Lower Manhattan’s Local News
Upward with the Arts
New Artist Work Space in World Trade Center Part of Creative Surge in Lower Manhattan
Silver Art Projects, a public service project supported by Silverstein Properties(operator of the World Trade Center complex) is kicking off a new artist residency program at Three World Trade Center.
Under this initiative, dozens of artists (working across a broad range of media and disciplines) will be invited to share more than 40,000 square feet of free studio space on the tower’s 50th floor, which will be given over in its entirety to this program.
Co-founders Cory Silverstein and Joshua Pulman met while undergrads at George Washington University, and then followed separate careers paths — Mr. Silverstein into real estate (like his father, Larry) and Mr. Pulman into investment services. But they reunited last year to form Silver Art Projects, a corporate social responsibility organization sponsored by Silverstein Properties.
The organization is headquartered on the 50th floor of Three World Trade Center, and will host a rotating roster of 30 artists, beginning each September, for up to eight months. Participants (who will be given use of the space free of charge) will be selected through an annual open-call application process, moderated by a rotating jury of fellow artists, curators, and neighborhood leaders — based on a brief biographical statement, along with examples of their work. Residencies will begin this September, but artists who wish to participate must apply by July 31. Applications can be filed online at: www.silverart.com/home.
Through this program, Silver Art Projects aims to incubate an ongoing dialogue focused on contemporary art, within the Lower Manhattan community. The project comes at a time when fine and performing arts are flourishing at the World Trade Center complex, and throughout Downtown.
The current creative frisson began last summer, when Silverstein Properties and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (which owns the World Trade Center complex) partnered to invite a gaggle of street artists to cover 20,000 square feet of corrugated steel (on the exterior of utility sheds at Church and Vesey Streets — the future site of Two World Trade Center) with joyous graffiti murals.
The Port Authority has also sponsored a series of outdoor art pieces at the site, such as Rice Paddy — a living, growing installation that will incubate five varieties of rice between now and the Harvest Moon Festival in late September, when dozens of chefs will gather at the site to create unique, original dishes designed as an homage to rice.
While the Mural Project and Rice Paddy have been received with acclaim, not every such initiative inspired universal praise. In January, the Port Authority hastily removed an exhibit, entitled “Candy Nations,” created by French sculptor Laurence Jenkell. It consisted of 20 polyester resin simulacra in the shape of wrapped pieces of candy — each nine feet tall and weighing approximately 1,450 pounds. But the label around each piece, instead of bearing a brand name, was emblazoned with the flag of one member of the Group of 20 — a score of nations that meet annually to promote global economic stability.
But one of the member nations of the G20 is Saudi Arabia. Although this fact had never inspired controversy in any of the dozens of other sites where Candy Nations had been exhibited in the last eight years, a predictable furor erupted in January, when conservative websites discovered that the flag of the Muslim nation was being displayed at the site of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Further afield, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer recently sponsored a contest for designs to adorn the Hesco barriers now being installed as interim flood protection measures along the East River waterfront, near the South Street Seaport. These are a combination of heavy duty fabric liners, surrounding collapsible wire mesh containers, which are filled with sand, soil or gravel. Although highly regarded for their effectiveness in stopping rising water, Hesco barriers are seldom praised on aesthetic grounds. Ms. Brewer’s initiative seems likely to brighten up what would otherwise be a bland, utilitarian streetscape.
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.
Her decade-long tenure there, which saw seasonal visitation rise from 8,000 per season to more than 600,000, ended in 2016. To read more…
A short film about the National Lighthouse Museum
For more info, www.LighthouseMuseum.org
Waves of Change
Honoring a Matriarch of the Hudson
On Monday (July 22), the River Project will host its 2019 Summer Cruise, raising funds for the highly regarded, Lower Manhattan-based non-profit that aims to protect and restore the ecosystem of the Hudson River Estuary through scientific research and education programs.
The evening will honor retiring executive director Cathy Drew, who founded the River Project in 1986.
Her vision and leadership, among other accomplishments, helped pass legislation that made the Hudson River Park an estuarine sanctuary in 1998. This legal designation was based, in part, on fish ecology data that Ms. Drew helped compile through her research in the Hudson.
