Lower Manhattan’s Local News
Canyon of Heroines
Ticker Tape Parade for Women’s Soccer Team Is First in Four Years; One of Very Few Honoring Female Athletes
If you live or work in Lower Manhattan, prepare to adjust your schedule this morning, when the United States Women’s National Soccer Team will be honored with a ticker tape parade through Broadway’s “Canyon of Heroes,” in observance of their World Cup victory last Sunday.
First, the logistics.
Several streets in Battery Park City will be used to stage floats and buses, which means that South End Avenue and Battery Place will be closed to traffic this morning, with all parking spaces along those streets (and many on nearby streets) commandeered for parade vehicles and police cars.
The parade itself will begin at West Street and Battery Place at 9:30 am, proceeding along Battery Place toward Bowling Green, then turning northbound on Broadway and finishing at City Hall, where a ceremony honoring the athletes will begin around 10:30 am. Additional festivities are likely to continue through approximately 1:30 pm.
The Police Department will begin street closings along this route (and the surrounding area) at approximately 5:00 am. Even the handful of spaces where it is legal to park along this route and in the staging area will be off limits to parking from early Wednesday morning. Cars parked in these areas will be towed and relocated, but (in most cases) will not be ticketed. (Call 311 for more information if your car goes missing.)
Pedestrians will be able to cross Broadway at the following locations: Exchange Alley, Cedar Street, Cortland Street, Vesey Street, Chambers Street, and Reade Street. (The Police Department cautions, however, that each of these crossing points will be subject to periodic closure.)
The R and W trains will bypass the City Hall subway station for the duration of the event. Other stations, such as the Wall Street stop on the 4 and 5 lines, are likely to experience intermittent closures. Multiple entrances or exits at the Fulton Center (on the A, C, 2, 3, 4, and 5 lines), the World Trade Center station (on the E line) and the Chambers Street station (on the A and C lines) may be closed, although the stations themselves are scheduled to remain open. The Downtown Alliance Connection shuttle bus is being cancelled for the day. Multiple MTA bus lines in Lower Manhattan will be rerouted or stopped entirely for the duration of the event.
Second, the backstory.
There have been 206 ticker tape parades up Broadway since the first in October, 1886, to celebrate the Statue of Liberty’s dedication. (That one was spontaneous, but all the others have been planned in advance.)
The most recent ticker tape parade was in 2015 — also honoring the Women’s National Soccer Team for their World Cup win in that year.
Before that, it had been 31 years since a group of athletes that was even included women were given this recognition: the 1984 parade, celebrating America’s Olympic gold medalists, showered confetti on gymnast Mary Lou Retton and the entire women’s basketball team, among more than a dozen men. On a quartet of other occasions, individual female athletes didn’t have to share the spotlight: In 1960, Olympic figure skating gold medalist Carol Heiss got her own ticker tape parade, as did Althea Gibson, winner of the Wimbledon women’s singles championship, in 1957.
And in 1926, Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel, got her own parade. She was followed a month later by Amelia Gade Corson, the second woman (and first mother) to swim from France to England. But the last time a group of women got a parade of their own was in 1951, when Women of the Armed Forces were celebrated.
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.
What was planned as a grand affair-with President Grover Cleveland as the main speaker-became a comedy of errors. The fog prevented efficient communication between the dignitaries on the island and the ships awaiting orders to fire their salutes and blast their horns at the given signal.
Even the dramatic unveiling moment itself went awry. Frederic Bartholdi, perched high up on his sculpture, waited for the signal to pull the rope that would release the huge canvas that had covered Lady Liberty’s face for the past week. It came too early, prematurely touching off a noise-filled celebration that abruptly ended Mayor William Grace’s speech.
Undeterred, the celebration on Manhattan continued as the huge crowd-estimated at three hundred thousand-paraded up Broadway, passing brokerage houses along the way.
Brokers had traditionally received stock updates by “runners”-men who delivered news by word of mouth. But after the Civil War, these runners had been replaced by telegraph lines, which instantly transmitted updates to stock tickers. These machines printed out the names of the companies-abbreviated to a few initials-followed by trading prices and volume information. “Ticker” referred to the sound the machines made as they transferred the electronic information onto lengthy strips of inch-wide paper.
Why the first broker chose to toss some long ribbons of ticker tape out his window above the thousands walking below is anyone’s guess, but in that moment-as other brokers followed his lead and streams of paper floated down over the crowds-New York’s unique ticker-tape parade was born.
Had that spontaneous parade stayed along the river or marched up another avenue, or had stockbrokers been conducting their business in a different neighborhood, New Yorkers today would likely be tossing flowers or waving handkerchiefs at their heroes.
Since 1886, New York’s ticker-tape parades have overwhelmingly paid tribute to world leaders or military veterans, or have celebrated important achievements in exploration, aviation, or science. One hundred and sixty parades have recognized men exclusively, while twelve have specifically honored women.
While that first one acclaimed Lady Liberty, it would be forty years before a real-life flesh-and-blood woman was singled out for her achievements. In 1926, New York City’s own Gertrude Ederle was celebrated as the first woman to swim the English Channel.
