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Volume 3, No. 4  Jan. 26, 2016

"It's a fundamental value that communities should have a say in the decisions affecting them."
     - New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, who, with Assemblymember Deborah Glick, has introduced legislation in Albany mandating that a majority of the Battery Park City Authority board of directors consist of Battery Park City residents            

* Squadron and Glick introduce legislation in Albany mandating that Battery Park City residents constitute a majority of the Battery Park City Authority board of directors 
* Bits & Bytes: Governors Island pavilion; 70 Pine St. starts to receive tenants
* Downtown Bulletin Board: State of the Borough panel; Free workspace for artists
* Letters to the Editor: Howard Hughes Corp. gets a pass from Community Board 1
* The Battery Park City Authority's current RFPs
* Community Board 1 meeting: Jan. 26 agenda
* Calendar: Week of Jan. 25
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MASTHEAD PHOTO: A man shoveling snow on Rector Place. Jan. 24, 2016
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


At a Community Meeting on Dec. 16, 2015, Shari Hyman, president; Martha Gallo, board member; and Dennis Mehiel, chairman and CEO of the Battery Park City Authority heard Elizabeth Lara and other angry Battery Park City residents criticize the Authority for being oblivious to community needs and wishes and for making unilateral decisions that affect the welfare and quality of life of Battery Park City residents. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

For years, Community Board 1 and many residents of Battery Park City have been asking that more BPC residents have a seat on the Battery Park City Authority board of directors, but their request has gotten nowhere.

On Jan. 26, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick announced legislation (S6530/A9086) requiring majority local community representation on the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) Board.

The Battery Park City Authority is a New York State public benefit corporation, responsible for overseeing Battery Park City's 92 acres of apartment and office buildings, its marina and esplanades and its more than 32 acres of parkland. Current law does not require any local representatives on the Authority board.

Squadron and Glick's legislation would require that the BPCA board have a local community member majority. The Squadron/Glick legislation would ensure that the governance structure of BPCA changes to address the need for community engagement in running the thriving residential and commercial community that Battery Park City has become.

There are supposed to be seven people on the BPCA board, all of them nominated by the New York State governor and requiring approval by the State Senate. Six of the seven board positions are due for appointment within the year.

Squadron recently organized a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo calling for local board member appointments. Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Councilmember Margaret Chin also signed the letter.

In the past, Squadron has voted against some of the governor's nominations to the BPCA board, not because he thought there was anything inherently wrong with them except for the fact that they didn't live or work in Battery Park City.

Assemblymember Glick has also written to the governor on previous occasions to ask for local representation.

In addition, Squadron has put forward a proposal for the City to exercise its option to take over Battery Park City from the State. He believes that this would help to create a leadership structure with permanent local representation.

"Battery Park City has changed; the Battery Park City Authority should change with it,"  Squadron said. "It's a fundamental value that communities should have a say in the decisions affecting them. Lower Manhattan residents should have that opportunity in Battery Park City."

Borough president Brewer commented, "On issues ranging from recreational facilities to public safety, the Battery Park City Authority board has failed to include the Battery Park City community in its decision making. Building a BPCA board that is more accountable to and inclusive of the residents of this community is a worthy goal."

At the Community Board 1 full board meeting on Jan. 26, the composition of the Battery Park City board of directors is on the agenda for discussion and a probable resolution.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Bits & Bytes
Cunard's ocean liner, Queen Mary 2, docked in Red Hook, Brooklyn, with a Red Hook ferry passing by. A baby had been born aboard the ship just a few hours before this picture was taken at noon on Sunday, Jan. 17. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Coming to Governors Island: A Pavilion Made of Coat Hangers,", 1/20/16. "The newest sculpture to go up on Governors Island this summer will be a pavilion made entirely out of coat hangers," says "Yes, that's right, 'Hanger Barn,' as the art project is titled, is the winning entry for this year's City of Dreams Pavilion competition, which is an annual, participatory art event that calls for submissions of environmentally friendly designs. The competition is organized each year in collaboration between Figment, a non-profit arts organization, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY). Each year the competition calls for the submission of designs that are sustainable with a focus on the materials used, and how they can be reutilized when the installation is taken down. This year's winner is the team of Youngsu Lee and Bosuk Hur who represent the design firm Folio." For the complete article, click here.

