Lower Manhattan’s Local News
A Guardian of Local Children Falls
Esteemed Lower Manhattan School Safety Officer Victim of Murder-Suicide
A protector and defender of Lower Manhattan school children is gone. Naire McCormick, who has served as the uniformed School Safety Agent at Millennium High School in the Financial District for the past four years, died on Sunday evening, the victim of an apparent murder-suicide in Brooklyn.
Police investigators believe that her boyfriend, Jancy Dempster, showed up at Ms. McCormick’s apartment in the Fort Greene section on Brooklyn on Sunday evening, to celebrate his birthday. As the night progressed, however, police believe he became intoxicated and turned belligerent. Sometime shortly after 11:00 pm, detectives allege, he fired a gun into Ms. McCormick’s head, killing her, and then turned the weapon on himself.
Her 12-year-old son, Scott, was sleeping in an adjacent room when this transpired, police say. Hearing gunshots and confronted by carnage, he fled the apartment, and was a few minutes later met outside the building by police officers, responding to multiple 911 calls about gunfire.
Scott has now been placed with an aunt and uncle, his only remaining close relatives. Friends and admirers of Ms. McCormick (including many Millennium High School parents, who feel indebted to the officer who protected their children) have set up a GoFundMe page to help provide for the orphaned child. (For more information, or to make a donation, please browse: www.gofundme.com/f/scottiem)
Ms. McCormick, aged 44, had served with the School Safety service (a division of the New York Police Department) for 15 years. In a tearful ceremony at Millennium on Tuesday morning, she was remembered for her optimism and the protective instinct she brought to the school, where she had guarded the entrance each day since 2015. (Twice in recent years, she was called upon to lock down the facility on a moment’s notice: In April, 2017, when a dispute among ticket vendors led to a shooting a few blocks from the school’s front door, and again in October of that year, when the truck attack on the West Side Highway resulted in eight deaths.) But she was also remembered for the personal connection she fostered with many students at the school, attending each year’s prom, and sometimes dispensing expert fashion advice to Millennium’s young women. (In her spare time, Ms. McCormick supplemented her income by working as a model.)
“The whole school is really sad and devastated,” reflected Millennium senior Jamie Morrison. “Miss McCormick always said ‘good morning’ to every student when we entered the school in the morning. She had so much positive energy. It was so nice to start the school day that way. All the students loved her. It’s going to be real hard passing the security desk every morning without seeing and hearing her. I can’t believe something so tragic can happen to someone so special.”
Millennium parent Scott Morrison, added, “she always remembered my name, even though only entered the building only four time a year. This is a horrific and very sad situation.”
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Study Predicts 300 Fewer Vehicles Per Day on Local Streets If Verrazzano Toll Changes
A new analysis commissioned by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority has quantified the possible impact on Lower Manhattan traffic of a proposal being spearheaded by Congressman Jerry Nadler and City Council member Margaret Chin to reform tolling policy on that span, which connects Brooklyn with Staten Island.
Although Verrazzano is eight miles away from Lower Manhattan, its toll regimen is a significant contributor to Downtown traffic patterns.
Death Came Calling at the Corner of Wall and Broad Streets, in Lower Manhattan’s First Major Terrorist Attack
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EYES TO THE SKY
September 16 – 29, 2019
Protect the night. It is good for you
As the Sun’s arc shortens in the skies of Earth’s northern hemisphere, we approach equal day and night.
Soon after the autumnal equinox, which occurs on September 23 this year, darkness expands over daylight. We will see more of the distant stars in our galaxy than our own star, the Sun.
Through the long nights we might imagine that many of the stars in our skies are suns that light and warm other planets, making life possible. When we pause to think cosmically, we awake to boundless amazement at the existence of planet Earth, the precision and beauty of our home planet’s functioning.
Wednesday September 18
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Figure Al Fresco
Challenge your artistic skills by drawing the human figure. 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. Battery Park City Authority Free
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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. Pier 16 (box office at 12 Fulton Street).
