City Council Overrules CB1 on Naming Tribeca Intersection for NYPD Officer Killed in Iraq
New York City Police Officer and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant James McNaughton: born April 13, 1978; died August 2, 2005.
The City Council on Tuesday overturned a preliminary determination made by Community Board 1 (CB1) last October, by deciding to approve a proposal to co-name the Tribeca intersection of West Broadway and Lispenard Street in honor of James D. McNaughton, who, on August 2, 2005, at age 27, became the first New York City Police officer to be killed in action while serving in “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
Co-naming is an honorary geographic designation in New York, under which a street or intersection retains its original label, but a second sign is also attached to a nearby lamp post, denoting the additional, commemoratory name. In this case, the Tribeca location was chose because it is outside the Transit Police station at which Officer McNaughton worked. CB1 decided to reject that proposal in October, for multiple reasons having to do with fairness and the lack of consistently applied standards for such requests.
In a vigorous debate, CB1 members voiced competing priorities. Susan Cole began by saying, “I having nothing but pride for this young man, but we’ve been very clear about co-naming. We have refused to do this for abolitionists,” she added, in a reference to proposals in 2006 and 2009 to rename the same intersection for David Ruggles, an African-American opponent of slavery who led more than 600 former slaves to freedom, and who once lived in Lispenard Street. (CB1 also rejected that proposal.) “I’m not against a plaque or dedicating a tree, but co-naming would set a terrible precedent,” Ms. Cole said. “We should do something, but not a co-naming.”
Marc Ameruso countered that, “in other cases, plaques have been more appropriate, but we shouldn’t be against co-naming in all cases. As a veteran of Afghanistan, I’m in favor of this.”
Pat Moore, who chairs CB1’s Quality of Life Committee, noted that, “we did decide as a board that we’re against co-naming, and we turned down the Ruggles proposal, even though he lived on Lispendard. If we didn’t do that, why are we co-naming for someone who didn’t live there?”
Bob Townley said, “we need to view things in the context of local community. In this case, the local community is our precinct and that should be our framework. It is important that we act as a community, and support the community that this man was a part of. Let’s give them what they’re asking for, which is nothing compared to what happens every day to police.”
Mr. Townley continued, “this is not setting a precedent, and if the abolitionist was turned down, we should bring that up again. McNaughton was fighting for the same thing the abolitionist was fighting for. We need to honor both. We should not get technical now, but instead support this proposal and then look at these things in the future in a different way.”
Tammy Meltzer, chair of CB1’s Battery Park City, said, “co-naming is not the best way to honor someone who has lived a life of service, but every single subway entrance now has an electronic component. In this age of technology, it would be great if every entrance to that subway station had a digital banner across it honoring him in greater depth. That would be a way to convey information.”
Alice Bank, who chairs CB1’s Environmental Protection Committee, said, “I live on Lispendard Street and remember the proposals for David Ruggles. But I would feel uncomfortable naming this for any individual, whether David Ruggles or James McNaughton.”
Alice Blank: “CB1 has had immense loss and many heroes who merit recognition, from September 11, to the more recent terror attack in Hudson River Park, and the many heroes fallen in the line of duty. The community must rightly be very careful to be fair to all those worthy of honor.”
She added, “this officer was an unbelievably important hero. But there are not enough streets, or room on these street signs. And there’s no end in sight, especially with all of the people who died on September 11. So I support finding another way.”
“Trees are one example,” she observed. “There are hundreds of trees in Tribeca, and they could have plaques in front of them. But co-naming is troubling, because when do you say no?”
Laura Starr said, “I didn’t know we had a policy about co-naming streets, and would like to know what it is.”
This led to a months-long effort to update and clarify CB1’s criteria for street co-naming proposals, led by Reggie Thomas, chair of the Transportation & Street Activity Committee. Mr. Thomas outlined those guidelines at the May 23 meeting of CB1, saying, “we have had a very rich, interesting, unique and somewhat horrifying experience with street co-namings. This is an emotional issue, but an operational issue as well.”
