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Residents Riled about Tribeca Tavern
More than a dozen concerned Tribeca residents turned out for the September meeting the Licensing and Permits Committee, which weighs in on the granting or renewal of liquor licenses. They showed up to voice concerns about MI-5, a bar located at 52 Walker Street, which has been a source of local complaints as far back 2007.
Neighbors of the bar allege that it operates as a dance club (in violation of its current license, which is now up for renewal), and that loud music penetrates the upper floors of the residential building located above the bar as late as 4:00 am.
Residents of nearby buildings also allege that M1-5 patrons congregate outside the bar, where they smoke, urinate on the street, take drugs, argue loudly, and sometimes engage in street brawls.
Two years ago, the State Liquor Authority (SLA) determined that MI-5 had violated multiple conditions of its license, and required that it agree to multiple stipulations as a condition of renewing permission for the bar to operate.
With that provisional license now up for renewal once again, CB1 has sided with residents, but Licensing and Permits Committee chair Jeff Erlich explained at the Board’s September 24 meeting, “our problem is that residents come to us at renewal time, but don’t put in complaints with 311, the police, or the SLA in between.”
“We can’t, without that trail, ask the SLA to take away that license,” he continued. “But we can ask for an investigation, which has been started. The owners of MI-5 were slated to appear before CB1 in July, Mr. Erlich noted, “supposedly to respond to community complaints. But only the lawyer showed up, and he said the owner would come in September and he would have a plan. Then the owner came in September, but he had no plan. He just said, ‘I have no dancing, I don’t know what you’re talking about'”
“M1-5 has been a trouble spot for years,” Mr. Erlich acknowledged. “Even the chairman of the SLA brings it up out of the blue when he talks about trouble spots.”
At the conclusion of this discussion, CB1 enacted a resolution finding that, “the applicant is in continuous violation of the terms of their liquor license by operating the establishment as a nightclub and day club with DJ, dancing and extremely loud music while the license only allows recorded music and no dancing.”
The same resolution says, “CB1 opposes the granting of a renewal of liquor license to [MI-5] until the applicant fully solves these long-time continuing outstanding issues to the board’s and residents’ satisfaction,” and concludes that, “MI-5 no longer operates in the public interest.”
Sin of Omission
City Agency Leaves Cash-Strapped Local Museum Off Roster of Cultural Institutions
The City’s Department of Cultural Affairs 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.
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
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
To the editor:
Thank you, kind-hearted gardeners. We must all do whatever little bit we can to hold back the wave of extinctions that is a hair’s breadth from taking the last of our monarchs.
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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.
Wednesday October 9, 2019
Elements of Nature Drawing
Get inspired by the beautiful expanse of the Hudson River & New York Harbor. Embolden your artwork amidst the flower-filled and seasonally evolving palette of Wagner Park’s verdant gardens. An artist/educator will provide ideas and instruction. Materials provided.
Figure Al Fresco
Challenge your artistic skills by drawing the humangure. Each week a model will strike both long and short poses for participants to draw. Artist/educators will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Materials provided. Made possible by Battery Park City Authority
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
768 – Carloman I and Charlemagne are crowned kings of the Franks.
1410 – The first known mention of the Prague astronomical clock.
1635 – Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colonyafter religious and policy disagreements.
1790 – A severe earthquake in northern Algeria causes severe damage and a tsunami in the Mediterranean Sea and kills 3,000.
1812 – War of 1812: In a naval engagement on Lake Erie, American forces capture two British ships: HMS Detroit and HMS Caledonia.
1854 – Crimean War: The siege of Sebastopol begins.
1913 – The steamship SS Volturno catches fire in the mid-Atlantic.
1936 – Boulder Dam (later Hoover Dam) begins to generate electricity and transmit it to Los Angeles.
1963 – In Italy, a large landslide a causes a giant wave to overtop the Vajont Dam, killing over 2,000.
1967 – A day after his capture, Ernesto “Che” Guevara is executed for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia.
1969 – In Chicago, the National Guard is called in as demonstrations continue in over the trial of the “Chicago Eight”.
1995 – An Amtrak Sunset Limited train is derailed by saboteurs near Palo Verde, Arizona.
2006 – North Korea conducts its first nuclear test.
2012 – Pakistani Taliban attempt to assassinate outspoken schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.
1201 – Robert de Sorbon, French minister and theologian, founded the Collège de Sorbonne (d. 1274)
1757 – Charles X of France (d. 1836)
1835 – Camille Saint-Saëns, French composer and conductor (d. 1921)
1859 – Alfred Dreyfus, French colonel (d. 1935)
1873 – Charles Rudolph Walgreen, American pharmacist and businessman, founded Walgreens (d. 1939)
1911 – Joe Rosenthal, American photographer (d. 2006)
1920 – Yusef Lateef, American saxophonist, composer, and educator (d. 2013)
1940 – John Lennon, Beatle (d. 1980)
1940 – Joe Pepitone, American baseball player and coach
1941 – Trent Lott, American lawyer and politician
1273 – Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Germany (b. 1227)
1978 – Jacques Brel, Belgian singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1929)
1987 – Clare Boothe Luce, American author, playwright, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Italy (b. 1903)
1988 – Felix Wankel, German engineer, invented the Wankel engine (b. 1902)
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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…
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 6:00pm; 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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