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Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
Lower Manhattan Party Leader Shifts Allegiance in President Contest
The dynamics of the national presidential campaign have begun to shift at the local level. Paul Newell, a respected Democratic Party activist, who serves as a District Leader in Lower Manhattan, announced on Wednesday that he was withdrawing his earlier endorsement of Elizabeth Warren, and instead throwing his support to Bernie Sanders.
This is more than an abstract or symbolic switch. In addition to serving as District Leader, Mr. Newell is also a candidate to serve as a New York State delegate to the Democratic National Convention, which will be held in Milwaukee, this July. In the event that all three candidates now remaining in the race continue their quests for the nomination until that time, the choice for the party’s standard-bearer will be made at a contested convention. In this scenario, the vote of each delegate will be potentially significant.
Following this week’s Super Tuesday primary results, in which 14 states committed a combined total of more than 300 delegates each to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, but only 28 to Ms. Warren, Mr. Newell announced on Twitter that, “I am endorsing @BernieSanders for President and encourage my fellow @ewarren supporters to join me. As a pledged delegate candidate for Warren, this was not an easy decision. But supporting Sanders is now the only path to the big, structural change that Warren champions.”
He added, “Warren is the best candidate for President I have seen. Her vision of substantive change is sweeping, detailed, & rigorous & responsive. I also believe she has a real plan for implementation. Her campaign has been clever, exciting, and nuanced.”
But, he continued, “as a delegate candidate, I literally signed a pledge to support Warren. But I can’t in good conscience support an unrealistic, undemocratic plan to win a brokered convention w/o a significant bloc of delegates.”
“Fortunately, there’s another candidate promising big, substantive change,” he noted. “@BernieSanders has done more to advance the progressive policies that @ewarren champions than anyone in my life. He’s moved our national discourse to the left in a way I never thought possible.”
He concluded, “Importantly, @BernieSanders has inspired a generation. Anyone committed to economic & social justice must now see that he’s our candidate. The time has come for @ewarren & supporters to suspend her campaign and join Sanders. Today, that is what persisting means.”
If this shift is replicated at the local level, even among a substantial minority of party delegates in important states, such as New York and California (where progressive voters comprise a significant block of the electorate), it may indicate that Mr. Sanders has become the champion for the Democratic Party’s liberal wing.
To the editor,
Why do we have to continually see ugly buildings being approved and erected on the altar of ‘contextually relevant’? The proposed new Tribeca building is a really tasteless and ugly piece of architecture and we will be forced to live with its insipidity for a considerable time.
Copying a by-gone architectural age should not be the purpose of architecture. We should not be seduced by the desire to simply preserve or echo the past. We should not shy away from a modern architecture that does not mimic but that rather politely nods to its surroundings and that at the same time gives to us a feeling of the wonders of present and future possibilities. To walk past a new building and feel ‘what a joy to see and be next to something so interesting and exciting’ should be one of the prime purposes of good architecture.
What is needed on all levels of review (Community Boards, Dept of City Planning, the Mayor’s Office, Landmarks Preservation -et al-) are people who are considered to be modern architecture experts by their peers and who are given the power to review as part of the approval processes, building proposals on the basis of their architectural merits. People who because of their standing in their professions, are capable of standing fast against the easy urge to simply badly ape what once was in the day of our grandfathers.
Church Street School for Music & Art
Celebrates 30 Years
Church Street School for Music and Art
has been the only non-profit music and art school
in Lower Manhattan for 30 years!
We will be celebrating at our annual gala:
Tuesday, March 10th
6:30pm to 10:30pm
Julia Stiles is this year’s Artist Chair
and the school will honor
The Kleiman Family:
Laurie, Norman, Daryl, Charlie & Gabe.
The Event will take place at the glamorous Tribeca Rooftop, located at Two Desbrosses Street and will include music, dancing, cocktails, fine dining, awards, and a silent & live auction.For tickets and information:
Everything New Is Old Again
Preservation Concerns about Design of New Residential Building in Tribeca
The City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved a new residential structure in the Tribeca East Historic District that closely mimics the visual context of the surrounding neighborhood, but has nonetheless inspired concerns among some preservationists.
