Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor, State of New York
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Community Updates

Community Updates

VICTIMS OF SANDY, MICRO-BURST
Esplanade Trees That Did Not
Leaf-Out this Year Will Be
Taken Down and Replaced

October 22, 2013

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The one-two punch of last year's Superstorm Sandy and the salty water that got to the Esplanade , followed six months later by the unusual micro-burst of intense winds was more than about 20 trees could stand.

A  certified arborist's analysis concluded that those trees, primarily between the South Cove and the North Cove should be removed. In the last week people on the Esplanade may have noticed orange dots made with spray paint at the base of the trees that could not be saved.

Yet it is the trees themselves that tell the tale. Despite efforts and watchful waiting by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy's horticulture department, those marked trees never properly "leafed out"  in spring and summer, sure signs that they were irretrievably  damaged. Most of the other trees showed minor, or no ill effects.

In the near future,  a certified arborist, experienced in tree and stump removal, will begin the project.  The Conservancy will replace the trees next spring.

Take Guided Garden
Tour of Wagner Park

October 15, 2013

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Discovering the horticulture of Battery Park City can be a feast for the senses. Such was the intention of renowned landscape designer Lynden Miller for the gardens of Robert F. Wagner Park in the southernmost section of Battery Park City. An array of flowers, trees and shrubbery borders the park’s entrance pavilions as it welcomes visitors. Entering the south or “cool” side of the pavilions inspires a feeling of relaxation. One almost exhales while taking in the soothing plant life hues of purple, blue and pink. Yet enter the north or “hot” side of the pavilion to encounter a stimulating and vibrant palette of lush red, orange and yellow greenery.

On Wednesday, Parks Conservancy Horticulture Foreperson Eileen Calvanese will offer a tour of these gardens where, designed with such variety, year-round viewings offer something different to experience each visit. The tour kicks off at 1:00 p.m. And for more information on events in Battery Park City, please call 212-267-9700, e-mail info@bpcparks.org or click the 'events' tab on the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy’s website:  http://www.bpcparks.org/bpcp/home/index.php

AFTERMATH OF MAY MICRO-BURST:
B.P.C. Parks Conservancy
To Remove Tree Trunks, Stumps
On Esplanade Where Storm Hit

September 5, 2013

People walking along the Esplanade, between the North Cove and Rector Place, over the next few days will see the controlled removal of several tree trunks and stumps -- remnants of the trees that were taken down by the severe weather incident in early May.

 The Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy, with staff members who have extensive arboricultural experience will be performing this work. While there may be some short-term, concentrated restrictions, access to the Esplanade will remain.

 This work is separate from previous reporting of a broader study and assessment, by certified arborists, of trees that were impacted by superstorm Sandy in the vicinity of the Esplanade. The report has not been completed and recommendations will be announced following an evaluation.

Some Changes to Popular Program
September 5, 2013

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FREE fitness classes in 50+ locations across New York!
Shaping Up has never been this easy
!

 6 River Terrace
Battery Park City

(Entrance next to Le Pain Quotidien café)

Cardio Sculpting
Monday at 6pm
(starts 9/9)

Stretch & Tone
Friday at 7:30am
(starts 9/13)

 Free. All are welcome, no registration is required.
For other Shape Up NYC locations, visit www.nyc.gov or call 311.

NYC Plans for September 11th
Commemoration; Limited Impact
In Battery Park City

September 4, 2013

The Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit today issued a letter to Battery Park City residents outlining New York City’s plans to curtail certain access in the vicinity of the World Trade Center on Wednesday, September 11th. The letter describes the most significant impact as the closure of the Liberty Street Bridge from 7 to 10 a.m.

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6 River Terrace Space
Becoming Popular Event Venue

August 27, 2013

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One predictable aspect of weather is that it can be so unpredictable. People looking to hold meetings and milestone events are using the indoor space at 6 River Terrace and are not worrying about sudden rain, wind, and in a few weeks, chilly temperatures.  This 2,000 sq. ft. area next to Rockefeller Park has tables and chairs and is wheelchair accessible.

To reserve or schedule a visit, please contact the Events Coordinator at 212-267-9700, or 6riverterrace@bpcparks.org. Host your event at 6 River Terrace and see and enjoy New York's Battery Park City from the inside.         

Fitness Classes Offered
To Fit Any Schedule

August 26, 2013

The State's Battery Park City Authority, NYC Service, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and Equinox Fitness Clubs hosts another round of free exercise programs in New York's Battery Park City.

There are two different classes being offered at no charge. On Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., a Cardio Sculpting class is taught by Monica Gould at 6 River Terrace (near the Irish Hunger Memorial). On Wednesdays from noon - 1 p.m., a Stretch and Tone Class is taught by Judith Hari at 21 West Thames Street (in The Regatta via same entrance as the Parks Enforcement Patrol headquarters). These fitness programs utilize an individual's own body weight as well as boot camp style moves to improve conditioning, balance and flexibility.

Both sessions are convenient for those with varying schedules and tastes. For those that work early in the day or have other obligations, the Tuesday class allows participants to exercise and relieve stress in the evening. Conversely, on Wednesdays, participants can exercise early in the afternoon to reenergize during the day or to meet any other commitments that evening. Additionally, instructors are approachable, provide friendly feedback, and are willing to tailor the daily regimen to a participant's preference and/or desired area of focus .

Both classes are free and no advanced registration is required. For more information, please contact Angela Whitehead at angela.whitehead@bpca.ny.gov.

For other Shape Up NYC locations, visit www.nyc.gov or call 311.
To learn more about Shape Up NYC, visit the link below:
http://www.nycservice.org/initiatives/index.php?bitinitiative_id=15

SEASON'S GRAND FINALE
Final Drum Circle
Open to Everyone

August 22, 2013

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"Sunset Jams on the Hudson," concludes this Friday in New York's Battery Park City. Maguette Camara, founder and director of Mane Kadang, will lead the interactive and enthusiastic drum circle once again in Wagner Park. Newcomers and previous participants are invited to attend this gathering by the River. Camara will teach traditional African drum patterns, bringing the rhythm to a steady heartbeat pulse, and will engage the audience in call and response to facilitate the creation of unique drum patterns.  

The program runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. For those without drums, instruments will be provided. Water fountains and restrooms will be available.  Come out and enjoy the 'percussion in the air' as summer draws to a close.

New ATM Convenience Offered
By MCU at The Regatta

August 19, 2013

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A brand new Municipal Credit Union ATM has been installed in New York's Battery Park City. This new machine is located in the Community Room at The Regatta (located at the end of the West Thames St. cul-de-sac), offering 24/7 access to all. This new ATM provides relief after two other ATM's near DC 37 and Beaver Street, temporarily went out of service due to severe damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy.  While service at these other locations has resumed, the people who live and work in Battery Park City can enjoy the convenience of a closer location.

DJ REKHA HEADLINES
East Indian Bhangra
Family Dance Tomorrow

August 16, 2013

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Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy will host the 'East Indian Bhangra Family Dance' tomorrow, August 17th, at Esplanade Plaza, just south of the North Cove. This dance and music party will be headlined by London-born and New York City-based musician, DJ Rekha. 

The 'East Indian Bhangra Family Dance' will feature drummers and dancers that will guide audience members in the basics of Bhangra. This style of music and dance encompasses "centuries-old folk music and seasonal, celebratory dance."

DJ Rekha is one of the original DJ's that merged classic Bhangra and Bollywood with modern electronic dance music. In 2006, Rekha was the Sound Designer for the TONY award-winning show Bridge and Tunnel. In 2009, she served as the Cultural Ambassador to the U.S. in India for the U.S. State Department. Rekha has shared the stage with the likes of international music stars including Wyclef Jean and Bikram Singh.

This dance and musical exhibition will last from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. and will be free to the public. No experience or dance partners are required. Come join the good time. 

ONGOING PRIORITY
Regular Maintenance, Upkeep
Part of B.P.C. Parks' Plan

August 15, 2013

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The Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy has staff members dedicated to all things horticultural -- including plantings, shrubs, lawns, weeding, trees and composting. The creative programming staff always seeks creative ideas for activities and events for persons in every age group. Since more than one-third of New York's Battery Park City consists of dedicated park and public open space, a very visible contingent of personnel works on the maintenance in every quarter -- from the southernmost part of Wagner Park, to the Northern Esplanade above Rockefeller Park. 

Prior postings have illustrated masons resetting granite, maintaining smooth walkways and rows of cobblestones; plumbers keep water fountains and rest rooms operational; electricians keep street lights, cables and conduits working while others keep the grounds clean.

Lamp posts, railings, fences and benches are exposed to the elements year round. They are part of an ongoing painting program. Since August 5th, more than 80 lamp posts have been repainted. Crews have been in the south neighborhood, most recently in the South End Avenue corridor, and are working their way north.  Laid end to end, the multiple slats on benches would extend many miles. Painting is done at the Conservancy's headquarters and the slats are installed at benches on a priority basis.

 

NOTICE OF MEETINGS - August 20, 2013
August 15, 2013

Notice is hereby given that a Meeting of the Members of the Battery Park City Authority (the “Authority”) will take place on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, beginning at 10:00 a.m., at the offices of the Authority, One World Financial Center, 24th Floor, New York, New York 10281.

Meetings are open to the public for observation, but not for direct participation.  The press is welcome to attend the meetings.

Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority
Meeting of the Members
One World Financial Center
New York, New York 10281
August 20, 2013
10:00 a.m.

AGENDA

  1. CALL TO ORDER
  2. APPROVAL OF THE JULY 30, 2013 MINUTES
  3. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
  4. M/WBE REPORT
  5. MOTION TO CONDUCT EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS MATTERS PERTAINING TO LITIGATION AND THE PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF SECURITIES, OR SALE OR EXCHANGE OF SECURITIES
  6. CORPORATE ACTION:
    Resolution Authorizing Certain Matters in Connection with the Sale and Issuance of Series 2013 Bonds
  7. MOTION TO ADJOURN

MAGUETTE CAMARA RETURNS
Weekly Drumming Circle
Has Room for Everyone

August 15, 2013

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The weekly "Sunset Jams on the Hudson" continues in New York's Battery Park City this Friday. Maguette Camara, the founder and director of Mane Kadang, a group of West African dancers and musicians, will showcase his talent in Wagner Park once again. Following the interactive and enthusiastic drum circles of prior weeks, its encouraged that previous participants as well as newcomers attend this cultural gathering by the River this Friday evening. Camara will begin by teaching traditional African drum patterns. He will bring the rhythm to a steady heartbeat pulse, and will then engage the audience in call and response allowing participants to create their own drum patterns.

The program runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. For those without drums, instruments will be provided. Water fountains and restrooms will be available.

CONSUMER ALERT
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Offers Advice
To Protect against Child Identity Theft

August 14, 2013

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CONSUMER ALERT – GOVERNOR CUOMO WARNS NEW YORKERS ABOUT THE GROWING TREND OF CHILD-IDENTITY THEFT

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today alerted parents, guardians and young adults about a growing trend of child identity theft. These victims may not discover their identities have been stolen until they begin applying for loans, credit card accounts, or renting their first apartment.

“Child identify theft is often a crime that is not realized until years later after damage has already been done to a stolen identity,” Governor Cuomo said. “New Yorkers need to be aware of this growing trend. I encourage parents and guardians to be proactive in their efforts to protect their children’s identities and personal information.”

Child identity theft is the assumption of an identity through the use of a minor’s personal information and social security number. Once this information is attained, the thief will use it to create a false identity. Then the false identity will often be used to obtain credit cards, open new utility accounts, or make large purchases such as a car or home. Subsequently, the child victim is left with damaged credit that frequently remains undetected for years.

