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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.
In a June 5 presentation to the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1), Megan Quirk, an assistant vice president for the City’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC), said, “the service will run from 6:30 am to 10:00 pm, seven days a week, and will cost the same as a subway ride. It will start in Staten Island, come to Battery Park City, and then continue to the western side Midtown.”
Such an expansion of ferry traffic at the Battery Park City terminal is likely to prove controversial for several reasons, chief among them that residents whose apartments face the facility have complained for years that the safety horns sounded by vessels departing from the dock cause intolerable noise levels in their homes, starting around sunrise and persisting through late-evening hours.
“The boats will arrive every 25 minutes during peak hours,” Ms. Quirk related, “and about 45 minutes apart during off-peak times, and will be separated by 90 minutes on weekends.”
Tammy Meltzer, the chair of CB1’s Battery Park City Committee, noted that, “we’re struggling with the number of ferries as it is, and the weekend service we have to deal with right now starts at 10:00 am, rather than 6:30 am.”
Ms. Meltzer then asked pointedly, “will there be consideration of the hours that the community has had?”
Ms. Quirk replied, “we’ll take that under consideration, but we can’t make any promises.”
Ms. Meltzer then observed that, “we have yet to hear any outreach to the community. EDC never came to CB1 during your feasibility study to ask the community, or understand our concerns. I think it was irresponsible, frankly.
Justine Cuccia, who serves as the co-chair of CB1’s Battery Park City Committee, added, “this is not necessary. The weekend ferries to make up for the PATH train, is vitally necessary, and only for the limited period of time while those tunnels are being serviced. But this is different. This is because you want to.”
Ms. Meltzer continued, “we’re open to having the service and accommodating commuters, but there is another way. And to say that you haven’t had the chance for discussion feels disingenuous and beyond pushy. All without consulting the 14,000 people who live here.”
She continued, “we understand there are no easy ways to get in and out of Bay Ridge or Astoria. But there is full access from Staten Island to Lower Manhattan, which runs all the time and is free. So to ask for consideration for the community on the weekends is not unreasonable.”
Ms. Quirk answered, “we want to hear your concerns. Until today, we did not realize full concern about weekends.” Addressing Ms. Meltzer’s point about a paid ferry competing with a free service that plies a nearly identical route, she added, “this will provide a significantly faster trip from Staten Island to job centers in Manhattan, getting commuters to Battery Park City in 18 minutes, and to Midtown 17 minutes after that.” This is a striking claim, in that the existing Staten Island Ferry takes almost 40 percent more time (25 minutes) to cover a shorter distance: the existing route is 5.2 miles long, while the proposed line will have to cover approximately 5.7 miles.
Ms. Meltzer then queried, “what is total expected subsidy for this service?” This was a reference to the fact that the NYC Ferry service championed by Mr. de Blasio operates at a loss, which has been offset by lavish (and controversial) support from taxpayers.
Ms. Quirk answered, “we don’t break out by individual lines, but the total projected subsidy is $30 million per year.” She added that, “we expect it to be in line with the subsidy for the Staten Island Ferry, which is approximately $5.60 per ride.”
This was contradicted by Robin Forst, a public member of CB1, who cited a recent report by City Comptroller Scott Stringer, which tabulated the subsidy for the NYC Ferry program, “at $10.73 per ride, with estimates that it could higher.”
Ms. Forst then reflected that, “this clearly was developed to serve Hudson Yards — are they providing any partnership or sponsorship?”
“It is all City-subsidized,” Ms. Quirk countered.
Gateway Plaza resident Jill Goodkind noted that, “the area around the ferry terminal is already a madhouse during rush hour — kids walking to the park, kids coming home from school. And this plan was formed without any concerns for crowding in this residential area. This sounds like a done deal that is going to happen no matter what. Even if this turns out to be a total mess, which is a strong possibility, you’re still doing it, is that correct?
Ms. Quirk reiterated that, “the plan is to launch this next year.”
Ms. Meltzer then closed the discussion by observing, “there has been no outreach to the community that this will affect. Hopefully you will take the feedback you have heard today, and perhaps you will be a flexible partner to the community and the people who live here.”
CITY OF WATER DAY IS JULY 13
Free Waterfront Festival
Piers 16 & 17 Seaport District
Cardboard Kayak Race and Kayaking
Brooklyn Bridge Beach, Lower Manhattan
More events throughout NYC!
