Lest we forget:

NEW YORK GOV. ANDREW CUOMO'S

RESPONSE TO COVID-19

FROM MARCH TO JUNE 2020


June 13: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation suspending the forfeiture of unemployment benefits during the Covid-19 state of emergency. More than 44 million people in the United States have applied for unemployment insurance during the pandemic and this number is expected to grow. People who have had forfeit penalties levied against them from past claims have been unable to collect their unemployment benefits. This new law allows them to collect these benefits in their time of greatest need.
 

June 12: Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order — the 'New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative' — requiring local police agencies, including the NYPD, to develop a plan that reinvents and modernizes police strategies and programs in their community based on community input. Each police agency's reform plan must address policies, procedures, practices and deployment, including, but not limited to use of force. Police forces must adopt a plan by April 1, 2021 to be eligible for future state funding.


June 8: Gov. Cuomo said that he would sign a set of bills on criminal justice reform introduced by the New York State Legislature. They allow for transparency of prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers by reforming 50-a of the civil rights law; banning chokeholds by law enforcement officers; prohibiting false race-based 911 reports and making them a crime and designating the Attorney General as an independent prosecutor for matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement.


June 7: Gov. Cuomo announced that outdoor, socially distanced graduations of up to 150 people will be allowed beginning June 26th, subject to any outbreaks or significant changes in the metrics that are measuring infection, hospitalization and death rates in each of the 10 regions of New York State.


June 6: Gov. Cuomo said that he was signing a bill to ban price gouging on masks and other supplies needed to help prevent Covid-19 transmission. This legislation will be effective for the remainder of the pandemic crisis.


May 29: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York City is on track to embark on Phase 1 of reopening on June 8. Around 400,000 people who work in construction, wholesale, manufacturing and curbside retail industries will be able to return to their jobs.


May 22: Gov. Cuomo announced that New York State is launching a $100+ million loan program for small businesses. The loan program will focus on supporting small businesses that were less likely to receive federal loans, especially women and minority-owned businesses, and very small businesses with 20 or fewer employees. For more information, go to https://esd.ny.gov/economic-recovery-covid-19-loans-small-businesses


May 21: Gov. Cuomo announced that summer school will only take place via distance learning, not by inclass teaching. He also said that meal programs and child care services for essential employees will continue.


May 17: Gov. Cuomo announced a new website that will help New Yorkers to find sites where they can be tested for COVID-19.  The URL is https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing


May 10: Gov. Cuomo announced that New York State was investigating 85 cases of a COVID-related illness in children that presented as an inflammation of the blood vessels and sometimes of the heart. He said that three New York children had died of this previously undiagnosed disease.


May 7: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that no commercial or residential tenant can be evicted for non-payment of rent through Aug. 20, 2020 and that renters may use their security deposits to pay their rent and may repay their security deposits over time. He also said that fees for late rent payments would be banned during the eviction moratorium.


May 4: Gov. Cuomo announced that New York State will monitor four core factors to determine if a region of the state can safely re-open: Number of new infections, health care capacity, diagnostic testing capacity and contact tracing capacity.


April 29: Gov. Cuomo announced that elective outpatient treatments and surgeries could resume in 35 New York counties that have no significant risk of a COVID-19 surge in the near term.


April 15: Gov. Cuomo directed schools and nonessential businesses to stay closed through May 15th. On May 1, Cuomo announced that New York State schools and colleges will remain closed for the rest of this academic year.


March 27: 1. The first 1,000-bed temporary hospital was completed at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The facility opened on Monday, March 30.


New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for a health plan through NY State of Health. Those who recently lost employer coverage, must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan or Child Health Plus.


For a 90-day period, New Yorkers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying life insurance premiums. Late payments will be payable over a one-year period. Additionally, consumers and small businesses experiencing Coronavirus-related financial hardship may defer paying premiums for property and casualty insurance for a 60-day period. This includes auto, homeowners, renters and other kinds of insurance. (No late fees will be assessed and there will be no negative impact to your credit.)
 
The USNS Comfort, a U.S. Navy hospital ship, arrived in New York Harbor on Monday, March 30. It is a massive facility with 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms, a pharmacy and a laboratory. It left New York City on April 30.
 

March 20: On March 20 at 8:40 a.m., the governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania released a statement that said that beginning March 21 at 8 p.m., all barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors, nail salons, hair removal services and related personal care services in their respective states would be closed to the public "as these services cannot be provided while maintaining social distance."

New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, said "We know how the novel coronavirus spreads, and we are making data-driven decisions as the situation evolves to continue to reduce density and slow the spread of the virus. We remain in constant communication with our neighboring states to ensure we are establishing a set of uniform rules and regulations for the entire region. These temporary closures are not going to be easy, but they are necessary to protecting the health and safety of New Yorkers and all Americans."


March 19: Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order mandating that businesses that rely on in-office personnel decrease their in-office workforce by 75 percent. Essential service industries are exempted. These include shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, health care providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions and other industries critical to the supply chain.


