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Stan Braverman (1948 – 2022)
Devoted to Family, Married at Windows, and Enamored of Automotive Elegance
(Editor’s Note: Longtime Battery Park City resident Stan Braverman died on February 28. This remembrance is provided by his widow, Maryanne Braverman.)
Early Monday morning, Stan passed away. He is free of the body that disappointed him. May his spirit of caring friendship, devoted fatherhood, and supportive partnership remain with each of us who knew him.
Stan was born in Brooklyn and grew up in East Meadow, Nassau County. Spending his youth in Long Island’s car culture during the 1950s and 60s, Stan became a very knowledgeable devotee of all kinds of vehicles. Whenever we walked down the street together, if Stan’s eyes strayed away, I knew that he wasn’t looking at another woman — it was a car, something new or old, in some way unique, that had caught his attention.
We met in 1980, through mutual friends. When Stan brought me home to my Brooklyn apartment, he returned through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel onto West Street and noticed the construction in progress on the landfill that was becoming Battery Park City. I worked in FiDi and he suggested we live there, so I could walk to work. And so, we moved into Gateway Plaza on the first day that the building opened, and later bought a condo in Liberty Court, when it opened. Our wedding was held at Windows on the World! Stan was becoming a real Downtowner.
Over time Stan, became a member and then president of Liberty Court’s condominium board. He worked as a graphic designer and formed his own business. Having his office at home enabled Stan to be aware of the physical and human needs of the building. He formed strong bonds working with the staff.
One of his fellow members of Liberty Court’s condominium board said, “we all loved Stan and had so many great memories working together. The residents don’t know all the hard work and devotion Stan brought to the condo board. He was always such a good listener and able to find a middle ground to complete projects to everyone’s benefit.”
Stan did not suffer fools gladly. He was smart, had high standards and a dry sense of humor that could defuse a tense situation.
In 1990, we traveled to Egypt. At the end of the trip, Stan contracted a severe flu. It seems that his immune system’s strong response to this illness went overboard, and his nerves were impaired. Over 32 years, this nerve disease (which Stan called, “Pharaoh’s Curse“) progressed, further and further limiting Stan’s physical abilities.
We can’t say that he bore his limitations with complete equanimity, but his love for me and our son, Eric, never failed. We are both relieved that his suffering has ended and heartbroken that he is no longer present.
To honor and remember Stan, donations may be made to Concerned Home Managers for the Elderly (COHME). This agency, located on Lower Broadway, is a not-for-profit, which is rare in the world of private-pay home health agencies. Their aides supported me with the challenge of caring for Stan in our own home in Battery Park City. To learn more about COHME’s mission, or to donate, please browse: www.cohme.org/donate
1. BPC Security Update – Patrick Murphy, Director of Security, Allied Universal
2. South End Avenue Streetscape Project – Update
3. Concerns About the Timing and Staging of Resiliency Projects in Public Spaces that Serve Battery Park City – Discussion
4. BPCA Report – Nicholas Sbordone, Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs, Battery Park City Authority
After March 16, 2022 Community Board members, applicants and public members may be required to attend in person. We are awaiting further guidance from the New York Governor’s Executive Office and the Office of the Manhattan Borough President. Community Board 1 will communicate whether or not there is a change by email blast, our website and updates on social media. If we do return to an in-person meeting format, the public is encouraged to use webex via https://live.mcb1.nyc due to acute capacity constraints.
Please check agendas weekly. We will continue to update as we receive ongoing information on priority business.All meetings are recorded to the extent practicable and posted on our Youtube page as soon as possible. You may find the link here.
Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment: weights, water bottle, hand towel etc. Proof of vaccination required. Free Battery Park City Authority
Twenty-two years after the original New York: An Illustrated History – first published in 1999 as a companion volume to the acclaimed 17 ½-hour PBS series New York: A Documentary Film, directed by Ric Burns and co-written with James Sanders – the dynamic duo is back. James Sanders will describe the project to revise and update their compendium of the city’s expansion from its colonial beginnings in 1624 up to the current moment.
