‘I Want to Amplify These Voices and Bring Them to Albany’
District Leader and Community Activist Vittoria Fariello Launches Campaign for State Senate
Above, District Leader and community activist Vittoria Fariello kicks off her State Senate campaign at Chatham Square. Below right, Ms. Fariello with her husband (and law partner) John G. Balestriere and their four children.
A highly regarded Downtown community leader has announced her candidacy for the State Senate seat representing Lower Manhattan. On Sunday afternoon, Battery Park City resident Vittoria Fariello, who has served for five years as the elected District Leader for the community, said, “I have lived in this district for over 20 years. We have raised four amazing kids and run our own business here. We have lived through September 11, the great recession of 2008, superstorm Sandy and now COVID. And we never left.”
She continued, “our communities have been ignored for far too long in the State Senate. Our public entities are not transparent and our government is not responsive. Whether it is the SoHo/NoHo rezoning, building jails in Chinatown or reforming the County Committee in Brooklyn, our communities’ outcries have been ignored. Our neighborhoods have been disregarded and forgotten, taken for granted.”
Ms. Fariello added, “I’m running because we can’t wait for true affordable housing; because every single day someone in New York is struggling with medical debt; because we have a government that still operates on backroom deals. I have a record of standing up for people in need and for everyone in our communities, and that’s what this district deserves.”
The 26th District, currently represented in Albany by Senator Brian Kavanagh, covers Manhattan below a saw-toothed line formed by East Third, Fourth, and Fifth Streets, as well as Bleecker, Dominick, Broome, Canal, and West Houston Streets. The same district also includes the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhoods of Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens.
“As diverse as our district is,” Ms. Fariello noted, our communities share the same singular goal: to make things better. Our communities are our greatest asset and by working together we see meaningful community-led change. I want to amplify these voices and bring them to Albany. That is why I am running for State Senate.”
Ms. Fariello, who emigrated from Italy at age four and speaks four languages in addition to English, is a partner (with her husband) in a Lower Manhattan-based law practice that specializes in public interest litigation. From this perch, she has spearheaded multiple cases designed to reform local politics—especially within the Democratic Party organizations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She reflected that, “I’m proud of my career as a public service lawyer, and I’ve been proud to serve as your District Leader. But I’m most proud of being a mom. I want my kids to live in a New York that treats everyone fairly, where we take care of our neighbors who need our help, and where we work together to help everyone move forward—not just the politically connected. That’s why immigrants like my family and I came here in the first place.”
After Sunday’s announcement at Chatham Square, which brought together more than 50 friends and enthusiastic supporters from multiple neighborhoods around the district, Ms. Fariello observed that, “the size and diversity of this crowd shows that there’s hunger for real change—people from all over Downtown and Brooklyn want real representation and real action on housing, healthcare, and government that works for the people.”
Sunday’s kickoff marks the beginning of a nine-month campaign to capture the Democratic Party nomination on June 21. Although the November, 2022 election will technically decide who represents Lower Manhattan in the State Senate for the following two years, the heavily “blue” political landscape of Lower Manhattan usually makes the nod of the Democratic party tantamount to winning the wider contest, and often relegates the actual election to the status of a formality.
Battery Park City Hotel Operator Implodes Amid Allegations of Fraud
Even by the standards of the distressed hotel industry, the spiraling adversity faced by the owners of the Wagner Hotel in Battery Park City is remarkable.
In October, lenders and investors filed suit against Los Angeles-based Urban Commons, the firm that bought the hotel in 2018 for $147 million, some $100 million of which was in the form of a loan from the seller, Westbrook Partners. The suit alleges that executives of the company accepted $1 million from an investor, which was intended to finance hotel acquisitions that never took place, and then refused to return the original funds. To read more…
Statue of Limitations
Local Leaders Want ‘Fearless Girl’ to Go Through Channels Before Becoming Permanent
An array of Lower Manhattan community leaders are mobilizing to lobby the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio to comply with legally required procedures before authorizing the continued presence on Broad Street of the “Fearless Girl” statue, a bronze likeness of a young female striking a jaunty, audacious pose.
A resolution enacted at October 26 monthly meeting of Community Board 1 (CB1) notes that the sculpture, “was originally placed at a nearby public site without authority in 2017.” To read more…
In 1776, the US vessel Andrew Doria sailed to the Dutch island of Sint Eustatius carrying a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Upon its arrival, the island’s governor provided a formal cannon salute to the ship’s patriot flag, marking the first acknowledgement of the United States’ sovereignty. In this presentation, Sergio Villavicencio, Vice President of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society and Chair of the NYC Semiquincentennial Committee, will delve into the early relationship between the United States and Sint Eustatius, which critically supplied the patriots’ cause by smuggling the necessary goods to keep the American Revolution going, and how the island’s fate years later decisively affected the end of the Revolutionary War. This lecture will take place via Zoom. Free
Permission, appropriation or trespassing – the tricky terrain of 2 Black Dramaturgs in the current “We See You” performance landscape told through personal case studies, observations, rants, riffs and realizations.
