City of Water Day Celebrates Our Urban Archipelago
New York City flourished because of its mighty harbor and rivers. Ships like Wavertreedocked side by side along the East River 150 years ago.
The Waterfront Alliance will present the 15th annual City of Water Day tomorrow (Saturday, July 15), with more than 60 mini celebrations dotting the New York and New Jersey coastlines, including several waterfront sites in Lower Manhattan. The Alliance is a nonprofit that advocates for greater access to and resilience for the waterfronts and waterways of the region.
“Each year, we open people’s eyes to the beauty and abundance of the coastlines and waterfronts that form our city of islands and form our region,” says Cortney Koenig Worrall, president of the Alliance. “Through a multitude of free activities all around New York City and New Jersey, more people of all ages are understanding that rivers, bays, creeks, beaches, and shorelines are precious natural resources to enjoy, share, and protect. And the climate art at City of Water Day in the Seaport area helps us to connect in sensory and deeper ways, hopefully bringing us all together to fight for the future.”
Captain Jonathan Boulware, president of the South Street Seaport Museum, adds that “this multi-borough, multi-organization, multi-artist effort will raise awareness of New York’s coastline: from the past during which it was our great asset, to the future, during which it will be our great challenge.”
More than a dozen City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood events in and around Lower Manhattan will amplify this theme. At the Seaport Museum tomorrow, visitors will be able to take free tours of the historic ships Wavertree and Ambrose, and explore the museum’s galleries at 12 Fulton Street.
Visitors to the Seaport will also be able to experience the third annual Art at the BlueLine, a free outdoor exhibition associated with City of Water Day that uses interactive art installations to underscore the urgent need for coastal resilience. Artists will present their works at the future high-tide line (or “BlueLine”) and offer a lens into the realities of climate change, waterfront access, and environmental justice. Featured works will include Matthew López-Jensen’s “You Are Getting Warmer,” Mary Mattingly’s “River Lab,” and Sarah Nelson Wright’s and Edrex Fontanilla’s “Tomorrow’s Sea.”
These are fish in the River Project’s Wetlab tanks at Pier 40.
Next door, at Pier 17, Friends of + POOL will offer Urban Swimming: a New Age for New York, a pop-up exhibition of urban swim projects from around the world, plus a preview of the future site of + POOL, which is planned as New York’s first in-river swim facility.
On Governors Island, the Changemaker Station (presented by the Climate Museum) will offer an interactive hub for civic climate action on City of Water Day, with activities for adults and children seeking ways to advocate for a climate-safe future. Elsewhere on Governors Island, Music on the Half Shell (from the Billion Oyster Project) will offer a porch-side musical performance.
On the banks of the Hudson River, in Rockefeller Park at 11am on City of Water Day, the Battery Park City Authority will offer a nature walk and kid-friendly collaborative art project focused on environmental stewardship.
Further north on the Hudson River at Pier 40 (Houston Street), the Wetlab managed by the Hudson River Park’s River Project will introduce visitors to the wildlife that dwells beneath the waves. This flow-through aquarium houses dozens of species of fish and invertebrates, all caught within Hudson River Park as part of an ongoing ecological survey.
Admission to all City of Water Day activities, exhibits, and events is free. For more information, see this interactive map of all City of Water Day sites, including those Downtown.
Preserving ‘a Postmodern Idiosyncratic Folly’
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Adams Agrees to Discuss Release of Documents from 2001 about City Hall’s Awareness of Ground Zero Health Risks
Mayor Eric Adams has taken a step that was blocked by three of his predecessors. He is willing to consider releasing documents concealed by the administrations of Mayors Rudy Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg, and Bill de Blasio about what information City Hall had in the weeks following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, regarding environmental toxins released by the collapse of the World Trade Center.
Cosmos of starry skies reflected in Earth’s fireflies
The first image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope offers a stunning new view of the universe. This first-of-a-kind infrared image is so distant in the cosmos that it shows stars and galaxies as they appeared 13 billion years ago. See the images here. Credit: NASA
In dark sky locations on July nights, the cosmos of stars meets and seems to blend with brilliant, flashing firefly lights in the space between treetops and ground in a great, animated surround. At nightfall, blinking lightning bugs stream over wild meadows, fallow hay fields, parks and gardens where artificial light is minimized—leaving the awe-struck stargazer rapt in Earth’s near atmosphere that is alive with luminescent, courting beetles.
This Skyscraper Museum tour focuses on Battery Park City’s commercial core with its 1980s skyscrapers of the original World Financial Center (now Brookfield Place) designed by architect Cesar Pelli, as well as North Cove Marina and its public realm. This walk investigates how the planning concept of public-private partnership was both the principle and economic engine of the Battery Park City project and how the goals of opening the waterfront to public access and recreation were realized over three decades. Tour is limited to 25 people. Free.
Rhythm and grooves fill the air at this Friday evening program. Follow the lead of professional drummers as they guide you through the pulsating beats of traditional African drumming techniques and methods. Drums provided, dancing welcome! Free.