March 17: Gov. Cuomo announced a three-way agreement with the New York State legislature on a bill guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The program bill also includes the permanent comprehensive paid sick leave policy first advanced in the Governor's FY 2021 Executive Budget proposal.
 
This follows the Governor's announcement last week that the state will guarantee two full weeks of paid leave for all state workers who are subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine as a result of the novel coronavirus.
 
The Governor also announced that the state is reaching out to qualified former doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to supplement the personnel at hospitals. The State Department of Health and the State Education Department have sent letters to retired health care professionals and all schools of nursing, public health and medicine encouraging qualified health care personnel to sign up for on-call work during the COVID-19 crisis. Healthcare professionals who wish to sign up can contact the State Department of Health at health.ny.gov/assistance.
 
Gov. Cuomo also directed the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State to work with 1199 SEIU to develop a plan to create drop-in child care opportunities and to expand child care facilities at their hospitals to ensure child care for hospital workforce. They will submit a joint plan to the state by Friday.


Gov. Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James announced that effective immediately the state will temporarily halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the Office of the Attorney General for collection. The reprieve will be for at least 30 days.

March 16: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an Executive Order allowing the state to increase hospital capacity to prepare the state's healthcare system to handle the potential influx of patients suffering from COVID-19. The State organized the National Guard and worked with building unions and private developers to find existing facilities -- such as dormitories and former nursing homes -- that could most easily be converted to medical facilities, with the goal of creating an additional 9,000 beds. The Governor also asked local governments, especially those in the most impacted areas, to help identify available facilities for this purpose. The State Department of Health suspended regulations to allow existing hospitals to increase space and capacity.

The Governor directed nonessential state employees statewide to work from home starting March 17. The Governor also directed local governments to reduce their overall workforce by 50 percent and allow nonessential employees to work from home.
 
Following the Governor's directive to close schools in Westchester, New York City, Nassau and Suffolk yesterday, Governor Cuomo said that the counties are required to submit their childcare and meal plans to the state for approval by midnight tonight.
 
The Governor also announced New York State will waive all fees for state, local and county parks.
 

Battery Dance Festival Returned

for Its 42nd Year

In August, the Battery Dance Festival was back in town for its 42nd season of exhilarating and provocative dancing from an international array of companies. The Battery Dance Festival is New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival. In addition to the annual dance festival, for the past 40 years Battery Dance has toured, held master classes, lectured and presented, provided technical training, and conducted its signature arts education program Dancing to Connect in more than 54 countries worldwide. Battery Dance has partnered with over 200 foreign organizations and continues to lead the arts community in heralding new and innovative international collaborations. Contributions to Battery Dance are much appreciated. To contribute to Battery Dance, click here.


1993 World Trade Center Bombing Commemorated

Feb. 26, 2024: It has been 31 years since the February 26, 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center. That morning, 50,000 people went to work at the World Trade Center, as they did every day. Just a few hours later, a terrorist attack killed six innocent people, injured over 1,000 and elicited an emergency response of more than 700 police, fire and rescue personnel. The September 11 Memorial and Museum marked this anniversary at the North Pool, where the names of the six victims were read: John DiGiovanni, Robert Kirkpatrick, Stephen A. Knapp, William Macko, Wilfredo Mercado, and Monica Rodriguez Smith, who was pregnant when she was killed. The memorial bnega with a moment of silence at 12:18 p.m. ET, which marked the exact time of the bombing, and family members read aloud the names of those who were killed. Following this reading, all in attendance were invited to pay their respects by placing roses on the Memorial panel inscribed with the victims’ names.

STAMINA AND THE MEANING OF COURAGE


On May 23, 2020 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his daily COVID-19 report from the Governor's Mansion in Albany where three men had formerly lived who went on to become U.S. presidents. Among them was Teddy Roosevelt, born a sickly kid who fought in the Spanish-American War as a Rough Rider — a nickname that was given to a volunteer cavalry that was on the front lines of the combat.

Cuomo mentioned that when he was New York State governor, Teddy Roosevelt had a boxing ring built on the third floor of the Governor's Mansion and that he would invite Albany legislators to visit and go a few rounds with him. "I think that's how they got the budget done at the end of the budget session," Cuomo said wryly.

He also quoted something that Teddy Roosevelt had once said: “Courage is not having the strength to go on. It is going on when you don’t have the strength.” Then Cuomo continued, “Day 84. “‘I can’t do this anymore. I can’t do this anymore.’ We have to do it more. We have to continue to do it. There’s no normal. We’re going to have to do it for a long time.”

Many people lined up to sample the food from Mughlai Indian Cuisine, which offered chicken kebab and chicken tikka masala with rice and naan or a lunch box of chana masala, vegetable samosa with rice and naan. The restaurant is located at 120 Cedar St.

