Lower Manhattan’s Local News
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BPCA and CB1 to Host Discussion of Ball Fields Resiliency Plans Tonight
Tonight (Thursday, July 25), the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) and Community Board 1 (CB1) will co-host a public meeting to review resiliency plans for the ball fields in Battery Park City’s northern section.
The meeting, which will begin at 6:00 pm, will be held at Six River Terrace, next to Le Pain Quotidien and opposite the Irish Hunger Memorial. This session will include updates about evolving aspects of the plan to safeguard the facility against future extreme weather events (such as 2012’s Hurricane Sandy), as well as opportunities for resident comments and questions.
The ballfields, located alongside West Street (between Murray and Warren Streets), which are a prized resource for Lower Manhattan families, were effectively destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, in 2012, and then repaired on an expedited basis to re-open the following spring, in time for Downtown Little League’s annual Opening Day ceremony. But while that preliminary rehabilitation work succeeded in making the fields available once again, due to the location, elevation and open nature of the fields, it did little to prevent future damage from similar (or more severe) climate disasters. Additional millions of dollars in damage was inflicted upon the adjacent Asphalt Green Community Center during the storm, with extensive mechanical and electrical restoration and replacements required in the cellar and sub-cellar levels.
To address this longer-term priority, the BPCA hired as consultants an arm of the Parsons Transportation Group, which advises government and corporate clients on large infrastructure projects. The Parsons team came up with two broad recommendations for protection of the ballfields and the Community Center.
First, they proposed erecting a permanent flood wall around the eastern boundary of the facility (which fronts West Street), with arms extending around the sides on Murray and Warren Streets. This would protect the fields from flood waters that approached from the West Street side, as happened in 2012.
Second, the Parsons consultants advocated for deployable barriers at the ballfields entrances on Murray and Warren Streets. The combination of the permanent and deployable elements, along with waterproofing precautions on the two residential buildings located at the facility’s western side, would protect the fields and the Community Center from flood waters that approached from the West Street side, as happened in 2012.
The budget for these combined measures was projected to be approximately $13 million. Implementing these designs would have also meant taking the ballfields out of service, either partially or entirely, for prolonged periods over the course of approximately one year, during the playing seasons when local leagues use them most. (It was projected that the construction could likely be performed over the course of a year with only partial shutdowns of the fields, while the construction duration could be shortened by up to several months if both fields were shut down at the same time.)
But after a March 21 community meeting, at which a chorus of residents voiced concerns about even a temporary loss of access to the fields, the BPCA agreed to evaluate the possibility of pursuing a different approach to the protection of the fields and the community center. Noting that separate, nearby resiliency structures (planned for the Esplanade and the northern border of Battery Park City) would make the ballfield and Community Center flood-protection measures redundant within a few years, the Authority directed its consultant team, now led by design firm STV, to, “focus on temporary measures that may be employed to minimize construction-related usage interruptions to the many organizations, and more than 50,000 local youth, who use these treasured community assets each year,” according to BPCA spokesman Nick Sbordone.
The Authority, “will be shifting to a design approach that contemplates temporary, rather than permanent, solutions to storm surge flooding at the ballfields, to offer protection to the fields in advance of the more comprehensive protection realized upon completion of the North and South Battery Park City Resiliency Projects in the coming years,” he added, while noting that, “permanent storm water drainage improvements will remain part of the project.”
A full analysis of a temporary resiliency scheme at this location, along with the comparative advantages of this approach relative to a permanent barrier system, is being performed by STV. BPCA representatives cautioned at the March 21 meeting that a temporary solution would not offer protection as complete or robust as a permanent barrier system and would thus entail a greater assumption of risk. For that reason, they pointed out, it is important to have a full understanding of the risks before making a final decision.
Additionally, while the projected timeframe for completion of the North and South Battery Park City resiliency projects may be as little as three years, any complications or delays in either of those plans would result in a lengthier time during which the temporary measures would be relied upon to protect the ballfields and Community Center.
One possible approach to a temporary design, would rely on metal plates that can be attached to the exterior of the existing fence. This approach would likely allow for the fields to remain open throughout installation of the resiliency measure, with the only diminished use consisting of a small safety buffer around the field’s perimeter, separating the project’s work zone from the playing fields. This possible design, along with the logistics associated with construction, were discussed as a preliminary concept and are subject to further design work to be performed by STV. Once the broader measures now being designed for the Esplanade and the northern boundary of the community are in place, these plates will be removed, and the fence restored to its current, open design.
This approach was formulated in partnership with CB1’s Battery Park City Committee, led by chairwoman Tammy Meltzer, who said at the Board’s April 23 meeting, “the original ballfields resiliency plan would have been redundant within a three-year period, because the Authority’s plan to protect the north side of Battery Park City goes from the Esplanade and Chambers and all the way over to Greenwich. So they have come to the conclusion that they can work on more short-term resiliency protection for the ballfields, which does not limit the fields in terms of playing time over the next three or four years.”
The Board then adopted a resolution noting that, “CB1 is very appreciative of the BPCA and its team of partners, who have provided numerous public presentations over the past year to engage the public on their plans for the Battery Park City Ballfields Project.” The same measure observed that, “the timing of the original Ballfields Resilience Project, from 2019 through 2022, with principal work taking place from 2019 through 2020, would require sustained disruption to the use of the fields and months of full closure during prime seasons in the spring, summer and fall.” The resolution concluded that, “CB1 supports the short-term protection concepts presented by BPCA and STV, that will enable the ballfields to remain open and not cause any sustained disruption.”
