Thirty-Plus Lower Manhattan Restaurants Offer Global Selection, Hometown Service at Downtown Nosh-Fest
Dozens of Lower Manhattan restaurants will participate in today’s Dine Around Downtown event on Fosun Plaza, at 28 Liberty Street.
The annual Dine Around Downtown food festival, a Lower Manhattan tradition since 1997, will be held today (Tuesday, June 7), from 11am to 3pm, on Fosun Plaza, the 2.5 acre, open-air deck at 28 Liberty Street (the building formerly known as One Chase Plaza). More than 30 restaurants from the length and breadth of Lower Manhattan will come together, hosted by award-winning chef and author Rocco DiSpirito.
A partial list of participating restaurants includes: Adrienne’s Pizzabar, Beckett’s Bar & Grill, Benares, Blue Smoke, Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, the Capital Grille, Chinah, Eataly, Harry’s Italian, Industry Kitchen, Luke’s Lobster, Malibu Farm, Manhatta, Pi Bakerie, Route 66 Smokehouse, Sauce & Barrel, and Schilling. Admission to the enormously popular event, which draws more than 15,000 guests, is free, and small plates (along with beverages) are priced at $5.00 to $9.00.
During the pandemic, Dine Around Downtown has been championing local restaurants through a virtual “Cooking at Home” series that pairs Mr. DiSpirito with chefs as they show viewers how to make their favorite dishes.
Dine Around Downtown is co-presented by the Downtown Alliance and Fosun Properties (the owners of 28 Liberty). As part of Alliance’s ongoing sustainability initiative, Dine Around will be a zero-waste event. Composting and recycling stations will be located throughout the plaza staffed by educators to advise on proper waste diversion and other zero-waste programs available throughout the neighborhood.
Not for a Lack of Interest
Trinity Underwrites Benevo-Lending Initiative for Public-Service Groups
Trinity Church’s grant program has funded a Lower Manhattan public service organization that provides zero-interest loans and consulting services to other not-for-profits, as they continue to struggle with pandemic-related resource deficits.
Public Comment Period for BPCA’s Plans to Build Flood Walls and Elevated Landscaping
Extended to Friday, June 10, 2022
For several years, the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) has been working on a plan to rebuild and elevate Wagner Park and the areas to its north and south, from First Place and the Museum of Jewish Heritage to Pier A Plaza. This is the South Battery Park City Resiliency Project, currently in its Draft Environmental Impact Statement(DEIS) phase. Now through June 10, the public may submit comments on the design. To read more…
This Week’s Calendar
6 River Terrace
Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion.
Dine Around Downtown has been bringing the neighborhood’s restaurateurs together for this annual lunchtime celebration since 1997. Sample signature menu dishes at a feast of Lower Manhattan restaurants for $5 to $9 all at one community food festival.
3:30PM – 5PM
Drop-In Chess at Rockefeller Park
Play the popular strategy game while getting pointers and advice from an expert. Chess improves concentration, problem solving, and strategic planning — plus it’s fun! For ages 5 and up (adults welcome).
Top experts will share their insights and examine the possibilities and challenges associated with China’s Green Belt and Road Initiative. Since its inception in 2013, the China-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been striving to promote economic development and inter-regional connectivity across the globe, and over 140 member countries have joined the Initiative. To reduce the negative environmental impact of the investment in BRI countries, China launched the Green Belt and Road initiative to increase BRI’s environmental sustainability and align its projects with its 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Given the current geopolitical and COVID-19 situation, what are GBRI’s most pressing challenges and most important opportunities? Free.
Observe and sketch the human figure. Each week a model will strike short and long poses for participants to draw. An artist/educator will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Drawing materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media.
Take a self guided tour of the tall ship Wavertree, and visit the 12 Fulton Street galleries to view the exhibitions “South Street and the Rise of New York” and “Millions: Migrants and Millionares” aboard the Great Liners.
Fictional walking tour. When an out-of-work Downtown performance artist takes a job leading a Hamilton Walking Tour even further Downtown, she is prepared to give the standard tour about the trendiest Founding Father. But when an unexpected fork in the road presents a path not taken, she can’t help but follow it, uncovering the secrets contained within the oldest streets in New York and revealing the New York you always knew, or wanted to know. Also at 5:30pm. $20 ticket comes with a $20 voucher to use at a local participating restaurant.