"Landmark 70 Pine St. begins a new life in 21st century,"
New York Post, 1/25/16. "The makeover of 1932-vintage 70 Pine St. from insurance company offices to chic, contemporary apartments cost $50 million more than planned, and took a year longer to complete than expected, says the New York Post. "For a project which mere 'conversion' seems inadequate to describe, owner Rose Associates had to come up with creative solutions to bizarre challenges - which included a deal with a private club to swap a whole floor for an easement that Rose needed to put bedrooms on one side of the tower. But quietly, over the past few months, 70 Pine St. - a landmarked, 66-story Art Deco skyscraper dark since AIG moved out in 2009 - finally got a new heartbeat. It welcomed its first new life in November - guests at Q&A, a 132-room apartment hotel designed for stays of up to 30 days on floors 3 to 6. And this month tenants began trickling into the first wave of 612 luxury rental apartments designed by Deborah Berke & Partners Architects, of which 150 will have private outdoor space. A stroll through finished units revealed spacious layouts, hardwood floors, thermopane operable windows and washer-dryers in every unit." For the complete article, click here.

"New York City to Get $176 Million From U.S. for Storm Protections,"
New York Times, 1/19/16. "New York City may soon be one step closer to building a new flood protection system around Lower Manhattan to guard against another storm like Hurricane Sandy," says The New York Times. "Senator Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said on Monday that the city would be awarded $176 million in federal funding for the proposed project, through a national contest created by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help communities recover from disasters and better prepare for them. The money would be used to help fortify a stretch of shoreline from Montgomery Street on the Lower East Side to the northern tip of Battery Park City. Specific measures have not yet been determined, but could include adding sea walls and temporary flood walls that could be deployed before a storm, and building grass berms that could double as recreational areas." For the complete article, click here.

"Fox, News Corp. to keep HQs in Midtown,"
New York Post, 1/15/16. "21st Century Fox and News Corp. won't be moving to the World Trade Center after all," says the New York Post. "Real estate sources told The Post, and the companies later confirmed, that the separate media giants controlled by Rupert Murdoch have decided to keep their headquarters on Sixth Avenue in Midtown. The companies' leases run through 2020." According to the Post, "Fox and News signed a non-binding letter of intent last June to lease 1.3 million square feet of office and studio space at Larry Silverstein's planned 2 World Trade Center. The 2.8 million-square-foot tower was to be designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels." For the complete article, click here.

"Landmarks Approves Changes To 1 Wall Street To Allow For Residential Conversion," New York YIMBY, 1/20/16. "A big change for a Lower Manhattan landmark is one step closer to becoming a reality," says New York YIMBY. "On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved modifications to 1 Wall Street, paving the way for its conversion from bank headquarters to residential condominiums with ground-floor retail. One Wall Street, bounded by Broadway, Wall Street, and New Street was designed by Ralph Walker and completed in 1931 as the Irving Trust Company Building." For the complete article, click here.

"Woman gives birth to baby boy on board Queen Mary 2," New York Post, 1/18/16. "The world's largest ocean liner docked in Brooklyn on Sunday with precious cargo - an infant born aboard," says the New York Post. "A doctor on the famed Queen Mary 2 sprang into action to deliver the baby boy - appropriately named Benjamin Brooklyn - on Saturday night, before the ship pulled into Red Hook on Sunday morning." For the complete article, click here.

New chairman for Alliance for Downtown New York:  On Jan. 19, the Alliance for Downtown New York's Board of Directors unanimously elected Alan Scott, Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, as its new chairman. Scott is the Alliance's third chairman, replacing most recent Chair Dennis Friedrich. Previously, Scott had been an Executive Board Member of the Downtown Alliance.

Friedrich had been appointed Downtown Alliance chairman in June 2015. At the time, he was CEO of Brookfield Property Partners' global office division. He resigned from that position on Jan. 5, 2016, effective Jan. 15.
Alan Scott, who currently serves as Managing Director, Corporate Services at Deutsche Bank,  has overseen significant work on the bank's real estate portfolio, as well as assignments in project management and strategic planning. Prior to his work at Deutsche Bank, he worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. and American Express.

"Dennis Friedrich to resign as CEO of Brookfield Property Partners' global office arm," The Real Deal, 1/5/16. "Dennis Friedrich, CEO of Brookfield Property Partners' global office division, plans to step down next week," The Real Deal announced on Jan. 5.  "The executive, who oversaw the firm's 115 million-square-foot international office portfolio, saw his future role at the firm diminishing in the face of its rising complexity and interconnectivity, sources told the New York Post." The article said that the split was amicable. Friedrich "oversaw the creation of the the more than 7 million-square-foot mixed-use complex in the Financial District known as Brookfield Place. He also oversaw preparations for Manhattan West, a 5.4 million-square-foot mixed use development planned for Hudson Yards." For the complete article, click here.