The new 2021 edition of New York: An Illustrated History, written by Burns and Sanders, moves on from the aftermath of 9/11 to the financial crisis of 2008, the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, the continual struggle with racial injustice, and the still unfolding cataclysm of the COVID-19 pandemic. Free
1. Mayor Adam’s proposed $215M cut to education and its impact on schools – Resolution
Wednesday March 9
The Corner 25 Fulton Street
Seaport Kids will partner with Private Picassos to present Pipe Cleaner Craft for kids of all ages on Wednesday, March 9.
Professional arts instructors will guide children in the use of wood blocks, colorful wire, pipe cleaners, beads and foam stickers to create their own free-standing sculptures. Admission is free. For more information, please browse: theseaport.nyc/events/
Ernest Glaser was born Ernst Adolf Berthold Glaser on March 2, 1924 in Berlin. In 1939, his family left Germany to escape the Nazis and attempted to immigrate to the United States, but the family ended up in Shanghai, China. The Glasers thought that they would only be in Shanghai for a year at most, but ended up staying for eight years, until 1947, when they left for the United States. There, Ernest and his family settled in San Francisco. Later, he married, raised a family, and became the president of Avoset Food Corporation. Join the Museum for a program exploring Ernest’s experiences during the Holocaust and in Shanghai.Free; suggested $10 donation
Join Roger McCormack, Director of Education at The Bronx County Historical Society, to explore the significance of the Bronx in the American Revolution. This lecture will highlight the Battle of Pell’s Point, the impact of the war on ordinary Bronx farmers and inhabitants, and the general history of the war in the Bronx. This lecture will be held via Zoom. Registration ends at 5:30pm on the day of the lecture. Free
Zoom lecture presented by Catherine Prescott and Mary Tsaltas-Ottomanelli. This installment of Tavern Tastings explores the history of whiskey: its creation, rise in popularity during the 18th century in North America, and how its role in the economy of the burgeoning United States incited a rebellion. Free; suggested donation of $10
Hometown School Makes Good
Community College in Tribeca Honored as Top School for Hispanics
The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) has been named one of the nation’s top ten two-year schools (by region) for Hispanic students, in rankings compiled by Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine. Separately, BMCC (which is located on Chambers Street) has also been designated as the top-ranking City University of New York (CUNY) college in terms of awarding the highest number of degrees—a total of 2,062—to Hispanic students, and the highest-ranked college in the northeastern United States as measured by the same metric.
As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, a Lower Manhattan community leader is proposing to rename a piece of local infrastructure for an unsung Irish hero.
Arthur Piccolo, president of the Bowling Green Association, wants to christen the Morris Street pedestrian bridge (which traverses the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel plaza, connecting Greenwich and Washington Streets) in honor of Hercules Mulligan, a patriot spy during the American Revolution, who twice saved George Washington’s life. Read more here.
Win a Staycation
The Downtown Alliance is raffling off a couple’s getaway in Lower Manhattan, which includes a two-night stay at the Beekman Hotel, dinner for two at the Michelin-starred Crown Shy restaurant, tickets to the One World Trade Center observation deck, and a $500 voucher for qualifying travel-related expenses.
To be entered in the contest automatically, download and use the Alliance’s new augmented reality Instagram filter (while tagging @downtownnyc), which allows users to superimpose three-dimensional renderings of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Fearless Girl, the Oculus and One World Trade Center on any landscape they choose. For more information, please browse: downtownny.com
Safe Space for Teens
Starting Monday, March 14, Trinity Church’s Youth Afterschool program will offer everything from basketball and mindfulness to test prep and use of a teaching kitchen.
All activities, which are free and open to students in grades six through 12, will be hosted in the teens-only space on the fifth floor of Trinity Commons (the new community building behind Trinity Church), located at 76 Trinity Place.
Trinity Youth strives to practice “radical welcome” by including not only parishioners and students from Trinity’s school partnerships, but youth from across New York City, and the inclusion all people regardless of background, beliefs, or experience. (Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required.) For more information, or to enroll, please browse: trinitywallstreet.org/youth
‘He Drove Me Away Like A Dog’
Black History Month: Lower Manhattan Taken for a Ride on Monument It Actually Needs
While the saga of Rosa Parks and the 1956 Montgomery bus boycott has become a canonical American parable, New York played out its own version of the same drama, more than a century earlier. In July, 1854, Lower Manhattan resident Elizabeth Jennings Graham was on her way to church, and boarded a horse-drawn street car at Chatham and Pearl Streets.