He explained that CB1 was increasing the minimum time of community involvement from 15 to 20 years. The new guidelines also explain that, “Manhattan Community Board 1 is unique, given its narrow street grid, historical street names, and a history of human loss — and as a result, requires us as a Board to review applications for street co-namings with an additional level of stringency and great care.”
The criteria also require that, “a prospective honoree must be deceased, and be a New York City resident or native, and/or an individual of great significance to New York City,” while further reserving the distinction for, “an individual whose death occurred under extraordinary circumstances of crime, accident, disease, social circumstance or the death itself leads to a greater awareness within society of the cause of death and a concerted effort to solve the problem.”
Officer McNaughton’s parents (both retired NYPD officers) weep in May, 2017, as his name is added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial, in Washington, D.C.
Officer McNaughton’s case meets some (but not all) of these criteria. He was born on Long Island, but lived in Queens at the time of his death. He entered the Police Academy in 2001, and served until his death in 2005. The loss of his life in combat in Iraq qualifies as, “extraordinary circumstances.” But he would seem to be disallowed by a provision that says, “an individual already named on a public memorial within Community Board #1 will also be discouraged.” (Officer McNaughton’s name already appears on the NYPD Memorial in Battery Park City, as well as a bronze plaque within the Tribeca subway station where his police unit was headquartered.)
Decisions about co-naming streets are ultimately made by the City Council. But, as a procedural matter, they come first before the local Community Board within which the street is located, so that the panel can issue an advisory opinion. When CB1 rejected the co-naming proposal honoring Officer McNaughton in October, City Council member Margaret Chin, who represents Lower Manhattan, said, “we honor those who have served in our Armed Forces, as well as the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. One of those heroes is Police Officer James D. McNaughton — who not only served our City, but our country as well. To honor his memory, and the wishes of his family and colleagues at NYPD Transit District Two, it is my hope that the Community Board will reconsider this co-naming application and give Officer McNaughton the public designation his sacrifice and service to our City deserves.”
CB1 did not revisit the proposal to co-name West Broadway and Lispenard Street after Officer McNaughton, but the City Council moved ahead nonetheless. On Tuesday, that body’s Parks & Recreation Committee (which oversees street co-namings) considered a bill that will designate dozens of streets and intersections throughout the five boroughs with honorary names.
City Council member Margaret Chin: “Officer McNaughton embodied the very best of the NYPD — selflessness, duty and honor.”
Ms. Blank appeared at this sessions, and rose to speak when public comment was invited. She began by noting that she was speaking only for herself, and observed that, “we are very much aware that state street co-naming happens all over the City. CB1 has bylaws that they are not very much in favor of co-naming, because of the number of streets, the difficulty of getting to those streets, the history, density, and the extraordinary number of people who merit honors for all the tremendous amount of tragedy that CB1 has seen.”
“We all appreciate the vitally important role of the police in our community,” she continued, “and that of the fallen officer whose life was tragically lost during valorous service in Iraq. But when a Community Board votes against co-naming a street, it has an important reason for doing so. And its members do not expect that their views will be disregarded without directly engaging them, without sharing any reason, and without confronting the community’s reasoning. This small act raises large questions about the integrity of our Community Board process. The Council should consider allowing the community and the Community Board to have an opportunity to further discuss and consider these street co-namings.”
“CB1 has had immense loss and many heroes who merit recognition, from September 11, to the more recent terror attack in Hudson River Park, and the many heroes fallen in the line of duty,” she concluded. “The community must rightly be very careful to be fair to all those worthy of honor.”
After she spoke, the Committee voted unanimously to approve the street co-naming bill that will authorize the designation of West Broadway and Lispenard Street in honor of Officer McNaughton, along with nearly 100 other, similar designations. Shortly afterward, the Council as whole approved the same bill.