Plan your day at cityofwaterday.org
Security, in More Than One Sense of the World
Back-to-Back Public Meetings Tonight Will Focus on Safety, Resiliency, and Vision
The Battery Park City Authority hosts a public meeting that will invite participants to help shape the community’s future.
The discussion, billed as a “collaborative resilience assessment workshop,” will be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (36 Battery Place), in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities.
SailGP is this Friday and Saturday!
Arabella offers Best Seat in the House for Sailors
There are two days of racing, Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22. SailGP will bring the world’s fastest on-water sail racing to the East Coast, introducing New Yorkers to the world of competitive sailing at never-before-seen speeds.
And you can watch this event from the beautiful mega yacht
Six national teams from the United States, Australia, China, France, Great Britain and Japan will be vying for the top position on the leaderboard and fighting for the right to race in the $1 million winner-takes-all match race later this year.
Racing will take place on the Hudson River, just off the Battery and north towards Rockefeller Park.
This is your opportunity to watch the SailGP Races from a beautiful and glamorous mega-yacht. This will be a significantly better experience than a normal dinner boat.
Arabella will board from 3 to 4 pm each day. Racing will take place from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Guests will be able to disembark beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $190 and include premium open bar and buffet food catered by Whole Foods.
Only 90 tickets are available for each day. Buy your tickets now before they sell out!
Scant Information about Radical Changes Contemplated for the Battery
City Hall is keeping mum about plans resiliency plans for the Battery, the historic park at the southern tip of Manhattan, according to a recent discussion at Community Board 1(CB1).
At a May 28 meeting, Alice Blank, who chairs that panel’s Environmental Protection Committee, recapped a recent presentation by the City’s Economic Development Corporation(EDC) by saying, “the only interesting thing about these slides was how few there were of them.”
“It was a surprisingly lean presentation,” she added. To read more…
To Broadsheet Editor;
I received the attached map from the US Coast Guard recently. It shows the area of the Hudson River that is closed for the Sail GP races on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.
What is interesting is that the ferries going from Jersey City to the WTC terminal on Saturday that replace the closed PATH system will have to go north to Pier 26, then cross the river, then head south. This may slow them down quite a bit.
The races are only for a couple of hours on each day, so there may be no major impact. Just food for thought.
Here is the race website:
President, Downtown Boathouse
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Bionomics Begins at Home
BPCA Seeks Green Bond Designation for Upcoming Debt Issue and Plans for Carbon-Neutral Future
The Battery Park City Authority(BPCA) is beginning to formulate a roadmap for shrinking the community’s environmental impact. At the May 21 meeting of the agency’s board of directors, Authority president Benjamin Jones explained that, “we’re now making a concerted effort, which we talked a little bit about at our last meeting, to further advance sustainable practices, both in our operations and throughout the neighborhood.”
He noted, “we are committing to having a formal sustainability plan,” which will be announced on the next Earth Day (in April, 2020), “which will provide a road map to get us closer to a carbon-neutral Battery Park City.”
Thursday June 20, 2019
Rise and shine to begin your morning with an outdoor yoga class that will help align your chakras and invigorate your day. Instructors focus on movements meant to enhance posture alignment and increase flexibility and balance. All levels welcome. Bringing your own mat is encouraged, as provided accessories are first come, first served. Wagner Park. http://bpcparks.org/events/2019-06/
Fraunces Tavern Museum Guided Tour
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Sixty minute guided tour of Fraunces Tavern Museum. 54 Pearl Street. Free with admission $4, $7 http://www.frauncestavernmuseum.org/group-tours
Tour the Battery
The Battery Conservancy
Learn about Battery Park’s rich history, many important landmarks and monuments, the Seaglass Carousel, 195,000 square feet of beautiful perennial gardens designed by renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, and much more. Meet at 12:50 p.m. at the Netherland Memorial Flagpole located at the entrance to the park near the intersection of Broadway, Battery Place, and State street. It is across State Street from Bowling Green.
Creative Writing Circle
New York Public Library
If you like to write and like to meet people who like writing, bring your creativity and personality to this creative writing workshop. All writers of all styles are welcome to participate in writing and editing exercises. Battery Park City branch of the New York Public Library. North End Avenue.
