Concert Venue Big Enough to Host 3,000 People Planned for Financial District
The Trinity Place facade of the landmarked American Stock Exchange building.
Plans are under way to develop an 80,000-square-foot concert and performance venue on the former trading floor of the American Stock Exchange building, in the Financial District.
Representatives of Live Nation Entertainment, a firm that owns or operates more than 200 venues throughout North America and Europe, including the outdoor concert space on the roof of Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport, came before Community Board 1 (CB1) on Wednesday evening to explain their plans.
In a story first reported by Crain’s, Live Nation Entertainment is partnering with another management company that already has a significant presence Downtown, Legends Hospitality, which currently manages One World Observatory, atop the World Trade Center. Legends is also currently developing a new food hall and music venue at 28 Liberty Street, which will surround “Sunken Garden” — a 60-foot-wide, circular enclosure created by sculptor Isamu Noguchi, that frames a bed of polished stones and a fountain, beneath the landmarked two-acre public deck at the base of the archetypal Modernist skyscraper once known as One Chase Manhattan Plaza.
A rendering of how the trading floor might appear if converted into a traditional department store – a prospect that seems less likely with the recent closure of the Saks Women’s Store at nearby Brookfield Place.
Together, Live Nation and Legends hope to create an entertainment destination within the 1921 landmarked structure that could host as many as 3,000 people, which has been vacant since 2008, when the American Stock Exchange merged with the New York Stock Exchange.
A view of the Greenwich Street facade of the American Stock Exchange with its cavernous trading floor converted into “experiential retail.”
This proposal is likely to prove controversial. A thematically similar (but much more modest) plan to bring a live performance venue and bar, combined with a luxury bowling alley and upscale pinball arcade, to nearby 23 Wall Street(another iconic, but disused, tabernacle of capitalism) aroused spirited opposition from the community, based on concerns about crowding and quality of life impacts. This scheme was later abandoned by Latitude 360, the firm that had hoped to redevelop 23 Wall Street.
An interior view of the “experiential retail” proposal from 2018, which also conveys some sense of what the trading floor would look like if converted into a concert venue, as is now being proposed
The plan for the American Stock Exchange (located at 123 Greenwich Street) is more ambitious by several orders of magnitude. Located across the street from Trinity Church and in the midst of what has evolved into a residential neighborhood over the last two decades, it would bring thousands of pedestrians to narrow local thoroughfares (some barely wide enough to accommodate a single lane of traffic) that were laid out in the 1700s, such Cedar, Thames, and Carlyle Streets. The siting of a concert venue there could also be expected also to draw many dozens of large trucks and buses to the site (carrying equipment for shows, and ferrying audience members), along with hundreds of for-hire vehicles.
And even some of these narrow streets may be only intermittently available. Thames Street, between Trinity Place and Greenwich Street, has been closed for years, to facilitate construction on a large hotel (on the north side of the street) and then a “super-tall” apartment tower (on the south side). Separately, another block of Thames Street, between Broadway and Trinity Place, is the subject of a proposal by a real estate developer to close the road permanently, and convert it into an outdoor shopping arcade.
With many local streets dead-ending at the World Trade Center complex or the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, the resulting gridlock could affect not just neighborhood quality of life, but also public safety. Moreover, in recent years, concert venues have proved a tempting target of opportunity, both for terrorists (as was the case in Manchester, in 2018, and Paris, in 2015), and for mass shooters (as in Las Vegas, 2017, and Orlando, 2016).
A historical view of the structure’s legacy trading floor, which offers more than 100,000 square feet of space, uninterrupted by columns, with ceiling heights of more than 60 feet.
In the decade-plus that the American Stock Exchange building has been vacant, developers have floated numerous schemes to monetize its vast interior space. The former trading floor offers ceiling heights of up to 60 feet, and more than two acres of open space, uninterrupted by supporting columns. The most recent example of the push to exploit this potential was a 2018 plan to create a new “experiential retail” mall within the building. But this foundered as the retail sector struggled nationwide, while locally, millions of square feet of shopping space opened or entered the planning pipeline at Brookfield Place, the World Trade Center, the South Street Seaport, and 28 Liberty Street.
Live Entertainment and Legends came before CB1’s Licensing and Permits Committee on Wednesday evening, because a central element in their plan will be regulatory permission to serve alcoholic beverages at the planned venue. It appears likely, however, that licensing for wine, beer, and liquor will be just one among many concerns for community leaders.