Lunar New Year at Té Company

The year of the dragon began on February 10th. Dragons, signifying power and leadership, are the only mythical creatures amongst the zodiac animals.
In addition to the beautifully illustrated dragon on Té Company’s Prosperity Snack Box, this year’s lucky treats are made with eight auspicious ingredients, signifying eight treasures (八寶), to bring an extra dose of good fortune. Snack box loyalists will be thrilled to find the return of Té Company’s almond and date & walnut nougat. Those looking for new flavors will be delighted with red bean cakes and pineapple cakes with salted egg yolk. This year, Té Company has also added dragon-spirited greeting notes in red envelopes for those who want to share the festivity (or distribute red envelopes) in style. Celebration Kits contain enough tea, treats and good luck for a household full of guests.
For more information and to order online, click here.

Keepsake workshops are free. To reserve a spot for Keepsakes, Ireland, click here.

Lower Manhattan Walking Tour Focuses on LGBTQ+ History

A two-hour walking tour of Lower Manhattan highlights places of significance in downtown Manhattan's LGBTQ+ history. The tour starts at Castle Clinton in the Battery where immigrants to New York City were processed before Ellis Island opened and where some were denied admission to the United States because of suspected homosexuality. The tour ends in City Hall Park a little less than two miles away. Walt Whitman's name comes up on this tour. So does Keith Haring's. The U.S. Army's Selective Service induction facility on Whitehall Street figures in the tour as does the New York Stock Exchange. This walking tour is one of five whose development was funded by the Downtown Alliance. Tickets for this tour cost $49. For more information and for reservations, click here.


ERV Works Dance at the Battery Dance Festival presented a work called "Veiled from the Womb."  Choreographed by Will A. Ervin Jr.,  it explores his legacy and upbringing as a young man, the descendant of an African American grandfather and a Puerto Rican and White grandmother whose cultural heritage was suppressed. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

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Motorists line up on Canal Street in Tribeca so that they can enter the Holland Tunnel, which links New York with New Jersey.

April 28, 2018  © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2018

The National Museum of the American Indian at 1 Bowling Green has a large shop with a variety of merchandise made by Native Americans. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Poets House Has Reopened

Poets House at 10 River Terrace in Battery Park City has reopened after having been closed for around two-and-a-half years because of flooding.  Regular open hours for the Poets House library began on Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Tuesdays through Saturdays). Free.

For more information about Poets House, click here.

Litigation over 250 Water St. Continues

On June 6, 2023 the Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division: First Department handed down a unanimous decision overturning a ruling by a lower court that had denied a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) that had been granted by the Landmarks Preservation Commision of the City of New York (LPC) to the Howard Hughes Corporation. The COA would have allowed Howard Hughes to build a 325-foot-tall tower at 250 Water St. within the South Street Seaport Historic District. The Appellate Court's decision to allow construction to continue might have been the end of the matter. It wasn't. On July 5 the South Street Seaport Coalition filed a motion with the Supreme Court of the State of New York for reargument or alternatively leave to appeal to the Court of Appeals. The Seaport Coalition motion begins: "There is a long-standing public interest in upholding the integrity of the LPC and the efficacy of the Landmarks Law. After a lower court found actions of the LPC and the de Blasio administration demonstrated a blatant disregard for such integrity, the NYS Appellate Court reversed this decision....The case of the South Street Seaport Coalition, Inc. v LPC CONTINUES; anything else would be an affront to the Seaport & the other 159 cherished NYC Historic Districts."

The black ash basket on the left is by Ronni-leigh Goeman, a member of the Onondaga nation in upstate New York. Her husband, Stonehorse Goeman, carved the image of Sky Woman on top of the basket. This basket costs $5,000. On the right is an award-winning basket costing $6,800 by Eric Bacon, a member of the Passamaquoddy nation in Maine.

Pay What You Wish

at the South Street Seaport Museum

Pay what you wish at the South Street Seaport Museum: General Admission tickets to the South Street Seaport Museum are now Pay What You Wish during all regular open hours, Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours aboard the 1885 cargo ship Wavertree are available hourly and include access to the main deck and quarter deck. Also, at the museum's 12 Fulton St. gallery take in three exhibitions that explore the seaport’s contribution to the rise of New York, early twentieth-century ocean liner travel, and the beloved illustrations of Eric Carle. To learn more about the Museum’s Pay What You Wish tickets, click here.

In addition, free guided tours of the 1908 lightship Ambrose, a floating lighthouse, are available. Timed-entry tickets are required. For more information about guided tours of the lightship Ambrose, click here.

Museum Shopping: The National Museum of the American Indian

The South Street Seaport Museum's lightship Ambrose is open for tours with timed-entry tickets required.

