Southern Battery Park City Shows Bump in COVID Test Results
Amid generally receding concerns about COVID-19, the southern section of Battery Park City had the fourth highest rate of infection in Manhattan during the one-week period between October 25 and 31, according to the City Department of Health (DOH) data.
According to this analysis, 13.33 percent of everybody tested in the 10280 zip code during that interval was positive for COVID-19. Among Manhattan neighborhoods, only Chelsea, Central Harlem, and Murray Hill were higher. The positivity rate was based on eight new cases, among 60 tests. (These numbers are generally assumed to understate the number of overall tests, as well as the tally of positive results, because most COVID tests are now done at home, with the outcomes not reported to public health officials.)
Since the pandemic began, in early 2020, DOH data indicate that one out of every four residents in southern Battery Park City has been diagnosed with COVID-19—a total of 2,149 cases, resulting in eight deaths.
The same metrics indicate that 87.29 percent of residents in southern Battery Park City are at least partially vaccinated against COVID, with 76.9 percent fully vaccinated. Both of these data points are significantly lower than Manhattan’s overall vaccination rate of 98.69 percent for at least partial vaccination.
These metrics may have contributed to a local case rate of 23 percent of southern Battery Park City’s population, which is more than double the corresponding rate for Manhattan as a whole (9.5 percent), and significantly higher than the overall rate for New York City (12.6 percent).
But such variations have not translated into a more grievous death toll, with residents of 10280 dying from COVID at one-third the rate of Manhattan residents, and roughly one-fifth the proportion of residents of the city as a whole.
Ask and You Might Receive
Push for Seaport Community Center at Site of Demolished Waterfront Building
Community Board 1 (CB1) is reviving calls for a waterfront community center in South Street Seaport at the site of the New Market Building (which was demolished last fall). Read more…
Through November 4, BPC Parks is accepting pumpkins for composting. Drop your pumpkin at
– 75 Battery Place
– Esplanade Plaza
– Teardrop Park South
– Rockefeller Park (lower level of Chambers and River Terrace)
To date in 2022, BPCA has composted more than 36,000 pounds of fruit, vegetables, plants, and coffee grounds dropped by local residents.
[This letter is being sent from the Battery Park City Neighborhood Association to elected officials and community leaders.]
Dear Elected Officials and Leaders,
We write to show our collective support for the community’s Alternative Design for Wagner Park [presentation], developed by Olin and Machado Silvetti. We urge our officials, leaders and the Authority to give meaningful consideration to and expeditiously adopt this new, better and more efficient resiliency plan as it pertains to the Wagner Park component of this project.
The Battery Park City Neighborhood Association
The Battery Alliance
Pine Street School
Battery Park Montessori School
IS/PS276 Parent Teachers Association Executive Board
PS89 Parent Teachers Association Executive Board
The Learning Experience Battery Park
East River Park Action
Metro Area Governors Island Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.)
Inn and Out
Site of Planned Hotel in FiDi Faces Foreclosure
In what may be a sign of further distress in the Lower Manhattan real estate market, a vacant lot in the Financial District is moving toward foreclosure. In a development first reported by Crain’s New York, the site of a planned hotel at 140 Fulton Street (rendering at right) is in the first phases of being taken back from developer Hidrock by lender Bank Hapoalim.
The site, between Broadway and Nassau Street, was announced in 2019 as the home of a new, 41-story hotel, which was to be branded under the Tempo by Hilton flag. But the pandemic brought business travel to a near halt, which amounted to a cataclysm for the hospitality industry. In court papers, Bank Hapoalim says Hidrock has defaulted on more than $30 million in debt on the property, where ground has yet to be broken on the hotel project. Read more…
Editor’s note: A phrase was inadvertently omitted from the BroadsheetDAILY story Inn and Out, published November 2, 2022. The corrected paragraph, with the missing phrase italicized, is:
Today, there are more than three dozen hotels operating in the square mile below Chambers Street, offering more than 8,000 rooms. An analysis by the Downtown Alliance indicates that more than a dozen new hotels, containing several thousand more rooms, are currently under construction or in the planning stages. An analysis by the Downtown Alliance indicates that more than a dozen new hotels, containing several thousand more rooms, are currently under construction or in the planning stages.
Weir Still Waiting
City Hall Demands Fed Funding for FiDi & Seaport Resiliency Plan
Mayor Eric Adams is pushing the administration of President Joe Biden to provide $8.5 billion in federal funding to advance a suite of ten resiliency projects throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Among these is the Financial District and Seaport Climate Resilience Master Plan, which was unveiled in January, and for which funding has not been allocated. Read more…
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Ashkelon is a picturesque coastal city, located on the Via Maris, an ancient trade route dating from the early Bronze Age linking Egypt with the northern empires of Syria, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia. In this tour, we’ll walk through the Canaanite City Gate, the oldest arched gate in the world. We’ll learn its history, see the unique mosaic, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. $36.