Melanie George and Talvin Wilks, friends, colleagues, and confidantes, will talk their way through the current cultural moment from their vantage points as Dramaturgs While Black (DWB).Working from the inter- and intra-personal, the artists plan to rant, riff and tee hee through this tricky terrain of being Black in white spaces and living to tell the tale. $10-$15.
China Institute,”What is driving President Xi Jinping’s moves to re-centralize control over China’s economy and society? On the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, the Leninist doctrine that underpins its history is reemerging to challenge capitalist-style, market reforms. Join us for this virtual discussion as Harvard political scientist Tony Saich, author of From Rebel to Ruler: One Hundred Years of the Chinese Communist Party, and Yasheng Huang, MIT Sloan industrial policy expert, explore the inherent contradictions within the organization that has driven China’s extraordinary rise to global power. $10.
Wednesday November 17
Elements of Nature Drawing
With its gardens and views of the Hudson River and New York Bay, Wagner Park is the perfect setting to practice art. Participants are expected to bring their own drawing and painting supplies, including drawing boards and containers of water if they are planning to paint. BPCA will supply drawing paper and watercolor paper . Masks required. Free.
As the founder of financial futures and initiator of Globex, the world’s first global electronic trading system, Leo Melamed revolutionized the finance industry. Join us for a conversation with this commodities pioneer moderated by CNBC Senior Markets Correspondent Bob Pisani. Free.
1:30 – 2PM
9/11 Memorial Bagpipe Tribute
A weekly bagpipe tribute honors those who died on 9/11 as well as those who are sick or who have died from exposure to toxins in the aftermath of 9/11. Free.
Join us for a conversation with Zhang Yang, China’s most successful independent filmmaker, who will discuss his acclaimed work, Shower, with producer Peter Loehr, and film expert Richard Peña! Our experts will talk about China in the 90s, the impact of the reform era on film, the and the important legacy of Shower, more than two decades after its release. Set in a public bathhouse in an old neighborhood of Beijing, the film is a light-hearted comedy-drama about a family and their business caught up in the changes sweeping China at the dawn of the 21st century. The country’s struggle between tradition and modernity is played out between two brothers, against the backdrop of a cast of bathhouse patrons. $10.
There are countless ways in which a work environment can be toxic and all of them can take a massive toll on your mental and physical health. So how do you report these incidents? How do you find your way out of a toxic environment? And what are the steps you can take to survive until you’re able to put an exit strategy in place? At LMHQ’s November Women’s Breakfast, you’ll hear from a panel of experts across industries who will share their lived experiences, lessons learned, and recommendations for navigating your way through a toxic workplace. Free.
Caryl Stern, the renowned human rights activist, is the third generation of women in her family whose lives were shaped by the Holocaust. Her grandmother, Mignon Langnas, was a nurse in Vienna when the Nazis invaded. Facing an agonizing decision, she sent her two young children to the US, opting to stay with her ailing parents and to take care of her patients in a Jewish children’s hospital. Caryl’s mother, Manuela Stern, crossed the ocean at the age of six and once here, lived in an orphanage on the lower East side of Manhattan. Manuela’s experience contributed to her becoming a passionate civic activist and educator. For these three women, “tikkun olam” (Hebrew for, “to heal the world”) is now part of their DNA. The program will be moderated by NBC’s senior legal and investigative correspondent Cynthia McFadden. $10
Launched during the height of the pandemic and hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef and New York Times bestselling author Rocco DiSpirito, the series features chefs from Lower Manhattan restaurants cooking up signature recipes and sharing tips. All donations go directly to a food-security charity of the restaurant’s choice. Today, cook with Malibu Farm executive chef Amy Sur-Trevino. Free Downtown Alliance
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Schedule Changes: Market closed 12/25 for Christmas Day and 1/1 for New Year’s Day.
The loyal community of neighborhood residents who shop at the Tribeca Greenmarket show up each Wednesday and Saturday year-round to get their fix of locally grown produce, sustainably raised meat, seafood, sheep’s milk cheese and yogurt, orchard fruit and berries, herbs, live plants and cut flowers. Cooking demonstrations, raffles, and educational activities make the market a hands-on experience for shoppers of all ages.
American Pride Seafood Wild-caught fish and shellfish from Suffolk County, NY
Dipaola Turkeys Turkey and turkey products from Mercer County, NJ
Francesca’s Bakery Breads and baked goods from Passaic County, NJ
Hudson Valley Duck Farm Heritage breed ducks and duck products from Sullivan County, NY
Jersey Farm Produce Vegetables, herbs, orchard and small fruit from Hunterdon County, NJ
Lani’s Farm Vegetables, eggs and prepared foods from Burlington County, NJ
Millport Dairy Eggs, cheddar cheese, beef, pork, pickles and baked goods from Lancaster County, PA
Prospect Hill Orchards Fruit, some certified organic, granola, and baked goods from Ulster County, NY
Tucker Farms Cut Flowers from Burlington & Monmouth County, NJ
Westmeadow Farm cow and goat milk cheeses and cows butter from Montgomery County, NY
Yellow Bell Farm Chicken and eggs from Dutchess County, NY
Bowling Green Greenmarket
Green Greenmarket at Bowling Green
Broadway & Whitehall St
Open Tuesday and Thursdays, year-round
Market Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Compost Program: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The Bowling Green Greenmarket brings fresh offerings from local farms to Lower Manhattan’s historic Bowling Green plaza. Twice a week year-round stop by to load up on the season’s freshest fruit, crisp vegetables, beautiful plants, and freshly baked loaves of bread, quiches, and pot pies.