Afterward, Ms. Chin said, “Officer McNaughton embodied the very best of the NYPD — selflessness, duty and honor. In addition to serving in Transit District Two, Jimmy was an Army reservist. In the weeks after September 11, 2001, he patrolled the subways to reassure his fellow New Yorkers during a time of extreme fear and anxiety. When the Iraq War began, Jimmy was redeployed and joined his fellow officers at Camp Victory, in Baghdad, to train Iraqi police officers. While guarding the camp in 2005, a sniper’s bullet ended Staff Sergeant McNaughton’s life. He was only 27 years old. He became the first NYPD officer killed in Iraq, and his legacy lives on in the memories held by his family, friends and his fellow NYPD officers. I am proud that my colleagues on the New York City Council approved the co-naming to ensure Jimmy’s legacy is never forgotten. Now, people walking by — especially young people — will see Officer McNaughton’s name and look into his story and the sacrifice he made for our country.”
The Rector Street Bridge
To the Editor,
Re: Preservation of the Rector Street Bridge
More than a decade and a half ago with many fewer residents, workers and tourists in Battery Park City, there was no World Trade Center 1, 3, 4, or 7, no 911 Memorial, no Fulton Center, or Oculus, no World Financial ferry, Goldman Sachs headquarters, no Westfield, no bike-way, e-bikes or e-scooters, and no PS 276. At that time, it was decided to build two bridges across the West Street highway: a permanent bridge at West Thames and a temporary one at Rector Street. For whatever reasons, it was decided that the temporary bridge would be removed upon the completion of the new bridge. This was a potentially fateful decision.
Eighteen years of delays and $45+ million for the West Thames Bridge, the Rector Bridge is facing demolition. Over those years, the Rector Bridge has proven its usefulness to many.
Since there are no official surveys to record the use and users of the bridge, I have undertaken one.
Thus far I have counted 535 persons crossing the bridge and received 76 survey responses. 73.7% of the persons crossing the bridge are residents, 64.5% of whom had no knowledge that the bridge was scheduled for destruction. 74 out of 76 responders believed that crossing West Street at grade is more dangerous, but only 14.9% would use the West Thames Bridge. 85.1% would be crossing at Albany Street and exposing themselves and their children to increased danger.
The Rector Street Bridge is a vital commute path and time-saver for so many… there is no need to remove it on the basis of a much-dated understanding. Even one injury at on the bike-way or the highway would be a grave loss to our city and our community. With few bridges, underpasses and no sidewalk barriers, we need as many safety measures and bridges across the West Side Highway for the safety of the public as possible.
For health reasons, I have been slow and delayed in conducting this survey. I hope and intend to continue to record the interests of the bridge-crossers and to respond to their requests to prepare a petition for them to sign. I plan to be sitting on the bridge in a chair with a sign: “If you want to keep crossing this bridge // You’ll have to help save it.”
Watch the House Judiciary Committee Hearing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Wednesday July 24
Battery Park City Authority
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 Authority
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.
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 Authority
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. http://bpcparks.org/events/2019-07/
Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee
Metropolitan College 60 West Street, 1st Floor
1) South End Ave Update by Nicholas Sbordone, Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs, BPCA
2) BPC Ball Fields Resiliency Project: Public Meeting #3 Notice for 7/25 – Update
3) Presentation by Mark Kostic, Vice President, Asset Management, Brookfield Properties on Traffic Mitigation Plan for 225 Liberty Street, New Event Space – Resolution
4) Overview of Proposed Renovation to Pumphouse Park – Presentation by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
6) Allied Universal Report, Update on SPO – Patrick Murphy, Director of Security, Allied Universal
7) BPCA Report with Security Updates – Nicholas Sbordone, Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs, BPCA
Alexander Hamilton, lecture by Michael Newton
Fraunces Tavern Museum
For over two centuries, Alexander Hamilton’s birth, youth, and family background have been shrouded in mystery. In this lecture, Newton will discuss his extensive research into the lives of Hamilton, his friends, family, and colleagues. Based on newly discovered legal testimonies from St. Croix, Newton explores the lingering questions of Hamilton’s birth date, places of residence, religion, parents, and more. $10
Take a beautiful Sail Around New York on a historic 1885 schooner! See the sights of 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. Bring your family for an afternoon sail, a date for a sunset sail, or just yourself to enjoy history at sea. Get a new perspective on New York City with a sail on PIONEER. The best way to experience the harbor, without crowds, cars, and chaos. Bring a picnic lunch or dinner, afternoon snack, beverages or a bottle of wine to enjoy on your sail. Check web site for times. Pier 16 (box office at 12 Fulton Street) $28-$42 https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org
Bumptious Bumpkins Make for Bus Bumpy Ride for Locals
Lower Manhattan community leaders are grappling with concerns about crowding, safety, and possible criminal activity surrounding the Connection shuttle bus, operated by the Downtown Alliance, which ferries riders around Lower Manhattan, free of charge.