Teach a Kid to Fish…
Battery Park City Parks will celebrate life in the Hudson Estuary with their annual Go Fish! festival, on Saturday, May 11, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, in Wagner Park.
Experienced anglers will guide participants through catch-and-release fishing, while also imparting lessons about life in the Hudson River.
The day also features an art project and a nature walk, plus the kindie rock and reggae tunes of Brooklyn-based Father Goose.
Admission is free, and open to all.
Run Silent, Run Deep
BPCA Awards Underwater Contract to Firm That Promises Peace and Quiet
A barge moored in South Cove, conducting pile remediation work on the underwater columns that support the Esplanade.
The Battery Park City Authority is continuing a decade-long project to shore up the underwater columns that support the Esplanade, but has found a way to do it without keeping residents up at night.
At the April 23 meeting of the BPCA’s board, Gwen Dawson, the Authority’s vice president of real property, explained, “the esplanade of Battery Park City rests on a relieving platform which is supported by 3100 total concrete piles. We initiated a program in 2007 to perform certain remediation steps on these piles, to wrap them in fiberglass, to make sure that their lives could be extended — we are told up to an additional 30 to 50 years.”
Saturday (May 18) will mark the 25th anniversary of Taste of Tribeca, the street food fair that raises money for two beloved local public schools: P.S. 234 and P.S. 150.
Come to Duane Street (between Greenwich and Hudson Streets), from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, for gastronomic wonders from 60 of Tribeca’s top chefs and restaurants — including seven that have been participating since 1994: Bouley, Bubby’s Tribeca, Duane Park Patisserie, Gigino Trattoria, The Odeon, Tribeca Grill, and Walker’s.
Tickets, priced at $45 in advance and $55 on the day of the event, get you six tastes and two pours on the Beer & Cider Tour, and are on sale now at www.tasteoftribeca.com.
ARLENE ROSE KALFUS MEMORIAL
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22ND, 2019
2:00 PM TO 4:30 PM
On May 22, the Battery Park City Seniors group will host a memorial service for Arlene Kalfus, who died tragically on April 4, when she was struck by a bus on South End Avenue.
Ms. Kalfus, a long-time resident of Gateway Plaza, was a longtime contributor to Battery Park City Seniors, whose loss is acutely felt, both because of her many volunteer activities and her dry sense of humor.
The service will be held in the Battery Park City Authority’s community room, located within 200 Rector Place.
(Please use the entrance on the west side of the building, facing West Thames Park.)
Manhattan Youth is partnering with Tribeca Clayworks to offer summer ceramics sessions from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, four nights each week (plus weekend afternoons), starting May 23 and running through August 5.
Classes will cover Hand-Building and Surface (for all levels) on Mondays, plus Pottery Wheel and HandBuilding (intermediate level) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Additionally, registered students may work on their own during open studio times offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays evenings, plus Saturday and Sunday after- noons (from noon through 4:00 pm).
The program is priced at $320, plus a $45 fee to cover the cost of firing.
Amazon Opens High-Tech Retail Outlet in Brookfield Place, But Will Accept Low-Tech Form of Payment
Retail, Reimagined: The Amazon Go store in Brookfield Place
New York politicians still smarting over Amazon’s decision to cancel plans for a corporate headquarters in Long Island City can console themselves that the online retail giant has at least opened a 1,300-square-foot bricks-and-mortar store in Lower Manhattan.
On Tuesday, Amazon debuted the first East Coast location of its Go chain, on the upper level of Battery Park City’s Brookfield Place. The experimental retail brand amounts to a revolutionary reimagining of the traditional storefront, by eliminating cash, cashiers, and even automated checkout kiosks.
BPCA Hires Consultants to Advise on Measures to Control Housing Costs
The Battery Park City Authority is allocating more than half a million dollars to pay a team of consultants to advise it on measures designed to preserve affordability within the community.
At the March 26 meeting of the Authority’s board, BPCA president Benjamin Jones explained, “I’m requesting an increase of $589,000 to our fiscal year operating budget to enable us to continue our efforts with regards to analyzing and addressing lease term and lease reset concerns and to also help us in taking advantage of opportunities related to preserving, and increasing affordability, and also enhancing sustainability and resiliency in this neighborhood.”
Lower Manhattan Experiences Chain Reaction as Two Esteemed (and Non-Corporate) Booksellers Plan Local Outposts
A rendering of the South Street Seaport location planned for McNally Jackson books.
