Lower Manhattan’s Local News
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.
The study finds that in Battery Park City and the western part of the Financial District, media bus speeds for the year 2018 lingered at less than 8.0 miles per hour (the slowest tranche), while the same service in Tribeca hovered in the second-slowest category, between 8.1 and 10. miles per hour. The picture was only slightly more encouraging for the eastern section of the Financial District where the pace picked up to between 10.1 and 12 miles per hour.
The same study documents that things are getting worse. In this context, the comparative good news focuses on Battery Park City and the western the Financial District, where bus speeds remained nearly unchanged — drifting in a bracket between an increase of 1.4 percent and a decrease of 1.5 percent, for the years 2016 to 2018. In the eastern Financial District, however, bus speeds dropped between 5.5 and 9.0 percent during the same period, while in Tribeca, the pace fell by more than 10 percent.
The Mobility Report also concludes that private vehicle use in Lower Manhattan (defined here as the area south of Houston Street) is higher than anywhere else in Manhattan, compromising nearly half of all traffic, with for-hire-vehicles (such as cars dispatched by Uber and Lyft) accounting for nearly one-fourth of all traffic. The remainder (approximately 30 percent of vehicles on Downtown streets) was made up of buses, yellow cabs, trucks, and so-called “light good vehicles” (typically vans used for delivery, such as those from Amazon.com).
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Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals & Departures
Friday, September 13
Inbound 7:15 am; in port overnight
Sunday, September 15
Outbound 1:30 pm; Bermuda/Bahamas/Florida/Norfolk, VA/Baltimore, MD
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; Maine/Canadian Maritimes
Queen Mary 2
Inbound 6:00 am (Brooklyn); outbound 5:00 pm; Transatlantic (Southampton, UK/Hamburg, Germany)
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.
Where Figs Ply
A Fig Aficionado’s Fest
Fig Fest, an annual gathering of local fig growers and aficionados, will take place at the National Lighthouse Museum (200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point, Staten Island), steps away from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at St. George on Sunday, September 15, starting at 4:00 pm.
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Season Opener: Celebrating Ten Years of Musical Innovation Candlelight Baroque
St. Paul’s Chapel
Trinity celebrates the release of six major recordings this year and reflects on a legacy of commissioning, premiering, and recording multiple new works that Trinity Church Wall Street helped pioneer and develop, including three that won the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Tonight, Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Molly Netter, soprano; Sylvain Bergeron, lute and theorbo; Avi Stein, organ.
Celebrating 25 years of dancemaking, Souloworks performs The Amazing Adventures of Grace May B. Brown, a soulful, spirit-filled, dancing, musical folk performance in several acts written, choreographed and directed by Andrea E. Woods. Souloworks creates with dance, music, spoken word and multimedia as African American folklore in performance. $15, $20 280 Broadway
W.O. Decker Trip + Museum Admission
South Street Seaport Museum
Ages 10 and up (no more than three children under the age of 14 per adult) When booking this trip, please be aware that you are embarking on a working tugboat. Tugboat journeys can be bumpy and the only seating area is inside. There is a secure safety line around the perimeter of the boat, but it is not a hand grasp. You may get wet. Flat, closed-toe shoes with a back or back-strap are required. Check web site for times. $19-$35 Pier 16 (box office at 12 Fulton Street).
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Parents and kids are invited to attend the annual Open House event at the Church Street School for Music and Art (41 White Street, between Church Street and Broadway) on Saturday, September 14, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Events will include singing, dancing, fine art classes, as well as mini-lessons in piano, voice, guitar, bass, drums, and woodwinds. Admission, along with all performances and lessons, is free. Parents of children wishing to try a sample lesson are asked to R.S.V.P., however.
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Today in History
1437 – Battle of Tangier: a Portuguese expeditionary force initiates a failed attempt to seize the Moroccan citadel of Tangier.
1501 – Italian Renaissance: Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David.
1609 – Henry Hudson reaches the river that would later be named after him – the Hudson River.
1788 – The Philadelphia Convention sets the date for the first presidential election in the United States, and New York City becomes the country’s temporary capital.
