Lower Manhattan’s Local News
Nadler Sponsors Legislation to Make Lower Manhattan Heliopolis No More
Support is building among decision-makers to heed a decade long call by Lower Manhattan community leaders to enact a comprehensive ban on non-essential helicopter flights in New York’s airspace.
On October 26, Congressman Jerry Nadler was joined on the steps of City Hall by fellow federal legislators Nydia Velazquez and Carolyn Maloney, as well as Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and State Senator Brian Kavanagh, along with a coalition of activists and community leaders, to announce a new proposed law — the Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019.
“Since 1980, there have been at least 30 helicopter crashes in New York City, many of which have been fatal,” Mr. Nadler said. “Despite my colleagues and I having called on the [Federal Aviation Administration] numerous times to take simple and prudent action to protect our city, the FAA has refused to sufficiently act.”
Mr. Nadler cited this as the reason for, “legislation to protect our skies by banning non-essential flights over New York City. There is simply no justification for allowing tourists to joy-ride over our City, endangering lives and creating unnecessary noise pollution.”
Senator Kavanagh added, “for many New Yorkers, especially those who live along the Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn waterfront, noise pollution produced by tourist helicopters has become a daily burden on peaceful enjoyment of their homes and communities. The copters have also raised ongoing concerns about safety, and they have huge negative environmental impacts. By limiting non-essential helicopter travel over New York City, we will make our airways less congested and improve the quality of life of New Yorkers.”
State Assembly member Deborah Glick said the new legislation would, “address a myriad of safety and quality of life issues resulting from nonessential helicopters operating throughout the city. We’ve heard community members’ concerns.”
“Helicopters have been a nuisance and a safety hazard to the five boroughs for far too long,” added Ms. Brewer. “I have been sounding the alarm on this issue for twenty years.”
City Council member Margaret Chin noted that, “our City already has one of the highest helicopter utilization rates in the world — a reality that many of my constituents living nearby the Downtown Manhattan heliport know all too well. Now, with Uber operating a new service at the heliport to bring premium customers to and from JFK airport, we refuse to stand idly by and allow private companies to treat the skies above our homes, schools and hospitals in the same way they choke our streets.”
Anthony Notaro, chairman of Community Board 1, said the Board, “has long advocated for elimination of nonessential, commercial flights from the Wall Street Heliport. Flights originating from there pose a real threat to the quality of life in Lower Manhattan and may indeed be dangerous.”
John Dellaportas, one of the leaders of Stop the Chop/NY-NJ — a grassroots coalition of waterfront residents in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey that has lobbied for a decade to scale back the flight tours — said that the organization, “strongly supports the proposed bill by Congresspersons Nadler, Velazquez and Maloney to prohibit all non-essential flights over New York City and its waterways. This measure is long overdue.”
He continued, “blame lies primarily with the FAA, which, over several Presidential administrations both Democrat and Republican, has inexcusably failed to do its job and protect our airways from these needless, dangerous and polluting flights. In recent decades, the City has experienced 30 helicopter crashes, claiming the lives of 25 passengers. It is only through incredible good luck that the death toll has not been much higher, and residents on the ground have been spared. We should not push our luck any further.”
“Non-essential helicopter flights have no place in our already-crowded airways,” he concluded. “In addition to the obvious safety issues, such flights create dreadful noise and air pollution and, through excessive carbon emissions, contribute to the destruction of our planet.”
The proposed law defines “essential” helicopter flights as those conducted by law enforcement, emergency response, disaster response, and medical services, or those required by the public interest (such as helicopters operated by news organizations), and does not affect operations by military aircraft. All helicopter flights outside of these categories would be banned in any municipality with a population greater than eight million people and a population density of more than 25,000 people per square mile (language crafted to specify New York City). This ban would include waterways within such a cityʼs jurisdiction. Such a prohibition would effectively ban the sightseeing flights that cater to tourists, which have been a central focus of complaints by community leaders, while also proscribing commercial air taxis and private, corporate flights.
