A sheriff’s patrol vehicle blocking the entrance to One Harrison Street, in Tribeca, on Friday evening.
On Friday, for the second time in three weeks, a task force of New York City sheriffs shut down an illegal bar and nightclub in Tribeca. At 11:30 pm, half a dozen sheriffs entered One Harrison Street (at the corner of Hudson Street), ordered more than 120 patrons to disperse, and arrested five of the party’s organizers, charging them with violations of emergency health orders related to the pandemic, selling liquor without a license, selling liquor to minors, and dispensing cannabis products to minors, along with various vice and health-code violations. Among the conditions that sheriffs witnessed inside were a tightly packed crowd that was ignoring social distancing regulations, and a near-universal defiance of regulations requiring masks. One of the arrested men was found to be carrying 24 small bags, each containing 3.5 grams of marijuana.
Sheriff’s deputies also assisted a heavily intoxicated 17-year-old boy, who fell down a flight of stairs, by transporting him to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where they waited with him until his parents arrived.
Friday’s enforcement action reprised a similar raid at the same address, a few minutes after 2:00 am on February 28, when sheriffs found more than 200 customers packed inside One Harrison Street. During that sweep, officers arrested three of the event’s hosts, charging them with a range of misdemeanor liquor- and health-code offenses. The second raid was triggered when sheriffs conducted a surveillance of the Tribeca location as a follow-up to the February action, and noticed more than 40 people filing into the front door late on Friday evening.
Although the New York City Sheriff’s Office is, in ordinary times, primarily responsible for enforcing civil orders issued by courts (such as seizures of assets), the 150-person agency has, during the COVID-19 pandemic, taken on a leading role in enforcing social-distancing orders, while also operating quarantine checkpoints, and performing home visitations to monitor compliance with pandemic guidelines by travelers entering New York City from high-risk states and countries.
‘I Am Never Going to Accept that This Is Okay’
Niou Describes Personal Response to Wave of Anti-Asian Violence
At a rally held in Lower Manhattan on Saturday, a phalanx of public officials decried the recent spate of hate crimes that have targeted Asian-Americans. The rally was spurred, in part by the murders of eight people at three massage parlors in the area of Atlanta, Georgia last Tuesday, six of whom were Asian women. But it also drew impetus from a recent series of violent (but less lethal) hate crimes in Lower Manhattan and around the City.
Ms. Low invited State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou to speak. She began, “those women in Georgia who died looked like me, my mom, my aunts, my sister, my niece. They looked like us.”
Alliance For Downtown New York Hosts 2021 Shred-A-Thon
And Clothing Drop-Off
After a year like the one we all just endured and the promise of a brighter day emerging, the idea of “spring cleaning” takes on new energy and meaning.
Now is the time to round up all the old clothes and unwanted documents that have been piling up and bring them over to Fulton Street (between Cliff and Gold Streets) for the Downtown Alliance’s annual dual shred-a-thon and clothing drop-off Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A shredding truck parked on Fulton Street will securely dispose of and recycle all your sensitive documents, tax receipts, junk mail and old bills.
The Alliance is also partnering with NYC clothing recycler Wearable Collections, which is providing a bin to collect all dry, used clean clothing including shoes, sneakers, belts and hats, as well as household items such as linens, towels and handbags.
Rain or shine, the Alliance will be there to dispose of your much-loved old outfits and no-longer-needed memories, minus a few items (e.g., carpeting, rugs, bath mats, comforters, pillows, large luggage). This spring will be even sweeter when you’ve got some extra space.