Dulce et Decorum Est…
City Council Overrules CB1 on Naming Tribeca Intersection for NYPD Officer Killed in Iraq
The City Council on Tuesday overturned a preliminary determination made by Community Board 1 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.”
In a vigorous debate, CB1 members voiced competing priorities.
The Rector Street Bridge
To the editor:
I couldn’t agree more with the idea that we need to do everything we can as a community to keep this extremely important passage intact.
Unless there is a compelling reason presented by the appropriate authorities (safety issue with existing structure), I can’t fathom why we would consider removing such a useful and potentially lifesaving element of our community.
If all is okay with the existing structure, what a potential waste we are facing! Look at how long it took to build the West Thames Bridge and look at the astronomical amount of money it cost.
It would be mind-boggling to remove the Rector passage only to later realize how useful it was to the community. I venture to say we will never get another above-highway passage completed in our lifetimes and perhaps our children’s. We should be looking for more safe passages across the highway and not less.
Can Bob or the Broadsheet present suggestions on how we can create a common voice to communicate with the appropriate officials/powers that be?
John A. Zaro
The email for the Community Board is:
The email for the Battery Park City Authority is:
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.”
Thursday July 25
Summer Innovations: Native Games
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Games are an integral part of Native community life. They teach skills, history and cultural values. Have fun learning about and playing a variety of games. One Bowling Green. https://americanindian.si.edu/calendar
Fraunces Tavern Museum Guided Tour
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Sixty minute guided tour of Fraunces Tavern Museum. 54 Pearl Street. http://www.frauncestavernmuseum.org/group-tours
Free with admission ($4, $7) 13:00
Soundtrap: Voice and Digital Music Production
New York Public Library
Soundtrap: Voice and Digital Music Production for ages 6-12. Battery Park City branch of the New York Public Library. 175 North End Avenue. https://www.nypl.org/events/calendar?location=2787
Showcase Reading Series: Asiya Wadud, Arthur Sze, Chase Berggrun & Jesús Papoleto Meléndez
Readings by poets. 10 River Terrace. FREE
River & Blues: The War & Treaty
Battery Park City Authority
Tanya and Michael Trotter, the powerhouse duo better known as The War and Treaty, are one of the most intriguing rising acts on the americana and roots music scene. Healing Tide, their latest album, showcases the depth of their musical and personal pasts. Their passionate, vulnerable and unrestrained live performances, are not to be missed! Wagner Park
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.
A Super-Tall Laid Low
Stalled Tower at 125 Greenwich Street May Be Headed to Foreclosure
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.
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.
EYES TO THE SKY
July 22 – August 4, 2019
The Eagle has landed
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.
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
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.
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
Friday, July 26
Adventure of the Seas
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
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 ~ July 25
306 – Constantine I is proclaimed Roman emperor by his troops.
1261 – The city of Constantinople is recaptured by Nicaean forces under the command of Alexios Strategopoulos, re-establishing the Byzantine Empire.
1467 – The Battle of Molinella: The first battle in Italy in which firearms are used extensively.
1609 – The English ship Sea Venture, en route to Virginia, is deliberately driven ashore during a storm at Bermuda to prevent its sinking; the survivors go on to found a new colony there.
1788 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his Symphony No. 40 in G minor (K550).
1792 – The Brunswick Manifesto is issued to the population of Paris promising vengeance if the French royal family is harmed.
1861 – American Civil War: The United States Congress passes the Crittenden-Johnson Resolution, stating that the war is being fought to preserve the Union and not to end slavery.
1866 – Congress passes legislation authorizing the rank of General of the Army. Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant becomes the first to be promoted to this rank.
1868 – The Wyoming Territory is established.
1898 – In the Puerto Rican Campaign, the United States seizes Puerto Rico from Spain.
1917 – Sir Robert Borden introduces the first income tax in Canada as a “temporary” measure (lowest bracket is 4% and highest is 25%).
1946 – Nuclear weapons testing: Operation Crossroads: An atomic bomb is detonated underwater in the lagoon of Bikini Atoll.
1956 – Forty-five miles south of Nantucket Island, the Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria collides with the MS Stockholm in heavy fog and sinks the next day, killing 51.
1965 – Bob Dylan goes electric at the Newport Folk Festival, signaling a major change in folk and rock music.
1976 – Viking program: Viking 1 takes the famous Face on Mars photo.
1978 – Birth of Louise Joy Brown, the first human to have been born after conception by in vitro fertilisation, or IVF.
1984 – Salyut 7 cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskayabecomes the first woman to perform a space walk.
1562 – Katō Kiyomasa, Japanese warlord (d. 1611)
1750 – Henry Knox, First US Secretary of War (d. 1806)
1844 – Thomas Eakins, painter, sculptor, and photographer (d. 1916)
1870 – Maxfield Parrish, American painter and illustrator (d. 1966)
1915 – Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., American lieutenant and pilot (d. 1944)
1956 – Andy Goldsworthy, English-Scottish sculptor and photographer
1011 – Ichijō, emperor of Japan (b. 980)
1790 – William Livingston, First Governor of New Jersey (b. 1723)
1966 – Frank O’Hara, American poet and critic (b. 1926)
1989 – Steve Rubell, co-owner of Studio 54 (b. 1943)
Sourced from various internet sites.
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.
CLASSIFIEDS & PERSONALS
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$99 Hypnosis Session
($247 value) Smoking Cessation, Weight Loss, Motivation, Sports Performance, Confidence, Stress, Insomnia…
Call Janine Today. Limited time offer! 917-830-6127
Experienced Elder Care (12 years)
Able to prepare nutritious meals and light housekeeping
Excellent references 347 898 5804 Hope
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
Anthem of the Seas Spins About
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
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