Lower Manhattan’s Local News
The Path of Lease Resistance
CB1 Joins Elected Officials in Calling for Renewed Stabilization at Gateway
Community Board 1 (CB1) has endorsed the call by the Gateway Plaza Tenants’ Association (GPTA) to renew the rent stabilization program at Battery Park City’s largest residential complex.
At the CB1’S July 30 meeting, GPTA board member Jeff Galloway explained that, “Gateway Plaza is uniquely situated in that it is governed by a private agreement that provides rent stabilization benefits to its residents.”
This circumstance arises from that fact that, “Gateway Plaza was financed with taxpayer subsidies,” when it was built in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he recounted. This financing, in turn, required that the landlord offer affordability protections to residents. “The tenants sued to enforce those protections in the 1980s,” he recalled, which led to the first in a series of legal agreements that limits rent increases at Gateway.
“But those agreements had sunset clauses,” Mr. Galloway continued, “and this one ends in June, 2020. We have support from all of our local elected officials for extending it to at least 2040, and expanding it to all residents.”
“If the current agreement expires next June,” he predicted, “roughly one-third of residents will have to leave within a year. Many of them have lived there for decades. And having stabilization in Gateway Plaza affects the character of the entire neighborhood. It contributes to the community as a whole, over time. But if you have massive turnover, that hurts the community.”
Mr. Galloway, along with more than a dozen Gateway residents who rose to speak with him, then called upon CB1 to enact a resolution adding its voice to that coalition.
Later at the July 30 meeting, CB1 voted to ratify a resolution that urges the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), “to set a high priority on preserving the affordability status of Gateway Plaza for a period coextensive with the benefits that [the landlord] may obtain in modification of its ground lease, and in any event ending no sooner than June 30, 2040 (the current end date of the Gateway ground lease) and returning the scope of the Stabilization Agreement to its original coverage of all tenants of Gateway.”
This language was a reference to the fact that Gateway’s landlord is itself a tenant of the BPCA, paying annual ground rent for the leased land occupied by the buildings. The landlord is expected to derive lucrative concessions on these payments in exchange for extending or expanding affordability protections to tenants.
The same passage, along with Mr. Galloway’s mention of one-third of residents facing the prospect of losing their homes, additionally refers to the fact that previous affordability agreements at Gateway protected all residents, but the most recent version benefits only those who lived in the complex on the day it went into effect, in 2009. In the years since, turnover and attrition have resulted in roughly two-thirds being deprived of any affordability protections whatsoever.
When Vice is Nice
Two Veteran Committee Chairs Seek CB1’s Number Two Spot
Community Board 1 (CB1) has a new vice chair. Tammy Meltzer, who currently serves as CB1’s Secretary, as well as the chair of the Battery Park City Committee, was elected at the Board’s monthly meeting on Tuesday evening.
Also vying for the post was Paul Goldstein, who serves as the chairman of CB1’s Waterfront, Parks & Cultural Committee.
photo: Dorothy Lipsky
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A Shore Thing
HRPT Plans Beach and Historic Sculpture for Gansevoort Peninsula
The Hudson River Park Trust has unveiled plans to create Manhattan’s first-ever public beach on the Gansevoort Peninsula, a five-acre-plus chersonese that juts out from the West Side waterfront, between Horatio and West 13th Streets.
The beach will be more for viewing the water than public bathing, owing to concerns about hygiene and safety — although a kayak launch is also planned for the site, for parks users who want to come into contact with the Hudson. But the sandy riverfront portion of the park will feature a playground and an area for sunbathing.
Justice Delayed, But Not Denied
Ten Years Later, It Turns Out That FiDi Tenants Were Entitled to Rent Stabilization
Tenants at two FiDi rental buildings scored a major victory on June 25 when New York State’s highest court ruled that they had been illegally deprived of rent stabilization benefits.
The suit, which has been winding its way through the courts for a decade, focused on residents of 90 West Street and 50 Murray Street, but has implications for more than 5,000 apartments spread across more than a dozen buildings throughout Lower Manhattan.
