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Volume 1, No. 117  Sept. 12, 2014
Quote of the day:
"Rest peacefully, baby. May the four winds blow you safely home." - A mother, at the 9/11 Memorial observance on Sept. 11, 2014
* Sept. 11, 2014: The view from the plaza
* Letters to the editor: Support for Downtown Post NYC; Police Memorial electricity  
* Bits & Bytes: Last Ground Zero search dog; Biggest real estate projects; Teddy's ring
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Victims' Compensation Fund enrollment deadline approaching
* Battery Park City Block Party: Sept. 27
* Calendar

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Families on the National Sept. 11 Memorial plaza. Sept. 14, 2014.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


Family members of 9/11 victims reading the names of the dead. Sept. 11, 2014.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

This was a club to which nobody would want to belong - the families of those killed on Sept. 11, 2001. With press and politicians looking on, 13 years to the day and hour after the World Trade Center attack, they filled the plaza next to the memorial pools where the Twin Towers once stood. Police officers brought out folding chairs for the elderly and set them up under the oak trees, planted just a few years ago. The trees are getting tall. Some are over 20 feet by now. Some are bearing acorns.

The morning was chilly, with an overcast sky. The piercing sound of bagpipes resounded over the plaza.

Waiting for the ceremony to begin.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
As they waited for the ceremony to begin, the family members stood in small groups. Some chatted with each other. Some waited silently. A few children, too young to have known anyone commemorated here, amused themselves as best they could, playing with the stones in the pits that ringed the oak trees.

By 8:32 a.m., the plaza was almost full. Though nearly 3,000 people were killed on 9/11, each of those deaths affected many other people. Tens of thousands of people had their lives permanently shadowed or ruined.

Officers from the NYPD, the Fire Department and the Port Authority carrying an an American flag past one of the reflecting pools at the beginning of the memorial observance. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images/POOL)
At 8:38 a.m., helicopters rumbled overhead. Then the bagpipers played again, as officers from the police and fire departments and the Port Authority solemnly marched onto the plaza, holding a large U.S. flag. The crowd grew silent as a woman sang the National Anthem. At precisely 8:46 a.m., when the first plane rammed into the North Tower, an officer struck a silver bell. The silence that followed was heavy with grief.

The reading of the names began. It takes around three hours to read the names of everyone killed at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and on Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. The name readers came from the families of the dead - old and young, of many ethnicities and nationalities.

Each pair of readers slowly enunciated each name until they came to the end of their allotment, when they said a few words about the relative they had lost. "My brother-in-law." "My father, who I never met." "My husband." "My wife." "My niece." "My uncle Michael Taddonio. We love you and miss you every day." "My father. Dad, even though you're not on this Earth anymore, I know you're looking down." "My husband of 30 years." "My only child, my beloved daughter." "My stepson." "My brother. Your daughter, born after your death is tall. She looks like you."

One woman said, "Rest peacefully, baby. May the four winds blow you safely home."

As the names were read, the bell was rung six times, marking the moments when the planes hit the towers, when they collapsed, when the plane struck the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93. Each sounding of the bell was followed by a minute of silence.

That night, many people returned to the plaza to see the Tribute in Lights soaring into the sky above the Memorial pools. The bronze plaques surrounding the Memorial pools were covered with mementos - flowers, American flags and photos of the dead.

The night air was heavy and humid. Then, around 10 p.m. a sharp and sudden breeze sprang up. It whipped violently through the oak trees.

After a day of prayers and invocations, it seemed as though the dead had spoken.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Tribute in Lights. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


Letters to the editor
Retired Lieutenant Paul Putkowski at the Police Memorial on the night of Sept. 11, 2014, where he presided at a ceremony honoring the 23 police officers who died on 9/11. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

To the editor:
(Re: "Sept. 11 midnight tradition at the Police Memorial continues," DPNYC, 9/11/14): Thanks for the coverage of the midnight commemoration. I found it really moving. I'm so impressed with your coverage. I never see you soliciting contributions. How do you support this venture? 