"Protected Buildings Fraudulently Marked For Destruction," Chelsea Now, 1/20/16. In a story that has implications for all New York City communities trying to protect their historic buildings, Chelsea Now reported that, "A set of residential buildings in the middle of W. 38th St. became an unassuming battle site in preserving the character of Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen, as well as a telling example of how vigilance and activism can yield results. The buildings - two of them standing four stories tall and one at three stories - were acquired by an entity controlled by Peter Poon, who bought out the tenants living in the building in order to demolish the complex. Poon hails from Peter F. Poon Architects, known for developing budget hotels - and applied to do just that. His Dec. 2014 application indicates that he planned a 22-floor hotel on the W. 38th St. site." The only problem was that there were falsifications in the demolition application that went unnoticed. In addition, said Chelsea Now, "The buildings should never have been able to be marked for demolition in the first place, as they fall within the boundaries of the Special Garment Center District - a zoning district that makes them subject to particular restrictions with regards to demolition." Chelsea Now noted that, "This victory for a community trying to protect the character of its neighborhood is a welcome, albeit rare, example of cooperation between residents, elected officials and the DOB - which has come under fire in recent months, due to similar incidents in which application fraud slipped through the cracks in the system - making clear the Department's need for increased funds, and, more importantly, a centralized system." For the complete article, click here.

Downtown bulletin board
A monumental carving belonging to the South Street Seaport Museum depicts the Duke of Wellington. Originally, it was mounted on HMS Waterloo, a first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, which was launched June 10, 1833 in Chatham, England. HMS Waterloo was renamed HMS Conqueror in 1862 and in 1877, renamed TS Warspite. Warspite served as a training ship at Greenhithe, England. She was destroyed by fire in 1918. "The Duke" is displayed in the museum's Melville Gallery at 213 Water St.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Brewer to hold 'State of the Borough' meeting:
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's "State of the Borough" discussion will take place on Sunday, Jan. 31. It will feature a panel of speakers with a variety of perspectives on youth, culture and other issues. 

The panel includes Marc Murphy, Manhattan-based chef and restaurateur and judge on the hit Food Network show, "Chopped;" Francisco Nunez, director of the Young People's Chorus of New York City; Kharry Lazarre White, executive director and co-founder of The Brotherhood / SisterSol, a nationally-recognized organization based in Harlem providing supportive programming and services to youth; and Sumie Okazaki, Ph.D., policy fellow at the Coalition for Asian-American Children and Families (CACF) and professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Place: New School for Social Research, 63 Fifth Ave., Tishman Auditorium (Entrance on East 13th Street). Time: Doors will open at 1 p.m., and the program will begin at 2 p.m. The New School's Tishman auditorium is wheelchair-accessible.

New miniMates sessions at the South Street Seaport Museum:
The South Street Seaport Museum begins a winter session of its popular miniMATES program with sessions on Thursdays and Fridays through March 25. Classes are limited to 12 students. Families can sign up for Thursdays and/or Fridays. This program, aimed at children ages 18 months to 4 years and their parents or caregivers, is designed to encourage adults to engage in fun and educational activities with their children while guided by a museum educator. The activities include music, art-making, sensory play, story time, and more! The Thursday program, "Seaport Sillies," is exploratory while the Friday program, "Seaport Junior Adventurers," is more theme based. The cost is $250 for the session, with a 10% discount for additional children from the same family. Family-level membership holders receive an additional $25 off total enrollment. To reserve space, click here, email or call (212) 748-8753. Place: 12 Fulton St. Time: 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Luminaries held over:
Luminaries, the light show that David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group devised for Brookfield Place's Winter Garden in Battery Park City, went on display in December and was supposed to come down on Jan. 10. But it has proven so popular that it will remain up until Feb. 29. For photographs of Luminaries, click here.

Join Tribeca Trust for an evening of talk and socializing: On Feb. 2
at 6:30 p.m., come to Girello's Bar/Restaurant at the southwest corner of Franklin and Varick Streets to meet the Tribeca Trust board and to meet each other. No charge.  Cash bar. You can order light meals off the menu. This is not a fund-raiser and not a meeting -  just an excuse to be social and to talk about what we can do to make Tribeca better.

