Fleetwood: Euros felt like ‘family’ at Ryder Cup

first_imgLONDON – Tommy Fleetwood says he was blown away by the family atmosphere that was generated by Europe’s triumphant 12-man team when he made his Ryder Cup debut this year. The 27-year-old Englishman formed an unbeatable combination with his close friend Francesco Molinari of Italy in September, with the pairing dubbed ‘Moliwood’ winning all four of their matches together in Europe’s 17 1/2 – 10 1/2 victory over the United States at Le Golf National in Paris. ”It’s an experience that no matter how much you put into it, no matter how much you think about it, and no matter how much the other players tell you about it, you can’t be ready for,” Fleetwood said. ”You can’t believe what a family you all become that week, and the thing that sticks is how together everyone is and how much you play for each other. ”I felt really emotional for how much we wanted it for each other, how much we played for each other and how much heart goes into it for this massive family that was Team Europe. The experiences, especially for us in such an individual game, are memories and feelings that you cherish.” Meanwhile, Fleetwood’s teammate Sergio Garcia has backed three-time major champion Padraig Harrington to take over from Thomas Bjorn as Europe’s captain for the next Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin in 2020. ”Talks seem to be heading toward Padraig,” Garcia said. ”Every captain brings something different to the table and I am sure the next one will do the same. ”Padraig has been a great Ryder Cup player for us. He’s played the European Tour for so many years and I think he could be a great Ryder Cup captain, and hopefully he will be one.”last_img read more

DOB ramps up façade enforcement following architect’s death

first_imgErica Tishman, 60, was killed Dec. 17, when she was struck by a chunk of a 17-story office building at 729 Seventh Avenue. Eight months prior to the incident, the city identified damaged terra-cotta above the building’s 15th floor and issued a violation against the building’s owner, Himmel + Meringoff Properties. But the owner didn’t install a sidewalk shed or other protective equipment to protect passersby.The incident raised questions about the city’s enforcement system. An analysis by The Real Deal found that the city is owed nearly $3 million for certain façade-related infractions. Following Tishman’s death, the DOB inspected 1,331 façades that had been flagged for safety issues. The agency announced Monday that 220 of those properties didn’t have adequate protections for pedestrians.“New Yorkers should know that we are out in force holding owners feet to the fire, so they get repair work done as quickly as possible while still protecting the public,” DOB Commissioner Melanie La Rocca said in a statement. “With our enhanced inspection protocols and expanded staff, owners who choose to skirt their obligations will face swift consequences.”In addition to new inspections, the DOB is doubling the number of its façade inspectors (the agency currently has 11). The DOB also plans to conduct random reviews of 25 percent of buildings taller than six stories — in addition to the five-year inspection that’s already required.A hearing is also being held Monday on proposed rule changes that would increase the amount of experience and responsibilities required for exterior wall inspectors and raise certain façade penalties. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now 729 Seventh Ave and DOB Commissioner Melanie La Rocca (Credit: Google Maps)After a woman was killed earlier this month by debris that fell from a Midtown building, the city is ramping up its enforcement around unsafe building façades.The Department of Buildings announced Monday that at buildings where the façades’ condition is deemed “immediately hazardous,” the agency will conduct follow-up inspections within 60 days to ensure that proper protection — such as a sidewalk shed or netting — has been installed. If not, city contractors will be sent to perform the work at the owner’s expense. The agency will then perform a follow-up inspection after 90 days to ensure the protection is still in place and that work has commenced to correct the issue.Read moreAfter fatality, analysis shows façade rules widely ignored across cityWoman killed by falling façade at Himmel + Meringoff’s Midtown office buildinglast_img read more