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From the Shelter to the Dorm
Trinity Boosts Support for Downtown’s Hometown College
Above: Borough of Manhattan Community College, located in Tribeca, is the beneficiary of a $2-million grant from Trinity Church to create a dormitory for homeless students.
Trinity Church, the Episcopal parish in Lower Manhattan, is doubling down on an earlier contribution to Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), located on Chambers Street, that was tailored to offer housing to homeless students enrolled at the school. The original $2-million grant, allocated last December, was earmarked to construct a residential facility near the campus that will provide shelter to up to 40 students for as long three years. That dormitory is expected to be open by next spring.
Trinity recently announced a second donation that will prepare the dorm for students. “In addition to their $2-million grant that will allow us to provide year-round dormitory housing for some of our homeless and housing-insecure students, Trinity Church Wall Street has generously allocated incremental funds to outfit all of the dorm rooms,” said Julie Appel, director of Project Impact, a BMCC program that supports students who have been impacted by the justice system. “They will be supplying sheets, blankets, and pillows for each student living in the dorms, together with towels, desk lamps, toilet paper, and paper towels,” as well as toiletries. “As a result of this new support, our students will be able to move into their dorm rooms with the proper supplies to begin their new living experience.”
“Many of our students are housing-insecure and live in shelters, couch surf, live in transitional housing, or sleep on the subways,” said Karen Wilson-Stevenson, BMCC’s vice president for Institutional Advancement. “It is very difficult to concentrate on academics while simultaneously worrying about where you are going to sleep at night.”
A 2019 survey of students at the City University of New York system (of which BMCC is a part) found that of the 22,000 respondents, 55 percent reported experiencing housing insecurity in the previous year, while 14 percent had experienced actual homelessness.
Reverend Phil Jackson (right), Trinity’s priest-in-charge, said that the grants, “are giving a voice to the voiceless and implementing innovative programming to help those most in need in their communities.
“These grants are a response to the needs of our time,” he added, “which have been exacerbated by the global pandemic, and we are pleased to be able to assist the organizations that are doing this good work.”
Fine Line Between ‘Discerning’ and ‘Discriminating’
Equity Remains Elusive at the Crown Jewel of City’s Public High Schools
New data from this year’s specialized high school admissions cycle is sparking continued debate over racial diversity at Stuyvesant High School, the top public specialized high school in New York City. Long-considered a top-ten school in the nation, Stuyvesant has become the center of an ongoing debate about the fairness of its admissions. Read more…
Running the Good Race
Annual Run Through Battery Tunnel Honors Memory of Fallen Hero
The annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk will bring more than 30,000 joggers through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel on Sunday, September 25, guiding the multitude into Battery Park City and toward the finish line on West Street, between Warren and Murray Streets. There will also be a street fair on Vesey Street, between West Street and North End Avenue, immediately following the race. Read more…
To the editor,
What is missing from the equation is the fact that the student must ask to be admitted to Stuyvesant (and the other specialized high schools) by ranking his or her choices. Stuyvesant does not choose any students who have not ranked it as the top choice. Without knowing how many Black and LatinX students rank Stuyvesant, the numbers about admissions mean nothing.
To the editor,
Very little mention is ever given to the team managing the finish line at the annual Tunnel to Towers run. We are all from various CERT teams, though for years it was mainly the Tribeca CERT team members who got to Warren and West Streets at 8am, dragged the then-wooden crowd barriers in place, spent hours keeping parents, kids, bike riders, etc in place (no easy task), while hordes of runners passed. It is also our job to spot the first male and female runner, first wounded warriors, and alert the people at the actual finish line on West Street. I’ve done this as Team Chief for over 10 years and this is my final one. I love what the
Siller family and its foundation do, but at 77 I need to be a cheerleader not the chief.
Thursday, September 22
Meet BPCA’s Dog Waste Composting Team
Learn about Battery Park City’s dog waste compost program. The fully-tested compost is applied along the West Street/Route 9A median.