I feel as if I know what's going on all over the area because of you. And you give the neighborhood a voice. Your storytelling is excellent. 

Caroline Miller

From the editor:
Thank you for your email. In answer to your question about where Downtown Post NYC gets its support - it's from advertising revenue. Please support our advertisers and tell them that you read about them in Downtown Post NYC. Most of the ads have clickable links with contact information, so you can let advertisers know where you read about them. To advertise in Downtown Post NYC, email

To the editor:
I read your article in the Downtown Post ("Police Memorial's electrical system still not repaired," DPNYC, 9/8/14) about the temporary fix to the water in the pool at the Police Memorial. When the Battery Park City Authority repairs the Police Memorial with electrical equipment that can withstand hurricanes, will it repair the water supply that goes to the dog run and the playground? In the past, it was all connected. Right now, the people in the dog run are using a hose to cool off the dogs.

Paula Galloway

From the editor:
According to Robin Forst, vice president of external relations for the Battery Park City Authority, "We reported a number of months ago that, due to the complexities involved in identifying design options that would be compatible with existing utilities in the area, we did not expect to be able to begin construction on the project this year. That said, once completed, the new vault will support the same elements (including the playground and dog run) as were previously serviced by the original vaults."

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Bits & Bytes
The "Survivor Tree" on the plaza at the National September 11 Memorial. 
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Last living 9/11 Ground Zero search dog returns to World Trade Center site,"
Daily News, 9/11/14. "A heroic dog is heading back to the site where she earned her superpup status," says the Daily News. "Bretagne the golden retriever is the last surviving rescue dog who searched Ground Zero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This week, the 15-year-old pooch returned to the Manhattan site for the first time since 2001, her fur now more white than golden. At her side was Denise Corliss, her longtime handler and owner." According to the Daily News, "Bretagne and Corliss arrived in New York City about a week after the attack on the World Trade Center. The Texas-based duo was part of a group brought in to relieve the first wave of first responders from duty." Bretagne was two years old at the time and worked 12-hour days alongside around 300 other dogs." For the complete story, click here.

"Top 10 biggest real estate projects coming to NYC," The Real Deal, 9/11/14. The Real Deal lists the top 10 biggest permit applications filed with the City's Department of Buildings in August. Half of the top 10 projects were filed in Manhattan, while three were in Queens, one in Brooklyn and one in the Bronx, according to data from PropertyShark. Two of the projects - a 44-story office and residential tower at 68 Trinity Place and a 33-story hotel at 151 Maiden Lane - are in Lower Manhattan. For the complete article, click here.

"Amid Tie Tacks, a Ring Worn by an Ancestor Who Was President," New York Times, 9/11/14. A Tribeca resident, Theodore Roosevelt V, inherited a jewelry box at the death of his father in 2001. Roosevelt didn't think much about the contents until he "watched an early release of 'The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,' a new film by Ken Burns on three Roosevelts who shaped modern America: Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor. It is being shown on PBS for seven nights, starting Sunday. In one still picture, President Theodore Roosevelt is seated at a desk, holding papers in his left hand. The Roosevelt in TriBeCa - the 26th president's great-great-grandson - looked closer. 'You can see this very clunky ring on him,' Mr. Roosevelt said." For the complete article, click here.

Survivor Tree seedlings transmit hope: Remarkably, a callery pear tree survived the World Trade Center attack on Sept. 11, 2001. It was nursed back to health and replanted in the plaza next to the memorial pools. Known as the "Survivor Tree," it has become an icon. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum just announced that it has given seedlings from that tree to three communities that have endured tragedy in recent years. The symbolic seedlings are going to Oso, Wash., Fort Hood, Texas and Gulfport, Miss.

The seedlings, now six feet tall, were nurtured by Bartlett Tree Experts in Stamford, Conn. and by students from John Bowne High School in Flushing, Queens.

Oso was selected in memory of the 43 people who were killed in a mudslide on March 22, 2014. Fort Hood is receiving a tree in memory of the victims and survivors of shootings on Nov. 5, 2009 and April 2, 2014. The seedling for Gulfport is in memory of those who were killed by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

This is the second year that seedlings from the Survivor Tree have been donated to communities that suffered and rebounded.

