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The Colors of Empathy
Manhattan Youth Calls Upon Hue to Brush Aside Violence
Above: Local kids are invited to collaborate on a Mural of Hope at the Downtown Community Center on Saturday. Below: Manhattan Youth executive director Bob Townley: “This is why we do art. Art can heal and—in an almost mystical way, beyond explanation—challenge the brutality of war.”
Manhattan Youth will bring local children and their families together tomorrow (Saturday, March 12) to paint a Mural of Hope in front of the Downtown Community Center (120 Warren Street, near the corner of West Street), from 10:30 am through noon.
The Mural of Hope will honor the families of Ukraine, who have reason to fear for their lives during the current invasion by Russia, explains Manhattan Youth executive director Bob Townley, who says, “we must never let hate have the last word. We must pursue peace as much as we can. If everyone wanted peace, we would have peace.”
Everyone, especially children, are invited to participate in the Paint For Hope Project located at 120 Warren Street. Additionally, Manhattan Youth is joining with Tribeca Dental Studio in collecting supplies to be sent to Ukrainian refugees in Poland. Participants in the Saturday event are asked to bring with them:
* All types of medicine and first aid supplies (sanitary items, first aid kits, antibacterial gels/sprays)
* Warm clothing for all (thermal clothes, gloves, coats, socks, footwear, thermal blankets, sleeping bags)
* Batteries and chargers
Those who wish to contribute, but are unable to attend on Saturday, are urged to drop off such supplies to Tribeca Dental Studio (54 Warren Street, between West Broadway and Church Street), which will continue to accept donations for the next several weeks.
“This is why we do art,” Mr. Townley reflects. “Art can heal and—in an almost mystical way, beyond explanation—challenge the brutality of war. After September 11, 2001, many people assisted our community in its darkest hour. This is why we are asking people to come and drop off supplies for these victims of this war.”
“Through the kindness of our neighbors at Tribeca Dental Studio,” he added, “we can ship materials to Poland for distribution.”
For those who wish to contribute financially, Mr. Townley suggest joining him in supporting Polska Akcja Humanitarna (Polish Humanitarian Action), which has taken on a lead role in dealing with the flood of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees who have been welcomed into neighboring Poland.
Reverend Phillip Jackson Installed as Trinity Church’s Nineteenth Rector
Lower Manhattan has a new spiritual leader: The Reverend Phillip A. Jackson was installed as the 19th Rector of Trinity Church on February 26, in a ceremony steeped in tradition. The observance began outside the front door of the Church, where Rev. Jackson was ritually handed the bronze keys to Trinity and nearby St. Paul’s Chapel, as he recited, “I accept the keys and with them the temporalities, profits, and appurtenances of the Rectorship.” His voice catching, he continued, “and by the grace of God I will faithfully perform the duties of my office, so long as it may please God to continue me in it.” To read more…
Esplanade or Espla-Nada?
City Says Planned Improvements to East River Waterfront Are On Hold
The February 22 meeting of Community Board 1 (CB1) included an update about long-planned improvements to the East River Esplanade, some of which are being cancelled.
Paul Goldstein, the chair of CB1’s Waterfront, Parks & Cultural Committee, said, “we got a report from Economic Development Corporation [EDC] regarding some of their waterfront assets and projects that are ongoing—or not.” (The EDC is a not-profit corporation controlled by City government, which oversees development of assets, such as publicly owned property.)
“Unfortunately, a lot this project is not moving ahead for a variety of reasons,” Mr. Goldstein explained, “the biggest one being that the City is focusing much more on resiliency, and they don’t want to go ahead with improvements that may interfere with that.” To read more…
Community College in Tribeca Honored as Top School for Hispanics
The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) has been named one of the nation’s top ten two-year schools (by region) for Hispanic students, in rankings compiled by Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine. Separately, BMCC (which is located on Chambers Street) has also been designated as the top-ranking City University of New York (CUNY) college in terms of awarding the highest number of degrees—a total of 2,062—to Hispanic students, and the highest-ranked college in the northeastern United States as measured by the same metric.
The Downtown Alliance is raffling off a couple’s getaway in Lower Manhattan, which includes a two-night stay at the Beekman Hotel, dinner for two at the Michelin-starred Crown Shy restaurant, tickets to the One World Trade Center observation deck, and a $500 voucher for qualifying travel-related expenses.
