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Volume 1, No. 121  Sept. 22, 2014
Quote of the day:
"This is where everyone in the city came to get their food. Restaurants would get their food here - and it was coming right off the boats, right next door." - Jay Ledoux, manager of the Tribeca Greenmarket, describing the Washington Market that occupied that site for around 150 years.
* Tribeca Greenmarket manager shows Washington Market pix
* Comptroller Stringer wants to channel Battery Park City funds to the NYCHA
* Clipper City runs aground near Statue of Liberty 
* Bits & Bytes: BPC Parks Conservancy's new website; NYC's billionaires; Hazardous bridges
* Letter to the editor: Meetings and hearings on Howard Hughes Corp. Seaport plans
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Old Seaport Street Fest; Free senior swim; Citzen preparedness
* Battery Park City Block Party: Sept. 27
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Sept. 22
* Calendar

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Tribeca Greenmarket, peaches.  Sept. 20, 2014. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


Jay Ledoux, manager of the Tribeca Greenmarket on Greenwich Street just north of Chambers, has created a photo exhibit about the Washington Market that sprawled over this site for around 150 years. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Shoppers at the Tribeca Greenmarket on Greenwich Street just north of Chambers may hear the shouts of children at play on the other side of the wrought iron fence that separates them from Washington Market Park. For around 150 years, from 1812 to the mid-1960s, they would have heard sounds of a different kind: vendors hawking their wares, the squawk of live poultry, horses neighing as they pulled heavily laden carts through narrow alleys, crammed with people.

These were the sounds of the Washington Market, which, at its height, sprawled over the streets between Fulton and Vesey Streets, Washington and West with more than 500 stalls. It supplied an astonishing array of food to home cooks, food shops and restaurants at a time when transportation and refrigeration issues dictated that food had to be locally sourced.

Jay Ledoux, manager of the Tribeca Greenmarket, knew something of this history and wanted to know more. He did some research on the Washington Market and then decided to create an exhibit of photographs with historical annotations that he hung on the Washington Market Park fence on Saturday, Sept. 20. He said that people loved it. He will be bringing the exhibit back for the Wednesday market on Sept. 24.

Ledoux, who majored in French and international studies at Louisiana State University, came to New York City recently, "just to live somewhere different with different opportunities," he said. "Me landing at this market was just really by chance, but I've taken a strong liking to it! "

He said that he was interested in history and the history of Tribeca. When he learned there was a huge market there before the Greenmarket, he said, "I was really curious about what it was like and how it operated and who came there and the impact it had on the neighborhood. I found out that it had a surprisingly long and storied history."

The Washington Market opened during the War of 1812, according to Ledoux's research, when scarcity made it lucrative to sell food to New Yorkers. By 1818, it had 35 stalls, mostly selling cattle. Products for the market arrived in flat-bottomed boats from New Jersey and Long Island.

Among the photographs and drawings that Ledoux collected, he said that he found one of the most interesting to be a depiction of the market from 1866, when it supplied food for around two million people a day.

Washington Market in 1866. 
I really like this one because it's early on and really close to the water before they added a lot of landfill to make that part of Manhattan wider," he said. "It shows Washington Market from the southeast corner of Fulton and Washington Street. It's near the modern World Trade site. You can see from the picture that it's super packed full of people. This is where everyone in the city came to get their food. Restaurants would get their food here - and it was coming right off the boats, right next door."

The market began to decline in the 1940s and '50s. Supermarkets became popular. Developers looked at the piers, warehouses and food processing plants interspersed among Federal and Greek Revival townhouses that showed the wear and tear of more than a century, and saw an opportunity to make money. In 1967, the food vendors were relocated to Hunts Point in the Bronx and the old buildings were torn down to make way for high-rise apartments and office buildings.

But the connection to the past did not disappear entirely. Ledoux found to his surprise,
"that some of the vendors who still sell at the Greenmarket had families who sold at the Washington Market."

Pamela Clarke Torres of Prospect Hill Orchards. 
Pamela Clarke Torres' family is among them. She is a descendant of Nathaniel Clarke, who started a farm in Milton, N.Y. in 1817. The Clarke family still owns the land and sells its produce under the name Prospect Hill Orchards.

"In our town, Milton, there was a night boat that left for the city," Torres said. "There was a fruit exchange and all the farmers would bring their fruit to that fruit exchange and the night boat would bring it down to this market. That was in the 1860s to the 1880s."

When Torres told her grandfather, Leonard Clarke, that she would be selling fruit at the Tribeca Greenmarket, she said he was "super excited because he remembered bringing berries down in the 1920s and 1930s to the night boat."   

The seventh generation of the Clarke family is now farming the land in Milton. Though small, the Tribeca Greenmarket, like the Washington Market before it, enables family farms to endure by providing an outlet for what the farmers produce and it enables city dwellers to eat food whose abundance and freshness their ancestors would have taken for granted.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Jay Ledoux with pictures of the Washington Market from the 1940s.




Rector Place in Battery Park City. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer views Battery Park City as a cash cow that can help repair New York City Housing Authority properties, most of them riddled with structural and maintenance problems.

Based on projected revenue flows, the Comptroller's office estimates that the Battery Park City Authority will generate around $400 million in surplus funds over approximately 10 years, with the bulk of the new receipts starting in fiscal year 2016. In the past, these dollars (known as 7(A)(ii) funds) have been dedicated to affordable housing in general, most recently under the  Settlement Agreement signed by the Comptroller, the Mayor and the BPCA in 2010.

But, says Stringer, "The to-do list at NYCHA is long and getting longer, from broken windows and peeling paint, to faulty heaters and leaking roofs. As federal disinvestment continues to chip away at NYCHA's already stressed budget, the Federal, State and City governments must find new revenue streams for public housing, and use those dollars to help achieve a state of good repair at all NYCHA facilities."

Stringer's call to siphon BPCA funds into the NYCHA comes in the wake of new data showing that conditions at the NYCHA are deteriorating more rapidly than at market-rent or rent-stabilized buildings. Specifically, a recent report from the Comptroller's Office, "How New York Lives: An Analysis of the City's Housing Maintenance Conditions," found that in 2011, 79 percent of NYCHA apartments had at least one deficiency, up from 60 percent in 2002.

The report also noted that the number of broken or missing windows in NYCHA housing surged by 945 percent from 2005 to 2011. In 2011, broken or missing windows were observed in NYCHA buildings at three times the rate of the overall housing stock. There were also major problems with heating.

In a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and to Dennis Mehiel, chairman of the Battery Park City Authority, Stringer recommended that the estimated $400 million in BPCA dollars be dedicated to major capital repairs at NYCHA facilities, with the understanding that if additional surplus funds are generated, every effort should be made to direct those dollars to more of NYCHA's capital needs. The Comptroller recommended the funds be tracked to ensure that they supplement, not supplant, current revenue sources, and that they are expended in a manner that equitably and efficiently addresses the most pressing needs of NYCHA residents.

Robin Forst, a spokesperson for the Battery Park City Authority had no comment on Stringer's recommendation.

Battery Park City is a 92 acre mixed-use development site owned and managed by the Battery Park City Authority, a New York State public benefit corporation. New York City gets two revenue streams from BPCA - PILOT payments (payments in lieu of taxes), which totaled $112 million in fiscal year 2014 and excess revenues, known as 7(A)(ii) monies, which totaled $46 million in FY 2014 but are estimated by the BPCA to be closer to $40 million in the current fiscal year. These monies represent any surplus that remains after other operating and debt service costs and other specified needs at BPCA.

"I commend our City Comptroller's push to bring these funds into what most everyone agrees they were meant for: affordable housing," said Tom Goodkind, a member of Community Board 1 who lives in Battery Park City and has been a leader in trying to identify affordable and rent-stabilized housing in Lower Manhattan.

But, Goodkind added, "The BPCA and our elected officials should take a closer look at the very neighborhood that is generating these funds. Our local tenants here in Battery Park City may face eviction soon due to unaffordable prices. Will the excess monies we are generating assist our own residents? And if not, why not?"

Goodkind noted that there are currently hundreds of affordable units in Battery Park City that will cease to be affordable when rent benefits to the owners expire. He specifically mentioned the Solaire, where rent benefits expire in 2017 and 50 Battery Place where benefits expire a year later. "These and other expirations coming right behind these two will not only end affordability but also stabilization for all tenants in these local buildings, placing thousands of Battery Park City tenants' futures in jeopardy," he said.

"Extending local affordability and stabilization past these deadlines is imperative to insuring our neighborhood residents' right to tenure, and keeping Battery Park City from becoming a community of transients, which would be like having no community at all."