SOLE Defined gave its New York premiere of "Body Language" at the Battery Dance Festival. It's a sonic and kinetic exploration of African Diasporic Percussive Dance. SOLE Defined, based in the Washington, D.C. metro area,  specializes in percussive dance, using the body as an instrument synthesized with integrated media, technology and storytelling. (Photos: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Congestion Pricing Blowback


On Feb. 15, State Senator Brian Kavanagh hosted a congestion pricing information session with the MTA. It was intended for Lower Manhattan residents (South of 14th St.) This event was hosted in partnership with Congressmember Daniel Goldman, Assemblymember Grace Lee, Assemblymember Charles Fall, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Councilmember Chris Marte, Councilmember Erik Bottcher, and Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine. Although the MTA representataives spoke enthusiastically about the benefits of congestion pricing in that it would unclog streets for emergency vehicles, improve air quality and speed up buses, it was clear from audience questions that the current plans would have numerous unintended consequences that would make life more difficult and more expensive for numerous people in Lower Manhattan and elsewhere in New York City. The MTA will be holding public hearings on Feb. 29 at 6 p.m., March 1 at 10 a.m., and March 4 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. during which the public can comment in person, via Zoom or by conference call.  The hearings will be held at MTA Headquarters, 2 Broadway, 20th Floor – William J. Ronan Board Room. For more information, click here.

Links


The National Museum of the American Indian at 1 Bowling Green is open daily between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The museum is free and tickets are not required. A café serves sandwiches, pastries, coffee, tea and other beverages. For more information, click here.


Governors Island is a 172-acre park around 800 yards from Manhattan and also close to Brooklyn. It was once a military base, first for the U.S. Army and then for the Coast Guard. Governors Island is open to the public daily year-round. Through Memorial Day, the Island is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to previously existing ferry routes to Governors Island, NYC Ferry serves Governors Island daily, year-round, on the South Brooklyn route. On existing ferry routes, ticket reservations are required to manage capacity and ensure social distancing and can be made online at govisland.org/ferryFor more information on the ferry, click here.

The Community Center at Stuyvesant High School is open daily.The facilities include a half-Olympic sized pool, basketball courts, gym and fitness equipment. Annual memberships range in price from $199 for adults to $79 for youth, seniors (62+) and military. There are discounts on those prices for Battery Park City residents. Day passes cost $15 for adults and $10 for youth, seniors, military and Battery Park City residents. Winter hours are 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Friday and from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  For more information, call (212) 267-9700 or email communitycenter@bpca.ny.gov


The Fraunces Tavern Museum at 54 Pearl St. is openFor more information, click here.


LMHQ, a co-working space sponsored by the Downtown Alliance at 150 Broadway, closed its physical space but events called "LM Live" are continuing. For more information, click here.


Battery Park City LibraryThe New York Public Library system offers unlimited browsing, desktop computer use, laptop loan and general library use, including open seating. Check nypl.org for the most up-to-date hours and activities. For more information about the Battery Park City branch, click here.


Poets House at 10 River Terrace in Battery Park City was flooded in August 2021 and had to be closed for more than two years to repair the damage. Fortunately, the Poets House collection of 70,000 books was spared.  Poets House reopened on Jan. 27, 2024 under the leadership of executive director Rob Arnold. With more than 15 years of leadership experience in literary and publishing roles—most recently as Interim Executive Director of Hugo House—and as a consultant to prestigious arts and cultural organizations, Arnold is Poets House’s first Indigenous (Pacific Islander) leader. An accomplished writer, Arnold’s poems have appeared in many publications and his work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The Poets House library offers a serene and welcoming space for reading and writing. In addition, there are a variety of online poetry readings and online classes. For more information, go to www.PoetsHouse.org.

The Morgan Library & Museum at 225 Madison Ave. is open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is free on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with reservations required. Virtual tours and exhibition photos are online at The Morgan Connected. For more information, click here.


The 9/11 Memorial is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is free. The Museum is open from Thursday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is free on Mondays starting at 3:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online. For more information, click here.
























Weather and Public Safety


Weather Information: For the latest weather information, go to www.weather.gov/nyc.

AlliedBarton patrols Battery Park City
. To reach AlliedBarton,  call (212) 945-SAFE (7233). The Battery Park City Command Center is located at the Verdesian, 211 North End Ave. In case of emergencies, call 911.

Hotline for Air Quality Information

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation air quality hotline phone number is 1-800-535-1345

To see the events and activities on the Battery Park City Authority's winter calendar, click here. Most events are free.

For some, reservations are required.

A classic Bánh Mi with a summer roll and fried spring roll from  Henry's Sandwich, 88 Fulton St. was one of the offerings at the Lunch Box pop-up food fair on Oct. 10. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

'Memory Map,' a Retrospective Exhibition of the Work of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith at the Whitney Museum


A retrospective exhibition of the compelling work of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith at the Whitney Museum of American Art closed on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2023 but a video of the artist along with audio interviews with her are still available on the Whitney Museum website. This exhibition was the first New York retrospective of Smith's groundbreaking, "Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map" which brought together nearly five decades of Smith’s drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures in the largest and most comprehensive showing of her career to date. Smith’s work utilizes contemporary modes of painting, from her idiosyncratic adoption of abstraction to her reflections on American Pop art and neo-expressionism. These artistic traditions are incorporated and reimagined with concepts rooted in Smith’s own cultural background, reflecting her belief that her “life’s work involves examining contemporary life in America and interpreting it through Native ideology.” Employing satire and humor, Smith’s art tells stories that flip commonly held conceptions of historical narratives and illuminate absurdities in the formation of dominant culture. Smith’s approach importantly blurs categories and questions why certain visual languages attain recognition, historical privilege and value.  Across decades and mediums, Smith has deployed and reappropriated ideas of mapping, history, and environmentalism while incorporating personal and collective memories. The retrospective offered new frameworks in which to consider contemporary Native American art, showing how Smith has led and initiated some of the most pressing dialogues around land, racism, and cultural preservation. For a video of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith discussing her work, click here.


