Lower Manhattan Community Sidelined from September 11 Observances, Again
On the afternoon of September 11, 2001, Battery Park City residents Charles Owen Frederick and his son Uriah emerged from their apartment and walked past the hellish cloud on their way to reunite with their family.
A time-honored tradition will be upheld on Saturday, September 11, when residents from the community that was devastated by the terrorist attacks of that day 20 years ago are once again excluded from the ceremonies marking the anniversary.
This ongoing snub became the focus of a heated discussion at the Executive Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1) on August 17, when Chris Mendoza, the manager of Government and Community Affairs for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, outlined plans for community representatives to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site — on September 10.
CB1 chair Tammy Meltzer responded to this presentation by saying, “one of the things I have been talking to the Museum about is the fact that we are here. We are here the 10th, the 11th, and the 12th. We have been here for all these years. Having a spot and an opportunity to recognize those people who have been part of the community, in addition to our first responders, to represent the community, the kids in the schools, the teachers, the people who live here — this is very important.”
CB1 member Jill Goodkind (whose husband, longtime community leader Tom Goodkind, died of a September 11-related cancer in 2019) asked, “does the Memorial or the Museum ever plan to acknowledge on September 11 the people who were attacked not in the World Trade, but alongside it, in our homes? The collapse fell on our apartments, on our children, on all of us. Is there ever going to be any acknowledgement of us on September 11?
Pat Moore, who chairs CB1’s Quality of Life Committee, queried, “has there ever been a serious discussion of acknowledging us on the 11th? We were not attacked on the 10th, we were attacked on the 11th.”
Mr. Mendoza apparently somewhat mystified, replied, “it sounds like you are talking about Downtown residents and survivors? Am I right?”
Ms. Goodkind answered, “we are talking about people who were attacked on September 11.”
Mr. Mendoza continued, “there are a lot of different stakeholders. And there are numerous days throughout the year when we do honor and respect residents, such as May 30th, which marks the end of the rescue and recovery period.”
Ms. Goodkind pressed, “my question is specific to September 11. Has there been or will there ever be any discussion of honoring those who were attacked in their homes, across the street?”
“Many of whom have since died as a result of these attacks,” Ms. Moore added.
CB1 chair Tammy Meltzer
Ms. Meltzer joined the fray, asking, “will we have a place at the table, which we have been asking for for over 20 years, on the 11th, instead of another day? Even laying the wreaths would be more appropriate on the 11th than on the 10th. Can you please work with us to see that we have a place on the 11th?”
“I can’t say one way or the other,” Mr. Mendoza replied. “This has to be part of a larger conversation. I can bring this back to the leadership at the Museum.”
Ms. Meltzer pushed further, observing that, “your museum includes many items that were collected and donated by the community. Furniture from the homes of residents are part of your exhibit. Part of the reason your Museum exists is that the community supported it and the community helped build it.”
Mr. Mendoza attempted to change the subject, saying, “give me one moment to talk about the ceremony on May 30.”
Ms. Meltzer cut him off, insisting, “no, we don’t want to hear about May 30.”
A reporter noted that, “in addition to residents being excluded from the ceremonies, they are also being excluded from the deliberations by the leadership team you are going to bring these concerns back to,” and asked, “why aren’t representatives from this community in that room, participating in that decision?
Mr. Mendoza answered, “I’d love to talk to the leadership, but I can’t answer questions about why it hasn’t happened in the past. The ceremony hasn’t changed much since it started.”
At this, multiple CB1 members blurted out simultaneously, “that’s the problem!”
A member of the audience noted, “the ceremony was broken to begin with, and it’s still broken, because the process is broken. So how about fixing the process, in order to fix the result of the process?”
Before Mr. Mendoza could respond, Ms. Meltzer said, “our goal is to be incorporated on September 11, and finally be recognized as part of the process.
Justine Cuccia, chair of CB1’s Battery Park City Committee, added, “as part of the people who suffered that day.
The discussion concluded with an observation by Tricia Joyce, chair of CB1’s Youth & Education Committee, that, “more have died since that day from diseases related to September 11, than died on that day.”
The Broadsheet Sept 7 – 20 in Downtown lobbies today
EYES TO THE SKY
September 6 – 19, 2021
Reach out to Jupiter, Saturn all night
Look west after sunset for the young moon’s return around September 8, 2021. Watch day by day as the waxing crescent sweeps past Venus and moves closer to Antares, Heart of Scorpius the Scorpion. Courtesy EarthSky.org
Planet Jupiter shines with startling brilliance above the southeast horizon in evening twilight. The great planet, orbiting fifth out from the Sun in our solar system, could be mistaken for the light of an airplane flying low above the skyline. Jupiter (-2.83 magnitude) is the Evening Star rising in the southeast while dazzling planet Venus (-4.05m), is the Evening Star setting in the west-southwest during twilight. Note that the smaller the number the greater the magnitude of a celestial object. Sunset is, roughly, 7:15pm this week and 7:00pm next week. Twilight begins about half an hour later and, for nightfall, add another hour.
