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CB1 Wants to Contravene Convene
Local Leaders Raise Concerns about Traffic and Crowding from Planned Events Venue at Brookfield
The owners of Brookfield Place, the giant office and retail complex in Battery Park City, 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.
“Convene will be a great addition to Brookfield Place for a couple of reasons,” Mr. Kostic observed. “One is how workspace is changing, and Convene does a few things — they do co-working spaces, they do flex space, and they do events space.”
At Brookfield, he said, “the space will primarily be an events space for multiple purposes, mostly corporate functions and cultural functions that we’re going to be partnering with them on. These are the events that will be open to the community Downtown.”
Because Brookfield holds an equity stake in Convene, he said, “when it comes to any challenges or issues with operation or logistics, we have a great working relationship. We’re very optimistic that that will have all these sorted out before they open,” a milestone that is slated for the fourth quarter of this year.
“We completed a study with Sam Schwartz Engineering,” a noted traffic management firm, Mr. Kostic continued. “And so when they were looking at how to calculate the surface traffic at South End Avenue and the turnaround, they came and formulated a lot of assumptions based on certain findings. And basically, we’re utilizing three different points of ingress and egress.” These points of entry and exit will be via South End Avenue and Liberty Street, along with Vesey Street, and the glass pavilion that connects to the pedestrian underpass and multiple subway lines in the World Trade Center and the Fulton Transit Center, he noted.
“Sam Schwartz was able to make some assumptions in terms of how people would be arriving,” Mr. Kostic related. “Most people will be coming from the immediate area of Brookfield Place or Lower Manhattan, so they estimated about 60 percent of those people will be coming from a walkable, area or by subway.” Another 30 percent, he predicted, “will arrive by car service or taxi, and then ten percent will driving.”
Sam Schwartz Engineering assumed that each vehicle coming to an event at the new Convene facility would carry an average 1.65 passengers. This tabulates to “about 148 vehicles coming to an event that draws 1,000 people,” Mr. Kostic said, while also noting that the turnaround space in Brookfield’s cul-de-sac at Liberty Street and South End Avenue has space for 12 cars.
“So for a 1,000-person event, where a thousand people actually showed up, we would be slightly over capacity in the cul-de-sac, in which case, we need to have some sort of some sort of excess capacity onto Liberty Street.”
At this point, Tammy Meltzer, who chairs CB1’s Battery Park City Committee, interjected that, “some of Sam Schwartz’s assumptions are moot because he did not plan for the changes planned for Liberty Street or South End Avenue.” This was a reference to the fact that the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) and the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) are in the final stages of formulating a plan to enhance pedestrian safety in the surrounding neighborhood by narrowing several streets, and thus slowing traffic. “And so his engineering findings do not include a narrower South End Avenue,” Ms. Meltzer continued. “And they do not include loading and unloading and parking,” zones that are planned for Liberty Street, “which narrows Liberty Street as well. His assumptions do not include any of that.”
Mr. Kostic replied that Brookfield and Convene hope to mitigate any traffic impacts with enhanced communications tools (for example, sending emails messages directing attendees arriving by car to enter the complex via Vesey Street), adding valet parking capacity, and increasing the number of security personnel, who will be able to direct both drivers and pedestrians to the appropriate entrances.
Ms. Meltzer countered that more than 100 cars converging on the cul-de-sac at Liberty Street and South End Avenue within the space of an hour will result, “in cars backing up not only on Liberty Street, but also onto West Street,” and predicted that this would not only slow traffic, but also create a safety hazard for pedestrians. “So you’re going need to have crossing guards and people directing traffic.”
Justine Cuccia, who serves as co-chair of CB1’s Battery Park City Committee, asked, “where in God’s name are all those cars they going to go, even if it’s just 50 cars? It’s going to be Liberty Street and it’s going to be West Street. You’re going to have 100 cars lined up on the West Side highway, blocking traffic.”