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection is advising the public to remain vigilant with their personal information and to take the following precautions to make sure theirs and their children’s identities are not compromised:

  • Obtain a credit report with your child’s personal information by contacting the three credit agencies. If any activity is detected, immediately file an identity theft complaint with your local police and report findings with the three credit agencies.

o Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
o Experian: 1-888-397-3742
o Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289

  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of these nationwide credit reporting companies to provide consumers with a free copy of their credit report, at their request, once every 12 months. To order, consumers can go to http://www.annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228.
  • Be aware of any suspicious mail addressed to your child. If any credit card offers or debt collection materials contain your child’s name, contact each credit reporting agency immediately as it might be a sign of identity theft.
  • If your child is headed to college or moving out on his or her own, request a copy of his or her credit report in advance to verify the information is accurate.
  • If a young adult in your household receives pre-approved credit offers, it is important that he or she shred any unwanted mail. Identity theft rates are highest amongst students ages 18 to 24.
  • Be careful in providing children’s personal identifying information for after-school activities, tutoring or sports team/ club participation. If asked for a social security number, inquire why is it needed? Isn't there another way to identify my child? How will my child's information be protected? Only reveal your child's Social Security number if you have no other option.
  • Talk to your child about the importance of Internet safety, identify what information is personal to your child and work with your child to create the life-long habit of securing his or her personal information.

In March of this year, Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab reported that children are 51 times more likely than adults to be victims of identity theft.

The New York Department of State (DOS) Consumer Guide to Identity Theft is available here, and information specifically pertaining to child identify theft can be found here. For further information about child identity theft or to file a complaint, please contact the New York Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection at (518)-474-8583 or visit our website at www.dos.ny.gov.

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DJ REKHA HEADLINES
East Indian Bhangra
Family Dance Saturday

August 13, 2013

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Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy presents the 'East Indian Bhangra Family Dance' this Saturday, August 17th, at Esplanade Plaza, just south of the North Cove. This dance and music party will be headlined by London-born and New York City-based musician, DJ Rekha. 

The 'East Indian Bhangra Family Dance' will feature performances from drummers and dancers who will guide audience members in the basics of Bhangra. This style of music and dance encompasses "centuries-old folk music and seasonal, celebratory dance."

DJ Rekha has been referred to as "the Ambassador of Bhangra" by the New York Times and as one of the most influential South Asians by Newsweek. She has been credited with pioneering Bhangra music in North America and has given lectures and workshops on Hip Hop, politics, and South Asian art for the Smithsonian, Brooklyn Museum and Columbia University. Additionally, her work has been featured on popular news outlets such as CNN, NPR and PBS. 

This dance and musical exhibition will last from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. and will be free to the public. No experience or dance partners are required. Come join the good time. 

Free Fitness Classes Offer
Convenient Options

August 12, 2013

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The State's Battery Park City Authority, NYC Service, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and Equinox Fitness Clubs presents another set of free exercise programs in New York's Battery Park City.

Here in Battery Park City, there are two different classes being offered, at no charge, on a weekly basis. On Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., a Cardio Sculpting class is taught by Monica Gould at 6 River Terrace (near the Irish Hunger Memorial). On Wednesdays from noon - 1 p.m., a Stretch and Tone Class is taught by Judith Hari at 21 West Thames Street (in The Regatta via same entrance as the Parks Enforcement Patrol headquarters). These fitness programs utilize an individual's own body weight as well as boot camp style moves to improve conditioning. Additionally, participants will improve their balance and flexibility, which serves as a foundation for maintaining good health.

Both classes offer a convenient set of options for those with varying schedules and preferences. For those that work during the day or have other obligations, the Tuesday session allows participants to exercise and to relieve stress in the evening. Conversely, on Wednesdays, participants can exercise early in the afternoon to reenergize during the day or to meet any other commitments they may have later on. The assortment of programming is tailored to fit the busy and personalized schedules of residents in Battery Park City. Additionally instructors are approachable, provide friendly feedback, and are willing to incorporate a participant's preference and/or desired area of fitness into the daily regimen.

Both classes are free and no advanced registration is required. For more information, please contact Angela Whitehead at angela.whitehead@bpca.ny.gov.

For other Shape Up NYC locations, visit www.nyc.gov or call 311.

To learn more about Shape Up NYC, visit the link below:
http://www.nycservice.org/initiatives/index.php?bitinitiative_id=15

WELCOME THE WEEKEND
Friday Drumming Circle
Draws Enthusiastic Fans
To Wagner Park

August 8, 2013

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Mary Knysh returns to New York's Battery Park City to  lead "Sunset Jam on the Hudson," this Friday. The Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy welcomes all who wish to learn about Caribbean, African, and Latin rhythms, and those who wish to create their own rhythmic drum patterns. 

Knysh is a renowned musician and educator that has performed before corporations, nursing home residents, and students from all age groups. Through her music Knysh touches upon history, nature, language and culture. Through this discourse she encourages "others to find their own musical spirit and expression."

This program is free to the public and no tickets are required. The drum circle is being held from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Wagner Park (near the foot of West Street and Battery Place.) Water fountains and restrooms will be available. 

PUBLIC SAFETY MATTERS
'National Night Out'
In Battery Park City
Brings Law Enforcement,
Community, Together

August 8, 2013

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In thousands of communities from coast to coast, Tuesday's National Night Out was an opportunity for local residents, people who protect them and civic and elected leaders to gather around their common goal: safer neighborhoods. New York's Battery Park City was no different as it was the venue for the NYPD's First Precinct's annual event.

Hundreds of local adults and youngsters came to Esplanade Plaza near the North Cove to hear speakers, collect information from local organizations, sample wares from local businesses and share stories.

Captain Brendan Timoney was appointed commanding officer of the First Precinct about five months ago. The precinct is diverse on many levels and he was glad to be in Battery Park City again. "It's a beautiful place with a wonderful community and I'm proud to serve here," he said. "People are very supportive of our efforts."

Local resident Anthony Notaro, president of the First Precinct Community Council among many civic pursuits, was an event organizer. "Crime here is at an all time low," he said. "We have an excellent rapport with the First Precinct, a very good working relationship. We've had a great turnout."     

VOTING MATTERS
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Notes
Convenient Voter Registration
Via State DMV, as Deadline
For September Primary Nears

August 6, 2013

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GOVERNOR CUOMO ALERTS VOTERS OF AUGUST 16 REGISTRATION DEADLINE TO VOTE IN SEPTEMBER PRIMARY ELECTIONS

Over 200,000 People Have Registered or Updated Previous Registrations Electronically Since Governor Unveiled New Initiative Last Year

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today, on the 48th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, reminded New Yorkers that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming September primary elections is August 16th. The Governor also released new data showing that more than 200,000 New Yorkers have used the state’s new online MyDMV, and automated systems to register, or update, their voter registration since its launch last year.

“With the launch of our secure online and electronic voter registration systems, New York knocked down barriers that kept some residents from participating in the democratic process,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we approach another election season, I encourage New Yorkers to make sure they are registered to vote to cast their ballot in September.”

The new online registration initiative was announced last August and marked the first time that New Yorkers were able to apply to complete the voter registration process online. Since the program began, 73,210 individuals have registered online -- 25,344 of which were first-time voters. An additional 164,091 have registered, or updated their voter information, using electronic devices in DMV offices. Of them, 59,710 were first time registrants.

The goal of the initiative was to expand access to voter registration and allow New Yorkers for the first time ever to apply to register to vote or update their address or party enrollment through a secure online site.

“I am very pleased that so many people have taken the opportunity to visit the DMV website and register to vote using this new service,” said Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara J. Fiala. “When Governor Cuomo asked DMV to develop this capability to better serve New Yorkers, we anticipated a great response, and that is what we have seen in the number of people who have now registered to vote either online or using the electronic devices in our offices.”

In order to apply to register to vote online at http://dmv.ny.gov/, a person must have a valid New York State license or identification card and establish a MyDMV account. MyDMV requires users to create a secure online account that is validated through the verification of personal information, such as date of birth, social security number, address and license document number.

More information on the Governor’s efforts to increase access to the voter registration process can be found here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/08162012-voter-registration-reform. Additional information specifically on online registrations is available here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/08272012online-voter-registration.


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GRAND FINALE
The Wiyos Bring Down Curtain
On Great 'River & Blues' Season

August 6, 2013

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The Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy will present the final concert of its "River & Blues" series this week. The critically-acclaimed band, 'The Wiyos', will bring their unique fusion of folk music to Wagner Park this Thursday. Band members Michael Farkas, Teddy Weber, and Sauerkraut Seth Travins will be on the washboard, harmonica, kazoo, steel and acoustic guitars, banjo, ukulele and upright bass.

The group was formed here in New York City back in 2002. Their careers grew from playing on the streets, at bars, parties, street fairs, coffee houses, side show tents, and in the hallways of booking conferences. In 2009, after working their way up the folk circuit, Bob Dylan selected them  to play in his stadium summer tour along with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. The Wiyos have six albums to date and have been featured on two television specials "across the pond" on the BBC.

The Wiyos will take the stage from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The concert is free and all are welcome to attend. Water fountains and restrooms will be available.

This performance will conclude the highly popular series of concerts along the Hudson, here in New York's Battery Park City.

Fitness Opportunities
In B.P.C. that Are Free

August 5, 2013

The State's Battery Park City Authority, NYC Service, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and Equinox Fitness Clubs continues its series of exercise classes in New York's Battery Park City this week. These classes are offered as a component of a new citywide initiative known as Shape Up NYC. This public health campaign is focused on promoting and instilling regular exercise habits among all New Yorkers.

Here in Battery Park City, there are two different classes being offered, at no charge, on a weekly basis. On Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., a Cardio Sculpting class is taught by Monica Gould at 6 River Terrace (near the Irish Hunger Memorial). On Wednesdays from noon - 1 p.m., a Stretch and Tone Class is taught by Judith Hari at 21 West Thames Street (in The Regatta via same entrance as the Parks Enforcement Patrol headquarters). These fitness programs utilize an individual's own body weight as well as boot camp style moves to improve conditioning. Additionally, participants will improve their balance and flexibility, which serves as a foundation for maintaining good health.

 Both classes are free and no advanced registration is required. For more information, please contact Angela Whitehead at angela.whitehead@bpca.ny.gov.

For other Shape Up NYC locations, visit www.nyc.gov or call 311.

To learn more about Shape Up NYC, visit the link below:

http://www.nycservice.org/initiatives/index.php?bitinitiative_id=15

HALFWAY THROUGH SUMMER
Battery Park City Parks
Provide Activity and Respite

August 2, 2013

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With summer reaching its unofficial mid-point between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the usage of parks in New York's Battery Park City is as varied and diverse as the people who enjoy them.

The website continually highlights events and activities planned and organized by the Battery Park City Authority's talented Programming staff. Between weekly programs for toddlers and youngsters and evening musical and drum circle programs, the parks serve as places for recreation as well as rest and individual re-creation.

Near the Park House at Rockefeller Park, in the northern part of Battery Park City,  the younger set played, while earlier today in Wagner Park, the pace was a bit slower. Plantings and shrubbery provided vibrant colors for passersby to enjoy. People jogged and ambled along the base of the Esplanade where Pier A provided a book-end, of sorts, as the southern tip of the 92-acre B.P.C. site. BPCA has wrapped up its major renovation of the long-vacant structure, which included repairs from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. A famed restaurateur will begin to fit out and furnish the building which is expected to open next summer.

'SUNSET JAM' FRIDAY
Drumming Circle
Open to Everyone

August 1, 2013

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On Friday evening from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., the Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy will host another exciting edition of "Sunset Jam on the Hudson," in Wagner Park. Laurent Camara, a djembe master from Guinea, will lead this week's drumming circle. Camara was recruited in 1973 to be the lead soloist for Les Ballets Africains and toured with the group until 2000. He has played alongside other popular African musicians such as Gbanworo Keita, Mamady Keita, and M'Bemba Bangoura. Among his peers he is regarded as "having a unique style and in particular a special mastery of the Liberte rhythm."  

Everyone from beginners to more experienced musicians are invited to attend. Mr. Camara will begin by teaching various drum patterns, which will build a steady heartbeat pulse, and then participants will be given the opportunity to contribute their own patters in a call and response style format. Instruments will be provided or participants can bring their own. The sound of percussion in Wagner Park, against the backdrop of the Hudson are prime for enjoying an evening out in New York's Battery Park City. Water fountains and restrooms will be available. 