Proposed structure for the site at 250 Water St.

Lunar New Year treats at Té Company. Order online or visit the tea room at 163 West 10th St. in Manhattan. The tea room is open from Tuesday through Sunday.

Staten Island ferry timetable

The Staten Island Ferry is free and offers service 24 hours a day. The trip between Lower Manhattan and Staten Island takes approximately 25 minutes. All passengers on the Staten Island Ferry must continue to wear face coverings at all times within the terminals and on the ferry.  For more information, click here.

South Street Seaport Museum

Book Club

March 25:For Women’s History Month, the next book to be discussed at the South Street Seaport Museum Book Club will be "The Mad Girls of New York: A Nellie Blye Novel" by Maya Rodale. The novel is based on the story of fearless reporter Nellie Bly, who was determined to prove that a woman’s place is on the front page. The events recounted took place in New York City in 1887 when Bly had ambitions beyond writing for the ladies pages. She secured an assignment to infiltrate Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum for women, an audacious endeavor that unfolded against the backdrop of rumors about the deplorable conditions within the institution. However no reporter had been able to get in until Nellie feigned insanity, getting herself committed for 10 days in the asylum. Once inside, she befriended her fellow patients who helped her uncover shocking truths about the asylum. The  South Street Seaport Museum's maritime-themed book club meets at 4 Fulton St. in partnership with McNally Jackson Books on the last Monday of each month. Time: 6:30 p.m. Advance registration is encouraged. The Mad Girls of New York is available for purchase at most bookstores. To register for the March meeting of the Book Club click here and receive a 10% discount code for online orders of the book at McNally Jackson Books.

Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music at the South Street Seaport Museum


March 3, 2024: The South Street Seaport Museum's monthly program of "Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music" welcomes singers of all levels as well as listeners. In a round-robin format, anyone can sing and share a chantey, join in the choruses throughout the event or just listen.  Through April 2024, the program will take place indoors in the Seaport Museum's 12 Fulton St. galleries and will also be available via Zoom. For all Zoom attendees advanced registration is required. This free event is offered on the first Sunday of every month. For more information, click here. To register for Zoom attendance or for an in-person ticket, click here.

"Indian Madonna Enthroned" by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith was part of a retrospective exhibition of her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Lunch Box Was a Hit on Fosun Plaza


Hosted by the Downtown Alliance, the second annual Lunch Box pop-up food fair took place on Oct. 10 at Fosun Plaza, 28 Liberty St. This year's lineup featured 10 restaurants that highlight the culinary diversity of Lower Manhattan. Each restaurant offered a $10 boxed lunch that included one main dish and two sides.

Links to recent issues


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Dec. 28, 2023, Volume 6, No. 79


* Letter From the Editor: Ten Years Later
* Shelley Niro retrospective exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian
* Bulletin Board: Price Gouging Warning From New York Attorney General James
* Calendar: Holiday Events in Lower Manhattan

Dec. 25, 2023, Volume 6, No. 78

* Letter From the Editor: This is an Emergency
* Shopping at the National Museum of the American Indian
* Bulletin Board: Price Gouging Warning From New York Attorney General James
* Calendar: Holiday Events in Lower Manhattan

Oct. 21, 2023, Volume 6, No. 77

* 'Courage to Act' at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
* Bulletin Board: Release of the fishes; 'Boatlift' screening and discussion
* Calendar: Open House New York sites in Lower Manhattan

Sept. 11, 2023, Volume 6, No. 76

* Letter From the Editor: That Day
* September 11, 2023
* Our Man in Washington

July 12, 2023, Volume 6, No. 75


* Letter from the Editor: The General and the Sexton
* "B.J." Jones is leaving the Battery Park City Authority to work for New York City
* Bits & Bytes: Gateway Tunnel project gets funded
* Bulletin Board: Free movies at the Oculus; CB1 seeks new District Manager
* Calendar: City of Water Day -- July 15

July 4, 2023, Volume 6, No. 74


Letter From the Editor: July 4, 1804
Lower Manhattan Theater: 'The Democracy Project' at Federal Hall
Bulletin Board: Digital guide to Hudson River Park; Seaport Museum collection online
Calendar: July 4 fireworks


July 2, 2023, Volume 6, No. 73


July 2: The Last Day to Watch Tribeca Festival films
Bits & Bytes: Employers with businesses near Ground Zero on 9/11 must soon alert former workers to 9/11 toxin dangers
Bulletin Board: South Street Seaport Collection online; Battery Dance Festival news