Robin Forst, a public member of the Battery Park City Committee, observed, “this ship has long ago sailed. But I have to say that as a business decision, I think this is absolutely the wrong kind of business to have at this location. We have spent much time over the last five to ten years talking about traffic congestion in Battery Park City. The BPCA has worked on this at great expense, and with a lot of time. And with more than 100 additional cars, I don’t care whether you can time them perfectly. You’re going to back up Liberty Street in both directions. They have to go in; they have to go out. You’re going to back up West Street. I don’t care that Sam Schwartz said there will be no impact on South End Avenue. That is absolutely not true. I think this is atrocious, potentially dangerous, and misguided.”
Ms. Meltzer concluded the discussion by saying to Mr. Kostic, “we would also like to see you come back to the Community Board, with a traffic mitigation plan in place. What plan will you actually have in place, instead of waiting for something to happen?”
“Community Board 1 as a whole has experience with 25 Broadway and 15 Wall Street,” she recalled, in a reference to large event venues launched at those addresses in recent years by the Cipriani Group. “They were a nightmare during the startup. So we have experience of them opening in a residential neighborhood, and it hasn’t been pretty.”
“We’d like to give you the courtesy and to say we know you can do better than they have in opening up a place like this. So we ask you to come back with a plan for the trucks, a plan for the busses, a plan for the overflow of cars, and a backup plan,” for the eventuality that Brookfield’s valet parking facility on Greenwich Street might prove unfeasible. “A plan for how are people actually going to be directed to go there, with crossing guards. Anything that you and Convene can work out in advance where you say to us, ‘when there’s an event of 500 people, this is our protocol.’ That’s what we’re looking to see.”
Ms, Meltzer added, “we’d love all this feedback before our July meeting, because we would like to be responsive to you and say ‘thank you,’ or file a resolution in protest. Whatever the case may be.”
It’s a Grand Old Flag
Time for a rousing, old-fashioned parade.
On Friday, June 14, Lower Manhattan’s Flag Day parade begins at 12pm at City Hall Park, marches down Broadway and passes the grandstand at Fraunces Tavern, at the intersection of Broad and Pearl Street.
Join school bands, local dignitaries, veteran groups and others, all celebrating the stars and stripes. Enjoy $1 admission to the Fraunces Tavern Museum on this special day.
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Brewer Hosts Town Hall Meeting on de Blasio Jail Plan
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer hosts a Town Hall meeting to give constituents a chance to advise her about whether to support or oppose the plan by Mayor Bill de Blasio to build a new, 1.2 million-square-foot jail complex on White Street, slated to rise 45 stories and house more than 1,400 prisoners.
The City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) entails six steps for any proposed use of publicly owned land.
A Cenotaph for the Esplanade
Cuomo Announces List of Possible Locations in Battery Park City for Hurricane Maria Memorial
At Sunday’s Puerto Rican Day Parade, Governor Andrew Cuomoannounced that his administration is pushing ahead with plans for a memorial to Hurricane Maria — the cataclysmic storm that claimed more than 3,000 lives in Puerto Rico in September, 2017 — which will be located in Battery Park City.
Mr. Cuomo’s office also announced Sunday that his administration has narrowed the potential sites for such a memorial within Battery Park City down to six possibilities.
Shakespeare Downtown will stage an open-air production of “Hamlet” at Castle Clinton National Monument in the Battery, Thursday through Sunday (June 13 to 16), starting at 6:30 pm each night.
(The same schedule will repeat the following week, June 20 to 23.)
Admission is free, on a first-come, first-served basis. Shows starts at 6:30 pm, but anyone wishing to attend should arrive by 6:00 pm, for the best chance of getting tickets. For more information, please browse: ShakespeareDowntown.org.
The Broadsheet June 4-17
In Lobbies Now
New Installation at World Trade Center Cultivates Symbols of Remembrance and Renewal
A bit of wisdom often attributed to Confucius holds that, “if your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for ten years, plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children.”
By this yardstick, Lower Manhattan, where half a dozen high-performing schools have opened in recent years, has the century plan covered, and is doing reasonably well in the decennial stakes, with hundreds of trees flourishing along the Esplanade, in the Battery, and around the World Trade Center campus. But Downtown has been woefully deficient on a per-annum basis — until now.