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


Clipper City. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

By all accounts, the 121 passengers aboard Clipper City were having a good time on the afternoon of Sept. 20. It was one of those brilliant days of late summer when the sun is warm but not too warm, and the sky is blue. At noon, Clipper City, a 158-foot-long, steel-hulled replica of a mid-19th century cargo schooner, left her berth in Battery Park for a one-hour-and-45-minute sail around New York harbor. The passengers were to get a taste five kinds of beer, eat charcuterie and cheese from Stinky Brooklyn and get an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty.

It was that rendezvous with the Statue of Liberty that did the ship in. Around 1:10 p.m., her engine failed not far from the statue.

"We lost propulsion and swung into a muddy oyster bed," said Tom Berton, owner of Manhattan by Sail, operator of the Clipper City. "The wind sort of pushed us that way. The crew did as well as they could after they lost propulsion. When it became clear that they were not making way, they deployed anchor. It was pretty controlled."

Berton said that most of the boat was in deep water, but it was low tide so part of the boat was on the oyster bed.

The crew immediately checked the boat's bilges and found that Clipper City had not taken on water. "That was officially confirmed by the Coast Guard," Berton said.

That gave enough time to get the passengers off without panic. It took around an hour for boats from the NYPD, the FDNY and the Coast Guard to offload the passengers and take them to North Cove Marina in Battery Park City.

"Everybody was safe," said Berton. "The passengers were in good spirits when they got off the boat."

He said that Manhattan by Sail will offer to take them sailing again - but it may not be this season.

Berton believes that Clipper City wasn't damaged, but the boat is being carefully inspected to be sure. The propulsion issues are also being investigated.

"When we think we're ready to sail, the Coast Guard will do an inspection," he said.


Clipper City would normally be sailing the harbor through Oct. 12, but since so little remains of the current sailing season, it's possible that the boat will just go to its winter quarters. 


Manhattan by Sail has insurance for damage to the boat but not for business interruption. "It's prohibitively expensive for an operation like this," said Berton.

Ordinarily, Clipper City would go out three to five times a day, so the accident could represent a significant loss of revenue.

After dealing with his crippled ship and making sure that its passengers and crew were all right, Berton had another appointment. There was supposed to be a wedding on board Clipper City that night with around 100 guests.

The couple had wanted to be married in front of the Statue of Liberty. Instead, they got married at India House on Hanover Square.  

"They still found it in their hearts to invite me to the party and I married them," said Berton. "That was at 6:30 p.m. They were very understanding. This was not the way they had wanted it, but they were happily married."


He said that when they were ready, he would take them out on his other sailboat, the Shearwater, for a "do-over" ceremony in front of the statue.


- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Bits & Bytes
The yacht Nice N' Easy, one of the largest in the world, moored in North Cove Marina in Battery Park City. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy's new website:
At the Battery Park City Authority's
BPCA Chairman Mehiel looking at the new BPC Parks Conservancy website.
board of directors meeting on Sept. 23, BPCA president Shari Hyman unveiled a new website for the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. It has an interactive map of Battery Park City and a clear and up-to-date listing of events along with information about public art, dog runs, the Stuyvesant High School Community Center and more. People will be able to use the website to sign up for events and pay for those that require payment. "This is a start," said Hyman. "We're very excited about it. We started in April and here it is. We're very proud of it." To see the new website, click here

"Congress Cutting it Close on TRIA,", 9/22/14. New York City has been called a prime target for terrorists, which makes terrorism risk insurance a topic of interest in this town. "At one point it seemed the renewal of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act was gaining momentum and on track to comfortably meet its yearend deadline," says "That optimistic view, though, did not take into account an unexpected vote to consider President Obama's request for funding a stepped up attack against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria - or the possibility that Congress would adjourn early. Which it did last week. On Thursday the House sent representatives home more than a week earlier than expected for a fall session that already had been cut short. They won't be back until after the elections, leaving a fairly short period for the act to be renewed."
The House of Representative wants to scale back the act but, says, "Lobbyists for the act, a group that represents an array of industries from real estate to insurance, are planning a huge push for November." For the complete article, click here.

"NYC has the world's highest percentage of billionaires," The Real Deal, 9/19/14. Hardly a day goes by without another multimillion dollar condo going on the market. Who's buying them? New York City is awash in the wealthy. "Billionaires care more about cities than countries, according to a new report, and the metropolis at the top of their list is New York City," says The Real Deal. "The world's population of billionaires has grown to 2,325, with 155 individuals crossing the 10-figure line since 2013, according to UBS and Wealth-X's 2014 Billionaire Census. New York City is now home to 103 billionaires, the most of any city in the world." For the complete article, click here.