New York City Audubon Winter EcoCruise:
At this time of year, seals return to New York
A harbor seal near Swinburne Island in New York harbor.
Jan. 17, 2016. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

harbor and birds come down from the Arctic to winter in New York City. The New York City Audubon Society offers wildlife-watching cruises aboard New York Water Taxi every Sunday through March 13 (except Feb. 7). They leave from Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport and cost $35 (adults) and $25 (children). Discounted family packs are available. For more information and to buy tickets, click here. For an article from Downtown Post about Audubon's winter EcoCruises, click here

LMCC offering Workspace for artists:
Workspace is a nine-month studio residency program for emerging artists working in all disciplines. The program, sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), offers 25 to 30 artists free, dedicated studio space to create and develop their work and practice. It also provides artists a chance to engage with peers and arts professionals, present their work to the public, and participate in career-advancement opportunities. The residency runs from September 2016 to May 2017. The application deadline is Thursday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. For more information, call (212) 219-9401 or email

GrowNYC offers discounted farm-fresh produce:
From now through May, residents and community members of all income levels can sign up for a bag of farm-fresh produce for $12 a bag. Cash, credit cards, debit cards, and SNAP (food stamps) can be used in payment. To participate, customers pre-order bags one week in advance of the designated distribution day. The next week, they can pick up their Fresh Food Box containing seven to nine seasonal fruits, vegetables, and grains, along with healthy recipes and tips on how to store and prepare the produce. All of the produce comes from family farms selling through GrowNYC's wholesale food hub and distribution arm, Greenmarket, Co. In Lower Manhattan, this service is available at 1 Centre St., 9th floor, South Building, Thursdays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through May 2016. For more information, click here.

Governors Island ball field permits: The permit process to use Governors Island's sports fields opened on Jan. 15 for the 2016 season. The two natural turf ball fields can be easily configured for Little League baseball and adult softball or for soccer and other field sports. The fields will be open for permitted use during daylight hours every day from May 28 when Governors Island opens for the season to Sept. 25, when it closes. On weekdays, the Island is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on weekends, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The permit process will be open until March 1 at which point The Trust will review all of the applications it has received. There is a $26 non-refundable permit fee. As with other public ball fields in New York City, preference will be given to youth groups, schools and leagues from across the City. Groups can apply for as many dates as they wish. Once the permit process is closed, The Trust will let groups know if they have secured field space and the dates and times at which they can use the fields. For more information about the permitting process to use the fields, click here.

Brewer's office accepting capital funding applications: The office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is accepting capital funding applications from schools, cultural institutions and nonprofits for Fiscal Year 2017. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 12. In FY 2016, Brewer's office awarded $30 million for Manhattan capital projects. Representatives of organizations interested in applying for capital funding grants should schedule a meeting with staff from the Borough President's office. Email For more information on eligibility, click here

Friday nights at the Whitney: From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, admission to the Whitney Museum of American Art at 99 Gansevoort St. is now "pay what you wish." The reduced admission charge has been made possible by a gift from The Donald and Barbara Zucker Family Foundation. Tickets usually cost $22 for adults and $18 for seniors. They are free to members and to visitors under 18. Current exhibitions include a Frank Stella retrospective and a show of the paintings of Archibald John Motley Jr. (1891-1981), who first came to prominence in the 1920s during the early days of the Harlem Renaissance. The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875−1942),  houses the foremost collection of American art from the 20th and 21st centuries. For more information, click here.

Naima Rauam in the Seaport: Naima Rauam just concluded her show "Remembering Fulton Fish Market," marking 10 years since the fishmongers left the South Street Seaport for The Bronx, but anyone who missed the show can still arrange to buy art from her. Her email is and her phone number is (212) 964-8465. In addition, she welcomes visitors to her studio, which is on South Street.

Open auditions for Downtown Voices: Are you interested in singing alongside members of the Grammy®-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street? Trinity is looking for experienced volunteer singers to join Downtown Voices, a newly formed choir bringing together the finest professional and non-professional singers in the New York metro area. The choir rehearses once a week and is directed by Stephen Sands. Spring performances include works by Beethoven, Alberto Ginastera, and James MacMillan. Audition date: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. Place: Trinity Church choir room (Broadway at Wall Street). Time: Slots open starting at 11 a.m. For more information including audition requirements, click here.

Community Board applications open: The Manhattan Borough President's office is currently accepting applications for Community Board membership. Community Boards represent their neighborhoods on crucial issues including real estate development and land use, historic preservation and even liquor licenses. There are 12 Community Boards in Manhattan and 59 citywide.

"Right now Manhattan's Community Boards are in the center of a debate over the most ambitious rezoning proposals in a generation," said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. "Community Boards may be New York City's most grassroots level of government, but they are deeply involved in some of our city's biggest policy questions. If you want to make a difference on anything from investment in our parks and public spaces, to determining the future of our city's skyline and streetscape, Community Boards are the place to start."