On Thursday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (which manages the World Trade Center complex) unveiled Rice Paddy — a living, growing installation that will incubate five varieties of rice between now and the Harvest Moon Festival in late September, when dozens of chefs will gather at the site to create unique, original dishes designed to be an homage to rice.
Tribeca Traffic Island Remains Forlorn,
Despite Developer Promises in Exchange for Zoning Variance
Community Board 1 is trying to hold a developer to a bargain made five years ago, but never memorialized in writing. The deal committed builder DDG, which is erecting a large new residential and retail structure on a tiny former parking lot in Tribeca, to refurbish a nearby traffic island into a small park.To read more…
Not Loud, But Still Proud
Battery Park City Parks will host a celebration of World Pride Month on Saturday, June 15, in Wagner Park (from 7:00 to 10:00 pm) with a Silent Disco Pride Party. Participants are invited to dance as silent beats are pumped through light-up headphones. Admission and headphones are free, but a refundable deposit is required.
Brewer, Chin, and Community Groups Tell Mayor: See You in Court
Borough President and City Council Member Hold Rally to Underscore Objections to Planned Development at Two Bridges
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Council Margaret Chin held a rally outside the Municipal Building to build support for their ongoing lawsuit against the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, over City Hall’s plans to erect a string of super-tall towers along the East River waterfront in Lower Manhattan.
To the editor,
I really appreciate Gail Brewer and Margaret Chin for standing up for the people of my community. We are hard working people that don’t deserve to be crunched out by high rise buildings that no one will be able to afford to live in.
Don’t we deserve space, sunlights and a say as to what our community should look like?
Wednesday June 12
Elements of Nature Drawing
Battery Park City Parks
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. FREE
BPC Adult Chorus
Battery Park City Parks
Directed by Church Street School for Music and Art musicians, the BPC Chorus is open to all adults who love to sing. Learn a mix of contemporary and classic songs, and perform at community events throughout the year. 6 River Terrace.
Figure Al Fresco
Battery Park City Parks
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.
Skyscraper Museum Curator’s Tour
Director and curator Carol Willis will lead a curator’s tour of the museum’s new exhibition “Housing Density: Tenements to Towers.” 39 Battery Place. Free with admission ($2.50, $5)
New York Public Library
Join us to make your own Father’s day card. All materials will be provided. First come, first served. For children ages 3 and older. Battery Park City branch of the New York Public Library. 175 North End Avenue.
Nihongo Lingo – Japanese Conversation Club
New York Public LibraryAnyone interested in practicing their Japanese conversation skills and learning more about Japanese culture are welcome to join this Japanese conversation club! Join a studying librarian and a native Japanese speaker each week to learn something new about Japan and speak in Japanese. Battery Park City branch of the New York Public Library. 175 North End Avenue. FREE
Community Board 1’s Licensing & Permits Committee
Manhattan Borough President’s Office 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor – South
1) 130 West Broadway, application for sidewalk café permit for HLD Tribeca LLC d/b/a Sushi of Gari Tribeca – Resolution
2) 105 Hudson Street, application for liquor license for Trybeca LLC d/b/a Pending – Resolution
3) 50 Hudson Street, application for liquor license for Donella LLC d/b/a Donella – Resolution (Postponed until July)
1) 200 Broadway, application for liquor license for Tacodumbo 200 Broadway LLC d/b/a Tacodumbo – Resolution
2) 74 Broad Street, application for liquor license for Loncheria Calle Ancha, LLC, d/b/a TBD – Resolution
3) 83 Maiden lane, application for liquor license for Oro LLC d/b/a Mezcall – Resolution
4) 120 Broadway, application for liquor license for Great Performances/Artists as Waitresses, Inc. d/b/a TBD – Resolution
Battery Park City
1) 200 Vesey, application for liquor license for SABF LLC, d/b/a Sant Ambroeus – Resolution
2) 250 Vesey Street, application for alteration of liquor license for Tartinery Liberty LLC d/b/a TBD – Resolution
1) 4 Fulton Street, application for liquor license for McNally Jackson Seaport, LLC d/b/a McNally Jackson Books – Resolution
The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, corporate change, minor alteration or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses, renewal of sidewalk café permits and recurring street closure permits:
* 458 Greenwich Street, application for the renewal of liquor license for Tribeca Hospitality Corp. d/b/a The Greek
* 120 Hudson Street, application for the renewal of liquor license for Bubbys Pie Co Inc.