Only nine sports teams were honored in the nearly two hundred parades held between 1886 and 1991. It speaks volumes about whom our heroes are today that ten of the last eleven parades have paid tribute to the achievements of athletes.
CB1 Calls for Delay in New Staten Island Ferry Route That Will Use Local Terminal
Community Board 1 (CB1) is pushing back against a plan by the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio to launch in 2020 a new ferry service from Staten Island that will bring to the Battery Park City ferry terminal more than 60 new vessels each day, carrying as many as 2,500 passengers.
At the June 25 meeting of CB1, Tammy Meltzer, who chairs the Board’s Battery Park City Committee, explained, “the City’s Economic Development Corporation [EDC] had never spoken to the Battery Park City Committee, the Waterfront Committee, or anybody at CB1. They never came and did a presentation for CB1 about new routes they want to do, before they proposed putting boats at Brookfield ferry terminal from 6:00 am to midnight.”
An East River Journey
Hell’s Gate to Long Island Sound
This Sunday, July 14, 2019
Join National Lighthouse Museum members and friends
on Sunday July 14, 2019 when we journey up
the East River through Hell’s Gate to Long Island Sound.
Expert presenters will share the history and little known facts of the lighthouses and sights along the way. We’ll cruise as far as Execution Rocks in the Sound and learn of its gruesome past and haunted present.
When: Sunday, July 14, 2019 11AM to 3PM EDT
Where: Pier 1, St. George, Staten Island,
steps from the Staten Island Ferry
Our boat will leave from Pier 1, St George, Staten Island, adjacent to the Museum. The tour leaves at promptly at 11:00am, rain or shine. Please arrive early. We plan to return to dock by 3:00pm but time and currents may delay our return. Please plan accordingly.
Ticket prices are $62 Adults, $52 for Seniors & Military,
$42 for children under 10 yrs old.
Due to space and safety requirements, large coolers are not permitted on board, only very small carry-ons. Refreshments available for purchase on board. There may be boarding limitations for the disabled.
Kindly call us to discuss if this might be an issue
Tickets are non-refundable. This tour will commence rain or shine!
National Lighthouse Museum 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point
EYES TO THE SKY
July 8 – 21, 2019
All night planets Saturn, Jupiter. Overnight astronomy holiday
Today, planet Saturn arrives at “opposition”.
Like Jupiter last month, Saturn is now coming into position opposite the Sun in Earth’s skies. Saturn rises in the southeast at 8:18pm on the 9th – 8:22 pm tonight, the 8th – opposite sunset in the northwest within seconds of 8:29pm both evenings.
All summer, Saturn will be visible at least until midnight, before setting in the southwest as the Sun rises in the northeast.
South BPC Resiliency Project
The full presentation and video from the South BPC Resiliency Project Public Meeting #3 held last week at 6 River Terrace is now available on the Battery Park City Authority’s Resiliency page under the heading “South Battery Park City Resiliency Project.”
Additional feedback on the concepts presented may be submitted until Monday, July 15 to the dedicated email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday July 10
The Ticker Tape Parade will kick off at 9:30 AM from Battery Park and travel north along Broadway to City Hall.
Battery Park City Parks
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. http://bpcparks.org/events/2019-07/
Elements of Nature Drawing
Battery Park City Parks
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. Wagner Park. http://bpcparks.org/events/2019-07/
Figure Al Fresco
Battery Park City Parks
Challenge your artistic skills by drawing the human gure. Each week a model will strike both long and short poses for participants to draw. Artist/educators will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Materials provided. South Cove. http://bpcparks.org/events/2019-07/
Battery Park City Parks
Unwind from the day with outdoor yoga overlooking the sights and sounds of our river. Strengthen the body and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment. An instructor provides guidance with alignment and poses. All levels welcome. Bring your own mat. Wagner Park.
South Street Seaport Museum
Take a sail on a historic 1885 schooner. See New York Harbor from the decks of the historic 130-year-old schooner Pioneer. The vessel, first launched in 1885, was built as an iron-hulled sloop to carry cargo along the Delaware River. Pier 16 (box office at 12 Fulton Street).
Today in History
1086 – King Canute IV of Denmark is killed by rebellious peasants.
1212 – The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground.
1553 – Lady Jane Grey takes the throne of England.
1850 – President Millard Fillmore is sworn in, a day after becoming President upon Zachary Taylor’s death.
1913 – The temperature in Death Valley, California, hits 134 °F (57 °C), the highest temperature ever to be recorded on Earth.
1925 – Scopes Trial: In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins of John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
1938 – Howard Hughes begins a 91-hour airplane flight around the world that will set a new record.
1942 – World War II: An American pilot spots a downed, intact Mitsubishi A6M Zero on Akutan Island (the “Akutan Zero”) that the US Navy uses to learn the aircraft’s flight characteristics.
1962 – Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched into orbit.
1985 – The Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrioris bombed and sunk in Auckland harbour by French DGSE agents, killing Fernando Pereira.
1991 – Boris Yeltsin takes office as the first elected President of Russia.
