Lower Manhattan’s Local News
Where Affordability Is in the Eye of the Beholder
Moderate Income Rentals in Tribeca for Those Earning a Quarter of a Million Per Year
A waiting list for apartments in a luxury complex in Tribeca has opened for middle-income applicants. Washington Mews, the building at 89 Murray Street (near the corner of Greenwich Street) has begun accepting applications.
These apartments, where rent is capped by agreement between the building owner and government officials (in exchange for benefits such as tax abatements) are set aside for residents who are earning up to 175 percent of of New York’s area median income (AMI).
This translates into incomes ranging between $99,500 (for a household size of two people, in a two-bedroom unit) up to $231,700 (for a household of seven people, in a three bedroom unit).
Rents for these units, which are protected from excessive increases, range from $2,832 (for a two bedroom unit, occupied by two people) to $3,213 (for a three-bedroom apartment, housing seven people).
These figures may sound closer to astronomical than affordable, but market rate units in the same building for more than double these prices, with two-bedroom apartments starting at $5,990, which can rise to whatever the landlord chooses to charge upon each lease renewal.
Anyone wishing to join the waiting list must request request an application no later than this Friday (June 28), and is required to return a completed application by July 19. Applications can be requested in three ways. They are available online at: www.affrental.com. Paperwork can we requested in person by visiting the Affordable Housing Group management office (330 West 30th Street). And an application can be requested via mail by sending a self-addressed envelope to: Affordable Housing Group, 330 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001.
Sunset Tour of Ambrose Channel
Friday, June 28, 2019 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Popularly regarded as National Lighthouse Museum’s “Signature Tour” this exciting boat tour familiarizes passengers with key lighthouses that facilitate safe passage from the Atlantic Ocean into Lower New York Harbor.
We explore a total of nine lighthouses on this boat tour: the Battery Weed Light at Fort Wadsworth, the Coney Island, West Bank, Romer Shoals, Sandy Hook and Twin Lighthouse of Navesink at the Atlantic Highlands, the Staten Island Rear Range at Richmond Hill, the New Dorp Light, and the Elm Tree Beacon at Miller Field, also located in New Dorp.
Treat yourself and your guest to a memorable evening cruise.
Refreshments are available on board.
Don’t forget your cameras. The views are incredible!
The boat leaves promptly at 6:30 pm, rain or shine, from Pier 1, adjacent to the National Lighthouse Museum located on Staten Island
Tickets are $62 Adults, $42, Children (10 & under), $52 Military
and Seniors (62+).
The Staten Island Ferry takes 25 minutes to cross from Lower Manhattan to St. George, Staten Island
Please plan accordingly.
National Lighthouse Museum
200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point
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.
Class of 2019
A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.
Battery Park City Day Nursery
Battery Park City Day Nursery’s Universal Pre-K Graduation ceremony was held on June 12 in the auditorium of P.S. 89. Denise Cordivano, Head of School, presented diplomas to 33 proud graduates as 33 proud sets of parents looked on.
Curry College is proud to announce that Sergei Evans of Downtown’s Financial District has been inducted into Lambda Alpha. Sergei is one of 25 students that has been inducted this year.
Lambda Alpha is the Curry College Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Founded in 1879, Curry College is a private, four-year, liberal arts-based institution located on 131 acres in Milton, Mass.
Wesleyan University awarded degrees to three downtown residents.
Dea Deeton of Tribeca earned a BA degree in Italian Studies. Dea previously attended Stuyvesant High School.
Noah Kahan of the Financial District earned a BA degree in Environmental Studies and History. He attended Rudolf Steiner School.
Theo Simko of Battery Park City earned a BA degree in the College of Social Studies. Theo attended P.S. 150, P.S. 89, and Hunter College High School.
Buckle My Shoe
Congratulations to the Buckle My Shoe Pre-K Class of 2019.
It has been an amazing journey of great fun and learning. Many of the children have grown up in Buckle My Shoe from infants all the way to Pre-K.
This very special group of children have learned to be kind friends, independent thinkers, and responsible members of the greater community.
We wish them much success in kindergarten and beyond!
Buckle My Shoe Operations Director & Environment Specialist
On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, Blue School eighth graders received their diplomas as the Class of 2019.
As the second graduating class of Blue School, our graduates impressively received acceptances from top independent schools, specialized high schools, and public schools across the city.
Blue School is proud of the brave leaders, inspiring role models, and passionate activists our Class of 2019 has become. We can’t wait to hear of their future successes!
Masters in Emergency Management
Longtime Battery Park City resident and neighborhood activist Maria Smith was awarded her masters degree in emergency management from John Jay College in May.
A survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Ms.Smith began researching emergency management to learn what to do when a catastrophic event occurs. What began as an informal interest lead Ms. Smith to find John Jay’s unique graduate program.
