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Volume 1, No. 97  July 28, 2014

Quote of the day:
"The majority of the girls on that team never looked back and never gave up." - Downtown Little League coach Scott Morrison on how the DLL girls overcame a devastating loss in a game three years ago to become New York State softball champions this week.   

* Downtown Little League Juniors and 11's win New York State softball championships
* 'Draw up a chair' design contest in Battery Park
* Bits & Bytes: LeFrak buys Broadway dorm;  Restaurant opening on Washington Street
* Letter to the editor: Brooklyn Bridge insecurity
* In the farmers' markets: Week of July 28
* Community Board 1 full board meeting on July 29, agenda
* Calendar

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Vendors and tourists on State Street. July 27, 2014. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)



The Downtown Little League Juniors won the New York State Softball Championship on Saturday. On the team: Morgan O'Mara, Emily Samar, Brooke Kirwin, Sophia Marino, Ava Villalba, Annalisa Valdivia, Ava O'Mara, Zoe Morrison, Amy Lischin, Kellin Hostler-Burrows.

What a difference three years can make. To anyone who has ever thought about giving up, here's a story.

On July 27, the Downtown Little League Junior softball team (ages 12 to 14) beat Haverstraw, 7 to 6, to become the New York State champions. On July 28, the DLL 11's softball team beat Pearl River, 3 to 2, in extra innings, to become the New York State champions in their age group.

But these aren't just scores.

"Just three years ago we decided to enter the now Juniors girls into the Little League post-season 10-11 tournament," said Scott Morrison, coach of the 11's team. "We made it to the Sections [playoffs] because there were no teams in the district of Manhattan to play [against]. Our first game in the Sections was against South Shore Little League in Staten Island. They destroyed us. They were beating our team so badly that the large outfield score board was turned off after the 1st inning in sympathy." 

The game was called off after four innings.  


"The coaches (I was one) and the majority of the girls on that team never looked back and never gave up," Morrison said. "Three years later, they win the New York State Championship! It's quite an accomplishment."


Beginning this Friday, Aug. 1, the Juniors will go to West Haven, Conn. to play the winning teams from eight other states for the Eastern Region softball title in their age group. Should they win, they would go to Kirkland, Wash. for the televised "World Series."

The game against Haverstraw that clinched the New York State title for the Juniors was indicative of the grit that they bring to their play. They were down 4-3 by the end of the first inning. The game seesawed back and forth and was tied 6 to 6 until, in the 6th inning, Morgan O'Mara scored what proved to be the winning run. Her twin sister, Ava O'Mara, got Haverstraw to pop up with what would have been the tying run at second base, giving Downtown Little League New York City's first-ever girls' New York State Little League softball championship.

"We always tell the girls that it is a long game and to hang in there," said Joe Marino, who coaches the Juniors. 

"We tell them to keep your heads up and be mentally tough - good things will happen as a result," said Morrison. "Never show fear or disappointment. We also always remind them of how proud the coaches and parents are of them."


Morrison said that the girls are increasingly confident. "They now know they can hit any pitcher they face no matter how fast she throws," he said. "They know that they can bounce back from errors, or from being down five runs. They've learned never to give up in a game."


He attributes the success of the Downtown Little League girls to "mental toughness and aggressive base running. They know to always take that next base whenever an opportunity is available. Also, the girls make very few errors in the field versus their opposition."


Morrison said that fast-pitch softball is a game of speed. The 14-year-old girls pitch at about 55 mph. The 11's pitch in the mid to high 40's. 


Speed on the bases really separates girls who play this game," he said, "being able to have a quick reaction and hand-eye coordination at bat and then beating the throw to first, or taking that extra base. Our Juniors and 11s faced teams in the tournament who had several players who could slug the ball to the fences. Where our girls excelled is in pitching and being agile and aggressive when they got on base - taking advantage of every opportunity to take the next base." 

