More than 30 Lower Manhattan restaurants are slated to participate in tomorrow’s Taste of the Seaport.
The 11th Annual Taste of the Seaport festival will come to the South Street Seaport tomorrow (Saturday, October 16), with food from more than 30 Lower Manhattan restaurants, wares from local shops, and live music featuring local artists and musicians, plus a KidZone offering interactive demonstrations and activities.
Among the dozens of highly regarded local restaurants participating this year will be Malibu Farm, the Fulton, Eataly, Route 66 Smoke House, Industry Kitchen, Cowgirl Sea-Horse, Harry’s Italian, and Watermark. Adults are also invited to enjoy wine and beer.
For kids, entertainment will be provided by live music, plus activities from the Church Street School for Music and Art, the Craft Studio, the Bright Minds Center, the China Institute, the National Dance Institute, Leman Manhattan Preparatory School, Kidville, and Spotlight Kids.
Sponsored by the Howard Hughes Corporation (which is redeveloping the Seaport neighborhood, in partnership with the City) and New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, and presented by the South Street Seaport Museum, Taste of the Seaport began in 2009 as the much smaller Taste of Front Street. It has since evolved and grown with the surrounding neighborhood, and now welcomes thousands of guests each autumn. (This year’s festival is the 11th, after taking 2020 off for the pandemic.)
Ticket prices start at $50 for a packet of five “tastes” (defined as, “a delicious sample of food—more than an amuse bouche, less than a full appetizer”), each redeemable for a small plate of the fare being served up by any participating restaurant. All proceeds from the Taste of the Seaport help to fund enrichment programs for students at two highly regarded, local public schools: the Spruce Street School and the Peck Slip School.
Fosun, owner of the iconic 28 Liberty office tower, has collaborated with CarPark to bring a vintage and collector car exhibition to Fosun Plaza on Saturday morning, October 16.
CarPark, an organization specializing in public meetups for New York City car enthusiasts, curates events with vintage and modern cars, trucks and motorcycles from the New York City area.
The event will feature up to 70 sports and collector cars, including supercars, vintage European and American vehicles, and other curiosities. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, along with events for children, including a pedal-car racetrack.
The event is open to the public and will take place from 9AM to 1PM on Fosun Plaza at 28 Liberty Street.
BPCA Chair will Depart to Serve as Ambassador to Greece
The White House announced on Friday that President Joe Biden plans to nominate George Tsunis, the chairman of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) since 2018, to serve as the United States Ambassador to Greece. Assuming that Mr. Tsunis, a real estate developer and philanthropist, is confirmed by the United States Senate, as seems likely, he will soon be required to vacate his current post, overseeing the 92 acres of landfill between West Street and the Hudson River, which is home to more than 10,000 residents.
Mr. Tsunis said, “I am honored and humbled by the nomination, and if confirmed I look forward to promoting American interests and values in the bilateral relationship—as well as to deepening and strengthening an already strong relationship.”
Concerns Raised about Proposal to Make Sidewalk Dining Permanent
Elected officials and local leaders are mobilizing against a plan by the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio to expand and make permanent the allowance that enabled restaurants to expand into City streets and sidewalks, originally adopted as a provisional measure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On October 6, as the Department of City Planning began consideration of this proposal at its headquarters, at 120 Broadway, State Assembly member Deborah Glick, Community Board 1 chair Tammy Meltzer, and City Council candidate Christopher Marte joined other leaders and activists at a rally and protest outside to voice reservations about this plan.
New Rental Building in Hudson Square Contains 30 Affordable Units
Downtown’s roster of affordable rental apartments will soon expand by 30 new homes, as part of a residential development at 111 Varick Street, two blocks north of Canal Street. The building will contain a total of 2100 rental units (with the remaining 70 apartments at market-rate rentals). In exchange for committing to affordability protections on the 30 units, the developer received tax incentives worth many millions of dollars, which helped to build the project.
People wishing to live in the affordable units at 111 Varick are urged enter the affordable housing lottery being overseen by the City’s the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
The Pace University Art Gallery (located at 41 Park Row) has debuted its new, in-person exhibition, “Substance,” which brings together four abstract artists, who express meaning via materials, rather than representational imagery.
Diego Anaya celebrates his Mexican heritage through the use of ground corn, corn ash, and sand. Liz Atz’s bright, immersive artworks critique commercialism, materialism, and consumption. Linda Ekstromuses text from religious sources as both inspiration and commentary, exploring feminist issues, particularly within the role of Jewish and Christian tradition. And Alberto Lule critiques America’s prison-industrial complex as a form of modern slavery, using fingerprint powder as his drawing material, mining insights from his personal experience with incarceration. On display now through October 30. Admission is free, but a Covid vax card and ID are required to enter the gallery as per NYS guidelines..
