Lower Manhattan’s Local News
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.
Located at the southwest corner of the site (near the intersection of Liberty and West Streets) the Memorial Glade consists of a serpentine path that winds between half a dozen stone monoliths (ranging in mass from 13 to 18 tons), which are inlaid with remnants of World Trade Center steel. The slab’s rough edges and large size are intended to acknowledge the challenges faced by those whom the Glade honors.
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking at the dedication ceremony, made a point of mentioning, “people with homes and workplaces and the surrounding area, who would not allow terrorists to force them to abandon their communities. It includes students at local schools, children and teenagers who are evacuated from classrooms during the attacks.”
“Many helped lead the fight to make sure that the federal government would care for everyone whose health was affected because of the attacks,” he continued, “even as they fought for their own lives. They truly are heroes. I was lucky to work alongside them as mayor and we have lost too many of them. Today, we are dedicating this Memorial Glade to all who became sick or died because of causes related to the attacks.”
“Those who live in the neighborhood and those who commute to it — the Glade tells their story,” he added. “And it is a story that, like the 9/11 Memorial, continues to evolve. It must, because the effects of 9/11 still being felt and being discovered. We have a duty to care for those who need it. And to honor those the memory of those who died.”
It is widely believed by healthcare professionals who study illnesses related to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, that the death toll from such conditions will soon surpass the grim tally of more than 2,900 who died on that day.
“Almost every day another 9/11 survivor or responder dies from a 9/11-related cancer,” U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand observed earlier this year, arguing for legislation that would renew and extend the Victims Compensation Fund, which provides financial assistance to people made ill by their contact with dangerous contaminants. More than 45,000 people are now suffering from at least one chronic health condition related to such exposure, and more than 10,000 have been certified with a cancer arising from September 11, 2001.
To the Editor:
BPCA’s creation and promotion of affordable housing is explicitly contemplated by the Authority’s enabling legislation. And as we have regularly discussed with the community in public forums – BPCA Board Meetings, BPC Open Community Meetings, Community Board Meetings, and the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association’s annual meeting – we are committed to addressing affordability concerns in Battery Park City. Our goals continue to be:
In an effort to achieve these goals, we have engaged with renters, condominium owners, building owners, State and City stakeholders, and elected officials. Though the solution is not solely within our control, we’ll continue to work hard to do our part.
President & CEO
Battery Park City Authority
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‘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!
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Friday May 31
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Pipes at One
St. Paul’s Chapel
Pipes at One concerts feature the celebrated three-manual Noack organ that was inaugurated in the spring of 2018. Today, listen to Jonathan Oldengarm, The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, Montreal, Quebec. FREE
Terrapins, Seahorses, and Horseshoe Crabs
– Oh My!
Come Meet the Fishes
The River Project celebrates its annual “Meet the Fishes,” welcoming you to the Wetlab to experience the wonders that lie beneath the murky waters of the Hudson River.
Come visit this unique flow-through river water aquarium and meet the many species that live in the harbor at this free event for the whole family on Tuesday, June 4, from 4 to 7PM at Pier 40, West Street and Houston Street.
In addition to the blackfish, crabs, oysters and other critters, there will be local diamondback terrapin turtles, courtesy of The Turtle Conservancy.
Big, the famed giant oyster, will also make a rare appearance!
There will be delicious finger food and beverages from our local sponsors and thrilling raffle prizes from our sponsors.
Come check out plankton at a microscope station, see a real, living, growing oyster reef and play with some tiny invertebrates in the touch tank.
The River Project is a marine science field station founded in 1986 at Pier 26 in Tribeca and works to protect and restore the ecosystem of the Hudson River estuary and New York Harbor through scientific research, hands-on environmental education, urban habitat improvement and innovative waterfront programs.
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Gateway Tenant Leaders Plan Sunday Rally to Build Support for Affordability
The Gateway Plaza Tenants Association is building support and momentum for a renewal and possible expansion of affordability protections at the community’s largest residential complex.
GPTA will host a rally this Sunday (June 2), starting at 5pm, on the Esplanade Plaza, near the volleyball courts, along side North Cove Marina. This rally is expected to draw hundreds of residents, as well as numerous elected officials, including U.S. Congressman Jerry Nadler, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou, and City Council member Margaret Chin. covered by rent stabilization will see this protection stripped away.
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.
EYES TO THE SKY
May 28 – June 9, 2019
The Spring Triangle – an asterism
While writing my recent column about bright stars in the south at nightfall, I was reminded of patterns those stars shape in addition to the position each has in an official constellation.
Arcturus is the brightest star in the constellation Bootes the Herdsman and Spica is brightest in Virgo the Virgin. Denebola marks the tail of Leo the Lion and Regulus the Lion’s heart. Draw imaginary lines to connect Arcturus to Spica and Denebola and we have a Spring Triangle, an asterism. Replace Denebola with Regulus for a larger Spring Triangle.
