City Council candidate (and apparent Democratic nominee) Christopher Marte
While official results are not yet available from New York City’s notoriously dysfunctional Board of Elections—a chronic situation made more complicated by this year’s advent of ranked choice voting—Christopher Marte appears to have won the race to succeed Margaret Chin (who was barred by term limits from seeking reelection) in representing Lower Manhattan in the City Council.
Unofficial results from the June 22 Democratic Party primary show Mr. Marte with a strong lead of 7,556 votes out of 18,826 cast (or 40.14 percent of the total), which makes his count more than double that of his closest competitor, Jenny Low, who garnered 3,286 votes (or 17.45 percent). The third-strongest vote-getter was Gigi Li, who tallied 2,969 ballots (or 15.77 percent of the total). Candidate Maud Maron came in fourth, with 1,630 votes (or 8.66 percent). While these totals are likely to shift slightly with the counting of absentee ballots and the tabulation of ranked choice voting, the possibility that the outcome will change in any significant way appears remote.
A spokesman for Mr. Marte’s campaign observed that, “with absentee votes likely to follow the geographic trends of the standing results, and more votes distributed to Marte during ranked choice voting, victory is statistically certain.”
Mr. Marte remarked that, “we ran this campaign to prove something no consultant or politician thought was possible. That a district as diverse as this is able to unite in a single campaign, sharing a common vision for the future of our neighborhoods. We did not play to a geographic or ethnic base, but made our case to voters by talking about the pressing issues that affect our daily lives. We won because neighbors were already laying the foundation to make a campaign like this possible. They were organizing against luxury overdevelopment in the Lower East Side, Chinatown, the Seaport, SoHo and NoHo. They were fighting for better working conditions for restaurant workers and home attendants. They were advocating for flood protection from Tribeca to Two Bridges. Our campaign is a victory not just for this Council seat, but for every community in Lower Manhattan.”
Although the general election in November election will technically decide who represents Lower Manhattan in the City Council for the next four years, the heavily “blue” landscape of Lower Manhattan usually makes the nomination of the Democratic party tantamount to winning the wider contest, and most often relegates the actual election to the status of a formality.
The First City Council District that Mr. Marte appears poised to represent includes some of the most affluent areas of Manhattan, as well as areas where large numbers of residents live at or below the poverty line. It is ethnically diverse, as well as financially, and is home to some of the highest-performing public schools in the City, and some of the most troubled. This broad range of communities encompasses not only the Lower Manhattan neighborhoods of Battery Park City, Tribeca, the Financial District and the South Street Seaport/Civic Center, but also large swaths of Greenwich Village, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side. The catchment stretches to Canal Street on the West Side, with a northern border that jigsaws around Watts, Thompson, and Bleecker Streets, and Avenue of the Americas, before reaching its northernmost extent at Eighth Street, and then sawtooths it way southward again via Broadway, East Fourth Street, Bowery, and East Houston Street. At this point, the District boundary executes a series of 11 right-angled turns (often running for only one block, before turning again), to land at the East River waterfront near Montgomery Street.
Don’t Pay the Ferryman
Lower Manhattan residents once again have access to the ever-popular weekend summer ferry to Red Hook.
Provided by NY Waterway, the free service is nominally about providing access to Ikea, but also offers the bonus of a slew of waterfront restaurants and parks within walking distance of the furniture store.
The service departs from two Downtown locations (Pier 11/Wall Street and the Battery Park City ferry terminal) starting at 11:00 am.
The Battery Park City Authority’s highly regarded summer music festival, River & Blues, which has presented blues, folk, and roots music in Wagner Parkfor 20 years is returning with Devon Gilfillian’s emotional vocals (July 15); the Grammy Award-winning South Carolina-based quintet, Ranky Tanky (July 22), and Rev Sekou and the Freedom Fighters (July 29), who will perform their Delta Blues-infused anthems for social justice.
Each Thursday evening show begins at 6:00 pm, with DJ Susan Z. Anthony spinning an eclectic mix that sets the stage for the performance that follows. Admission is free.
‘You Did This!’
BPCA Delays Controversial Plan for Another New Monument
A Monday afternoon rally at the Irish Hunger Memorial, originally planned as a protest meeting, turned into a victory celebration after the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) announced that it was putting on hold a controversial plan by Governor Andrew Cuomo to build an Essential Workers Monument within the community.
