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Volume 1, No. 132  Oct. 17, 2014

 * Taste of the Seaport fundraiser draws crowds to the South Street Seaport
* Bits & Bytes: $48M Tribeca mansion; Calatrava church; Downtown rent rises; Downtown safety
* Downtown Bulletin Board: South Street Seaport forum; Anti-fracking town hall;  Lilac fundraiser
* Getting ready for Halloween
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Oct. 20
* Calendar

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A child at Taste of the Seaport. Oct. 18, 2014. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


The Howard Hughes Corporation helped sponsor the Taste of the Seaport and was a prominent presence on graphics and in other ways during the annual fundraising event for the Spruce Street and Peck Slip schools. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

By all appearances, the PTAs of the Spruce Street School (PS 397) and the Peck Slip School (PS 343) brought in a good haul on Saturday, Oct. 18 during the 5th annual Taste of the Seaport. Front Street between Fulton Street and Peck Slip was crowded, with more crowds on Peck Slip, where there were activities for kids.

Proceeds from the event will be divided equally between the two schools to fund arts and enrichment programs.

More than 25 restaurants participated in this year's Taste of the Seaport, offering introductory portions of the food on their menus at a cost of $35 for five tastes or $120 for a family pack of 20 tastes. Among the restaurants was Da Claudio, whose owners, Claudio and Linda Marini, were partners with Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque at the popular Barbarini at 227 Front St. until Superstorm Sandy demolished the restaurant on Oct. 29, 2012.

Barbagallo and Luque elected on stay on Front Street at their old location, now called Barbalu. The Marinis have relocated to 21 Ann St. in the Financial District, where they said that they expect to open their new restaurant in four to six weeks.

The Taste of the Seaport event had several corporate sponsors, including Whole Foods Tribeca, which printed the festival map, but the most prominent corporate presence was The Howard Hughes Corporation.

At the intersection of Front and Fulton Streets, a man was giving out maps listing the festival participants and where to find them. He was wearing a Howard Hughes T-shirt that said "Support the vision for NYC's Original Waterfront District" along with the logo that Howard Hughes has developed for the South Street Seaport.

When asked what that vision was, he said it was to develop Pier 17 and the Fulton Market Building, where Howard Hughes has granted a lease to iPic, a movie chain that specializes in an encapsulated movie-going "experience," as iPic likes to call it, with dinner accompanying the movie as customers watch from reclining chairs equipped with pillows and blankets.

"Does the vision include the rest of the Seaport?" the young man was asked. He said, no, just Pier 17 and the Fulton Market Building.

An insert in the festival maps that he was distributing did, indeed, depict those two structures. Under the heading, "The Revitalization of Pier 17," the insert mentioned that it will provide "new shopping and dining experiences for the neighborhood" along with "40% more waterfront open space" and "unobstructed ground level views to Brooklyn Bridge and the East River."

By now, Howard Hughes, which has a long-term lease on parts of the Seaport and has announced its desire to develop a high-rise hotel/apartment tower on the site of the New Market Building on South Street plus other changes to the Seaport, was supposed to have made the specifics of its proposals public. But a presentation to the Seaport Working Group, which is playing an advisory role in Seaport development, was cancelled as was a presentation to Community Board 1's Landmarks, Seaport and Planning Committees. This had been scheduled for Oct. 22.

A Hughes presentation to the city's Landmarks Preservation Committee has also been put off. So the public is being asked to support a vision for the South Street Seaport that is still largely under wraps.

Meanwhile, Hughes' financial contribution to Taste of the Seaport plus its prominent presence there will undoubtedly help to build good will in certain parts of the community so that when Hughes does unveil the remainder of its Seaport vision, the grateful recipients of HHC's largesse will be inclined to support whatever Howard Hughes has in mind.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

The Howard Hughes Corporation booth at the annual Taste of the Seaport had a wheel that could be spun to win a free T-shirt, umbrella, ice skating pass or discounts at South Street Seaport shops.


Bits & Bytes

An NYPD patrol boat on the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Inside the Tribeca mansion asking $48M," The Real Deal, 10/18/14. "Financier Mark Zittman has relisted his massive 11,300-square-foot home in Tribeca for $48 million," says The Real Deal. "Located at 2 North Moore Street, the building was dubbed 'Our Suburb' by the wife of its creator Steven Schnall back in 2005, because of its three-car garage, 47-foot-long indoor swimming pool, and 1,500 square feet of private outdoor space, according to Curbed. It last listed in 2010 for $24 million." For the complete article, including many photographs, click here.