* 81 West Broadway, application for corporate change for liquor license for PQ Tribeca Inc d/b/a Le Pain Quotidien
* 157 Duane Street, application for the renewal of liquor license for Kio Restaurant LLC
* 3 Lispenard Street, application for the renewal of liquor license for ATM Japan Inc., d/b/a Tataki Japanese Restaurant
* 189 Franklin Street, application for the renewal of liquor license for MVNBC Corp. d/b/a Benvenuto Café
* 95 West Broadway, application for renewal sidewalk café permit for Serafina Tribeca Restaurant LLC
* 59 Maiden Lane, application for the renewal of liquor license for Maiden Farm Inc. d/b/a Zeytuna
* 161 Front Street, application for the renewal of liquor license for Seaport Heights LLC d/b/a Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan Financial District
* 40 Broad Street, application for the renewal of liquor license for Za Restaurant Management LLC d/b/a Reserve Cut
* 7 Hanover Square, application for the renewal of liquor license for Ladamnyc Inc. d/b/a Lenita
* 49-53 Ann Street. application for the renewal of liquor license for Ann Street Hotel LLC d/b/a Aloft Manhattan, Downtown Financial District
* 120 Broadway, application for the renewal of liquor license for Capital Grille Holdings, Inc. d/b/a The Capital Grille #8039
* 2 River Terrace, application for corporate change for liquor license for PQ Battery Park Inc d/b/a Le Pain Quotidien
* 38 West Street, application for renewal for sidewalk café permit for Café Casano LLC
* 21 South End Avenue, North Store, application for the renewal of liquor license for SAWA Restaurant Corp. d/b/a Miramar NYC
* Castle Clinton at Battery Park, application for the renewal of liquor license for Statue Cruises LLC d/b/a Miss New York
* Castle Clinton at Battery Park, application for the renewal of liquor license for Statue Cruises LLC d/b/a Miss Ellis Island
* 455 North End Avenue, application for the renewal of liquor license for Brookdale Living Communities of New York – BPC, Inc. d/b/a Brookdale Battery Park
* 21-23 Peck Slip, application for the renewal of liquor license for IDG Seaport Corp d/b/a Acqua Restaurant
* 141 Fulton Street, application for the renewal of liquor license for 141 Fulton Express Inc. d/b/a Pronto Pizza
Additional information about specific State Liquor Authority license applications is available by request to the Community Board 1 Office email@example.com
Battery Park City Parks
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.
South Street Seaport Museum
Take a beautiful sail on a historic 1885 schooner. See the 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 a picnic lunch or dinner, afternoon snack, beverages or a bottle of wine to enjoy on your sail. Pier 16 (box office at 12 Fulton Street). $28-$42
Stabilization = Community
To the Editor,
Since the GPTA Rally for Rent Stabilization ended abruptly when the skies opened up, I did not get the chance to express my gratitude to many and to convey some important information.
On behalf of GPTA and all of Gateway, I want to express our sincere gratitude to Congressman Nadler, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Council Member Margaret Chin for joining us at the rally and standing with us in solidarity (and in the rain).
I would also like to acknowledge the GPTA Board. We all we are all so fortunate to have an Executive Committee with vast knowledge and expertise working for us…
1stVP- Robin Forst, Secretary- Jeff Galloway. Treasurer- Karlene Wiese (who has served longer than anyone in the history of GPTA). We are also so fortunate to have Board members with a variety of talents and strengths and most of all commitment….Honey Berk, Sarah Cassell, Audrey Comisky, Larry Emert, Pat Gray, Howard Grossman, Bruce Katz, Steve Kessler and Ninfa Segarra.