Saturn (0.34m), to the right, south, of Jupiter, seems a dim, copper-colored star at dusk. Jupiter’s reflected sunlight dwarfs the ringed planet, which increases in visibility as twilight deepens, although still markedly less luminous than Jupiter. The largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter orbits five times farther from the Sun than Earth, and Saturn is twice as far from the Sun as Jupiter, according to NASA https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/1230/cosmic-distances/ . We are challenged to grasp that our naked eye observation of side by side Jupiter, so bright, and Saturn, so modest, is, in part, a function of the vast space between the two planets. By the numbers, Jupiter is 466,734,232 miles from the Sun compared to Saturn at 924,340,700 miles. Earth is 93,760,363 miles from the Sun. https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/earth/overview/
This illustration shows the approximate sizes of the planets relative to each other, with brightness adjusted. Outward from the Sun, the planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, followed by the dwarf planet Pluto. Jupiter’s diameter is about 11 times that of the Earth’s and the Sun’s diameter is about 10 times Jupiter’s. Pluto’s diameter is slightly less than one-fifth of Earth’s. The planets are not shown at the appropriate distance from the Sun. https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/resources/686/solar-system-sizes/
Jupiter and Saturn can be observed all night, arcing from southeast to west-southwest where they set during the hours before dawn. When seen through the night, Jupiter simply appears to be an especially bright white star traveling in tandem with dimmer Saturn to its right.
With its amazing gardens and views of the Hudson River and New York Bay, Wagner Park is the perfect setting to practice your art. Participants are expected to bring their own drawing and painting supplies, including drawing boards and containers of water if they are planning to paint. BPCA will supply drawing paper and watercolor paper only. 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.
Presenting 34 artists in a new format for 2021, 4heads will combine their annual art fair with the organization’s multi-month residency program. In addition to their presentations at the week-long fair, each of the featured artists is participating in the 4heads residency program on Governors Island. Divided into two sessions—with one session in progress since April and the second kicking off on August 19 and running through November 17—the residency program has served as a critical lifeline for artists seeking to secure studio space and opportunities to create new work following pandemic-related challenges.
Join China Institute’s SVP of Programs, Dinda Elliott, for an online program on September 8 at 12:00 PM, as she shares a meaningful person, place, and thing from her many decades in China as a newsmaker and editor, in a special episode of the Person Place Thing podcast with former New York Times columnist Randy Cohen.
Namaste! Unwind from the day with outdoor yoga. Immerse yourself in this meditative practice- surrounded by the Hudson’s peaceful aura. Strengthen the body and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels are welcome. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: yoga mat, yoga blocks, water, 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.
Thursday, Sept. 9
Two Photo Exhibitions
1pm-6pm and by appointment
At the SohoPhotoGallery (15 White Street), see two exhibitions commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11: “Witness” with photographs by Lee Day, Hans Weiss and Wolfgang Staehle, and “911: Our First Responder Heroes” with photographs by the FDNY and NYPD.
Friday, Sept. 10
Flotilla Commemorating the Great 9/11 Boatlift
The boatlift of 9/11 was the largest water evacuation in history. In today’s commemoration, vessels will board around noon, gather south of Governors Island, sail pass the Statue of Liberty and north on the Hudson River. Vessels will disembark around 2:30pm. You can join this event by booking passage on a participating Classic Harbor Line vessel. (For details, see “Remembering the 9/11 Boatlift” event at 11am on Sept. 11, described below.)
American Merchant Mariners’ Monument, Battery Park
Shoreside ceremony, blessing of the fleet, vessel procession. Speakers will honor those who participated in the 9/11 Boatlift.
9/11 Memorial & Museum Community Hours
Special gathering of the 9/11 community, on the eve of this year’s 20th anniversary. During these hours, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will be reserved exclusively for 9/11/01 and 2/26/93 family members, family members of individuals who are sick or who have died from 9/11-related illnesses, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, active duty first responders, 9/11 survivors, active-duty military and veterans, lower Manhattan residents and business owners, and active and retired flight crew members. Reservations are required. Reserve your free ticket at 911memorial.org/September10/.