Often the oldest person in her classes (except for retired cops and firemen), Ms. Smith was able to share her real-life experiences of 9/11; her evacuation and the long rebuilding process of Battery Park City and downtown.
It took Ms. Smith, a state employee, six years to obtain her masters degree but she’s glad she stuck with it. “I’d like to take this to the next level so if anyone has any ideas out there, I’m all ears!” she said.
We congratulate this year’s graduates and encourage all to send a photo and a few words about your achievements. Submissions of all age groups welcome at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Counteract a Cataract
BPCA to Host Meeting on Wagner Park Flood Measures
The Battery Park City Authority will host the fourth in an ongoing series of public meetings that will determine the shape of resiliency measures to be constructed soon on the community’s southern flank, near Wagner Park and Pier A.
EYES TO THE SKY
June 24 -July 7, 2019
Country nightlife, fleeting Mercury, celestial triangle
Stargazing begins about 4 hours later at summer solstice time than around the winter solstice! Sunset, now the latest of the year, 8:31pm in our locale, is followed by a long, lingering twilight. Nightfall is not until about 10:35. In between, an hour to an hour and a quarter after sundown, the brightest stars and planets are visible.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Tomorrow, Thursday June 27 at 6:30PM, China Institute will present a panel discussion entitled: The New Normal: The perils of being a Chinese scientist in the U.S.
Participants will address the issue of the U.S. government’s concern about alleged intellectual property theft which is driving what feels to many Chinese scientists and engineers like a witch-hunt. What is the new reality for the Chinese science and technology community? Is it okay to do research both here in the U.S. and also in China?
Join Temple University Professor Xiaoxing Xi, who was charged with spying by the Justice Department (the charge was dropped and he is suing the FBI), Peter Zeidenberg, partner at Arent Fox LLP, Aaron Wolfson, former prosecutor and current partner at King & Wood Mallesons law firm, Ruth Jin, founding partner of Jin & Koppell PLLC, Yiguang Ju, Robert Porter Patterson Professor and the Director of Sustainable Energy Program at Princeton University, and Alexander Greer, co-chair of the Committee of Concerned Scientist for a timely discussion of the new normal the Chinese science and technology community faces in the U.S.
China Institute is located at 40 Rector Street 2nd Floor.
Members $5 Non-Members $15 Students $8
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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.
Wednsday June 26, 2019
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. FREE Wagner Park.
The Listening School
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Social Choreographer Ernesto Pujol brings his multi-year Listening School project to the festival in the form of a public performative research process and a silent durational performance: The Listeners. The project was created in response to the urgent need to listen empathically in order to support democracy in America and abroad. Pujol’s Listening School will seek performative engagement for three days across Lower Manhattan’s urban riverbeds of listening flow. Dressed in Indigo Blues, thirteen artists will pursue the public’s roadside discourse on listening. Their open process will culminate in The Listeners, a performance as a formal listening vessel embodying stillness in the midst of flow. 28 Liberty Street. 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. FREE
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. FREE
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.
“Film Screening: Suzhou River, 2000”
The Suzhou river that flows through Shanghai is a reservoir of filth, chaos and poverty, but also a meeting place for memories and secrets.
In this film director Lou Ye, who spent his youth on the banks of the Suzhou, shows the river as a Chinese Styx, in which forgotten stories and mysteries come together. It stars Zhou Xun (one of China’s “four dan actresses”) in a dual roles as a dive bar performer and daughter of a rich businessman and Jia Hongsheng as a man obsessed with finding a woman from his past. With shades of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo in its storytelling, this film brought Lou Ye to international prominence, winning the Tiger Award at the 1999 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Though stylistically distinct, the film is typical of “Sixth Generation” Chinese filmmakers in focus on contemporary China’s gritty urban experience. 40 Rector Street. FREE
“ditch” by Jennifer Monson/iLand
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
“ditch” explores the interactions among the forces of gentrification; the history of community activism, especially in response to Hurricane Sandy; the current pressure of development that exacerbates income inequality; as well as the ecological interactions between the life at the edge of the island in the Lower East Side. The choreography is developed from the rhythms, tones and spatial inflections of movement generated by flows of people, the traffic, weather and water along the river’s edge. ditch accesses and creatively explores the embodied knowledge that signals both danger and safety. How do we sense impending disasters? How do we seek safe havens? Exploring the possibilities of signaling through murky territory and dense movement, the choreography asks questions such as: What appears as a beacon? What is an orienting feature in an unstable system? The piece investigates squeezing and tightening as both a generator of movement and as choreographic strategy. The work aims to emanate an urgency and disquiet that drives the performer and viewer towards unexpected openings. Melville Gallery, 213 Water Street, South Street Seaport Museum.