‘This Is a Deal That Must Be Made’
Gateway Plaza Tenants Association Continues to Work on Affordability Protections
On February 6, the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association hosted more than 100 residents, along with a phalanx of elected officials and community leaders, who came together at the P.S./I.S. 276 auditorium to share concerns and offer updates about the status of affordability within Battery Park City’s largest rental complex. The meeting came at a critical time, because caps on rent increases at Gateway are set to expire on June 30.
GPTA president Rosalie Joseph began, “I want everybody here to know that the GPTA’s goal is long-term rent stabilization for all. Elected officials and BPCA have heard this from us. I wish I could stand here today and tell you that there is resolution, but I can’t. But the work continues, and we will work as hard as we can, closely with elected officials and BPCA to achieve the goal of rent stabilization for all.” To read more…
‘I’m Asking for the Chance to Continue Fighting for This Community’
Assembly Member Niou Launches Reelection Bid with Broad Backing
State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou won two key endorsements in recent days, boosting her reelection bid, which officially kicked off on February 23. That day, the New Downtown Democrats (NDD), a political club founded to give voice to Lower Manhattan residents, gave Ms. Niou their backing.
“We have to make sure that we are continuing our fight,” Ms. Niou said at the NDD meeting. To read more…
Ars Gratia Communitas
Battery Park City’s Annual Art Exhibit
Battery Park City’s annual art exhibition opened on Sunday, January 26.
The art will be on view at
75 Battery Place, weekdays,
January 27 to March 27, 2PM to 4PM
People visiting should check in with our security desk on the ground floor, where they will be directed to the elevators to the 4th floor. The receptionist will direct them to the show.
The Fate of a Neighborhood
State Judge Rules Against City Hall on Two Bridges Developments
Opponents of four massive new towers proposed for the Two Bridges neighborhood on Lower Manhattan’s East River waterfront were handed a major victory this week, when the State Supreme Court tossed out the City’s 2018 approval for the buildings.To read more…
Jewish Survival And Rescue In Occupied France
Museum of Jewish Heritage
In Nazi-occupied France, nearly 75% of French Jews were able to survive the Holocaust despite the complicity of the Vichy government with the German authorities. This can be explained by the implementation of rescue networks by the Jews themselves, with the help of the population in certain “refuge” regions. This two-day conference is part of “France and Judaism: 2,000 Years of Intertwined History,” a series organized by the Consulate General of France in New York. 36 Battery Place. https://mjhnyc.org/events/jewish-survival-and-rescue-in-occupied-france/
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, Christa Rakich of Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH.
Creative Writing Circle
New York Public Library
If you like to write and like to meet people who like writing, bring your creativity and personality to our creative writing workshop! All writers of all styles are welcome to participate in writing and editing exercises. New York City Public Library, Battery Park City branch, 175 North End Avenue
Yoko Tawada in conversation with Hari Kunzru
We invite you to a very special evening with Japanese writer, Yoko Tawada. A rare New York appearance, this will be Tawada’s first public event since winning the National Book Award for International Literature in 2018 for The Emissary. Tawada will give a tri-lingual reading followed by a conversation with the novelist Hari Kunzru. 4 Fulton Street.
Today in History
1616 – Nicolaus Copernicus’s book On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres is added to the Index of Forbidden Books 73 years after it was first published.
1770 – Boston Massacre: Five Americans, including Crispus Attucks, are fatally shot by British troops in an event that would contribute to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence) five years later.
1933 – Great Depression: President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a “bank holiday”, closing all U.S. banks and freezing all financial transactions.
1946 – Cold War: Winston Churchill coins the phrase “Iron Curtain” in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri.
1953 – Joseph Stalin, the longest serving leader of the Soviet Union, dies at his Volynskoe dacha in Moscow from a cerebral hemorrhage.
Photos and information culled from Wikipedia and other internet sources
Tots Take Priority Over Traffic
CB1’s Youth and Education Chair Announces Plaza for Front of New Fidi School
Tricia Joyce, the chair of the Youth and Education Committee of Community Board 1 announced at the Tuesday night meeting of the Board that local leaders and elected officials had won a long-sought victory for Downtown school kids.
