Lower Manhattan’s Local News
Come Hell and High Water
Federal Report Foresees More Frequent Flooding for Lower Manhattan
A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), 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.
The same report warns that ten years from now, the number of flood events will total between five and eight times the benchmark set at the turn of the century, and that by the year 2050, there will be local flooding events as often as every three days.
The report, an annual study compiled by NOAA, is titled, “2018 State of U.S. High Tide Flooding with a 2019 Outlook,” and was released last week. It paints a grim picture of what climate change (especially the component consisting of rising sea level driven by melting glaciers) it likely to do to coastal communities throughout the United States, noting that, “tide gauges… are measuring rapid increases in coastal flood risk along U.S. coastlines due to relative sea level (RSL) rise.”
But particularly dire predictions are reserved for the corner of the country in which New York is located: “The Northeast Atlantic coast is projected to experience the most [high-tide flooding, or HTF] in 2019 with the regional-median expected value of 8 HTF days. Individual locations are projected to experience more (likely range): 12-19 days in Boston, Massachusetts, 8-13 days in New York City region, and 10-15 days in Norfolk, Virginia.”
For Lower Manhattan, NOAA’s analysis and predictions are driven by a tide gauge located at the Battery. This gauge registered high-tide flooding — defined as water reaching 21 inches above a benchmark known as “mean higher high water” or the average height of the highest tide recorded at a station each day during a recording period — for a total of five days in 2000. For 2018, that figure was 12 days. Before 2019 is out, NOAA predicts that the new total will be a minimum of eight and maximum of 13 days.
Looking farther into the future, NOAA scientists calculate that by the year 2020, high-tide flooding at the Battery will likely occur at least 20 days per year (or more than once a month) and no more than 40 times each year (or approximately once each ten days).
By 2050, NOAA projects, high-tide flooding at the Battery will take place no less than 50 times per year (about one per week) and up to 150 days per year (meaning approximately three days).
These calculations are especially sobering because they exclude extreme-weather events, such as hurricanes, and focus instead on routine tidal action. “Flooding that decades ago usually happened only during a powerful or localized storm can now happen when a steady breeze or a change in coastal current overlaps with a high tide,” the report warns.
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.”
Monday July 15
Senior Group Exercise
Battery Park City Authority
Join a community of adults and seniors for a total-body workout appropriate for any fitness level. The instructor-led classes are designed to increase flexibility, joint stability, balance, coordination, agility, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. 6 River Terrace. http://bpcparks.org/events/2019-07/
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. One Bowling Green. FREE https://americanindian.si.edu/calendar
Community Board 1 Environmental Protection Committee
Community Board 1 – Conference Room 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) Regional Planning Association (RPA) – Presentation by Ellis Calvin, Data Research Manager, RPA
2) Lower Manhattan Resiliency Quarterly Update – Report by Alice Blank, Chair, Environmental Protection Committee & Diana Switaj, Director of Planning & Land Use
3) 250 Water Street, Brownfield Cleanup Program – Report by Diana Switaj, Director of Planning & Land Use
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
1099 – The first Crusaders capture, plunder Jerusalem
1381 – John Ball, a leader in the Peasants’ Revolt, is hung, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England.
1741 – Alexei Chirikov sights land in Southeast Alaska. He sends men ashore in a longboat, making them the first Europeans to visit Alaska.
1783 – First steamboat, Pyroscaphe was an early experimental steamship built by Marquis de Jouffroy d’Abbans in 1783. The first demonstration took place on 15 July 1783 on the river Saône in France. It was not really successful, since the machinery of the ship failed after fifteen minutes of work.
The Pyroscaphe was propelled by a double-acting steam machine and sidewheels, and was therefore a paddle steamer.
1799 – The Rosetta Stone was found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign. The stone is a granodiorite stele inscribed with a decree issued at Memphis in 196 BC on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The decree appears in three scripts: the upper text is Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the middle portion Demotic script, and the lowest Ancient Greek. Because it presents essentially the same text in all three scripts, it provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs.
1815 – Napoleon surrenders to Captain Frederick Maitland of HMS Bellerophon at Rochefort after his earlier defeat at the Battle of Waterloo
1922 – First duck-billed platypus publicly exhibited in a New York zoo
1932 – President Hoover cuts own salary 15%
1933 – Wiley Post began first solo flight around world
1959 – The steel strike of 1959 begins, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history
1964 – Barry M Goldwater (Sen-R-Az) nominated for president by Republicans
1965 – “Mariner IV” sends back first pictures of Mars
2002 – “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and to possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.
2003 – AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.
1458 – Juan Ponce de Leon, Spanish Explorer (d. 1521)
1606 – Rembrandt van Rijn, Leiden Netherlands, (Night Watch), (d. 1669)
1796 – Thomas Bulfinch, mythologist (Bulfinch’s Mythology)
1906 – Rudolf “Rudi” Uhlenhaut, German automotive engineer and test driver (Mercedes Benz) (d. 1989)
1950 – Arianna Huffington, creator of The Huffington Post
1996 – Prince Charles and Princess Diana sign divorce papers
1881 – Billy the Kid [William H Bonney], shot by sheriff Pat Garrett at 21
1883 – Tom Thumb, famous small person (40″), dies of a stroke at 44
1948 – John J. Pershing, US general (Mexico, WW I), dies at 87
1958 – Julia Lennon, mother of Beatle John, dies in an auto accident
1997 – Gianni Versace, fashion designer, killed by Andrew Cunanan at 50
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.
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.
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.
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Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals and Departures
Thursday, July 18
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 4:00 pm; Bermuda/Eastern Caribbean
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; Bermuda
Saturday, July 20
Adventure of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 3:00 pm;
Bar Harbor, ME/Canadian Maritimes
Inbound 7:15 am; outbound 3:30 pm; Port Canaveral, FL/Bahamas
Sunday, July 21
Inbound 7:30 am (Bayonne); 4:00 pm; Bermuda
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; Bermuda
Inbound 5:15 am; in port overnight
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.
Anthem of the Seas Spins About
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
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