The BroadsheetDAILY May 16, 2019

Lower Manhattan’s Local News
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Poor Quay?
Hudson River Park Trust Seeks Amended Legislation to Allow Development on Pier 40

The 14-acre former cruise ship terminal situated along the Hudson River waterfront, near West Houston Street, has evolved into a much-prized recreational facility. But Pier 40’s rotting underpinnings require extensive (and expensive) rehabilitation. This, in turn, creates pressure to develop commercial space on the structure, to help the facility pay for itself, as well as subsidize the rest of the Hudson River Park.
The Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT), in collaboration with local elected officials, is seeking to revise its enabling legislation to allow for commercial development at Pier 40, the massive former cruise ship terminal on the Hudson River waterfront, adjacent to Houston Street, which covers 14 acres and now houses athletic and recreational facilities.

“The major issue is that there need to be changes to the legislation that created the Hudson River Park, because Pier 40 is sinking,” explained Anthony Notaro, chair of Community Board 1 (CB1) at an April 26 meeting. “They need to have a revenue stream not only to rebuild it, but to sustain it. But there are active ballfields there, to which we need to maintain access.”

Anthony Notaro

This revelation comes more than a year after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced, in April, 2018, to much fanfare, that he was pledging $50 million to complete the Hudson River Park, which was originally slated for completion in 2006. But that offer came with a large string attached: his political sparring partner, Mayor Bill de Blasio, was required to match this with $50 million in City funding.

That total of $100 million was described by both the Governor’s and the Mayor’s representatives as being sufficient to “finish” the park, but this appeared unlikely from the outset. Although the HPRT estimates that more than 77 percent of its original plan is now complete, it also projected that the total price tag to finish the remaining portions at approximately $617 million.

That noted, the HPRT has other significant sources of revenue. A large new residential and retail complex will soon rise on the site of St. John’s Terminal, a former rail freight facility adjacent to Pier 40 (straddling Houston Street, stretching from Vandam to Clarkson Streets). This project would not have been possible without a transfer of 200,000 square feet of air rights from Pier 40, for which the HPRT was paid $100 million. This payout is expect to cover most of the cost of rehabilitating the underwater supporting structure of Pier 40, which has been deteriorating for decades. Work on shoring up the Pier (estimated to cost $104 million) began in late 2018.

Playing soccer on Pier 40
But significant additional air rights remain within Pier 40. Although it would be difficult for HPRT to sell these to another developer outside of the Park (its enabling legislation bans transfers more than one block away from the waterfront), these rights could allow the development of new space on the Pier itself. The Trust plans to preserve the current, recreational uses of Pier 40, which serves as an athletic facility for many local sports leagues, while also adding commercial uses, which could include offices, retail space, or a hotel.
“Pier 40 is a very key element of the Hudson River Park,” observed Paul Goldstein, who chairs CB1’s Waterfront Committee, at the April 26 meeting. “It not only serves many communities with recreational facilities, including our leagues down here, but it is also one of the designated sites to generate revenue for the Park, which is supposed to maintain itself and pay for future development.”

“Coming up with a plan to maintain that flow of cash and to continue to improve that pier is vital, but it has been a very difficult issue,” he continued. Community Board 2 (CB2), which has jurisdiction over Pier 40, “has turned down at least two development proposals that they found inappropriate. Following that, there has been discussion with CB2 and some of the local elected officials about a tentative plan to put commercial office space on the Pier. That seemed to be the use that the different entities had some common agreement on.”

“Obviously, there’s a lot to be worked out on the details,” Mr. Goldstein added. “One of the bottom lines is that has to go through the State legislature, because the Hudson River Park Act is a State law. And this use, commercial development, is not allowed now. So they would have to amend the Act. They have until basically mid-June to do so. The elected officials have given us the impression that they would like to get something done.”

Apart from development at Pier 40, the Trust also expects to derive significant revenue from the imminent redevelopment of Pier 57, near 15th Street, where Google has signed on as an anchor tenant. The planned office-and-retail complex, which will encompass 480,000 square feet of space, which will eventually contribute several million dollars per year to the HRPT’s balance sheet.

Paul Goldstein

In the longer term, HRPT hopes eventually take over Pier 76 (in the West 30s, adjacent to the Javits Convention Center), which currently functions as the New York City tow pound. This facility currently encloses 245,000 square feet, and adjoins an upland, open-space area of another 55,000 square feet. From this total, the Trust hopes to create slightly more than 178,000 square feet (or just over four acres) of new parkland, while setting aside 122,000 square feet for commercial development.

