost all of those crammed into the auditorium were opponents of Cutler’s and Bridgewater’s plan for the property. They cheered when opponents of the plan spoke, and jeered during speeches given by city administration officials, architects and developers from a company called BLT, which supports the plan…Cutler never got to explain his design for the Bridgewater “campus.” It includes two buildings separated by an interior courtyard and surrounded by a public park. The green rooftops will make the buildings invisible from the sky. And mirrors on the walls around the courtyard will disguise the buildings, reflecting only images of nearby trees, so that until you are actually in the buildings you won’t see them. [CNBC]

Former SAC Capital Advisors LP portfolio manager Mathew Martoma, charged in what prosecutors called the biggest-ever insider trading case, appeared in federal court in New York…He was arrested at his Boca Raton, Florida, home Nov. 20 and freed on $5 million bond. He appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge James Cott in Manhattan. The defense and prosecution today agreed to a modified bail package under which the $5 million bond must be secured by $2 million in cash or property, as well as signatures from three instead of two financially responsible people. Martoma has surrendered his and his children’s travel documents. He’s limited to Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and parts of New York. [Bloomberg]

A plan to transform a gritty, industrial stretch of South End waterfront into a glassy headquarters for the world’s largest hedge fund came into sharper focus this week, following submission of zoning applications from developer Building and Land Technology. In addition to a five-story, 850,000-square-foot office, the campus for Bridgewater Associates calls for a helipad, a floating recreational barge, a restored estuary and a marina…The heart of the plan is a giant office complex designed by Cutler Anderson Architects. The Washington-based firm previously designed Bill Gates’ private home in Medina, Wash. Made up of two long, curved buildings joined in the center by bridges and paths, the structure is poised to become the most striking presence on the Stamford coastline. The project’s goal, according to the coastal site plan application, is “to house a corporation in an environment that fosters personal interaction and a strong connection to the living world.” [Stamford Advocate, earlier]

A Stamford man was robbed early Sunday morning when he told police an unknown suspect put a chemical-soaked rag over the man’s face and knocked him unconscious. The East Side resident told police he was walking home from his grandmother’s home at about 3:30 a.m. when a group of people came up from behind him near the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Selleck Street. According to Stamford Police Sgt. Paul Guzda, the man told police one of the people put the rag over his mouth and nose. Just before the man passed out, the man told police he could smell a chemical. An hour later, the man woke up and realized that he was missing some personal items, Guzda said…The man said he did not see the assailants and did not know what he had been drugged with, Guzda said. Police are investigating the incident. [Stamford Advocate]

  • 07 Dec 2011 at 5:44 PM

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Are you employed by an organization that jumped on the Holiday Party Ban bandwagon back in ’08 and never got off, or chose to downsize what were once magical affairs where anything could happen to a bunch of people milling around in the lobby? This year, do you want all that to change? Do you want to be able to go hog wild and eat more than the one bag of chips allotted per employee? Do you want to propose paying a senior staffer for a lap dance and not have it be grounds for dismissal this time? You’ve come to the right place. Read more »