To be entered in the contest automatically, download and use the Alliance’s new augmented reality Instagram filter (while tagging @downtownnyc), which allows users to superimpose three-dimensional renderings of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Fearless Girl, the Oculus and One World Trade Center on any landscape they choose. For more information, please browse: downtownny.com
Safe Space for Teens
Starting Monday, March 14, Trinity Church’s Youth Afterschool program will offer everything from basketball and mindfulness to test prep and use of a teaching kitchen.
All activities, which are free and open to students in grades six through 12, will be hosted in the teens-only space on the fifth floor of Trinity Commons (the new community building behind Trinity Church), located at 76 Trinity Place.
Trinity Youth strives to practice “radical welcome” by including not only parishioners and students from Trinity’s school partnerships, but youth from across New York City, and the inclusion all people regardless of background, beliefs, or experience. (Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required.) For more information, or to enroll, please browse: trinitywallstreet.org/youth
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‘He Drove Me Away Like A Dog’
Black History Month: Lower Manhattan Taken for a Ride on Monument It Actually Needs
While the saga of Rosa Parks and the 1956 Montgomery bus boycott has become a canonical American parable, New York played out its own version of the same drama, more than a century earlier. In July, 1854, Lower Manhattan resident Elizabeth Jennings Graham was on her way to church, and boarded a horse-drawn street car at Chatham and Pearl Streets.
Like much else in mid-19th century New York, street car service was segregated, with most coaches reserved for white riders, but some bearing signs that read, “Negro Persons Allowed in This Car.”
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.
SNAP/EBT/P-EBT, Debit/Credit, and Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks accepted at all farmers markets.
Today in History
A meteorite enters the earth’s atmosphere and explodes over New Martinsville, West Virginia
1425 BC – Thutmose III, Pharaoh of Egypt, dies (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty).
417 – Zosimus becomes bishop of Rome
537 – Goths lay siege to Rome
1513 – Giovanni de’ Medici chosen Pope Leo X
1669 – Volcano Etna in Italy erupts killing 15,000
1702 – First English daily newspaper “Daily Courant” publishes
1789 – Benjamin Banneker with L’Enfant begin to lay out Washington DC
1824 – US War Dept creates the Bureau of Indian Affair
1851 – Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Rigoletto” premieres in Venice
1867 – Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Don Carlos” premieres in Paris
1867 – Great Mauna Loa eruption (Hawaiian volcano)
1888 – Great blizzard of ’88 strikes northeastern US
1897 – A meteorite enters the earth’s atmosphere and explodes over New Martinsville, West Virginia. The debris causes damage but no human injuries are reported.
From the front page of The New York Times, March 11 1897
EXPLOSION OF A METEOR
One Man Rendered Unconscious and the Head of a Horse Crushed
Parkersburg, West Va.
A meteor burst over the town of New Martinsville yesterday. The noise
of the explosion resembled the shock of a heavy artillery salute, and
was heard for twenty miles. The cylindrical shaped ball of fire was
forging along in a southwesterly direction when first discovered. The
hissing sound of the fire could be heard for miles, and the smoke gave
the meteor the appearance of a burning balloon.
When the meteor exploded the pieces flew in all directions, like a
volcanic upheaval, and solid walls were pierced by the fragments.
David Leisure was knocked down by the force of the air caused by the
rapidity with which the body passed, before it broke. The blow
rendered him unconscious. One horse had its head crushed and nearly
torn from the trunk by a fragment of the meteor, and another horse in
the next stall was discovered to be stone deaf.
The coming of the meteor was heralded by a rumbling noise, followed in
an instant by the hissing sound, and immediately the ball of fire,
spitting and smoking, burst into full view, and before the people had
time to collect their senses, the explosion occurred.
1918 – Moscow becomes capital of revolutionary Russia
1927 – First armored commercial car hold-up in US, Pittsburgh
1941 – FDR signs Lend-Lease Bill (lends money to Britain)
1942 – First deportation train leaves Paris for Auschwitz Concentration Camp
1953 – American B-47 accidentally drops a nuclear bomb 15,000 feet on Mars Bluff, South Carolina; it created a crater 75 feet acrosss, but the nuclear core did not detonate, due to 6 safety catches
1982 – Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat sign peace treaty in Washington DC
1985 – Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader
1988 – British pound note ceases to be legal tender, replaced by one pound coin
2004 – Terrorists explode simultaneous bombs on Madrid’s rail network ripping through a commuter train and rocking three stations, killing 190
2011 – An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.
2013 – North Korea cuts the phone line with South Korea, breaching the 1953 armistice
2013 – Falkland Islands’ sovereignty referendum: 99.8% choose to remain an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom