Lower Manhattan’s Local News
Court of Appeal
Local Leaders Urge Preservation of Justice Complex
Community Board 1 (CB1) is urging the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to consider granting legally protected status to the Criminal Courts Building, at 100 Centre Street.
In a resolution enacted at the Board’s September 24 meeting, CB1 noted, “the surprising and unfortunate fact that many of the Civic Center’s important historic buildings lie outside the existing neighboring historic districts and are not yet landmarked. These include 80 Centre Street, 137 Centre Street, 139 Centre Street, and the Manhattan Criminal Court Building at 100 Centre Street. The unprotected status of these historic structures came to light during the review of plans by the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio to replace the existing Manhattan Detention Complex at 124/125 White Street with a new, 45-story prison facility that would be the tallest jail in the world.
The case of 100 Centre Street takes on special urgency in this context, because, as the CB1 resolution notes, “the Manhattan Criminal Court building shares the same underlying City lot with the south tower of the Manhattan Detention Complex. This appears to mean that if City Hall needed extra space for the proposed new jail, it would face no legal obstacle in demolishing all or part of the historic building.
Another danger is also cited in the Board’s resolution, which notes that, “given the rapid rate of development in Lower Manhattan, there is enormous risk that without a prompt landmark designation, the Criminal Court building could likely be sold, demolished and replaced with a large-scale tower, as of right.”
The building was erected in the late 1930s, with federal funds from the Public Works Administration, a New Deal agency that aimed to stimulate the national economy during the depths of the Great Depression by commission large-scale civic infrastructure projects.
One of the architects who help design 100 Centre Street was Harvey Wiley Corbett, who also worked on Rockefeller Center and the Metropolitan Life North Building, adjacent to Madison Square, which is widely regarded as an Art Deco masterpiece.
CB1’s resolution concludes by noting that, “the Manhattan Criminal Court building clearly contributes to the historic context of the neighborhood and is a critical to Lower Manhattan’s social history, architectural character and urban design,” and urging the LPC, “to act promptly in reviewing and seeking to preserve the Manhattan Criminal Court Building at 100 Centre Street.”
Sunday September 29 Tunnel to Towers Run
photo: Gerard S. Strain
The Naked Truth
The Pace University School for the Performing Arts will stage To Clothe the Naked, a rarely performed drama by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Luigi Pirandello, from October 1 to 6, at the 3-Legged Dogtheater (80 Greenwich Street, south of Rector Street).
The story, a blend of Pirandello’s trademark blend of heartbreak and unsentimentality, is the tale of a young girl-seduced, abused, and abandoned-who struggles to create an identity for herself.
Tickets for this Broadway-quality production are priced at less than a movie ($15 for adults; $5.00 for students).
Battery Park City Day Nursery
33rd Annual Hayride & Family Fest
Hay is for Horses
The Battery Park City Day Nursery will hold its 33rd annual Hayride and Fall Family Fest on Thursday, October 3.
Climb aboard the two horse-powered wagon and go for a ride around Rector Place. It’s from 4:00-6:30 and costs $5 for adults and children of the Nursery who have purchased a Fall Family Fest ticket and $7 for everyone else.
215 South End Avenue (between Albany and Rector Place)
Tuesday October 1, 2019
Bird Walk at The Battery with NYC Audubon
Explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in The Battery. The walk will be led by Gabriel Willow, an educator from NYC Audubon. Gabriel is an experienced birder and naturalist, and is well-versed in the ecology and history of New York City. Meet at the Netherland Memorial Flagpole, at the intersection of Broadway, Battery Place, and State Street. Free. The Battery Conservancy
6 River Terrace
Join a fitness dance party with upbeat Latin music of salsa, merengue, hip-hop, and more! Enthusiastic instruction creates a fun community of dancers who learn new steps each week. Bring your friends and share in this fit and fun dancing community. Free. Battery Park City Authority
Rachel Jones: Mothers Milk
26 Fulton Street The Seaport District
Mother’s Milk is a three-part time-based experience at the nexus of installation art and performance, involving multiple interactive tracks for audience members to explore. Visitors are guided, based on their answers to questions, through a series of exercises that show visitors the strength in softness. Viewers are encouraged to contemplate opening themselves up to internal and external tenderness, despite previous hardships, even when they feel the most undesired. Free.
200 Rector Place
The Battery Park City Authority and Community Board 1 will co-host a meeting tonight on various aspects of resiliency measures being planned for the neighborhood.
The topic will be measures being planned for the northern border of the community, behind Stuyvesant High School, and possibly extending into Tribeca. This session will take place at 200 Rector Place. Admission is free and no R.S.V.P. is needed.