B.P.C. MAINTENANCE MATTERS:
Dedicated Team Keeps Parks
Here More than Green

July 31, 2013

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More than one-third of the 92 acres comprising New York's Battery Park City are designated as park and open public space. The Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy staff works tirelessly to ensure horticultural excellence, vibrant programming and maintenance of the varied infrastructure so the people who live, work and visit here can enjoy their outdoor experience.

Wednesday was a typical example of how the skilled members of the Conservancy's Maintenance department greatly contribute to the quality of life in B.P.C.

At Rector Gate, by the Esplanade, masons Willem Paillant (wearing a cap) and Tim Skipper worked to reset an L-shaped piece of granite at the foot of a street light in order for it to be even with the surrounding walking area. Just a bit south, Carlton Chotalal was chipping some old paint from the top of a metal fence post before applying fresh paint that will stand up to the variety of weather conditions. At the same time, near the northern end of that stretch of the Esplanade, cleaner Sankar Heerah trained a hose on the "hex pavers" to remove stains and grime.

While true, it was "all  in a day's work," it was done on behalf of the many people who might not notice the labor and "elbow grease," but who appreciate the result.

ENJOY 'BLUES' AND VIEWS
Bill Sims, Jr., Headlines
Thursday at Wagner Park

July 31, 2013

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The Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy will present the third installment of its increasingly popular "River & Blues" concert series Thursday evening. Bill Sims, Jr., an international master of the Blues, is set to take the stage for a memorable evening.  Sims began his professional career at age 14, and has played alongside  musicians like Muddy Watters, Howlin' Wolf, Freddie King, the O'Jays and has opened for superstars Gladys Knight and Earth, Wind and Fire. His music has also been featured in motion pictures such as Cadillac Records, American Gangster, and Miss Ruby's House. In 2012, Sims and his current collaboration known as the Heritage Blues Orchestra (HBO), were nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Blues Album for their And Still I Rise compilation.

As musical artist Taj Mahal exclaims, "HBO is one of the new and exciting faces of the Blues ... elegant, fabulous and refreshing!"

Bill Sims, Jr. will showcase his musical talent from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in Wagner Park. The concert is free and all are welcome to attend. Water fountains and restrooms will be available.

Next week on August 8th, the "River & Blues" series will culminate with a performance from the critically-acclaimed band 'The Wiyos.'  

YOUR HEALTH MATTERS:
Free Fitness Classes
Open to Everyone

July 30, 2013

The State's Battery Park City Authority has partnered with NYC Service, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and Equinox Fitness Clubs to bring free health classes to New York's Battery Park City. These classes are a part of a citywide initiative known as Shape Up NYC. The goal of Shape Up NYC is to help decrease health discrepancies across the city and to encourage New Yorkers of all ages to participate in regular exercise. These fitness programs are offered through a variety of formats including aerobics, yoga, and martial arts.

Here in Battery Park City, there are two different classes offered, at no charge, on a weekly basis. On Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., a Cardio Sculpting class is taught by Monica Gould at 6 River Terrace (near the Irish Hunger Memorial). This class emphasizes conditioning and strength training to build physical strength and endurance. On Wednesdays from noon - 1 p.m., a Stretch and Tone Class is taught by Judith Hari at 21 West Thames Street (in The Regatta via same entrance as the Parks Enforcement Patrol headquarters). This class features both dynamic stretches and toning exercises to increase flexibility and to enhance body tone. Both classes are free and no advanced registration is required. For more information, please contact Angela Whitehead at angela.whitehead@bpca.ny.gov.

For other Shape Up NYC locations, visit www.nyc.gov or call 311.
To learn more about Shape Up NYC, visit the link below:
http://www.nycservice.org/initiatives/index.php?bitinitiative_id=15

 

ROOM FOR ALL IN DRUMMING CIRCLE
'Sunset Jam' this Friday
Features Mary Knysh;
6:30 p.m., Wagner Park

July 24, 2013

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"Sunset Jam on the Hudson," the increasingly popular program held Fridays through August 23, showcases Mary Knysh this week.

Everyone is invited to New York's Battery Park City to improvise on African, Latin and Caribbean rhythms. After beginning with Ms. Knysh teaching traditional drumming patterns, and establishing a steady heartbeat pulse, participants are then invited to contribute their own rhythmic patterns as part of call and response chanting and drumming.

Ms. Knysh, who has released four albums,  is a professional musician and educator. She is a master teacher at the Music for People organization, and plays many kinds of drums, guitars and flutes, as well as tambourine and mandolin. Those with drums can bring their own, or instruments will be provided.

"Sunset Jam on the Hudson" is sponsored by the Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy. The program is free to the public and no tickets are required. The program is held at Wagner Park in the southernmost part of Battery Park City, near the foot of West Street and Battery Place. Water fountains and restroom facilities are available.

APPRECIATIVE CROWDS
Chill Out on Thursday:
'River & Blues' Features
Trumpet Sensation Christian Scott

July 23, 2013

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Last week, the John Hammond Band (photo by Michah Saperstein) got the Battery Park City Authority's Park Conservancy 'River & Blues' series off to a roaring start. Hundreds of people came to Wagner Park, at the base of West Street, to enjoy the sounds of the Grammy-winner and Blues Hall of Fame member, amid the perfect backdrop of the Statue of Liberty, Hudson River and passing boats.

On July 18th, the second of four Thursday evening performances will spotlight Grammy-nominated, New Orleans native, Christian Scott (photo by Kiel-Adrian Scott), who already has five albums to his credit. Described as "a gym-ripped amalgam of edgy jazz, hip hop and rock rhythms, off-kilter ostinatos, intimate rhapsodies and full-on passion," Christian Scott will be joined by Jamire Williams on drums, Matt Stevens on guitar, Kris Funn on double bass and special guests.

The park and concert are open to everyone. The event is free to all and water fountains and rest rooms are on site.

On August 1st, "River & Blues" will feature Jim Campilongo Electric Trio.

Notice of Meetings - July 23, 2013
July 23, 2013

Notice is hereby given that the following meetings will take place on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m., at the offices of the Battery Park City Authority (the “Authority”), One World Financial Center, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10281:

  • Meeting of the Board’s Investment Committee (9:00 am);
  • Meeting of the Board’s Audit & Finance Committee (9:30 am); and
  • Meeting of the Members of the Authority (10:00 am).

Meetings are open to the public for observation, but not for direct participation.  The press is welcome to attend the meetings.

SALT WATER RESISTANCE
BPC Parks Conservancy
Replaces Sandy-Damaged
Plants with New Kinds

July 22, 2013

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The Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy horticulture staff members have been working diligently to replace plants that were compromised by salty water from Superstorm Sandy. In the northwest section of Rockefeller Park, new plants such as the Stokesia laevis ("Peachie's Pick") and the Ajuga ("Black Scallop" or "Chocolate Chip") have been planted primarily for their salt tolerance. In addition to horticulture management, they also were preferred by Oehme van Sweden, who were the original designers of Rockefeller Park.

Sandra Power, Assistant Horticulturist, and Howard Wai, a Seasonal Horticulturist, emphasized the importance of water irrigation, especially during the current heat wave. For instance, plants need more water and irrigation becomes crucial as plants can perish faster in these severe conditions. Newly developed and diseased plants are especially vulnerable in this weather.  The horticulturists also demonstrated and explained the importance of weeding, to prevent moisture competition with the desired plants.

Sandra and Howard also expressed appreciation for the volunteers who assisted them with the new salt resistant plants. Every Wednesday during the summer, the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy has Volunteer Day in which members of the local community come out to volunteer in the parks. Sandra was quite pleased with the help she received and said the Conservancy is grateful to members of the community who offer their time and talent to keep the parks in New York's Battery Park City the most beautiful in the region.

MAGUETTE CAMARA RETURNS
‘Sunset Jams’
Drumming Circle
At Wagner, Tonight

July 19, 2013

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Sunset Jams on the Hudson, the audience participation series presented by Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy, will be held tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lawn in Wagner Park. Maguette Camara, founder and director of Mane Kadang, a group of West African musicians and dancers, will teach traditional drumming patterns and once a steady heartbeat pulse is established, will ask audience members to contribute their own rhythmic patterns as part of call and response chanting and drumming.

There was an enthusiastic crowd last week, and newcomers and returnees are expected at this performance. Water fountains and rest rooms will be in service.

The program, which runs Fridays through August 23rd, is open to all. For those without drums, they will be provided.

Weather Makes
News In B.P.C.
And Kids Beat Heat

July 18, 2013

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At about 9 a.m. Thursday, a large satellite tv truck for Fox News turned left from Murray Street, onto River Terrace and parked just past the Pavilion. Technical team members emerged and began unloading camera and sound equipment at the lawn which had few on it. No surprise there,  as the temperature was  approaching 90 degrees.

New York's Battery Park City was the location for reporter David Lee Miller's story of the oppressive heat blistering the region.  Several reports were filed and he noted what people witnessed:  the usual number of walkers, joggers and sun bathers was way down due to the heat.

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Just a block down at The Park House, the hub of activity staffed by Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy, team members prepared for the weekly art for toddlers program. Conspicuous among the dedicated Park Programming staff members were paint, brushes, and paper  and a large yellow cooler containing cold water, paper cups and small spray mist bottles.

The heat wave is not expected to break until the weekend. On this website's News page, readers can see Governor Andrew Cuomo's heat advisory (July 15) tips and on the home page find links to the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and the New York City Office of Emergency Management for the latest weather conditions and updates.

The nearest public cooling center is the Battery Park City Library, at 175 North End Avenue.  

BE COOL IN THE HEAT
Legendary John Hammond
Opens ‘River & Blues’ Series
Thursday at Wagner Park

July 17, 2013

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Tomorrow evening, master guitarist John Hammond and his band take center stage at Wagner Park to kick off the much anticipated River & Blues jazz concert series, presented by the Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy. Since his 1964 debut album, Hammond has worked with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and other legends to bellow out the blues. His soulful sound earned him a Grammy Award along with many other nominations, an induction to the Blues Hall of Fame, and a well-deserved place in the history of jazz. Heat notwithstanding, it promises to be a memorable performance.

"A good blues song today," says Hammond, "is just as appropriate as it was 50 years ago because it captures the human condition, which hasn't changed."

Witness Hammond's guitar skills and his powerful band 7 to 8:30 p.m. Water fountains and rest room facilities will be available.

This week's concert is the first of four nestled along the Hudson at sunset. Expect Grammy-nominated trumpet player Christian Scott on July 25th, Bill Sims, Jr. on August 1st, and The Wiyos on August 8th.

All are free and everyone is welcome.

NORTH OF GATEWAY
City Bike-Share
Opens 4th Station
In Battery Park City

July 16, 2013

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Bike-friendly Battery Park City just got bike-friendlier.

A new station accommodating 25 Bike-Share bikes is now in service at the northeastern perimeter of Gateway Plaza, by the intersection of South End Avenue and Liberty Street. It joins the stations on West Thames Street, the eastern perimeter of the Irish Hunger Memorial and Stuyvesant Plaza, near the Tribeca Bridge.

People Find Ways
To Cope with Heat
In Battery Park City

July 15, 2013

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As the temperature in and around New York's Battery Park City soars this week, residents, park goers, and the working community alike are taking measures to counteract the heat. Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy Staff  members are taking steps to ensure a healthy work environment. At the last staff meeting, the Conservancy's Executive Director, Tessa Huxley, encouraged all field workers to increase water consumption and limit exposure to direct sunlight during oppressive hot spells.

On Monday, Maintenance Staff members Tim Skipper and Willem Paillant were by Rockefeller Park, resetting cobblestone in the shade near 22 River Terrace. While the mercury continued to rise, Patrick T. Greene, Electrical Team Supervisor, worked on a street light from a mechanical lift at North End Avenue and Warren Street, and was to address additional lighting near Stuyvesant High School.

Joggers slowed their pace, adults and children sought shaded and water-play areas of the parks, and the lawn in Rockefeller Park had only a handful of sun bathers, while Penny Park was deserted.

The New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have advised people to prepare for excess heat through Thursday evening. On Wednesday and Thursday it is possible that the heat index could reach 100 degrees. If necessary cooling centers are open throughout the city through Thursday, July 18th. 

