Kids in Southern Battery Park City Among Least Protected Against Polio
More than four in ten children in southern Battery Park City fail to meet the threshold of three polio shots by age five, according to data from City health officials.
Amid rising fears of a polio outbreak in New York, southern Battery Park City has the second lowest rate of vaccination for children among any community in the five boroughs of New York City.
According to data from the City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH), more than four in ten children between the ages of six months and five years old, residing in zip code 10280 (Battery Park City, between Liberty Street and Battery Place), fail to meet the threshold of three doses of polio vaccination. This local rate of 58.0 percent is trailed only the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, where just 56.3 percent of children in the same age group have received three polio shots.
Elsewhere in Lower Manhattan, vaccination rates uniformly exceed the City-wide average of 86.2 percent of all children. In four nearby zip codes (10282, 10004, 10005, and 10006—northern Battery Park City, two parts of the Financial District, and Greenwich South, respectively) more than 99 percent of children have received three doses of polio vaccine.
In zip code 10013 (northern Tribeca, above Chambers Street and below of Canal Street) vaccination rates trail neighboring communities slightly, at 98.1 percent. Only zip code 10038 (the Civic Center and Seaport areas, between Broadway and the East River, north of Maiden Lane and stretching a few blocks beyond the Brooklyn Bridge) trails the City-wide average, at 84.9 percent, although even this tally far exceeds southern Battery Park City’s.
(All data are current as of June 30, the most recent date for which such statistics are available.)
On Friday, Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency over polio, after traces of the disease were found in waste water in New York City and on Long Island. This development followed the identification, in July, of the first case of polio in New York State in almost ten years, in which a Rockland County man was stricken with the disease, which can cause paralysis and death.
To the Editor,
At the beginning of its recovery from the Covid plague with climate change and inflation upon us, New York faces many formidable challenges and opportunities. The city needs a plan to sustain its reputation as a world culinary and food leader and to provide for quality, economical food production and security. The city needs an agriculture-based organization with the power to ensure a climate-resilient food system with logistics for the long-term reporting directly to the mayor. We need a year-round, indoor-outdoor public farmer’s market of New-York-scale with a healthy eating, cooking and learning center. The time is at hand to expand and enhance the Fulton Stall Market and its related Public Farmers Markets. The Translux building is available in the Seaport as an excellent potential venue. It’s time for all of us to come together and INVEST.
In 2013, Christine Quinn, then Speaker of the New York City Council, set out on a civic mission of environmental sustainability to restore food systems with Stephen Dima, of the Fulton Stall Market; Robert Lewis, of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets; and many others. The goal was to promote food access in underserved neighborhoods and enact policies to ensure environmental justice across the city through public farmers markets to support local food production and community development.
Part of this initiative was re-zoning Pier 17 for the Howard Hughes Corporation, providing a minimum of 10,000 square feet for a specialty food marketplace and furnishing a seven-day a week fresh food for local producers—the Fulton Stall Market. With the full opening of the upscale 53,000 square foot Tin Building in September of this year, there remains the fundamental need for a full-scale Fulton Stall-Public Farmers Market.
Public Farmers Markets are a realization of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia’s vision of advancing health and community. They are essential to national and New York City infrastructure and to public well-being. We call upon the City Council and the Mayor to plan with a green and healthy vision for the future–to Build Back now, to Build Back Better, to Build Back Best.
Explore the wondrous ecosystem of the Hudson River as young stewards of this valuable natural resource. Practice the skills required to operate a rod and reel and experience the thrill of catch-and-release fishing. Identify our native fish for data submission to research groups to help monitor the health of our local waters. Water testing and other fun projects will augment the study. Registration required.
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). Free.
In this online lecture hosted by the Skyscraper Museum, Annemarie Sammartino tells Co-op City’s story from the perspectives of those who built it and of the ordinary people who made their homes in this monument to imperfect liberal ideals of economic and social justice. Free.
China has been on the spotlight for its rapid urbanization and tremendous economic growth. Big cities form a major theme in the mainstream Chinese film industry. But the post-1980s generation of auteurs, many from regional China, have focused their cameras squarely on China’s backwater towns, helping to shine a light on social concerns that are often missed in under-represented communities where tens of millions of Chinese still live. $10.
