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BPCA Board Allocates Funds to Support for Free Downtown Shuttle Bus
At its August 27 board meeting, the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) allocated more than $1.2 million to continue support for the free Downtown Connection shuttle bus service, operated by the Downtown Alliance.
BPCA vice president Eric Munson explained, “for the past 16 years, this free shuttle service has proven to be a vital resource for commuters, seniors, and residents. A ridership survey last year estimated that 44 percent of rides originate or terminate at one of 17 stops in Battery Park City.” The same poll found that 38 percent of respondents lived in the community, while 22 percent worked here.
“An estimated 640,000 workers, residents, and visitors use it,” Mr. Munson continued, noting that the Alliance has a contract with Golden Touch Transportation to provide vehicles and drivers through November, 2020. “Next year,” he added, “they will solicit bids for a new provider. Based on the board’s feedback last year, the Authority has been proactively working with the Alliance to find energy-efficient buses — ideally electric buses — and that remains our goal.”
Mr. Munson observed that, “the Authority’s annual contribution since 2010 has been $632,000, or 42 percent of direct program expenses. He then asked for approval, “to cover the Authority’s historic share of operations for calendar years 2019 and 2020.” or $1,264,000,” for 2019 and 2020.
Before the proposal was put to a vote, BPCA board member Catherine McVay Hughes noted that the Alliance’s survey data indicated that, “average weekday daily ridership peaked in 2011 at 2,325. For 2018, it was 1,617, and for 2019 so far, it has been. 1,407. Is there clarification about why there has been this downward trend?”
Mr. Munson replied that, “the Alliances says it is linked to the overall drop in ridership for MTA, since 2011.”
The BPCA’s board then voted to approve funding for the service for two years.
The Downtown Connection shuttle, which was launched by the Alliance in 2003 (and expanded to 37 stops in 2009), operates a fleet of seven buses from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, on weekdays, with five buses on weekends. The service connects residential areas of Lower Manhattan with business and shopping districts. In 2016, the Alliance added of a new stop at 119 South Street (near the corner of Peck Slip), which brought the total of pick-up and drop-off points on the route to 38.
The mission of the Downtown Alliance is to enhance Lower Manhattan for businesses, residents and visitors. In addition to the Downtown Connection shuttle, the Alliance also provides local security and trash pickup, as well as operating the business improvement district, or BID, that covers the area south of Chambers Street.) The Alliance and its sister organization, the Downtown Lower Manhattan Association, also produce research, information, and advocacy designed to brand Lower Manhattan as a global model of a 21st century central business district.
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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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Rise and shine to begin your morning with an outdoor yoga class that will help align your chakras and invigorate your day. Instructors focus on movements meant to enhance posture alignment and increase flexibility and balance. All levels welcome. Bringing your own mat is encouraged, as provided accessories are first come, first served. Battery Park City Authority
St. Paul’s Chapel
Janet Yieh, organ, of Trinity Church Wall Street. Trinity Church.
Landmarks & Preservation Committee
Community Board 1 – Conference Room 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) 244 Pine Street, application for alteration of non-street facing façade, new window openings at the side – Resolution
2) Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, application for exterior signage change at the Arts Center for Governors Island – Resolution (Postponed)
3) Historic preservation in the Civic Center area – Resolution
4) Preservation of Little Syria by the Washington Street Advisory Group – Resolution
American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Evening lecture presented by Victoria Johnson. In this lecture, Johnson will discuss Dr. David Hosack’s lesser known legacy as the founder of the country’s first public botanical garden, who dedicated himself to training the next generation of American doctors and naturalists. $10 54 Pearl Street.
Hitler’s Hostage Art: Mary M. Lane In Conversation With Erin L. Thompson
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Mary M. Lane, former chief European art reporter at The Wall Street Journal and the author of Hitler’s Last Hostages, will discuss how Hitler’s obsession with art fueled his vision of a purified Nazi state, and the fate of the artwork that was hidden, stolen, or destroyed to ‘cleanse’ German culture. Lane, in conversation with Erin L. Thompson, America’s only full-time professor of art crime, will reveal the series of events leading up to 2013, when the German government confiscated roughly 1,300 works by Henri Matisse, George Grosz, Claude Monet, and other masters from the reclusive son of one of Hitler’s primary art dealers. Free 36 Battery Place.
Outdoor movie screening
28 Liberty Fosun Plaza
‘A League of Their Own’ Free 28 Liberty
W.O. Decker Trip + Museum Admission
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).
