Lower Manhattan’s Local News
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The Weekly Calendar
August 19 ~ 25
Monday August 19
Senior Group Exercise
My Mother the Astronaut
New York Public Library
A summer reading celebration and theater performance. Aquarius’ mom is an astronaut and today is “Take your child to work day”. Aquarius can’t wait to go to NASA and find out what it’s like to be in space! They visit Mission Control where she meets scientists and engineers who show her what they do and she learns all about space travel. Her imagination blasts off and she dreams of incredible journeys through the cosmos! Best for ages 5 and older. New York Public Library 175 North End Ave
Testing Faith: Unpacking Testimonies Of Ukrainian Rescue Work
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
In occupied Ukraine, most non-Jews swiftly divided into collaborators, accomplices to occupying forces, and bystanders. Some, however, turned to rescue work. A small percentage of this minority were people from less prominent denominations of Christianity, themselves in danger of persecution and social exclusion. Raisa Ostapenko will use her collection of primary source testimony from Ukrainians to explore why some marginalized groups across Ukraine were more likely to empathize with persecuted Jews.
36 Battery Place. https://mjhnyc.org/current-events/
Tuesday August 20
6 River Terrace
Wednesday August 21
An exciting fusion of badminton and tennis, this new sport has been proven to strengthen muscles, boost cardiovascular health, enhance brain function. Join your favorite BPCA staff and other adults for some friendly competition at drop-in pickleball. All skill levels welcome! Equipment provided. Esplanade Plaza. Battery Park City Authority https://bpcparks.org/events/2019-08/
T. C. Cannon: At the Edge of America
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Join a museum ambassador for a free 45-minute tour of T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America. Repeated at 11am. One Bowling Green. https://americanindian.si.edu/calendar
Elements of Nature Drawing
Get inspired by the beautiful expanse of the Hudson River & New York Harbor. Embolden your artwork amidst the flower-filled and seasonally evolving palette of Wagner Park’s verdant gardens. An artist/educator will provide ideas and instruction. Materials provided. https://bpcparks.org/events/2019-08/
Figure Al Fresco at South Cove
Sunset Yoga at Wagner Park
Thursday August 22
Sunrise Yoga at Wagner Park
The String Queens
Praised for its “authentic, soulful, and orchestral sound”, The String Queens is a dynamic trio that creates stimulating musical experiences that inspire diverse audiences to love, hope, feel, and imagine! Their repertoire spans from the Baroque era to the Jazz Age to today’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
Friday August 23
Pipes at One
Sunset Jam on the Hudson
Rhythm and grooves fill the air at this Friday evening program. Follow the lead of professional drummers as they guide you through the pulsating beats of traditional African drumming techniques and methods. Wagner Park.
Saturday August 24
Drawing in the Park
Paint in watercolor, or use pastels, chalk, and charcoal to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape of South Cove. An artist/ educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Materials provided.
In this Kid’s Kitchen class, bambini (ages 6-12) will get the opportunity to learn about the process and participate in building a summer spin on the famous Tiramisu. $20 World Trade Center.
Jazz Age Lawn Party
Jazz Age Lawn Party, now celebrating its 14th year, is the world’s original and largest prohibition era-inspired gathering. Come and discover the music and zeitgeist of the 1920s. Governors Island. https://govisland.com/things-to-do/events/
W.O. Decker Trip + Museum Admission
The Squeeze Songbook Tour
Rooftop at Pier 17
Sunday August 25
T. C. Cannon: At the Edge of America Exhibition Tour
Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Join a museum ambassador for a tour of the exhibition “Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean | Taíno: herencia e identidad indígena en el Caribe.” Learn about the rural roots of the Taíno movement and the legacy of Native peoples throughout the Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands and their U.S. diasporas. One Bowling Green. https://americanindian.si.edu/calendar
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour
CLASSIFIEDS & PERSONALS
Swaps & Trades Respectable Employment
Lost and Found 212-912-1106
PUBLIC RELATIONS PROFESSIONAL
OR SMALL PR FIRM
Work with well-reviewed author of five E-books, developing and implementing outreach strategies. Includes writing, placement, research, new outlets and on-line advertising.
Savvy social media skills a must. Downtown location.
Please send resume and fee schedule to: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Available starting September for PT/FT.
Wonderful person, who is a great worker. Reference Available
Working in BPC. Call Tenzin 347 803 9523
Available for PT/FT elder care. Experienced. ReferencesAngella 347-423-5169
Hypnosis can help! Call Janine 917-830-6127
Experienced Elder Care (12 years)
Able to prepare nutritious meals and light housekeeping
Excellent references 347 898 5804 Call Hope
NOTARY PUBLIC IN BPC
$2 per notarized signature
Text Paula at 917-836-8802
Dishes, windows, floors, laundry, bathrooms.
You name it – I will clean it.
Call Elle at 929-600-4520
IT AND SECURITY SUPPORT
Experienced IT technician. Expertise in 1-on-1 tutoring for all ages.Computer upgrading & troubleshooting.
Knowledgeable in all software programs. James Kierstead email@example.com 347-933-1362. Refs available
Experienced with BPC residents. Available nights, days, and weekends. Will cook, clean and administer medicine on time. Speaks French and English. Can start immediately.
Please call or text 929-600-4520.
OLD WATCHES SOUGHT
Mechanical pocket and wristwatches sought and
If you would like to place a listing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Actually, Maybe You Can Fight City Hall?
Borough President and City Council Member Win Court Round Seeking to Slow Planned Development at Two Bridges
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Council Margaret Chin were handed a victory on Thursday by the State Supreme Court, when Judge Arthur Engoron ruled in favor of their argument that a cluster of super-tall residential towers proposed for the East River waterfront in Lower Manhattan must be subjected to a full public-review process.
The Path of Lease Resistance
CB1 Joins Elected Officials in Calling for Renewed Stabilization at Gateway
Community Board 1has endorsed the call by the Gateway Plaza Tenants’ Association to renew the rent stabilization program at Battery Park City’s largest residential complex. To read more…
When Vice is Nice
Two Veteran Committee Chairs Seek CB1’s Number Two Spot
Community Board 1 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.
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
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.
Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals & Departures
Monday, August 19
Inbound 6:30 am (Brooklyn); outbound 7:00 pm;
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm;
San Juan, PR/St Thomas, USVI/Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos
Friday, August 23
Adventure of the Seas
Port Canaveral, FL/Bahamas
Saturday, August 24
Anthem of the Seas
Sunday, August 25
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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