Keeping the spirit of “son cubano” alive in New York City and beyond, Los Soneros de Oriente traces their lineage back to a member of the Sexteto Habanero, the legendary Cuban band who brought this music of Spanish and African origin to prominence when they recorded for RCA in the 1920s. Free.
Lunchtime talk hosted by the Museum of American Finance. Merger arbitrage is focused on investing in announced mergers, acquisitions, takeovers and other corporate reorganizations. It is a practice that combines math, judgment and a keen understanding of various legal, regulatory and industry dynamics. Free.
Historic Battery Park
Tour of the urban vegetable farm and perennial forest farm, led by park staff. RSVP required. This tour is intended for ages 13 and up. Free.
Historic Battery Park
Kid-friendly tour of the urban vegetable farm. RSVP required. Tour is intended for children under the age of 13. Free.
Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl Street
Join Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York to celebrate the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. Yale Law School’s Logan Beirne, author of Blood of Tyrants: George Washington & the Forging of the Presidency, will speak about how George Washington’s actions during the Revolutionary War helped define many of our constitutional traditions. Reception including lecture: $25. Dinner, including reception and lecture: $130.
- SLA-related Policy Clarifications
- Discussion on Meeting Remotely Versus Hybrid
- Capital and Expense Budget Items for FY 2024
- 9/11 Memorial as a National Monument – Discussion with Robert Gottheim, District Director, Office of Congressman Jerry Nadler
- Committee reports
Performance by the faculty and students of the Church Street School for Music and Art. Free.
Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place
Jake Sherman learned classical piano by listening to his father play Bach every morning. His most recent album, Jake Sherman Gets Sexy, has a point of view that is both poignant and Weird Al-esque. $10 suggested donation.
Free moving screening. Doors open at 6pm. Movie plays at 7pm. Walkups are welcome, but RSVP is recommended. Free.
Friday, September 23
This tour brings top-ranked equestrian jumping teams from around the world to compete on Governors Island. The exhibition village includes shops and food and beverage options, and public seating for visitors to see horses and their riders compete for the top spot. Through September 25. Free; reservations required.
Meet at Rector Park East
Explore the parks of BPC, and see what makes this spot a hang-out for urban birds and marvelous migrators. Binoculars and field guides provided, or bring your own.
Chambers St. entrance to Rockefeller Park
Presentation led by Alveole beekeepers. Learn about urban beekeeping and its benefit to sustainability efforts in BPC and throughout the city. Free.
Pier 16, South Street Seaport
Tour the historic, steel-hulled, three-masted, full-rigged vessel visiting from Denmark. The ship’s visit during UN Climate Week aims to inspire dialogue around innovative and sustainable climate solutions. The ship sails for the Azores on September 25. 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
A fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
1692 – Last hanging of those convicted of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials; others are all eventually released.
1711 – The Tuscarora War begins in present-day North Carolina.
1776 – Nathan Hale is hanged for spying during the American Revolution.
1823 – Joseph Smith claims to have found the golden plates after being directed by God through the Angel Moroni to the place where they were buried.
1975 – Sara Jane Moore tries to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford, but is foiled by the Secret Service.
1980 – Iraq invades Iran.
1991 – The Dead Sea Scrolls are made available to the public for the first time.
1547 – Philipp Nicodemus Frischlin, German philologist, mathematician, astronomer, and poet (d. 1590)
1791 – Michael Faraday, English physicist and chemist (d. 1867)
1920 – Eric Baker, English activist, co-founded Amnesty International (d. 1976)
1927 – Tommy Lasorda, American baseball player, coach, and manager
1777 – John Bartram, American botanist and explorer (b. 1699)
1828 – Shaka Zulu, Zulu chieftain and monarch of the Zulu Kingdom (b. 1787)
1989 – Irving Berlin, Russian-born American composer and songwriter (b. 1888)
2001 – Isaac Stern, Polish-Ukrainian violinist and conductor (b. 1920)
2007 – Marcel Marceau, French mime and actor (b. 1923)
2015 – Yogi Berra, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1925)
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