Most of the girls started playing baseball around the age of 8, according to Marino. They moved on to softball the next year and have been playing together ever since. All of them live below Canal Street in Lower Manhattan. Downtown Little League's softball division grew from four teams of approximately 40 girls four years ago to more than 160 girls today.

"You should hear the questions we receive when we came to the States, let alone Long Island for the Sections," said Morrison. "Other team parents are astonished. 'Where do you play? There is a Little League in Manhattan?' I think people are incredulous that we even have a Little League much less State Champion-caliber teams."

"Call it David vs. Goliath!" said Marino of the Juniors' triumph in their division. Of the 11's win over Pearl River to take the championship title, Morrison said, "It was an unbelievable game."

There are no more games for the 11's to play this season to prove their mettle. Whether the Juniors win or lose in the next round, "We continue to remind them that they are already champions just by being here at the State tournament," said Morrison. 

The girls will take these wins with them for the rest of their lives, knowing that they have what it takes to overcome anything that fate tosses at them.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 

The champion Downtown Little League 11's softball team.  

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Entries in the Battery Park chair design contest. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Because of construction in Battery Park, there are few benches along the walkways but visitors can find a place to sit inside Castle Clinton - the fort from the War of 1812 that now serves as a ticketing facility for Liberty and Ellis Island ferries.

The National Park Service and the Battery Conservancy are running a chair design contest with a $10,000 prize for the winner. There are five finalists whose chairs are on display in Castle Clinton, and visitors are invited to try them out. That means they can sit down as long as they want and then vote for their favorite chair. The winning design will be mass produced, and the chairs set up on the three-acre oval lawn on the northern side of the park, near Castle Clinton.

The chairs, made from recyclable materials, had to be durable, heavy enough to keep from getting blown or carted away and airy enough to facilitate water drainage. The prototype chairs will be on display through September, with the winning design announced in the fall.

The competition began on July 31, 2012, when The Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition put out an open call for designs from students and professionals from North, South and Central America. The finalists were selected from 679 designs submitted by more than 1,500 designers in 15 countries.

The five finalists came from Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States. To see the five finalists, the 50 semi-finalists and every design that was submitted, click here or for a more complete experience, go to Castle Clinton and sit down.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Bits & Bytes

St. George's restaurant at 103 Washington St. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
"LeFrak plows NJ profits into a dorm on Broadway," Crain's New York Business, 7/28/14. "One of the city's biggest landlords has done what several others have in recent months: plant a flag in lower Manhattan," says Crain's New York Business. "The LeFrak Organization, owner of a huge commercial office and residential portfolio that extends from Queens to the New Jersey waterfront has acquired 180 Broadway, a 24-story property tower with a large ground-floor retail space across the street from the new Fulton Center, for $222.5 million. The company is transferring money it reaped earlier this month from the sale of 575 Washington Boulevard, a 22-story office building it developed and owned in Newport, N.J. The LeFrak Organization sold that property to the building's largest tenant, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and is now utilizing those proceeds in a swap known as a 1031-exchange, which allows it to forgo capital gains taxes and funnel the money in full into 180 Broadway." The building is 112 years old and is partially occupied by Pace University for use as a dormitory. For the complete article, click here.

"1 WTC: Inside the Tallest Building in the Western Hemisphere," Commercial Observer, 7/28/14. "As construction workers hammered on the World Trade Center site and hordes of tourists mingled with afternoon commuters last week, Jordan Barowitz of the Durst Organization invited Commercial Observer for an exclusive tour of One World Trade Center. Although more than 2,500 laborers were applying the finishing touches to the 104-floor, 3-million-square-foot structure designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the 1,776-foot building will open around November of this year, said Mr. Barowitz, Durst's director of external affairs." Commercial Observer came back with some pictures. To see them, click here.

Restaurant opening at 103 Washington St.: A restaurant called "St. George's" is scheduled to open on Aug. 20 in the landmarked building on Washington Street formerly occupied by Moran's. St. George's will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and will serve Chinese, American and European food, according to its chef, Fred Yuan, who comes from Shanghai, China.

