Lower Manhattan’s Local News
The Wetter Angels of Our Nature
City of Water Day Invites New Yorkers to Make the Moist of Our Urban Archipelago
An annual celebration of the water that surrounds us, feeds us, cleans us, transports us, exhilarates us, calms us and at times scares the bejeezus out of us will take place tomorrow, Saturday, July 13.
City of Water Day, a free harbor-wide festival organized by the Waterfront Alliance-and, this year with its partners the South Street Seaport Museum and the New York – New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program-encourages us to enjoy the waters around us but also contemplate the problems caused by climate change. This year, the 12th year of City of Water Day, champions the goal of a climate-resilient harbor that is prepared for rising seas and increased coastal storms.
The City of Water Day hub is at Piers 16 and 17 in the Seaport District, and will feature a Waterfront Festival and the highly anticipated Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race. The event gets going at 10am tomorrow with the TriBattery Pops striking up a march, which cues City of Water Day to begin all around the region. For the 50+ City of Water Day In Your Neighborhoodevents, see this map.
Here’s the Seaport District schedule:
10am-4pm Waterfront Festival and Disney children’s activities open
10am-1pm Free public kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Beach (open for one day only)
10am-12pm Three teams design and build cardboard kayaks at Pier 16
10:30am-12:30pm Twelve teams design and build cardboard kayaks at Peck Slip Plaza
10:30am John J. Harvey fireboat water spray demonstration at end of Pier 16 (additional demonstrations at 12pm &1:30pm)
11am-3pm Free boat tour tickets given away at the Waterfront Festival by K-LOVE Radio
12:30pm Cardboard Kayak judging at Peck Slip Plaza
12:30pm Arm of the Sea Theater performance (additional performance at 2pm)
1pm Cardboard Kayak parade from Peck Slip Plaza to Brooklyn Bridge Beach
1:30pm Cardboard Kayak Race heats begin at Brooklyn Bridge Beach
2:30pm Cardboard Kayak Race awards ceremony at Brooklyn Bridge Beach
4pm City of Water Day concludes
Photos courtesy Ian Douglas (top) and David Gonsier
Brewer and the Big House
Borough President Expresses Concerns about Jail Plan, But Gives Okay
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has given her approval to a plan by the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio to construct a 1.27 million-square-foot prison complex Downtown.
In a determination issued on Friday, Ms. Brewer wrote that, “there is an overwhelming sentiment that we must remember: Rikers Island must close.”
Friday July 12
Battery Park City Parks
Build muscle and strength, improve flexibility and balance, and increase aerobic conditioning. Tai Chi results in strength and focus of body and mind. Esplanade Plaza.
Fraunces Tavern Museum Guided Tour
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Sixty minute guided tour of Fraunces Tavern Museum. 54 Pearl Street. Free with admission ($4, $7) http://www.frauncestavernmuseum.org/group-tours
Pipes at One
St. Paul’s Chapel
Pipes at One concerts feature the celebrated three-manual Noack organ that was inaugurated in the spring of 2018. Today, listen to Caroline Robinson, Minister of Music, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Rochester, New York.
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour
Tour of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, home of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Tour highlights include a discussion of the history of the site, architect Cass Gilbert, viewing the Collectors office; Tiffany woodwork; Reginald Marsh murals; and the 140 ton rotunda dome by Raphael Gustavino. One Bowling Green. FREE
Alexander Hamilton Graveside Remembrance Ceremony
Museum of American Finance
Visit Hamilton’s final resting place for a memorial service to honor Alexander Hamilton on the 215th anniversary of his passing. The Hearts of Oak, with its authentically-designed uniforms, will perform period music and soldiers’ marching formations to honor Hamilton, who served within their ranks from 1775-1776. Trinity Church graveyard. www.celebratehamilton.com
The Life and Death of Alexander Hamilton
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Just one day after his notorious duel with Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton died on July 12, 1804. Fraunces Tavern Museum will commemorate the life and death of Hamilton with an evening of special programming. Join us at Trinity Church as we memorialize Hamilton with a reading of his eulogy at his gravesite and speak with Eliza Hamilton, portrayed by Kim Hanley of The American Historical Theatre, about her husband’s legacy, accompanied by a Revolutionary War tour of the churchyard. 54 Pearl Street. $15, $20
Outdoor Film: After Hours
Trust for Governors Island
Slightly uptight (and uptown-dwelling) typist Griffin Dunne improbably picks up Rosanna Arquette in a coffee shop when he spies her reading Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, and an invitation to come visit her bohemian loft in hip and dangerous downtown SoHo results in our hero embarking on a hilarious and nightmarish odyssey, in which he tries to get back home. Screenings will be free and open to the public. During outdoor screenings, evening ferry service will run from Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan, departing at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm.