Native Sounds Downtown Featuring Inkarayku
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Celebrate Inti Raymi by joining us for a Native Sounds Downtown concert featuring Inkarayku. Led by founder Andres Jimenez, Inkarayku links the past, present, and future through music blended by the organic power of Quechua songs with the energy of New York City. The band’s diverse line-up brings a musical and artistic experience resulting in Andean folk music that transcends cultural boundaries and seamlessly shares the stage with other folk traditions of the Americas. One Bowling Green. FREE
Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom: Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution
Lecture by Christopher Wren, who uses archival research and dozens of primary sources to paint a vibrant portrait of Ethan Allen, a man whose reputation has been transformed by nostalgia and a mythic heroism that never truly existed in Allen’s lifetime. A reexamination of an often-misunderstood part of the American Revolution, Wren argues that Allen and his boisterous Green Mountain Boys were not the revolutionary heroes of lore, and left a legacy of disrespect of authority that continues to manifest itself in America today. 54 Pearl Street. $10
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
A site-responsive performance, pushit!! is a meditation on emotional labor and the impossibility of the “stage” as a place of freedom for the Black performer. The work is choreographed and/or sculpted around the social/political landscapes of the city/space/presenting body and the unique architecture of the building/private space. This work is the first in a series of the exercises in getting well soon, a project/meditation based on the loose and often used phrase indicating a hope of recovery. Check website for location.
BPC Running Club
Jog the 2.4 miles down and back along the Battery Parks City Esplanade. Guided with warm-up and cool-down and a favorable pace for all participants. Meet inside the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School at 345 Chambers Street.
Highlights in Jazz: Remembering Erroll and Randy
The Erroll Garner Project: Christian Sands, Luques Curtis, Ulysses Owens Jr. A Tribute to Randy Weston, featuring T.K. Blue and the Alumni Band: Steve Turre, Neil Clarke, Alex Blake. 199 Chambers Street. $50
“Shaking Morning, by Wild She Dances”
This work is an abstract exploration centered on themes of displacement, questioning what makes a home, and examining how loss, leaving, and new hopes can redefine the idea of home. “”Shaking Morning”” is a journey of chaos, familial bonds, survival, and is rooted in moments of tenderness, athleticism, and most of all, human connection. Wild She Dances is partnering with the International Rescue Committee, which advocates for the rights of refugees and immigrants, provides legal help for asylum seekers, and helps to place refugees in jobs, schools, and society. 280 Broadway $15-$20
36 Ebony, 52 Ivory, 28 Liberty
Sing for Hope Makes Music for the Eyes, Colors for the Ears
On June 3, the much-lauded public art project, Sing for Hope Pianos, returned to the streets as 50 artist-designed pianos were arrayed on Fosun Plaza, outside 28 Liberty Street.
New Ferry Route Concerns
To the Editor,
Wednesday evening the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) held their required Environmental Scoping Meeting to hear community members’ concerns about the impact of their NYC Ferry route that will begin next year between St George, Staten Island, the BPC ferry dock and Pier 79 at W 39 th St.
While that route will add a transportation option for people with disabilities and will provide better access between the route stops, the new route will operate daily from 6:00 AM – Midnight.
Further, NYC Ferry is already considering new routes to add in the future; similar to what happened on the East River.
Only two residents showed up to speak at the poorly advertised meeting.
Graeme Birchall, from the Downtown Boathouse voiced his concern about wake damage to the pylons that support the BPC promenade from the increased ferry traffic and the boats that are likely to backup along the periphery of BPC during busy periods while they wait to dock.
Since BPC residents pay to maintain the shoreline this is a concern that warrants mention so the EDC has to investigate the impact.
I spoke about ferry noise, especially the ferry horn noise.
While new Tier 3 and 4 ferries will be purchased for this route, which should mean less engine noise, vibrations and fumes than the NY Waterway ferries and other boats that currently use the BPC dock, horn noise before backing is mandated by the US Coast Guard not the newness of the equipment. Horn noise is of special concern since it would start earlier and continue later than any current or past BPC dock activity so is worthy of impact assessment.
I urge anyone with any concerns about the addition of NYC ferry service in BPC to submit their comments to the EDC by emailing email@example.com by July 1, 2019.