Community Board members are appointed to staggered two-year terms by the Manhattan Borough President, with half selected solely by the Borough President and half nominated by the City Council members representing each Community Board district. Since taking office, Brewer has enhanced the selection process by introducing online applications and a robust review process that includes group interviews with discussion and problem-solving components.

Community Board selections for 2016 will be announced in late March.

Although each Community Board has a small, paid administrative staff, Community Board members are volunteers.

If you would like to join your Community Board, fill out the online application by Jan. 29, 2016 at 5 p.m. After submission, you will be contacted regarding the next steps in the screening and interview process. For more information about Manhattan's 12 Community Boards, go to Manhattan Borough President Brewer's website or email Paola Liriano.

For the online application, click here.
For Manhattan Borough President Brewer's website, click here

South Street Seaport Museum on Schermerhorn Row: To see photographs of some of the artifacts inside the South Street Seaport Museum's premises on Schermerhorn Row and photos of past exhibitions, click here.

Downtown Post Portfolio: Jay Fine: Jay Fine is a New York City fine-art photographer and photojournalist, based in Lower Manhattan whose work was featured in Downtown Post Portfolio (DPNYC, 5/6/15). To see some more of Fine's work on the Downtown Post NYC website, click here.

Gracie Mansion: Artifacts and Tours: Gracie Mansion, the official residence of New York City's mayors at 88th Street and East End Avenue, was built in 1799 as a country retreat for financier Archibald Gracie and his family. At the time, the gracious, Federal-style house was five miles outside the city limits - and at that time, the city limits would have meant what we now call "Lower Manhattan." A recently installed exhibit of paintings, sculptures and documents called "Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie's New York" sheds light on what our neighborhood was like at the turn of the 19th century. Slavery was still legal, and there was a slave market at the foot of Wall Street. Clipper ships plied the harbor, taking cargo in some cases to and from Asia - a recently opened market. The streets were noisy with the raucous calls of vendors selling oysters, ice, charcoal, milk and many other goods and services. Immigrants began to arrive in greater numbers, many of them living in crowded tenements and working at monotonous, low-paying jobs. The city, already diverse from the time of the Dutch settlers in the early 17th century, became even more so. For more about Gracie Mansion and to see photographs, click here. Free tours are available on Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, 9 and 16. To register for a tour, click here.

SeaGlass Carousel: After 10 years of design and fundraising and a setback named "Sandy," the SeaGlass Carousel in The Battery opened on Aug. 19 to universal critical acclaim and rapturous crowds. Downtown Post NYC was there for the opening. Read about the carousel and see photos by clicking here. SeaGlass Carousel is currently open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  "Crowds are still coming, but wait time is typically minimal," according to a spokesperson for the Battery Conservancy. "The line is rarely longer than 15 minutes." Due to popular demand, the Battery Conservancy has extended operating hours for SeaGlass Carousel.  In January and February, SeaGlass will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., weather permitting. SeaGlass will also be open during Presidents' Week, Feb. 15-19. For updates on changes to operating hours, follow The Battery Conservancy on Twitter and Facebook. Admission to SeaGlass Carousel is $5 per ride.  Access to The Battery is free and open to the public.

Wavertree video: The South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 sailing ship, Wavertree, is currently at Caddell Drydock on Staten Island, where the ship is undergoing a $10.6 million refurbishment. The museum has created a video to show the progress of the overhaul. To see the video, click here.

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Letters to the editor

Paul Hovitz flanked by other members of Community Board 1's Seaport and Landmarks Committees questioning Howard Hughes Corporation's executives and advisers about HHC's proposals for the South Street Seaport. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

To the editor:
On Jan. 19, Community Board 1's combined Seaport and Landmarks Committees passed a resolution approving The Howard Hughes Corporation's proposals for the landmarked Tin Building while still chastising HHC for the segmentation of its South Street Seaport land use applications.

Friends of South Street Seaport  (FOSSS), of which I am a founding member, wonder what more information CB1 could have had in order to halt making any resolutions regarding the site in question? They started out fine with asking/skewering Howard Hughes Senior Executive Vice President Chris Curry but in the end capitulated. Why? This was the perfect opportunity for CB1 to reject any and all proposals until and unless HHC comes forward with the full Seaport plan that all of us have been requesting for years.