Raise a glass to freedom and sing along to traditional songs from the colonial era performed by Anne Enslow and Ridley Enslow. These songs, performed on authentic 18th-century instruments, would have been heard in taverns across the colonies throughout the colonial era.
Livestream of Sarah Cameron Sunde’s ninth and final performance in the series, 36.5/A Durational Performance with the Sea, in which the artist will stand in a tidal bay in Lenapehoking (Queens, New York) for a full tidal cycle to draw awareness to water, time and rising sea levels. The Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place will be one of many livestream locations on this day, throughout New York City and the world. 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. Free.
Onlin talk, hosted by the Museum of American Finance, with UCLA Law Professor James Park, author of The Valuation Treadmill: How Securities Fraud Threatens the Integrity of Public Companies. Prof. Park will discuss the history of securities fraud regulation from the 1960s to the present. Free.
Cash bar with beer and wine, so 21+ only. Peter Zummo & Friends return with grooves, vibrations and song on the Buoy Deck. Sets at 6:30 and 7:45. Artist Graciela Cassel will discuss her work in the current on-board exhibition.
Strengthen the body and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels are welcome. Bring your own mat. Free.
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
Today in History
Edith Windsor, left, with Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney at the 2016 dedication of the Stonewall National Monument on Christopher Street. Ms. Windsor, who died on this day five years ago, was the lead plaintiff in the 2013 Supreme Court of the United States case United States v. Windsor, which overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. With this decision, federal agencies extended rights, privileges and benefits to married same-sex couples. Among many honors, Ms. Windsor was a runner-up, to Pope Francis, for 2013 Time Person of the Year.
490 BC – In the Battle of Marathon, the Athenians and their Plataean allies defeat the first Persian invasion force of Greece.
1609 – Henry Hudson, aboard Halve Maen. begins exploring the Hudson River.
1683 – In the Austro-Ottoman War, in the Battle of Vienna, several European armies join forces to defeat the Ottoman Empire.
1814 – In the Battle of North Point, an American detachment halts the British land advance to Baltimore in the War of 1812.
1846 – Elizabeth Barrett elopes with Robert Browning.
1857 – The SS Central America sinks about 160 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, drowning 426 passengers and crew. The ship was carrying 13–15 tons of gold from the California Gold Rush.
1923 – Southern Rhodesia, today called Zimbabwe, is annexed by the United Kingdom.
1940 – Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France.
1958 – Jack Kilby demonstrates the first working integrated circuit while at Texas Instruments.
1974 – Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia is deposed, ending a reign of 58 years.
1994 – Frank Eugene Corder fatally crashes a single-engine Cessna 150 into the White House’s south lawn, striking the West Wing. There were no other casualties.
2012 Excavators announce that they may have found the remains of King Richard III of England under a carpark in Leicester
1492 – Lorenzo de’ Medici, Duke of Urbino (d. 1519)
1575 – Henry Hudson, English navigator and explorer (d. 1611)
1812 – Richard March Hoe, American engineer and businessman, invented the Rotary printing press (d. 1886)
1880 – H. L. Mencken, American journalist and critic (d. 1956)
1891 – Arthur Hays Sulzberger, American publisher (d. 1968)
1892 – Alfred A. Knopf, Sr., American publisher (d. 1984)
1913 – Jesse Owens, sprinter and long jumper (d. 1980)
1944 – Barry White, singer-songwriter (d. 2003)
1980 – Yao Ming, Chinese basketball player
640 – Sak K’uk’, Mayan queen
1977 – Steve Biko, South African activist (b. 1946)
1977 – Robert Lowell, American poet (b. 1917)
1986 – Jacques Henri Lartigue, French painter and photographer (b. 1894)
2003 – Johnny Cash, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (b. 1932)
2008 – David Foster Wallace, novelist, short story writer, and essayist (b. 1962)
2017 – Edith Windsor, LGBT rights activist and IBM technology manager (b. 1929)