One reason for the high concentration of tourist flights at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport is that few other facilities will permit such operations. In recent years, tourist flights have been banned from two other Manhattan heliports (one at the 34th Street and the East River; the other at 30th Street and the Hudson River), as well as from a waterfront heliport in Jersey City, directly across the Hudson River from the Battery Park City Esplanade.
In July, 2013, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and U.S. Congressman Albio Sires (both Democrats from New Jersey) called for a complete prohibition of helicopter tour flights over the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. (The mayors of five New Jersey cities and towns joined in this call for a ban: Hoboken, Weehawken, North Bergen, West New York, and Guttenberg.) Their proposal was never enacted.
In 2014, a coalition of two dozen local elected officials wrote to Mayor de Blasio asking him to ban helicopter tours. The de Blasio administration has thus far declined to take any such action.
According to official data, sightseeing and tourist flights are the third leading category of fatal helicopter accidents. In 2016, the nationwide helicopter accident rate was 3.19 per 100,000 flight hours, with an overall total of 106 helicopter accidents, including 17 that resulted in loss of life.
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Gotham Girls Winter Futsal League & Formativo Training
Gotham Girls F.C. – the only NYC all-girls soccer club
is running our Winter Futsal League for girls ages 7 to 16.
(Our foundational development soccer – Formativo – is available for girls ages 7-10). Our dedicated coaches ref the fun, active 50-minute 4v4 indoor futsal games, and provide coaching to develop girls foot skills and knowledge.
Dates are December 7/8 – March 21/22.
Games are on Saturdays or Sundays (depending on age)
at PS276 and PS234 gyms.
Cost is $210 for 12 games.
To register for Winter Futsal or Formativo, please go to http://gothamgirls.org.
Indie Craft Fair This Weekend
Judy Sklover is one of those Battery Park City pioneer women who is devoted to the neighborhood, and in particular to the young folk. Director of administration and parent liaison at the Battery Park City Day Nursery for the first two-thirds of every weekday, she races to PS/IS 89 each afternoon to lead after-school activities for Manhattan Youth.
Last year, realizing that many of her friends led artistic lives, she decided to organize a craft fair that showcased some of their work. It was a huge success, and she promised both vendors and shoppers that she would do it again. This Saturday, November 16, Judy is presenting her second annual Indie Craft Fair, with double the number of vendors, 11am to 4pm, at 6 River Terrace. We managed to catch Judy as she was flying by, to ask a few questions.
So how did this Indie Craft Fair come about?
The second annual Indie Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, November 16, 11am to 4pm, at 6 River Terrace, located just north of the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City
If You Think Your Voice Doesn’t Matter in the Climate Movement Then You Need to Read This
To the editor:
Just a month into the school year and virtually every student across the world is asking themselves the same question: can youth protest really make an impact on the climate crisis?
Dedicated activists of the movement fiercely argue yes, whereas others believe that students can strike all they want, but ultimately the people in power dictate our fate, and they aren’t listening. This worry encapsulates a primary concern young people have with respect to the climate movement, and is one of the deciding factors on attending events such as the September 20th climate strike. If we cannot vote, how can we have control in politics? Which will benefit my future more; making a protest sign or doing homework? If my teacher will count it as an absence, is it worth it? I’m just one person, how can I make a difference? If the answers to all of these questions are “no, I cannot make change,” then how come an estimated four million people from 125 countries marched on September 20th? What was in it for them and why did they think their words could effectuate change?
In this era, young activists have been the catalyst for change. The March for Our Lives movement demonstrated how youth leaders of change can affect politics, similar to the youth climate movement. Prior to the March for Our Lives movement, states such as Florida had some of the weakest gun laws, but youth protesters were diligent in making politicians hear their voices. Not only did these youth activists change the conversation about guns, but they convinced their home state of Florida to take action for gun safety, passing 67 total gun safety bills. The March for Our Lives movement may be one example, but it is proof that modern day youth protests will not be silenced in the face of policies and adults, and the climate movement is a continuation of this.