Local connoisseurs of independent bookstores have reason to celebrate: Two highly regarded operators will be coming to Lower Manhattan soon. The first is McNally Jackson, which has confirmed that its much-delayed plan to open in the South Street Seaport will finally be realized this year.
Also coming to Downtown is the much-admired Shakespeare & Companyindependent bookstore, which already has locations on the Upper East and Upper West sides.
Build muscle and strength, improve flexibility and balance, and increase aerobic conditioning. Tai Chi results in strength and focus of body and mind. Esplanade Plaza. FREE
Pipes at One
St. Paul’s Chapel
Pipes at One concerts feature the celebrated three-manual Noack organ that was inaugurated in the spring of 2018. Today, hear Jason Roberts, Director of Music, St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York. St. Paul’s Chapel.
Trinity Youth Chorus Concert
St. Paul’s Chapel
Selections from Benjamin Britten, with the Trinity Youth Chorus Junior Choristers; Trinity Youth Chorus Peppercorn Choristers; Confucius Plaza Chorus; Chrystie Street Chorus; Melissa Attebury and Anne Damassa Graff, conductors. www.trinitywallstreet.org
Marsh Hawk Press Spring 2019 Book Launch
This is a reading featuring new titles by Mary Mackey, Susan Terris, Sandy McIntosh, and 2018 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize Winner Lynne Thompson in celebration of our Marsh Hawk’s Spring 2019 book launch. The reading and reception to follow will also include a tribute to the late Paul Pines, Marsh Hawk Press author and great friend. 10 River Terrace.
Sunset Singing Circle
Battery Park City Parks
Singer/songwriter Terre Roche leads this weekly singing program with the beautiful backdrop of the setting sun in NY Harbor. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned crooner, the singing circle is perfect for mellow melodies and healthy harmonizing. FREE
Brooklyn Women’s Chorus
Tribeca Performing Arts Center
The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus has a repertoire ranging from South African freedom songs to socially relevant songs by contemporary American songwriters like Garth Brooks, Jackson Browne, Pat Humphries and Bev Grant, song topics range from freedom and justice to peace, resistance and women’s labor history. The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus is its own sanctuary for women who are seeking community and a safe place to find and raise their voice in song. 199 Chambers Street. $21
SATURDAY MAY 11
Drawing in the Park
Battery Park City Parks in Wagner Park
Paint in watercolor, or use pastels, chalk, and charcoal to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape of South Cove. An artist/ educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Materials provided. FREE www.bpcparks.org
Shh! We Have a Plan
Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Based on the delightful Chris Haughton book of the same title, follow the journey of some madcap characters each of whom has a plan – they all want to capture a beautiful bird perched high in a tree! Sounds simple, but the quest becomes an obsession and the obsession becomes the absurd! Where will it all end? Join us as we follow the characters’ exploits, meet an elusive and magical little birdie and discover that perhaps freedom and kindness are more important than getting what you want at any cost! A Cahoots NI production. Ages 3-8. 199 Chambers Street. $30
Storybook Reading and Activity: We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
In our fast-paced world, we often forget to give gratitude. This endearing contemporary Cherokee story, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, is sure to inspire young and old to acknowledge daily life “every day and every season.” Author Traci Sorell (Cherokee) shares her family’s experiences of gratefulness through beautiful illustrations by Franè Lessac. After the reading, participate in a hands-on activity. One Bowling Green. FREE
Passwords: Arcana: A Stephen Jonas Reader with Derek Fenner, Randall Horton & Pamela Sneedz
A pioneer of the serial poem and a mentor to Jack Spicer and John Wieners, Boston-based poet Stephen Jonas was an important yet under-recognized ﬁgure of postwar American poetry. Derek Fenner, co-editor of Arcana: A Stephen Jonas Reader, joins poets Pamela Sneed and Randall Horton to explore Jonas’ work and how it expands African American and Queer literary histories. 10 River Terrace.$7, $10
Schimmel Center, Pace University
The first annual Crossing Bridges Music Fest bridges generations, styles, and boroughs, celebrating the best of traditional and modern Americana with contemporary singer-songwriters, legacy artists and those who defy categorization. Tonight, hear Paula Cole, Dom Flemons, Abbie Gardner and Adam Ezra Group. 3 Spruce Street. $15
‘Water, Water Everywhere…’
BPCA Plans to Spend $7 Million
Fixing Roof Leaks at Asphalt Green
The terrace overlooking the Battery Park City ballfields
The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) has hired a contractor to fix leaks in the roof of the Asphalt Green community center, at a cost of $6.9 million. This price is in addition to the $600,000 that the Authority allocated to hire a construction manager for this project, last October. The BPCA hopes to recover some of this outlay from the developer that originally constructed the community center, along with the two residential buildings above it.
