Lower Manhattan’s Local News
The BPCA Gets a Credit Limit Increase
Albany Legislature Okays Half a Billion in New Bond Debt for BPCA
The State legislature has enacted a measure that will allow the Battery Park City Authority to take on up to half a billion dollars in new bond debt, in order to fund resiliency measures throughout the community, as well as to underwrite other capital projects.
The bill, sponsored in the Assembly by Yuh-Line Niou (who represents Battery Park City south of Vesey Street) and in the Senate by Brian Kavanagh (who represents all of Battery Park City), grants permission to the Authority (where borrowing limits are set by the legislature) to issue new debt for, “critical infrastructure and resiliency projects that must be completed in light of the damage caused when Superstorm Sandy made landfall in 2012,” according to a statement issued by the lawmakers.
Assembly member Niou said, “the priority of this legislation is to give Battery Park City the resources it needs for necessary infrastructure repairs and resiliency projects. Superstorm Sandy hit our community hard in 2012. Since then, we have been working diligently to restore and fortify our neighborhood. We have made significant progress, but unavoidable climate-change impacts continue to loom over the safety of our neighborhood. As we continue our urgent work to protect our community and utilize this non-renewable bonding capacity, we must ensure that we have a responsible, community-focused process and include our community voice in every step.”
Senator Kavanagh said, “by allowing the Battery Park City Authority to obtain the funding necessary for coastal resiliency projects, we are taking an important step to protect our community from the effects of climate change.”
Assembly member Deborah Glick (who represents Battery Park City north of Vesey Street) observed that, “protecting the City from the impact of climate change by providing immediate, interim measures against potential flooding, storm surges and critical infrastructure needs is needed the most throughout Lower Manhattan, especially in Battery Park City.”
Anthony Notaro, chair of Community Board 1 added that, “implementing resiliency measures to protect our homes, schools, business and very lives is paramount to Community Board 1.”
BPCA president Benjamin Jones remarked that, “this vital legislation, in coordination with the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency project, is integral to our efforts to protect Battery Park City. Taking action against the effects of climate change, particularly severe flooding, is of utmost importance to BPCA. With our elected officials’ and community’s support, we’re closer to making these protections a reality. With their ongoing assistance, we also continue to make progress on other local priorities, such as affordability and sustainability.”
Currently, State law authorizes the BPCA to borrow up to $350 million. This measure amends the agency’s enabling legislation to allow for design and construction of resiliency measures, by providing the Authority with a separate, one-time bonding capacity not to exceed $500 million. According to a statement from Ms. Niou and Mr. Kavanagh, this additional half a billion dollars will be used to cover the costs of, “flood protection measures, infrastructural metalwork, sidewalk repairs, sidewalk improvements, electrical grid improvements, security barriers, interim resiliency measures, and other critical work.”
After passing both houses of the State legislature, the bill goes to the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature or veto. Although has has not yet done either, he is expected to approve the measure and sign it into law.
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.
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.”
Tuesday July 16
Battery Park City Authority
Summer Stories with Bobby Gonzalez
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Meet Bobby Gonzalez (Taíno descent) who masterfully integrates imagery with storytelling to engage all audiences. Repeated at 1pm. One Bowling Green. https://americanindian.si.edu/calendar
Sad Summer Festival
Rooftop at Pier 17
Community Board 1’s Waterfront, Parks & Cultural Committee
Community Board 1 – Conference Room 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
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.”
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
463 – Start of Lunar Cycle of Hilarius
622 – Moslem Era begins-Mahomet begins flight from Mecca to Medina
1054 – Three Roman legates fracture relations between Western and Eastern Christian churches by placing invalid Papal Bull of Excommunication on altar of Hagia Sophia during Saturday afternoon divine liturgy. Often dated as start of the East-West Schism.
1429 – Joan of Arc and the French army enter the city of Rheims
1439 – Kissing is banned in England (to stop germs from spreading)
1519 – Public debate between Martin Luther and theologist John Eck at Pleissenburg Castle in Liepzig, Luther denies the divine right of the Pope
1618 – Captain John Gilbert patents first dredger in Britain
1845 – New York Yacht Club holds its first regatta
1900 – A report appears in London that all foreigners in Peking, China, have been massacred. Although soon exposed as false, the report helps mobolize support for relief of foreigners
1918 – A Bolshevik firing squad at Ekaterinburg, Siberia, executes Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family
1936 – First x-ray photo of arterial circulation, Rochester, NY
1945 –First test detonation of an atomic bomb, Trinity Site, Alamogordo, New Mexico
1951 – Novel “Catcher in Rye” by J. D. Salinger published
1969 – Apollo 11, carrying first men to land on Moon, launched
1988 – Carl Lewis runs 100 m in 9.78 sec
1704 – John Kay, England, machinist, invented flying shuttle
1746 – Giuseppe Piazzi, Italian monk/discoverer (1st asteroid-Ceres)
1872 – Roald Amundsen, Norway, explorer, discovered South Pole
1907 – Orville Redenbacher, popcorn King (Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet)
1911 – Ginger Rogers, [Virginia McMath], Independ Mo, (Gay Divorcee)
276 – Mark Annius Florianus, emperor of Rome (276), murdered
1546 – Anne Askew, English Protestant (burned at the stake) (b. 1521)
1557 – Anne of Cleves, queen of England/4th wife of Henry VIII, dies at 41
1871 – Tad Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln
1882 – Mary Todd Lincoln, First Lady of the United States (b. 1818)
1981 – Harry Chapin, folk vocalist (Taxi), dies in car crash at 38
1991 – Robert Motherwell, US painter (Elegies to Spanish Rep), dies at 76
1995 – Juan Manuel Fangio, autoracing legend, dies at 84
1999 – John F. Kennedy Jr., American publisher, lawyer and Tribecan resident, dies in a plane crash at 38 with his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette
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.
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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
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.
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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