The climate movement has given way to strong youth leaders to control the conversation and make their voices heard. Xiye Bastida-Patrick is a senior at Beacon High School who has been a powerful voice who has inspired others. She described her first experience speaking out against climate change as a revelation in how she can change lives: “When I realized that the things I said as a young person actually affected others’ perception and habits, I realized that I needed to use that voice to enact change.” She hopes that from this change others can grow an inspiration and passion for activism, just as she herself has: “I think that the beautiful thing about this movement is that we can inspire people to become activists. I was inspired by my parents, and I know that I have inspired others.”
When I asked her what she would tell youth who are unsure of the power of their voice she said she would respond by saying that “Because of our strike on May 3rd New York City declared a climate emergency [….].” What is special about this movement is that is specific to youth because it affects our future, and we strike to tell the government that changes need to be made in the core systems of our society. Xiye argues that “we are not telling governments and industries that we are striking because we don’t want straws anymore.” We are striking because no one else will, and our future is in our own hands.
In August of 2018 a 15 year old girl from Sweden sat alone outside of Swedish parliament during school and demanded the government hear her words. A little over a year later she spoke to world leaders in New York City at the UN Climate Action Summit; and her words will echo forever into history: “You are failing us. [….] And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this.” Greta Thunberg is one out of millions of youth across the world who have put their education at risk to march for our home. If the politicians won’t fight for it it is our duty to make them fight. Our youth is not a hindrance, rather it is a strength, and as Xiye said “When youth speak up to protect our rights, it’s because we’re right[….]” From the March for Our Lives Movement movement to the climate march, youth are taking charge across the world, and if we all recognize that our voice matters and that protesting has an impact, then the world will be forced to listen.
Amina Castronovo is a sophomore at Beacon High School in Manhattan, she grew up in Lower Manhattan and attended the Salk School of Science for Middle School and P.S. 150 for elementary school. Photo credit: Amina Castronovo
CB1 Endorses Plan to Ease Downtown Traffic with Toll Modification Miles Away
Community Board 1 has weighed in on a proposal to change a decades-old tolling policy on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, which may have a significant benefit for traffic congestion in Lower Manhattan. Although the bridge is eight miles away from Lower Manhattan, its tolling regimen is a significant contributor to Downtown traffic patterns. To read more…
November 14, 2019
Pipes at One
St. Paul’s Chapel
The weekly Pipes at One series showcases leading organists and rising stars from around the country in this year-round series at St. Paul’s Chapel, featuring its celebrated three-manual Noack organ. Today, Stephen Hamilton, organ.
The Disaffected: Britain’s Occupation of Philadelphia During the American Revolution
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Steven Amedee Gallery
Jefferson Hayman : New Amsterdam
Exploring themes of nostalgia, common symbols, and memory, Jefferson Hayman invites the viewer to partake in the narrative process that is both intimate and deeply personal.
Each photograph is handcrafted as a silver gelatin, platinum or pigment print, capturing a delicacy in tonality reminiscent of early Pictorial photography as well as the subsequent modernism movement’s refined interplay of light and shadow.
Entitled New Amsterdam, this exhibition will focus in part on Dutch inspired still lives as well as images of the once Dutch colony New York City.
Thursday, November 14th, 2019 6pm – 9pm
Steven Amedee Gallery 41 N Moore Street in Tribeca
EYES TO THE SKY
November 12 – 24, 2019
Transit of Mercury yesterday, Venus and Jupiter meet on the 24th
Mercury, the smallest planet in our solar system – slightly larger than Earth’s moon – and closest to the Sun, was observed – through telescopes – crossing the Sun yesterday, November 11. Even if you observed the little planet transiting the Sun in real time, it is worth watching NASA’s phenomenal two minute time-lapse film that shows close-ups of the Sun during Mercury’s May 9, 2016 transit. Click here to view. The next Transit of Mercury visible in its entirety from our location will be in 2049.
Cruise Ships in New York Harbor
Arrivals & Departures
Friday, November 15
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm
Saturday, November 16
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 5:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 3:00 pm
Port Canaveral, FL/Bahamas
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.