The tall ship Wavertree, the lightship Ambrose, and the tug W.O. Decker are open to the public. Explore Wavertree and Ambrose while they are docked; cruise New York Harbor on W.O. Decker. Wavertree and Ambrose visits are free; Decker prices vary. Check website for times, prices and other details.
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More Survivors than Responders Now are Submitting Claims
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has released its annual report for 2020, which documents some significant developments.
Over the course of its ten years of operation thus far, the VCF has awarded $7.76 billion to more than 34,400 individuals who have suffered death or personal injury as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath. The vast majority of these injuries take the form of illness caused by exposure to toxic materials that were released by the destruction of the World Trade Center.
World Trade Center Health Program Faces Funding Shortfall
The World Trade Center Health Program, which provides medical treatment to people affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, is facing an impending budget shortfall that, if left unaddressed, could cause it to scale back services starting in 2025. Activists, local leaders, and elected officials are working to head off this possibility with new legislation.
More than 58,000 people are currently grappling with health problems arising from exposure to environmental toxins on September 11, 2001, and its aftermath. More have died from these illnesses in the years since 2001 than perished on the day of the attacks. There are now 21,000 people suffering from cancers related to September 11.
Annual Ranking of Most Powerful Manhattan Leaders Includes 11 Downtown Doyens
The highly regarded local political journalism outlet City & State has released its annual Manhattan Power 100 list, which ranks the borough’s leaders by their influence. This year’s edition contains 11 elected officials and not-for-profit executives whose work serves the Downtown community, and beyond.
Congressman Jerry Nadler took the number one spot for his continuing role, “in drawing attention to the ongoing health impacts of the 9/11 terror attacks in Lower Manhattan,” City & State says. Mr. Nadler has for years spearheaded efforts to secure healthcare services and financial compensation for residents and first responders made ill by exposure to environmental toxins in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.
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What Did Giuliani Know and When Did He Know It?
Nadler Presses City Hall to Release Documents from 2001 about Awareness of Ground Zero Health Risks
United States Congressman Jerry Nadler is calling upon the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio to make public previously unreleased City documents, which may shed light on what Rudolph Giuliani, who was Mayor at the time of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, knew about environmental health risks in weeks and months following of the destruction of the World Trade Center.
In a September 20 letter to City Hall, Mr. Nadler and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney write that, “we have yet to see a full accounting of what then-Mayor Giuliani and his administration knew at the time.” They argue that such an accounting would, “help provide injured and ill 9/11 responders, survivors, and their families a better understanding of what the City knew at the time about the likely scope of the health crisis and when they knew it.” To read more…
TODAY IN HISTORY
Virgil reading the Aeneid
1529 – The Siege of Vienna ends when Austria routs the invading Ottoman forces, ending its European expansion.
1582 – Adoption of the Gregorian calendar begins, eventually leading to near-universal adoption.
1783 – The Montgolfier brothers’ hot air balloon makes the first human ascent,piloted by Jean-Franзois Pilвtre de Rozier.
1793 – Queen Marie Antoinette of France is tried and convicted, and condemned to death the following day.
1863 – American Civil War: The H. L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink a ship, sinks, killing its inventor.
1878 – The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation.
1928 – The airship, Graf Zeppelin completes its first trans-Atlantic flight, landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
1939 – The New York Municipal Airport (later renamed LaGuardia Airport) is dedicated.
1945 – The former premier of Vichy France, Pierre Laval, is executed for treason.
1956 – FORTRAN, the first modern computer language, is first shared with the coding community.
1990 – Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and open up his nation.
1991 – The “Oh-My-God particle”, an ultra-high-energy cosmic ray measured at 40,000,000 times that of the highest energy protons produced in a particle accelerator is observed at the University of Utah HiRes observatory in Dugway Proving Ground, Utah.
1994 – The Clinton administration returns Haiti’s first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, to the island.
2001 – NASA’s Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter’s moon Io.
2016 – One hundred ninety-seven nations amend the Montreal Protocol to include a phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons.
70 BC – Virgil, Roman poet (d. 19 BC)
1599 – Cornelis de Graeff, Dutch mayor and regent of Amsterdam (d. 1664)
1762 – Samuel Adams Holyoke, American composer and educator (d. 1820)
1836 – James Tissot, French painter and illustrator (d. 1902)
1881 – P. G. Wodehouse, English novelist and playwright (d. 1975)
1908 – John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian-American economist and diplomat, 7th United States Ambassador to India (d. 2007)
1917 – Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., American historian and critic (d. 2007)
1938 – Brice Marden, American painter
412 – Theophilus, Patriarch of Alexandria
1385 – Dionysius I, Metropolitan of Moscow
1917 – Mata Hari, Dutch dancer and spy (b. 1876)
1976 – Carlo Gambino, Italian-American mob boss (b. 1902)
1978 – W. Eugene Smith, American photojournalist (b. 1918)