A Time and Space for Remembrance and Healing
9pm September 10 to 8pm on September 12
St. Paul’s Chapel
This will be a time and place to pray, reflect, mourn, or simply sit with your memories. Clergy will be present to offer support and prayers, and from 7am-7pm on Saturday, brief musical interludes and readings will be offered on the hour by Trinity Church’s staff and community of musicians. An exhibit displaying artifacts from the events of September 11 will be available at St. Paul’s Chapel, along with interactive digital exhibits at trinitywallstreet.org/911. Free.
Eiko Otake: Slow Turn
At sunrise and sunset on Saturday, September 11, movement-based artist and dancer Eiko Otake will perform in Belvedere Plaza (north side of North Cove), accompanied by clarinetist David Krakauer. Eiko & Koma were artists-in-residence in the World Trade Center North Tower through 2000. In 2002, they premiered Offering: A Ritual of Mourning on Belvedere Plaza. Eiko Otake returns to Belvedere Plaza to explore memories from 20 years ago. A reservation is advised and available at https://bpca.ny.gov/. Walk-ups will receive a headset if available. Free. This performance is presented in partnership with NYU Skirball, Battery Park City Authority, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Saturday, Sept. 11
Eiko Otake: Slow Turn
7am and 6pm.
20th Anniversary Observance at the 9/11 Memorial
8:30am to 1pm
Family members of 9/11 victims will gather on the 9/11 Memorial plaza to read aloud the names of those killed in the 9/11 attacks and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Throughout the ceremony, six moments of silence will be observed, acknowledging when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck and fell and the times corresponding to the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93. The first moment of silence will be observed at 8:46am. Houses of worship are encourage to toll their bells at that time.
9/11 20th Anniversary at St. Peter’s Church
9am morning mass; 4pm mass of remembrance
22 Barclay Street
Bishop Edmund Whalen, Vicar for Manhattan will be the main celebrant. The church will be open all day for private prayer. The first recorded causality of 9/11, Fr. Mychal Judge (Chaplain to the NY Firefighters), was laid in front the altar on that fateful day.
Remembering the 9/11 Boatlift: America’s Largest Water Evacuation
Zoom discussion, short film and Q&A.
Following the September 11 attacks, people were unable to leave Lower Manhattan due to the closure of roads, bridges and tunnels. Within minutes of the plane hitting the first tower, multiple fireboats from the New York City Fire Department rushed to the scene, and the U.S. Coast Guard coordinated a convoy of hundreds of merchant ships, tugboats, ferries and other vessels to evacuate stranded and injured victims. This extraordinary rescue was memorialized in the 2011 short documentary film Boatlift documenting the evacuation of more than 500,000 civilians in just nine hours—the largest maritime evacuation conducted in the history of the United States, moving more people from the island than even the 1940 evacuation of Allied troops from France. See the short documentary film Boatlift: An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience narrated by Tom Hanks, followed by a panel discussion among National Maritime Historical Society trustee emeritus RADM Richard Larrabee, USCG (Ret.), USCG Safety and Security Division Chief for Sector New York John Hillin, president of the New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Association Capt. Andrew McGovern, founder of the fireboat John J. HarveyHuntley Gill, and USCG-licensed marine engineer and author of “Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift” Jessica DuLong. Free. Tickets at https://seahistory.org/seminar-series-9-11-boatlift/
Tribute in Light
Dusk to dawn
Tribute in Light has become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York. Assembled on the roof of the Battery Parking Garage south of the 9/11 Memorial, the twin beams reach miles into the sky and are comprised of eighty-eight 7,000-watt xenon lightbulbs positioned into two 48-foot squares, echoing the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers. The installation can be viewed from a 60-mile radius around Lower Manhattan.
Battery Park City Gathering
6pm-8pm, Esplanade Plaza (south of North Cove)
Join neighbors and friends for an informal community sunset gathering sponsored by the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association in partnership with Battery Park City Authority. Light refreshments, music, and friendship provided.
Remembrance, Reflection, Resilience: A 9/11 Tribute Concert
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra and the Museum of Jewish Heritage present a special concert to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. The concert will feature Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” the world premiere of Gary S. Fagin’s “9/11 In Memoriam,” and Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” featuring the KCO’s Orlando Wells on violin, among other musical pieces. Lower Manhattan residents will offer short readings, and the program will conclude shortly after 9pm. Tickets are free and available at mjhnyc.org. This program will be held live in the Museum’s Edmond J. Safra Hall. The audience may attend in person and via livestream.