The Camera Club of Manhattan
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The Camera Club of Manhattan, kicking off its 106th season invites everyone for an evening full of fantastic images. For more info: 917-566-5521
CB1’s Licensing and Permits Committee
Community Board 1 – Conference Room 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) Proposal by NYC Small Business Services (SBS) and Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to streamline the Sidewalk Café application process by eliminating the requirement for a public hearing with the DCA – Update from Marc Ameruso and possible resolution
2) Request to the Department of Consumer Affairs to codify the previous guidance to holders of permits for an unenclosed sidewalk café to remove tables and chairs from public right-of-way after hours – Update from Marc Ameruso and possible resolution
1) 62 Thomas Street, application for liquor license for Elmwood Ventures LLC d/b/a Buddha Bar and TBD – Resolution
2) 96 Lafayette Street, application for liquor license for AVS International Retail Inc. d/b/a Live Axe – Resolution
3) 30 Hudson Street aka 16 Hudson Street aka 120 West Broadway, application for liquor license for 30 Hudson Street LLC d/b/a TBD – Resolution
4) 225 West Broadway, application for new sidewalk café permit for 225 West Broadway Corp d/b/a Attraversa – Resolution
5) 279 Church Street, application for liquor license for T. Mikolasko on behalf of entity to be formed d/b/a TBD – Resolution
6) 52 Walker Street, official CB 1 request to meet with principals regarding community impacts resulting from operation of KNH Enterprises, LLC. d/b/a M1-5 – Discussion with Possible Resolution
Financial District area
1) 40 Wall Street, application for liquor license for F&B 40 Wall LLC d/b/a TBD – Resolution
2) 28 Liberty Street, application for liquor license for Legends Hospitality LLC d/b/a TBD – Resolution
3) 111 John Street, application for liquor license for The Drop Coffee Company LLC d/b/a The Drop – Resolution
4) 213-221 Pearl Street, application for liquor license for Lam Pearl Street Hotel LLC d/b/a TBD – Resolution
5) 75 Barclay Street, application for liquor license for 75 Barclay LLC d/b/a TBD – Resolution
Battery Park City area
1) 225 Liberty Street, 1st and 2nd Floor, application for liquor license for 225 Liberty Location LLC d/b/a Convene – Resolution
2) 225 Liberty Street, 2nd floor, application for café permit for liquor license for 225 Liberty Location LLC d/b/a Convene – Resolution
Seaport/Civic Center area
1) 89 South Street, Building A 101/201, application for liquor license for Pier 17 GR Restaurant, LLC & Seaport F&B, LLC d/b/a TBD – Resolution
2) 93 Nassau Street, application for liquor license for Professional On-Site Management Corp. d/b/a Nassau Street Tavern/Best Food – Resolution (Postponed)
3) 27 Cliff Street, application for liquor license for Lil Chef Mama LLC d/b/a TBD – Resolution
4) 32 Cliff Street, application for liquor license for O. Georges d/b/a TBD – Resolution
DAY IN HISTORY
AD 96 – Nerva is proclaimed Roman emperor after Domitian is assassinated.
1679 – The Province of New Hampshire is separated from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1793 – The first cornerstone of the United States Capitol is laid by George Washington.
1812 – The 1812 Fire of Moscow dies down after destroying more than three-quarters of the city. Napoleon returns from the Petrovsky Palace to the Moscow Kremlin, spared from the fire.
1837 – Tiffany & Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) is founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City. The store is called a “stationery and fancy goods emporium”.
1851 – First publication of The New-York Daily Times, which later becomes The New York Times.
1927 – The Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air.
1931 – The Mukden Incident gives Japan a pretext to invade and occupy Manchuria. Lt. Suemori Kawamoto of the Independent Garrison Unit detonated a small quantity of dynamite close to a railway line owned by Japan’s South Manchuria Railway near Mukden.The explosion was so weak that it failed to destroy the track, and a train passed over it minutes later. The Imperial Japanese Army accused Chinese dissidents of the act and responded with a full invasion that led to the occupation of Manchuria, in which Japan established its puppet state of Manchukuo six months later.
The deception was soon exposed by the Lytton Report of 1932, leading Japan to diplomatic isolation and its March 1933 withdrawal from the League of Nations. (wikipedia)
1945 – General Douglas MacArthur moves his command headquarters to Tokyo.
1947 – The National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agencyare established in the United States by the National Security Act. It also
establishes the Air Force as an equal partner of the Army and Navy
1960 – Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations. Fidel Castro’s debut speech was one of the longest ever in the General Assembly. Castro used his speech to blast U.S. imperialism and insult John F. Kennedy ( “Were Kennedy not a millionaire, illiterate, and ignorant, then he would obviously understand that you cannot revolt against the peasants.” ) and Richard Nixon, the U.S. presidential candidates at the time. Castro provided another bizarre memory from that year’s assembly by keeping live chickens in his hotel room.
1961 – U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjцld dies in a airplane crash while attempting to negotiate peace in the Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
1977 – Voyager I takes the first distant photograph of the Earth and the Moon together.
1982 – The Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon comes to an end.
1997 – United States media magnate Ted Turner donates US$1 billionto the United Nations.
2001 – The anthrax attacks begin.
AD 53 – Trajan, Roman emperor (d. 117)
1709 – Samuel Johnson, English lexicographer and poet (d. 1784)
1905 – Greta Garbo, Swedish-American actress (d. 1990)
1933 – Mark di Suvero, Italian-American sculptor
1971 – Lance Armstrong, founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation
1180 – Louis VII, king of France (b. 1120)
1970 – Jimi Hendrix, American singer-songwriter, guitarist (b. 1942)
2018 – Robert Venturi, American architect, designer (b. 1925)
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Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals & Departures
Wednesday, September 18
Mein Schiff 1
Inbound 6:45 am (Bayonne); in port overnight
Thursday, September 19
Outbound 5 pm;
Transatlantic (Maine/Canadian Maritimes/Southampton, UK)
Friday, September 20
Mein Schiff 1
Outbound 10:00 pm (Bayonne);
New England/Canadian Maritimes/Quebec City
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; Bermuda
Saturday, September 21
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 4:00 pm; Bermuda
Inbound 12:15 pm; in port overnight
Inbound 5:30 am (Brooklyn); outbound 5:00 pm; New England/Canadian Maritimes
Sunday, September 22
Inbound 7:15 am; in port overnight
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; New England/Canada
Inbound 7:30 am (Bayonne); 4:00 pm;
New England/Canadian Maritimes/Quebec City
Outbound 5:30 pm; Bermuda/Miami, FL
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; Maine/Canadian Maritimes
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.
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…
Remembrance of Things Aghast
Residents and Local Leaders Recall 18 Septembers Ago
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.
Click to watch a September storm pass over Staten Island
Click to watch soccer practice at the Battery Park City Ballfields
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
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