Fictional walking tour. Javel Washington, an accidental time-traveler, arrives in present day NYC with a warning from the future. In a race against the Bots of his time, Javel hopes the stories of New Yorkers, will offer insight into the value of resilience. With the help of our audience, Javel, could discover that what makes us human will always be our secret weapon. Also at 6pm. $20 ticket comes with a $20 voucher to use at a local participating restaurant.
Embolden your artwork amidst the flower-filled and seasonally evolving palette of BPC’s verdant gardens. An artist/ educator will provide ideas and instruction. Materials provided.
En Garde Arts Theater
John Street United Methodist Church, 44 John Street
How many steps does it take to transform your life? Inspired by interviews with real New Yorkers, Sidewalk Echoes invites us into the world of Lower Manhattan’s small, independent business owners. It traces their journeys to New York City and the pathways they’ve taken to survive in the unpredictable world of NYC’s oldest neighborhood. Weaving together history, fact, and fiction, Sidewalk Echoes details the remarkable choices that everyday people must make to reinvent their circumstances, and in turn themselves, against all odds. Free.
Mother Ocean Father Nation is by Nishant Batsha, tonight in conversation with Kanishk Tharoor. A riveting, tender debut novel, following a brother and sister whose paths diverge—one forced to leave, one left behind—in the wake of a nationalist coup in the South Pacific.
National Museum of the American Indian, Diker Pavilion
Join contemporary artist Keith BraveHeart (Oglala Lakota) as he discusses Oscar Howe and his influence on both his journey as an artist as well as his art, which draws strongly from his Lakota background. This talk is related to the exhibition Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe. Sketch pads and pencils will be available for sketch-along opportunities led by Keith. Also at 1pm. Free.
This tour explores Battery Park City’s southern district, which is home to the Skyscraper Museum and includes some of BPC’s earliest landscapes and infrastructure, including the residential enclaves built in the 1990s that followed the 1979 Cooper Eckstut Master Plan. We will visit historic Pier A, Wagner Park, and South Cove, as well as the green spaces that connect to the Esplanade, the first waterfront park in New York since the Brooklyn Heights Esplanade in 1951. We will also learn about the developing Resilience Action Plan of the Battery Park City Authority. The tour will be repeated on June 24. Free.
Many of us have reached a critical phase of burnout, one in which just showing up for work zaps the energy we previously devoted to innovative thinking and inventive solutions. But no matter what field of work you’re in, you need to generate ideas. And to generate those ideas, you have to get creative. Join RedBox Innovation consultant Edwin Garcia to learn an actionable method to bring creativity to any practice. Participants will explore strategies to create original ideas for any challenge and any industry. After generating your ideas, you’ll figure out how to choose the most appropriate creative solution and walk away inspired to do some serious out-of-the box thinking.
National Museum of the American Indian, Diker Pavilion
Join contemporary artist Keith BraveHeart (Oglala Lakota) as he discusses Oscar Howe and his influence on both his journey as an artist as well as his art, which draws strongly from his Lakota background. This talk is related to the exhibition Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe. Sketch pads and pencils will be available for sketch-along opportunities let by Keith. Also at 1pm. Free.
Based on a Hungarian folktale, Son of the White Mare (Marcell Jankovics,1981), is a swirling, color-mad epic journey to save the universe. Reminiscent of the hallucinatory palette of “Yellow Submarine” and the rich visual storytelling of “Fantasia,” critics have deemed it one of the greatest psychedelic animated movies ever made. Free popcorn will be served, and a discussion will follow the screenings. This film is rated PG 13.
An End to Binary Ballots?
Gender Requirements for Some Elected Offices Sparks Calls for Reform
Ever wonder why New York State has legal quotas limiting how many women can be elected as district leaders? Blame Eleanor Roosevelt. Some background: A district leader is an unsalaried, elected official who represents an Assembly District, and essentially ensures that a political party is being governed democratically. Usually, there is one district leader for every Assembly District. But the Democratic party mandates two district leaders per Assembly District: one male and one female. To read more…
Entry for the Gentry; Heave-Ho for the Hoi Polloi
Analysis By Housing Group Cites Threats to Affordability in Lower Manhattan
A leading housing advocacy organization has conducted an exhaustive look at threats to affordability in every community in the five boroughs, and has found that Lower Manhattan ranks among the top ten most at-risk neighborhoods by three pivotal metrics.