Asterisms are easily distinguishable patterns often composed of stars from more than one constellation. In the case of the Big Dipper – overhead to the south — the asterism is an outstanding part of one official constellation, Ursa major, the Great Bear.
Judy Isacoff naturesturn.org
Installation of West Thames Bridge Sections Will Require Street Closures and Parking Disruptions
The installation of the long-awaited West Thames pedestrian bridge has now begun. These plans were reviewed for the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1 on May 1, when Matt Krenek, an engineer with Skanska (the firm overseeing the bridge’s construction and installation) explained that, “the barge carrying the two spans of the bridge is in Brooklyn right now. The bridge pieces left Pennsylvania in various segments, and these super-loads were trucked down the highway, taking up two lanes.”
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.
Today in History
1279 BC – Ramesses II (The Great) (19th dynasty) becomes pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.
455 – Emperor Petronius Maximus is stoned to death by an angry mobwhile fleeing Rome.
1578 – King Henry III lays the first stone of the Pont Neuf (New Bridge), the oldest bridge of Paris, France.
1790 – The United States enacts its first copyright statute, the Copyright Act of 1790.
1859 – The clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, which houses Big Ben, starts keeping time.
1879 – Gilmores Garden is renamed Madison Square Garden by William Henry Vanderbilt and is opened to the public at 26th Street and Madison Avenue.
1889 – Johnstown Flood: Over 2,200 people die after a dam fails and sends a 60-foot (18-meter) wall of water over the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
1911 – The hull of the ocean liner RMS Titanic is launched.
1927 – The last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly lineafter a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles.
1929 – The first talking Mickey Mouse cartoon, “The Karnival Kid“, is released.
1942 – World War II: Imperial Japanese Navy midget submarines begin a series of attacks on Sydney, Australia.
1977 – The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System is completed.
2005 – Vanity Fair reveals that Mark Felt was Deep Throat.
1683 – Jean-Pierre Christin, French physicist, mathematician, and astronomer, invented the Celsius thermometer (d. 1755)
1819 – Walt Whitman, American poet, essayist, and journalist(d. 1892)
1852 – Julius Richard Petri, German microbiologist, invented the Petri dish (d. 1921)
1923 – Ellsworth Kelly, American painter and sculptor (d. 2015)
1938 – Peter Yarrow, singer-songwriter, guitarist (Peter, Paul and Mary)
455 – Petronius Maximus, Roman emperor (b. 396)
1983 – Jack Dempsey, American boxer (b. 1895)
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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…
Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals and Departures
Friday, May 31
Adventure of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am; outbound 3:00 pm; Florida/Bahamas
Saturday, June 1
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 4:00 pm; Bermuda
Inbound 7:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; Canadian Maritimes/Maine/Rhode Island
Sunday, June 2
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.
Anthem of the Seas Spins About
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.
Still Tasty After All These Years
On May 18, thousands of hungry festival-goers noshed their way around Duane Park Triangle to sample the best of Tribeca’s culinary star power; scores of volunteers punched tickets, directed recycling, and served VIPs; and dozens of chefs recreated their finest efforts and arranged perfect little tastes on paper plates.
It was the Taste of Tribeca’s 25th anniversary, benefiting P.S 150’s and P.S. 234’s arts and enrichment programs for more than 800 children.
We caught up with David Waltuck, director of culinary affairs at the Institute of Culinary Education (7 World Trade Center), as he offered a Chinese pulled pork taco. Of the 18 or so restaurants that took part in the first Taste of Tribeca 25 years ago, he noted, only a few remain. His restaurant, the elegant Chanterelle, closed in 2009. Still, he was happy to return for the 25th anniversary of this popular event. “It’s nice to be here,” he said.
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.
Poets House Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Journey with us across the Brooklyn Bridge, from Manhattan to Brooklyn, to celebrate Poets House and the poetry of New York City with readings by poets Robert Pinsky, Rosamond King, Gregory Pardlo, Jenny Xie, and Anne Waldman, whom we will present with our Elizabeth Kray Award for service to poetry. This year marks Poets House’s 10th anniversary at 10 River Terrace-as well as Walt Whitman’s bicentennial.
Recognition of Whitman’s 200th birthday will lend special significance to the evening as we gather to hear a reading of Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.”
Afterward, we’ll continue with more readings, accompanied by wine, dinner, and dessert, inside a beautiful historic foundry in DUMBO. All proceeds benefit Poets House’s library, public programs, and class trips for children and teens.
Monday June 10
6:00pm: Walk begins in Manhattan, near One Centre Street
8:00pm: Seated dinner at 26 Bridge Street in DUMBO
For more information: poetshouse.org/poetrywalk2019
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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.
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Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
Not So Alone
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