CB1 is only one of several city agencies entrusted with protecting public lands and historic sites by following the law. And when applicants consistently disregard laws on the books to protect its citizens it is their duty to hold HHC's feet to the fire. This means not only questioning them but, in the end, resolving to not aid and abet this continual circumvention of the law by making resolutions. How many disclaimers/caveats/whereases/wherefores can one group add to a resolution before it isn't a resolution?  

CB1's actions on Jan. 19 deserve an explanation. The disclaimer-filled resolution last evening offers a window into why HHC behaves as it does. It routinely expects - and more importantly gets - passes from our city agencies that enable and even encourage its activities. Why should HHC present its plans in a full, open manner?  So far, this method of secrecy is working very well for its purposes.  

This is the reason why we should put our city agencies on notice that if local elected/appointed officials can't uphold the law that we will continue to push state and federal agencies to get involved and to oversee the process as they (like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State Historic Preservation Office) appear to be more up to that task.

Jeanine Bianco

To the editor:
Friends of South Street Seaport and its CB1 resident membership consider the planned subcommittee resolution endorsing the segmented Tin Building site project to be totally premature. Any positive resolution, no matter how conditional, enables and encourages the pattern of duplicity and secrecy that blocks legally required public participation in Seaport planning.  

The environmental analysis that is already under way (noted by The Howard Hughes Corporation's Mr. Curry) should be well along in its public scoping process; full disclosure as to the use of air rights, traffic patterns, requirement for permits, and other key components of this project should be fully disclosed before CB 1 votes for any type of ratifying resolution.

Vague and evasive responses by Curry under direct questioning from CB1member Roger Byrom regarding revealed EDC and HHC filings were further proof that these proposals are inadequate for consideration, let alone approval.

Such CB 1 approvals enable Howard Hughes to go forward with segmented elements of Seaport development and are especially troubling now that it is clear HHC routinely goes behind the public's back to work with city agencies in back room deals. The CB1 resolution should not go forward as planned.

Maureen Koetz

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The New York City Police Memorial in Battery Park City as it looked on July 30, 2013. It was damaged by Superstorm Sandy and has still not been repaired although an RFP has been issued and is due back in January.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The next meeting of the Battery Park City Authority board of directors will be on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The public can attend to observe but cannot participate. Place: 200 Liberty St., 24th floor. Time: 9:30 a.m.

Among the issues raised at the Battery Park City Authority's Community Meeting on Dec. 16 was the fact that most people in Battery Park City had no idea that the BPCA was considering replacing the Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) in whole or in part with a private security force. This was first revealed at a BPCA board meeting on Oct. 27 and subsequently discussed at a Community Board 1 Battery Park City Committee meeting on Nov. 2.

At the Dec. 16 Community Meeting, BPCA management claimed that the residents of Battery Park City should have known about this because an RFP was publicly posted. It was in the New York State Contract Reporter and the New York City Record as well as on the BPCA's website.

However, most Battery Park City residents don't make a habit of checking the BPCA website for RFPs. To help with this situation, Downtown Post NYC will now publish the BPCA's RFPs. Here's the current list:

2016 RFPS
Tribeca Bridge Painting AD - (Proposed Due: 02/01/2016)
Tribeca Bridge Painting RFP
Phase 5 & 6 Pile Remediation - Design & Engineering Services - Ad - (Proposed Due: 1/15/2016)
Phase 5 & 6 Pile Remediation - Design & Engineering Services - RFP
Police Memorial and North Cove Marina Electrical Vault Resilience Project AD - (Proposed Due: 1/11/2016)
Police Memorial and North Cove Marina Electrical Vault Resilience Project RFP
Public Accountant Audit Services - AD - (Proposed Due: 01/06/2016)
Public Accountant Audit Services - RFP
Public Accountant Audit Services - Addendum #1

For more information about these RFPs, click here.


Community Board 1's full board meeting on Jan. 26 will take place in the observatory at the top of 1 World Trade Center. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Jan. 26: CB 1 Monthly Meeting - 6 p.m.
Location: World Trade Center observatory, One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton St.
Enter off the West Plaza entrance (West and Vesey) through the One World Observatory Box Office and proceed down the escalator to the entry portal where you will be asked to sign in at a desk to the right of the "VIP Pass" lane. (Photo ID is required to enter building)

I. Public Session
* Comments by members of the public (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) (1-2 minutes per speaker)
* Welcome, John Urban, Vice President and General Manager, One World Observatory and Eric Gelfand, Senior Vice President, Communications, One World Observatory
* Guest speaker: New York State Senator Daniel Squadron