Fulton Street cobblestones between South and Front Sts. across from McNally Jackson Bookstore.
Locally grown produce from Rogowski Farm, Breezy Hill Orchard, and other farmers and small-batch specialty food products, sold directly by their producers. Producers vary from week to week.
Fulton Stall Market participants include farmers and agricultural producers from New York and adjacent states as well as small-batch processed food producers from NYC and the region.
Indoor market participants’ products can be purchased Monday – Saturday 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM from the indoor market store’s shelves and coolers.
Outdoor Sunday Market participants sell directly to consumers at open-air stalls and vary from week to week.
INDOOR FARMERS MARKET STORE:
91 South St., bet. Fulton & John Sts. Open Monday – Saturdays 11:30 AM – 5 PM
OUTDOOR SATURDAY MARKET:
Fulton St. bet. South & Front Sts. Every Saturday 11:30 AM – 5 PM to November 20.
Fulton Stall Market is a non-profit farmers public marketplace for local foods connecting farmers and producers with the growing Lower Manhattan community.
91 South St., bet. Fulton & John Sts.
Indoor Market Hours: Monday – Saturday
11:30 AM to 5:00 PM, year round
Outdoor Market: Saturday 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Fulton St. at South St., May through Thanksgiving.
SNAP/EBT/P-EBT, Debit/Credit, and Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks accepted at all farmers markets.
Six Figures for Every 12 Inches
City Announces $110 Million for Resiliency in Seaport
Another piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is resiliency protection for Lower Manhattan appeared to fall into place on October 26, when Mayor Bill de Blasio announced $110 million in funding for protective measures covering a small stretch of the South Street Seaport waterfront. The Mayor’s announcement said, “the proposed project, which will be subject to appropriate review, will rebuild and raise the existing bulkhead and improve drainage in the area from approximately the Brooklyn Bridge to Pier 17.” To read more…
‘A Victory for Every Community in Lower Manhattan’
City Council Candidate Christopher Marte Wins Race to Succeed Margaret Chin
Christopher Marte won by a wide margin the race to succeed Margaret Chin and represent Lower Manhattan in the City Council, according to preliminary results posted online by the City’s Board of Elections.
As of a few minutes after midnight, with 98.5 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Marte had garnered 15,055 votes out of 21,083 ballots cast, or approximately 71 percent of the total. He was trailed by Independent candidate Maud Maron, with 3,041 votes (or 14 percent), and Republican contender Jacqueline Toboroff, with 2,945 votes, or 13 percent.
Man Threatens and Robs Multiple Women in Downtown Subway Stations
A man has been accosting and robbing women in Lower Manhattan subway stations, threatening to kill the victims if they refused to hand over their MetroCards.
In a string of nearly identical incidents, the suspect (believed by police to be the same man in each case) approached a woman walking alone, grabbed her by the arm, and said he would use lethal violence unless she handed over her subway pass. In all three robberies, the perpetrator took only the MetroCard, and robbed the victims of no other possessions. To read more…
Kavanagh Pushes for Ban on Natural Gas in New Buildings
State Senator Brian Kavanagh led a Monday rally of environmentalists at City Hall Park on Monday to urge passage of the All-Electric Building Act, a proposed law that he is sponsoring in the upper house of the State legislature. This measure would prohibit the issuance of permits for the construction of new gas-powered buildings starting in 2023, along with conversions of existing buildings starting next year, except in cases where builders or owners can demonstrate that “there are truly no feasible alternatives.”
Planning Moves Ahead for Elevating Battery Waterfront
With the ongoing design process for the Battery Wharf resiliency project now 50 percent complete (and construction slated to begin in late 2022), Community Board 1 (CB1) is weighing in with concerns and ideas about how to refine the vision for raising the level of the waterfront esplanade in the Battery to protect the historic park against future sea-level rise and extreme-weather events.
Alliance Aims to Encourage Storefront Startups in Lower Manhattan
The Downtown Alliance is offering a package of free incentives and support services, valued at $10,000, to help new retailers and restaurants seeking to open in Lower Manhattan. The Jump Start program is designed to give small businesses a better chance at success in both the physical and online marketplace, by offering up to 20 eligible applicants a customized strategic launch plan, along with four interactive consultation sessions. Services will include advice on everything from driving foot traffic to creating a successful e-commerce platform.