Lower Manhattan’s Local News
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 PropertyClub, 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.
This majority is slightly smaller than the tabulation found in a similar report, issued in 2018, by RENTCafe, a nationwide apartment search website. That analysis concluded that millennials represented 71 percent of the population in zip code 10005. The 2018 report also calculated that northern Battery Park City (the 10282 zip code) had experienced the third-largest influx of this age group of any locality in the nation, with a 54 percent jump, between 2011 and 2016.
Measured by raw numbers of millennials (rather than a percentage of the local population), however, PropertyClub’s report indicates that no section of Lower Manhattan even makes the top ten list, which is dominated by six neighborhoods in Brooklyn, three in Queens, and one in the Bronx. In this ranking, the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn (zip code 11211) takes the City-wide top spot, with 44,866 people born between the years that “Star Wars” and “Independence Day” ruled the box office calling that neighborhood home.
In both the FiDi and Williamsburg enclaves, however, Millennials seemingly hew to a similar financial profile: fewer than one in five own their dwellings, while more than four of out five rent their homes.
To read the original report on which this story is based (which relied on United State Census data), click here.
To the editor,
I can’t imagine CB 1 without Paul Hovitz on it.
There are not enough medals or citations to reward the hours and years this man has devoted to our community and to all of Lower Manhattan.
Thank you Paul is just not enough. Bless you for your generous heart.
Jean Bergantini Grillo,
CB 1 Public Member, Former District Leader 66 AD Part B
EYES TO THE SKY
July 8 – 21, 2019
All night planets Saturn, Jupiter. Overnight astronomy holiday
Tomorrow, planet Saturn arrives at “opposition”. Like Jupiter last month, Saturn is now coming into position opposite the Sun in Earth’s skies. Saturn rises in the southeast at 8:18pm on the 9th – 8:22 pm tonight, the 8th – opposite sunset in the northwest within seconds of 8:29pm both evenings.
All summer, Saturn will be visible at least until midnight, before setting in the southwest as the Sun rises in the northeast. Tomorrow morning, the 9th, Saturn sets at 5:49am; sunrise is at 5:33am and the precise moment of opposition is 1pm EDT.
Saturn is at its brightest for the year. The ringed planet’s apparent magnitude is 0.05. When compared to Jupiter, at magnitude -2.54, Saturn is not much brighter than many neighboring stars. Note that the smaller the magnitude number the brighter the celestial object.
Saturn rises about 4 minutes earlier everyday. On the 21st, the planet rises at 7:32pm opposite sunset at 8:22 pm, Saturn sets at 4:49am on the 22nd, when sunrise is at 5:43am. Alan MacRobert, senior editor of Sky and Telescope and Star Date columnist, writes, “Two weeks on, you’ll find that Jupiter and Saturn are noticeably westward (to the right) of where they appeared at the same time of night two weeks earlier.
Remember the formula for the turning of the sky:
Looking two weeks later is the same as looking one hour later.”
Dreaming of an eyes-on, hands-on astronomy immersion and camping vacation? Organized by the same group that brings us the always enlightening and inspiring Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF), the Rockland Astronomy Club is hosting its annual Summer Star Party in a dark sky park in Plainfield, MA from July 26 – August 4. Open to all ages and interests, from professionals to amateurs and novices, registration is open for single day to full ten-day program. Click here for more information.
An East River Journey
Hell’s Gate to Long Island Sound
July 14, 2019
Join National Lighthouse Museum members and friends
on Sunday July 14, 2019 when we will journey up
the East River through Hell’s Gate to Long Island Sound.
Expert presenters will share the history and little known facts of the lighthouses and sights along the way. We’ll cruise as far as Execution Rocks in the Sound and learn of its gruesome past and haunted present.
When: Sunday, July 14, 11AM to 3PM
Where: Pier 1, St. George, Staten Island
( steps from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal )
Our boat will leave from Pier 1, St George, Staten Island, adjacent to the Museum. The tour leaves at promptly at 11:00am, rain or shine. We plan to return to dock by 3:00pm but time and currents may delay our return. Please plan accordingly.