II. Business Session
A) Adoption of December 2015 minutes

B) Chairperson's Report - C. McVay Hughes
C) District Manager's Report - N. Pfefferblit
D) Treasurer's Report - J. Kopel

III. Committee Reports
A) Executive Committee C. McVay Hughes

* Committee Accomplishments for 2015 for CB 1 - Presentation

B) Personnel Committee R. Byrom
* Contract for CB1 Land Use Consultant - Resolution
* Application for CB1 Public Membership - Report

C) Street Fair Task Force D. Charkoudian
* Protocol of how to submit an application to the SAPO - Report
* Discussion regarding street fairs in Lower Manhattan with Downtown Alliance - Report

D) Tribeca Committee A. Blank
* 225 West Broadway, application for tavern liquor license for C. Rendell on behalf of an entity to be determined - Resolution
* 86 Chambers St., application for HJBNYC LLC d/b/a Hank's Juicy Beef - Resolution
* 184 Duane St., Street Seats installation at Laughing Man Coffee - Update by David
Steingard, Laughing Man Coffee - Resolution
* 111 Murray St., request for permission to start work on Saturdays at 8 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. - Resolution
* 67 Murray St., request for extended hours for Kinjo Inc. d/b/a Gunbae - Report

E) Financial District Committee R. Sheffe
* Proposal for Water Street Pilot Bike Lane - Resolution
* N 160119 PXM, 195 Notice of Intent to Acquire Office Space, DCAS/DYCD, 123 William Street -Resolution
* Lighting at Bowling Green - Resolution
* Coenties Slip Greenmarket street activity permit application for Coenties Slip between Water Street and Pearl Street, Thursday, June 2, 2016 6 a.m. to Thursday, Nov. 16, 2016, 7 p.m. (Thursdays only) - Resolution
* Traffic noise and congestion in Hanover Square area - Report

F) Landmarks Committee R. Byrom
* 1 Wall St., application for creation of new windows and doors and window replacement, rooftop addition on lower setback floors along Broadway and rooftop mechanical enclosure - Resolution
* 72 Reade St., application for façade restoration, storefront replacement and new windows - Resolution
* 385 Greenwich St., application for new storefront, signage, awnings and lighting, and new and altered door and window openings - Resolution
* 90 Franklin Street, application for window replacement - Resolution
* 108-110 Franklin St., application for removal of rear yard extension - Resolution
* 209 Broadway, application for approval of installation of replica sculpture of St. Paul Chapel - Resolution
* 11 Hubert St., application for additions to existing building - Report

G) Youth & Education Committee T. Joyce
* Assault on Youth in Battery Park City - Resolution
* Free after-school programs at PS 397, Spruce Street School - Resolution
* Future of the School Overcrowding Task Force - Report
* 75 Morton St. - Report
* Borough President Seminars on Mental Health in Our Schools and Reso A Borough President Funding Grants - Report
* Sinkholes in PS 234 Playground - Report
* Removal of Food Carts, Which Created Safety Hazards at PS 234 - Report
* Gehry Parking Garage Concerns - Report

H) Battery Park City Committee A. Notaro
* Battery Park City Authority Board composition - Resolution
* Battery Park City Affordable Housing Information - Resolution
* Asphalt Green - Report
* Press conference calling for the inclusion of a ferry route serving the west side of  Manhattan in the Mayor's citywide ferry plan, Jan. 6, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. on the steps of City Hall - Report
* Parks Department MulchFest to recycle holiday trees, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 9 and 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., downtown drop-off location between the Hudson River and South End Avenue, south of Liberty Street - Report

I) Quality of Life Committee P. Moore
* NYC Department of Transportation construction update - Report
* Discussion with 311 representative - Report
* Proposed legislation regarding scaffolding permit renewal for ongoing construction projects - Report
* Drones registration - Report
* March 20, 2016 United Airlines NYC Half - Report
* Non-working lights in district - Report
* Formation of a construction forum - Report

J) Seaport/Civic Center Committee M. Pasanella
* N 160118 PXM, 195 Notice of Intent to Acquire Office Space, DCAS/DOF, 375 Pearl St. - Resolution
* Street safety on Beekman Street - Resolution
* NY Presbyterian - Report
* City Hall Greenmarket - Report

K) Joint Seaport/Civic Center Committee M. Pasanella; Landmarks Committee R. Byrom
* Landmarks Preservation Commission application: Modification of previously approved plans for the Tin Building - Resolution

