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Elected Officials Urge Prompt Renewal and Expansion of Gateway Affordability Protections
A coalition of five elected officials representing Lower Manhattan is urging the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) and the landlord at Gateway Plaza to strike a deal preserving affordability at the community’s largest resident complex.
In a July letter addressed both to BPCA president Benjamin Jones and Richard LeFrak, the chairman and chief executive officer of the LeFrak Organization(which acts as Gateway Plaza’s landlord), U.S. Congressman Jerry Nadler, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and City Council member Margaret Chin, “urge a prompt conclusion to the negotiations, and that you finalize a deal that renews and strengthens the existing agreement.”
The letter goes on to observes that, “since 1987, rent stabilization agreements for Gateway Plaza have helped Battery Park City grow into a dynamic community where middle-class families can lay down roots and thrive. As rents in lower Manhattan have climbed to levels that most New Yorkers cannot afford, the rent stabilization agreement at Gateway Plaza has become increasingly important in ensuring that residents are not displaced and the community remains stable and economically diverse.”
The elected officials also note that Gateway rents (in apartments not protected by the current rent-stabilization agreement, which was enacted in 2009 and is set to expire next June) are being marketed at higher prices than those prevailing in the surrounding area. “According to the latest available data from the NYU Furman Center,” the letter says, “the 2017 median rent for studios and one-bedroom units within the community district is $2,595 a month. Meanwhile, Gateway Plaza’s market-rate units are listed online for over $4,000 a month for a one-bedroom unit and over $6,000 for a two-bedroom unit.”
The elected officials go on to echo a call by the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association (GPTA) for the current affordability agreement (which now protects only about one-third of the households within the complex) not only to be extended, but also expanded: “We strongly believe any new agreement should extend to all Gateway Plaza residents, not just those still covered under the 2009 agreement.”
The BPCA’s negotiations with the LeFrak Organization are made possible by the fact that the landlord is itself a tenant, leasing the ground on which the buildings sit, in exchange for annual rent payments to the Authority, which owns the land. This enables the BPCA to offer LeFrak concessions on its ground rent payments, in exchange for agreeing to affordability protections for tenants.
As GPTA board member Jeff Galloway explained at a July meeting of Community Board 1 (CB1), “Gateway Plaza is uniquely situated in that it is governed by a private agreement that provides rent stabilization benefits to its residents.” This circumstance arises from that fact that, “Gateway Plaza was financed with taxpayer subsidies,” when it was built in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he recounted. This financing, in turn, required that the landlord offer affordability protections to residents. “The tenants sued to enforce those protections in the 1980s,” he recalled, which led to the first in a series of legal agreements that limits rent increases at Gateway.
“But those agreements had sunset clauses,” Mr. Galloway continued, “and this one ends in June, 2020. We have support from all of our local elected officials for extending it to at least 2040, and expanding it to all residents.”
At that July meeting, CB1 voted to ratify a resolution that urges the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), “to set a high priority on preserving the affordability status of Gateway Plaza for a period coextensive with the benefits that [the landlord] may obtain in modification of its ground lease, and in any event ending no sooner than June 30, 2040 (the current end date of the Gateway ground lease) and returning the scope of the Stabilization Agreement to its original coverage of all tenants of Gateway.”
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9/11 Event Notices
From the NYPD:
On Wednesday September 11th
Liberty Street CLOSED
(in between South end Avenue and West Street)
Barclay Street CLOSED, between Church Street and West Broadway
Park Place and West Broadway
Greenwich Street between Murray Street and West Street
Will be able to move freely north and south on the west side of West Street
Pedestrians will only be able to use the south side of Liberty Street in between Church and West Streets (The north side of Liberty is CLOSED)
Pedestrians needing access to 3 or 4 WTC will access it from Church Street and Cortland Way.
Pedestrians will be able to enter the Oculus Plaza from Church Street only.
[Essentially,] the entire memorial is frozen but its outer areas will be open. The closures around the site will remain in effect until 3PM.
Pace University Remembers
47 Students and Alumni Lost
On Wednesday, September 11, Pace University will host a 9/11 tribute and walk to commemorate lives lost on September 11, 2001.
The event will feature speakers who were part of the response efforts and staff members who were working at Pace on the day of the attacks. Speakers will include Marvin Krislov, President, Pace University; Marijo O’Grady, Associate Vice President, Dean for Students; Peter Riley, Director of Veteran Services, Pace University; and Pace University student veterans.
After the remarks, participants will walk to the 9/11 Memorial at Pace University that honors the members of the Pace community who lost their lives on that day.
The event will take place at Pace University Student Center located at One Pace Plaza (across from City Hall).
To the editor:
Instead of lionizing a misguided representative of Gen Z searching for meaning by combatting “climate change,” perhaps you could cover the very real pollution increasingly prominent in our own community: noise pollution.