City Moves Ahead with Traffic Signal for Rector Place and South End Avenue, Ten Months After Approval
September, 2011: Pedestrian Hit
on South End
At the April 23 meeting of Community Board 1(CB1), Tammy Meltzer, chair of that panel’s Battery Park City Committee, announced that, “the City Department of Transportation [DOT] let us know this week that a traffic light will be installed at Rector Place and South End Avenue,” adding that, “it is due to be installed by the end of June.” She also noted, “we’ve worked long and hard with BPCA and City DOT to get a plan done and in place.”
She continued, “we had a death on South End Avenue this month.”
The Astor Place Riot occurred on May 10, 1849 and left a few dozen rioters dead and more than one hundred injured.
28 BC – A sunspot is observed by Han dynasty astronomers during the reign of Emperor Cheng of Han, one of the earliest dated sunspot observations.
1503 – Christopher Columbus visits the Cayman Islands and names them Las Tortugas after the numerous turtles there.
1768 – John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for The North Britonseverely criticizing King George III. This action provokes rioting in London.
1773 – The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade.
1774 – Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette become King and Queen of France.
1775 – American Revolutionary War: Representatives from the Thirteen Colonies begin the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.
1824 – The National Gallery in London opens to the public.
1837 – Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels.
1849 – Astor Place Riot: A riot breaks out at the Astor Opera House in Manhattan, over a dispute between actors Edwin Forrest and William Charles Macready, killing at least 25 and injuring over 120.
In the first half of the 19th century, theatre as entertainment was wildly popular, and theatre riots were not a rare occurrence in New York.
This riot had been decades in the making, since the Stamp Act riots of 1765, when an entire theatre was torn apart while British actors were performing on stage.
There was a dispute involving Edwin Forrest, America’s best-known actor, and William Charles Macready, a notable English actor, and largely revolved around which of them was better at the major roles of Shakespeare.
Local agitators and supporters of Forrest, bought hundreds of tickets to the top level of the Astor Opera House, and brought Macready’s performance of Macbeth to a grinding halt by throwing at the stage rotten eggs, potatoes, apples, lemons, shoes, bottles of stinking liquid, and ripped up seats.
On the day of the riot, police chief George Washington Matsell informed Caleb S. Woodhull, the new Whig mayor, that there was not sufficient manpower to quell a serious riot, and Woodhull called out the militia.
General Charles Sandford assembled the state’s Seventh Regiment in Washington Square Park, along with mounted troops, light artillery, and hussars, a total of 350 men who would be added to the 100 policemen outside the theater in support of the 150 inside.
The New York Tribune reported: “As one window after another cracked, the pieces of bricks and paving stones rattled in on the terraces and lobbies, the confusion increased, till the Opera House resembled a fortress besieged by an invading army rather than a place meant for the peaceful amusement of civilized community.”
1865 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is captured by U.S. troops near Irwinville, Georgia.
1869 – The First Transcontinental Railroad, linking the eastern and western US, is completed at Promontory Summit, Utah with the golden spike.
1872 – Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman nominated for President of the United States.
1904 – The Horch & Cir. Motorwagenwerke AG is founded. It would eventually become the Audi company.
1924 – J. Edgar Hoover is appointed first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and remains so until his death in 1972.
1933 – Censorship: In Germany, the Nazis stage massive public book burnings.
1940 – World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain.
1941 – World War II: Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland to try to negotiate a peace deal between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany.
1946 – First successful launch of an American V-2 rocket at White Sands Proving Ground.
1960 – The nuclear submarine USS Triton completes Operation Sandblast, the first underwater circumnavigation of the earth.
1975 – Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder in Japan.
1994 – Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president.
2002 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for selling United States secrets to Russia for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.
2005 – A hand grenade thrown by Vladimir Arutyunian lands about 65 feet from President George W. Bush while he is giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but it malfunctions and does not detonate.