At the Park’s southern extremity, HPRT officials have spoken publicly about the possibility of selling unused air rights from the Park’s Tribeca section to any possible redevelopment of the Borough of Manhattan Community College Campus.

Overall, the Trust estimates that it already has commitments for approximately $426 million of the $617 million it will need to complete the Park in the next ten years, or some 69 percent of the total. These have come from sources such as air rights sales, private donations, and appropriations from the City and State.

The remaining gap of $189 million, or 31 percent of the total cost, would be more than half bridged by the $100-million allocation that the State and City announced in 2018. But, with a remaining deficit of almost $90 million, this subsidy would not, by itself, quite live up to the billing of “finishing the Hudson River Park” that the Governor and the Mayor have boasted of.

Wherever the funding to complete the Park comes from, however, allocating resources to HPRT appears to be a sound investment. A 2016 analysis from the Regional Plan Association (RPA) concluded that the $720 million earmarked for the Hudson River Park since construction began in 1998 has yielded $1.121 billion in indirect economic benefits for New York City (as well as another $305 million in similar benefits for the State as a whole), while new building projects adjacent to the Park represent one-fourth of all the newly created square feet of property in Manhattan built between 2000 and 2014.
During those years, RPA also concluded, property tax contributions within the Hudson River Park neighborhood grew 28 percent faster than in Manhattan as a whole. The same report also noted that the Park directly generates more than 3,000 full- and part-time jobs — a figure that is projected to swell to approximately 5,000 jobs over in the next few years.
Matthew Fenton
Who’s That Girl?
The Face of Pace
The face of Pace, as any of the 100,000+ people crossing the Brooklyn Bridge every day can clearly see, belongs to Taliah Stanley. Enlarged about 20 times, Taliah’s visage-suggesting optimism, confidence, curiosity, well-being-adorns an enormous piece of marketing material attached to the north-facing wall of Pace University.
Taliah thinks this is just about the coolest thing that’s happened to her since moving to  New York.

Born and raised in Sarasota, Florida, her dream was to come to New York to dance and study the arts.  Pace was her dream school and she is now living her dream as a second year student in the university’s Lubin School of Business Arts and Entertainment Management. She studies dance, art and entertainment management.

Taliah lives in one of Pace’s high-rise dorms overlooking the historic district. She says, ” Living in FiDi has been absolutely amazing. It’s so cool to have places like the 1 WTC, South Street Seaport, and Brookfield Place in my backyard. It feels so much like home now; I can tell you where to get pizza-Rosella’s, obviously, or the new Joe’s Pizza on the corner of Fulton- or ice cream-Van Leewuen is great and its vegan!-or where to simply lounge and hang out.”
Through her first two years at Pace, Taliah immersed herself in the community. She served as an orientation leader in the summer, was recently hired as an RA (resident adviser) and currently works in the Office of Housing and Residential Life.
When asked how she came to be the poster girl for Pace, she replied,  “This past year I started doing marketing material for Pace-photoshoots and Instagram takeovers-and it just kind escalated!”
Robert Simko
Whose Historic District Is It, Anyway?
Local Leaders Want to Expand Protected Zone in South Street Seaport

Local leaders want the City to expand legal protections for the South Street Seaport northward.
Community Board 1  is pushing to expand the legally protected Historic District that covers much of the South Street Seaport neighborhood, in order to put the brakes on development in areas currently not regulated by the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.

While the Seaport neighborhood is recognized as an historic treasure by City, State, and national authorities, it is only the local designation that carries with it legally enforceable limits on demolition and development.

This is crucial, because while the State and federal maps of the South Street Seaport Historic District are identical, the City’s is smaller. In particular, the City’s less expansive boundary saw-tooths around the New Market Building, which left it vulnerable to the demolition that is now slated to commence within weeks.