For several years, apprehension about spurious ticket sellers hawking fake boarding passes to boats that purport to bring tourists to the State of Liberty have overlapped with concerns about the Connection bus.
Stalled Tower at 125 Greenwich Street May Be Headed to Foreclosure
The 88-story building, where construction work has stalled due to financial setbacks
The troubled residential tower at 125 Greenwich Street may be facing foreclosure by lenders who say the development team has defaulted on the terms of several mortgages.
In May, work stopped on the building when multiple construction contractors filed liens against the developers for some $40 million in unpaid fees. This prompted several creditors — most prominently, the United Overseas Bank — to file notice with New York courts that they are owed $199 million in mortgage payments. The bank’s overall loan to the developers of 125 Greenwich is more than $450 million, and it is only one of half a dozen creditors.
New Artist Work Space in World Trade Center Part of Creative Surge in Lower Manhattan
A rendering of the artist work space now being readied
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.
re: BroadsheetDAILY “The BPCA Gets a Credit Limit Increase” July 16, 2019
It is interesting to see that the Battery Park City Authority will be getting half a billion dollars to protect the community from climate change, which it will mostly spend on building flood barriers that will exacerbate climate change. Relatively little will be spent on actually stopping climate change.
If this were only happening in Battery Park City, it might not be a major issue. But this is not the case. The same is occurring in the Financial District, in the Lower East Side, elsewhere in the city, and nationwide. Almost all of the hundreds of billions of dollars of public funding that is being allocated to address climate change in the US is being used to buy a lot of concrete and steel, which will emit a lot of greenhouse gases, and provide short-term protection at best.
Arguably, this is what happens when one tries to address a global problem at the local level. Everybody has an incentive to protect their little patch, and not to worry about the larger whole. But if we were to instead spend the same many billions of dollars on actually stopping climate change, we could probably do it.
It is a bit like going to the moon. All it takes is some people in power with a vision and a will. The money is there, and if given the chance the American people can solve almost any technical problem.
photo by Alison Simko
EYES TO THE SKY
July 22 – August 4, 2019
The Eagle has landed
Aldrin at Tranquility Base
It was a three-day journey from Earth to the Moon for the three Apollo 11 astronauts aboard the spaceship, or command module, Columbia, headed for the first landing of humans on the moon. Columbia – named for the historical epithet for the Americas – lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the morning of July 16, 1969. Soon after launch, Columbia docked with the lunar module, the Eagle, a vehicle designed to land two of the astronauts on the Moon while the third stayed with Columbia until the moonwalk was completed.
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…
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
Superstorm Sandy floods West Street
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.”
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne) ; outbound 3:00 pm; Bermuda/Bahamas
Saturday, July 27
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 4:00 pm;
Inbound 7:15 am; outbound 3:30 pm; Port Canaveral, FL/Bahamas
Sunday, July 28
Inbound 7:30 am Bayonne; 4:00 pm;
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm;
Queen Mary 2
Inbound 6:00 am (Brooklyn); outbound 5:00 pm;
Transatlantic (Southampton, UK)
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.
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
New York’s first ticker-tape parade erupted spontaneously from bad weather and an over-zealous stockbroker.
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.
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.
1487 – Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands, strike against a ban on foreign beer.
1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI.
1847 – After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City.
1847 – Richard March Hoe, American inventor, patented the rotary-type printing press.
1866 – Reconstruction: Tennessee becomes the first U.S. state to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War.
1915 – The passenger ship SS Eastland capsizes while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew are killed in the largest loss of life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes.
1922 – The draft of the British Mandate of Palestine was formally confirmed by the Council of the League of Nations; it came into effect on September 26 1923.
