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‘And the Little Children Shall Lead Them…’
Lower Manhattan Students Will Leave School to Learn
(and Teach Us All a Lesson) in Today’s Climate Strike
Today (Friday, September 20) elementary and high school students from throughout Lower Manhattan — and around the City — are expected to walk out of classes shortly before noon to attend Climate Strike NYC: A Call to Action.
This protest will begin at Foley Square (on Worth Street, between Lafayette and Centre Streets) and then march to Battery Park, where Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who recently sailed across the Atlantic (to avoid the carbon impact of flying) is expected to speak.
She is also slated to address the 2019 United Nations Climate Summit, which begins next week, and today’s event is one of more than 1,000 similar protests planned for Friday in all 50 states — most of them organized by and focused on young people.
Although some controversy has surrounded the decision by the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio to allow public school students to leave school so they can attend Climate Strike (with the proviso that high school students need parental permission, and elementary school students will not be permitted to leave unless picked up by a parent), a broad range of political and community leaders have endorsed Climate Strike NYC.
City Council member Margaret Chin said, “today, our young people will be showing the world what true leadership and courage looks like. This generation stands to be impacted the most by climate change, so it is no surprise that they are leading the way. I look forward to partnering with these future leaders in building a greener New York.”
Veteran community leader Paul Hovitz — who most recently served as vice chair of Community Board 1 (CB1), and once chaired that panel’s Youth & Education Committee — said, “as our youth has the greatest stake in the future, it is most fitting that they make their support known. Tens of thousands marched after the Parkland school shooting, concerned about their brothers, sisters, friends and classmates being slaughtered in their place of learning.”
“Climate change stands to slaughter much greater numbers,” he continued, “and indeed, the Earth itself. Hurricane Sandy hit our community with an impact not unlike the planes on September 11. So it is most appropriate for our students to march in support of all methods to counteract climate change. This, in the face of an administration and President who deny the obvious, in spite of the carnage we endure. I applaud their efforts and pray that those in leadership pay heed to all these future voters.”
Alice Blank, who chairs CB1’s Environmental Protection Committee, said, “as a parent and as a resident of Lower Manhattan, I am acutely aware of the risks our community faces. I feel strongly that the next generation should not have to do this alone. I hope to see parents and government officials striking along with the students today. New Yorkers of all ages must acknowledge the perils we face or we’ll find ourselves swimming down Broadway rather than marching. To quote our environmental Joan of Arc, Greta Thunberg, “this is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced, you cannot solve a crisis without treating it as one.”
Wendy Chapman, co-chair of CB1’s Environmental Protection Committee (who also serves on that panel’s Youth & Education Committee), said, “my two high-school kids will join their public school classmates at tomorrow’s Climate Strike, I hope it is an amazing turnout and these young voices are heard around the world.”
“So many of us feel helpless when it comes to addressing global warming,” she continued. “Communities all over the world are dealing with stronger storms, and extreme temperatures. Those of us who live Downtown acutely felt Sandy’s wrath as much of our neighborhood flooded and we lost power.”
“Many years later,” Ms. Chapman reflected, “CB1 continues to be extremely vulnerable to flooding. While Battery Park City moves forward with a plan to raise the edge by roughly eight feet, the rest of the community — especially north Tribeca — has no real plan for when the next Sandy hits. We will flood again. Our community, our City, our State and nation must come together — but will we? Hopefully this march will make a difference.”
Emily Hellstrom, a Downtown activist and a Peck Slip School parent (who has served on the board of that school’s Parent-Teacher Association) said, “with news, reported just today, that the number of birds in the United States and Canada has declined by three billion, or 29 percent, over the past half-century, nothing could be more important that sounding the alarm on climate change. And who better to do this than the people who will be affected the most! Our children are Mother Earth’s biggest fan base, and they are deeply concerned at how we have been treating her. Childhood anxiety levels are on the rise, and is it any wonder when they see the headlines and know that there is almost total inaction from our leaders?”
Ms. Hellstrom continued, “the most patriotic act I can think of is to raise your voice in protest. To have our kids exit their school buildings today is to have them participate in a live-action civics lesson, while showing them how their own agency will make change. My own kids will be out there, along with millions of others across the country, demanding action. Nothing could make me more proud!”