Matthew Fenton
Tragedy Compounded by Delay
Renewed Concerns about Emergency Response Time in Lower Manhattan

May 10 at West and Murray Streets: Pedestrian Sarah Chan is run over with enough force to sever her foot.
“When I got the 911 operator on the phone, she transferred me to another operator, who asked for the location of the accident. I explained that we were in front of 325 South End Avenue, in Manhattan. But this operator kept repeating that help was on the way to 32 South Street in Brooklyn. I kept telling her this was incorrect, but she kept repeating ‘South Street in Brooklyn.’ Then she said they would call me back.”
A new study documents that response times for 911 calls are slower in the First Precinct, which covers Lower Manhattan, than in any other district south of Midtown (an area that comprises seven NYPD commands) and the third-slowest overall in Manhattan.
Matthew Fenton
To the editor:
RE: Time Runs Out for Landmarked Clock Tower
(BroadsheetDAILY APRIL 9, 2019  by Matthew Fenton)
The single most devastating decision to the cause of preservation in the history of the New York City Landmarks Law and, without a doubt, the most disappointing in my 27+ year career as an attorney.
My heart breaks at the notion that a last-of-its-kind, 120-year old tower clock and its surrounding suite — both designated by the Landmark Preservation Commission as an historic interior landmark — will, absent reversal through reargument (the motion for which is still pending), soon be converted into a luxury condo, all so that a developer will be able to receive an additional $20+ Million of profit.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission, prior to this instance, had never approved conversion of an interior landmark into a private apartment.
Absent reversal, it won’t be the last.
Michael S. Hiller,
Attorney for Save America’s Clocks
‘Levy Do’
BPCA Taps Engineering Firm to Design Resiliency Measure for Neighborhood’s Northern Section

The Battery Park City Authority has hired an engineering firm to begin designing resiliency measures for the community’s northern border, and extending into Tribeca.
At the Authority’s March 26 board meeting, Gwen Dawson, the BPCA’s vice president for real property, explained, “this project will address the area that runs essentially from the North Promenade, just west of Stuyvesant High School, eastward across Route 9A and eastward from there to about West Broadway.”

This is one of four separate (but related) resiliency plans the BPCA is in various stages of implementing. The others cover the community’s southern border(around Wagner Park and Pier A), its western waterfront (the length of the Esplanade, from Wagner Park, to Rockefeller Park), and the ballfields (along with the adjacent Asphalt Green community center).
Matthew Fenton
Hither the Hippodrome
Concert Venue Big Enough to Host 3,000 People Planned for Financial District

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.
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.
A historical view of the structure’s legacy trading floor
Matthew Fenton
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.”

Matthew Fenton
Click to see what the a faux paddle boat sounds like
A Quarter of a Century of Great Taste
The Taste of Tribeca in 2006
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
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.)
Anyone planning to attend is asked to R.S.V.P. to Philomena Pinto at
The Wheel Deal 
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.
For more info or to register, email Susan Kay:
Monday, May 20, 2019 at 3 PM
1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, Borough of Manhattan
New York, NY 10007
The Civic Engagement Commission will hold its first public meeting on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm at The David N. Dinkins Municipal Building – 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10007.
In November 2018, New York City voters approved Charter revisions that established the New York City Civic Engagement Commission, which can be found in Chapter 76 of the New York City Charter. The Commission’s purpose is to enhance civic participation through a variety of initiatives, including participatory budgeting, expanded poll site interpretation and assistance to community boards.
For more information about the Commission please visit the Commission’s website.
The meeting is open to the public. Because this is a public meeting and not a public hearing, the public will have the opportunity to observe the Commission’s discussions, but not testify before it.

What if I need assistance to participate in the meeting? The meeting location is accessible to individuals using wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Free induction loop systems and ASL interpreters will be available upon request. Free interpretation services will be available in Spanish and other languages upon request. Please make any such requests or other accessibility requests by 2:00 pm no later than Thursday, May 16, 2019 by emailing or calling (212) 676-4939.

Jose Bayona
Director of Community & Ethnic Media
Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio
Do Not Pass Go
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.
Matthew Fenton
Indy Jones
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.
Matthew Fenton
Today’s Calendar
May 16
Quality of Life & Service Delivery Committee
Community Board 1 – Conference Room 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North

1) Aggressive Ticket Sellers – Report and Discussion
2) Sanitation Special Districts – Discussion
3) Commercial Waste Carting Zones – Update
4) 253 Broadway Sanitation Issues – Discussion and possible resolution

Confronting Hate
911 Museum and Memorial

Emmy Award-winning documentarian Deeyah Khan will discuss what she has seen and learned while filming Islamist extremists, convicted terrorists, former jihadis, and current and former neo-Nazis, and how we can forge a path forward to combat extremism. FREE

Highlights in Jazz: Salute to Randy Brecker
Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Jazz Millenials: Pete & Will Anderson and Veronica Swift. Jazz Masters: George Cables, Busters Williams, Kenny Washington. Guest of honor: Randy Brecker. 199 Chambers Street. $50

‘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.

