Although Not Yet a Shore Thing, Proposal for Brooklyn Bridge Beach Takes a Step Forward
A rendering of the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Beach, for which the City’s Economic Development Corporation has accepted $12 million in funding. The organization later ruled the project unsafe and announced its desire to spend the money on other proposals, but more recently indicated that it may be willing to implement a version of the plan.
After multiple rounds of funding since 2013, the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Beach — a project supported by elected officials, community leaders, and the public — may be inching closer to reality.
The plan, backed by all of these constituencies, aims to create a crescent-shaped wedge of sand along the East River waterfront, just north of the South Street Seaport, where park-goers could wade knee deep in tide. If built, it would become the sole access point at which Lower Manhattan residents could step into the water that surrounds them, rather than merely looking at it.
The site is controlled by the Economic Development Corporation (EDC), a not-for-profit corporation that negotiates strategic partnerships designed to foster economic growth by harnessing public-sector resources to private-sector projects. Although the EDC has accepted millions of dollars from the City Council and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) that were earmarked to create Brooklyn Bridge Beach, the organization refused for years to spend any of this money. Instead, EDC declared that a beach on that stretch of the East River would be unsafe, and attempted to reallocate the funds to other, nearby projects — such as the East River Esplanade.
But at the April 26 meeting of Community Board 1 (CB1), Paul Goldstein, who chairs that panel’s Waterfront Committee, said, “EDC reported to us that they are aware people are asking for access to the water’s edge and water itself. They said they are going to cut the bulkhead back to provide access to the beach and shoreline, through ramps and stairs that go to the beach. Their goal at this point is something they call ‘toes in the sand.’ Whether they are really going to allow people into the water remains to be seen.”
This represents a substantial departure from the EDC’s previous position. In 2018, an EDC source told the Broadsheet, “a study conducted by a professional engineer determined that there were feasibility and safety concerns for the Brooklyn Bridge Beach project as it was originally proposed. Given the serious safety and permitting issues, we will not be building Brooklyn Bridge Beach as proposed, but still have every intention of creating a project that connects the community with the waterfront. We are working towards putting out a request for proposals for the design of a buildable project that takes into account safety and permitting feasibility concerns as set forth in the study.”
An annual paddle board race, which costs $1,000 to enter and is permitted by the City, that begins on a sandy stretch of shoreline beneath the Brooklyn Bridge where another City agency says the water is too dangerous to allow the public access.
At a CB1 meeting in January, 2018, a succession of boosters outlined their frustration with this approach. Graeme Birchall, president of the Downtown Boathouse (which provides free kayaks to more than 30,000 people each summer in the Hudson River and on Governors Island), noted that, “EDC says the water is not safe there, but every year, the City allows hundreds of people into the water there for private event — a paddle board race that costs $1,000 to enter.”
This was a reference to SEA Paddle NYC, which has (every year since 2007) invited a crowd of paddlers to wade into the surf at the site of the proposed beach and embark on a 25-mile race up to the northern tip of Manhattan, and back down the Hudson River shoreline.
Louis Kleinman, the community liaison for the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, a not-for-profit advocacy group that works to transform the waters of New York and New Jersey Harbor into clean and accessible places to learn, work and play, said, “people who do a lot of East River kayaking use that beach regularly. It’s totally illegal, but they pull in there all the time, and never have any problem with safety.”
David Sheldon, a member of Save Our Seaport, which advocates for preserving the neighbor hood surrounding the site, asked, “what were all those millions of dollars supposed to be for? Surely they didn’t need that much for a patch of sand?”
In 2016, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation allocated $5 million to the project. According to the official website of Governor Andrew Cuomo, these funds were intended, “to continue to build on… past support for public waterfront access…. The project will also include the installation of new railings and site furnishing while creating limited beach access near the Brooklyn Bridge.” This tranche of funding came on top of a 2013 allocation of $7 million from then-Manhattan Borough President (now City Comptroller) Scott Stringer.
The Taste of Tribeca Celebrates 25 Years
The weather was perfect for lunch al fresco after a week of chilly rain.
On May 18, thousands of hungry festival-goers noshed their way around Duane Park Triangle to sample the best of Tribeca’s culinary star power; scores of volunteers punched tickets, directed recycling, and served VIPs; and dozens of chefs recreated their finest efforts and arranged perfect little tastes on paper plates.
The Taste of Tribeca was fun and games as well as food and drink
It was the Taste of Tribeca’s 25th anniversary, benefiting P.S 150’s and P.S. 234’s arts and enrichment programs for more than 800 children.