Without the help of the Battery Park City Authority, BJ Jones, Eric Munson, Nick Sbordone, Nidia Reeder, and the wonderful staff at BPCParks, this rally would not have been possible. Thank you.
As for next steps, GPTA urges you to STAY ENGAGED!
If you are not already a member, join GPTA (gpta.org), follow us on Twitter and Facebook, write letters, make calls, attend meetings of CB1 and
make your voice heard.
If you want to stay up-to-date on what is happening, please take a moment and email the words, “I’M IN” to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep you informed of any updates and let you know what you can do to help.
At Sunday’s rally, there was a sign on the stage which read “We built this (BP)City.” Like many of you, I have lived in Gateway for almost 30 years and I know that it is and has always been the anchor of Battery Park City.
We believe that Stabilization = Community and there is no other community quite like our Gateway community. The Rent Stabilization Agreement must be preserved and extended for all. I think we can agree, living in Gateway is like living in a small town. And in my opinion, it is the best small town in the Big Apple.
Thank you all… let’s keep up the fight!!!
To the Editor:
The article, “Pupil Protection,” published April 1, 2019, notes the unfortunate shortage of School Crossing Guards (SCGs) in our area, especially at and around PS89 in Battery Park City. It’s been two months since the article appeared, and there seem to still be no “permanent” crossing guards for PS89.
As a parent, every day I see the dangers to our kids posed by irresponsible drivers creeping into crosswalks at red lights, blocking crosswalks with their vehicles, out-of-state cars illegally turning right-on-red, and others speeding to make green or yellow lights; that’s in addition to equally irresponsible bicycle riders heading the wrong way on streets, careening through red lights, riding on sidewalks, and speeding recklessly along the West Street bikeway. I would love to see multiple SCGs posted at the intersections around PS89 (and other schools). It would especially be nice to have local residents as crossing guards since they would have a familiarity with the neighborhood, and also have a more heightened and direct interest in its safety.
For anyone interested, our NYPD Neighborhood Coordination Officers can be contacted with questions at 212-334-6462, or email@example.com (Officer Bodden) and firstname.lastname@example.org (Officer Tasoren). A
lso, there is an online registration at: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/careers/civilians/school-crossing-guard.page.
Today in History
Wednesday June 12
1240 – At the instigation of Louis IX of France, an inter-faith debate, known as the Disputation of Paris, starts between a Christian monk and four rabbis.
1381 – Peasants’ Revolt: In England, rebels arrive at Blackheath.
418 – Armagnac-Burgundian Civil War: Parisians slaughter Bernard VII, Count of Armagnac and his suspected sympathizers, along with all prisoners, foreign bankers, and students and faculty of the College of Navarre.
1665 – Thomas Willett is appointed the first mayor of New York City.
As a young man at the new Plymouth plantation, Governor Bradford mentions him as ‘an honest young man that came from Leyden,’ as ‘being discreet, and one whom they could trust.’ He became a successful trader with the Native Americans and later married a daughter of Major John Brown, a leading citizen. He became a large shipowner, and began trading with New Amsterdam. As proof of his character and commanding abilities, he was frequently chosen to settle disputes between the rival colonies of England and Holland and so when the colony received the name of New York, Captain Willet was appointed the first mayor, with the approval of English and Dutch alike. (wiki)
1775 – American Revolution: British general Thomas Gage declares martial law in Massachusetts. The British offer a pardon to all colonists who lay down their arms. There would be only two exceptions to the amnesty: Samuel Adams and John Hancock, if captured, were to be hanged.
1817 – The earliest form of bicycle, the dandy horse, is driven by Karl von Drais.
1939 – The Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, New York.
1991 – Russians first democratically elected Boris Yeltsin as the President of Russia.
1994 – Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman are murdered outside Simpson’s home in Los Angeles. Her estranged husband, O.J. Simpson is later charged with the murders, but is acquitted by a jury.
2016 – Forty-nine civilians are killed and 58 others injured in an attack on a nightclub in Orlando, Florida; the gunman, Omar Mateen, is killed in a gunfight with police.
2017 – American student Otto Warmbier returns home in a coma after spending 17 months in a North Korean prison and dies a week later.