"New Look: The Beekman, 115 Nassau Street," New York YIMBY, 10/17/14. YIMBY has a fresh perspective on 5 Beekman St. "this time, featuring images that have not been steeped in an Instagram filter," it says. It likes what it sees. "Without the overly saturated colors, the building actually looks quite attractive," New York YIMBY opines. "Gerner Kronick + Valcarcal is designing the 47-story tower - located at 115 Nassau Street - which will rise on the backside of the Temple Court Building, at 5 Beekman Street. While the Temple Court is being turned into a 287-room hotel, its skyscraper sibling will have 68 condominium residences." For the article with photos, click here.

"Calatrava's Design for Ground Zero Church," Wall Street Journal, 10/15/14. The Wall Street Journal has posted a video on its website showing renderings of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church designed by Santiago Calatrava to replace the church's former building, destroyed on 9/11. It will overlook the 9/11 Memorial and is supposed to be finished in 2016. If the church lives up to the promise conveyed in the video, it will stand vigil day and night over the scene of great tragedy, offering solace to the grief-stricken and prayers for the dead. To see the video, click here.

"Razed by Terror Attacks, a Church Will Rise Anew," New York Times, 10/18/14. "Thirteen years ago, a small Greek Orthodox church with a ringing rooftop bell offered a reprieve from the city's furious financial nerve center, until it was crushed when the World Trade Center's south tower collapsed on Sept. 11," says The New York Times. "On Saturday, church officials blessed the ground where the new St. Nicholas church would rise. The original four-story building, its whitewashed sides surrounded by a parking lot, was home to a congregation of some 70 families. It was the only religious building destroyed during the attacks. New York officials and church leaders vowed to rebuild, but the process has been marred by disputes and prolonged negotiations.
The ceremony on Saturday, conducted by high-ranking members of the Greek Orthodox Church, was muted but hopeful. Under overcast skies that occasionally gave glimpses of the sun, Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York and former officials including Mayor David N. Dinkins and Gov. George E. Pataki were among the large crowd." The Times says that, "The new structure, to be called the St. Nicholas National Shrine, will be at Liberty Street, directly across from the National September 11 Memorial waterfalls, and will sit more than 20 feet above ground level. Officials said they hoped construction would be finished by 2017." For the complete article, click here.

"Downtown leads Manhattan in rent rises,"
Crain's New York Business, 10/14/14. "Leasing of office space in Manhattan through the third quarter of the year was on pace to set new records, with big deals involving upward of 100,000 square feet leading the charge, according to a report from real estate services giant CBRE Group Inc." The report was cited in Crain's New York Business, which went on to say that 25 large firms relocated in the first nine months of the year and that "the downtown market has enjoyed a particularly good year. There, more space has been leased than added to the market in each of the last 15 months, with the sole exception of January, when a big block at 1 World Trade Center hit the market. The leasing activity lowered the availability rate-space either on the market or that will be free within the next year-to 11.7%, just a hair above midtown's 11.1%. Meanwhile, asking rents downtown have risen 8% in the past nine months, outpacing the gains seen in the other two major Manhattan submarkets, midtown and midtown south." For the complete article, click here.

"How Safe Are Buildings in Lower Manhattan?" Commercial Observer, 10/15/14. "Thirteen years after Sept. 11, 2001, stakeholders, elected officials and security personnel in Lower Manhattan remain acutely aware that the 1.7-square-mile area south of Canal Street is still vulnerable to terrorism," says the Commercial Observer. "Because safety concerns for people and property remain paramount, unprecedented steps have been taken to ensure preparedness in the event of an emergency." The Commercial Observer quoted Melissa Coley, spokesperson for Brookfield Property Partners, who said, "We continue to evaluate risk and alter our security plan based on our risk assessment by providing a mix of motivated and well-trained security officers, technology, including access controls, and physical barriers to safeguard our property." For the complete article, click here.


Downtown bulletin board
A porthole on the South Street Seaport Museum's 103-year-old barque, Peking.  
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

South Street Seaport public forum:
Save Our Seaport (SOS) and the City Club of New York are co-sponsoring a South Street Seaport Public Forum on Nov. 10 with the latest news about the Seaport. New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Councilmember Margaret Chin will be among the speakers. There will also be updates about the South Street Seaport Museum, the waterfront, the Historic South Street Seaport District and bringing back a public market. The audience will be able to question the panelists and give input about next steps for the Seaport. Place: The Spruce Street School, 12 Spruce St. Time: 6 p.m. Seating is limited. To RSVP, click here.

Anti-fracking town hall meeting: New York State Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick invites you to an anti-fracking town hall meeting on Oct. 29. A panel discussion will explore the effects of hydraulic fracturing on our water and food sheds, and strategies for keeping fracking out of New York State permanently. Speakers will include Walter Hang, President, Toxic Targeting, Inc.; Erin Heaton, Anti-Fracking Activist; Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick. Place:
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Ave., Room U100; Time: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Event Cosponsors: Community Board 1, Community Board 2, Community Board 3, Community Board 4, State Senator Brad Hoylman, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Councilmember Corey Johnson, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Bleecker Area Merchants & Residential Association, Downtown Independent Democrats, Downtown Progressive Democrats, Stonewall Democrats of New York City, Village Independent Democrats, Village Reform Democratic Club.