For more information about today’s Climate Strike, please browse: strikewithus.org.
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Getting Squeezed Coming and Going
Influential Planning Group Wants Two-Way Congestion Pricing
For Lower Manhattan residents who already feel aggrieved by the State’s pending congestion pricing plan (which will charge people who live here to drive to their homes), the Regional Plan Association (RPA) has a suggestion for how to make it worse: levy a toll upon drivers both as they enter and as they leave the zone south of 60th Street.
In One Era and Out the Other:
A pair of at-the-time unheralded milestones marked the year 2009.
That was when the venerable Checker Motors Corporation — which had for nearly a century manufactured the roomy yellow cabs that became mobile landmarks on urban streetscapes throughout America — filed for bankruptcy in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
And it was also the year that high school dropout and self-taught engineer Daniel Wood demonstrated the prototype for his new invention, which he called the “SBU,” for self-balancing unicycle. This electric-powered, gyroscope-packed, accelerometer-equipped, one-wheeled cycle has, in the decade since, evolved into the “SoloWheel,” now almost as common a sight on Manhattan streets as the once-ubiquitous Checker Cab is rare.
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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.
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)
Annual Fall Yard Sale at Southbridge Towers
The Annual Fall Yard Sale at Southbridge Towers
takes place today and tomorrow, Saturday
Great bargains on interesting bric-a-brak, one-of-a-kind finds and lots of jewelry. You never know what you’ll find!
Enter via Fulton St.-next to Key-Food or on Pearl/Beekman Sts.
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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
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.
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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. To read more…
Friday September 20
Annual Fall Yard Sale
The Annual Fall Yard Sale at Southbridge Towers. Great bargains on interesting bric-a-brak, one-of-a-kind finds and lots of jewelry. Today and tomorrow. Enter via Fulton St.-next to Key-Food or on Pearl/Beekman Sts.
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Join the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, as they commemorate martyred spy Nathan Hale at the foot of the Nathan Hale statue which stands at City Hall Park. The ceremony features the SRNY Color Guard, wreath laying, and more. Nathan Hale was commissioned by George Washington to infiltrate the British ranks to gather intelligence. He was discovered on September 22, 1776 and hanged for treason, without trial, the next morning. Nathan Hale was commissioned by George Washington to infiltrate the British ranks to gather intelligence. He was discovered on September 22, 1776 and hanged for treason, without trial, the next morning. Free 54 Pearl Street.
Keiko Fujii Dance Company
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).
DAY IN HISTORY
1498 – The Nankai tsunami washes away the building housing the Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in. It has been outside since then.
1519 – Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlъcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe.
1737 – The Walking Purchase was a 1737 agreement between the Penn family, the original proprietors of the Province of Pennsylvania and the Lenape native Indians, also known as the Delaware Indians. By it, the Penn family and proprietors claimed an area of 1,200,000 acres and forced the Lenape to vacate it. The Lenape appeal to the Iroquois Indian tribe further north for aid on the issue was refused.
1854 – Crimean War: British and French troops defeat Russians at the Battle of Alma.
1906 – The Cunard Line’s RMS Mauretania is launched at Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
1910 – The ocean liner SS France, later known as the “Versailles of the Atlantic”, is launched.
1911 – The White Star Line’s RMS Olympic collides with the British warship HMS Hawke.
1967 – RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is launched Clydebank, Scotland.
1973 – Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome.
1977 – Vietnam is admitted to the United Nations.
2000 – The UK’s MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by individuals using a Russian-built RPG-22 anti-tank missile.
2017 – Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, resulting in 2,975 deaths, $90 billion in damage.
1842 – James Dewar, Scottish-English chemist and physicist (d. 1923)
1878 – Upton Sinclair, American novelist, critic, and essayist (d. 1968)
1934 – Sophia Loren, Italian actress
1941 – Dale Chihuly, American sculptor
1972 – Victor Ponta, 63rd Prime Minister of Romania
1981 – Crystle Stewart, Miss USA 2008
1328 – Ibn Taymiyyah, Syrian theologian and scholar (b. 1263)
1863 – Jacob Grimm, German philologist and mythologist (b. 1785)
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Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals & Departures
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.
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
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