We caught up with David Waltuck, director of culinary affairs at the Institute of Culinary Education (7 World Trade Center), as he offered a Chinese pulled pork taco. Of the 18 or so restaurants that took part in the first Taste of Tribeca 25 years ago, he noted, only a few remain. His restaurant, the elegant Chanterelle, closed in 2009. Still, he was happy to return for the 25th anniversary of this popular event. “It’s nice to be here,” he said.
Anthem of the Seas Spins About
Click to watch Anthem of the Seas execute a 180 degree about-face off Tribeca before heading back to her berth in Brooklyn
Battery Park City Residents, Partners & Friends:
The Battery Park City Authority has engaged 100 Resilient Cities, a program supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, to create the Authority’s first-ever strategic plan.
Using resilience as a lens, BPCA and 100 Resilient Cities will use our most recent Parks User Count and Study, community input from public meetings, and many other inputs to develop an action plan designed to ensure we’re addressing Battery Park City’s needs comprehensively and strategically.
As part of this ongoing outreach, we are also soliciting public input through the following brief survey, which will be available until May 26.
We invite you to please take a few minutes to complete it.
Thank you in advance for your input. We look forward to hearing from you!
Nicholas T. Sbordone
Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT COMMISSION
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (212) 676-4939.
Director of Community & Ethnic Media
Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio
Food Fest at 28 Liberty
More than 35 Lower Manhattan restaurants will participate in Tuesday’s
Dine Around Downtown event on Fosun Plaza, at 28 Liberty Street.
On Tuesday (May 21), an annual bite-sized bacchanal will take place when the 18th annual Dine Around Downtown festival returns to Fosun Plaza, the 1.5 acre, open-air deck at 28 Liberty Street (the building formerly known as One Chase Plaza), from 11:00 am, to 3:00 pm.
Dine Around guests will be regaled by music from the All Stars band, presented by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
More than 35 of Lower Manhattan’s most popular eateries (including Adrienne’s Pizza Bar, Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, Capital Grille, Delmonico’s, Eataly, Mad Dog & Beans, Manhatta, and Temple Court) will be serving up their best, priced from $3 to $7 per sample.
While you eat, enjoy free musical entertainment from the the National Jazz Museum in Harlem All Stars. Dine Around Downtown is also a zero-waste event, and is presented by Fosun and the Downtown Alliance, as part of their observance of the International Day of Families.
Mr. Bo Wei of Fosun International New Yorksaid, “Sharing great food and joyful art experience among all communities globally is our dream. Both Dine Around Downtown Festival and Sing for Hope piano exhibition have shown Fosun’s commitments to New York City’s families. Working with other influential organizations have made more happiness products and experience available to residents and global tourists in downtown Manhattan. This year, we are also thrilled to provide a permanent home for Sing for Hope at Fosun Plaza of 28 Liberty Building“
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 2pm 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 JPinto8925@aol.com.
Senior Group Exercise
Battery Park City Parks
Strengthen the body through instructor-led rhythmic movement and aerobics, balance and coordination exercises, as well as strength training. Join this fun and vigorous session for a great workout! 6 River Terrace. FREE
This series features one Bach cantata each week paired with a complementary work from composers early to modern. Today, listen to Johann Sebastian Bach Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11 (Ascension Oratorio); Georg Philipp Telemann Concerto in D for 3 Trumpets, Timpani and Strings FREE
Meet Me in the Kitchen: Hot Topics in Nutrition
Battery Park City Parks
It seems like every year brings new nutrition trends and topics, from different “must follow” diets to “can’t live without” superfoods. This three-part series covers the keto diet, intermittent fasting and learn to decode organic with the goal to clear up what we’re hearing about in the news today! Registration required. Asphalt Green, 212 North End Avenue. http://bpcparks.org/events/2019-05/
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Touch, investigate, inquire and learn. Objects and images tell profound stories. Join Cultural Interpreters as they share objects and narratives in our galleries. Gain a deeper understanding of history, culture, and art from hundreds of Indigenous nations in North, Central, and South America. One Bowling Green. FREE https://americanindian.si.edu/calendar#/?i=2
Community Board 1’s Environmental Protection Committee
Community Board 1 – Conference Room 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) Environmental Toxins – Discussion with Dr. Anthony Carpi, Professor of Environmental Toxicology, John Jay College
2) 250 Water Street Brownfield Cleanup Program – Report
3) The Battery resiliency proposal – Update by Jennifer Cass, Economic Development Corporation & Grace Tang, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
Hudson River Park Trust Seeks Development on Pier 40
The 14-acre former cruise ship terminal situated along the Hudson River waterfront, near West Houston Street.
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 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.