The decor suggests the Shanghai of the 1920s and '30's when westerners helped Shanghai to become the leading center of trade and finance in Asia and the city was known as the "Paris of the East." Yuan said that the restaurant is Chinese-owned but is separate from the 50-story Holiday Inn next door, which is being erected by developer Sam Chang. Yuan said that the hotel would open in September.

The building at 103 Washington St. dates from around 1812, with a checkered history as a rooming house, dance hall, bordello, bank and a shop. In 1929-1930, it acquired a terracotta facade and became St. George's Syrian Catholic Church, one of several churches on or near Washington Street, then designated as "Little Syria" because of the large number of Middle Eastern immigrants who lived there.

Bryan Lydon and his mother, Maureen Moran, bought the building in 1982 and turned it into a restaurant. Moran's opened in 1986 and closed on July 8, 2011 - a victim of the World Trade Center attack and of the construction of the Holiday Inn next door. In October 2011, The Real Deal reported that Sam Chang had signed a 15-year lease for 103 Washington St.

St. George's still has the old bar from Moran's, but the dark green walls on the first floor have been replaced with oak paneling. The clippings and mementos of 9/11 that once decorated Moran's are gone. In their place are photos of Shanghai and relics of life there from a few decades ago such as old sewing machines, kerosene lamps, wind-up clocks, wooden-encased radios, bamboo boxes and crockery.

On the restaurant's second floor are an intimate lounge with a fireplace at one end and a small dining room separate from the tables in the common area.  - Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Letter to the editor
The Brooklyn Bridge. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

To the editor:
(Re: "NYC Deputy Commissioner Scales Brooklyn Bridge in White Flag Case," Wall Street Journal, 7/25/14, cited in DPNYC, 7/25/14)  I reside 23 floors above the Brooklyn Bridge.  I would like to know why the Deputy Police Commissioner outfitted himself in climbing gear and climbed the bridge as part of the "breach of security" investigation?

The lack of adequate security on this famous bridge a few short blocks from Ground Zero, police headquarters and the thousands of families living nearby, is appalling.

In fact, we are probably lucky the flag pranksters were just that and showed us how inept our city really is at keeping us safe. The culprits should actually get a key to the city for pointing out such lack of security, rather than punishment.

New Yorkers are not stupid and cannot be distracted by a bridge-climbing police commissioner who discovered that it is easier to go down than up.  Come on New Yorkers, wake up.

Karen Glasser

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Tribeca Greenmarket zucchini and potatoes. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

This week at the Tribeca Greenmarket on Greenwich Street, just north of Chambers Street, you will find peaches, plums, cantaloupes, eggplants, corn, potatoes, peppers, raspberries and blueberries on Wednesdays and grass-fed lamb, peaches, plums, edamame, shishito peppers, bell peppers, okra, many varieties of eggplant, summer squash and corn on Saturdays. 




Fulton Street in the South Street Seaport. A discussion of the Seaport "uplands" is on the agenda at Community Board 1's full board meeting. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The monthly full board meeting of Community Board 1 takes place on Tuesday, July 29 starting at 6 p.m. It will be held at the NYC Rescue Mission, 90 Lafayette St., preceded by a tour of the mission. Arrive at 5:30 p.m. sharp to participate. All are welcome to attend. During the first hour of the CB1 meeting, members of the public are invited to speak.


