Lower Manhattan’s Local News
May 23 8:40am Fleet of Foot, sailors and soldiers jog down West Street
On the Waterfront
Governors Island Trust Considers a Plan to Activate the Island’s Perimeter
Visions for the future of Governors Island are beginning to come into focus, as various constituencies emphasize their priorities.
Earlier this month, the Waterfront Alliance unveiled its Maritime Activation Plan for the highly regarded island, which focuses on strategies for capitalizing on the unique waterfront assets located along the island’s 2.2-mile perimeter, while offering practical recommendations for meeting the challenges of being situated in the middle of New York Harbor.
Among the plan’s key recommendations is to expand ferry service to meet increasing demand, while launching routes from diverse neighborhoods located farther away than the current embarkation points in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. While new ferry routes require a significant investment, the Alliance also proposes some inexpensive fixes, such as adjusting the schedule of current ferries by as little as five minutes, to give Staten Island residents time to get from the nearby Whitehall ferry terminal to the Battery Maritime Building (where the Governors Island boat is located), without having to wait an additional hour.
The Alliance also proposes that Governors Island welcome recreational boaters with facilities such as a new marina, and expanding kayaking programs — already offered on Governors Island by the Downtown Boathouse.
The same report also touts the benefits of a resource that is chronically scarce in New York Harbor: water “touch points,” which allow visitors to come into physical contact with the local estuary. In this context, the Alliance notes that “a natural beach opens at low tide on Buttermilk Channel,” the side of Governors Island that faces Brooklyn. “This could be provided with minimal step-down infrastructure and an educator/attendant on station whenever the gate is open, for additional safety,” the report observes.
Less conspicuous, but still significant, would be, “new infrastructure for freight access,” the Alliance observes, noting that, “nearly all freight and trash is moved from the Island by trucks on the Lower Manhattan crossing, which share ferries with the public.” Establishing a dedicated ferry dock for freight would alleviate crowding on ferries and increase visitor capacity.
In a separate, but related development, the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Clare Newman, who has most recently served as an executive at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, would take over as chief of the Trust for Governors Island in June, when outgoing president Michael Samuelian steps down.
In a story first reported by Crain’s, Ms. Newman will report to Alicia Glen, who recently departed from City Hall, where she served as deputy mayor. Ms. Glen, who has been appointed chair of the Trust, will take over from Carl Weisbrod.
Both Ms. Newman’s and Ms. Glen’s priorities are widely believed to focus on economic development on Governors Island (within two tracts set aside for this purpose, which total more than 33 acres), as a means of making the park financially sustainable.
Among the projects Ms. Glen is said to favor are a proposed gondola that would connect Lower Manhattan to Governors Island, and a plan to build a soccer stadium on the island.
Local Elected Officials Say ‘Avast’ to Water-Borne Ads, But Company Claims City Is Out of Its Depth
The advertising barges that have become a pet bête noire for Lower Manhattan residents were the focus of a discussion at the April 23 meeting of Community Board 1 , where Paul Goldstein, who chairs that panel’s Waterfront, Parks, & Cultural Committee, offered an update, saying, “those floating billboards that you’ve seen on both the east and west sides — the good news is that the City is cracking down on them. Both the Mayor and the Council say they find it unacceptable. So they are imposing fines and enacting laws to restrict it.” To read more…
Fleet Week Activities
The Fleet’s in town!
Welcome to the sailors and soldiers visiting Lower Manhattan, maps in hand, eating hot dogs and pretzels, walking the streets and looking up!
Today in History
1430 – Joan of Arc is captured at Compiegne and sold to the English
1536 – Pope Paul III installs Portugese inquisition
1568 – The Netherlands declare independence from Spain.
1701 – Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore.