Performers from all around the world apply to be part of this culminating showcase. Each year LOHH selects the work of all female crews & companies to present their work. It is a sold-out night sharing the international hip-hop cultural perspective featuring women and girls from New York to New Zealand. $20-$30
Saturday, July 16
Drawing in the Park
Paint in watercolor or use pastels and other drawing materials to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape of South Cove. An artist/educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media.
Free region-wide day to raise awareness about sea level rise and climate change, and to advocate for a climate resilient New York and New Jersey harbor. Dozens of communities in New York and New Jersey will host their own City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood events. See story above.
After a read-aloud of Mo Willems’s picture book Knuffle Bunny, we will adventure around Battery Park City and point out different aspects of urban design that make this neighborhood walkable. All ages welcome. RSVP required. This indoor program meets at the Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl. Masks are required for indoor programs. Free.
On tree-lined King Ave, nestled between historic early 20th-century buildings, this idyllic market features a rotating lineup of over 30 of the city’s emerging makers, designers, artists, and small businesses selling handcrafted jewelry, art, apparel, bath and body care, tableware, home furnishings, artisanal packaged food and more.
Outdoor non-toxic print workshop. Learn to make rainbow roll prints and your own collagraph by gluing cut paper and flat objects onto plates. All materials are included. All ages are welcome. Dedicated workshop: 11am – 12:30pm (RSVP required). Open Printmaking: 12:30 – 2pm. Free.
Create 3-D fantastical flowers inspired by native wildflowers and tropical blossoms! Build a single bloom, a whole bouquet, a flower corsage, or a flower crown! Combining a variety of paper techniques and templates you’ll cut, twist, twirl, tear, and fold your flower into shape. Part of the Sway’s Bloom event. Free.
Violinist Curtis Stewart performs “of Love:”, a set of works featuring music of Alice Coltrane, Johannes Brahms, Greek Folk Tunes, Duke Ellington, Henry Purcell, The Killers, Bill Withers, JS Bach, Kendrick Lamar/Thundercat, and Curtis Stewart. Repeated at 3pm. Free.
On the deck of the historic tall ship Wavertree, engage your mind and body as you are led through a 60-minute vinyasa-based yoga practice that is accessible and challenging for all levels. The practice will be followed by a tour of Wavertree for anyone who wishes to participate. Bring your own mat.
In this Museum of Jewish Heritage walking tour, learn how Jews of many backgrounds converged in New York and forged a uniquely American Judaism. Trace the Jewish experience in Colonial and post-Revolutionary New York, viewing familiar landmarks such as Castle Clinton, Bowling Green, Federal Hall, and the Stock Exchange through a Jewish lens. $10 suggested donation.
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)
World Trade Center Oculus Greenmarket
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: Saturdays, 11:30am-5pm
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This is the Rosetta Stone, found in Egypt on this day in 1799. It is inscribed with three versions of a decree issued in Memphis, Egypt, in 196 BC by King Ptolemy V Epiphanes. The top and middle texts are in Ancient Egyptian using hieroglyphic and Demotic scripts respectively, while the bottom is in Ancient Greek. The Rosetta Stone allowed previously indecipherable Egyptian scripts to be decoded.
1099 – First Crusaders plunder Jerusalem
1741 – Alexei Chirikov sends men ashore in a longboat and they become the first Europeans to visit Alaska.
1783 – The first steamboat, Pyroscaphe, operates in France
1799 – The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta.
1815 – Napoleon surrenders to Captain Frederick Maitland of HMS Bellerophon at Rochefort after his earlier defeat at the Battle of Waterloo
1911 – 46 inches of rain (which began on July 14) falls in Baguio, Philippines
1922 – The first duck-billed platypus is publicly exhibited in US, at NY zoo
1933 – Wiley Post began first solo flight around world
1973 – Paul Getty III kidnapped
1997 – Jerold Mackenzie awarded $26.6 million (reduced to $625,000) for being fired from Miller Brewing for sexual harassment for relaying a Seinfeld episode to a coworker
2002 – “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy.
2018 – 8-year-old girl finds pre-Viking-era sword in Vidostern lake, Sweden. The Internet proclaims her Queen of Sweden
2021 – Devastating floods linked to climate change sweep through towns in western Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, killing at least 188 people
1458 – Juan Ponce de Leon, Spanish explorer (d. 1521)
1606 – Rembrandt van Rijn, Netherlands, painter (d. 1669)
1796 – Thomas Bulfinch, mythologist
1950 – Arianna Huffington, author, creator of The Huffington Post
1951 – Jesse “The Body” Ventura, wrestler/actor
1521 – Juan Ponce de León, Spanish explorer and conquistador who searched for the fountain of youth and was the first European to discover Florida, dies at 61
1883 – Tom Thumb, famous small person, dies of a stroke at 44
1948 – John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, US general, dies at 87
1997 – Gianni Versace, fashion designer, shot to death by Andrew Cunanan at 50