The closest centers are the Battery Park City Library (175 North End Avenue), the New Amsterdam Library (9 Murray Street), and Independence Plaza Neighborhood Senior Center (310 Greenwich Street, 2nd Fl). To find the nearest cooling locations around the city people are advised to call 311or check OEM's Cooling Center Locator at www.nyc.gov/oem, or by clicking the OEM button on the BPCA homepage. 

The State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services offers valuable suggestions about staying healthy during the heat wave and for noticing signs that may signal trouble. Click their link on the BPCA homepage.

YOUR HEALTH MATTERS:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Offers New Yorkers Tips
On Getting Through Heat Wave

July 15, 2013

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GOVERNOR CUOMO ISSUES HEAT ADVISORY AS HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HUMIDITY EXPECTED ACROSS THE STATE THIS WEEK

High heat and humidity expected across the State this week

As temperatures are forecasted to climb into the 90s over the next week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today offered New Yorkers the following advice to safely battle the excessive heat.

“Hot temperatures and high humidity can have dangerous consequences, including heat-related illness and death,” Governor Cuomo said. “It is important to pay close attention to weather advisories and warnings, and take action now to protect yourself and your loved ones from this prolonged, excessive heat wave. I urge all New Yorkers to check on their neighbors, stay inside when possible, stay hydrated, and take advantage of cooling stations if needed.”

“People should take precautions now to lessen the chances of heat-related problems,” said New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer. “Drink plenty of fluids and stay out of the sun. Stay in an air-conditioned room, if possible, such as a public building or mall. And be sure to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and those with pre-existing health problems.”

To counter the harsh heat and humidity, Governor Cuomo offered the following safety tips:

  • · Slow down on strenuous activity and exercise, especially during the sun’s peak hours – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    · Exercise in the early morning between 4-7 a.m.
    · Eat less protein and more fruits and vegetables – protein produces and increases metabolic heat, which can cause water loss. Eat small meals, but eat more often. Do not eat salty foods.
    · Drink at least 2-4 glasses of water per hour during extreme heat, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
    · If possible, stay out of the sun and stay in air conditioning. The sun heats the inner core of your body, resulting in dehydration. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor, out of the sunshine, or go to a public building with air conditioning.
    · If you must go outdoors, wear sunscreen with a high sun protector factor rating (at least SPF 15) and a hat to protect your face and head. When outdoors, wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing. Cover as much skin as possible to avoid sunburn and over-warming effects of sunlight on your body.
    · Do not leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked car or vehicle during periods of intense summer heat – temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach over 140 degrees Fahrenheit quickly. Exposure to high temperatures can kill within a matter of minutes.
    · Make an effort to check on your neighbors, especially if they are elderly, have young children or have special needs.
    · Make sure there is enough water and food for pets and limit their exercise.

PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE AWARE

  • · Elderly persons and small children are mostly affected.
    · Persons with weight or alcohol problems are very susceptible to heat reactions.
    · Persons on certain medications or drugs.

HEAT HEALTH HAZARDS

  • · Heat Stroke: Also known as sunstroke - can be life threatening. Body temperature can rise and cause brain damage; death may result if not cooled quickly. Signals include hot, red, and dry skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse, and shallow breathing. Relief for lowering body temperature can be with a cold bath or sponge.
    · Heat Exhaustion: Less dangerous than heat stroke, heat exhaustion usually occurs when people exercise too heavily or work in warm, humid places where body fluids are lost. Signals include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness and exhaustion. If symptoms occur, get the victim out of sun, and apply cool, wet cloths.
    · Sunburn: Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. Signals include redness and pain; in severe cases, swelling of skin, blisters, fever, and headaches can occur. Ointments can be a relief for pain in mild cases. A physician should see serious cases.
    · Heat Cramps: Muscular pains and spasms caused by heavy exertion. Loss of water and salt from sweating causes cramping. Signals are abdominal and leg muscle pain. Relief can be firm pressure on cramping muscles, or gentle massages to relieve cramping.

ENERGY CONSERVATION

  • · Power outages are more likely to occur during warm weather, when utility usage is at its peak. To avoid putting a strain on the power grid, conserve energy to help prevent power disruptions.
    · Set your air conditioner thermostat no lower than 78 degrees. Only use the air conditioner when you are home.
    · Turn non-essential appliances off – only use appliances that have heavy electrical loads early in the morning or very late at night.

For more information, visit State OEM’s Heat Safety Tips athttp://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/publicsafety/heataware.cfm.

For information on New York City, including city cooling centers, visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/hazards/heat.shtml.

To receive up-to-the-minute weather alerts in your area, sign up for free today atwww.nyalert.gov.

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BRAZILIAN FAMILY DANCE:
All Welcome to Enjoy
Free, Fun-Filled Event
Saturday, On Esplanade Plaza

July 11, 2013

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While the program is billed as a Brazilian Family Dance, anyone can come by, whether or not they are Brazilian, accompanied by a family, or even know how to dance!

Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy presents the energetic and joyful music of Liliana Araujo and Her Band as they play stirring music from rural, northeast Brazil. Their music features accordion, zambumba and triangle which shares Brazilian traditions through song, music  -- and dance.

While Liliana will provide the music, traditional dances will be taught and performed by Marizete Brown and Dancers.

The program runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, the 13th, at Esplanade Plaza.  It can be easily accessed by walking west on Liberty Street, past South End Avenue toward the Hudson. The plaza is located where the Esplanade meets the southern side of the North Cove.

 

FRIDAY 'SUNSET JAMS' CONTINUE
Maguette Camara
Leads Drumming Circle
At Wagner Park

July 10, 2013

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Last week's 'Sunset Jams on the Hudson' attracted an enthusiastic audience at its opening night last Friday in Wagner Park. More of the same sense of celebration is expected this Friday, as 'Sunset Jams' continues its season which concludes August 23.

After beginning with the teaching of traditional drumming patterns, and establishing a steady heartbeat pulse, audience members are invited to become participants as they are invited to contribute their own rhythmic patterns as part of call-and-response chanting and drumming.

Friday's session, which runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will be led by the popular Maguette Camara. He is the founder and director of Mane Kadang, a group of West African musicians and dancers. He teaches African Dance at Barnard-Columbia University and the Alvin Ailey School of Dance.

The program is free to all. Instruments will be available to those people who do not bring their own. It is part of summer programming sponsored by the Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy.

HORTICULTURE MATTERS:
B.P.C. Parks 'Best Maintained
In the City,' Says Landscape
Pro Who Wrote the Book

July 9, 2013

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Just before the heat wave, in the small but colorful garden tucked between the Wagner Park lawn and Pier A, the renowned landscape designer and peerless public garden advocate, Lynden Miller, restlessly moved among shrubs and plantings with camera, notepad and pen. Taking pictures here, and scribbling notes there, she was assessing the effects of Superstorm Sandy in the park that bears her design imprint.

"We didn't see the damage right away," she said, noting the impact of salty water inundation on plants and shrubbery were not evident until after spring, when the annual revival and bursts of color did not occur, or were limited. Miller offered insight and observations to Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy Horticulture Foreperson Eileen Calvanese, Jean Schwartz, Pamela Moulton and Nicole Heater. "We lost a lot here...We want more rounds and verticals...If this gets enough sun, it'll get nice and big...Such great foliage and these smell so good...It's all going to look fine...This 'rosa glauca' made it through Sandy and is doing beautifully...Obvious hurricane damage here...We'll go back to the original plant list...Well, it has been almost 20 years. Time for a face lift."

Miller is synonymous with The Conservatory Garden in Central Park and her credits include Wagner, Bryant and Madison Square parks and landscape on the campuses of Princeton, Columbia and Stony Brook universities. Her book, "Parks, Plants, and People," was written in 2009 and won the American Horticultural Society Book Award in 2010.

Miller knows and sees that horticulture work is an ongoing priority in New York's Battery Park City. "The best maintained parks and gardens in the city are here in Battery Park City," she said.

SANDY RECOVERY MATTERS:
With Statue Re-Opening
Battery Park City Again
Helps Media Tell the Story

July 5, 2013

The re-opening of the State of Liberty on July 4th made worldwide news, as the most prominent story of recovery from the severe impact inflicted on the area by Superstorm Sandy. Lower Manhattan continues its comeback.

Though spared devastation, Battery Park City did not emerge unscathed. Previously chronicled here were the total replacement of community fields in time for spring baseball; the completion of repairs for the health and fitness facility adjacent to the fields and the wrap-up major renovations of Pier A so it can be turned into an iconic restaurant and gathering spot. Storm repairs at the South Cove and replacement of destroyed electrical systems at Kowsky Plaza and the Police Memorial in the south and lighting for the fields and systems for North End Avenue medians are simultaneous priorities of the Battery Park City Authority.

It was Wagner Park, in Battery Park City's southernmost point that drew large numbers of media in late October, as they covered the arrival and damage of Sandy. Last winter they returned as the lawn at Wagner was transformed into the Liberty View Ice Rink which drew thousands of delighted patrons and was one of the positive signs that New York was coming back.

Wagner Park, with its unobstructed view of the Statue of Liberty, again drew reporters as another recovery milestone was reached -- the return of tourists (and the economic activity they generate) to this part of town. Following is a link to one such story.

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PLANNING MATTERS:
Bad Weather a Good Time
To Join Notification System;
B.P.C. Not Ideal Place
For Viewing Fireworks

July 2, 2013

More than 10 inches of rain fell on New York City in the month of June, and during a couple of storms it seemed to have fallen all at once. Storms have popped up this week and more are forecast. When senior staff members of the city's Office of Emergency Management addressed building managers at Battery Park City Authority's offices in May, they stressed the need to prepare for emergency situations, with the weather being connected to many of them.

BPCA encourages residents of Battery Park City, and beyond, to enroll in the City's official emergency notification system.  Called Notify NYC, it is a free service that informs people about severe weather, school closures, subway disruptions, traffic advisories and the like. Notices can arrive via email, phone, text and Twitter. BPCA website visitors can click on the OEM button on the home page, or people can call 311 or go to the city's website at www.nyc.gov.

River and harbor views are hallmarks of Battery Park City. With the Fourth of July approaching, people who plan to go to the parks for a close-up view of the fireworks might want to reconsider.  The four barges containing fireworks will be stationed in the Hudson River between West 24th and 41st streets. They will be visible, weather permitting, just farther away.

REPORTING FOR DUTY:
PEP Opens Sub-Station
In Battery Park City North

July 1, 2013

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Captain Edwin Falcon opened the Parks Enforcement Patrol's (PEP) new North Command  this morning  with an  11 a.m. muster for the officers beginning their shifts in the north neighborhood. The new quarters at 212 North End Avenue (The Verdesian's ground floor) is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. 

This supplements the PEP headquarters which is located in The Regatta building, at the cul-de-sac of West Thames Street and the Esplanade, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To report an unusual condition or situation is any part of the Battery Park City park system,  call 212-417-3100. Call 911 for police or emergency medical services.

NORTH NEIGHBORHOOD MATTERS:
Battery Park City North
Gets New PEP Sub-Station;
Open House Monday

June 28, 2013

New York State's Battery Park City Authority is pleased to announce that as of Monday, July 1, the Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) will begin operating  its "BPC North Command" to augment PEP service to our vibrant North Neighborhood.  PEP service will continue on a 24/7 basis at The Regatta building in our beautiful South Neighborhood, located on the western end of West Thames Street.

The new PEP North Command office at 212 North End Avenue, will be staffed from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. North Command officers will report directly to the new station, which will reduce deployment time to northern Battery Park City. From that facility, friendly PEP officers will assist in providing information and first aid; officers can be dispatched to address park conditions, assist in finding a lost child or summon emergency medical services. It also will provide a safe haven for children and adults.

"Enhancing public safety is a top priority for our community," said BPCA President Demetrios Boutris, "and locating a sub-station at The Verdesian gives a permanent PEP presence in our North Neighborhood's beautiful parks."