Avril Lavigne “Head Above Water” Tour
Rooftop Concert at Pier 17 Tickets
Costs to Rent or Own in Lower Manhattan Are Matched by Lofty Local Earnings
A slew of recent reports documents what everyone who lives or works in Lower Manhattan already sensed in their bones: This is a mind-numbingly expensive place to call home.
In September, RENTCafé issued a new analysis of the most expensive neighborhoods for renters in the United States that finds northern Battery Park City (zip code 10282) is the priciest enclave in America, with an average rent of $6,211 per month. Coming in at second place is zip code 10013, which covers western Tribeca, along with part of Soho. To read more…
The Battery Park City Authority and Community Board 1 will co-host a meeting on various aspects of resiliency measures being planned for the neighborhood.
On Tuesday, October 1, the topic will be the measures now being planned for the northern border of the community, behind Stuyvesant High School, and possibly extending into Tribeca.
This session will take place at the community room within 200 Rector Place, and will start at 6:30 pm. Admission is free and no R.S.V.P. is needed.
EYES TO THE SKY
September 30-October 13, 2019
Amateur astrophotographer soars: The Eagle Nebula
Looking through a telescope, we travel in light years. One light-year is equal to 9,500,000,000,000 kilometers or nearly 6 trillion miles. The Eagle Nebula, pictured here, is about 7000 light years away and includes a cluster of about 8,500 stars.
In this “Eyes to the Sky” feature we have the pleasure of looking into space through the eyes of Ken Blumberg, an amateur astrophotographer who has awed us in past issues of the BroadsheetDAILY.
Ken Blumberg writes, “The Eagle nebula is a well known bright nebula in the constellation Serpens. My photo was taken at the Rockland Astronomy Club Summer Star Party in Plainfield MA on July 29, 2019. To read more…
Steven Amedee Gallery
GRRR | Brad Greenwood
“GRRR is the noise of the street, the buzz-saw of the news cycle, the constant low growl in the throat. What is it like to try to live peacefully, contentedly, lovingly while the animals roar? Can there be quiet in the midst of these troubling noises? ~ Brad Greenwood
The exhibition runs through November 30 at Steven Amedee Gallery, 41 North Moore Street in Tribeca.
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Experience warm and meaningful high holidays at the Andaz Hotel.
Services will be in English (and Hebrew) blended with contemporary messages throughout the service and simultaneously
have an exciting children’s service.
* Fun Kids Program
* Lively, Meaningful and Enjoyable Services
* Warm and welcoming environment
* Rosh Hashanah Dinner at the Wall St Grill – FiDi’s newest Kosher Steakhouse
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Build It and They Will Come ~ Monarch Butterflies Pause to Refuel in Lower Manhattan
From Bunker to Incubator
New Arts Center on Governors Island Will Provide Studio Space and Cultural Programming
Lower Manhattan has a new cultural hub. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Trust for Governors Island have partnered to create the LMCC Arts Center at Governors Island, a 40,000-square foot studio space and education facility, housed within a restored 1870s ammunition warehouse — a relic from the days when the island was a military outpost.
Rapport to the Commissioner
CB1 Makes Exception to New Policy; Okays Naming Street for Former NYPD Commissioner
A public figure from the 1980s may soon be honored by having a street co-named in his memory, if Community Board 1 gets its way. The panel recommended that Benjamin Ward, New York’s first African-American police commissioner, be commemorated by rechristening one block of Baxter Street as Benjamin Ward Way.
This comes on the heels of a controversial decision by CB1 in 2018 to decline such a request on behalf of James D. McNaughton, who, on August 2, 2005, at age 27, became the first New York City Police officer to be killed in action while serving in “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
While They Were Sleeping
Battery Park City Resident Charged with Two Home Invasions, and Sexual Abuse
A Battery Park City resident has been arrested twice in the space of five days on charges arising from two separate (but related) incidents, in which he is alleged to have sexually assaulted one woman, and sexually menaced her roommate on another, prior occasion.
Shattering the Lens
There isn’t anything unusual in a woman keeping a light in her window to guide men folk home, I just happen to keep a bigger light.” – Keeper Margaret Norvell
Shattering the Lens is an exhibit at the National Lighthouse Museum.
Artist Elaine Marie Austin, using her paintings of keepers and their lighthouses, sheds light on the dynamic impact of female lighthouse keepers.
It is inspired by the book Women Who Kept the Lights by Mary Louise Clifford and J. Candace Clifford.