Fundraiser: The Lilac Preservation Project, custodian of the landmarked lighthouse tender, Lilac, berthed at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park, is holding a cocktail fundraiser on Nov. 12 at Circle Rouge, 241 West Broadway. Proceeds from tickets and a silent auction will help to maintain the ship. Time: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tickets: $50; $35 (early bird price through Oct. 20); $25 (Lilac volunteers); free to those who formerly served on the ship. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Connection bus lost and found: If you lose something on the Downtown Connection bus - the free shuttle bus that runs daily between the South Street Seaport and Broadway near City Hall - the best way to inquire about it is via the "Contact Us" link on the Downtown Alliance's website. (The Downtown Alliance runs the Connection bus.) Here's the link:

In the farmers' market: Jay Ledoux, manager of the Tribeca Greenmarket on Greenwich Street just north of Chambers Street, writes to tell us that farmers in the Wednesday market are carrying spinach, red leaf lettuce, romaine and cauliflower and that on Saturdays, shoppers will find celery, brussels sprouts, fennel, leeks, baby scallion, baby onion, jerusalem artichoke, peanuts, napa cabbage and jujubes. Both markets are open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tributes for Zelda: The Battery Conservancy continues to receive notes and photographs from Zelda's many admirers. The wild turkey, who took up residence in historic Battery Park in 2003, was killed in an automobile accident around three weeks ago. The Battery Conservancy has set up a Zelda tribute page on its website. To see it, click here.

The Halloween puppy parade in Battery Park City, 2013. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Halloween is actually a very serious holiday, and not just an opportunity to acquire a truckload of candy. The name is a contraction of All Hallows' Day, a time in many Christian traditions to remember the dead. But its origins may go back to the pagan celebration of Samhain, a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the long nights of winter.

For those who prefer to focus on costumes and candy, here are some Downtown options.

Puppy Parade: The 13th annual Battery Park City Puppy Parade starts at noon on Oct. 25. Pups and their owners will meet at the South Cove arbor on the Battery Park City esplanade and parade north to the North Cove Marina. There will be prizes for the best costume (for large breeds and small breeds); the best owner and dog combo; the best dog team costume; and a tail-wagging contest for small and large dogs. The puppy parade is sponsored by Le Pet Spa and the BPC Dog Association. The rain date is Oct. 26. Check if the weather looks bad or call Le Pet Spa at (212) 786-9070. To join the BPC Dog Association, email

Howlin' Halloween: Celebrate on Oct. 26 at Fulton and Front Streets in the South Street Seaport. Howlin' Halloween, hosted by FiDi Families, will begin at 11 a.m. with a concert by Music for Aardvarks. At 11:30 a.m., there will be free photos at a photo booth and a mini-pumpkin decorating station. Insomnia Cookies, GoGo squeeZ and Bitsy's Brainfood will provide treats. There will be raffle prizes and costume parades for kids and pets. Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Charity photo shoot at Vince Smith Hair Experience: For the second year, Vince Smith Hair Experience at 300 Rector Place is throwing a Halloween party and photo shoot to benefit Save the Children. On Oct. 31, stop by the salon to get a professional portrait of yourself, your kids and your pets in costume for a $25 donation.

Last year, Vince Smith raised more than $1,000 to benefit three communities aided by Save the Children. "They do amazing work," he said. "They give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When disaster strikes they put children's needs first. They advocate for and achieve large-scale change for children. They save children's lives."
Come in costume and have your photo taken, or just stop by for some refreshments and make a donation. Place: 300 Rector Place. Time: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call (212) 945-1590.



Children playing in the newly opened Peck Slip Park. CB1's Seaport/Civic Center Committee will discuss how, or if, the space should be further developed.
 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Community Board 1 meetings take place at 49-51 Chambers St., Room 709, and start at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted. All are welcome to attend. Bring photo ID to enter the building.
Oct. 21:  Seaport/Civic Center Committee
* New York Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital - Update by Michael J. Fosina, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
* Peck Slip Park - Presentation by Jason Friedman, CB1 member & possible resolution
* 21 Ann St., application for change in method of operation of a restaurant liquor license for Tre Monelli LLC - Resolution
* 33 Peck Slip, application for a hotel liquor license for 33 Peck Slip Acquisition LLC d/b/a The Jade Hotel Seaport - Resolution
* 19 Fulton St., application for a new restaurant liquor license for B and T Fulton LLC d/b/a Ambrose Beer Garden - Resolution
* 18 Fulton St., application for a new restaurant liquor license for Superspace LLC d/b/a Ambrose Hall - Resolution
The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses:
         118 Nassau St., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Rest On Nassau, Inc. d/b/a Nassau Bar & Grill
Oct. 28: Public hearing for Community Board 1's capital and expense budget priorities for FY2016: A public hearing on Oct. 28 provides an opportunity for members of the Lower Manhattan community to let Community Board 1 know what their budget priorities are for the district. The board will finalize its priorities during the business session of the meeting following the hearing. Anyone in the community may attend and speak. This is a link to the budget priorities for FY 2015. For more information call (212) 442-5050 or email Place: National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, Diker Pavilion, 1st floor. Time: 6 p.m.