Bowne Printers Workshop: Fresh Prints
South Street Seaport Museum
Bowne Printers open late on the last Wednesday of each month for Fresh Prints: a printing open house showcasing multiple styles of printing press in the collection. Our team of designers and printers speak about the history of printing and explain why the Seaport neighborhood became a printing district. Participants have the opportunity to pull prints of their own and take home a few printed pieces from the night. 209 Water Street. $15
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.”
Today in History
Wednesday June 26
363 – Roman Emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire. General Jovian is proclaimed Emperor by the troops on the battlefield.
1284 – Pied Piper lures 130 children of Hamelin away
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (German: Rattenfänger von Hameln, the Rat-Catcher of Hamelin) is the subject of a legend concerning the departure or death of a great number of children from the town of Hamelin (Hameln), Lower Saxony, Germany, in the Middle Ages.
The earliest references describe a piper, dressed in multicolored clothing, leading the children away from the town never to return. In the 16th century the story was expanded into a full narrative, in which the piper is a rat-catcher hired by the town to lure rats away with his magic pipe.
When the citizenry refuses to pay for this service, he retaliates by turning his power that he put in his instrument on their children, leading them away as he had the rats. This version of the story spread as folklore. This version has also appeared in the writings of, amongst others, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Brothers Grimm and Robert Browning.
1498 – Toothbrush invented
1797 – Charles Newbold was an American blacksmith born in 1780 in Chesterfield Township, New Jersey. On June 26, 1797, Newbold received the first patent for a cast iron plow. However, he was unable to sell his plow because many farmers feared that the iron in it would poison the soil.
On April 1, 1807, David Peacock was issued a patent for a three-piece iron plow (Newbold’s plow was cast in one piece). Newbold then sued Peacock for patent infringement and won $1,500.
1857 – Cawnpore England massacre.
1862 – Battle of Beaver Dam Creek-Union repulses Confederacy in Virginia
The Battle of Beaver Dam Creek, took place on June 26, 1862, in Hanover County, Virginia. It was the start of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’scounter-offensive against the Union Army of the Potomac, under Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, which threatened the Confederate capital of Richmond. Confederate attacks were driven back with heavy casualties.
1870 – First section of Atlantic City Boardwalkopens
1870 – The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States
1894 – Karl Benz of Germany receives US patent for gasoline-driven auto
1909 – Victoria & Albert Museum opens in London
1919 – NY Daily News begins publishing
1927 – The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island
1940 – End of USSR experimental calendar
From1929 until 1940, The Soviet calendar added five- and six-day work weeks to the Gregorian calendar. Although the traditional seven-day week was still recognized, a day of rest on Sunday was replaced by one day of rest in each work week. Each day of the five-day week was labeled by either one of five colors or a Roman numeral from I to V. Each worker was assigned a color or number to identify his or her day of rest.
1959 – Queen Elizabeth and President Eisenhower open St Lawrence Seaway
1963 – President John Kennedy visits West Berlin and gives his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech
1964 – Beatles release “A Hard Day’s Night” album
1974 – The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum
1989 – Supreme Court rules 16 year olds can receive death penalty
1990 – 122°F in Phoenix Arizona
1994 – 104°F (40°C) at Denver, Colorado
2008 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia is unconstitutional.
1730 – Charles Joseph Messier, astronomer (cataloguer of “M objects”)
1865 – Charles E Bonin,French explorer/diplomat
1898 – Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer
1902 – William Lear, engineer/manufacturer/CEO (Lear Jet Corp)
1909 – “Col Tom” Parker, He managed the career of Elvis Presley
1913 – Maurice Wilkes, inventor (stored program concept for computers)
1915 – Paul Castellano, American mafia boss (d. 1985)
1929 – Milton Glaser, American Designer
1739 – Taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus (32) weds Sara Elisabeth Moræa
1844 – US President John Tyler marries 2nd wife Julia Gardiner in NYC, 1st president to marry while in office
1984 – Tiny Tim marries Miss Jan (23)
1541 – Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistador who conquered the Inca Empire is assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego Almagro the younger. Almagro is later caught and executed.
1984 – George H Gallup, pollster (Gallup Poll), dies at 82
2012 – Nora Ephron, author/screenwriter, dies from pneumonia at 71
Edited from various internet sources
Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals and Departures
Thursday, June 27
Inbound 7:30 am (Bayonne); 4:00 pm; New England/Canadian Maritimes
Friday, June 28
Adventure of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 3:00 pm; Bermuda/Bahamas
Saturday, June 29
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, June 30
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; Bermuda
Queen Mary 2
Inbound 6:00 am (Brooklyn); outbound 5:00 pm; Halifax, NS/Boston, MA/Newport, RI
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.
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.
‘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.”
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…
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
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