CLASSIFIEDS & PERSONALS
Swaps & Trades ~ Respectable Employment ~ Lost & Found
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Went to PS 234, Lab Middle School and currently attending Millennium HS. This summer was a Councilor at Pierce Country Day Camp. Excellent references.Very experienced with kids under 10.
Available for weeknight and weekend baby-sitting and tutoring middle-schoolers in Math or Science.
Please contact Emmett at 917.733.3572
CERTIFIED HOME HEALTH AIDE SEEKING
Full-Time Live-In Elder Care
I am loving, caring and hardworking with 12 years experience. References available. Marcia 347-737-5037 email@example.com
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DO YOU NEED A PERSONAL ASSISTANT?
I am experienced, reliable, knowledgeable and able to work flexible hours.
CHINESE AIDE/CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY
Cantonese/Mandarin-speaking and Excellent Cook for Battery Park City.
SEEKING FREE-LANCE PUBLIC RELATIONS PROFESSIONAL OR SMALL PR FIRM
Work with well-reviewed author of five E-books, developing and implementing outreach strategies. Includes writing, placement, research, new outlets and on-line advertising. Savvy social media skills a must. Downtown location.
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DITCH THE DIETS & LOSE WEIGHT FOR GOOD
Call Janine to find out how with hypnosis.
EXPERIENCED ELDER CARE
Able to prepare nutritious meals and light housekeeping
Excellent references 12yrs experienced 347-898-5804
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NOTARY PUBLIC IN BPC
$2 per notarized signature Text Paula at 917-836-8802
IT AND SECURITY SUPPORT
Experienced IT technician. Expertise in 1-on-1 tutoring for all ages.Computer upgrading & troubleshooting. Knowledgeable in all software programs.
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OLD WATCHES SOUGHT, PREFER NON-WORKING
Mechanical pocket and wristwatches sought and sometimes repaired
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Today in History
1380 – King Charles VI of France crowned at age 12
1524 – Francisco Pizarro begins his first great expedition, near Colombia
1666 – Samuel Pepys reports on first blood transfusion. It was between dogs.
1680 – Gottfried Kirch discovers the Great Comet of 1680 (Kirch’s Comet/Newton’s Comet)
1698 – Spanish king Carlos appoints grandson prince Jozef Ferdinand as heir
1770 – James Bruce discovers what he believes to be the source of the Nile.
1832 – First horse-drawn street car debuts in NYC; fare 12 cents rode on 4th Avenue between Prince and 14th Sts
1851 – Moby-Dick, a novel by Herman Melville, is published in the USA.
1886 – Friedrich Soennecken first developed the hole puncher, a type of office tool capable of punching small holes in paper.
1889 – New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began her attempt to surpass fictitious journey of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg by traveling around world in less than 80 days She succeeded, finishing the trip in 72 days and 6 hours
1935 – Nazis deprive German Jews of their citizenship
1940 – World War II: In England, Coventry is heavily bombed by German Luftwaffe bombers. Coventry Cathedral is almost completely destroyed.
1960 – Ruby Bridges becomes the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in Louisiana.
1965 – US government sends 90,000 soldiers to Vietnam
1969 – Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 12, the second crewed mission to the surface of the Moon.
1971 – Mariner 9 enters orbit around Mars.
1979 – Iran hostage crisis: President Jimmy Carterissues Executive order 12170, freezing all Iranian assets in the United States in response to the hostage crisis.
1982 – Lech Wałęsa, the leader of Poland’s outlawed Solidarity movement, is released after eleven months of internment near the Soviet border.
2001 – War in Afghanistan: Afghan Northern Alliance fighters take over the capital Kabul.
2001 – A magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes a remote part of the Tibetan plateau. It had the longest known surface rupture recorded on land (~400 km) and is the best documented example of a supershear earthquake.
2008 – The first G-20 economic summit opens in Washington, D.C.