Skyscraper Museum webinar. Peter Weismantle spent 31 years in the Chicago office of SOM before moving in 2008 to AS+GG as Director of Supertall Building Technology where he has been responsible for overseeing the firm’s development of supertall projects from onset to completion. Working with the project team, Weismantle develops the design of such technical elements as the building envelope, vertical transportation and life safety systems, and compliance with applicable building codes and standards. Free
While working on her Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Warmth of Other Suns, about the Great Migration of African Americans out of the Jim Crow South, Isabel Wilkerson realized that the United States had an unspoken and deeply ingrained caste system. In her new book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, a #1 New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club pick, Wilkerson explores the impact of this American caste system—a rigid hierarchy of human divisions—and its connections to caste systems in India and Nazi Germany. She documents how the Nazis studied American race laws as they planned the German Nuremberg Laws, and she points forward to ways that we can move beyond artificial and destructive separations towards a common humanity. Join Wilkerson and Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Senior Rabbi at New York’s Central Synagogue and the first Asian-American person to be ordained as cantor or rabbi in North America, for a conversation about Caste, the legacy of the Holocaust, and what lies under the surface of American life today. $10
The Deeper Lecture Series is a new talk + Q&A program on Zoom designed to acquaint Gibney’s community of artists and audiences with the most provocative, influential and inspiring minds at work in the arts, humanities and activism. Tonight, see performance artist george emilio sanchez.
Lost in The Desert Sky: Kayhan Kalhor in Memory of Mohammad Reza Shajarian was filmed in the spectacular Mahinistan Palace in Kashan, Iran and features all new music by Kayhan Kalhor performed by his ensemble and introducing vocalist Hadi Hosseini. Experience this one-of-a-kind filmed concert honoring the legacy of one of Iran’s greatest vocalists Mohammad Reza Shajarian (1940-2020). Brookfield Place is presenting this performance on BFPLNY.com in celebration of Norooz (Persian New Year) to viewers in New York or New Jersey. Free
Battery Park City Authority
The following virtual meetings will take place on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, beginning at 12:30 p.m.:
Meeting of the Board’s Investment Committee (12:30 p.m.)
Meeting of the Members of the Authority (2:00 p.m.)
Agendas will be made available at least 48 hours in advance of scheduled Meetings, and a public comment period will be scheduled during the Meeting of the Members of the Authority at a time on the agenda determined by the Chairman.
Anyone wishing to participate in the public comment period should submit their comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 5:30 p.m. on the day prior to the Meeting. Comments should be no longer than two minutes in length, and may be read into the record during the livestream broadcast. BPCA reserves the right to prioritize comments that have not been previously raised.
Turn-of-the-season dazzle: brightest stars, vivid constellations, and rusty-gold Mars
The calendar in the night sky marks Spring Equinox evenings with the rising of golden Arcturus, the second brightest star in our sky. Sunset is at 7:11 this evening and about a minute later each day going forward.
As twilight deepens, about an hour after sunset, gold-to-red twinkling Arcturus climbs above the northeastern horizon. The great star, -0.05 magnitude, appears later over obstructed views. To be sure to locate Arcturus at any time of night, follow the diagram at the top of this page. On spring evenings, the Big Dipper can be found high in the sky from the northeast to southeast. Trace the arc of its handle down to “arc to Arcturus”.
New Hub for Families in Tribeca Offers Music, Dance, Parkour, and More
Tribeca has a new place for kids to play, parents to work, and families to bond. Cocoon, located at 316 Greenwich Street, at the base of Independence Plaza (in the space once occupied by Food Emporium) is an 18,000-square-foot facility, spread across two levels, that includes a 2,000-square-foot outdoor, private patio.
Another FiDi Renter Seeks Recompense for Years of Rent Overcharges
The wave of Financial District tenants going to court to demand restitution from years of illegally high rent gathered further momentum on Tuesday, when another tenant at 50 Murray Street filed court papers arguing that she is entitled to rent stabilization protection along with reimbursement for six years worth of overcharges, and triple damages.
Heather Horn moved into 50 Murray Street in May, 2014, at an initial rent of $4,695 per month. Since then, according the documents filed with the new York State Supreme Court, she has renewed her lease six times, and her rent has increased by almost 26 percent, to $5,900.
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.