I have previously noted opposition to/coverage of the “billboard boats” making their way up and down the Hudson, but what of that seasonal scourge that afflicts all of us: party boats? Why are these vessels (uniformly from outside of our community) able to exploit jurisdictional loopholes in order to operate at a decibel level that would not be permitted on land? While an affront at any time of day, most of these boats operate late into the evening.
More on local quality of life issues please, and less on trendy global or national issues du jour.
The Battery Park City Authority will host a Zumba Jumpstart fitness dance party at Six River Terrace (across from the Irish Hunger Memorial and next to Le Pain Quotidien) on Tuesday, September 10, starting at 10:30 am.
Professional instructors will jazz students with upbeat Latin music, including salsa, merengue, hip-hop, and more. Admission is free.
Also on September 10 (and again on September 17), the Seaport Fit Summer with Trooper Fitness series continues at 6:30 pm with a team-oriented conditioning session focused on cardio and strength training methods that will improve overall conditioning, stamina/endurance, strength, and mental toughness.
Admission is free, but advanced registration is required. To R.S.V.P., or get more information, please browse: www.seaportdistrict.nyc.
Bird Walk at The Battery with NYC Audubon
Explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in The Battery. The walk will be led by Gabriel Willow, an educator from NYC Audubon. Gabriel is an experienced birder and naturalist, and is well-versed in the ecology and history of New York City. Meet at the Netherland Memorial Flagpole, at the intersection of Broadway, Battery Place, and State Street. Free The Battery Conservancy
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CB1’s Youth & Education Committee
Community Board 1 – Conference Room 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) Securing a play street or outdoor play space for PS1 students during
construction of existing park and playground in collaboration with CB3 –Update
2) Trinity Place traffic study – Update
3) Support for Int. 0455-2018, Age limitations on school buses and replacing
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4) “Parks over Plastic” and other programming at Manhattan Youth – Discussion
5) Dyslexia screening pilot initiative at P.S. 234 –Discussion
6) Youth agenda items – Discussion with CECD2 Shino Tanikawa (Tentative)
JUST DO IT: Documentaries and Documenting Modern Architecture and Engineering
Oral histories and film documentaries can be daunting projects that require the apparatus of library science and expert skill in grant-writing and persuasive fund-raising. Whether massive, multi-part series, intensely-focused portraits, or do-it-yourself videos, they capture images, interviews, and information that often would otherwise be lost. An expert panel that includes both the makers and subjects of the films and videos will discuss the value of documenting stories of modern architecture and engineering. The program will feature a discussion, illustrated by excerpts from several documentaries: speakers will include Leslie E. Robertson, subject of the 2018 film Leaning Out – An Intimate Look at Twin Towers Free Reservations are required. 39 Battery Place.
Prosecuting Hate Crimes: Charlottesville And Beyond
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Join leading litigator Roberta Kaplan for a discussion of the lawsuit representing those injured at the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Kaplan will be in conversation with plaintiff Reverend Seth Wispelwey, and Integrity First for America Executive Director Amy Spitalnick. The three will provide an overview of this landmark case and discuss its impact on the broader fight against white nationalist violence in America. The program will be introduced by Abraham H. Foxman, Director of the Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism, and moderated by John Avlon, a Senior Analyst at CNN. Free 36 Battery Place.
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Annual Fall Yard Sale at Southbridge Towers
The Annual Fall Yard Sale at Southbridge Towers
will take place on
Thursday-to-Saturday, September 19, 20 and 21
Great bargains on interesting bric-a-brak, one-of-a-kind finds and lots of jewelry.
Enter via Fulton St.-next to Key-Food or on Pearl/Beekman Sts.
Contact: Ms. Jill Zilker, G.M. – Southbridge Towers 212-267-6190
The Fraunces Tavern Museum and Restaurant will observe its 300th Anniversary on Tuesday, October 1, starting at 7:00 pm, with a gala soirée featuring hors d’oeuvres, drinks, a champagne toast, live 18th-century music on genuine colonial instruments, and (of course) a birthday cake.
The event will commemorate 1719 construction of the building at 54 Pearl Street, which was transformed into a tavern by Samuel Fraunces in 1762 — just in time to become a popular gathering place for George Washington and other leaders of the American Revolution.
Fraunces Tavern Museum director Jacqueline Masseo calls the occasion, “a great way to share this historic moment,” and “a birthday party to celebrate the building’s constant presence in the Lower Manhattan community with those who have supported the building and its history, such as school children, locals, tourists, and foodies.”
Tickets are priced at $175. To register, or for more information, please browse: www.frauncestavernmuseum.org.
Today in History
1846 – Elias Howe is granted a patent for the sewing machine.
1897 – Lattimer massacre: A sheriff’s posse kills 19 unarmed striking immigrant miners in Lattimer, Pennsylvania
1932 – TheNew York City Subway’s third competing subway system, the municipally-owned IND, is opened
1939 – World War II: Canada declares war on Germany, joining the Allies: Poland, France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.
1960 – At the Summer Olympics in Rome, Abebe Bikila becomes the first sub-Saharan African to win a gold medal, winning the marathon in bare feet.