Tickets are $62 Adults, $52 for Seniors & Military, $42 for children under 10 yrs old.
Due to space and safety requirements, large coolers are not permitted on board, only very small carry-ons. Refreshments available for purchase on board. There may be boarding limitations for the disabled. Kindly call us to discuss if this might be an issue
Tickets are non-refundable. This tour will commence rain or shine!
National Lighthouse Museum
Senior Group Exercise
Battery Park City Parks
America’s Jewish Women
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Join us for an evening with Pamela Nadell, as she recounts how Jewish women have been at the forefront of causes for centuries. Nadell’s book America’s Jewish Women covers the groundbreaking history of how Jewish women maintained their identity and influenced social activism as they wrote themselves into American history. 36 Battery Place.
Today in History
951 – Paris is founded
1497 – Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departs on his first voyage, which leads him to become first European to reach India by sea.
1693 – The City of New York authorizes the first police uniforms in American colonies
1835 – The Liberty Bell cracked for the second time, while ringing after the death of Chief Justice John Marshall.
1836 – HMS Beagle carrying Charles Darwin reaches Saint Helena. Darwin’s almost five year voyage on the Beagle established his position as a respected naturalist and geologist. He stayed on the volcanic island of Saint Helena for six days as his last stop before returning to Great Britain.
1889 – Wall Street Journal is first published by the Dow Jones & Company. The company originally hand-delivered bulletins to traders at the stock exchange, which they later printed in a daily summary. Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser converted the summary into the Wall Street Journal.
1947 – Demolition begins for the United Nations Headquarters in Turtle Bay along the East River
1990 – At 12:34:56 on 7/8/90, the time and date read: 1234567890
1839 – John D Rockefeller, capitalist and founder of Standard Oil
1908 – Nelson A Rockefeller, Governor of New York and forty-first Vice President
810 – Pepin, son of Charlemagne, King of the Franks and of Italy and the first emperor since the fall of the Western Roman Empire, dies
Sourced from various internet sites.
A TIMELAPSE OF THE MAKING OF
THE PRIDE LAWN AT ROCKEFELLER PARK
timelapse by Jonathan Gross/BPCA
Paul Hovitz Concludes 27 Years of Service on Community Board 1
After nearly three decades of building schools, fighting for affordable housing, championing cultural institutions, and generally making Lower Manhattan a better place to live, Paul Hovitz has stepped down from Community Board 1 (CB1), where he has served as vice chairman for three years, and previously presided as chair of the Youth & Education Committee.
South BPC Resiliency Project
The full presentation and video from the South BPC Resiliency Project Public Meeting #3 held last week at 6 River Terrace is now available on the Battery Park City Authority’s Resiliency page under the heading “South Battery Park City Resiliency Project.”
Additional feedback on the concepts presented may be submitted until Monday, July 15 to the dedicated email address email@example.com.
Multi-Year Traffic Safety Push Culminates as Traffic Light Comes to South End and Rector
More than a decade of advocacy by community leaders came to fruition on Saturday (June 29) when contractors working for the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) activated a traffic light at the intersection of South End Avenue and Rector Place.
Tammy Meltzer, who chairs the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1, said at a May meeting, when the final approval was announced, “the DOT has agreed that the volume of traffic, and the history of accidents there, both call for a change. The good news is that this won’t be a ‘traffic calming measure,’ which is what we’ve been promised in the past. This will be a traffic control measure.”
To the Editor,
I fully applaud the combined efforts of the Battery Park City Authority and Gateway Plaza management to bring the ease of composting to the residents of Gateway Plaza.
Each time I throw my raw fruit and vegetable scraps into the compost bin, I feel like I’m contributing to the health of the local community.
To further entice people to partake, perhaps we can be shown what happens to the scraps after they’re picked up, and converted into nutrient-rich soil. For me, I’m very interested in seeing that process.
Composting Takes Root
in Battery Park City
In a 2017 study of residential waste by the NYC Department of Sanitation, 21% of garbage was food scraps. Not only does food waste take up unnecessary space in landfill, it releases gas, which is detrimental to the environment.