"Protesters stage Wall Street climate crisis sit-in," Crain's New York Business, 9/22/14. "A day after more than 100,000 people marched to warn that climate change is destroying the Earth, more than a thousand activists gathered Monday in lower Manhattan's financial district, chanting, carrying signs and-in some places-sitting down in the street to protest what they said was corporate and economic institutions' role in the climate crisis. There were reports of some isolated arrests of protesters, who police said did not obtain a permit for the rally. But by and large, the police, office workers and tourists watched alike as the activists chanted: 'We can't take this climate heat; we've got to shut down Wall Street,' and bounced two large, inflatable balloons meant to represent carbon dioxide bubbles. Police later punctured the balloons. Ben Shapiro, an urban farmer and bread-maker from Youngstown, Ohio, said he didn't participate in Sunday's march but came specifically on Monday because he's concerned about fracking, a technique that cracks open rock layers to free natural gas, and feels the financial system enables pollution." For the complete article, click here.

"'Blue Bloods' crew to film suicide scene in Battery Park," New York Post, 9/21/14. "Residents of Manhattan's Battery Park should not be alarmed by an apparent suicide at kids' favorite Teardrop Park Tuesday - its just an episode of CBS's cop drama 'Blue Bloods,'" says the New York Post. "The series, starring Bridget Moynahan, Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, is due to film in Teardrop Park, an urban oasis popular among parents with young kids that includes a playground, on Tuesday morning." For the complete article, click here.

"Program to Give Legal Help to Young Migrants," New York Times, 9/22/14. The New York Immigration Court at 26 Federal Plaza between Duane and Worth Streets in Lower Manhattan has seen a surge in youth deportation cases, according to The New York Times. "The New York City Council and two philanthropic foundations are combining forces to provide legal representation and other services to some 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children facing possible deportation under a new accelerated court process," says The Times. "Advocates for immigrants fear that the children, often fleeing abuse or gang violence, will otherwise be denied due process." The Times quotes Eric Weingartner, a managing director at the Robin Hood Foundation, one of the two charities contributing grants, who said, "Without a lawyer, you're four times as likely to be sent back to your country than if you do have one." According to The Times, "The Council on Tuesday is to earmark $1 million, officials said; the Robin Hood Foundation is committing $550,000, and the New York Community Trust, $360,000." For the complete article, click here.

"Living City: A Tale of Two Bridges," New York Times, 9/18/14. This interesting video from The New York Times addresses the structural problems in the 131-year-old Brooklyn Bridge and the Tappan Zee Bridge, which opened in 1955 and was only designed to last 50 years. "With thousands of bridges in New York State deemed structurally deficient, there are two choices: repair or rebuild. The 60-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge are the latest examples," says the brief promo accompanying the video. The video includes photographs and old film footage of the Lower Manhattan waterfront. Some of this will be of particular relevance to people who are deciding the future of the South Street Seaport and its relationship to the Brooklyn Bridge. To see the video, click here.

Letter to the editor
Members of the public at a Town Hall meeting on Jan. 13, 2014 to weigh in on the future of the South Street Seaport. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

To the editor:

(Re: "Howard Hughes Corporation now admits it has plans for Schermerhorn Row but won't say what they are," DPNYC, 9/17/14.)

Thank you for the Howard Hughes Corporation update.

You said in your article that "on Sept. 29 the Howard Hughes Corporation will be presenting the contents of their Landmarks Preservation Commission application to the Seaport Working Group and then on Oct. 22, CB1 is having a special Landmarks Committee meeting for HHC to present their application to the Landmarks Committee with the Seaport and the Planning Committees invited for a recommendation from the Landmarks Committee. After that, HHC has their Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing on Nov. 18."

Are any of these meetings open to the public?

Caroline Miller

From the editor:
The Howard Hughes report to the Seaport Working Group on Sept. 29 is not open to the public, but the other two meetings are and public comments are permitted at both of them. Members of the public are allowed to comment at the Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing on Nov. 18 by registering when they arrive. They are usually given around three minutes for their remarks.

We welcome letters to the editor. Email them to We reserve the right to edit them for clarity and length.