I. Public Session
Comments by members of the public (6 p.m.-7 p.m.) (1 to 2 minutes per speaker)

II. Welcome
Andrew DeCurtis, Developer of Strategic Partnerships, NYC Rescue Mission

III. Business Session
A) Adoption of June 2014 minutes
B) Chairperson's Report by A. Notaro
C) District Manager's Report - N. Pfefferblit
D) Treasurer's Report - J. Fratta/J. Kopel

IV. Committee Reports
A) Youth & Education Committee  - T. Joyce
1) Universal Pre-Kindergarten for NYC's 4-Year-Olds - Report
2) New York Road Runners (NYRR) Youth Programs - Report
3) Request to Amend Fiscal Year 2015 Capital Budget to Restore School seats as Promised By the Department of Education - Resolution

B) Battery Park City Committee -  G. Calderaro
1) BPC Parks Enforcement Patrol - Report
2) Quality of life impacts from ferry operations - Report
3) 212 North End Ave., application for catering liquor license for Asphalt Green - Resolution
4) 225 Liberty St. a/k/a World Financial Center, Store #251, application for beer license for SkinnyPizza WFC LLC - Resolution
5) 225 Liberty St. a/k/a World Financial Center, application for beer license for Province One LLC d/b/a Northern Tiger - Resolution

C) Seaport/Civic Center Committee -  J. Fratta
1) Pier 17 Construction, Fulton Market Building and Seaport uplands - Report
2) Seaport Working Group - Report
3) Peck Slip Plaza - Report
4) Peck Slip Plaza Bike Share Station - Resolution

D) Planning Committee - J. Galloway
1) Move NY - Report
2) Unit Owner's, Affordable Housing & Stabilization Guide Updates - Report
3) Strengthening rent stabilization laws - Report
4) New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) Transportation Planning Certification Review - Report
5) Accessibility at the World Trade Center Memorial - Resolution
6) Proposed bill permitting interested parties to receive notification of items published in the City Record - Resolution
7) Community Room at 346 Broadway - Resolution
8) 54-56 Fulton St., Inclusionary Housing Program - Resolution
9) Summary of security devices in Lower Manhattan made by Pace University Students - Resolutions
10) World Trade Center Taxi Stand - Resolution

E) Landmarks Committee - B. Ehrmann
1) 33 Peck Slip, application for storefront renovation - Resolution
2) 233-235 Water St., application for façade alternation - Resolution
3) Governors Island Bldg. 301 facade alteration - Resolution
4) 319 Broadway, application to amend previous LPC approval of awning - Resolution
5) 62 Beach St., application for penthouse alteration - Resolution
6) 35 Walker St., application for facade renovation - Resolution

F) Quality of Life Committee - P. Moore
1) General Vendor Regulations - Report
2) Construction update - Report
3) Drone operation regulations - Report
4) Continuation of funding for Lower Manhattan DOT - Resolution
5) Relocation of the Greenmarket - Resolution
6) NYC Coalition to Stop Credit Checks in Employment - Resolution

G) Tribeca Committee - P. Braus
1) Tribeca Committee sidewalk cafe guidelines - Report
2) 349 Greenwich St., application for restaurant liquor license for Greenwich Rest. LLC - Report
3) 429-435 Greenwich St. Street a/k/a 62 Laight Street, application for alteration of liquor license for Dylan Prime - Resolution
4) 429 Greenwich St., application for sidewalk cafe for Dylan Prime - Resolution
5) 205 Hudson St., application for sidewalk cafe for AFNYC LLC d/b/a American Flatbread NYC - Resolution
6) 59 Reade St., application for alteration of liquor license to permit sidewalk café for 59 MACT Corp. d/b/a Maxwells - Resolution
7) 79 Chambers St., application for liquor license for Boris Lidukhover, on behalf of entity to be formed - Resolution
8) 353 Greenwich St., application for renewal of sidewalk cafe for MaryAnn's 353 Mex, Inc. - Resolution
9) 85 Worth St., application for Board of Standards and Appeals Special Permit for a physical culture establishment - Resolution

H) Financial District Committee - R. Sheffe
1) 99 Church St. - Report
2) 103 Washington St., application for liquor license for SMG Hotel, LLC and Amazon Restaurant & Bar Inc. as Manager - Resolution
3) 88 Fulton St., application for beer license for A Spice Route Inc., d/b/a Tandoor Palace - Resolution
4) 108 John St., application for liquor license for Thai Sliders & Co. LLC - Resolution
5) Traffic and Pedestrian Safety in CB1 - Resolution