Greenmarkets are open
Greenwich Street & Chambers Street
Every Wednesday & Saturday, 8am-3pm
Food Scrap Collection: Saturdays, 8am-1pm
Bowling Green Greenmarket
Broadway & Whitehall Street
Every Tuesday & Thursday, 8am-5pm
Food Scrap Collection: Tuesdays only, 8am-11am
Greenmarket at Oculus Plaza
Church & Fulton Streets
Tuesdays starting August 31st, from 8 am to 5pm
Samascott Orchard Orchard fruit, strawberries from Columbia County, New York
Francesa’s Bakery Breads and baked goods from Middlesex County, New Jersey
Meredith’s Bakery Baked goods from Ulster County, New York
Riverine Ranch Water Buffalo meat and cheeses from Warren County, New Jersey
1857 Spirits Handcrafted potato vodka from Schoharie County, New York
SNAP/EBT/P-EBT, Debit/Credit, and Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks accepted
CLASSIFIEDS & PERSONALS
Swaps & Trades, Respectable Employment, Lost and Found
Providing Companion and Home Health Aide Care to clients with dementia.Help with grooming, dressing and wheelchair assistance. Able to escort client to parks and engage in conversations of desired topics and interests of client. Reliable & Honest
Dear Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni and Neighbors,
We are pleased to announce that Metropolitan College, in partnership with our colleagues at NYC Health & Hospitals, mobile COVID-19 vaccination units will be stationed at our campus located at 60 West St, New York, NY 10006on September 7-10.
This schedule will enable those of you who have not yet received the vaccine to get one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer vaccine three weeks apart—right outside our doors.
This is a walk-in vaccine clinic—no appointments are needed.
We encourage you to get the COVID 19 vaccine if you haven’t already done so. The pandemic is not over yet, and hospitalization and infection rates have begun to rise again in New York City. The safety and effectiveness of the COVID vaccines have been demonstrated, and the vaccines have played a significant role in reducing serious illness.
Thank you for your efforts to keep our communities safe!
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.
Zero Mostel,(1915 -1977) American actor and comedian with Gene Wilder
1504 – Michelangelo’s David is unveiled in Piazza della Signoria in Florence.
1514 – Battle of Orsha: In one of the biggest battles of the century, Lithuanians and Poles defeat the Russian army.
1522 – Magellan–Elcano circumnavigation: Victoria arrives at Seville, technically completing the first circumnavigation.
1810 – The Tonquin sets sail from New York Harbor with 33 employees of John Jacob Astor’s newly created Pacific Fur Company on board. After a six-month journey around the tip of South America, the ship arrives at the mouth of the Columbia River and Astor’s men establish the fur-trading town of Astoria, Oregon.
1860 – The steamship Lady Elgin sinks on Lake Michigan, with the loss of around 300 lives.
1883 – The Northern Pacific Railway was completed in a ceremony at Gold Creek, Montana. Former president Ulysses S. Grant drove in the final “golden spike” in an event attended by rail and political luminaries.
1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited.
1900 – Galveston hurricane: A powerful hurricane hits Galveston, Texas killing about 8,000 people.
1916 – In a bid to prove that women were capable of serving as military dispatch riders, Augusta and Adeline Van Buren arrive in Los Angeles, completing a 60-day, 5,500 mile cross-country trip on motorcycles.
1934 – Off the New Jersey coast, a fire aboard the passenger liner SS Morro Castlekills 137 people.
1935 – US Senator from Louisiana Huey Long is fatally shot in the Louisiana State Capitol building.
1962 – Last run of the famous Pines Express over the Somerset and Dorset Railway line (UK) fittingly using the last steam locomotive built by British Railways, BR Standard Class 9F 92220 Evening Star.
1966 – The landmark American science fiction television series Star Trek premieres with its first-aired episode, “The Man Trap”.
1974 – Watergate scandal: President Gerald Ford signs the pardon of Richard Nixon for any crimes Nixon may have committed while in office.
1989 – Partnair Flight 394 dives into the North Sea, killing 55 people. The investigation showed that the tail of the plane vibrated loose in flight due to sub-standard connecting bolts that had been fraudulently sold as aircraft-grade.
André Derain, (1880 – 1954) French painter and sculptor
1474 – Ludovico Ariosto, Italian playwright and poet (d. 1533)
1588 – Marin Mersenne, French mathematician, philosopher, and theologian (d. 1648)
1633 – Ferdinand IV, King of the Romans (d. 1654)
1779 – Mustafa IV, Ottoman sultan (d. 1808)
1841 – Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer and academic (d. 1904)
1900 – Claude Pepper, American lawyer and politician (d. 1989)
1922 – Sid Caesar, American comic actor and writer (d. 2014)
1925 – Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian (d. 1980)
1932 – Patsy Cline, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1963)
1938 – Sam Nunn, American lawyer and politician
780 – Leo IV the Khazar, Byzantine emperor (b. 750)
1306 – Sir Simon Fraser, Scottish knight, hung drawn and quartered by the English
1954 – André Derain, French painter and sculptor (b. 1880)
1977 – Zero Mostel, American actor and comedian (b. 1915)