Lower Manhattan’s Local News
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“Very hot and still the air was, Very smooth the gliding river, Motionless the sleeping shadows,” was how Henry Wadsworth Longfellow described a summer of his memory. We thought of these words when we observed two children playing above, on a lawn that they miraculously had all to themselves.
At moments like this, it feels like each year really has only two seasons: summer and everything else. The other three are, in some sense, just transitions — spring’s frantic burst of life and growth, autumn’s poignant dying, and the pensive slumber of winter. But summer is different. While the year’s three other quadrants exist in relation to one another, summer is really about nothing more than itself. This is the season when our relationship with all that surrounds us consists of saying: we are here, we are alive, and that is more than good enough. It is when our lives, at least for a moment, stand still — and so does the spinning world.
If the other nine months of every twelve are complex and dynamic, these three are meant to be simple and static. Poised, in a way that hints at the possibility of remaining in this state forever. Of course, we cannot, and we know as much. But there’s the magic of summer: Momentarily, we are gifted not merely the opportunity — but also the capacity — to ignore the headlong rush from yesterday to tomorrow, and dwell in an idyllic present.
It is a trite platitude to say that the effort and grind of the other three seasons are what make summer possible, but we suspect that just the opposite may be. Perhaps it is moments like the one depicted above that sustain each of us, not merely through the year’s other seasons, but for a lifetime.
photo Robert Simko
A short film about the National Lighthouse Museum
For more info, www.LighthouseMuseum.org
Free Flicks Under the Stars
Down in Front!
Sundance Shorts, a selection of films curated by the Sundance Institute, will be screened at Liberty Park (the elevated green space above Liberty Street on Friday, July 26. In addition to seven films, there will be a live musical performance by QNA. Doors open at 7:15 pm, music starts at 7:45 pm, and the films begin at 8:30 pm. For more information, www.rooftopfilms.com.
The Howard Hughes Corporation is offering Seaport Cinema, a series of free, outdoor movies on the rooftop of Pier 17, throughout the summer. Next up is Shark Tale, on July 29. Doors open at 6:30 pm; films start at sundown.
The Hudson River Park Trust is offering two free, summer film programs.
On Wednesday evenings, films are shown on Pier 63 (near 24th Street), with Do the Right Thing scheduled for July 31. On Fridays, family films are the focus at Pier 46 (near Charles Street), with The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part titled for July 26. Films start at dusk.
Friday July 26
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/
Pipes at One
St. Pauls Chapel
Pipes at One concerts feature the celebrated three-manual Noack organ that was inaugurated in the spring of 2018. Today, listen to Amanda Mole, Music Director, St. Michael’s Church, Rochester, New York.
Sunset Jam on the Hudson
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. http://bpcparks.org/events/2019-07/
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. To read more…
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.”
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.
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.
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
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…
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.
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 26
1309 – Henry VII is recognized King of the Romans by Pope Clement V.
775 – The office that would later become the United States Post Office Department is established by the Second Continental Congress. Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania takes office as Postmaster General.
1788 – New York ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the 11th state of the United States.
1803 – The Surrey Iron Railway, arguably the world’s first public railway, opens in south London, United Kingdom.
1861 – American Civil War: George B. McClellan assumes command of the Army of the Potomac following a disastrous Union defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run.
1897 – Anglo-Afghan War: The Pashtun fakir Saidullah leads an army of more than 10,000 to begin a siege of the British garrison in the Malakand Agency of the North West Frontier Province of India.
1918 – Emmy Noether’s paper, which became known as Noether’s theorem was presented at Gцttingen, Germany, from which conservation laws are deduced for symmetries of angular momentum, linear momentum, and energy.
1947 – Cold War: President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947 into United States law creating the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the United States National Security Council.
1948 -President Truman signs Executive Order 9981, desegregating the military of the United States.
1956 – Following the World Bank’s refusal to fund building the Aswan Dam, Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal, sparking international condemnation.
1963 – Syncom 2, the world’s first geosynchronous satellite, is launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta B booster.
1971 – Apollo program: Launch of Apollo 15 on the first Apollo “J-Mission”, and first use of a Lunar Roving Vehicle.
1989 – A grand jury indicts Cornell Universitystudent Robert T. Morris, Jr. for releasing the Morris worm, thus becoming the first person to be prosecuted under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
2005 – Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, resulting in floods killing over 5,000 people.
2016 – Solar Impulse 2 becomes the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the Earth.
1502 – Christian Egenolff, German printer (d. 1555)
1612 – Murad IV, Ottoman sultan (d. 1640)
1856 – George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and critic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1950)
1875 – Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist (d. 1961)
1893 – George Grosz, German painter and illustrator (d. 1959)
1903 – Estes Kefauver, American lawyer and politician (d. 1963)
1928 – Elliott Erwitt, French-American photographer and director
1943 – Mick Jagger, English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
811 – Nikephoros I, Byzantine emperor
1380 – Kōmyō, emperor of Japan (b. 1322)
1863 – Sam Houston, American general and politician, 7th Governor of Texas (b. 1793)
1925 – Antonio Ascari, Italian race car driver (b. 1888)
1926 – Robert Todd Lincoln, American lawyer and politician, 35th United States Secretary of War, son of Abraham Lincoln (b. 1843)
1932 – Fred Duesenberg, German-American businessman, co-founded the Duesenberg Company (b. 1876)
1971 – Diane Arbus, American photographer and academic (b. 1923)
1984 – George Gallup, American mathematician and statistician, founded the Gallup Company (b. 1901)
1986 – W. Averell Harriman, American politician and diplomat, 11th United States Secretary of Commerce (b. 1891)
2009 – Merce Cunningham, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1919)
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. To read more…
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Dishes, windows, floors, laundry, bathrooms.
You name it – I will clean it.
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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
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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
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