VI. Old Business
VII. New Business
30 Broad St., application for Board of Standards and Appeals Special Permit for a physical culture establishment - Resolution

VIII. Adjournment

CALENDAR: Week of July 28
Naturalist Gabriel Willow leads a New York City Audubon Society cruise aboard New York Water Taxi to the Brothers Islands in the East River on Sunday, Aug. 3.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
July 29: As part of the Tech Tuesdays series in the South Street Seaport, LaunchLM takes on the topic of "Net neutrality in a non-neutral net." In light of recent court rulings, the FCC is scrambling to find the authority to solve the net neutrality problem, an issue they have targeted for years. Where are we in the development of this problem? And are there mechanisms that could address it without FCC authority? The speakers are Bruce Kushnick, David Pashman, Jonathan Askin and Althea Erickson moderated by Warren Allen and Phil Weiss. Place: Front Street at Fulton Street. Time: 7 p.m. Free.

July 30: "Schindler's List," a film directed by Steven Spielberg starring Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley, will be shown at the Museum of Jewish Heritage as part of the Spielberg film festival, which takes place on Wednesdays through Aug. 13. All films are free with a suggested donation. Tickets are available at the box office on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 4 p.m. on the day of each screening. Place: 36 Battery Place. Time: 6:30 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Aug. 2
: Poets House, a free, 60-000-volume poetry library based in Battery Park City, will have an outpost on Governors Island for one more weekend in August. Visitors will be able to settle into one of the historic houses on Colonels' Row and make drawings and write poetry, filling in the outline of a gigantic mural cityscape created by artist Felipe Galindo. The idea is to make a city of poems. There will be writing prompts for those who want them, including a Haiku station where visitors can play with the ancient form via social media applications. Drawings will also be welcome as contributions to the cityscape. When: Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3; Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Where: 406A Colonels' Row, Governors Island; How to get there: Ferries go to Governors Island from South Street in Manhattan and from Brooklyn. Ferries are free on weekend mornings. For the ferry schedule and fare information, click here. 

Aug. 3: Aboard a New York Water Taxi, Gabriel Willow, a naturalist with the New York City Audubon Society, will lead a two-hour ecocruise to the Brothers Islands in the East River. Participants will see herons, egrets, cormorants and gulls and the ruins on the island where Mary Mallon (Typhoid Mary) was quarantined from 1915 until her death in 1938.. The next New York Water Taxi/New York City Audubon Society ecocruise to Jamaica Bay takes place on Sunday, Aug. 10, followed by one on Aug. 17. The cruise is three hours long (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.).  For more information and to buy tickets, click here.    

: Mackenzie Scott, a singer/songwriter from Nashville who performs under the name "Torres" and High Highs (Jack Milas and Oli Chang from Sydney, Australia) played at the Seaport Music Festival on July 25. The Festival is produced and partially sponsored by The Howard Hughes Corp. Place: Fulton Street at Water Street. Time: 7 p.m. Free. The Festival continues on Friday nights through Aug. 29. For more information, click here.  

: Every Friday through Aug. 22, join a master drummer in Battery Park City's Wagner Park for Sunset Jams on the Hudson. Improvise on African, Caribbean and Latin rhythms. Drums provided, or bring your own. Place: Wagner Park. Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. For more information, click here

: "Tugboats: Workhorses of New York Harbor," photographs by John Skelson, are on exhibit aboard the Lilac, a historic lighthouse tender docked at Pier 25, through July 31. Skelson's photographs document the powerful and colorful array of tugs that keep our harbor working. The Lilac is open 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information about the Lilac, click here.

