Lower Manhattan’s Local News
Sin of Omission
City Agency Leaves Cash-Strapped Local Museum Off Roster of Cultural Institutions
The City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has omitted from its list of dozens of New York-based cultural institutions that receive public support the museum that chronicles the oldest community anywhere in the five boroughs.
Since the 1870s, City Hall has maintained a roster of museums and arts groups located on publicly owned land, which are earmarked for tax-payer subsidies. This relationship began with the American Museum of Natural History, and has been updated recently enough to include new entrants like the Museum of Jewish Heritage, in Battery Park City, along with more than 30 other organizations.
But DCA has never included on this list the South Street Seaport Museum, which is the historical repository of New York’s first neighborhood, the colonial port and fishing village that grew up around the first Dutch settlement in what is now Lower Manhattan, starting in 1625. Indeed, the Museum’s mission statement promises to, “preserve and interpret the origins and growth of New York City as a world port, a place where goods, labor and cultures are exchanged through work, commerce, and the interaction of diverse communities.”
This lapse has led to Community Board 1 (CB1), which has defended and championed the Seaport Museum for decades, to push DCA to expand its tally. This would be a crucial development for the Seaport Museum, because inclusion in what the DCA calls the Cultural Institutions Group carries with it significant financial benefits, both in terms of capital budget support and operating funds.
The DCA notes that these funds are allocated, “to help meet basic security, maintenance, administration and energy costs.” In exchange for the funding, the DCA notes, “these institutions operate as publicly-owned facilities whose mandate is to provide cultural services accessible to all New Yorkers.” Ironically, the second part of this quid pro quo is already being fulfilled by the Seaport Museum. But the first component of the bargain (inclusion in the Cultural Institutions Group, and the funding that accompanies it) has never been formalized.
Even without such support, the Seaport Museum is on the verge of a renaissance. At Pier 16, on the East River waterfront, it maintains and operates a fleet of five historic vessels — several of which have been restored in recent years, including its flagship, the 133-year-old Wavertree. The Museum has also seen its attendance double in the past 12 months, and last year balanced its budget for the first time in recent memory.
But there have also been setbacks. The Museum was wrecked by 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the entire Seaport neighborhood. This led the Museum of the City of New York (which is included on the DCA’s Cultural Institutions Group) to sever a partnership that had been seen as a financial lifeline to the Seaport Museum the following year.
In a resolution enacted at its September 24 meeting, CB1 urged the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio and the DCA, “to add the most important and deserving South Street Seaport Museum to its Cultural Institutions Group,” and predicted that, “by doing so, the City will provide the Museum with urgently needed additional funding to reinforce the Museum’s status as a major cultural anchor for the East Side of Lower Manhattan and enable it to carry out its vital duties as an essential steward to this very special historic district.”
BPCA Puts the Brakes on Conversions of Rental Buildings within Community
Residents of rental apartments in Battery Park City who fear being thrown out of their homes as developers plan to convert those buildings to condominiums can rest a little bit easier, according to the Battery Park City Authority.
At the October 2 meeting of the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1, Authority president Benjamin Jones said, “I want to talk about some of the potential condo conversions that people are concerned about. We have been very clear with developers over the last year, and then some, about our position — that we want to preserve the rental housing that exists in Battery Park City.”
Damascus on the Hudson
Lower Manhattan’s Old Syrian Quarter to Be Recalled in Sunday Walking Tour
Today, the stretch of Greenwich and Washington Streets between Battery Place and Albany Street — bisected by the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel entrance — is known by the forgettable name, “Greenwich South.”
By all appearances it is an orphan of a neighborhood that never quite coalesced. But nothing could be further from the truth. A century ago, before the World Trade Center or the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (the two giant public works projects that decimated this once-thriving quarter), it was an ethnic enclave as vibrant as Little Italy or Chinatown. To read more…
Build It and They Will Come ~ Monarch Butterflies Pause to Refuel in Lower Manhattan
Experience warm and meaningful high holidays at the Andaz Hotel.
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Court of Appeal
Local Leaders Urge Preservation of Justice Complex
Community Board 1 is urging the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to consider granting legally protected status to the Criminal Courts Building, at 100 Centre Street.
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.
Tuesday October 8, 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. The Battery. Click here for free registration.
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…
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. 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.
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.”
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
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.
TODAY IN HISTORY
314 – Constantine I defeats Roman Emperor Licinius, who loses his European territories.
1829 – Stephenson’s Rocket wins the Rainhill Trials.
1862 – American Civil War: The Confederate invasion of Kentucky is halted at the Battle of Perryville.
1871 – The Great Chicago Fire and the much deadlier Peshtigo Fire break out. The Peshtigo fire was a large forest fire in northeastern Wisconsin, including much of the Door Peninsula, and adjacent parts of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
1895 – Korean Empress Myeongseong is assassinated by Japanese infiltrators.
1939 – World War II: Germany annexes western Poland.
1956 – The New York Yankees’s Don Larsen pitches the only perfect game in a World Series.
1962 – Der Spiegel publishes an article disclosing the sorry state of the Bundeswehr, and is soon accused of treason.
1982 – Poland bans Solidarity and all other trade unions.
2001 – President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
2016 – In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the death toll rises to nearly 900.
1150 – Narapatisithu, king of Burma (d. 1211)
1789 – William John Swainson, English-New Zealand ornithologist and entomologist (d. 1855)
1890 – Eddie Rickenbacker, American soldier and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1973)
1895 – Zog I of Albania (d. 1961)
1895 – Juan Perón, general and politician, 29th President of Argentina (d. 1974)
1949 – Sigourney Weaver, American actress and producer
1970 – Matt Damon, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
1970 – Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
923 – Pilgrim I, archbishop of Salzburg
1436 – Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut (b. 1401)
1754 – Henry Fielding, English novelist and playwright (b. 1707)
1793 – John Hancock, American merchant and politician, 1st Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1737)
1944 – Wendell Willkie, American captain, lawyer, and politician (b. 1892)
1992 – Willy Brandt, German lawyer and politician, 4th Chancellor of Germany, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)
2015 – Paul Prudhomme, American chef and author (b. 1940)
credits include wikipedia and other internet sources
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…
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
Wednesday, October 9
Bermuda/Eastern Caribbean/San Juan, PR
Inbound 6:00 am; in port overnight
Thursday, October 10
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 4:00 pm
New England/Canadian Maritimes
Inbound 6:00 am; in port overnight
Friday, October 11
Outbound pm 102nd Global Voyage
(Quebec City/Transatlantic/Belfast, N. Ireland)
Inbound 7:15 am; outbound 6:30 pm
New England/Canadian Maritimes/Quebec City/Montreal
Outbound pm; Bermuda/Eastern Caribbean/San Juan, PR
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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