The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), an umbrella organization of 100 non-profit affordable housing and economic development groups that serve low- and moderate-income residents in all five boroughs of the City, has published the 2022 edition of its annual roundup, “How Is Affordable Housing Threatened In Your Neighborhood?” To read more…
They strut, they kiss, they preen. Click on the image to see the Pigeon Dance.
CLASSIFIEDS & PERSONALS
Swaps & Trades, Respectable Employment, Lost and Found
Available for PT/FT. Wonderful person, who is a great worker.
Worked in BPC.
$2.00 per notarized signature.
Lower Manhattan Greenmarkets
Greenwich Street & Chambers Street
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8am-3pm (compost program: Saturdays, 8am-1pm)
Bowling Green Greenmarket
Broadway & Whitehall St
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8am-5pm (compost program: 8am-11am)
The Outdoor Fulton Stall Market
91 South Street, between Fulton & John Streets
Indoor market: Monday through Saturday,11:30am-5pm
CSA pick-up: Thursday, 4pm-6pm; Friday, 11:30-5pm
Outdoor market: Saturday 11:30am-5pm, May through Thanksgiving
Today in History: June 7
In studies published on this day in 2018 in the journal “Science,” it is reported that the Mars Curiosity Rover found organic matter, including methane, on Mars. This low-angle self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called “Buckskin” on lower Mount Sharp.
1099 – First Crusade: Siege of Jerusalem begins.
1628 – The Petition of Right, a major English constitutional document, is granted the Royal Assent by Charles I and becomes law. It was passed by the House of Commons in 1628 in response to years of abuse by the King regarding forced billeting of soldiers, imprisonment without cause, the use of martial law and taxation. It was sent to the House of Lords and after weeks of debate, the Petition was ratified. Charles I bowed to pressure and sign the Petition on June 7th. It is seen to have served as the predecessor to the Third, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh amendments to the Constitution of the United States.
1892 – Homer Plessy is arrested for refusing to leave his seat in the “whites-only” car of a train; he loses the resulting court case, Plessy v. Ferguson.
1893 – Mohandas Gandhi commits his first act of civil disobedience.
1899 – American temperance crusader Carrie Nation begins her campaign of vandalizing alcohol-serving establishments by destroying the inventory in a saloon in Kiowa, Kansas.
1906 – Cunard Line’s RMS Lusitania is launched from the John Brown Shipyard, Glasgow (Clydebank), Scotland.
1938 – The Douglas DC-4E makes its first test flight.
1944 – World War II: Battle of Normandy
1965 – The Supreme Court hands down its decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, effectively legalizing the use of contraception by married couples.
1981 – The Israeli Air Force destroys Iraq’s Osiraq nuclear reactor.
1982 – Priscilla Presley opens Graceland to the public; the bathroom where Elvis Presley died five years earlier is kept off-limits.
2018 – Mars Curiosity Rover finds organic matter, including methane, on Mars in studies published in journal “Science”
156 BC – Emperor Wu of Han (d. 87 BC)
1848 – Paul Gauguin, French painter and sculptor (d. 1903)
1879 – Knud Rasmussen, Danish anthropologist and explorer (d. 1933)
1894 – Alexander P. de Seversky, Georgian-American pilot and engineer, co-designed the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt (d. 1974)
1909 – Virginia Apgar, American anesthesiologist and pediatrician, developed the Apgar test (d. 1974)
1910 – Marion Post Wolcott, American photographer (d. 1990)
1925 – John Biddle, American sailor and cinematographer (d. 2008)
1947 – Thurman Munson, American baseball player (d. 1979)
1952 – Orhan Pamuk, Turkish-American author, screenwriter, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1958 – Prince, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (d. 2016)
1965 – Damien Hirst, English painter and art collector
1988 – Michael Cera, Canadian actor
1990 – Iggy Azalea [Amethyst Kelly], Australian singer, rapper, and songwriter
1329 – Robert the Bruce, Scottish king (b. 1274)
1358 – Ashikaga Takauji, Japanese shogun (b. 1305)
1866 – Chief Seattle, American tribal chief (b. 1780)
1966 – Jean Arp, German-French sculptor, painter, and poet (b. 1886)
1967 – Dorothy Parker, American author, poet, and critic (b. 1893)
1970 – E. M. Forster, English writer and novelist, dies at 91
1980 – Henry Miller, American writer (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn), dies of circulatory complications at 88
1996 – Max Factor, Jr., American businessman (b. 1904)
2009 – Kenny Rankin, singer-songwriter, dies of lung cancer at 69