Enoteca on the Hudson
City Winery Prepares to Open at Pier 57
As Lower Manhattan has morphed into a residential community and dining destination, another ongoing evolution has attracted less notice: Downtown is becoming a performing arts district. The highest-profile illustration of this shift is the Perelman, which (thanks to the largesse of its eponymous benefactor) has become the shorthand name for the World Trade Center Performing Arts Center that is slowly rising out of the ground near the intersection of Vesey and Greenwich Streets. But the opening of this facility is still several years away. To read more…
Aversion to Immersion
CB1 Skeptical about New Performance Venue in FiDi
In a preliminary vote, the Licensing & Permits Committee of Community Board 1 has enacted a resolution calling upon the State Liquor Authority to reject an application by Ermusive, a production company that wants to open a new performance venue in the basement of 20 Exchange Place, in the Financial District.
Multiple New Bikes Lanes Coming to Lower Manhattan
A network of new bike lanes is planned for Lower Manhattan’s streetscape, with implementation for some of the project slated for later this year.
The first addition to Downtown’s bike grid will consist of dedicated cycling lanes on Broadway and Whitehall Street, extending from City Hall southward to Bowling Green and the Staten Island Ferry, where this route will link with the existing Waterfront Path, which connects the Battery to bike easements on the East River shoreline and in Battery Park City.
Higher, Wider, Handsomer
City Council Announces Design Competition to Improve Pedestrian Access to Brooklyn Bridge
The City Council has partnered with the Van Alen Institute (a New York nonprofit architectural organization, dedicated to improving design in the public realm) in sponsoring a contest to incubate fresh ideas for better pedestrian access to the Brooklyn Bridge. To read more…
City Plans to Raise Esplanade in the Battery to 11 Feet Above Waterline
Among the myriad of resiliency projects that are now in the planning stages for various parts of Lower Manhattan, the City is planning to raise the level of the waterfront Esplanade in the Battery to an elevation 11 feet above the current waterline. To read more…
Come Heck or High Water
Meeting Tonight Will Discuss Resiliency Plans for Northern Battery Park City
Tonight, the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) and Community Board 1 (CB1) will co-host a public meeting focused on the North Battery Park Resiliency Project. This session will be held at the Richard C. Harris Terrace of the Borough of Manhattan Community College, at 199 Chambers Street (between West and Greenwich Streets), starting at 6:00 pm.To read more…
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Available for weeknight and weekend baby-sitting and tutoring middle-schoolers in Math or Science. Please contact Emmett at 917.733.3572
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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Full-Time Live-In Elder Care
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$2 per notarized signature Text Paula at 917-836-8802
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Eyes to the Sky
March 2 – 15, 2020
Spring stars rising, NEAF
Spring stars appear in our evening sky as rhythmically as pussy willow and snowdrop blossoms emerge here on Earth in the northeast. As March begins, the constellation Leo the Lion, in full figure, stretches above the eastern horizon at nightfall. The expression “March comes in like a Lion” likely had cosmic roots before its familiar reference to fierce winds.
All the Lion’s stars, from brightest Regulus at its front foot to bright Denebola at its tail, come into view during the course of about 60 to 90 minutes after sunset.
Sundown is at 5:49 Eastern Standard Time today and about a minute later everyday through the 7th. Eastern Daylight Time begins at 2am on March 8, when clocks are set one hour ahead. Sunset by the clock does not coincide with actual sunset from March 8 until November 1, when we return to Eastern Standard Time. On the 8th, sundown is at 6:56pm EDT. The Full Sap Moon occurs on the 9th.
The most outstanding spring star, orange-hued Arcturus, is the second brightest distant sun in northern skies. Arcturus rises above the east-northeast skyline at 8:16 tonight, about two hours after Leo’s tail star, Denebola. Brilliant Arcturus appears 4 minutes earlier every evening. When I observe the golden star close above the east-northeast skyline, I stand tall as witness to nighttime’s quintessential harbinger of spring. I am swept into the rising of the new season.
Refer to the diagram to see, on the left, the Big Dipper’s handle ‘arc to Arcturus’. Notice hallmark stars and constellations of the winter season on the right. Brilliant Sirius, the Dog Star, the brightest star in the heavens, is descending toward the west as Arcturus ascends in the east.
Opportunity to Participate
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
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