2013 – One World Trade Center becomes the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
John Wilkes Booth
213 – Claudius Gothicus, Roman emperor (d. 270)
874 – Meng Zhixiang, Chinese general and emperor (d. 934)
955 – Al-Aziz Billah, Fatimid caliph (d. 996)
1002 – Al-Khatib al-Baghdadi, Iraqi historian and scholar (d. 1071)
1755 – Robert Gray, American captain and explorer (d. 1806)
1838 – John Wilkes Booth, assassin of Abraham Lincoln (d. 1865)
1840 – Hadzhi Dimitar, Bulgarian warlord (d. 1868)
1899 – Fred Astaire, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1987)
1902 – David O. Selznick, American director and producer (d. 1965)
1904 – David Brown, English businessman (d. 1993)
1957 – Sid Vicious, English singer and bass player (d. 1979)
1482 – Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, Italian mathematician and astronomer (b. 1397)
1566 – Leonhart Fuchs, German physician and botanist (b. 1501)
1774 – Louis XV of France (b. 1710)
1818 – Paul Revere, American engraver and soldier (b. 1735)
1999 – Shel Silverstein, American poet, author, and illustrator (b. 1930)
2012 – Carroll Shelby, American race car driver and designer (b. 1923)
2015 – Chris Burden, American sculptor, illustrator, and academic (b. 1946)
Norwegian Jade leaving Brooklyn as Norwegian Escape passes under the Verrazzano Bridge
Authority Takes Second Swing at Ballfields Resiliency Plan
The Battery Park City ball fields
After input from residents and consultation with Community Board 1 (CB1), the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) has revised its plan to bring resiliency features to the ballfields. The agency now intends to prioritize less expensive, temporary measures that can be implemented faster, and later removed when more comprehensive and more permanent devices designed to prevent flooding have been installed nearby.
Owner of Tribeca Kiosk Is Told Twice That Once Is Just about Enough
The newsstand at the corner of Greenwich and Murray Streets.
Community Board 1 (CB1) is urging the City’s Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to reject an application by a Tribeca newsstand operator to open a second kiosk one block away from his current location.
The applicant, Abdur Patwary, first came before CB1 in 2010, with a request to open a newsstand at thenorthwest corner of Murray and Greenwich Streets. CB1 supported this application, and it was eventually approved.
But in December, 2016, Mr. Patwary came back before the panel, asking for support in his request to open another newsstand one block to the north, at the southwest corner of Warren and Greenwich Streets.
Chin, Nadler Announce Push to Ease Lower Manhattan Traffic By Reconfiguring Verrazzano Toll
Congressman Jerry Nadler and City Council member Margaret Chin look on as MTA chief Patrick Foye describes a plan to reinstitute two-way tolling on the Verrazzano Bridge.
A gaggle of elected and appointed officials gathered on Staten Island to announce their support for changing a decades-old tolling policy on the Verrazzano Bridge, which may have a significant benefit for traffic congestion in Lower Manhattan.
U.S. Congressman Jerry Nadler and City Council member Margaret Chin (both of whom represent Lower Manhattan) were joined by Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, and Patrick Foye, chairman and chief executive of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the agency that oversees the bridge, to trumpet the virtues of restoring two-way tolls on the span, which connects Staten Island and Brooklyn.
Governors Island Overseer Departs as Community Leaders Grapple with Future Development Prospects
A view of Governors Island from the observatory atop One World Trade Center
Michael Samuelian, the chief of the Trust for Governors Island, the non-profit organization that administers the 172-acre park situated some 800 yards off the tip of Lower Manhattan, will be stepping down in June. His tenure, which began in 2016, will end shortly after the Island reopens for the season, on May 1.
Mr. Samuelian presided over a renaissance on Governors Island, with each year during his term setting new records for attendance, with expanded hours and a longer season.
In the season that begins next week, Governors Island will also launch a new ferry, Governors I. The 132 foot-long, 40 foot-wide vessel was built specifically to serve the Island, and can carry up to 400 passengers per trip, which will increase capacity by 1,000 visitors per hour.
Long Overlooked Pier Becomes ‘Porch’ Overlooking East River Waterfront
Eco-Park on the East River
Downtown’s list of great public spaces has increased by one, with the opening on April 19 of a new “Eco-Park” at Pier 35, on the East River shoreline, in the Two Bridges neighborhood. The 28,000-square-foot facility includes lawns, dunes, and a sloped concrete “urban beach,” designed to replicate the natural breeding habitat of mussels. To read more...
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Planets, crescent moons, Taurus’ third horn, Eta Aquarid meteors
Evening twilight, end of April, first days of May. image: Starry Night, Judy Isacoff
For delight in discovery plan to observe many fleeting moments that mark the movement of the seasons and other special events in the sky this week.