Downtown bulletin board

At a press conference on Sept. 8, Reps. Peter King (foreground) and Carolyn Maloney (shaking hands with an ill clean-up worker) were among the politicians urging the reauthorization of the James Zadroga Act providing medical care and financial assistance to people sickened by the World Trade Center attacks.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Old Seaport Street Fest: The Old Seaport Alliance is throwing a party on Sept. 27 from noon to 10 p.m. Come to Peck Slip plaza for live music, food, art performances, free yoga and more. For more information, click here.

Free senior swim:
Seniors can swim for free at the Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St. from Monday through Thursday, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The Community Center offers aerobic water classes for seniors on Mondays and Thursdays at 12:45 p.m. To register, click here or call Lily at (212) 766-1104, ext. 221.

High Holiday services:
Chabad Wall Street is holding High Holiday services on Rosh Hashana (Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 25 at 9:30 a.m. with shofar blowing at around 12:30 p.m.) and on Yom Kippur (Friday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 4 at 9:30 p.m.). Services are free, but there is a suggested donation of $180. RSVP required. Reserve by email only: Place: Reserve Cut, 40 Broad St.

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.


The pet parade at the Battery Park City Block Party in 2013.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The 13th Annual Battery Park City Block Party takes place on Sat., Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 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. Here's the schedule:


On Stage:

11:30 a.m.: Honor neighbors Tammy Meltzer, Deborah DiIorio and Abraham Merchant.

Noon on: Live music and dance, pet parade, demonstrations. 

4:15 p.m.: Gather around for the traditional closing sing-along of "Downtown" and "New York, New York!"


In the Marina:  

 Go to the Welcome Table to buy a ticket for a 45-minute-long ride on the Big Toot. Tickets are just $5 and all proceeds go to Wounded Warriers.  

Board the Arabella (North Cove Marina, docked right next to the Block Party) and hang out during the Block Party. Cash bar on board.  


In the Kids' Area:  

Rides, games, arts and crafts and sports.


On the Plaza:  

Food from your favorite BPC restaurants. Numerous tables of activities and items for sale from BPC residents, businesses and organizations.

2:30 p.m.: Bubblegum Blowing Contest. Check in at the Welcome Table to join by 2:15 p.m.
Build a scarecrow. Bring it to the Liberty Community Gsrdens table by 2:45 p.m.
Prizes awarded


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.


Community Fundraising for Wounded Warriors

Help raise money for Wounded Warriors' local chapter by baking cookies, loaves or brownies to be sold at our BPC Kids' Table next to the Welcome Table. Drop off your baked goods by 11 a.m. 




At CB1's full board meeting, the Battery Park City Committee will report on the hazards of crossing West Street at Liberty Street. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Community Board 1's monthly full-board meeting takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 23 starting at 6 p.m. This month, it will be held at the Downtown Boathouse at Pier 26. The Pier 26 boathouse is located on the southern end of Hudson River Park at West Street just north of North Moore Street.

All are welcome to attend. The meeting begins with a public comment section at which anyone may speak for one to two minutes. Graeme Birchall, president of the Downtown Boathouse will welcome the meeting and it will be addressed by Madelyn Wils, President, Hudson River Park Trust. Most of the meeting consists of reports from Community Board 1 committees. Here's the agenda:

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

II. Welcome
Graeme Birchall, President, Downtown Boathouse
Madelyn Wils, President, Hudson River Park Trust

III. Business Session
A) Adoption of July 2014 minutes
B) Chairperson's Report - C. McVay Hughes
C) District Manager's Report - N. Pfefferblit

IV. Committee Reports

A) Financial District Committee R. Sheffe
1) Report on the Battery Conservancy update
2) Report on Broadway Phase 1 Project update
3) 41 John St., application for a wine and beer license for Chopping Block - Resolution
4) 92 Fulton St., application for an appeal pursuant General City Law and zoning waiver to construct a building as-of-right within the bed of a mapped but un-built street - Resolution
5) Building 301, Governors Island, application for approval of Artist Studio for Spaceworks - Resolution
6) 106 Liberty St., application for a beer license for Powell Foods of 2445, LLC d/b/a Burger King - Resolution
7) 99 Washington Street, application for a liquor license for Golden Seahorse LLC & Amazon Restaurant & Bar Inc. as manager and Crescent Hotels Resorts LLC as manager - Resolution
8) 94˝ Greenwich Street, application for a wine and beer license for AJ'S Eatery Corp., d/b/a Café De Novo - Resolution
9) 108 John St., application for a liquor license for Thai Sliders - Resolution
10) Street Activity Permit for Coenties Slip Greenmarket from 9/18 to 11/20, 2014, Coenties Slip between Water Street and Pearl Street - Resolution
11) Street Activity Permit for Chabad of Wall Street on 10/26/2014, Fulton Street, between Broadway and Nassau Street - Resolution