1923 – The Treaty of Lausanne (1923), settling the boundaries of modern Turkey, is signed in Switzerland by Greece, Bulgaria and other countries that fought in World War I.
1929 – The Kellogg-Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect (it is first signed in Paris on August 27, 1928, by most leading world powers).
In the vicinity of Tracy, California. A Missouri family of five who are on U.S. Highway 99. “Broke, baby sick, and car trouble.”
photo by Dorothea Lange
1935 – The Dust Bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109 °F (43 °C) in Chicago and 104 °F (40 °C) in Milwaukee.
“FDR’s New Deal attacked the crisis on the Great Plains on a number of fronts. The Farm Security Administration provided emergency relief, promoted soil conservation, resettled farmers on more productive land, and aided migrant farm workers who had been forced off their land. The Soil Conservation Service helped farmers enrich their soil and stem erosion. The Taylor Grazing Act regulated grazing on overused public ranges. Roosevelt’s Shelterbelt Project, created by executive order, fought wind erosion by marshalling farmers, Civilian Conservation Corps boys, and Works Progress Administration workers in an enormous effort to plant over 200 million trees in a belt running from Bismarck, North Dakota, to Amarillo, Texas. This immense windbreak moderated the Dust Bowl’s destructive winds. The Shelterbelt Project remains one of the great environmental success stories of our time.”
In his fireside chat of September 6, 1936, FDR said this about the drought:
I saw drought devastation in nine states.
I talked with families who had lost their wheat crop, lost their corn crop, lost their livestock, lost the water in their well, lost their garden and come through to the end of the summer without one dollar of cash resources, facing a winter without feed or food-facing a planting season without seed to put in the ground.
I shall never forget the fields of wheat so blasted by heat that they cannot be harvested. I shall never forget field after field of corn stunted, earless and stripped of leaves, for what the sun left the grasshoppers took. I saw brown pastures which would not keep a cow on fifty acres. (wikipedia)
1950 – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station begins operations with the launch of a Bumper rocket.
1959 – At the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev have a “Kitchen Debate”.
1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 11 splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean.
1974 – Watergate scandal: The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes and they order him to surrender the tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.
2013 – A high-speed train derails in Spain rounding a curve with an 80 km/h (50 mph) speed limit at 190 km/h (120 mph), killing 78 passengers.
2014 – Air Algérie Flight 5017 loses contact with air traffic controllers 50 minutes after takeoff. It was travelling between Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Algiers. The wreckage is later found in Mali. All 116 people onboard are killed.
1468 – Catherine of Saxony, Archduchess of Austria (d. 1524)
1574 – Thomas Platter the Younger, Swiss physician and author (d. 1628)
1802 – Alexandre Dumas, French novelist and playwright (d. 1870)
1897 – Amelia Earhart, American pilot and author (d. 1937)
1919 – Kenneth S. Kleinknecht, NASA manager (d. 2007)
1920 – Bella Abzug, American lawyer and politician (d. 1998)
1935 – Mel Ramos, American painter, illustrator, and academic
1936 – Ruth Buzzi, American actress and comedian
1947 – Peter Serkin, American pianist and educator
759 – Oswulf, king of Northumbria
946 – Muhammad ibn Tughj al-Ikhshid, Egyptian ruler (b. 882)
Watch Kramer explain his run-in with the Van Buren boys
1862 – Martin Van Buren, 8th President of the United States (b. 1782)
1980 – Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian (b. 1925)
2012 – Robert Ledley, American physiologist and physicist, invented the CT scanner (b. 1926)
2015 – Ingrid Sischy, South African-American journalist and critic (b. 1952
Sourced from various internet sites.
Paul Hovitz Concludes 27 Years of Service on Community Board 1
Fledgling Firebrands: Mr. Hovitz (right), Mr. Townley (center), and Mr. Goldstein (left) at a meeting of Community Board 1 in the early 1990s
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.
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 email@example.com.
Albany Wants to Keelhaul Ad Barges
State Lawmakers Bark ‘Belay That’ to Water-Borne Marketing Messages
The advertising barges operated by Ballyhoo Media
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.