Psychodelic Furs and James
Rooftop at Pier 17
Sunset Jam on the Hudson
Battery Park City Parks
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.
This Sunday, July 14, 2019
An East River Journey
Hell’s Gate to Long Island Sound
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
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.
Second, the backstory.
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.”
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.
EYES TO THE SKY
July 8 – 21, 2019
All night planets Saturn, Jupiter. Overnight astronomy holiday
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.
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.
Today in History
AD 70 – The armies of Titus attack the walls of Jerusalem after six months of battle. Three days later they breach the walls, which enables the army to destroy the Second Temple.
1806 – Sixteen German imperial states leave the Holy Roman Empire and form the Confederation of the Rhine.
1920 – The Soviet-Lithuanian Peace Treaty is signed, by which Soviet Russia recognizes the independence of Lithuania.
1948 – Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion orders the expulsion of Palestinians from the towns of Lod and Ramla.
1962 – The Rolling Stones perform their first concert, at London’s Marquee Club.
1973 – A fire destroys the entire sixth floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States.
2007 – U.S. Army Apache helicopters perform airstrikes in Baghdad; footage from the cockpit is later leaked to the Internet.
1730 – Josiah Wedgwood, English potter, founded the Wedgwood Company (d. 1795)
1817 – Henry David Thoreau, American essayist, poet, and philosopher (d. 1862)
1854 – George Eastman, founded Eastman Kodak (d. 1933)
1884 – Louis B. Mayer, Russian-born American film producer, co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (d. 1957)
1884 – Amedeo Modigliani, Italian painter and sculptor (d. 1920)
1895 – Buckminster Fuller, American architect and engineer, designed the Montreal Biosphère (d. 1983)
1917 – Andrew Wyeth, American artist (d. 2009)
1925 – Roger Smith, American businessman (d. 2007)
1934 – Van Cliburn, American pianist and composer (d. 2013)
1937 – Robert McFarlane, United States National Security Advisor
1997 – Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani-English activist, Nobel Prize laureate
1804 – Alexander Hamilton, general, economist, and politician, First Secretary of the Treasury (b. 1755)
1910 – Charles Rolls, English engineer and businessman, co-founded Rolls-Royce Limited (b. 1887)
1929 – Robert Henri, American painter and educator (b. 1865)
1935 – Alfred Dreyfus, French colonel (b. 1859)
2003 – Benny Carter, trumpet player, saxophonist, and composer (b. 1907)
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.
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.
Multi-Year Traffic Safety Push Culminates as Traffic Light Comes to South End and Rector
More than a decade of advocacy by community leaders came to fruition on Saturday (June 29) when contractors working for the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) activated a traffic light at the intersection of South End Avenue and Rector Place.
Tammy Meltzer, who chairs the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1, said at a May meeting, when the final approval was announced, “the DOT has agreed that the volume of traffic, and the history of accidents there, both call for a change. The good news is that this won’t be a ‘traffic calming measure,’ which is what we’ve been promised in the past. This will be a traffic control measure.”
Composting Takes Root
in Battery Park City
In a 2017 study of residential waste by the NYC Department of Sanitation, 21% of garbage was food scraps. Not only does food waste take up unnecessary space in landfill, it releases gas, which is detrimental to the environment.
Thanks to the Battery Park City Authority, Battery Park City has always been at the forefront of green living, guided by BPCA’s pioneering green building guidelines and organic park maintenance. For the last couple years, there have been two community compost bins – one at BPC Parks headquarters on Battery Place and one on Chambers Street.
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.
Very Merry Skerry Ferry
Governors Island Passengers Are Going in Style with Launch of New Vessel
Visitors to Governors Islandembarking from Lower Manhattan now have a new way to get to the beloved greensward that has become Downtown’s equivalent of Central Park.
The new vessel, Governors 1, a 132-foot-long, 40-foot-wide ferry was built over the last two years at a cost of $9.2 million in the Warren, Rhode Island shipyard of Blount Boats, from a design by Seattle-based Elliott Bay Design Group.
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.
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NOTARY PUBLIC IN BPC
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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
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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