This year’s outdoor Fall Film Series at 28 Liberty Street(between Nassau and William Streets) will focus on uplifting athletes every Thursday, with a screening of A League of Their Own on September 12. Shows begin at 7:30 pm and admission is free. And so is the popcorn.
More movies under the stars are on tap on Saturdays at Tribeca’s Washington Market Park (enter on Greenwich Street, near Duane Street), where Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse will be screened on September 14. Shows begin at 7:30 pm and admission is free.
The Seaport Cinema series of rooftop films at Pier 17 continues with The Waterboy on Monday September 16. Show begins at 6:30 pm and admission is free, but an R.S.V.P. is required. To register, please browse: www.seaportdistrict.nyc.
Finally, the Battery Park City Authority will present Moana
on Wednesday, September 18 in Rockefeller Park (enter at River Terrace and Murray Street), starting at 7:00 pm. Admission is free.
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.'”
Today in History
1185 – Emperor Andronikos I Komnenos brutally put to death in Constantinople.
1609 – Henry Hudson begins his exploration of the Hudson River while aboard the Halve Maen.
1847 – Mexican-American War: the Battle of Chapultepec begins.
1857 – The SS Central America sinks about 160 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, drowning a total of 426 passengers and crew, including Captain William Lewis Herndon. The ship was carrying 13-15 tons of gold from the California Gold Rush.
1910 – Premiere performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Munich (with a chorus of 852 singers and an orchestra of 171 players.
1933 – Leó Szilárd, waiting for a red light on Southampton Row in Bloomsbury, conceives the idea of the nuclear chain reaction.
1940 – Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France.
1943 – World War II: Benito Mussolini is rescued from house arrest by German commando forces.
1953 – U.S. Senator and future President John Fitzgerald Kennedy marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island.
1958 – Jack Kilby demonstrates the first working integrated circuit while working at Texas Instruments.
1959 – The Soviet Union launches a large rocket, Lunik II, at the moon.
1962 – President Kennedy delivers his “We choose to go to the Moon” speech at Rice University.
1974 – Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, ‘Messiah’ of the Rastafari movement, is deposed following a military coup by the Derg, ending a reign of 58 years.
1988 – Hurricane Gilbert devastates Jamaica; it turns towards Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula two days later, causing an estimated $5 billion in damage.
1992 – NASA launches Space Shuttle Endeavour on STS-47 which marked the 50th shuttle mission. On board are Mae Carol Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese citizen to fly in a US spaceship, and Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space.
1994 – Frank Eugene Corder fatally crashes a single-engine Cessna 150 into the White House’s south lawn, striking the West wing. There were no other casualties.
1492 – Lorenzo de’ Medici, Duke of Urbino (d. 1519)
1880 – H. L. Mencken, American journalist and critic (d. 1956)
1888 – Maurice Chevalier, French actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1972)
1891 – Arthur Hays Sulzberger, American publisher (d. 1968)
1892 – Alfred A. Knopf, Sr., founded Alfred A. Knopf Inc. (d. 1984)
1898 – Ben Shahn, Lithuanian-American painter and photographer (d. 1969)
1913 – Jesse Owens, American sprinter and long jumper (d. 1980)
1939 – Henry Waxman, American lawyer and politician
1362 – Pope Innocent VI (b. 1295)
1674 – Nicolaes Tulp, Dutch anatomist and politician (b. 1593)
1977 – Steve Biko, South African activist (b. 1946)
1977 – Robert Lowell, American poet (b. 1917)
1986 – Jacques Henri Lartigue, French painter and photographer (b. 1894)
2000 – Stanley Turrentine, saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1934
2003 – Johnny Cash, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (b. 1932)
Tenets for Tenants
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 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.
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…
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Annual Fall Yard Sale at Southbridge Towers
The Annual Fall Yard Sale at Southbridge Towers
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September Storm Passing Over Staten Island
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
Across the Harbor
While Greta Thunberg was sailing across the Atlantic to the shores of Lower Manhattan, we ventured across the Upper Bay of New York Harbor to the Island of Staten, to visit what’s becoming an engaging destination.
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
A Super-Tall Laid Low
Stalled Tower at 125 Greenwich Street May Be Headed to Foreclosure
The troubled residential tower at 125 Greenwich Street may be facing foreclosure by lenders who say the development team has defaulted on the terms of several mortgages.
In May, work stopped on the building when multiple construction contractors filed liens against the developers for some $40 million in unpaid fees. This prompted several creditors — most prominently, the United Overseas Bank — to file notice with New York courts that they are owed $199 million in mortgage payments. The bank’s overall loan to the developers of 125 Greenwich is more than $450 million, and it is only one of half a dozen creditors.
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.
Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals & Departures
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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