PEP Captain Edwin Falcon, leader of the Battery Park City unit, is a familiar figure throughout the parks system from the furthest reaches of Rockefeller Park in the north, to the southernmost "Nose" in Wagner Park. "We deeply appreciate BPCA's support in expanding our base coverage and the opportunity to better serve this vibrant community," he said.

An open house will be held on Monday, starting at 11 a.m. for the public to meet "The PEPs," learn more about local events and programs and to greet "McGruff, the anti-crime dog,"  who is a favorite among the younger set.

INFORMATION MATTERS
Additional Features
Enhance Website

June 27, 2013

Regular visitors to New York State's Battery Park City Authority website will notice an evolutionary change that  adds links to several public sector agencies that increases access to useful news and information. They are found on the left side of the home page.

BPCA's Parks Conservancy leads the list. It is followed by the State's "I Love New York" link to assist people making vacation and travel plans in the Empire State. People who are interested in knowing airline flight information pertaining to arrivals and departures as well as conditions on New York-New Jersey bridges and tunnels can be brought up to date by clicking on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's link.  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's link is next. Information about all elements of the MTA's vast  New York City and suburban rail and surface transit networks is a click away.

The last two links are portals to a pair of very important agencies whose value soars during times of serious circumstances and at other times, as a means to prepare for any number of emergencies. The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services provides a broad array of information and data. Earlier this month, the New York City Office of Emergency Management participated at a meeting hosted by BPCA for building managers to stressing the need to prepare for emergencies and how to monitor unfolding weather conditions. Their link is available as well.

HEALTH MATTERS:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Advises New Yorkers
To Take Added Precautions
As Temperatures Rise

June 25, 2013

Forecasters predict the weather system associated with unseasonably warm temperatures will have considerable impact on our area for the next several days.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued a release containing information and suggestions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

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Midsummer Night's Dream:
Some 6,000 Flock to Wagner Park
For Festival with Swedish Accent

June 24, 2013

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You had to be there -- and about 6,000 were.

The annual Swedish Midsummer Festival was held under ideal weather conditions last Friday,  which may have contributed to Wagner Park, its plaza, lawn and surrounding area to be filled with festive people interested in the music, dance, songs and food associated with Swedish heritage.

Co-presented and co-sponsored by New York State's Battery Park City Authority, its Parks Conservancy and the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, there were games for children, instruction for making floral wreaths by hand, folk dancing and culinary delights.

 

Parks Conservancy Executive Director Tessa Huxley served as MC, who welcomed the throng to Battery Park City on behalf of Chairman Dennis Mehiel. Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute, based in Minneapolis, played and sang traditional songs which enabled people who are not of Swedish background to better understand another culture and have a great time. A large contingent of Ms. Huxley's team from the Parks Planning, Horticulture and Maintenance departments attended to every detail, though taking a well-deserved break before getting back among the crowd.

PLAZA BEAUTIFICATION MATTERS:
Pier A Plaza Enhancement Begins;
Final Phase of Major Project
Will Rejuvenate Landmark's Plaza Space

June 24, 2013

Over more than a century, Pier A, at the foot of West Street and Battery Place, was known for several things, including as a facility for the old New York City Department of Docks.  For 30 years, however, it was known as a dilapidated eyesore.  But, those days are over.

Despite the renovation construction schedule that was severely impacted by the high water of Superstorm Sandy, Battery Park City Authority has completed work on the core and shell of the structure and is turning it over to the tenant, Poulakakos organization. They will take the next several months outfitting and furnishing it to become a large restaurant, oyster bar and beer garden that likely will become an instant icon in Lower Manhattan once it opens next spring.

The last aspect of the Pier A project is the construction of the public plaza out in front that also will serve such multiple purposes as a welcoming entrance to Pier A, a general gathering place and a key connector between Battery Park City and historic Battery Park for local people, and tourists interested in seeing the Statue of Liberty.

Fencing to safely enclose the construction site was installed this morning. Work crews, machinery and heavy equipment soon will be evident.  Pedestrians and bicyclists wishing to enter the park should continue around Battery Place to State Street and use any of the access points Battery Park has created for people to make their way around their massive redesign and overhaul project.   

The Pier A Plaza project is expected to take about six months. Progress reports will be regularly filed on the website featuring the beautification of this important plaza.

Pretty as a Picture
The Multi-Faceted Parks System
Draws Appreciative People
From Every Age Group

June 20, 2013

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On any given day when the weather is spectacular, the parks from Wagner Park in the south, to Rockefeller Park in the north, attract people from before sun-up until after sunset. Many follow an exercise program while others walk, jog or ride bicycles. Many who live and work here find an ideal place to have a relaxing lunch or meet friends,  while others take full advantage of the programming geared to various interests and ages.

Of New York's Battery Park City's 92 acres, fully one third of them are dedicated as open and park space.

Amid all the activity, one four-year-old, took a moment to admire beauty in the small garden between the restaurant and water side in Wagner Park. It is one of the most serene and picturesque little enclaves in Battery Park City.

Swedish Midsummer Festival
June 19, 2013

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SUPERSTORM RECOVERY MATTERS
Objectives Achieved:
Asphalt Green Center
Opens; Pier A Construction
Nears Substantial Completion

June 14, 2013

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Although  Battery Park City did not experience the levels of devastation visited on Lower Manhattan and coastal areas of the City by the ravages of Superstorm Sandy in late October, it did not emerge unscathed.

The new, synthetic-turf ball fields (on West Street between Warren and Murray streets) were destroyed and New York State's Battery Park City Authority delivered totally new fields in early April, in time for the start of the Little League season. The salty water that wrecked the fields migrated to the adjacent health and fitness facility that was near completion and would have been turned over to Asphalt Green for operation. Instead, BPCA embarked on a priority remediation program set in motion by Chairman Dennis Mehiel, to restore the facility to the level it had been before the storm, and to complete construction. The clearly stated objective was to have the facility open by June 15 and enable Asphalt Green to plan and promote its heralded summer camp program to begin once the school year ends.

The progress of that arduous task was chronicled on the website. Tomorrow,  June 15,  Asphalt Green rolls out the welcome mat and opens for business.

Asphalt Green Chairman Andrew J. Nussbaum and Executive Director Carol Tweedy, BPCA President Demetrios A. Boutris and Board of Directors Member Martha Gallo were among those who previewed the center earlier this week. They liked what they saw.

"BPCA Chairman Dennis Mehiel was wonderful to work with," Mr. Nussbaum said. "He delivered on every commitment to the community and Asphalt Green. We are thrilled with the speed and efficiency of the post-Sandy recovery effort by the Authority, and we look forward to being a supportive member of the Battery Park City community for years to come."

"We are thrilled to bring the diverse and quality programs for which Asphalt Green is known to serve Lower Manhattan," said Ms. Tweedy.

At the southern end of New York's Battery Park City, the BPCA-managed project to rehabilitate the long-abandoned Pier A is being turned over to the Poulakakos organization which will

complete the interior to its specifications as a restaurant, oyster bar and beer garden.  Substantial completion on that site is projected before the end of June. Details will follow on this website.

BPCA has additional storm-related recovery projects. They include substantial repairs to the wood, granite and electrical system at the South Cove as well as restoration of the electrical system that provides lighting for the ball fields which was inundated by salty water, near the corner of west and Murray streets. Foul water also infiltrated the electrical vault south of the North Cove which powered the pumps for the fountain at the Police Memorial as well as the water-play feature in the children's play area in Kowsky Plaza. Progress reports also will appear on the website.

Battery Park City:
Works in Progress

June 13, 2013

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On Wednesday, one of those rare days when the sun was shining amid a blue sky, work of all kinds was being performed in New York's Battery Park City. It included members of the Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy Horticultural staff installing a new irrigation system in the planting beds just south of the South Cove, where a major post-Superstorm Sandy repair project is well underway (see prior postings) by a contractor's crew.

On the Esplanade, just north of the Cove, other members of the Horticulture staff were continuing the ongoing project to thin out the crown of some of the linden trees. This work to cut and remove branches is being taken as a precautionary measure as trees took on some of the storm-stirred salty water in late October and were near the impact zone of the sudden weather burst last month which felled several trees by the Esplanade. Combined with recent heavy rains that have left the ground saturated with water, the Conservancy is following the prudent path to cut some of the highest  branches.  An assessment still is in progress to determine if that action is sufficient or if more should be done.

The favorable weather also enabled another BPCA project whose progress was set back by the Superstorm Sandy's floodwaters to continue its steady progress toward completion. Scaffolding and netting have been taken down from both sides of Pier A, a long moribund site resuscitated to become a restaurant, oyster bar and beer garden operated by the Poulakakas  organization. Teams of painters were out in force applying the prime coat of paint to what is expected to become a magnet for people who live, work and visit here by this time next year.

Notice of Meetings - June 18, 2013
June 13, 2013

Notice is hereby given that the following meetings will take place on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, beginning at 10:00 a.m., at the offices of the Battery Park City Authority (the “Authority”), One World Financial Center, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10281:

  • Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Parks Conservancy
    (10:00 a.m.)
  • Meeting of the Members of the Battery Park City Authority (immediately following the Parks Conservancy Meeting)

Meetings are open to the public for observation but not for direct participation.  The press is welcome to attend the meetings.

Mayor Bloomberg Hails
Battery Park City as Model
For Lower East Side
Flood Prevention Plan

June 12, 2013

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg generated headlines and dominated newscasts after presenting, on Tuesday, the City's long-term plan to further prepare for the impacts of a changing climate in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. New York's Battery Park City was prominently mentioned as something that could be replicated.

NY1  reported, "The most ambitious idea may be "Seaport City," a new neighborhood like Battery Park City that would be created south of the Brooklyn Bridge along the East River shoreline. It would be built into a multi-purpose levee designed to withstand a major flood."

The Daily News reported, "The mayor compared the new neighborhood to Battery Park City, which was created in the 1970s and built to withstand flooding."

The Wall Street Journal said, "The mayor also urged the creation of an entirely new neighborhood, similar to Battery Park City, on the east side of Lower Manhattan. He said the neighborhood, which he suggested be called 'Seaport City,' would create space for thousands of new residents and shield Lower Manhattan from future storms."

Following are excerpts from the Mayor's presentation:

"Our coastal protections can also open up a range of exciting possibilities for our City. For instance, during Hurricane Sandy, the East Side of Lower Manhattan was badly flooded -- while the Hudson riverfront south of Chambers Street and north of The Battery held up pretty well.

"What made the difference? Battery Park City.

"In fact, Battery Park City would have protected inland areas -- including the World Trade Center -- had floodwaters not been able to penetrate low-lying coastline to the north and south. When it was built in the 1970s, Battery Park City was designed to withstand major flooding -- and for the most part, it did.

"We can achieve the same thing on the East Side of Lower Manhattan. We can build it out, raise it above the flood level - and develop it. Call it Seaport City. Yes, it would be expensive to build. But over time it could prove to be a great investment, just as Battery Park City has been.

"Demand for housing in Lower Manhattan has never been stronger - and our City needs more modern office space...It's an ambitious idea, yes. But so was Battery Park City."

Mayor Bloomberg said that back in December, he asked Seth Pinsky, the President of the City's Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to lead a team of people who would develop a comprehensive plan to prepare the City for the climate risks we face. Mr. Pinsky was joined by Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway on the NY1 program "The Road to City Hall," Tuesday evening to explain the plan. Following are excerpts of their comments:

MR. HOLLOWAY:  "I think the impetus for this (Seaport City) was what happened during Hurricane Sandy. Battery Park City really weathered the storm  well. While looking at that, it certainly was not the purpose to be a bulwark against the waves and sea rise, that's what it ended up being. Naturally, when you're thinking big, on a big campus, you could definitely do the same kind of thing on the east side."

MR. PINSKY:   This is a longer-term proposal, something that would require additional study and consultation  with the downtown community and elected officials. You could certainly imagine something on the scale of Battery Park City that not only would provide that protection, but also would provide land on which future development could take place  --  satisfying housing needs and satisfying the need for more modern commercial space, and potentially could be a source for funding the project and for other 'resiliency' projects as well."