Shakespeare Downtown will stage an open-air production of “Hamlet” at Castle Clinton National Monument in the Battery, beginning June 20 to 23 starting at 6:30 pm each night.
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.
Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals and Departures
Thursday, June 20
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 4:00 pm; Bermuda/Eastern Caribbean
Inbound 7:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; Bermuda
Saturday, June 22
Adventure of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 3:00 pm;
Bar Harbor, ME/Canadian Maritimes
Inbound 7:15 am; outbound 3:30 pm; Port Canaveral, FL/Bahamas
Sunday, June 23
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.
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.
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.
Today in History
Thursday June 20
451 – Germans and Romans beat Attila the Hun at Catalarinische Fields.
Attila, ruler of the Huns, from 434 until his death in March 453 was also the leader of a tribal empire consisting of the Huns, Ostrogoths, and Alans among others, in Central and Eastern Europe.
1632 – Britain grants 2nd Lord Baltimore rights to Chesapeake Bay area
1837 – Queen Victoria at 18 ascends British throne following death of uncle King William IV. She ruled for 63 years ending in 1901
1840 – Samuel Morse patents his telegraph
1867 – President Andrew Johnson announces purchase of Alaska
The purchase of Alaska in 1867 marked the end of Russian efforts to expand trade and settlements to the Pacific coast of North America, and became an important step in the United States rise as a great power in the Asia-Pacific region.
Beginning in 1725, when Russian Czar Peter the Great dispatched Vitus Bering to explore the Alaskan coast, Russia had a keen interest in this region, which was rich in natural resources and lightly inhabited.
As the United States expanded westward in the early 1800s, Americans soon found themselves in competition with Russian explorers and traders. St. Petersburg, however, lacked the financial resources to support major settlements or a military presence along the Pacific coast of North America and permanent Russian settlers in Alaska never numbered more than four hundred.
Defeat in the Crimean War further reduced Russian interest in this region.
Russia offered to sell Alaska to the United States in 1859, believing the United States would off-set the designs of Russia’s greatest rival in the Pacific, Great Britain. The looming U.S. Civil War delayed the sale, but after the war,
Secretary of State William Seward quickly took up a renewed Russian offer and on March 30, 1867, agreed to a proposal from Russian Minister in Washington, Edouard de Stoeckl, to purchase Alaska for $7.2 million. The Senate approved the treaty of purchase on April 9; President Andrew Johnson signed the treaty on May 28, and Alaska was formally transferred to the United States on October 18, 1867. This purchase ended Russia’s presence in North America and ensured U.S. access to the Pacific northern rim. (wiki)
1900 – Baron Von Ketteler, German Minister, decides to go to the Chinese authorities to demand more guards for European protection from Boxers and is killed by Boxers en route
1946 – NYC transit begins using PA system – Car # 744 on 8th Ave IND line
1949 – Central Intelligence Agency Act passes
1968 – Jim Hines becomes first person to run 100 meters in under 10 seconds
1977 – Oil enters Trans-Alaska pipeline exits 38 days later at Valdez
1994 – OJ Simpson arraigned on murder of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman
236 BC – Scipio Africanus, Roman statesman and general of the Second Punic War (d. 183 BC)
1733 – Betty Washington, sister of George Washington
1905 – Lillian Hellman, American playwright (d. 1984)
1924 – Chet Atkins, Luttrell Tenn, guitarist (Me & My Guitar)
1931 – Olympia Dukakis, Lowell Mass, actress
1929 – William Faulkner (31) weds Estelle Oldham at College Hill Presbyterian Church outside Oxford, Mississippi
1987 – Johnny Carson marries fourth wife Alexis Mass
1776 – Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer (b. 1704)
1947 – Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, gangster, shot dead in Beverly Hills Cal
1952 – Luigi Fagioli, Italian race car driver (b. 189
2005 – Jack Kilby, electrical engineer and Nobel laureate, dies at 81
2012 – LeRoy Neiman, American painter, dies at 91
Edited from various internet sources
Let’s celebrate our graduates during the month of June.
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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.”
EYES TO THE SKY
June 10 – 23, 2019
Jupiter shines all night. Sun’s longest day
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
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…
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.
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
Not So Alone
in Trinity Churchyard
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