A free ebook about the Survivor Tree is available from Apple iBooks. To download the book, click here.

Downtown bulletin board
Under the Zadroga Act, Oct. 12, 2014 is the last day to register for compensation for 9/11-related cancer. For more information, click here.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Deadline near to enroll in Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund: If you were diagnosed with a 9/11-related eligible cancer before Oct. 12, 2012, you may be entitled to compensation from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Registration preserves your right to file a claim in the future (before the VCF ends on Oct. 3, 2016). Registration is not the same as filing a claim and you are not required to file a claim even if you have registered. Register online at by Oct. 12, 2014. For more information click here or call VCF's toll-free helpline at (855)-885-1555 (or 855-885-1558 for the hearing impaired).

Citizen Preparedness training at PS 276: Sign up now for a Citizen Preparedness training program to be held at PS 276, 55 Battery Place in Battery Park City on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.  The program will provide instruction in how to prepare for emergencies and disasters, what to do when they happen and how to recover as quickly as possible. Training participants will receive a free Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Starter Kit (one per family) containing such supplies as an AM/FM radio with batteries, a flashlight, a first aid kit, a face mask, safety goggles, an emergency blanket and more. The program is being sponsored by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, City Councilmember Margaret Chin and Community Board 1. All participants must register in advance. To register, click here.

Fire Safety Forum for highrise buildings
: In the aftermath of several news-making fires in high-rise apartment buildings in the last few months, Community Board 1 is hosting a fire safety forum on Thursday, Sept. 18. One of the recent fires took place on Aug. 11 at Independence Plaza North. Eight people were injured in that fire. The fire safety forum is being presented in partnership with the Independence Plaza North Tenants Association, the New York City Fire Department and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Place: Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St., Richard Harris Terrace. Time: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public but space is limited. RSVP to

Battery Park City Asphalt Green hosts Open House with free classes: To kick off its four-day Fall Open House, Asphalt Green is holding a party on Thursday, Sept. 18 featuring free fitness and cultural classes for all ages, a Zumba Party, food, giveaways, a chance to win a free one-month membership, and more. The celebration starts at 5:30 p.m. Click here for a schedule of events. If you miss the kick-off party, you can still stop in between Sept. 19 and Sept. 21 for a one-day free pass to Asphalt Green's facilities. All classes are first-come, first-served. For more information on the Open House, call the Asphalt Green Membership Department at (212) 369-8890, ext. 2081 or email

A cooking demonstration at the Battery Park City Block Party in 2012.
 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Plans are under way for the 13th Annual Battery Park City Block Party, which will be held on Sat., Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the esplanade just south of North Cove Marina. As usual, there will be vendors, food, a talent show and games for kids.

Vendors can rent tables at the block party for $25. To reserve a table, email

Talent at all levels is welcome for the talent show. To participate, email Vicki Winters at Volunteers to set up and break down the Block Party and to keep it working smoothly are needed. Contact Tammy Meltzer at to find out more and to volunteer. Bob Townley, executive director of Manhattan Youth, is coordinating the children's rides and activities. He is looking for an assistant who could become the supervisor next year. For more information, email

Electronics recycling: Unclutter your home by bringing your unwanted electronics to the block party. The following working and non-working items will be accepted: computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, phones, audio/visual equipment, video games, cell phones and PDAs. For more information, click here or call (212) 477-4022.

BPC Block Party on the water: The Manhattan Sailing Club is offering a 45-minute "Circumnavigation of the Statue of Liberty" on one of their launches during the Battery Park City Block Party. They will depart at 15 minutes after each hour - 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and the last one at 3:15 p.m. Check in at the Welcome Table beginning at 11 a.m. to buy a ticket ($5).  All proceeds go to Battery Park City Cares for the local Wounded Warrior Chapter. Also Block Party goers are invited onboard the Arabella during the block party free of charge from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is anchored in North Cove Marina. There will be a cash bar.