1992 – In Miami, former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug and racketeering violations.
1997 – In London, scientists report the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton which supports the “out of Africa theory” of human evolution, placing an “African Eve” at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
1998 – Catholic Church sexual abuse cases: The Diocese of Dallas agrees to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by Rudolph Kos, a former priest.
1682 – Roger Cotes, English mathematician and astronomer (d. 1716)
Camille Pissarro, Danish-French painter (d. 1903)
Born on the island of St Thomas, Camille Pissarro, of French and Danish ancestry was both an Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter
1834 – James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American-English painter and illustrator (d. 1903)
1839 – Adolphus Busch, German brewer, co-founded Anheuser-Busch (d. 1913)
1856 – Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American physicist and engineer (d. 1943)
1871 – Marcel Proust, French novelist, critic, and essayist (d. 1922)
1902 – Kurt Alder, German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1958)
1920 – David Brinkley, American journalist (d. 2003)
1922 – Jake LaMotta, American boxer and actor (d. 2017)
1927 – David Dinkins, American soldier and politician, 106th Mayor of New York City
1943 – Arthur Ashe, American tennis player and journalist (d. 1993)
1947 – Arlo Guthrie, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
138 – Hadrian, Roman emperor (b. 76)
1559 – Henry II, king of France (b. 1519)
1851 – Louis Daguerre, French photographer and physicist, invented the daguerreotype (b. 1787)
1978 – John D. Rockefeller III, American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Asia Society (b. 1906)
1979 – Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (b. 1894)
1989 – Mel Blanc, American voice actor (b. 1908)
Sourced from various internet sites.
A TIMELAPSE OF THE MAKING OF
THE PRIDE LAWN AT ROCKEFELLER PARK
timelapse by Jonathan Gross/BPCA
Paul Hovitz Concludes 27 Years of Service on Community Board 1
After nearly three decades of building schools, fighting for affordable housing, championing cultural institutions, and generally making Lower Manhattan a better place to live, Paul Hovitz has stepped down from Community Board 1 (CB1), where he has served as vice chairman for three years, and previously presided as chair of the Youth & Education Committee.
A Mecca for Millennials
Demographic Analysis Finds FiDi to Be Teeming
Lower Manhattan is emerging as a mecca for millennials (defined here as people born between 1977 and 1996), according to a new report prepared by PropertyShark, an online real estate database website that provides in-depth data for millions of properties in major urban markets throughout the United States.
The study finds that 67 percent of the residential population within the 10005 zip code in the Financial District — a catchment bounded roughly by Broadway, Beaver Street, South Street, and Liberty Street — is compromised of people born between the year “Three’s Company” debuted, and when “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” aired its last episode.
Not Ferry Nice
Concerns about Crowding and Noise Surround City Hall Plan for New Staten Island Route to Battery Park City
The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to launch in 2020 a new ferry service from Staten Island that will bring to the Battery Park City ferry terminal more than 60 new vessels each day, carrying as many as 2,500 passengers.
Subvertising Campaign Shocks the Conscience, But Not for Long
On Wednesday morning, two dozen cages fashioned from chain-link fencing appeared on sidewalks at strategic locations around Manhattan and Brooklyn. A pair of these were placed in Lower Manhattan: one on Centre Street, opposite the Municipal Building and close by the Brooklyn Bridge; the other about two blocks away, near the intersection of Broadway and Vesey Streets.
Each one contained a lifelike mannequin, the size of a small child, wrapped in a foil blanket, which bore a disturbing resemblance to a shroud. From around the edges of these blankets, locks of hair and smalls pair of shoes were visible. Concealed within every cage was also a rudimentary audio system that repeatedly played a track of a small child sobbing. This was interspersed with the sound of a heartbeat.
CLASSIFIEDS & PERSONALS
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($247 value) Smoking Cessation, Weight Loss, Motivation, Sports Performance, Confidence, Stress, Insomnia…
Call Janine Today. Limited time offer! 917-830-6127
Experienced Elder Care (12 years)
Able to prepare nutritious meals and light housekeeping
Excellent references 347 898 5804 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
Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals and Departures
Wednesday, July 10
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos/San Juan, PR/Dominican Republic
Friday, July 12
Adventure of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 3:00 pm; Bermuda/Bahamas
Saturday, July 13
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 4:00 pm; Bermuda
Inbound 7:15 am; outbound 3:30 pm; Port Canaveral, FL/Bahamas
Sunday, July 14
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.
CB1 Wants to Contravene Convene
Local Leaders Raise Concerns about Traffic and Crowding from Planned Events Venue at Brookfield
The owners of Brookfield Place, are planning to launch an events venue that will host up to 1,000 people at a time, which has sparked concerns about traffic and crowding from community leaders.
At the June 5 meeting of the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1), Mark Kostic, Brookfield’s Vice President for Asset Management, explained that Convene, a firm that develops and markets meeting rooms, event venues and flexible workspaces (and is partially owned by Brookfield) will be taking over the 86,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by Saks Fifth Avenue, at 225 Liberty Street.
Anthem of the Seas Spins About
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
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