Monday evening’s program begins with boarding and cocktails at 5:30 pm, followed by a dinner cruise from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. For more info, please browse: www.riverprojectnyc.org/events.
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…
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.
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.”
Upward with the Arts
Silver Art Projects, a public service project supported by Silverstein Properties is kicking off a new artist residency program at 3 WTC.
Under this initiative, dozens of artists will be invited to share more than 40,000 square feet of free studio space on the tower’s 50th floor.
Occupancy will begin in September, but artists who wish to participate must apply by July 31, www.silverart.com/home
Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals and Departures
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.
Friday July 19
Battery Park City Authority
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. http://bpcparks.org/events/2019-07/
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
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. https://americanindian.si.edu/calendar
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 Avi Stein, Associate Organist, Trinity Church Wall Street.
Iration-Live From Paradise! With Pepper, Fortunate Youth and Kastrato
Rooftop at Pier 17
Battery Park City Authority
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.
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.
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.
Today in History
AD 64 – The Great Fire of Rome causes widespread devastation and rages on for six days, destroying half of the city.
1545 – The Tudor warship Mary Rose sinks off Portsmouth; in 1982 the wreck is salvaged in one of the most complex and expensive projects in the history of maritime archaeology.
1553 – Lady Jane Grey is replaced by Mary I of England as Queen of England after only nine days on the throne.
1701 – Representatives of the Iroquois Confederacy sign the Nanfan Treaty, ceding a large territory north of the Ohio River to England.
1817 – Unsuccessful in his attempt to conquer the Kingdom of Hawaii for the Russian-American Company, Georg Anton Schäffer is forced to admit defeat and leave Kauai.
1843 – Brunel’s steamship the SS Great Britain is launched, becoming the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull and screw propeller
1845 – Great New York City Fire of 1845: The last great fire to affect Manhattan began early in the morning and was subdued that afternoon. The fire killed four firefighters, 26 civilians, and destroyed 345 buildings.
1900 – The first line of the Paris Métro opens for operation.
1943 – World War II: Rome is heavily bombed by more than 500 Allied aircraft, inflicting thousands of casualties.
1977 – The world’s first Global Positioning System (GPS) signal was transmitted from Navigation Technology Satellite 2 (NTS-2) and received at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at 12:41 a.m. Eastern time (ET).
1979 – The Sandinista rebels overthrow the government of the Somoza family in Nicaragua.
1981 – In a private meeting with President Ronald Reagan, French President François Mitterrand reveals the existence of the Farewell Dossier, a collection of documents showing the Soviet Union had been stealing American technological research and development.
1982 – In one of the first militant attacks by Hezbollah, David S. Dodge, president of the American University of Beirut, is kidnapped.
1983 – The first three-dimensional reconstruction of a human head in a CT is published.
810 – Muhammad al-Bukhari, Persian scholar (d. 870)
1800 – Juan José Flores, Venezuelan general and politician, First President of Ecuador (d. 1864)
1814 – Samuel Colt, founded the Colt’s Manufacturing Company (d. 1862)
1834 – Edgar Degas, French painter, sculptor, and illustrator (d. 1917)
In 1855 he met Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, whom Degas revered and whose advice he never forgot: “Draw lines, young man, and still more lines, both from life and from memory, and you will become a good artist.”
1865 – Charles Horace Mayo, American surgeon, founded the Mayo Clinic (d. 1939)
1860 – Lizzie Borden, was an American woman who was tried and acquitted in the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts. The case was a cause célèbre throughout the United States.
The case was memorialized in a popular skipping-rope rhyme:
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
Folklore says that the rhyme was made up by an anonymous writer as a tune to sell newspapers. In reality, Lizzie’s stepmother suffered 18 or 19 blows; her father suffered 11 blows.
1249 – Jacopo Tiepolo, doge of Venice
1967 – Odell Shepard, American poet and politician, 66th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut (b. 1884)
1982 – Hugh Everett III, American physicist and mathematician (b. 1930)
2004 – J. Gordon Edwards, American entomologist, mountaineer, and DDT advocate (b. 1919)
2009 – Frank McCourt, American author and educator (b. 1930)
2016 – Garry Marshall, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1934)
Sourced from various internet sites.
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.
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.
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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
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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