B) Youth & Education Committee T. Joyce
1) High School of Economics and Finance - Report
2) Community Education Programs - Report
3) 4th Grade ELA scores of our local schools - Report
4) Support for WTC Pediatric Study Proposal "Early Identification of WTC Conditions on Adolescents" - Resolution

C) Battery Park City Committee A. Notaro
1) Ferry horns and other quality of life impacts - Report
2) Safety of intersection of Liberty and West Streets - Report
3) Sidewalk café regulations - Report
4) Discussion of Rent Protection Laws - Report
5) BPC Parks Enforcement Patrol - Report

D) Seaport/Civic Center Committee J. Fratta
1) Status of South Street Seaport land use applications - Report
2) Proposal for Fulton Market Building food and beverage service - Report
3) Peck Slip Park - Update
4) Imagination playground staff and repairs - Report
5) Old Seaport Block Party, Sept. 27, 2014 - Report
6) Jerry Driscoll Walk - Resolution
7) 113 Nassau St., application for Board of Standards and Appeals Special Permit for a physical culture establishment - Resolution
8) 111 Fulton St., application for restaurant wine and beer license for Fulton Quality Foods LLC d/b/a GRK - Resolution

E) Planning Committee J. Galloway
1) World Trade Center Quarterly Update - Report
2) Silverstein Properties - Report
3) 9/11 Memorial & Museum Overview - Report
4) Community Board 1 Housing Reports - Report
5) Draft Unit Owner's Guide - Report
6) Scheduling of Planning Committee meetings - Report
7) 92 Fulton St., Inclusionary Housing Program Application - Resolution

F) Landmarks Committee R. Byrom
1) 456 Greenwich St., application for elevator and stair bulkhead - Resolution
2) 184 Duane Street. application for penthouse enlargement - Resolution

G) Quality of Life Committee P. Moore
1) Construction Update by NYC DOT - Report
2) Update on improvements in the area around the 9/11 Memorial by NYC DOT - Report
3) Fire Safety Forum - Report

H) Tribeca Committee J. Ehrlich
1) Schematic Geometric and Landscape Design for NYC DDC Bogardus Plaza Project HWPLZ012M - Report
2) 67 Murray St., application for liquor license for Kinjo Inc. d/b/a Gunbae - Report
3) 105 Reade St., application for corporate change for Sazon Inc. - Resolution
4) Application to transfer restaurant liquor license for 90 Chambers Street to Kaede Japanese Cuisine, Inc. - Resolution
5) 20 Warren Street, application for a liquor license for an entity to be formed by Joseph Crotty - Resolution
6) 285 West Broadway, application for alteration of liquor license to extend operating hours for Haus - Resolution
7) 281 West Broadway, application for renewal of sidewalk café license for Pepolino's - Resolution
8) 35 Avenue of the Americas, application for renewal of sidewalk café license for AOA Bar and Grill - Resolution

VI. Old Business
VII. New Business
VIII. Adjournment

CALENDAR: Week of Sept. 22
Through Oct. 4, the historic lighthouse tender, Lilac, moored at Pier 25, has been transformed into a Floating Library. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


Sept. 24: 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. Place: Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. Time: 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Cost: Free. For more information, click here.   

Sept. 24: 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: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets: $12; $8 (students and seniors); $5 (children); free (members). Also, on Sept. 26, Oct. 2 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.  
Sept. 27: 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.  Also, 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. 28: The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy presents "Wildlife Tales of the City" with naturalist and New York Times contributor, Dave Taft. He will discuss growing up with bats in Brooklyn and watching wild turkeys in Lower Manhattan. He will tell how to look for birds and rare native plants in Battery Park City's gardens. Place: 6 River Terrace in Battery Park City. Time: 2 p.m. Free. 


Last call: 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.  
Last call: "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. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through Sept. 28. Place: Governors Island. Time: 10:20 a.m. Also at 11:20 a.m. Free.

Last call: 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. Wednesday to Sunday through Sept. 28. 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.

Ongoing: "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

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