NYSDOT Route 9A Traffic Alert: BATTERY PARK UNDERPASS FULL CLOSURE
June 12, 2013

TRAFFIC ALERT

Please be advised that the Battery Park Underpass will be fully closed on the following dates:

The North Tube (FDR Drive to Route 9A) will be closed on MONDAY, JUNE 17, FROM 10 PM TO 5AM AND TUESDAY, JUNE 18, FROM 10PM TO 5AM.

The South Tube (Route 9A to FDR Drive) will be closed on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, FROM 10 PM TO 5AM AND THURSDAY, JUNE 20, FROM 10PM TO 5AM.

TRAFFIC AGENTS WILL BE ON SITE TO MAXIMIZE THE SAFE AND EFFICIENT FLOW OF TRAFFIC.

If you have any further questions or require additional information, please contact the Community Outreach Liaison, Julie Nadel, at 1-800-714-0454 or by e-mail at route9a@dot.state.ny.us

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES:
BPC Parks Conservancy Begins
Tree Pruning between
South and North Coves

June 11, 2013

The Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy is expanding a program it started last week after ongoing observation and assessment indicated a need to prune trees that have been impacted by salt water from Superstorm Sandy, the microburst in May and saturated soil from recent heavy rains.

 A compact work zone marked by yellow caution tape was established on the Esplanade this morning, between the South Cove and West Thames Street. Experienced members of the Conservancy's Horticulture staff  maneuvered a mechanical lift to reach some of the upper branches. The reduction of the leafy 'canopy' serves to lessen weight and reduce wind resistance which can be beneficial during storms and heavy winds.

There also have been trees that did not fully 'leaf out' this spring that could be the result of salty floodwater from Sandy. [In early November, the Conservancy implemented an aggressive program to flush the soil with fresh water in order to dilute the soil's salinity and thus lessen the effects of such water being absorbed by trees. ]

Work will advance toward the North Cove where tree damage and subsequent removal was concentrated after the severe weather episode a month ago. An assessment of tree and ground conditions, and recommendations by certified arborists is not complete.

As reported on the website a week ago, a tree on the Esplanade, just south of the North Cove, was taken down by the Horticulture staff, as a precautionary measure.

Further developments will be reported here.

 

YOUTH MATTERS:
Programs for Young People
Energize Battery Park City

June 10, 2013

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The parks in New York's Battery Park City always attract people looking to walk, jog, ride a bicycle or sit on a bench and read. In spring and summer, people of every age and from all parts of the city find something here to suit their interest.

On a recent, non-rainy morning, the north lawn in Rockefeller Park and The Park House (near Murray Street) were bustling. At the southernmost spot -- Wagner Park -- there was an especially festive sense. Preschool Play, an immensely popular program for toddlers and those who care for them, was in full fun mode on the Lawn, that only months ago was the site of the Liberty View ice skating rink.

The Programming department of Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy works very hard to devise programs that are both meaningful and enjoyable. Interactive is the watchword for Preschool Play as books, toys and play equipment are provided for toddlers and adults. The program is held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon.

That same day, scores of students from a Queens school took part in the Marine Education program. Free for school groups in grades 4-12, students participated in catch-and-release fishing and learned the history, ecology and environmental issues affecting the Hudson River estuary.  Angler volunteer Don Finamore and program staffer Kelly Grogan were part of the Programming team that made fishing (including cutting worms for bait) both interesting and fun. A large tank held that day's "catch" until the end of the session before the fish were returned to their watery home.

SOUTH COVE MATTERS:
Progress Continues
At Sandy-Damaged Icon

June 7, 2013

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As reported on the website May 24, Battery Park City Authority initiated a project to repair the damage sustained at the South Cove by superstorm Sandy. Site preparation began last month and the project is at full mobilization, Friday's rain notwithstanding.

Work is concentrated on the Quay, along the Cove's northern side. Granite that was loosened has been removed and numbered  and will be reinstalled to its customary place on the wall. Damaged wooden planking is being replaced as are electrical boxes that include wiring and conduit that were submerged, compromising their effectiveness.

When work progresses to the east Esplanade, some access will be restricted. Future updates will include additional details.

PART OF THE PROGRAM:
Dedicated Conservancy Staff
Make, Keep, BPC Parks Beautiful

June 6, 2013

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It is not by luck or coincidence that the park system in New York's Battery Park City has such a distinctive look and feel. One could say, it is by design.

More than one-third of Battery Park City's 92 acres is reserved as public park and open space -- an almost unheard of proportion in an urban area such as this. The people of Battery Park City Authority's  Parks Conservancy care for everything planted; maintain and repair all of the hardware, unseen machinery, wiring and plumbing, and create a popular array of activities for people in every age group.

This morning, Richard Fariano and Nicole Heater of the Horticulture staff were carefully pruning bushes in Wagner Park. The other day, Carlton Chotalal of the Maintenance staff, was meticulously painting the fence along the south Esplanade near West Thames street. His colleagues Churaman Persaud and Roland Kemp, were a block north spray-washing the Rector Gate art installation and keeping the walking space clean. An upcoming report will explain what the delighted crowd of people were doing on the Lawn at Wagner Park and along the river's edge earlier this week due to the efforts of the Programming staff.

For Safety's Sake, Ferries
Must Sound Their Horns

June 6, 2013

When the subject is public safety, there can be no competing interests.

All mariners who operate within the inland waters of the United States are required to follow Inland Navigation Rule 33 which states: "When a power-driven vessel is leaving a dock or berth, she shall sound one prolonged blast." (Prolonged is defined as four-to-six seconds.)

It appears there have been serious concerns expressed to the U.S. Coast Guard, from people on other vessels, that such signals have not consistently sounded. A notice to comply has been issued to local ferry operators by Sector New York of the USCG. There are penalties for non-compliance

The ferry terminal, at approximately Vesey Street, operates from about 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the week with sporadic use on weekends. Some people may notice the sound of horns, much as they notice the warning sound of sirens by approaching emergency vehicles and first responders.

ESPLANADE MATTERS:
Tree Removed As Precaution
Handled without Difficulty

June 5, 2013

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As reported yesterday, Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy noticed some unevenness among the cobblestones around a tree pit. Considering the recent heavy rains and wind; the severe weather incident of a month ago that knocked over several trees and salty water flooding from superstorm Sandy that saturated much soil, the observation of unevenness caused concern.

Conservancy management decided it would be prudent to remove the tree. Director of Horticulture, T. Fleisher dispatched senior horticulturists, Manuel Rivera  and Evangellio Villalobos, who are experienced operators of chain saws and three other members to work on the ground. They set upon the task of removing the tree during a narrow band of time between the off-peak morning hours and the influx during lunch-time of people who walk, jog and ride bicycles along the Esplanade.

A secured perimeter was established (at roughly both ends of Merchants River House) with uniformed Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) officers maintaining narrowed access for the public. Rivera and Villalobos maneuvered the lift and cut branches while the ground trio of Tom Birch, Adam Choper and Ned Greenberg continually removed the cut branches to a makeshift storage area in Kowsky Plaza. Once their task was completed, the Horticulture crew went on to other assignments. In about two hours, all that remained was a solid vertical trunk about eight feet tall. The full width of the Esplanade was returned for public use well in advance of the lunch crowds.

In addition to some saw dust, the only noticeable difference to the scene was a little less shade than there was yesterday.

SAFETY MATTERS:
As a Precautionary Measure,
BPCA Parks Conservancy
Will Remove One Tree

June 4, 2013

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The Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy not only operates, maintains and programs the parks and open space in New York's Battery Park City, it also conducts ongoing observations and assessments of the trees .

Since superstorm Sandy which inundated dozens of tree pits with salty water; the burst of severe weather which knocked over several trees last month and recent periods of prolonged, drenching rain, the observations and assessments have taken on added importance.  Several trees, which were healthy before the superstorm, have not fully 'leafed out' this spring. One theory is the salty water may have compromised those trees' health by being absorbed through their root systems.  (A separate report will appear in an upcoming posting.)

One tree near the end of the south Esplanade, just before it widens to go around the North Cove, has been marked by yellow caution tape and some wooden fencing. Horticulture staff noticed some uncharacteristic  unevenness of the cobblestones in the tree pit. The Conservancy determined the most prudent course of action is to cut down the tree.

People walking, jogging or riding bicycles on the Esplanade can expect to see experienced Horticulture staff and  equipment  beginning the task Wednesday morning, June 5, weather permitting.

HEALTH MATTERS:
Efforts Increase to Get Rid of Pests;
Protect against West Nile Virus

June 3, 2013

 As spring inches toward summer, Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy not only works to maintain parks and program activities, its dedicated staff members work tirelessly against those small pests that would diminish the beauty of the parks.

The Conservancy's Horticulture Department is doing battle with rose sawflies. Larvae are medium to light green in color and have orange heads. They are about half-an-inch long and make their meals by eating leaves and plant tissue. In keeping with its policy of using organic insecticides, the Conservancy will make an application of neem oil, one of the most effective, yet least toxic pesticides.

The neem oil application will take place (weather permitting) Tuesday and Wednesday mornings (June 4 and 5) beginning about 8 a.m. in both Rockefeller Park in the north and Wagner Park in the south.  

The latest safety bulletin issued by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey pertains to West Nile Virus. WNV is transmitted by the bite of a virus-infected mosquito. When a mosquito bites an infected bird, the mosquito then becomes a virus carrier, which then transmits the virus to human and animals while biting to take blood. The bulletin says only a small percentage of humans infected with the virus will show disease symptoms.

Most infections are mild, accompanied by fever, headache and body aches, often with skin rash and swollen lymph glands. For most people, the virus is not life threatening and they recover from the infection within two weeks. However, people over age 50 have a higher incidence of severe illness.

People can protect themselves by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants during the dawn and dusk periods. Apply insect repellant containing 20-30 percent DEET or Picaridin to uncovered skin, per instructions. For more information, contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm 

 

HURRICANE SEASON ARRIVES:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo,
New York City OEM
Declare: PREPARE

May 31, 2013

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The Atlantic hurricane/coastal storm seasons runs from June 1 through November 30. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proclaimed this Hurricane Preparedness Week, calling on New Yorkers to review their preparedness plans for this hurricane season.

"It is essential that all New Yorkers assess their preparedness for any potential disaster, ensuring that they are ready to endure and respond to the types of destructive storms we have experienced in recent years," Governor Cuomo said. "As we continue to recover from Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, now is the time to make sure our citizens have plans and resources in place for their families, homes and businesses."

"There are some simple measures that citizens can take to be prepared, such as having emergency supplies on hand including flashlights, batteries, water and canned goods," said Jerome M. Hauer, Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. "Don't wait until the storm warnings are posted."

For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit the DHSES website at

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Along those lines, the Battery Park City Authority convened, on Thursday, a meeting of nearly two dozen building and property managers in Battery Park City to cover local items as well as offer sound ideas for meeting the challenges associated with severe weather.

A special presentation was made by the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Frank McCarton, and Ben Krakauer of its Watch Command. "Ready New York: Are You Prepared for Emergencies?" was shown to the audience before a spirited Q&A session.

The City's Emergency Notification System, dubbed Notify NYC is a free service that notifies people about such conditions as severe weather, school closures and subway and traffic disruption. Available via email, telephone, text message and Twitter. People can enroll by calling 311 or visiting the City's official website: www.nyc.gov

"Mother Nature is a son of a gun," McCarton said, only he did not use the word gun. "This is not rocket science. It is important for everyone to be prepared. Advance planning is essential."

This is McCarton's second tour of duty with OEM. From 1999-2004 he was deputy commissioner for public information. He was undersecretary of California's Emergency Management Agency for seven years, where he oversaw operations for earthquakes, wild fires and mud slides and for a year, was deputy commissioner for strategic planning and operations development for the Boston Fire Department.  

 He noted that although Battery Park City has the feel of a small town, it is woven into the fabric of New York City. During times of emergency, such as with Superstorm Sandy, orders to close parks and evacuate the flood zone where BPC is located, come from City Hall. As such, the primary source of information should be the municipal government (police, fire, transportation, sanitation, emergency management and the like): www.nyc.gov

"Information truly is power," McCarton said, "especially under difficult conditions."

