Sustainable Schooner, Carrying Comestibles, To Make Port in Lower Manhattan
The wind-powered schooner Apollonia hauls freight into New York harbor
Tomorrow (Saturday, September 25), the South Street Seaport Museum will welcome the Apollonia, a traditional gaff-rigged schooner, capable of carrying 20,000 pounds of cargo. The Hudson River’s only carbon-neutral, wind-powered merchant freighter will dock at Pier 16 (near the corner of Fulton and South Streets, from 9:15 to 11:00 am), where she will offload a shipment of New York State cider, maple products, wool, and other sustainable goods, for sale at the Fulton Stall Market.
The Apollonia sails regularly between New York Harbor and Hudson Valley towns such as Yonkers, Kingston, Ossining, Newburgh, and Albany as part of an emerging, regional eco-friendly supply chain. Among other consignments, she carries malt grown on farms Upstate to three craft breweries in Long Island City, Queens, while also making stops in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Above: The Apollonia’s crew relaxes in North Cove Marina. Below: The Apollonia’s cargo hold carries a faragoe of freight, including handmade oak barrels, and malt
For centuries, schooners hauled goods down the Hudson River from upstate and docked at the South Street Seaport, distributing cargo to local markets or transferring their loads onto larger, ocean-bound ships for more distant ports of call. But the Apollonia is not a quaint “living history” project, seeking merely to make the past come alive. Rather, it is part of growing sail-freight movement offering relevant, intelligent solutions to 21st-century problems.
The 64-foot, steel-hulled vessel was laid down in Baltimore in 1946, from a design by renowned naval architect J. Murray Watts. Starting in the summer of 2020, the Apolloniabegan hauling (in addition to malt) corn, yarn, hot sauce, handmade oak barrels, and oyster shells—along with the occasional shipment of petroleum-free pillows and CBD oil.
Much of the freight that Apollonia brings to Pier 16 will be available for sale at the nearby Fulton Stall Market. The vessel will be returning to the South Street Seaport on Saturday, October 30. Anyone wishing to reserve items from this passage is asked to place their order by October 21.
Nadler and Niou Lead Protest Over Court Fees That Hit Hardest Against the Poor
On Monday, two elected officials representing Lower Manhattan led a rally at Foley Square for a criminal justice reform proposal, which aims to alleviate a penal burden that weighs most heavily on the poorest New Yorkers.
State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou is sponsoring the End Predatory Court Fees Act, which would roll back the surcharges and extra costs that courts and government agencies attach to every conviction, from traffic tickets to felonies. To read more…
Three indicators paint an equivocal portrait of the economic outlook for Lower Manhattan. The most upbeat of these is the so-called Pret Index, a metric created by Bloomberg News, which tracks the sales of lattes at various outposts of Pret A Manger, a chain of sandwich shops that largely serves office workers in urban business districts.
Data released by Bloomberg on Tuesday indicates that, among Pret A Manger locations in the Financial District and Tribeca, sales of cappuccino drinks, “set a new pandemic high last week,” recovering to 45 percent of sales levels from January, 2020—just before the advent of COVID-19.
More sobering is data from Cushman & Wakefield, a global commercial real estate services firm, whose Marketview report for Manhattan retail in the second quarter of this year finds that fully 25 percent of ground-floor storefront spaces in Lower Manhattan are now vacant, and awaiting tenants. To read more…
Silverstein Envisions Breaking Ground Within Months on New Skyscraper at Two World Trade Center
After two decades years of rebuilding, there remains one significant missing piece in the World Trade Center complex. It is marked by the placeholder “podium” of a building at the west side of Church Street, between Vesey and Fulton Streets, which houses entry points for the underground shopping and transit facilities beneath the plaza, along with some ventilation equipment.
Formally designated at 200 Greenwich Street, this site is slated to someday be the home of Two World Trade Center. But 20 years of false starts may soon give way to actual construction. In a development first reported by the Commercial Observer, builder Larry Silverstein says that his firm is close to securing a deal with a corporate anchor tenant, and may start construction soon, even if such a rent does not commit to the building.