1785 – Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals
1861 – Virginia citizens vote 3 to 1 in favor of secession from the Union
1862 – Battle at Front Royal, Virginia
1867 – Jesse James gang robs bank in Richmond, Missouri (2 die, $4,000 taken)
1887 – First transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, BC
1903 – First automobile trip across US which began on April 1 in San Francisco ended in New York
1908 – Dirigible explodes over San Francisco Bay, 16 passengers fall, none die
1911 – NY Public Library building at 5th Avenue dedicated by President Taft
1939 – Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland
1958 – Mao Tse Tung start “Great leap forward” movement in China
1960 – Israel announces capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina
1962 – Scott Carpenter orbits Earth 3 times in Aurora 7
1977 – Supreme Court refuses to hear appeals of Watergate wrongdoers H. R. Halderman, John Ehrlichman and John Mitchell
1992 – President Bush orders Coast Guard to intercept boats with Haitian refugees
2004 – Part of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.
1707 – Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist and the Father of Taxonomy
1875 – Alfred P. Sloan, President and chairman of General Motors (d. 1966)
1908 – John Bardeen, US, physicist (transistor, Nobel 1956, 1972)
1910 – Artie Shaw, [Arthur Arshawsky], bandleader
1910 – Franz Jozef Kline, expressionist painter
1951 – Anatoli Karpov, USSR, world chess champion (1975-85)
1498 – Girolamo Savonarola, dictator of Florence (1494-98), hanged at 45
1701 – William Kidd, Scottish pirate, hanged at London’s Execution Dock
1752 – William Bradford, English-born printer (b. 1663)
1868 – Kit Carson, American trapper, scout, and Indian agent (b. 1809)
1934 – Bonnie Parker, American outlaw, killed in police ambush at 23
1934 – Clyde Barrow, outlaw, killed in police ambush
1937 – John D Rockefeller, industrialist and philanthropist, dies at 97
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
Anthem of the Seas Spins About
Shelter from the Storm
City Plans Temporary Flood Protection Measures for Downtown
The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio is formulating short-term strategies to protect the South Street Seaport and the Financial District from sea-level rise and future extreme-weather events.
Still Tasty After All These Years
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.
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.
This Sand Is Your Sand, This Sand Is Our Sand…
Although Not Yet a Shore Thing, Proposal for Brooklyn Bridge Beach Takes a Step Forward
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.
Hudson River Park Trust Seeks Development on Pier 40
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.
Tragedy Compounded by Delay
Renewed Concerns about Emergency Response Time in Lower Manhattan
“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.
Battery Park City Parks
Rise and shine to begin your morning with an outdoor yoga class that will help align your chakras and invigorate your day. Instructors focus on movements meant to enhance posture alignment and increase flexibility and balance. All levels welcome. Bringing your own mat is encouraged, as provided accessories are first come, first served. Wagner Park.
Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Lecture by Sara Georgini. Reflecting on his past, President John Adams mused that it was religion that had shaped his family’s fortunes and young America’s future. From Abigail Adams’ use of religion during the Revolution to her Victorian descendants’ journeys through foreign faiths, Georgini’s lecture will explore how pivotal Christianity- as the different generations understood it- was in shaping the family’s decision, great and small. 54 Pearl Street. $10
POP Performance: broken/open by Marked Dance Project
broken/open will be a full-evening of some of Marked Dance Project’s most popular pieces from the past year. Choreographed by Mark Travis Rivera, broken/open will explore the human experience of being broken and how one heals and becomes open to the possibilities of their lives. 280 Broadway $15-$20
Passwords: Infinite Plentitude & AfroSurrealism with Devin Cain, Alexandria Eregbu & Krista Franklin
Inﬁnite Plentitude, a performative presentation by the artistic collective du monde noir, explores historical and contemporary AfroSurrealism, with a focus on Martinique as the birthplace of Aimé Césaire, poet and co-founder of the Negritude movement, as well as that of his wife, writer Suzanne Césaire; Frantz Fanon; and René Ménil. 10 River Terrace. $7 $10
Southern Italian Pasta
Experience and interactive demonstration on making fresh semolina dough. Knead and form dough into classic pasta shapes by hand and by classic pasta machine. Enjoy one glass of wine during your experience and tasting of a completed fresh pasta dish. World Trade Center. $65
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
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.
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Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
Not So Alone
in Trinity Churchyard
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