1650 – William III of England, Prince of Orange, King of England, Scotland and Ireland (d. 1702)
1765 – Robert Fulton, American engineer, Early steamboat pioneer (d. 1815)
1805 – Fanny Mendelssohn, German pianist and composer (d. 1847)
1840 – Claude Monet, French painter (d. 1926)
1889 – Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of India (d. 1964)
1922 – Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egyptian politician and diplomat, 6th Secretary General of the United Nations (d. 2016)
1947 – Buckwheat Zydeco, American accordion player (d. 2016)
1954 – Condoleezza Rice, American political scientist, academic, and politician, 66th United States Secretary of State
565 – Justinian I, Byzantine emperor (b. 482)
1844 – John Abercrombie, Scottish physician and philosopher (b. 1780)
2016 – Gwen Ifill, American television journalist (b. 1955)
Governors Island Caps a Banner Season; Faces Momentous Decisions in 2020
Governors Island has recently concluded a record-breaking season, and faces a year of both expanded amenities and milestone decisions in 2020, according to a recent discussion at Community Board 1.
At the September 17 meeting of the Board’s Waterfront, Parks, & Cultural Committee, Clare Newman, the president and chief executive officer of the Trust of Governors Island, began by noting that, “as everyone knows, we are now open six months of the year, which means you can experience spring summer and fall on Governors Island.”
Quay to the Future
Hudson River Park Trust Hints at Estuarium Partnership with River Project
A discussion at the October 15 meeting of the Waterfront, Parks & Cultural Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1) pointed toward a possible resolution of a question that has remained unanswered for years: Will a highly regarded non-profit that has served Lower Manhattan for decades continue to have a home on the waterfront?
“A Fraudulent Scheme”
FiDi Renters Seek Recompense for Years of Rent Overcharges
In the wake of a June ruling by New York State’s highest court that tenants in Financial District rental buildings had been illegally deprived of rent stabilization benefits, a pair of apartment dwellers is litigating to recoup the money they lost by paying inflated, market-rate rents for years.
In October, Bruce Hackney and Timothy Smith, tenants at Ten Hanover Square, filed suit against their landlord, alleging that the owner’s, “failure to follow rent regulations was part of a fraudulent scheme to deregulate apartments in the building.”
Eighteen Years Later, What about the Children?
Schools Agency Begins Belated Outreach Effort to Former Lower Manhattan Students at Risk of 9/11 Illness
The City’s Department of Education is partnering with the United Federation of Teachers union for an unusual mission: tracking down former New York City public school students who were pupils at Lower Manhattan schools on September 11, 2001 (or in the months that followed) and informing them that their health may be at risk. The project will also seek to put these students in touch with the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.
In September, the DOE began mailing out the first of more than 19,000 letters to the last known addresses of students who attended schools such as P.S. 89, I.S. 289, P.S. 234, P.S. 150, and Stuyvesant High School, along with dozens of other elementary, middle, and high schools below Houston Street.
Lower Manhattan Forecast: It’s Getting Cloudier
Downtown Alliance and BPCA Expand Free Wireless Coverage by 1.5 Million Square Feet
The Battery Park City Authority and Downtown Alliance have teamed up to bring improved or new free WiFi service to an additional 1.5-million square feet of outdoor space in Rockefeller, Teardrop, and Wagner Parks along the Hudson River in Battery Park City.
The next phase of the project, slated for 2020, will aim to cover large swaths of the Battery Park City’s Esplanade. For more information about free WiFi coverage in Lower Manhattan, please browse: www.downtownny.com/wifi
Click to 30 seconds of morning sounds on the esplanade
A Bridge Too Few
Community Leader Rallies Support to Halt Planned Demolition of Pedestrian Span Over West Side Highway
A Battery Park City resident and community leader is mobilizing support to preserve the Rector Street Bridge, the pedestrian span that is slated for demolition as a newer overpass at nearby West Thames Street (which unofficially opened in September) is gradually integrated into the local streetscape.