June 26, 2023,
Volume 6, No. 72

Primary election: What's at stake in tomorrow's primary election
Bits & Bytes: Plan to dump radioactive waste in the Hudson River
Bulletin Board: Free summer meals; Summer farm shares at the Fulton Stall Market
Swedish Midsummer Festival in Battery Park City


June 16, 2023,
Volume 6, No. 71

Tribeca Festival is back in town with films and more
Bits & Bytes: Library leaders decry Mayor Adams' budget cuts; Historic diners
Downtown Post NYC Food: Oculus Greenmarket opens for the season
Bulletin Board: Lower Manhattan gets 'smart' composting bins
Juneteenth in Battery Park City
Calendar: Gay Pride at the Whitney; Gay Pride at the South Street Seaport Museum

June 10, 2023, Volume 6, No. 70


Appellate Court greenlights 325-foot-tall tower at 250 Water St.
Bits & Bytes: Cuomo weighs in on housing for migrants; Tribeca Festival returns
Dine Around Downtown 2023
Juneteenth in Battery Park City
Calendar: Gay Pride at the Whitney Museum of American Art

May 20, 2023, Volume 6, No. 69


Fleet Week New York returns on May 24 with a parade of ships
Dine Around Downtown will be back on June 6
Harmony' on tap for a Broadway run this fall
Century 21 reopens to an elated crowd of shoppers

Calendar: Landmarks Conservancy 2023 Sacred Sites Open House

April 20, 2023,
Volume 6, No. 68

Titanic Memorial Lighthouse restoration underway
Bits & Bytes: Garage collapses on Ann Street; New Jersey to withdraw from Waterfront Commission
Downtown Post Food: Greek Easter at The Greek in Tribeca
Bulletin Board: Tickets on sale for the Seaport Museum's summer sailing season
Calendar: Earth Week in Lower Manhattan

April 1, 2023, Volume 6, No. 67


Proposed changes to Floor Area Ratio laws — panacea for NYC housing crisis?
Bits & Bytes: Office space conversions to residential housing; Smorgasburg returns
Summer and permanent jobs in Hudson River Park
Bulletin Board: Pay what you wish at the Seaport Museum; Little League season
Memorial for Robert Simko, photographer
Calendar: The Battery

March 12, 2023, Volume 6, No. 66

Demonstration at 250 Broadway protests Landmarks Preservation Commission
Bits & Bytes: CB1 votes 'no' on 'Robert De Niro Way'; Update on bike path terrorist
Bulletin Board: LMCC accepting workspace applications; Resources for immigrants
Estuarium design meeting invites public input
Calendar: Book Talk: Beaux-Arts architecture in New York City


Feb. 6, 2023, Volume 6, No. 65


Outdated Hudson River Rail Tunnels Get Some Federal Funding
Downtown Post Food: Par Ici at the Hotel Barrière Fouquet in Tribeca
Bulletin Board: Register for Five Boro Bike Tour; Donate Bikes for Migrants
Calendar: Black History Month in Lower Manhattan

Jan. 26, 2023, Volume 6, No. 64


Letter from the Editor: Follow the Drinking Gourd
Downtown Post Food: Delmonico's Dispute; Restaurant Week Winter 2023
Bits & Bytes: South Street Seaport Hotel Sold; Goldman Sachs Profit Plunges
Bulletin Board: 9/11 Memorial and Museum 5K Run/Walk; Aid for Migrants
Calendar: Winter Saturdays at the National Museum of the American Indian

Jan. 14, 2023, Volume 6, No. 63


Letter from the Editor: Artemus Ward
Seaport Coalition Wins Legal Ruling Against Howard Hughes Corp.
Bits & Bytes: Restaurant Week 2023; Ice Skating in Lower Manhattan
Bulletin Board: Chinese Calligraphy in the Seaport; Native Winter Games
Calendar: Chinese Lunar New Year in Lower Manhattan


Jan. 10, 2023, Volume 6, No. 62


Letter from the Editor: Local Journalism
New York Congressional District 10's Man in Washington
Bits & Bytes: Grace Lee Goes to Albany; Titanic Memorial Lighthouse Update
Bulletin Board: Fulton Fish Market Book Talk; Recycle Your Tree
Calendar: Silent Films with Live Music at Brookfield Place


Dec. 2, 2022, Volume 6, No. 61

Letter from the Editor: Affordable Housing; In Memoriam: Robert Simko
CB1 concerned about the future of free Hudson River kayaking
Stockings With Care brings holiday happiness to kids in need
Downtown Post NYC Food: Empanadas on 14th St.; Dine Around Downtown videos
Bits & Bytes: 9/11 Fund low on money; A million new trees for New York City
Bulletin Board: Native Art Market at the National Museum of the American Indian
Calendar: December music at Trinity Wall Street