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
Thursday August 1
Battery Park City Authority
Rise and shine to begin your morning with an outdoor yoga class that will help align your chakras and invigorate your day. All levels welcome. Bringing your own mat is encouraged, as provided accessories are first come, first served. Wagner Park. https://bpcparks.org/events/2019-08/
Summer Innovations: Clay Creations
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Clay has been molded into utilitarian objects and figurines for thousands of years by Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere. Learn about pottery techniques and try your hand at a small clay creation of your own. Program repeated at 2pm. One Bowling Green. https://americanindian.si.edu/calendar
Native Sounds Downtown! Featuring Samantha Crain
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Samantha Crain is a Choctaw singer, songwriter, musician, producer and poet from Oklahoma. The winner of two Native American Music Awards for Folk Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, Crain worked with the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. to compose and contribute music for the exhibition T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America
Tackling the Classics
New York Public Library
The classics can be a challenge, especially facing them by yourself; classics can also be a true joy, magnified in conversation with others! Tackling the Classics is a team-effort where we will read sections of a classic novel and meet up to discuss what we’ve read.
The first selection is Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, considered by scholards to be the first modern novel and one of the best of all time.
175 North End Avenue. https://www.nypl.org/events/calendar?location=2787
Ben Folds and Violent Femmes
Rooftop at Pier 17
River & Blues: Amythyst Kiah at Wagner Park
Battery Park City Authority
Rising star Amythyst Kiah’s Tennessee influenced americana roots music showcases her deliciously fluid and powerful voice reminiscent of greats such as Odetta and Tracy Chapman. Her adept banjo and guitar picking skills create unique takes on classics while exhibiting a style all her own. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this hypnotizing emerging talent. https://bpcparks.org/events/2019-08/
Showcase Reading Series
Readings by poets Eugene Gloria, Adrian Silbernagel, Jesse Rice-Evans, and Tina Cane. 10 River Terrace. https://poetshouse.org/programs-events/upcoming-events/
U.S.-China Tech Competition
Hear Andy Purdy, Chief Security Officer, Huawei Technologies USA, and U.S. security and tech experts discuss U.S.-China tech competition, the race for 5G, and the current U.S. government policy on Huawei Technologies.
Are there serious security issues at play? To what extent is U.S. policy driven by global competition and the race for 5G dominance? Is the “free” internet facing an existential threat posed by a powerful Chinese player? 40 Rector Street. $5, $8, $15 https://www.chinainstitute.org/events/2019-08/
BPCA and CB1 to Host Discussion of Ball Fields Resiliency Plans Tonight
Tonight (Thursday, July 25), the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) and Community Board 1 (CB1) will co-host a public meeting to review resiliency plans for the ball fields in Battery Park City’s northern section. To read more…
Dulce et Decorum Est…
City Council Overrules CB1 on Naming Tribeca Intersection for NYPD Officer Killed in Iraq
The City Council on Tuesday overturned a preliminary determination made by Community Board 1 last October, by deciding to approve a proposal to co-name the Tribeca intersection of West Broadway and Lispenard Street in honor of James D. McNaughton, who, on August 2, 2005, at age 27, became the first New York City Police officer to be killed in action while serving in “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
In a vigorous debate, CB1 members voiced competing priorities.
Bumptious Bumpkins Make for Bus Bumpy Ride for Locals
Lower Manhattan community leaders are grappling with concerns about crowding, safety, and possible criminal activity surrounding the Connection shuttle bus, operated by the Downtown Alliance, which ferries riders around Lower Manhattan, free of charge.
For several years, apprehension about spurious ticket sellers hawking fake boarding passes to boats that purport to bring tourists to the State of Liberty have overlapped with concerns about the Connection bus.
A Super-Tall Laid Low
Stalled Tower at 125 Greenwich Street May Be Headed to Foreclosure
The troubled residential tower at 125 Greenwich Street may be facing foreclosure by lenders who say the development team has defaulted on the terms of several mortgages.
In May, work stopped on the building when multiple construction contractors filed liens against the developers for some $40 million in unpaid fees. This prompted several creditors — most prominently, the United Overseas Bank — to file notice with New York courts that they are owed $199 million in mortgage payments. The bank’s overall loan to the developers of 125 Greenwich is more than $450 million, and it is only one of half a dozen creditors.
Leader of the PAC
Former Governors Island Overseer Takes Helm at World Trade Center Performance Venue
The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, now under construction at the World Trade Center, has a new president — Leslie Koch. Ms. Koch will be most familiar to Lower Manhattan residents as the guiding hand behind the Trust for Governors Island.
Her decade-long tenure there, which saw seasonal visitation rise from 8,000 per season to more than 600,000, ended in 2016. To read more…
A short film about the National Lighthouse Museum
For more info, www.LighthouseMuseum.org
Today in History August 1
30 BC – Octavian (later known as Augustus) enters Alexandria, Egypt,bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic.