Matthew Fenton
May 13 – 26, 2019
Corvus the Crow eyes Virgo’s jewel star, Spica

On springtime evenings in the Northern Hemisphere, extend the handle of the Big Dipper to arc to Arcturus, spike Spica and slide into the constellation
 Corvus the Crow.
 We sometimes call this extended arc, the spring semicircle.
At nightfall, Corvus the Crow, wings outstretched, glides in the sky above the cityscape to the south.

Latin for crow, or raven, Corvus’ four main stars form a diamond that is easily seen as a soaring bird, kite or sail.

In Greek mythology, the Crow, Apollo’s sacred bird, got into trouble that resulted in the god catapulting the offender and his companions into the sky.

Last evening, the waxing gibbous moon appeared above and to the right of Corvus.

Tonight, Corvus is directly below the moon.
Judy Isacoff
Red Light, Green Light…
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.”

Matthew Fenton
The Broadsheet  – May 6   –  May 19
The Army Corps of Engineers
Hayward seen on her way to Brooklyn with the damaged helicopter that was pulled from the Hudson yesterday afternoon
Today in History
May 16
5 die as NY Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am building in midtown
1527 – Florence becomes a republic
1792 – Denmark abolishes slave trade
1817 – Mississippi River steamboat service begins
1861 – Kentucky proclaims its neutrality
Gordon Cooper in his spacesuit

1862 – Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir a Belgian engineer developed the internal combustion engine in 1858. Prior designs for such engines were patented as early as 1807, but none were commercially successful.

1868 – By one vote, US Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson
1874 – First recorded dam disaster in the US, in Williamsburg, Massachusetts
1891 – George A Hormel & Co introduce Spam
1903 – First transcontinental motorcycle trip begins at San Francisco by George Wymann
1918 – The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government an imprisonable offense.
1927 – Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax
1963 – Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in the spacecraft Faith 7.
His was the final manned space mission of the U.S. Mercury program. 22 Earth orbits before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, piloted by astronaut Gordon Cooper, then an Air Force major.  The Atlas rocket was No. 130-D, and the Mercury spacecraft was No. 20. Splashdown was at 34 hours 19 minutes 49 seconds after liftoff. Even though there were systems failures, Cooper managed to manually bring the capsule down to within four miles of the USS Kearsarge. He was orbiting the Earth every 88 minutes 45 seconds
Cooper liked to race cars and boats. In 1968, he entered the 24 Hours of Daytona, but NASA management ordered him to withdraw due to the dangers involved.
1977 – 5 die as NY Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am building in midtown.
In its report about the accident, the National Transportation Safety Boarddescribed the event and its probable cause:
“About 1735 e.d.t., on May 16, 1977, the right landing gear of a New York Airways, Inc., Sikorsky Model S-61L helicopter, N619PA, failed while the aircraft was parked, with rotors turning, on the rooftop heliport of the Pan Am Building in New York, New York.
The aircraft rolled over on its right side and was substantially damaged. Four passengers had boarded the aircraft and other passengers were in the process of boarding. The passengers and the three crew members onboard received either minor or no injuries; however, four passengers who were still outside the aircraft and were waiting to board were killed and one was seriously injured. One pedestrian on the corner of Madison Avenue and 43rd Street was killed and another was seriously injured when they were struck by a separated portion of one of the main rotor blades of the aircraft.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the fatigue failure of the upper right forward fitting of the right main landing gear tube assembly. Fatigue originated from a small surface pit of undetermined source. All fatalities were caused by the operating rotor blades as a result of the collapse of the landing gear. The heliport was permanently closed after the accident.
1988 – US Surgeon Gen C Everett Koop reports nicotine as addictive as heroin
Edgar Allan Poe

