Above: Piruz Partow, the new executive director at the Church Street School for Music and Art, plays the Tar (a traditional Iranian four-stringed instrument, fashioned from mulberry wood and lambskin, and related to the lute), while also composing music for the Persian bluegrass band Vatan. Below: The Church Street School, long a Lower Manhattan cultural mainstay, got a new lease on life in 2018, when it moved to a larger facility at 41 White Street, in Tribeca.
A Lower Manhattan cultural mainstay has new leadership. The Church Street School for Music and Art has named Piruz Partow to be the School’s executive director, where he has succeeded co-founder and longtime executive director Dr. Lisa Ecklund-Flores, who stepped down in August, after 30 years at the helm.
The School’s board chose Mr. Partow after a four-month nationwide search. He comes to Church Street from the renowned Brooklyn Music School, where he spent eight years as executive director, following a decade as a music instructor.
During his tenure at the Brooklyn Music School, Mr. Partow and his team grew the student body by one quarter each year, reaching more than 13,000 students annually, while also raising more than $11 million dollars. He also dramatically increased the School’s engagement with its community. Before becoming a music educator and arts administrator, Mr. Partow had a career as a classical bassist and jazz musician. He also plays the Tar (a traditional Iranian four-stringed instrument, fashioned from mulberry wood and lambskin, and related to the lute), while also composing music for the Persian bluegrass band Vatan.
“It was immediately clear to the entire board what a great fit Piruz would be as Church Street School’s next leader,” notes the School’s board chair, Judy Levine. “He is uniquely positioned to build on our founding legacy of creativity and access. I can’t wait to see where he takes the School in its next iteration. He is truly the right leader at the right time for this beloved community institution.”
Dr. Ecklund-Flores, who will remain on the faculty teaching private instrumental lessons and group classes, observes of her successor, “I am very impressed with his vision for the School’s future and his commitment to accessible arts education for all. He has a rare and excellent combination of experience as an artist, educator, and administrator. Lower Manhattan will be lucky to have his talents and passion devoted to its only not-for-profit community arts school.”
Mr. Partow says, “I look forward to honoring and continuing the spirit and legacy of Lisa Ecklund-Flores in making quality community arts education accessible to the Tribeca community and beyond.”
The Church Street School has been offering process-oriented art and music classes since 1990. From its beginnings, in a second-floor walk-up on Church Street, the school has blossomed into a community center for the arts that serves thousands of students and their families in the neighborhood and beyond. From its current location at 41 White Street, the school offers group and private music and art lessons, a rich array of after-school and teen programs, senior chorus, off-site programs for underserved communities, and more.
The Winds of Change
Sustainable Schooner, Carrying Comestibles, Makes Port in Lower Manhattan
On Saturday, September 25, the South Street Seaport Museum welcomed 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 docked at Pier 16 and offloaded 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.
Reception, lecture, optonal dinner. Author and Sons of the Revolution (NY) member Ric Murphy will speak about his family genealogy, and his ancestors who fought in the American Revolution, serving in New York, Massachusetts and North Carolina regiments. Their story is covered in Ric’s book, Freedom Road, which also details Ric’s ancestors who fought in the War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. $15-$125
Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training, and a lot of fun. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: weights, water bottle, hand towel, etc. Masks required. Participants must maintain six feet of physical distance between households. All programs will be held in accordance with New York State reopening guidance. Free Battery Park City Authority
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The Food for Thought series continues its pursuit of three goals – to restart, revive, and reconnect. Join the conversation on Thursday, September 30 at 5:30 PM with guest speaker and communication expert Caitlin Harper, founder of communication consultancy Commcoterie, who will discuss how to best communicate and collaborate effectively to strengthen your relationships and succeed. Free
Since the first Superman comic was published in 1938, there has been a persistent fascination with superheroes. Today, we see them everywhere: television, movies, comics, toys, and anywhere else one can think of. Jews have played an important role in superhero culture, both as characters and creators. Join the Museum for a program exploring Jewish superheroes with comic book writer Marguerite Bennett (DC Bombshells) and editor Danny Fingeroth (Marvel’s Spiderman Comics Line). They will be in conversation with journalist Abraham Riesman, author of True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee. $ 10
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‘A Modern Debtor’s Prison’
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…
Sufficient Unto the Dey
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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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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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.
1908 – The first production of the Ford Model T automobile was built at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
1066 – William the Conqueror and his army set sail from the mouth of the River Somme, beginning the Norman conquest of England.
1540 – The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) receives its charter from Pope Paul III.
1590 – Pope Urban VII dies 13 days after being chosen as the Pope, making his reign the shortest papacy in history.
1825 – The world’s first public railway to use steam locomotives, the Stockton and Darlington Railway, is opened.
1854 – The steamship SS Arctic sinks with 300 people on board. This marks the first great disaster in the Atlantic Ocean.
1908 – The first production of the Ford Model T automobile was built at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
1928 – The Republic of China is recognized by the United States.
1938 – Ocean liner Queen Elizabeth launched in Glasgow.
1941 – The SS Patrick Henry is launched becoming the first of more than 2,700 Liberty ships.
1954 – The nationwide debut of Tonight Starring Steve Allen (The Tonight Show) hosted by Steve Allen on NBC.
1962 – Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring is published, inspiring an environmental movement and the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1996 – In Afghanistan, the Taliban capture the capital city Kabul after driving out President Burhanuddin Rabbani and executing former leader Mohammad Najibullah.
1998 – The Google internet search engine retrospectively claims this as its birthday.
“The President seems to extend executive privilege way out past the atmosphere. What he says is executive privilege is nothing but executive poppycock.” Sam Ervin during the Watergae hearings.
1544 – Takenaka Shigeharu, Japanese samurai (d. 1579)
1601 – Louis XIII of France (d. 1643)
1840 – Thomas Nast, German-American cartoonist (d. 1902)
1896 – Sam Ervin, American soldier and politician (d. 1985)
1922 – Arthur Penn, American director and producer (d. 2010)
1929 – Calvin Jones, American pianist, composer, and educator (d. 2004)
1942 – Dith Pran, Cambodian photographer and journalist (d. 2008)
1735 – Peter Artedi, Swedish ichthyologist and zoologist (b. 1705) Ichthyology also known as fish science, is the branch of biology devoted to the study of fish. This includes bony fishes (Osteichthyes), cartilaginous fish (Chondrichthyes), and jawless fish (Agnatha).
1917 – Edgar Degas, French painter and sculptor (b. 1834)
1993 – Jimmy Doolittle, American general, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1896)
2009 – William Safire, American author and journalist (b. 1929)
2017 – Hugh Hefner, American publisher, founder of Playboy Enterprises (b. 1926)