Ongoing: An exhibit in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's arts center on Governors Island examines a pivotal time in Trisha Brown's early career as an artist and choreographer, as well as a particularly fertile moment for artistic production in New York City. With videos, photographs and installations, "Trisha Brown: Embodied Practice and Site-Specificity" highlights Brown's community of performers and artists, and the Lower Manhattan in which they lived and created. The exhibit shows Brown's investigation of simple movements such as walking or dressing, and the built environment, specifically through performances that took place on buildings inside and out, museum walls, parks, cobblestone streets, and other non-traditional performance spaces. 
The exhibition also bridges the transition in Brown's practice from site- and gallery-based work to proscenium stage work, for which she became well-known throughout the 1980s and beyond. Through Sept. 28. Times: Fridays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Ongoing: Poets House presents its 22nd annual showcase, a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses. Through Aug. 16. Place: 10 River Terrace. Free. For more information, click here.

Ongoing: "From Drills to Drums: Civil War Life on Governors Island." A program for kids, who will see first hand the lives of soldiers, civilians and prisoners on the island in the 19th century. No tickets or reservations required, but large school or day camp groups should call (212) 825-3045. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Place: Governors Island. Time: 10:20 a.m. Also at 11:20 a.m. Free.

Ongoing: Hike Through History. The most comprehensive tour of Governors Island National Monument takes in nearly every highlight in the historic district. No tickets or reservations required. Visitors should be prepared to stand for a full 90 minutes and walk a distance of about 1.5 miles. Wednesdays to Sundays. Place: Governors Island. Meet at Soissons Dock. Time: 2 p.m. For more information, click here.
Ongoing: "A Town Known as Auschwitz" is an exhibit of photographs at the Museum of Jewish Heritage tracing the history of a town called "Oswiecim" in what is now Poland, where Jews and non-Jews lived side by side for centuries. When German forces occupied the town in September 1939, they renamed it "Auschwitz" and established a concentration and death camp there. More than 1 million people died at Auschwitz, including 90 percent of the town's Jews. The museum is at 36 Battery Place. For information the exhibit, click here. For information on the museum's hours and admission fees, click here.
Ongoing: Poets House in Battery Park City presents "A Painter and His Poets," the first major retrospective show of George Schneeman's collaborative paintings, collages, prints, and books, with portraits of his poet friends, spanning 40 years. "A sort of utopia in the visual field filled with pleasure, quickness and wit" is how Schneeman himself described his collaborative work with poets. Exhibition on view through Saturday, Sept. 20, during regular Poets House hours. Place: 10 River Terrace. Free. For information about Poets House, click here.

Ongoing: The South Street Seaport Museum's lightship Ambrose and its barque Peking welcome visitors Wednesdays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Pier 16 (on the East River at Fulton Street). The Ambrose, launched in 1908,  once guided large ships through the Ambrose Channel into New York harbor. Peking was launched in Hamburg, Germany in 1911, one of the last commercial sailing ships ever built. She was used to carry goods from Europe to South America and to return to Europe with nitrate. The museum's Visitors Services associates explain all of the fascinating details of the ships and their relevance to the history of New York as a port city. Cost: $12 (adults); $8 (students, 12-24 and seniors); $5 (children 2-11); under 2, free. To buy tickets, click here.

Ongoing: "Defining Lines: Maps from the 1700s and early 1800s" at the Fraunces Tavern
Museum. Twenty-seven maps provide a perspective on the evolving nation's place in history. A map from 1804, never before exhibited, shows the U.S. postal routes. Place: 54 Pearl St. Time: Noon to 5 p.m., daily. Admission fees: $7; $4 (seniors, students with ID, children, 6 to 8 years old. Children, 5 and under, free. Active military with ID, free. For more information, click here.
Ongoing: The National Museum of the American Indian is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free admission. It offers free films, docent-led tours of its exhibitions and tours of its premises, the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, designed by Cass Gilbert. The building, which was completed in 1907, is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One Bowling Green. Phone: (212) 514-3700. For the museum's calendar, click here.

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