1577 – Paul Guldin, Swiss astronomer and mathematician (d. 1643)
1771 – Patrick Gass, American sergeant (Lewis and Clark Expedition) and author (d. 1870)
1806 – John A. Roebling, German-American engineer, designed the Brooklyn Bridge (d. 1869)
1864 – Frank Chapman, American ornithologist, photographer, and author (d. 1945)
1897 – Anthony Eden, English soldier and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1977)
1899 – Weegee, Ukrainian-American photographer and journalist (d. 1968)
1915 – David Rockefeller, American banker and businessman (d. 2017)
1924 – George H. W. Bush, American lieutenant and politician, 41st President of the United States
1929 – Anne Frank, German-Dutch diarist; victim of the Holocaust (d. 1945)
1144 – Al-Zamakhshari, Persian theologian (b. 1075)
1778 – Philip Livingston, American merchant and politician (b. 1716)
1963 – Medgar Evers, American soldier and activist (b. 1925)
Edited from various internet sources
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‘A Thumb in the Eye’
Local Leaders Don’t Want One Broadway to Get Any Bigger
Community Board 1 (CB1) is resisting plans to add two floors to a landmarked building in the Financial District. In a resolution laced with unusually harsh language, enacted at its May 28 meeting, the Board called upon the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) — which can veto alterations to legally protected historic structures — to reject a proposal by the building’s owner, Midtown Equities, to build a glass pavilion on top of One Broadway (also known as the International Mercantile Marine Company Building), located at the corner of Broadway and Battery Place, directly adjacent to Bowling Green.
The resolution summarizes the developer’s proposal with the words, “to distill the very convoluted design’s description, and despite all the narrative hoopla, it is really a preposterous glass box with a mansard surround.”
Greater Goods and Lessor Evils
Gateway Affordability Rally Draws Large Crowd; Multiple Elected Officials Pledge Support
Hundreds of residents of Gateway Plaza braved ominous weather to attend a tenants’ rally along the Esplanade on Sunday evening, and hear a succession of elected officials pledge their support to the campaign for extended and expanded affordability protections at Battery Park City’s largest apartment complex. The event was organized and hosted by the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association(GPTA), which represents the 1,700-plus households in the community’s first residential development. To read more…
EYES TO THE SKY
June 10 – 23, 2019
Jupiter shines all night. Sun’s longest day
A pivotal celestial event occurs this evening, June 10: Planet Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, rises in the southeast opposite the setting Sun in the northwest. The king of the planets, a brilliant star-like light, will be visible all night. Now at magnitude -2.61, it is the brightest celestial body in the night sky second only to the moon (-12.23m).
This evening, Jupiter climbs above the horizon at 8:14pm as the sun sets opposite at 8:26pm. In the morning, the planet sets in the southwest as the Sun rises in the northeast. Tomorrow morning, the 11th, Jupiter sets at 5:32am; sunrise is at 5:24am. Jupiter and Sun are positioned on either side of Earth. The astronomical term for this phenomenon is “opposition”.
It will be about an hour after sunset, when the sky darkens, that unaided eyes will first observe the great planet above the southeastern skyline. The planet’s arc is rather low to the horizon. Go to a location with an unobstructed view where you may have observed Scorpius the Scorpion’s heart star, Antares. Jupiter appears to the left of red Antares all night.
The Full Strawberry or Honey Moon follows Jupiter into the sky in the southeast on June 17. Jupiter comes up at 7:44pm, moon at 8:54pm. Moon, Jupiter and red Antares form a splendid diagonal. The Full Moon will be visible approaching the southwest horizon at dawn on both the 17th and 18th .
On June days and into mid-July we find the king of the sky, our Sun, present for over 15 hours. The summer solstice occurs on June 21 at 11:54am. Sunset on the solstice is 8:30pm. Study the illustration for more about summer solstice.