Like much else in mid-19th century New York, street car service was segregated, with most coaches reserved for white riders, but some bearing signs that read, “Negro Persons Allowed in This Car.”
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Ethical and respectable gentleman, an IT Wizard, seeks a living/work space in BPC. Can be a Computer help to you and your business, or will guarantee $1,500 for rental. Reciprocal would be great!
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Folk dance group seeks empty space of 400+ sq feet for 2 hours of weekly evening dance practice.
Average attendance is 10 women. This is our hobby; can pay for use of the space.
Call 646 872-0863 or find us on Facebook. Ring O’Bells Morris.
Kind loving and honest Nurse’s aide seeking FT/PT job. Experience with Alzheimer’s patients
Excellent references available please call Dian at 718-496-6232
HOUSEKEEPING/ NANNY/ BABYSITTER
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Get Rich or Get Out
Analysis By Housing Group Cites Declining Affordability in Lower Manhattan
A leading housing advocacy organization has completed an exhaustive look at threats to affordability in every community in the five boroughs, and has found that Lower Manhattan ranks among the ten most at-risk neighborhoods by one key metric, while also placing in the 20 most-endangered by another.
The Bowling Green Greenmarket brings fresh offerings from local farms to Lower Manhattan’s historic Bowling Green plaza. Twice a week year-round stop by to load up on the season’s freshest fruit, crisp vegetables, beautiful plants, and freshly baked loaves of bread, quiches, and pot pies.
Fulton Street cobblestones between South and Front Sts. across from McNally Jackson Bookstore.
Locally grown produce from Rogowski Farm, Breezy Hill Orchard, and other farmers and small-batch specialty food products, sold directly by their producers. Producers vary from week to week.
SNAP/EBT/P-EBT, Debit/Credit, and Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks accepted at all farmers markets.
TODAY IN HISTORY
An important figure in the 17th-century Scientific Revolution, Johannes Kepler, a mathematician, astrologer, and astronomer is most noted for his laws of planetary motion. Kepler’s Third Law: the squares of the orbital periods of the planets are directly proportional to the cubes of the semi-major axes of their orbits. Kepler’s Third Law implies that the period for a planet to orbit the Sun increases rapidly with the radius of its orbit.
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1618 – Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion.
1736 – Nader Shah, founder of the Afsharid dynasty, is crowned Shah of Iran.
1775 – An anonymous writer, thought by some to be Thomas Paine, publishes “African Slavery in America”, the first article in the American colonies calling for the emancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery.
1782 – Gnadenhutten massacre: The Gnadenhutten massacre, also known as the Moravian massacre, was the killing of 96 Christian Lenape (Delaware) by colonial American militia from Pennsylvania on March 8, 1782 at the Moravian missionary village of Gnadenhutten, Ohio during the American Revolutionary War. To read more
1817 – The New York Stock Exchange is founded.
1920 – The Arab Kingdom of Syria, the first modern Arab state to come into existence, is established.
1936 – Daytona Beach and Road Course holds its first oval stock car race.
1965 – Thirty-five hundred United States Marines are the first American land combat forces committed during the Vietnam War.
1979 – Philips demonstrates the compact disc publicly for the first time.
1983 – Cold War: While addressing a convention of Evangelicals, President Ronald Reagan labels the Soviet Union an “evil empire”.
2014 – Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying a total of 239 people, disappears en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
1712 – John Fothergill, English physician and botanist (d. 1780)
1714 – Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German pianist and composer (d. 1788)
1841 – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., American colonel, lawyer, and jurist (d. 1935)
1924 – Anthony Caro, English sculptor and illustrator (d. 2013)
1945 – Jim Chapman, American lawyer and politician
1945 – Micky Dolenz, American singer-songwriter, drummer, and actor
819 – Li Shidao, Chinese warlord
1723 – Christopher Wren, English architect, designed St. Paul’s cathedral (b. 1632)
1874 – Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States (b. 1800)
1889 – John Ericsson, Swedish-American engineer, designed the USS Monitor (b. 1803)
1917 – Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general and businessman, founded the Zeppelin Company (b. 1838)
1930 – William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States (b. 1857)
1973 – Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, American keyboard player and songwriter (b. 1945)
2016 – George Martin, English composer, conductor, and producer (b. 1926)
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