COMMUNITY MATTERS:
Kids Can Beat the Heat
With Water Play at BPC Parks

May 31, 2013

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A thermometer will confirm what people in New York's Battery Park City already know: it's hot outside.

What everyone may not know, is Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy has several 'water play' areas within its park system to help kids keep cool while having fun. In the south neighborhood, West Thames Park (pictured) has features that provide a great deal of enjoyment. In the north neighborhood,  sounds of laughter can be heard just south of The Park House and in Tear Drop Park North at water play areas.

A fourth location, Kowsky Plaza (north of Gateway Plaza) has not yet been brought back online -- damaged in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. It is not the plumbing, but the electrical system that runs pumps for the water play area as well as the tranquil water feature at the Police Memorial that is being addressed. The electrical vault was inundated by storm water and substantial repair is not yet complete. Please consult the news section on the website for progress updates.

ENVIRONMENT MATTERS:
BPCA Receives Environmental
Award, for AstroTurf Fields
That Have Organic-Based Backing

May 30, 2013

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The Battery Park City Authority was honored Wednesday morning by Empire Clean Cities for its selection of AstroTurf for community ball fields just rebuilt in March after being destroyed by superstorm Sandy last autumn. The backing of more than 83,000 square feet of turf is made from soy, rather than a petroleum based application.

BPCA President Demetrios Boutris welcomed the assembly on behalf of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Chairman Dennis Mehiel and the BPCA Board. In accepting the award he gave special recognition to Angela Howard, senior project manager in BPCA's real property development and management department. "Rebuilding the ball fields is a text book example of team work," she said after the ceremony. "We all looked to anticipate and solve problems and eliminate obstacles to completion." Fields preparation was done in February and installation in March, which was notable for its variety of severe weather conditions.  The fields opened to the public the first week in April, exceeding the most optimistic of projections.

Respect for the environment and sustainable practices have been ingrained in the policies of Battery Park City Authority and its Parks Conservancy for decades. In 2000, BPCA issued "Green Guidelines" for design and construction that were enthusiastically adopted by developers and emulated by municipalities around the country.

In Battery Park City, where more than one-third of its 92 acres are reserved as park and open space, Parks Conservancy Executive Director Tessa Huxley noted long-term practices of recycling; use of organic fertilizers and non-toxic pesticides; composting, wood chipping, annually recycling Christmas trees; recycling; using electric-power vehicles and trash compacting. "Respecting the environment and preserving what surrounds us is not only what we do -- it's who we are," she said.

 Empire Clean Cities is an environmental organization whose mission is to ensure clean air for future generations in New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley by providing access to information about alternative and renewable fuels and advanced vehicle technologies that reduce petroleum usage. "Biobased products are a next, natural step in our efforts to reduce petroleum dependency and improve the environment for everyone," said Christina Fiocicchia, the executive director.

Such a biobased technology has been embraced by AstroTurf which is the first company in its field to use soy polyols for the backing of its product instead of petroleum-based polyols. "We are so proud to be a part of building this oasis in New York City," said Andy Belles, AstroTurf brand manager. "We have gone from the farmers' fields to these ball fields."

"There are more than 600,000 soybean growers in the United States," said Sharon Covert, an Illinois farmer and chairperson of the United Soybean Board customer focus action team. "This biobased product is good for the environment and good for the U.S. economy."

SUPERSTORM RECOVERY:
Pier A: In Its Prime

May 29, 2013

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Battery Park City Authority's project to renovate and upgrade the long-vacant Pier A nears completion -- including recovery from damage caused by superstorm Sandy. Primer is being applied to the full exterior of the building when rain is absent and humidity is at acceptable levels.  Progress continues and the top, or final coat will be applied as soon as conditions permit.  The Poulakakos Organization which will operate what is expected to be a great asset to Battery Park City and the City of New York, soon will begin to "build out" the interior to its business specifications.

BPC MATTERS:
Weather Doesn’t Dampen
Spirits, as B.P.C. Shifts
Into Holiday Mode

May 24, 2013

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Some residents say they enjoy the feeling of relative quiet in New York’s Battery Park City during national holiday weekends, as office occupancy plummets and some neighbors leave town for a few days.

This morning, a couple of adults and their children had the newly re-opened lawn at Wagner Park all to themselves, while, nearby, a dedicated staff member of the Horticulture department of Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy spread organic fertilizer to enrich a smaller section of grass.

Just a short distance away, the Pier A renovation project site was a bee hive of activity. Construction crew members were busily advancing the project to completion before it is turned over to the Poulakakos Organization which then will fit out the building to its business specifications, so it is on track to open about this time next year.

News of the re-opening of the lawn at West Thames Park (near Rector Place) has been getting around as young people were playing their favorite sport.

The Community Center at Stuyvesant High School, which is managed by BPCA’s Parks Conservancy, will be open on Saturday, from 1 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.  It will be closed on Monday, Memorial Day.

Enjoy the holiday weekend and remember it is against the law to send text messages while driving.

CONSTRUCTION MATTERS:
Post-Sandy Recovery Project
Begins at the South Cove

May 24, 2013

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It is not surprising that wood at South Cove would sustain damage in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Mobilization has begun on the project that will become more apparent after Memorial Day. The first phase will focus on the Quay’s wooden walkway at the north side of the South Cove.  Damaged deck board and support lumber will be replaced, as will wood over conduit and electrical boxes. In addition, feeder cables will be replaced as will any damaged conduit. Some granite that was dislodged by the force of the storm will be reset.

Upon completion, focus will turn to the esplanade running along the eastern perimeter. Damaged wooden benches and handrails will be replaced. Asphalt pavers on the ground will be replaced where necessary and the granite ‘runnel’ which runs along the ground will be repaired and set where needed.

The metalwork and stairs at the distinctive jetty fared better some electrical elements, masonry and asphalt pavers. That last phase is projected to be completed in September barring unforeseen conditions. As it is one of the most appreciated aspects of New York’s Battery Park City parks system, access will provided to the greatest extent possible, shifting as the work moves to different zones.

COMMUNITY MATTERS:
West Thames Park
Lawn Fully Open
In Time for Holiday

May 23, 2013

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The lawn is back and better than ever!

After giving the new lawn months to establish itself, the Horticulture Department of Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy gave the green light this morning to remove the last of the protective fencing around the West Thames Park lawn and open it for community fun.

For quite a while, people noticed that after even moderate rain, water took a long time to percoloate through the soil. Diminished porosity created this cycle of damage every time people played on the fields after rainfall. A few months back, utilizing in-house expertise, the Conservancy built a new drainage system.  Much of the lawn was disturbed and pockmarked, resulting in the planting of new grass.  While the ‘establishing’ phase was smooth, the decision was made to keep up the fencing a little while longer for the entire root system to strengthen and reduce the risk of damage and having to take the lawn off line when enjoyment is at its peak. The fence is down and the lawn is open. Please observe the posted signs regarding the rules, so it can be enjoyed by the largest number of people.

Nearby, the Rector Street Bridge improvement project is making steady progress, but today’s rain and recent humidity has slowed the curing and drying of the primary coat and top coat of anti-slip material. Until applications to the ramp (pictured) are complete, people are asked to use the new stairs until the ramp is put back into service.  The work on the walkway over West Street is nearly, but not yet complete. After a few days of dry weather, usage of the full width will resume.

 

Rector St. Bridge Improvement
Project Off to a Constructive Start

May 21, 2013

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People using the Rector Street Bridge this morning likely noticed a slight change in their walking pattern. The improvement project to apply a new anti-slip surface began after yesterday’s evening rush hour. The span’s walking surface and ramp on the BPC side were washed and the initial anti-slip application was done. Morning pedestrians detoured from the ramp near Albany Street to the new staircase and the width of the walking span was reduced for the drying of the application made to the northern half of the walkway.

Work will continue in phases the rest of this week, with bridge closure starting at 7 p.m. It reopens at 5 a.m.

Battery Park City Authority
Board to Meet Thursday, May 23

May 20, 2013

The Members of the Board of the Battery Park City Authority will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, at BPCA’s headquarters: 200 Liberty Street, 24th floor. The Board’s Governance Committee will meet at 9:30. Both meetings are open for observation by the public and news media.

Application of Anti-Slip Surface
On Rector Street Bridge
Will Cause Temporary Closures

May 17, 2013

The second phase to upgrade the Rector Street pedestrian bridge will begin Monday, May 20. The application of a new anti-slip walking surface, will take about a week, weather permitting.

From Monday through Thursday, the bridge will be closed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. During the day (5 a.m. to 7 p.m.) access will be restored for half the width. On Friday, the bridge will close at 7 p.m. and stay closed till about noon Saturday, at which time the bridge is expected to fully open to pedestrians.

Persons wishing to cross West Street should use either Albany Street or West Thames Street and obey the safe crossing signals.

Swift, Successful Conclusion
To Massive Team Effort to Remove
Trees Felled by Saturday’s Freak Storm

May 16, 2013

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By 9:30 this morning, the last of the equipment and machinery was hauled away, removing almost all traces of the wicked storm that struck Battery Park City at about 4 p.m. last Saturday. Both levels of the Esplanade from the North Cove to Rector Place were fully open to the walking, jogging and riding public after the downing of several trees narrowed but never eliminated access. 

Members of Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy Horticulture team worked virtually non-stop for four days, cutting, removing and chipping branches from the linden trees that succumbed to the intense weather event that seemed to pinpoint the Merchants River House area and both north and south sides of Rector Place. The last phase -- the removal of stumps and roots will take place soon.

The regular pace of life returned to New York’s Battery Park City’s south neighborhood for those on two legs, and those on four, including a squirrel that was spotted near tree remnants by the Delaware white azaleas.

Insecticidal Soap Application
Planned in Rector Park, Friday

May 16, 2013

Passersby may see members of the Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy Horticulture team in Rector Park East tomorrow morning, May 17. They will be applying the insecticidal soap M-PEDE, a least toxic, soap-based pesticide to boxwood shrubs to control the boxwood psyllid.

Dedication + Hard Work
Equal Major Progress
Removing Downed Trees

May 14, 2013

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Seventy-two hours after a severe storm knocked over several trees by the Esplanade between the North Cove and Rector Place, continual work by the Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy Horticulture department has considerably reduced the impact area.

Branches were cut by the staff with specialized experience providing greater access to the one business in the affected zone, Merchants River House, which has remained open throughout the recovery and clean-up period. “Even though all of this happened late on a Saturday, Battery Park City Authority was right on top of the situation,” said Abraham Merchant. “They helped clear a path for guests on Saturday to leave safely, and enable many with reservations for Mother’s Day to enjoy dinner the next day.”

Along the Esplanade, uniformed Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) offers stood at each end of the open corridor for pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists to safety pass through.

Once work is complete at the high impact zone, the Horticulture team will move to the two downed trees at Rector Place.

New York’s Battery Park City:
Ever Constant, Ever Changing

May 14, 2013

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Just six months ago, the southern point of Wagner Park became a media village of sorts, as reporters from near and far took positions by The Lawn to witness the arrival and impact of Superstorm Sandy as it lashed the area. Several weeks later, the Liberty View Ice Skating Rink materialized on The Lawn and captured the area’s imagination as one of the first bright spots in New York’s post-Sandy comeback story. The inaugural season was a success and the rink was dismantled and new sod was later installed.

Favorable weather enabled the sod to take root a bit sooner than expected. This morning, Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy Horticulture team was removing the last of the fencing that was placed, not to keep people out, as much as to let the grass take hold. Mission accomplished.  The Lawn opened for the public’s enjoyment this morning.

Timing could not have been better for five members of the ‘Battery Park City Boot Camp’ who come by to exercise Tuesday and Thursday mornings and could complete their work-out on the soft sod.

Only a few feet away, Parks Conservancy Program staff and anglers were preparing the hard surface at the water’s edge for another session of the Marine Education Program while students from The Bronx were en route by bus.

Marine Education is free for school groups in grades 4-12. Students participate in catch-and-release fishing and learn the history, ecology and environmental issue affecting the Hudson River estuary – with an awe-inspiring view of the Statue of Liberty. The program is supported in part by a generous grant from The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Parks Conservancy at 212-267-9700.