Congressman Jerry Nadler, who led the event, began by saying, “earlier today, the BPCA reversed course,” which caused the assembled crowd to erupt in cheers. To read more…
‘A Bad Idea’
Elected Officials Voice Opposition to Cuomo Monument Plan in Advance of Rally Today
Opposition continues to intensify against a plan by Governor Andrew Cuomo to create in Battery Park City a monument to essential workers who served during the COVID-19 pandemic, with numerous leaders calling the proposal ill advised and rushed.
On Thursday, Congressman Jerry Nadler posted a comment online saying that, “desecrating the Irish Hunger Memorial is a bad idea. Tearing up a heavily used volleyball court is a bad idea. Paving a park is a bad idea.”
A rare event – Venus and Mars snuggle at dusk today and tomorrow
This evening and tomorrow, the 12th and 13th, brilliant planet Venus and fainter planet Mars appear low in the west-northwestern sky about 45 minutes after sunset. At less than half a degree of separation on both evenings, such proximity of the two planets will not be seen again until 2034. In deepening twilight, a graceful crescent moon, suspended above the pair, expands the aura of the event.
The Greenmarket at Oculus Plaza, City Hall Greenmarket,
and Staten Island Ferry Greenmarket are temporarily closed.
Tribeca Sailing offers two-hour private sailing charters of the Harbor, setting sail five times each day, seven days a week. Captain David Caporale, the owner and captain of Tribeca Sailing and a Lower Manhattan resident, also offers private sailing charters for a maximum of six passengers, for those having a staycation, or celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. His sailboat, Tara, is a 1964 custom Hinckley Pilot 35. Hinckleys are noted as a Rolls Royce of sailboats, based on their solid construction, the artistry of the wood trim, and other design features. For more information or to book a sail, contact David Caporale 917-593-2281 or David@Tribecasailing.com
‘This Project Will Forever Be a Symbol of Failure’
Community Leaders React to Cuomo Plan for Yet Another Monument in Battery Park City
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he plans to erect in Battery Park City an Essential Workers Monument to those who served during the COVID-19 pandemic. “In the beginning of the pandemic, when people were told to stay home, essential workers went into work day after day, making sure their fellow New Yorkers were safe, fed and cared for,” Mr. Cuomo said.
The Governor attributed the decision to locate this monument in Battery Park City to his Essential Workers Monument Advisory Committee, which was announced in April. This panel consisted of 23 union presidents, and not a single resident of Battery Park City. There is no record of this Committee having held any public meetings, or having solicited any advice or feedback from the community. To read more…
With its amazing gardens and views of the Hudson River and New York Bay, Wagner Park is the perfect setting to practice your art. Participants are expected to bring their own drawing and painting supplies, including drawing boards and containers of water if they are planning to paint. BPCA will supply drawing paper and watercolor paper only. Masks required. Participants must maintain six feet of physical distance between households. All programs will be held in accordance with New York State reopening guidance. Free Battery Park City Authority
Lunchtime event with acclaimed historian, commentator and former financial executive Zachary Karabell, as he offers the first full and frank look inside Brown Brothers Harriman against the backdrop of American history. Free
Billionaire Holocaust survivor George Soros is one of the most influential and controversial figures of our time. Famous for betting against the Bank of England in 1992 and making a billion dollars in one day, he is maligned by ideologues on both the left and the right for his public activism—and has become a symbol of Jews for many antisemites. With unprecedented access to the man and his inner circle, this new film by director Jesse Dylan follows Soros across the globe and pulls back the curtain on his personal history, private wealth, and public activism. Soros (88 minutes, English, no subtitles) reveals a complicated genius whose experience as a Jew during the Holocaust gave rise to a lifelong crusade against authoritarianism and hate. $10
Get moving with a series of classes aimed to help you build strength, relax, and unwind. All cardio classes are 45 minutes long, with a focus on high-intensity rhythmic cardio. Classes also feature sprint intervals, sculpting, and a stretch cool down. Free
Community Board 1 Licensing & Permits Committee
Manhattan Borough President’s Office1 Centre Street, 19th Floor Southside
Community Board members, applicants and public members are required to attend in person.
Namaste! Unwind from the day with outdoor yoga. Immerse yourself in this meditative practice- surrounded by the Hudson’s peaceful aura. Strengthen the body and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels are welcome. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: yoga mat, yoga blocks, water, etc. Masks required. Participants must maintain six feet of physical distance between households. All programs will be held in accordance with New York State reopening guidance.
