Governors Island Plans Climate Incubator for Historic Building
The historic Building 301 on Governors Island, built in 1934 as a schoolhouse for the children of military personnel, is the site for a planned new climate incubator.
The Trust for Governors Island announced on Monday that it has chosen a partnership of real estate developers to lease a historic building on the waterfront and create an incubator space that will nurture new firms focused on “climate adaptation, renewable energy research and monitoring, and the transition to a low-carbon economy.” The project, which is slated for completion in early 2024, will also serve as an education and training center for the growing sector of climate jobs, and is anticipated to create more than 150 permanent jobs on Governors Island.
The new partnership, called Buttermilk Labs (in a nod to the name of the channel that separates Governors Island from Brooklyn, which the building it will occupy overlooks) is a coalition of the North River Company, BJH Advisors, Barretto Bay Strategies, and Greenwood Strategies. The lead partner, the North River Company, has a long track record of preserving, restoring, and adaptively reusing historic structures, such as the Terminal Stores Building, the B&O Building (both in the West 20s), and Anable Warehouse (in Long Island City).
The efforts of this partnership will be underwritten by $4 million in public funds from the City of New York (as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recovery agenda), and a further $2.5 million in taxpayer money from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC) and Empire State Development Corporation.
Clare Newman, the president of the Trust for Governors Island, said, “this project will support New York City’s leadership in climate policy and green jobs while restoring one of Governors Island’s most treasured historic structures.”
The new facility will be housed in Building 301, a Neo-Georgian brick building that was constructed in 1934 as a schoolhouse for children of military personnel stationed on Governors Island. This legally protected historic landmark was expanded in 1959 to its current size of 22,500 square feet. The new incubator and climate hub planned for Building 301 will include 10,000 square feet of office and co-working space for small businesses and non-profit organizations in the environmental sustainability sector, along with space for research and development laboratories.
The renovated building is also slated to include several public amenities, such as year-round food and beverage service, a 2,000-square-foot indoor event space, exhibition spaces, and a venue for outdoor events.
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NASA Astronaut Ron Garan, featured panelist, “Under One Sky”, International Dark-Sky Association 2021 Global Conference, November 13, 2021.
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NASA Astronaut John Mace Grunfield, featured panelist, “Under One Sky”, International Dark-Sky Association 2021 Global Conference, November 13, 2021.
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Lower Manhattan Greenmarkets are open
Greenwich Street & Chambers Street
Every Wednesday & Saturday, 8am-3pm
Food Scrap Collection: Saturdays, 8am-1pm
Open Saturdays and Wednesdays year round
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.
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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.
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TODAY IN HISTORY
Winston Churchill in a photo by Cecil Beaton
977 – Emperor Otto II lifts the siege at Paris and withdraws. His rearguard is defeated while crossing the Aisne River by Frankish forces under King Lothair III.
1782 – American Revolutionary War: Treaty of Paris: In Paris, representatives from the United States and Great Britain sign preliminary peace articles (later formalized as the 1783 Treaty of Paris).
1803 – In New Orleans, Spanish representatives officially transfer the Louisiana Territory to an official from the French First Republic. Just 20 days later, France transfers the same land to the United States as the Louisiana Purchase.
1934 – The Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman becomes the first steam locomotive to be authenticated as reaching 100 mph.
1936 – In London, the Crystal Palace is destroyed by fire.
1954 – In Sylacauga, Alabama, United States, the Hodges meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman taking an afternoon nap; this is the only documented case in the Western Hemisphere of a human being hit by a rock from space.
1966 – Barbados becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
1967 – South Yemen becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
1999 – Exxon and Mobil sign a US$73.7 billion agreement to merge, thus creating ExxonMobil, the world’s largest company.
2018 – A magnitude 7.0 earthquake with its epicenter only 15 miles from Anchorage, Alaska causes significant property damage but no deaths.
1508 – Andrea Palladio, Italian architect and theoretician, designed the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore and Teatro Olimpico (d. 1580)
1667 – Jonathan Swift, Irish satirist and essayist (d. 1745)
1810 – Oliver Winchester, American businessman and politician, founded the Winchester Repeating Arms Company (d. 1880)
1835 – Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens, American novelist, humorist, and critic (d. 1910)
1874 – Winston Churchill, English colonel, journalist, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)
1874 – Lucy Maud Montgomery, English-Canadian author and poet (d. 1942)
1904 – Clyfford Still, American painter and educator (d. 1980)
1936 – Abbie Hoffman, American activist and author, co-founded the Youth International Party (d. 1989)
1647 – Bonaventura Cavalieri, Italian mathematician and astronomer (b. 1598)
1900 – Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright, novelist, and poet (b. 1854)
1953 – Francis Picabia, French painter and poet (b. 1879)
1979 – Zeppo Marx, American actor and comedian (b. 1901)
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