Beginning with the short window of evening twilight, bid farewell to the scintillating stars of winter constellations close to the horizon in the west. Linger with Sirius, The Dog Star; Orion’s Betelgeuse and belt stars; Taurus’ Aldebaran. See planet Mars – like a unicorn’s horn marked by a red “star”– above the head of the Bull.
Sunset is at 7:50 p.m. tonight; look by 9 p.m. all week, until they disappear.
Setback in Tenant Lawsuit for Damages Arising from Hurricane Sandy
Two Gold Street after Hurricane Sandy
A lawsuit filed by a group of tenants in two adjoining Financial District apartment buildings, arising from harm they suffered in the wake of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, has been dismissed by the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court.
Two Gold Street and 201 Pearl Street, share a common basement, lobby and third floor. The lower levels of both structures were flooded when Hurricane Sandy sent an eight-foot wall of water smashing through the South Street Seaport neighborhood, and parts of the Financial District.
Within the buildings, both of which front Maiden Lane (between Pearl and Gold Streets), the basement levels were submerged beneath 26 feet of water, which caused a 20,000-gallon diesel fuel tank to detach from the footings, break apart, and disgorge its contents.
Vast Expanse of Waterfront Acreage Now Used for Cars Could Be Given Over to Community
Community Board 1 wants this land devoted to public uses
Community Board 1 (CB1) is lobbying to recover for public use multiple acres of taxpayer-owned land that the City has monetized for decades as parking facilities. The space at issue is located beneath the FDR Drive viaduct, along the East River waterfront, in the South Street Seaport neighborhood.
New Exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian
These days, one doesn’t have to venture uptown to take advantage of viewing world-class art. Lower Manhattan is a neighborhood where Keith Haring, Mark di Suvero, Isamu Noguchi, Jean Dubuffet and others are on display outdoors and free for the viewing.
Add to this art-filled environment, a remarkable new show of painting, poetry and music by the largely unknown Native American artist T.C. Cannon that fills the East Gallery walls of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian at Bowling Green. To read more…
The Leaning Tower of Seaport
Contract Alleges That Developer Cut Corners on Foundation, Resulting in Dangerous Tilt
A 670-foot residential building now under construction in the South Street Seaport neighborhood is leaning precipitously north and east, according to a lawsuit filed against the developer by one of its former contractors. The tower, known as One Seaport, is located at 161 Maiden Lane (on the corner of South Street) and is 58 stories tall.
In a story first reported by the Commercial Observer, a suit filed in March with the New York State Supreme Court by building contractor Pizzarottialleges that the 161 Maiden Lane, “is leaning, as a rigid body, outside of its vertical control,” and, “is now exhibiting a bowing or curve in its verticality that is due entirely to said leaning.” The suit also claims that, “the building… has settled and moved to such a degree that the structure is encroaching on a neighboring property line.”
Local Resident Oversaw Move of Holocaust Freight Car to Lower Manhattan
In nearly 40 years of involvement in logistics, almost all of it in the field of fine art transportation, participating in this move was professionally the most significant, and personally the most emotional, project I have ever undertaken.
The rail car is on loan from the Auschwitz Museum in Poland, to an exhibition services company in Spain, which is co-sponsoring the new exhibition, “Auschwitz: Not Long Ago, Not Far Away,” with the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
All of these would be evocative and moving enough without a direct connection to the history recalled by this exhibition. But for me, this subject is not academic or theoretical. It is personal. My grandfather, born Yusel Kaganovich (which was anglicized to Joseph Cohen), set out from Vilnius, Lithuania, in 1914, coming ashore at Ellis Island as a boy of 15. To read more…
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A Remnant Remembered
Lower Manhattan Site of First Synagogue in North America Honored by Street Co-Naming
City Council member Margaret Chin and community leaders gathered in the Financial Districton Monday afternoon to commemorate the long-overlooked site of America’s first Jewish temple, the Mill Street Synagogue, located on what is now South William Street. The thoroughfare was co-named “Mill Street Synagogue/Seixas Way,” in a nod to the temple’s first cleric, who was also a patriot leader during the American Revolution.
At the March 26 meeting of Community Board 1, Lynn Ellsworth, chair of the Tribeca Trust, relayed somber news. “Our lawsuit against Landmarks Preservation Commission has lost on appeal,” she explained. “It came down to procedures used by Commission in their judgment calls. The Court basically told us that we have go to the legislature, because they don’t want to deal with it, it’s too messy.”
The structure in question is the 1898 Renaissance Revival building located at Broadway and Leonard Streets and designed by McKim, Mead, and White as the headquarters for the New York Life Insurance Company.