Lottery Opens for New Affordable Apartments in Financial District Building
Lower Manhattan’s meager inventory of affordable rental apartments will soon swell by 63 units, thanks to a new development nearing completion at 185 Broadway, at the corner of Dey Street. The building, which will be known by its branding address of 7 Dey, will contain a total of 206 apartments (the remaining 143 units will be market-rate rentals), along with several floors of retail and office space. In exchange for committing to affordability protections on the 63 units, developer S.L. Green received tax incentives worth many millions of dollars, which helped to build the $300 million project. To read more…
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The tall ship Wavertree, the schooner Pioneer, and the tug W.O. Decker are open to the public. Explore Wavertree while she is docked; cruise New York Harbor on W.O. Decker and Pioneer. Wavertree visits are free; Pioneer and Decker prices vary. Check website for times, prices and other details.
Art leaders Kamau Ware and Risë Wilson will discuss public art as an avenue for discovering and revealing untold histories. Multidimensional artist and historian Kamau Ware is Founder of Black Gotham Experience (BGX), an immersive multimedia project that reimagines the spaces directly impacted by the African Diaspora as human stories, Ware has become a voice to fill the visual abyss of Black New York history with research and illuminating creativity. Risë Wilson founded The Laundromat Project in 1999, an award-winning organization that connects artists and communities of color to their capacity to envision the world in which we all want to live, and the skills sets to make it so. Her twenty-year tenure in arts and culture has spanned philanthropic practice, strategic planning, artist development, and public engagement. Risë’s work in all its forms is preoccupied with dislodging herself from the bear-traps of oppression to help her kinfolk do the same.
9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Report
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.
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TODAY IN HISTORY
Henri Giffard built the first powered and steerable airship in France. On September 24, 1852, Giffard flew from the hippodrome at Place de l’Etoile to Élancourt, covering the 17 miles in around 3 hours. Unfortunately the engine was too weak to battle head winds for the return journey. The craft featured an elongated hydrogen-filled envelope that tapered to a point at each end. From this was suspended a long beam with a triangular, sail-like rudder at its aft end, and beneath the beam a platform for the pilot and steam engine.
787 – Second Council of Nicaea: The council assembles at the church of Hagia Sophia.
1789 – The United States Congress passes the Judiciary Act, creating the office of the Attorney General and federal judiciary system and ordering the composition of the Supreme Court.
1852 – The first airship powered by (a steam) engine, created by Henri Giffard, travels 17 miles (27 km) from Paris to Trappes.
1906 – President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation’s first National Monument.
1906 – Racial tensions exacerbated by rumors lead to the Atlanta Race Riot, further increasing racial segregation.
1929 – Jimmy Doolittle performs the first flight without a window, proving that full instrument flying from take off to landing is possible.
1946 – Cathay Pacific Airways is founded in Hong Kong.
1948 – The Honda Motor Company is founded.
1957 – President Eisenhower sends the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation.
1960 – USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is launched.
2019 – An impeachment inquiry is initiated by the United States House of Representatives against President Donald Trump.
1501 – Gerolamo Cardano, Italian mathematician, physician, and astrologer (d. 1576)
1755 – John Marshall, American Continental Army officer, jurist, and politician, 4th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (d. 1835)
1883 – Franklin Clarence Mars, American businessman, founded Mars, Incorporated (d. 1934)
1893 – Blind Lemon Jefferson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1929)
1896 – F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1940)
1911 – Konstantin Chernenko, Soviet politician (d. 1985)
1923 – Fats Navarro, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1950)
768 – Pepin the Short, Frankish king (b. 714)
1572 – Túpac Amaru, last of the Incas
1991 – Dr. Seuss, American children’s book writer, poet, and illustrator (b. 1904)
2004 – Françoise Sagan, French author and screenwriter (b. 1935)
2016 – Buckwheat Zydeco, American accordionist and bandleader (b. 1947)