Oct. 28: CB1 Monthly Meeting - 6 p.m.
Location:         The National Museum of the American Indian
                        1 Bowling Green
                        Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Cultures, 1st floor
            Guest Speakers, John Haworth, Senior Executive, National Museum of the American Indian in New York and Dorothy Dougherty, Programs Director, National Archives at New York City
A tour of the National Museum of the American Indian will be conducted at 5:15 p.m. prior to the meeting. Please arrive at the ground floor at 5:15 p.m. to attend and RSVP to

CALENDAR: Week of Oct. 20
Examples of broadside posters printed by Ali Osborn and Gideon Finck at Bowne Printers in the South Street Seaport. At a workshop on Thursday, Oct. 23, participants can learn how to print broadside posters.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


 Oct. 22:  The South Street Seaport Museum will open its 12 Fulton St. galleries for a special tour of the two "old hotels" that occupied the Schermerhorn Row buildings in the 19th century. The two hotels  - Roger's Dining Salon and the Fulton Ferry Hotel - left behind faded wallpaper, partitioned rooms where the guests slept, the stairway they used for access, the laundry room and more. Of the two, the Fulton Ferry Hotel is the most famous thanks to Joseph Mitchell's piece for the New Yorker, published in his book "Up in the Old Hotel." Mitchell along with Louis Morino, owner of Sloppy Louie's, ascended the elevator shaft located at 93 South St. to discover the remains of the old, boarded-up hotel on the upper floors of the building. It was a haunting journey into a past that is still there and as evocative as ever. Time: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Tickets: $15; $12.50 (South Street Seaport Museum members). For tickets, click here.

Oct. 22: Bach at One. The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra perform the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, this week, Cabanilles Tiento in the Second Tone, BWV 105 & BWV 109. Place: St. Paul's Chapel, Broadway and Fulton Street. Time: 1 p.m. Free.

Oct. 23: Learn how to design and print a broadside poster from movable wood type at Bowne Printers. The workshop will also teach about inking, registration, proofing, make-ready and the physical origins of leading and character spacing. Workshop participants must be 16 or older. Place: Bowne Printers (part of the South Street Seaport Museum), 209 Water St. Time: 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Tickets: $75; $60 (museum members). For tickets, click here.

Oct. 23: Concerts at One presents professional vocal and instrumental performances of music by emerging and established artists. This week: Works by Bach, Handel and Palestrina performed by West Point Artists, Craig Williams, organ; William Owens, trumpet. Place: Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street. Time: 1 p.m. Free.

Oct. 25 Architectural historian Matthew Postal will lead a walking tour that starts in City Hall Park and heads north to New York City's largest concentration of Civil War-era buildings. This once leading retail corridor is populated with ornate Italianate-style structures of masonry and cast iron that housed the era's fashionable shops and large commercial establishments. Passing into the Tribeca and SoHo Historic Districts, Postal will point out Manhattan's earliest department store, photographer Mathew Brady's portrait studio, and the 1857 E.V. Haughwout & Company Store Building, a splendid cast iron edifice that was once frequented by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. The group will meet at the south entrance to City Hall Park, where Park Row meets Barclay Street. Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets: $25; $20 (students and seniors). For more information or to buy tickets, click here  

Through Oct. 25:
"Artist as Witness: 9/11 Responders Watercolors" by Aggie Kenny at the New York City Police Museum. This will be the Police Museum's last exhibit at its current location. The museum will close on Oct. 25. Place: 45 Wall St. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $5; children, free. For more information, click here.

Through Oct. 31: Artist and photographer Elisa Decker has an exhibit of photographs entitled "Hudson River Park from My Perch" in the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Decker took the photographs from her Westbeth apartment, recording the transformation of the landscape through weather and seasonal changes. Place: 1 Centre St., 19th floor (bring photo ID to enter the building). Time: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Weekends through Nov. 2: Art in the Park at Tompkinsville Park on Staten Island is a free ferry ride across New York harbor from Lower Manhattan, and a short walk from the ferry. Food, music and local artists. Oct. 19, Oct. 25, Oct. 26, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Tompkinsville Park, 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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