Aug. 13, 2022, Volume 6, No. 60

Letter from the Editor: Primary Election, Round Two
Bits & Bytes: Howard Hughes Corp. buys stake in Jean-Georges restaurant empire
Bulletin Board: Free Covid-19 test kits; Discounted sailing on the Pioneer
Calendar: Blues Barbecue in Hudson River Park

July 3, 2022, Volume 6, No. 59

Letter from the Editor: Who Won
Tribeca Film Festival documentaries add perspective to today's headlines
Bits & Bytes: St. Nicholas Orthodox Church construction update
Bulletin Board: Prehistoric dinosaurs in the Seaport
Calendar: July 4 Fireworks

June 26, 2022, Volume 6, No. 58

Letter from the Editor: Voting Chaos
Downtown Alliance ministers to Lower Manhattan businesses
Bulletin Board: Composting pilot program extended; Free Summer Meals Program

June 24, 2022, Volume 6, No. 57


River to River Festival: 'Lenticular Histories' in the South Street Seaport
Bulletin Board: Bowne & Co. reopens: Schooner Apollonia in the Seaport
Calendar: Swedish Midsummer Festival in Battery Park City

May 30, 2022, Volume 6, No. 56


Letter from the Editor: Happy Memorial Day!
Downtown Post NYC Museums: Hans Holbein the Younger at the Morgan Library
Bits & Bytes: Summer sailing with the South Street Seaport Museum
Bulletin Board: In-person sea chantey singing resumes at the South St. Seaport
Calendar: Fleet Week 2022

May 16, 2022, Volume 6, No. 55

Letter from the Editor: Guns and Babies
Downtown Post NYC Museums: Hans Holbein the Younger at the Morgan Library
Downtown Post NYC Theater: 'Harmony' gets standing ovations
Bits & Bytes: 111 Wall St. getting a makeover; Chef Daniel Boulud opens Le Gratin
Bulletin Board: Fireboat John J Harvey kicks off summer season; Go, Fish! in BPC
Calendar: Adult art programs in Battery Park City

March 2, 2022, Volume 6, No. 54

Letter from the Editor: Soviet occupation
Rapid-delivery grocery services in Manhattan
Bits & Bytes: Seaport's Tin Building nears completion; 1 WTC gets new tenants
Bulletin Board: Jane's Walk; Bach's St. Matthew Passion at Trinity Wall St.
In memoriam: Gus Ouranitsas
Calendar: New York Harbor Seals

Jan. 27, 2022, Volume 6, No. 53


Letter from the Editor: Scandal and Disgrace
Speaker Adrienne Adams appoints City Council committee leadership and members
Bits & Bytes: Sheldon Silver dead at 77; Insurers must pay for at-home Covid tests
Bulletin Board: Ice Sculpture on Governors Island; Covid-19 test scams
Calendar: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Jan. 5, 2022, Volume 6, No. 52

Letter from the Editor: The Philadelphia Story
250 Water St. Victory for the Howard Hughes Corp.? Not so fast
Bits & Bytes: Crumbling public art; Manhattan gets some new hotels
Bulletin Board: Connection bus is back in service; Poets House rebuilds
Letter to the Editor: Managing Covid
Calendar: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Dec. 23, 2021, Volume 6, No. 51

Letter from the Editor: Tired, Weary and Mad
Bits & Bytes: Cipriani facing possible foreclosure; Pen Parentis wins NYS grant
Calendar: Becoming Dr. Ruth

Nov. 26, 2021, Volume 6, No. 50


Letter from the Editor: Getting There
Downtown Post Museums: Jennifer Packer at the Whitney
Bits & Bytes: Connection bus service halted; Cruise ships return to New York City
Bulletin Board: Stockings With Care gift collection; Holiday lights
Calendar: South Street Seaport Museum galleries at 12 Fulton St. reopen

Nov. 18, 2021, Volume 6, No. 49

Letter from the Editor: Looking up
Downtown Post Travel: Little Island takes root
Bits & Bytes: 1 Wall St. conversion nears completion; Tribeca art scene
Bulletin Board: Covid vaccination questions answered; Help for small businesses
Calendar: Native Cinema Showcase

Oct. 24, 2021,
Volume 6, No. 48

Letter from the Editor: Early voting has begun
Schooner Apollonia plies the Hudson River with cargo from upstate New York
Hudson River fall foliage cruises are not to be missed
Bits & Bytes: A sculpture, 'Water's Soul,' dominates Jersey City's waterfront
Bulletin Board: Geranium giveaway; Release of the fishes
Calendar: Pumpkins and puppies

Sept. 9, 2021, Volume 6, No. 47

Letter from the Editor: We know
Labor Day Weekend's North River tugboat races remembered
Honoring the 9/11 Boatlift
Bits & Bytes: Tin Building construction nears completion; More sky-high dining
Bulletin Board: September 11 anniversary events; Get vaccinated
Calendar: Fall Arts Week on Governors Island

July 12, 2021, Volume 6, No. 46

Letter from the Editor: The Governor's BPC memorial
Protests escalate against the Essential Workers Monument
Bulletin Board: Free Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch; Wetlab look-ins on Pier 40
Calendar: Films at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City