The show runs through October 20, 2019.
National Lighthouse Museum
200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point, Staten Island
DAY IN HISTORY
331 BC – Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela.
1588 – Coronation of Shah Abbas I of Persia.
1791 – First session of the French Legislative Assembly.
1814 – Opening of the Congress of Vienna, intended to redraw Europe’s political map after the defeat of Napoleon the previous spring.
1890 – Yosemite National Park is established by the U.S. Congress.
1891 – Stanford University opens its doors in California.
1908 – Ford Model T automobiles are offered for sale at a price of US$825.
1910 – A large bomb destroys the Los Angeles Times building, killing 21.
The battle of union organizers versus big business owners, including the Los Angeles Times often dealt in violence on many levels.
1928 – The Soviet Union introduces its first five-year plan.
1931 – The George Washington Bridge linking New Jersey and New York opens.
1940 – The Pennsylvania Turnpike, often considered the first superhighway in the United States, opens to traffic.
1946 – Nazi leaders are sentenced at the Nuremberg trials.
1946 – The Daegu October Incident, an upringing against the United States Army Military Government in Korea occurs in Allied-occupied Korea.
1946 – Mensa International is founded.
1957 – First appearance of ‘In God We Trust’ on U.S. paper currency.
1961 – The US Defense Intelligence Agency is formed, becoming the country’s first centralized military intelligence organization.
1964 – Japanese Shinkansen aka ‘bullet trains’ begin high-speed rail service from Tokyo to Osaka.
1969 – Concorde breaks the sound barrier for the first time.
1975 – Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in a boxing match in Manila
1982 – Sony and Phillips launch the compact disc in Japan. On the same day, Sony released the model CDP-101 compact disc player, the first player of its kind.
2015 – Heavy rains trigger a landslide in Guatemala, killing 280 people.
2017 – Fifty-eight people are killed and 851 others injured in a mass shooting on a music festival in Las Vegas.
1207 – Henry III of England (d. 1272)
1730 – Richard Stockton, American lawyer, jurist, and politician (d. 1781)
1808 – Mary Anna Custis Lee, American wife of Robert E. Lee (d. 1873) Mary Anna’s great grandmother was Martha Washington.
1881 – William Boeing, American engineer and businessman, founded the Boeing Company (d. 1956)
1903 – Vladimir Horowitz, Ukrainian-American pianist and composer (d. 1989)
1914 – Daniel J. Boorstin, 12th Librarian of Congress (d. 2004)
1920 – Walter Matthau, American actor (d. 2000)
1924 – Jimmy Carter, 39th President, Nobel Prize laureate
1924 – William Rehnquist, 16th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 2005)
1935 – Julie Andrews, English actress and singer
1956 – Theresa May, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
686 – Emperor Tenmu of Japan (b. 631)
1310 – Beatrice of Burgundy, Lady of Bourbon (b. 1257)
1985 – E. B. White, American essayist and journalist (b. 1899)
2002 – Walter Annenberg, Publisher and diplomat, Ambassador to the United Kingdom (b. 1908)
2004 – Richard Avedon, American photographer (b. 1923)
2013 – Tom Clancy, American author (b. 1947)
credits include wikipedia and other internet sources
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Onetime Non-Profit Nursing Facility Sold to Anonymous Buyer for Five Times Original Price
If there is an Exhibit A in the case of fevered speculation in Lower Manhattan real estate, it must be Rivington House
After purchasing the block-long, 150,000-square-foot structure (located at 45 Rivington Street, near the Williamsburg Bridge), the developer, the Allure Group, paid the City an additional $16 million to remove the deed restriction that limited the property to its legacy use of non-profit, residential healthcare. To read more…
Breaking It Down
Composting Catches on in Battery Park City
You’re probably heard of the farm-to-table movement. Thanks to the Battery Park City Authority’s compost initiative, there’s a burgeoning table-to-earth movement in this Lower Manhattan community.
What happens to the scraps after you’ve dropped them in the bin? How do your apple peels and corn husks turn into rich, beneficial compost?
The Broadsheet set out to investigate. To read more…
‘And the Little Children Shall Lead Them…’
Lower Manhattan Students Leave School to March in The Climate Strike
Today (Friday, September 20) elementary and high school students from throughout Lower Manhattan — and around the City — are expected to walk out of classes shortly before noon to attend Climate Strike NYC: A Call to Action.