CALENDAR: Week of Sept. 8
Ali Osborn, resident printer at Bowne Printers, part of the South Street Seaport Museum, watching Marisa Ohara create a print from a linoleum block at a block printing workshop. The next workshop will be on Sunday, Sept. 14. For tickets, click here.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


Sept. 13: "Give Me Liberty," a solo exhibition of new works by Brooklyn-based artist Sylvanus Shaw, is at the Fraunces Tavern Museum. In this site-specific exhibition, Shaw utilizes images from the Museum's permanent collection, invoking imagery of early American statehood in media ranging from oil on panel to collaged holograms, security envelopes, and other mediums.
Through March 16, 2015. Place: Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Admission: $7; $4 (seniors, students, children 6-8); free (children under 5 and active duty military). For more information, click here

Sept. 13 and Sept. 14: Through Oct. 3, the historic lighthouse tender, Lilac, moored at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park, has been transformed into a Floating Library. The project, created and organized by artist Beatrice Glow, offers opportunities aboard the ship for reading, writing, research, debate and "fearless dreaming." Activities take place almost daily from Wednesday to Sunday, with varying hours. This weekend, there will be a bookbinding workshop on
Sept. 13 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Also on Sept. 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., artist Jerinic will be in the ship's pilothouse to talk about navigation and her installation, "Leading Lights" in the pilothouse windows - maps of constellations in the September sky. On Sept. 14, there will be a hands-on workshop making rope bracelets out of paper and fabric scraps from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the ship's Wardroom. Also on Sunday, Sept. 14 in the Wardroom, Amanda Toiber will conduct a book art workshop in which participants can make their own books. Place: Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. Time: 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Cost: Free. For more information, click here.    
Sept. 13: The Governors Island Art Fair has filled 100 rooms on Colonel's Row with paintings, photography, sculpture, installations, video, and sound art. Run by artists for artists, New York's largest independent exhibition is in its 7th year. GIAF organizers, 4heads, received proposals from New York and from around the world for this show. Admission is free. Catalogues are available for purchase for $20. Time: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 28. Ferries to Governors Island leave from the Battery Maritime Building (10 South St.) in Lower Manhattan and from Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 (at the end of Atlantic Avenue, at Columbia Street) in Brooklyn. The ferry ride costs $2 (adults); $1 (seniors). For directions and more information call (212) 673-9074 or click here.

Sept. 14: A three-hour Block Party Workshop at Bowne Printers (part of the South Street Seaport Museum) will teach participants how to carve and print linoleum blocks. Bowne's resident printer, Ali Osborn, will then use everyone's design to print a poster on Bowne's vintage Vandercook press. All materials supplied. Registration required. Place: 211 Water St. Time: 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Fee: $50; $45 (South Street Seaport Museum members). For more information or to make a reservation, email or call (646) 628-2707.

Sept. 14: Joyce Gold, who teaches Manhattan history at New York University, is offering a tour of Jewish Colonial Manhattan. The first Jewish immigrants to Manhattan arrived in 1654 after their ship was blown off course as they attempted to sail from the Caribbean to Amsterdam. Peter Stuyvesant, the governor of Nieuw Amsterdam, wanted them gone, but his bosses in Amsterdam, the Dutch West India Company, overruled him. Highlights of the tour include the site of the first synagogue in North America, the 18th century Jewish ghetto and the Minuit Plaza flagpole with its inscription honoring the original 23 Jews in New York. Place: Meet at the Museum of the American Indian, south side of Bowling Green. Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $20; $15 (seniors, 62+). No reservations necessary. For more information, click here.

Sept. 19: Go for a walking tour of the historic South Street Seaport with an educator from the South Street Seaport Museum. Place: Meet on Pier 16 at the Visitors Services kiosk. Time: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets: $12; $8 (students and seniors); $5 (children); free (members). Also, on Sept. 24 and other dates at varying times. For more information and to buy tickets, click here. The ticket price includes admission to the museum's historic ships, Peking and Ambrose.

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: "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, Nov. 15, 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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