902 – Taormina, the last Byzantine stronghold in Sicily, is captured by the Aghlabids army, concluding the Muslim conquest of Sicily.
1291 – The Old Swiss Confederacy is formed with the signature of the Federal Charter.
1498 – Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.
1774 – British scientist Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen gas, corroborating the prior discovery of this element by German-Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele.
1834 – Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force.
1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat.
1914 – The German Empire declares war on the Russian Empire at the opening of World War I. The Swiss Army mobilizes because of World War I.
1943 – World War II: Operation Tidal Wave also known as “Black Sunday“, was a failed American attempt to destroy Romanian oil fields.
1957 – The United States and Canada form the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
1961 – Defense Secretary Robert McNamara orders the creation of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the nation’s first centralized military espionage organization.
1966 – Purges of intellectuals and imperialists becomes official China policy at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
1981 – MTV begins broadcasting in the United States
1984 – Commercial peat-cutters discover the preserved bog body of a man, calledLindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, England.
2008 – Eleven mountaineers from international expeditions died on K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth in the worst single accident in the history of K2 mountaineering.
10 BC – Claudius, Roman emperor (d. 54)
1492 – Wolfgang, German prince (d. 1566)
1779 – Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, author, and poet (d. 1843)
1779 – Lorenz Oken, German-Swiss botanist, biologist, and ornithologist (d. 1851)
1819 – Herman Melville, American novelist, short story writer, and poet. He was born at 6 Pearl Street near State Street (d. 1891)
1924 – Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (d. 2015)
1937 – Al D’Amato, American lawyer and politician
1963 – Koichi Wakata, Japanese astronaut and engineer
30 BC – Mark Antony, Roman general and politician (b. 83 BC)
1137 – Louis VI, king of France (b. 1081)
1464 – Cosimo de’ Medici, Italian ruler (b. 1386)
1494 – Giovanni Santi, artist and father of Raphael (b. c. 1435)
1959 – Jean Behra, French race car driver (b. 1921)
1977 – Francis Gary Powers, American captain and pilot (b. 1929)
1980 – Patrick Depailler, French race car driver (b. 1944)
2009 – Corazon Aquino, 11th President of the Philippines (b. 1933)
Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals & Departures
Thursday, August 1
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 4:00 pm; Bermuda/Eastern Caribbean
Saturday, August 3
Inbound 7:15 am; outbound 3:30 pm; Port Canaveral, FL/Bahamas
Adventure of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 3:00 pm; Bar Harbor, ME/Canadian Maritimes
Sunday, August 4
Inbound 7:30 am Bayonne; 4:00 pm; Bermuda
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; Bermuda
Many ships pass Lower Manhattan on their way to and from the Midtown Passenger Ship Terminal. Others may be seen on their way to or from piers in Brooklyn and Bayonne. Stated times, when appropriate, are for passing the Colgate clock in Jersey City, New Jersey, and are based on sighting histories, published schedules and intuition. They are also subject to tides, fog, winds, freak waves, hurricanes and the whims of upper management.
The Tale of the Ticker Tape,
or How Adversity and Spontaneity
Hatched a New York Tradition
What was Planned as a Grand Affair became a Comedy of Errors
While the festivities in New York Harbor didn’t go as scripted that afternoon, the spontaneous gesture it generated from the brokerage houses lining Broadway famously lives on more than a century later.
On October 28, 1886, Liberty Enlightening the World was to be unveiled to New York City and the world as it stood atop its tall base on Bedloe’s Island. But the morning mist had turned to afternoon fog, blurring the view of the statue from revelers on the Manhattan shore and the long parade of three hundred ships on the Hudson River.
Albany Wants to Keelhaul Ad Barges
State Lawmakers Bark ‘Belay That’ to Water-Borne Marketing Messages
The ubiquitous advertising barges that have become anathema for Lower Manhattan residents over the past year have attracted hostile attention from members of the State Senate and Assembly.
Bills were enacted in the closing days of the legislative session that would ban the 60-foot catamaran — bearing an electronic sign capable of rendering high-definition, full-motion video, similar to the “jumbo-tron” panels that adorn multiple buildings in Times Square — from continuing to conduct its business in New York’s waters.
Come Hell and High Water
Federal Report Foresees More Frequent Flooding for Lower Manhattan
A new report from the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the federal scientific agency responsible for study of oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere, predicts that Lower Manhattan will, in the next 12 months, experience between double and triple the number of flooding days that it did in 2000.
Anthem of the Seas Spins About
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