June 30, 2021, Volume 6, No. 45

Letter from the Editor: Gay Pride
Some BPC residents protest Essential Workers Monument placement in their park
Bulletin Board: Skyscraper Museum reopens; In-home Covid-19 vaccination
Calendar: River & Blues in Battery Park City

June 22, 2021, Volume 6, No. 44

Letter from the Editor: Vote today!
Bulletin Board: Perks for getting vaccinated; Art on the Avenue seeks submissions
Work by two prominent African-American artists enhances BPC's Belvedere Plaza
Calendar: River to River update

June 6, 2021, Volume 6, No. 43

Letter from the Editor: Milestones
Hurricane Maria Memorial in Battery Park City
Bulletin Board: River to River reservations; Kayaking at the Downtown Boathouse
Bits & Bytes: City Council candidates, District 1; Vestry Street high rise
Calendar: Battery Park City summer calendar

April 29, 2021, Volume 6, No. 42

Letter from the Editor: Head count
Gov. Cuomo and New York State legislative leaders announce FY2022 budget
BPC Girl Scout troop collects supplies for volcano-stricken Caribbean island
Bulletin Board: BPC outdoor art classes resume; Dine Around at The Fulton
Calendar: Governors Island reopens for the summer season

April 9, 2021, Volume 6, No. 41

Letter from the Editor: The visibility of time
Landmarks Preservation Commission again nixes 250 Water St. tower plans
Letter to the Editor: Why latest Howard Hughes tower proposal should be rejected
Summer plans for South Street Seaport Museum's Pioneer and W.O. Decker
Bulletin Board: Bird walks in The Battery; Hudson River Park seeks volunteers
Calendar: Museum of Jewish Heritage and Annual Gathering of Remembrance

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The Greek at Greca, 452 Washington St.

(Photos: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Connection Bus Service

In an effort to make the route more efficient, Downtown Connection buses no longer make a U-turn on West Street. Instead they turn left directly onto Murray Street. This only impacts Battery Park City-bound service. As a result, the bus no longer stops at Vesey Street / North End Avenue and now only stops at Murray Street / North End Avenue.

Check www.downtownny.com for updates.

The bus makes 34 stops on its route between the South Street Seaport and Broadway near City Hall. Daily service starts at 10 a.m. with a last run at 7:30 p.m. 

For real-time bus information, click here.

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Battery Park City Authority

Events and Classes Online


Every year, the Battery Park City Authority calendar includes hundreds of programs and classes. Usually these take place in Battery Park City and are open both to residents and people from other parts of the city. Most of the events and classes are free.  The BPCA has a YouTube channel where it shares dozens of videos produced by the BPCA's Parks Programming team. Topics include music, art, athletics, nature, cooking, culture, and more. To view the selection, click here.

Beaded bags and purses by Darryl MacDonald of the Siksika Nation (Crow/Blackfoot) range in price from $2,000 to $3,000. MacDonald is the third generation of his family to work as an artist.

Woolen "Folk Art" sheep handmade by Navajo craftsmen sell for $80 to $600, depending on size.

An excerpt from "Here We Root" was presented on the third night of the Battery Dance Festival. "Here We Root" used text, theater and an original score to recount the experiences of Asian immigrants to the United States.  (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

In New York State, there is no charge to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. For up-to-date information about where and when to get vaccinated, go to www.ny.gov/vaccine.


'The Counterfeit Countess': BookTalk at the Museum of Jewish Heritage


Feb. 28, 2024: Elizabeth B. White and Joanna Sliwa’s new book The Counterfeit Countess tells the astonishing story of Dr. Josephine Janina Mehlberg—a Jewish mathematician who saved thousands of lives in Nazi-occupied Poland by masquerading as a Polish aristocrat—drawing on her own unpublished memoir. Using the identity papers of a Polish aristocrat, Mehlberg worked as a welfare official while also serving in the Polish resistance. With guile, cajolery, and steely persistence, the “Countess” persuaded SS officials to release thousands of Poles from the Majdanek concentration camp. She won permission to deliver food and medicine—even decorated Christmas trees—for thousands more of the camp’s prisoners. At the same time, she personally smuggled supplies and messages to resistance fighters imprisoned at Majdanek. Incredibly, she eluded detection,  ultimately survived the war, and emigrated to the US. White and Sliwa will discuss their book with Andrew Nagorski, author of Saving Freud: The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom. Live closed captions will be available. Time: 6 p.m.  Free but with a $10 suggested donation. For more information and to log in, click here.

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Reading of Elie Wiesel's 'Night'
This year, for International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 28, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City hosted a community reading of Elie Wiesel’s seminal memoir Night. The book was read in its entirety by well-known figures, accompanied by music and speeches.

The Greek at Greca 

Breakfast and lunch are served daily. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served from Thursday to Sunday.

452 Washington St. in Tribeca

For hours, menus and photographs, click here

Email: info@thegreektribeca.com

Phone: (917) 261-4795