1988 – US Supreme Court rules trash may be searched without a warrant

1989 – Soviet president Mikhail S Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ended a 30-year rift when they formally met in Beijing
1995 – Japanese police arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara and charge him with Nerve-gas attack on Tokyo’s subways two months earlier
2004 – The Day of Mourning at Bykivnia forest, just outside of Kiev, Ukraine. Here, during the 1930s and early 1940s communist bolsheviks executed over 100,000 Ukrainian civilians.
2013 – Pope Francis calls for ethical financial reform to fight speculation
2013 – Human stem cells are successfully cloned
1763 – Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin, chemist (discovered chromium, beryllium)
1801 – William H. Seward, United States Secretary of State, bought Alaska at 2 cents an acre (d. 1872)
1831 – David Edward Hughes, inventor (microphone, teleprinter)
1905 – Henry Fonda,  Nebraska, actor
1912 – Studs Terkel, NYC, author/host (Stud’s Place, Working)
1919 – Wladziu Valentino aka Liberace, West Allis Wisconsin, pianist
1955 – Olga Korbut, Belorussia, gymnast (Olympic-2 golds-1972)
1770 – Marie Antoinette (14) marries future King Louis XVI (15) of France
1836 –  Edgar Allan Poe (26) marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm
1691 – Jacob Leisler, becomes first American colonist hanged for treason
1703 – Charles Perrault, French author/fairy tale writer, dies at 75
1864 – Lean Bear, Cheyenne chief, murdered
1892 – John Banvard, painted world’s largest painting (3 mile canvas)
1954 – Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer, dies at 38
1955 – James Agee, US critic/writer (Death in Family), dies in NY
1957 – Eliot Ness, American federal agent (b. 1903)
1984 – Andy Kaufman, comedian (Latka-Taxi), dies of cancer at 35
1985 – Margaret Hamilton, the Wicked Witch from Wizard of Oz, dies at 82
1990 – Jim Henson, puppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show), dies at 53
1990 – Sammy Davis Jr, singer/actor (Golden Boy), dies at 64
This information was culled from various internet sources, including Wikipedia, the New York Times and other special interest sites.
Cruise Ships in the Harbor

Norwegian Jade leaving Brooklyn as
Norwegian Escape passes under the Verrazzano Bridge
May 17
Adventure of the Seas
5:30 am Bayonne 3:00 pm Bermuda/Bahamas
May 18
Anthem of the Seas
 6:30 am Bayonne 4:00 pm Bermuda
Norwegian Dawn
 7:15 am 4:30 pm Canadian Maritimes
May 19
Celebrity Summit
7:30 am Bayonne 4:00 pm Bermuda
Norwegian Escape
 6:15 am 4:30 pm Bermuda
May 23
 Anthem of the Seas
 6:30 am Bayonne 4:00 pm Bermuda/Eastern Caribbean
Carnival Sunrise
 6:15 am 4:30 pm Bermuda
May 24
 Queen Mary 2
 6:00 am Brooklyn 5:00 pm Transatlantic
Many ships pass Lower Manhattan on their way to and from the midtown Passenger Ship Terminal.  Others may be seen on their way to or from docks in Brooklyn and Bayonne.
 Stated times, when appropriate, are for passing the Colgate Clock and are based on sighting  histories, published schedules and intuition. They are also subject to tides, fog, winds, freak waves, hurricanes and the whims of upper management.
Double-Edged Sward
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.
Matthew Fenton
From Prison Shoal to Mussel Beach
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...
Matthew Fenton
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 Experienced IT technician.  Expertise in 1-on-1 tutoring for all ages.Computer upgrading & troubleshooting.
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sometimes repaired

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The Gold Standard
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.

Matthew Fenton
Towering Concerns
New Renderings for Planned Tower at 80 South Street Show Building Taller Than One World Trade Center

Community leaders fear that the number of apartments contained in a building this large could overwhelm local infrastructure
The on-again/off-again skyscraper proposed for 80 South Street, in the Seaport District may be on again.
Matthew Fenton
Click to watch the people flow
Parking or Parks?
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.

To read more…

Matthew Fenton
Click to Watch Crossing Brooklyn Bridge on a Sunday Afternoon
T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America
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
One Seaport
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.”

Matthew Fenton
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
Click the photo to watch Norwegian ESCAPE
push through the fog
Curating an Artifact of the Unthinkable
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…
David Cohen
Click to watch 30 seconds in a Fearless Girl’s life
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.
Matthew Fenton
John Watts     Why isn’t he smiling?
Not So Alone 
in Trinity Churchyard
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John Simko
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