Bob Schneck spoke during the public comment session of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) board meeting on Tuesday, pointing to a petition drive he has spearheaded, and noting that, “I have collected more than 1,800 signatures by residents who want to keep the bridge. Rector Street lines up with almost every subway line in Lower Manhattan, and ferries on both ends.”
Putting the Tension in Detention
City Council Approves de Blasio Controversial Plan for New Jail Complex in Lower Manhattan; Legal Challenges Likely
The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio won City Council approval on October 17 for a modified version of its controversial plan to erect a new, skyscraper prison in Lower Manhattan, as part of a wider scheme to close the City’s notorious detention complex on Rikers Island, and replace it with four, large “borough-based jail” facilities-one in each county, except Staten Island.
At the session during which the plan was approved, City Council member Margaret Chin said, “to my constituents-I hear you.
Rents Within Reach for 50 Years
Lower East Side’s Depression-Era Equivalent to Gateway Plaza Preserves Affordability Through 2069
City Council member Margaret Chin has brokered an agreement that will preserve affordability for rental tenants at Knickerbocker Village, a giant apartment complex in the Two Bridges neighborhood, which was built by a public-private partnership in the 1930s.
The complex bears striking similarities to Battery Park City’s largest residential development, Gateway Plaza. Both boast multiple buildings (12 on the Lower East Side and six in Battery Park City), surrounding a central garden. Each has a similar number of apartments: 1,590 for Knickerbocker Village and 1705 in Gateway Plaza. And the two projects were conceived as bulwarks of affordability.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Shoot
Chin Pushes Legislation to Rein in Production Permits
City Council member Margaret Chin is co-sponsoring a package of bills to clamp down on rampant film and television production in Lower Manhattan.
Although the new laws, if enacted, will have City-wide effect, their impact would be especially significant in the square mile below Chambers Street, where dozens of movies and TV shows commandeer local streets (sometimes for days at a time) each year.
Things That Make You Go ‘Hmm…’
Lawsuit Over Similarity Between One World Trade and Architecture Student’s Design Moves Ahead
One thing is reasonably certain: In 1999, Jeehoon Park, then a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture, created a design for a very tall building with a large square base tapering to a smaller square top. In Mr. Park’s vision, the square formed by the roof was rotated 45 degrees relative to the one at the ground level, so that the center-points on each side of the quadrilateral below corresponded to the corners of the one above, and vice versa. And instead of four vertical walls, the structure’s facade consisted of eight elongated triangles.
That structure was never built. Or was it?
You Can Hit-and-Run,
But You Can’t Hide
Driver Alleged to Have Run Over Tribeca Pedestrian in May Indicted for Separate Manhattan Traffic Death
The New York County District Attorney’s Office has indicted Jessenia Fajardo, a resident of the upstate town of Walden in two separate incidents involving reckless driving that caused injury to pedestrians. The more serious of these took place on July 19, when Ms. Fajardo is accused of having run a red light on the Upper West Side and then slamming into an elderly couple in a crosswalk. One of these pedestrians, 62-year-old Alfred Pocari, was killed, while the second (whose name has not been released) was seriously injured.
When police took Ms. Fajardo into custody at the scene of the July incident, they discovered that she was also involved in a similar (albeit less gravely serious) incident two months earlier. To read more…
What’s In Store?
Amid a Booming Economy, Lower Manhattan Retail Space Languishes
A new report from City Comptroller Scott Stringer finds that in one Lower Manhattan zip code — 10013, which covers parts of western Tribeca SoHo, and the Canal Street corridor in Chinatown — there are 319 empty retail spaces, comprising almost 300,000 square feet of unused property. To read more…
BPCA’s Public Art Collection Represents Multiple Layers of Value
The Battery Park City Authority, has completed an inventory and appraisal of its public art collection. This is part of a broad effort to take stock of the Authority’s ongoing role as a patron and custodian of pieces that represent an integral thread in the fabric of the community, as evidenced by the fact that space and funding for public art were both set aside decades ago, in the neighborhood’s first master plan, before the first building was erected.
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.” 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.
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
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