1961 – In the Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German Formula One driver Wolfgang von Trips and 15 spectators who are killed by his Ferrari.
1977 –Hamida Djandoubi, convicted of torture and murder, is the last person to be executed by guillotine in France.
2002 –Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, becomes a full member of the United Nations.
2008 –The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in history, is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.
2017 –Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Cudjoe Key, Florida as a Category 4, after causing catastrophic damage throughout the Caribbean. Irma resulted in 134 deaths and $64.76 billion (2017 USD) in damage.
1659 –Henry Purcell, English organist and composer (d. 1695)
1839 –Isaac K. Funk, American minister and publisher, co-founded Funk & Wagnalls (d. 1912)
1907 –Dorothy Hill, Australian geologist and palaeontologist (d. 1997)
1929 –Arnold Palmer, American golfer and businessman (d. 2016)
1933 –Karl Lagerfeld, German-French fashion designer and photographer (d. 2019)
1941 –Stephen Jay Gould, paleontologist, biologist, and author (d. 2002)
1945 –Jose Feliciano, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and guitarist
1167 – Matilda of England, Holy Roman Empress (b. 1102)
1364 – Robert of Taranto, King of Albania
1933 – Giuseppe Campari, Italian race car driver (b. 1892)
1933 – Baconin Borzacchini, Italian race car driver (b. 1898)
1933 – Stanisław Czaykowski, Polish race car driver (b. 1899)
1961 – Wolfgang von Trips, German race car driver (b. 1928)
September 10 is a dark day in motor racing history.
In 1961, on the end of lap two of the Italian Monza Grand Prix, after colliding with Jim Clark’s Lotus, Wolfgang von Trips lost control of his Ferrari and slid up an embankment into a spectator area. He was thrown from the car and died instantly. 15 spectators also died.
Clark described the accident, saying:
“Von Trips and I were racing along the straightaway and were nearing one of the banked curves, the one on the southern end. We were about 100 metres from the beginning of the curve. Von Trips was running close to the inside of the track. I was closely following him, keeping near the outside.
At one point Von Trips shifted sideways so that my front wheels collided with his back wheels. It was the fatal moment. Von Trips’s car spun twice and went into the guardrail along the inside of the track. Then it bounced back, struck my own car and bounced down into the crowd.”
Movie footage of the crash that surfaced after the race showed that Clark’s memory of the incident was inaccurate: after colliding with Clark, von Trips’s car rode directly up an embankment on the outside of the track and struck a fence behind which spectators were closely packed. At the time of his death he was leading the Formula One World Championship. Phil Hill won the race and became World Champion
On September 1933, in an afternoon event following the Grand Prix, called the Monza Grand Prix, Borzacchini was competing with team-mate Giuseppe Campari (who was a noted Opera singer as well as race car driver) for the lead. Campari’s vehicle slid on some oil and flew over the top of the embankment and into the trees, killing him instantly.
Borzacchini tried unsuccessfully to avoid the oil, but his car spun down to the infield and rolled over. Borzacchini was taken to the hospital, where he died later that day.
After the race was restarted, Polish driver Count Stanislas Czaykowski blew his engine that caught fire and crashed at the same location, burning him to death.
September Storm Passing Over Staten Island
Pup, Pup in the Air
Schumer Blasts ‘Doors-Off’ Chopper Flights That Now Carry Dogs
Senator Chuck Schumer announced yesterday that a New Jersey-based helicopter tour operator — still being investigated for a March, 2018 crash in the East River that killed five people — is continuing to operate “doors-off” flights over Manhattan that cater to thrill seekers, under the legal pretext of running a commercial photography service.
He also revealed that the same company, FlyNYON, is now offering the option to bring dogs aboard such flights.
“It is outrageous that despite the deaths of five innocent people in a dangerous doors-off chopper flight,… and he added , “strapping in dogs for dangerous doors-off flights over New York is just totally repugnant; another disaster-in-waiting.” To read more…
For Creative Kids
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.
To register, or request more information, please call 212-571-7290 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To the editor:
Re: Preserving the Rector Street bridge; Affordable housing and the bankruptcy of 125 Greenwich; Don’t get your bathing suit on yet
Federal Court Dismisses Suits Against BPCA By September 11 Cleanup Workers
United States District Court judge Alvin Hellerstein has dismissed more than 100 suits against the Battery Park City Authority, brought by rescue, recovery and cleanup workers who were made sick by exposure to toxins while laboring in the community during the weeks and months that followed the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. To read more…
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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Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals & Departures
Tuesday, September 10
Inbound 6am; outbound 5pm;
Martha’s Vineyard, MA/Portland ME/Canadian Maritimes
Thursday, September 12
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 4:00 pm;
New England/Canadian Maritimes
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; Bermuda
Inbound 7:15 am; outbound 5:30 pm; New England/Canadian Maritimes/Quebec City/Montreal
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.
Anthem of the Seas Spins About
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