L) Planning Committee M. Connolly
* World Trade Center - Report
* - Report

IV. Old Business

V. New Business

VI. Adjournment

CALENDAR: Week of Jan. 25

An exhibition, "Ceramica de los Ancestros," is at the National Museum of the American Indian at 1 Bowling Green through the end of January. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Jan. 23: POSTPONED BECAUSE OF WEATHER. NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED. "The Most Common English Language Mistakes...And how to Avoid Them" is the name of Dale Burg's talk at the Battery Park City public library. Is it "its or it's? Less or fewer? Bring or take?" Burg, the author of 22 books and a college-level instructor of editing and writing, observes that, "With more than one million words borrowed from many sources, English is hard to master. The rules of spelling and grammar are numerous and often inconsistent, and though many words sound alike or seem interchangeable, they are not." Her presentation will provide practical tips for improving speaking and writing. Place: Battery Park City Library, 175 North End Ave. Time: 3 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Jan. 23: POSTPONED BECAUSE OF WEATHER. The family program at the Skyscraper Museum, "Skyline Stories," has been postponed until Saturday, Jan. 30. Kids will listen to a reading of Scott Santoro's The Little Skyscraper and then will create their own illustrated short story based on a favorite real or fantasy city. Tall tales of city skylines, architecture and skyscrapers will entice young architects to think big! For ages 4-8. RSVP required to Place: 39 Battery Place. Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Tickets: $5 per child. Members, free.

Ongoing: Work by Trevor Winkfield showcases his visionary contributions to the overall aesthetic of poetry publishing. Place: Poets House, 10 River Terrace in Battery Park City.  Exhibition will be on view through Jan. 30, 2016 during regular hours for Poets House. Free. For more information, click here.

Ongoing: "America in Circulation: A History of US Currency Featuring the Collection of Mark R. Shenkman," an exhibition at the Museum of American Finance, showcases around 250 rare examples of American paper money accompanied by large, interactive touch screen displays. From Colonial times, American money has told a fascinating story of the country's struggles and successes. Often local and national currencies competed and coexisted with each other, while economic depression, war and counterfeiting drove constant advances in design. The exhibition spans the period from the Colonial era to the present day. Highlights include rare examples of currency bearing the signatures of signers of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence; a complete set of notes from the Educational Series of 1896, renowned for being the most beautiful paper money in American history; and rare examples of high denomination notes including $5,000 and $10,000 bills. Through March 2018. To see an online version of the exhibition, click here. Place: 48 Wall St. Museum is open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $8; $5 (students and seniors); free (museum members and kids 6 and under). For more information, click here.

: "Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed" displays 155 ancient objects from the National Museum of the American Indian's rarely seen collections of Central American ceramics. The exhibition examines seven regions representing distinct Central American cultural areas that are today part of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, where Central America's first inhabitants lived. Dating back to 1000 B.C., the ceramics help tell the story of the innumerable achievements of these ancient civilizations, each with unique, sophisticated ways of life, value systems and arts. Through January 2017. Place: 1 Bowling Green. The National Museum of the American Indian is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursdays, until 8 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.  

Ongoing: The Skyscraper Museum's exhibition, "Ten Tops," surveys all buildings in the world today, completed or under construction, that are 100 stories and taller. Of these 24 towers, the exhibition focuses on 10 (plus a few more), zooming in on their uppermost floors to see how they were designed and constructed. Through February 2016. Place: 39 Battery Place. Hours: Noon to 6 p.m., Wednesdays to Sundays. Admission: $5; $2.50 (students and seniors). For more information, click here.

Ongoing: The Woolworth Building was designed by Cass Gilbert to house the offices of the F. W. Woolworth Company and was the tallest building in the world from 1913 until 1930. With its ornamental gothic-style exterior, it dominated the New York City skyline and served as an icon of American ingenuity with state of the art steel construction, fireproofing and high-speed elevators and it was dubbed "the Cathedral of Commerce." The building is still privately owned and operated, and has long been closed to the public. Tours of its magnificent landmarked lobby featuring marble, mosaics, and murals have only recently been made available and can be taken for 30-minutes, 60-minutes or 90-minutes. Custom and Private tours for groups of 10 - 35 can also be arranged. Place: 233 Broadway. Various times. Tickets: $20, $30 and $45, depending on the length of the tour. For more information and 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: The lobby of the South Street Seaport Museum at 12 Fulton St. on Schermerhorn Row is open three days a week with interpretive displays and activities. Access to the museum's upstairs galleries is by appointment or for education programs only. Lobby access: Fridays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For private tours of Schermerhorn Row and its old hotels, email

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