1814 – In a turning point in the War of 1812, the British fail to capture Baltimore. During the battle, Francis Scott Key composes his poem “Defence of Fort McHenry”, which is later set to music and becomes the United States’ national anthem.
1848 – Vermont railroad worker Phineas Gage survives a one and a quarter inch diameter iron rod being driven through his brain; the reported effects on his behavior and personality stimulate discussion of the nature of the brain and its functions.
1899 – Henry Bliss is the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident. Mr. Bliss, a real estate businessman was disembarking from a streetcar at Central Park West and 74th Street when he was struck by an electric-powered cab driven by Arthur Smith. The heavy cab crushed Mr. Bliss and he succumbed to his injuries the next morning.
The driver of the cab was arrested for manslaughter, but acquittedon the grounds he was neither negligent nor acting with malice.The passenger in the cab was the son of a former mayor, Franklin Edson.
1948 – Margaret Chase Smith is elected United States senator, and becomes the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
1953 – Nikita Khrushchev is appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1956 – The IBM 305 RAMAC is introduced, the first commercial computer to use disk storage.
1962 – An appeals court orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, the first African-American student admitted to the segregated university.
1971 – State police and National Guardsmen storm Attica Prison to quell a prison revolt, which claimed 43 lives
1977 – General Motors introduces Diesel engine, with Oldsmobile Diesel engine, in the Delta 88, Oldsmobile 98, and Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser models amongst others.
1988 – Hurricane Gilbert is the strongest recorded hurricane in the Western Hemisphere, later replaced by Hurricane Wilma in 2005 (based on barometric pressure).
1989 – Largest anti-Apartheid march in South Africa, led by Desmond Tutu.
1993 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shakes hands with Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat at the White House after signing the Oslo Accords granting limited Palestinian autonomy.
2001 – Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the United States after the September 11 attacks.
1755 – Oliver Evans, American inventor, engineer and businessman (d. 1819)
1819 – Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer (d. 1896)
1851 – Walter Reed, American physician and biologist (d. 1902)
1857 – Milton S. Hershey, businessman The Hershey Company (d. 1945)
1860 – John J. Pershing, American general and lawyer (d. 1948)
1903 – Claudette Colbert, French-American actress (d. 1996)
1904 – Alberta Williams King, American civil rights organizer, mother of Martin Luther King, Jr. (d. 1974)
1918 – Ray Charles, American singer-songwriter and conductor (d. 2015)
1928 – Robert Indiana, American painter and sculptor (d. 2018)
1956 – Alain Ducasse, French chef
1488 – Charles II, Duke of Bourbon (b. 1434)
1996 – Tupac Shakur, American rapper, producer, and actor (b. 1971)
EYES TO THE SKY
September 2 – 15, 2019
Seasonal change written all over the sky
As September begins, it seems abrupt that the dark of night comes early, the light of day comes late and a new chill in the air reverses embedded routines for how to respond to summer heat. All the while, when looking up to the universe of familiar stars and star patterns, sky watchers respond to the age-old markers of the passage of the year. The progress of the seasons is written all over the sky.
At nightfall the Great Square of Pegasus, harbinger of autumn, is sketched on the heavens above the eastern skyline. It is a star pattern, or asterism, shaped by four nearly equally spaced stars, three from the constellation Pegasus and one from Andromeda. The Great Square may be difficult to see with the naked eye in light polluted skies, however, the celestial lights that follow are yours to enjoy, city or countryside.
Remembrance of Things Aghast
Residents and Local Leaders Recall 18 Septembers Ago
Today’s anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 was the subject of shared recollection and reflection on Sunday evening, when a panel of residents and local leaders participated in a panel discussion at the South Street Seaport, hosted by the Howard Hughes Corporation and moderated by CNBC’s Contessa Brewer, who lives in Lower Manhattan.
“I’m a proud Seaport resident,” Ms. Brewer began, “and I have seen resilience in action after Hurricane Sandy. But I remember coming here a month after September 11 — from Milwaukee, where I lived at the time. I remember the smell, and every surface being plastered with 8 x 10 sheets, that had the word ‘missing,’ and a picture of someone who was unaccounted for. I remember a construction worker in a hard hat signing a wall with the words, ‘we will never forget.'”
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