Three experts on two classics — and how early 20th century film helped drive a national dialogue. To celebrate the opening of the new, expanded China Institute, this program will explore the beginnings of Chinese cinema as the country faced social and political turmoil and war. Weaving elements from Hollywood, Soviet cinema, and traditional art, Chinese filmmakers sought to be part of the intense dialogue about the future of their nation. Three top Chinese film experts kick off our summer-long series with a wide-ranging discussion of two great films, The Great Road, 大路 (1935, Mandarin, with English subtitles) and Laborer’s Love, 劳工之爱情, (1922, silent film. Written Mandarin and English inter titles). Virtual lecture about the film today. A link to view each film online is also available for viewing at home. Free
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The Battery Park City Authority asks that the public not interact with or feed the urban wildlife in the neighborhood’s parks and green spaces, and at the waterfront.
CB1 Weighs In on Plans for Essential Workers Monument in Battery Park City
During a five-hour meeting of Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee on Wednesday evening, at which more than 100 members of the Downtown community spoke, a team from the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) presented revised plans for the controversial proposed Essential Workers Monument.
This meeting followed two weeks of protest and dialog—during which residents opposed to the original version of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan (which would have located the memorial in Rockefeller Park) camped out in tents for four nights—that have led the Authority to propose locating the shrine elsewhere within the community.
More Survivors than Responders Now are Submitting Claims
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has released its annual report for 2020, which documents some significant developments.
Over the course of its ten years of operation thus far, the VCF has awarded $7.76 billion to more than 34,400 individuals who have suffered death or personal injury as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath. The vast majority of these injuries take the form of illness caused by exposure to toxic materials that were released by the destruction of the World Trade Center.
José Froilán González brought home the first Formula 1 trophy for Ferrari, winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on this day in 1951. González went on to win one more time for Ferrari, again at Silverstone, three years later. He was one of the few drivers to have beaten Juan Manuel Fangio, known as El Maestro.
982 – King Otto II and his Frankish army were defeated by the Muslim army of al-Qasim at Cape Colonna, Southern Italy.
1223 – Louis VIII becomes King of France upon the death of his father, Philip II.
1430 – Joan of Arc, taken by the Burgundians in May, is handed over to Pierre Cauchon, the bishop of Beauvais.
1789 – Storming of the Bastille in Paris. This event escalates the widespread discontent into the French Revolution.
1798 – The Sedition Act of 1798 becomes law in the United States making it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the United States government.
1853 – Opening of the first major US world’s fair, the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations in New York City.
1865 – The first ascent of the Matterhorn is completed by Edward Whymper and his party, four of whom die on the descent.
1874 – The Chicago Fire of 1874 burns down 47 acres of the city, destroying 812 buildings, killing 20, and resulting in the fire insurance industry demanding municipal reforms from Chicago’s city council.
1881 – American outlaw Billy the Kid is shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in the Maxwell House at Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
1911 – Harry Atwood, an exhibition pilot for the Wright brothers, is greeted by President Taft after he lands his aeroplane on the South Lawn of the White House, having flown from Boston.
1933 – In a decree called the Gleichschaltung, Adolf Hitler abolishes all German political parties except the Nazis.
1943 – In Diamond, Missouri, the George Washington Carver National Monument becomes the first United States National Monument in honor of an African American.
1951 – Ferrari takes their first Formula One grand prix victory at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
1965 – Mariner 4 flyby of Mars takes the first close-up photos of another planet. The photographs take approximately six hours to be transmitted back to Earth.
1983 – Mario Bros. is released in Japan, beginning the popular Super Mario Bros franchise.
Yesterday, according to the New York Times, an anonymous buyer has paid $1.56 million for a 25-year-old copy of Super Mario 64 in its original packaging, a record price for a video game, according to Heritage Auctions, the auction house that sold it.
2002 – French president Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt from Maxime Brunerie during a Bastille Day parade at Champs-Йlysйes.
2013 – Dedication of statue of Rachel Carson, a sculpture named for the environmentalist, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
2016 – A man ploughs a truck into a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France, killing 86 and injuring 434 before he was gunned by police.
926 – Murakami, emperor of Japan (d. 967)
1610 – Ferdinando II de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1670)
1862 – Florence Bascom, American geologist and educator (d. 1945)
1862 – Gustav Klimt, Austrian painter and illustrator (d. 1918)
1912 – Woody Guthrie, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1967)
1913 – Gerald Ford, American commander, lawyer, and politician, 38th President of the United States (d. 2006)
1918 – Ingmar Bergman, Swedish director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2007)
937 – Arnulf I, duke of Bavaria
1223 – Philip II, king of France (b. 1165)
1827 – Augustin-Jean Fresnel, French physicist and engineer, reviver of wave theory of light, inventor of catadioptric lighthouse lens (b. 1788)
1986 – Raymond Loewy, French-American industrial designer (b. 1893)