September 30 ~ October 4
Community Board 1 Committee Meetings
Wednesday October 2
The 6PM meeting will take place at Asphalt Green, 212 North End Avenue
1) Protecting Wildlife at Lily Pond from Future Harm – Presentation by Michelle Ashkin, Discussion and resolution
2) BPCA Strategic Plan Update – B.J. Jones, President & CEO, Battery Park City Authority
3) Pumphouse Park Update – Presentation by Mark Kostic, Vice President, Asset Management, Brookfield Properties
4) District Needs Statement and Budget Requests for FY2021 – Discussion
5) Allied Universal Report, Year Over Year Comparisons – Presentation by Patrick Murphy, Director of Security, Allied Universal
6) BPCA Report with an Update on Rockefeller Park Renovation – Nicholas Sbordone, Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs, BPCA
Thursday October 3
Environmental Protection Committee
The 6PM meeting will take place at Manhattan Borough President’s Office 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor – South
1) Lower Manhattan Quarterly Resiliency Update – Presentation by
* Jordan Salinger, Mayor’s Office of Resiliency
* Suzan Rosen, Office of Emergency Management
* Nick Sbordone, Battery Park City Authority
* Jennifer Cass, Economic Development Corporation
* Brian Larsen, Economic Development Corporation
* Elijah Hutchinson, Economic Development Corporation
2) South Battery Park City Resiliency – Update by
* Jennifer Dudgeon, Battery Park City Authority
3) District Needs Statement and Budget Requests for FY2021 – Discussion
All documents relating to the above agenda items are on file at the Community Board 1 office and are available for viewing by the public upon written request to email@example.comBe sure to check the agenda page on our website at http://www1.nyc.gov/site/manhattancb1/index.page for any changes to agendas prior to the meeting dates. (ID is required to enter building)
Please notify CB1 two days in advance, if wheelchair access is required.
Preserving the Rector Street Bridge
To the editor,
If you want to keep crossing the Rector Street Bridge, you can make you voice heard by writing to the Economic Development Corporation (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Battery Park City Authority (email@example.com), and Manhattan Community Board One (firstname.lastname@example.org) — Or you can write Letters to the Editors of our local journals.
Study Predicts 300 Fewer Vehicles Per Day on Local Streets If Verrazzano Toll Changes
A new analysis commissioned by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority has quantified the possible impact on Lower Manhattan traffic of a proposal being spearheaded by Congressman Jerry Nadler and City Council member Margaret Chin to reform tolling policy on that span, which connects Brooklyn with Staten Island.
Although Verrazzano is eight miles away from Lower Manhattan, its toll regimen is a significant contributor to Downtown traffic patterns.
TONIGHT’S FILM ~ FIELD OF DREAMS
Death Came Calling at the Corner of Wall and Broad Streets, in Lower Manhattan’s First Major Terrorist Attack
As the noon hour approached on a fall Thursday morning in 1920, a horse-drawn wagon slowly made its way west down Wall Street toward “the Corner,” the high-powered intersection of Wall and Broad. Its driver came to a gentle stop in front of the Assay Office, where stockpiles of gold and silver were stored and tested for purity. But theft was not his motive.
Cruise Ships in New York Harbor
Arrivals & Departures
Thursday, October 3
Mein Schiff 1
Inbound 7:00 am (Bayonne)
in port overnight
Friday, October 4
Mein Schiff 1
Outbound 10:00 pm (Bayonne)
Norfolk, VA/Charleston, SC/Florida/Bahamas
Queen Mary 2
Inbound 6:00 am (Brooklyn); outbound 5:00 pm
Bar Harbor, ME/Canadian Maritimes/Quebec City
Inbound 6:15 am; in port overnight
Saturday, October 5
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 4:00 pm; Bermuda
Inbound 6:45 am; outbound 4:30 pm; N/A
Inbound 6:30 am; outbound 5:00pm
Miami, FL/Cozumel, Mexico/Central America
Inbound 6:30 am (Brooklyn); outbound 5:00 pm
New England/Canadian Maritimes
Outbound 6:30 pm;
Norfolk, VA/Charleston, SC
Sunday, October 6
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; New England/Canadian Maritimes
Inbound 7:30 am (Bayonne); 4:00 pm; New England/Canadian Maritimes/Quebec City
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.
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
If They Went Any Slower, They’d Slip Into Reverse
City Transportation Study Finds That Lower Manhattan Bus Service Is Among Most Sluggish in Five Boroughs
The annual New York City Mobility Report, produced by the City’s Department of Transportation, contains two data points that will come as no surprise residents of Lower Manhattan. The first of these is that the median speed for Downtown bus service ranks among the slowest of any community in the five boroughs. And the second is that this creeping pace is, if anything, getting creepier. To read more…
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