Thanks to the Battery Park City Authority, Battery Park City has always been at the forefront of green living, guided by BPCA’s pioneering green building guidelines and organic park maintenance. For the last couple years, there have been two community compost bins – one at BPC Parks headquarters on Battery Place and one on Chambers Street.
Albany Wants to Keelhaul Ad Barges
State Lawmakers Bark ‘Belay That’ to Water-Borne Marketing Messages
The ubiquitous advertising barges that have become anathema for Lower Manhattan residents over the past year have attracted hostile attention from members of the State Senate and Assembly.
Bills were enacted in the closing days of the legislative session that would ban the 60-foot catamaran — bearing an electronic sign capable of rendering high-definition, full-motion video, similar to the “jumbo-tron” panels that adorn multiple buildings in Times Square — from continuing to conduct its business in New York’s waters.
Very Merry Skerry Ferry
Governors Island Passengers Are Going in Style with Launch of New Vessel
Visitors to Governors Islandembarking from Lower Manhattan now have a new way to get to the beloved greensward that has become Downtown’s equivalent of Central Park.
The new vessel, Governors 1, a 132-foot-long, 40-foot-wide ferry was built over the last two years at a cost of $9.2 million in the Warren, Rhode Island shipyard of Blount Boats, from a design by Seattle-based Elliott Bay Design Group.
Not Ferry Nice
Concerns about Crowding and Noise Surround City Hall Plan for New Staten Island Route to Battery Park City
The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to launch in 2020 a new ferry service from Staten Island that will bring to the Battery Park City ferry terminal more than 60 new vessels each day, carrying as many as 2,500 passengers.
Subvertising Campaign Shocks the Conscience, But Not for Long
On Wednesday morning, two dozen cages fashioned from chain-link fencing appeared on sidewalks at strategic locations around Manhattan and Brooklyn. A pair of these were placed in Lower Manhattan: one on Centre Street, opposite the Municipal Building and close by the Brooklyn Bridge; the other about two blocks away, near the intersection of Broadway and Vesey Streets.
Each one contained a lifelike mannequin, the size of a small child, wrapped in a foil blanket, which bore a disturbing resemblance to a shroud. From around the edges of these blankets, locks of hair and smalls pair of shoes were visible. Concealed within every cage was also a rudimentary audio system that repeatedly played a track of a small child sobbing. This was interspersed with the sound of a heartbeat.
CLASSIFIEDS & PERSONALS
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals and Departures
Wednesday, July 10
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos/San Juan, PR/Dominican Republic
Friday, July 12
Adventure of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 3:00 pm; Bermuda/Bahamas
Saturday, July 13
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 4:00 pm; Bermuda
Inbound 7:15 am; outbound 3:30 pm; Port Canaveral, FL/Bahamas
Sunday, July 14
Inbound 7:30 am Bayonne; 4:00 pm; Bermuda
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; Bermuda
Many ships pass Lower Manhattan on their way to and from the Midtown Passenger Ship Terminal. Others may be seen on their way to or from piers in Brooklyn and Bayonne. Stated times, when appropriate, are for passing the Colgate clock in Jersey City, New Jersey, and are based on sighting histories, published schedules and intuition. They are also subject to tides, fog, winds, freak waves, hurricanes and the whims of upper management.
CB1 Wants to Contravene Convene
Local Leaders Raise Concerns about Traffic and Crowding from Planned Events Venue at Brookfield
The owners of Brookfield Place, are planning to launch an events venue that will host up to 1,000 people at a time, which has sparked concerns about traffic and crowding from community leaders.
At the June 5 meeting of the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1), Mark Kostic, Brookfield’s Vice President for Asset Management, explained that Convene, a firm that develops and markets meeting rooms, event venues and flexible workspaces (and is partially owned by Brookfield) will be taking over the 86,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by Saks Fifth Avenue, at 225 Liberty Street.
Anthem of the Seas Spins About
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
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