Click to watch Marco Brambilla’s Nude Descending the Staircase No. 3
Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2
The 280-foot-long digital billboard in the Westfield World Trade Center shopping complex is displaying the latest work by Marco Brambilla, the highly regarded video collage and installation artist, whose “Nude Descending a Staircase No. 3” reimagines the 1912 Cubist masterpiece by Marcel Duchamp.
Using full-motion animation, Mr. Brambilla warp times and deconstructs the original painting, with three-dimensional figures constantly reforming and replicating themselves as they cascade down an unseen stairway. On display daily, now through May 31, from 10:00 am through 8:00 pm.
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.
1303 – Treaty of Paris restores Gascony to the English and arranges for marriage of English Prince Edward to French Princess Isabella
1631 – Magdeburg in Germany seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire under earl Johann Tilly, most inhabitants massacred, one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years’ War.
1704 – Elias Neau forms school for slaves in New York
1830 – First railroad timetable published in newspaper (Baltimore American)
1830 – D Hyde patents fountain pen
1845 – HMS Erebus and HMS Terror with 134 men under John Franklin sail from the River Thames in England, beginning a disastrous expedition to find the Northwest Passage. All hands are lost.
1861 – US marshals appropriate previous year’s telegraph dispatches, to reveal prosecessionist evidence
1867 – Royal Albert Hall foundation laid by Queen Victoria
1882 – St Gotthard-railroad tunnel between Switzerland and Italy opens
1891 – History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope.
1895 – First commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)
1916 – Codell, Kansas hit by tornado (also on same date in 1917 & 1918)
1916 – Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting
1926 – Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies
1927 – At 7:40 AM, pilot Charles Lindbergh takes off from NY to cross Atlantic for Paris
1932 – Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland first woman fly solo across Atlantic
1956 – Atomic fusion (thermonuclear) bomb dropped from plane-Bikini Atoll
1961 – White mob attacks “Freedom Riders” in Montgomery, Alabama
1967 – 10,000 demonstrate against war in Vietnam
1985 – FBI arrests John A Walker Jr, convicted of spying for USSR
1989 – China declares martial law in Beijing
1991 – Soviet parliament approves law allowing citizens to travel abroad
2013 – Yahoo purchases Tumbler for $1.1 Billion
1759 – William Thornton, architect (Capitol building, Washington DC)
1844 – Henri Julien Felix Rousseau, French ambassador/painter
Born in Laval France, the son of a plumber Henri was not interested in plumbing for a living. He ventured to Paris when he was 24 and married his landlord’s 15 year old daughter. They had six children, though only one survived.
Rousseau became a Parisian bureaucrat collecting taxes of goods entering Paris and counting on retirement. He began painting in his early forties and a few years later when he did retire he painted full time. Self taught and claiming that he “had no teacher other than nature”.
He supplemented his pension with small jobs such as producing covers for Le petit journal and playing his violin on the streets of Paris. It’s said that Picassosaw a painting of his being sold on the street as a canvas to be painted over
and actually hosted a banquet in this studio in Rousseau’s honor.
Rousseau exhibited his final painting, The Dream, at the 1910 Salon des Independants a few months before his death on September 2, 1910. Among his friends at his funeral were painter Paul Signac sculptor Brâncuși, Rousseau’s landlord Armand Queval and Guillaume Apollinaire who wrote the epitaph Brâncuși put on the tombstone:
We salute you Gentle Rousseau you can hear us.
Delaunay, his wife, Monsieur Queval and myself.
Let our luggage pass duty free through the gates of heaven.
We will bring you brushes paints and canvas.
That you may spend your sacred leisure in the
light and Truth of Painting.
As you once did my portrait facing the stars, lion and the gypsy.
1944 – Joe Cocker, Sheffield England, rock vocalist
1946 – Cher [Cherilyn Sarkisian], El Centro, California, American singer and actress (I Got You Babe, Jack Lalane, Mask)
1277 – John XXI, Portuguese Pope (1276-77), dies. (b. 1215)
1503 – Lorenzo de Medici, Italian patron (b. 1463)
1506 – Christopher Columbus, explorer, dies in poverty, in Spain at 55
2000 – Jean Pierre Rampal, French flutist (b. 1922)
2002 – Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist (b. 1941)
2012 – Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, convicted bomber of Pan Am 103, dies at 60
This information was culled from various internet sources, including Wikipedia, the New York Times and other special interest sites.
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Norwegian Jade leaving Brooklyn as
Norwegian Escape passes under the Verrazzano Bridge
Anthem of the Seas
6:30 am Bayonne 4:00 pm Bermuda/Eastern Caribbean
6:15 am 4:30 pm Bermuda
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.
Experienced with BPC residents. Available nights, days, and weekends. Will cook, clean and administer medicine on time. Speaks French and English. Can start immediately. Please call or text 929-600-4520.