Judy Isacoff naturesturn.org
Menhir for the Men and Women Who Came Here
A Stele for Survivors Honors Those Who Came Back, and Those Who Chose to Settle Downtown After the Dust Settled
On Thursday morning, the World Trade Center complex unveiled a new monument: the Memorial Glade, which honors people whose health (or whose lives) were taken from them not on September 11, 2001, but in the years that followed, because they were exposed to toxins in the aftermath of the Twin Towers’ collapse.
‘To Make the Wounded Whole…’
Chin Pushes to Renew Victim Compensation Fund
City Council member Margaret Chin is mobilizing local support for an effort at the federal level to restore funding and make permanent the Victim Compensation Fund, which offers financial awards to responders and survivors of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
This proposed federal measure would renew and make permanent the Victim Compensation Fund that was created by a 2011 law, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which was renewed in 2015.
To the Editor:
I watched the transfer of the bridge spans in person on Wednesday, but seeing your video was AWESOME!
Thanks for sharing that!
Maryanne P. Braverman
Can Prized Community Facility Experience a Re-Berth?
A panel of elected officials and representatives from the Hudson River Park Trust(HRPT) will host a public forum this evening (Tuesday, May 28) to discuss proposed legislation that would enable commercial development at Pier 40, the massive former cruise ship terminal on the Hudson River waterfront, adjacent to Houston Street, which covers 14 acres and now houses athletic and recreational facilities.
Among the elected officials expected to attend tonight are U.S. Congressman Jerry Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, State Assembly member Deborah Glick, and State Senators Brian Kavanagh and Brad Hoylman.
Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals and Departures
Friday, June 14
Adventure of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 3:00 pm; Bermuda/Bahamas
Saturday, June 15
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
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 8:30 pm
Transatlantic (Halifax, NS/Iceland/Faroe & Shetland Islands/Dover UK)
Sunday, June 16
Inbound 7:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 4:00 pm; Bermuda/New England
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, NJ, 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.
On the Waterfront
Governors Island Trust Considers a Plan to Activate the Island’s Perimeter
Visions for the future of Governors Island are beginning to come into focus, as various constituencies emphasize their priorities.
Earlier this month, theWaterfront Alliance unveiled its Maritime Activation Plan for the highly regarded island, which focuses on strategies for capitalizing on the unique waterfront assets located along the island’s 2.2-mile perimeter, while offering practical recommendations for meeting the challenges of being situated in the middle of New York Harbor.
Anthem of the Seas Spins About
Local Elected Officials Say ‘Avast’ to Water-Borne Ads, But Company Claims City Is Out of Its Depth
The advertising barges that have become a pet bête noire for Lower Manhattan residents were the focus of a discussion at the April 23 meeting of Community Board 1 , where Paul Goldstein, who chairs that panel’s Waterfront, Parks, & Cultural Committee, offered an update, saying, “those floating billboards that you’ve seen on both the east and west sides — the good news is that the City is cracking down on them. Both the Mayor and the Council say they find it unacceptable. So they are imposing fines and enacting laws to restrict it.” To read more…
Shelter from the Storm
City Plans Temporary Flood Protection Measures for Downtown
The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio is formulating short-term strategies to protect the South Street Seaport and the Financial District from sea-level rise and future extreme-weather events.
This Sand Is Your Sand, This Sand Is Our Sand…
Although Not Yet a Shore Thing, Proposal for Brooklyn Bridge Beach Takes a Step Forward
After multiple rounds of funding since 2013, the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Beach — a project supported by elected officials, community leaders, and the public — may be inching closer to reality.
The plan, backed by all of these constituencies, aims to create a crescent-shaped wedge of sand along the East River waterfront, just north of the South Street Seaport, where park-goers could wade knee deep in tide. If built, it would become the sole access point at which Lower Manhattan residents could step into the water that surrounds them, rather than merely looking at it.
Hudson River Park Trust Seeks Development on Pier 40
The Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT), in collaboration with local elected officials, is seeking to revise its enabling legislation to allow for commercial development at Pier 40.
“The major issue is that there need to be changes to the legislation that created the Hudson River Park, because Pier 40 is sinking,” explained Anthony Notaro, chair of Community Board 1 (CB1) at an April 26 meeting.
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
Not So Alone
in Trinity Churchyard
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