North of Wagner, many people have known the classic ‘blue lights’ of the South Cove have been dark. Outside elements took their toll on the electrical system and wiring of the lights that are both on poles and that run along the base of the Cove.

Detailed in a prior web post, BPCA is glad to report that the Cove lights successfully passed their electrical test and will shine their familiar cobalt color from darkness until first light.

Sounds of Recovery in the Air
As Downed Trees Are Cut,
Chipped and Removed

May 13, 2013

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While the public’s regular patterns are evident in Rockefeller Park and The Park House up north, it’s a different scene along the Esplanade from just south of the North Cove to Albany Street.

The sounds of chain saws and a large wood chipping machine could be heard as tree removal experts from the Horticulture staff of Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy continue their methodical efforts to cut, haul and chip the remains of the five trees that were downed in the freakish weather event that began about 4 p.m. last Saturday.

With each work shift, the impact zone gets smaller and smaller, while the Esplanade is fully accessible to pedestrians, joggers and bicycle riders. The upper level has been cordoned off with yellow caution tape. Uniformed Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) officers remained at both ends of the available level along the river.

Merchants River House, the popular restaurant and bar, has continued to be open for business. Christian Qualey looks forward to reopening the outdoor dining areas at north and south ends of the building. Those sections were near the fallen trees, with a tented area at the north end, sustaining damage. Sitting at a blue-checkerboard table as the morning crew was mopping the floor and the kitchen crew was preparing for today’s busy lunch time trade. “We are a big part of the local community,” he said, “We want people to know you can count on us being open after a rough time.”

The storm bore down Battery Park City about 4 p.m. Fortunately, it could be seen some distance away, giving his wait staff time to bring patrons who were on the terrace inside. “The response by the Parks Conservancy, Fire Department and OEM was immediate,” Qualey said. “We are very appreciative of all their efforts.”

Clean-up efforts will move south, where two additional trees were knocked over, one amid newly blooming Delaware white azaleas, providing a stark contrast of nature’s renewal and loss. Barring unforeseen conditions, the vast majority of the work is expected to be completed by week’s end.

BPCA President Demetrios Boutris was on one of his regular site visits Sunday and praised the dedication and commitment of staff members who wasted no time Saturday getting to the task at hand. “Within minutes of the storm hitting, our staff went into assessment mode and then moved seamlessly to clean-up and recovery,” he said. “As with hurricanes Irene and Sandy, everybody up and down the line is doing a fantastic job. One thing you can’t control is the weather, and for our staff, it’s another day on the job.”

Hard Work, Good Weather on Sunday
Advance Tree Removal Project
Day after Freakish Storm

May 12, 2013

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Battery Park City Authority's skilled Parks Conservancy Horticulture team, returned Sunday to continue the tough task of removing the trees that were knocked down by the freakish storm that roared through the area Saturday afternoon.

Crews are continuing to cut branches with chain saws and take the remains away, thus widening the area available for public access along the Esplanade and enabling the popular, riverside restaurant, to accommodate more patrons.

Safety, increasing access and return to normal patterns are the primary objectives.
The public's continued cooperation is appreciated during the process that will last a still undetermined number of days. Please heed instructions of uniformed PEP officers.

The Esplanade remains open in the area roughly bounded by Liberty and Albany Streets, though passage has understandably narrowed in the impact area.

Immediate Mobilization of BPCA
Parks Conservancy after Storm
Fells 7 Trees by the Esplanade

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Battery Park City Authority’s internal communications system pulsated at 3:58 p.m., Saturday, with the terse message: “Flash storm hitting city. Trees down in B.P.C. Parks Conservancy is on it.”

Minutes later, from the Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) command center: “We have multiple trees down. Fairly large Esplanade area between Albany and Rector. Another tree down in Gateway area. We are currently assessing the rest of the property for further damage.”

Seemingly seconds later, the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) issued this bulletin: “FDNY is reporting that there are 4 to 5 trees down on a restaurant at 375 South End Avenue. FDNY has turned the Collapse Units around, but the Rescue Company continuing in. OEM is en route.”

Before the full extent of the storm’s impact was known, T. Fleisher, the Director of BPCA’s Parks Conservancy Horticulture, assembled a team with special expertise in tree climbing and chain saw operation assuming those skills would be necessary. He would be proven correct. Manuel Rivera, James DePadua, Sandra Power and Evangelio Villalobos began arriving and collected their protective gear and tools.

Bruno Pomponio, the Director of BPCA’s Parks Conservancy Maintenance, rushed to the area to determine if any electrical and water lines were affected. Relieved, he reported, “All systems appear to be unaffected by the trees that fell.”

To maintain public safety, PEP began cordoning off the area with yellow Caution tape. New York City’s first responders took up their positions. News trucks with satellite dishes began arriving near the  Albany Street cul-de-sac.

Situational  assessment, securing the site, protecting public safety and maintaining safe zones for work crews occurred in rapid order. Communication and coordination among BPCA and Parks Conservancy  management; PEP, uniformed services under the umbrella of OEM was steady and constant throughout the emergency period.

 The severe weather event ended not long after it started. The sound of chain saws was evident. The mass of tree limbs began to get smaller. Outdoor business to the popular restaurant was suspended, but patrons found their way inside for food and refreshments. As the hour grew late, the chain saw work was suspended, to resume Sunday morning. The expanding team will stay on task until the trees have been removed. On Saturday, the toll was five near the restaurant and two further down the Esplanade.

“The Battery Park City Authority team, led by our Parks Conservancy and PEP immediately mobilized with New York City uniformed personnel to make certain people were safe and property was secured. We shifted into clean-up mode which will continue on Mother’s Day and into next week,” said BPCA Chairman Dennis Mehiel. “While we witnessed an example of nature’s fury, we also have witnessed an example of public service in its truest sense.”

Part of the B.P.C.
Park Scene: Esplanade,
River, Film Star

May 10, 2013

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People taking their morning walk or jog along the Esplanade that wraps around Wagner Park this morning could not help but notice motion picture crews performing their assigned tasks. A major film studio sent the team to New York’s Battery Park City to film a couple of scenes and capture images of the iconic scenery.

Lighting, sound and camera people were on site to capture someone bearing a striking resemblance to Megan Fox riding a bicycle. Battery Place and some of the adjacent streets were occupied by vehicles of various sizes to support the film shoot. The City’s film office posted advisories on virtually every light pole a day in advance to notify the public of the special activity.

Across from P.S. 276 was a specialized vehicle that gave people an idea of how a person shown riding a bicycle actually is filmed.  By lunch time, production moved to other parts of the City and Battery Park City returned to its regular patterns.

A Sure Sign of Spring:
‘Go Fish’ Returns Saturday

May 10, 2013

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One of the signature programs, enthusiastically supported by Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy is ‘Go Fish.’ Its sole spring presentation will be tomorrow, May 11, starting at 10 a.m. in Wagner Park in the southernmost section of B.P.C. Youngsters will experience both the joy and thrill of catch-and-release fishing under the guidance of experienced anglers.   Rods and bait will be provided.

The good times continue at 11 a.m. when Birds of Prey from the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center take the stage. They are followed at 12:30 by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could.

Great weekends begin at New York’s Battery Park City.

Battery Park City
Apartment Is Featured
In a ‘House Hunters’ Hunt

May 7, 2013

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Viewers of the popular HGTV series “House Hunters,” know the premise: a couple is looking to buy a house and then compare three prospects of different designs, neighborhood and price ranges. People are drawn into the drama of deliberations, as objectives, pros and cons are debated. The show builds to the climactic decision as viewers see if their guess wins.

This Thursday at 10 p.m., viewers will have three New York City locations to compare as Ben and Ajay go house hunting: Battery Park City, the Financial District and Chelsea.

They are escorted every step of the way by the well-known real estate sales agent and ‘Downtown Mom’ columnist, Maria Hadjidemetriou.

Which of the homes will the couple call their own? Ms. Hadjidemetriou knows. She will not say. She does say, however, that walking along the Esplanade in New York’s Battery Park City is one of her favorite down-time activities.

‘The Park House’ Becomes
A Hub for Activities
At Rockefeller Park

May 3, 2013

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As noted in yesterday’s posting, programming in New York’s Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy parks system has shifted into high gear. A full calendar of events from Rockefeller to Wagner parks and just about everywhere in between has begun. (For events listing, click the Parks Conservancy symbol on the home page.)

Open daily from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., The Park House (off River Terrace, at approximately Murray Street)is managed by Conservancy staff members dedicated to making visits to the park both enjoyable and educational for everyone. Board games are available as well as, ping pong and pool as well as the classic ‘Nok Hockey. The lawns are inviting places for youngsters to use, at no charge, footballs and soccer balls. Basketballs are on hand for use at the courts in addition to badminton gear. Kitchen sets for younger youngsters as well as a collection of books are there for afternoon fun. 

On Friday, Conservancy staffers were installing the soft surface for the soon-to-start volleyball games. That court is located near the southwest corner of the North Cove, right by the Esplanade.

And it goes without saying that the Esplanade provides the perfect location for people to walk or jog, think, ride bicycles or sit on a bench and read, dream or watch the passing traffic along Hudson River. 

What’s Up In New York’s
Battery Park City?
Funny You Should Ask

May 2, 2013

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There are fiscal years, calendar years and school years. Come May First, a new year of fun, creative and exciting activities commences as a result of methodical planning by the Programming Department of Battery Park City’s Parks Conservancy. 

The Elements of Nature program was in full bloom in Wagner Park, attracting people who live and work here and returning guests who came from the Lower East Side and Staten Island, a short ferry ride away.

The playground in West Thames Park was filled with happy children and the adults who care for them. Some spirited basketball was being played on the courts near the Rector Street Bridge which just had its stairs replaced.

In the north neighborhood, in Rockefeller Park, the playground was bustling near The Park House, by River Terrace and Murray Street. People were borrowing sports equipment and an assortment of board games.  As the afternoon wore on, kids wearing baseball caps with a capital D were playing catch. A cheerleading squad practiced new routines.

At about 3:30, three slow-moving vehicles bearing a special permit, arrived at the park’s far north end, attracting no attention.  The crew’s chief emerged, looking concerned. The  globally respected Financial Times is observing its 125th anniversary and a large hot air balloon to mark the occasion would be inflated near, naturally, the World Financial Center. There was a breeze.

Plywood was placed over sections of lawn, a strict requirement of the Parks Conservancy to both protect the grass and avoid soil compaction and possible damage to the irrigation system. The three vehicles would serve as anchor points for the balloon. The operator’s basket, ropes and the canvass were placed on the lawn. Senior members of the Fire Department of New York City supervised the use of propane tanks. As twilight began, a test balloon was launched. Air currents 100 feet aloft were favorable for the balloon to be inflated. The crew’s chief seemed pleased. 

By this time, passersby and bike riders stopped to look. Youngsters migrated to the perimeter established by uniformed Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) officers. People in nearby buildings came to their windows and terraces to watch to inflation of a balloon emblazoned with FT 125. Approaching darkness made the growing balloon look like a glowing Halloween pumpkin.

Camera lights flashed and soon the balloon quietly deflated and the canvass was packed away. Those who stayed past 9:30 were treated to one more balloon being inflated that was taller than the first. This one resembled a hand-held device in recognition of the modern technological way many people get their news and information.  It too was deflated and packed. The three vehicles then left the park.

Fun Programs for All Ages and Interests
May 1, 2013

Spring has finally sprung, meaning it's time to get outside and play. The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy invites kids to venture into the outdoors and learn from the world around them. From May to October, toddlers will play in the grass of Wagner Park, discovering new books and toys with their caregivers. Over at Rockefeller Park, budding Picassos try their hand in paper, clay, wood and paint materials. Older kids can also head over to Rockefeller Park for the Gardening Club, a two-month program that provides hands-on learning about plant lifecycles and the importance of fruits and vegetables. Yet if gardening isn’t adventurous enough, first to third graders can discover creepy crawly bugs and chirping birds in the Explorers’ Club at 6 River Terrace. Call 212-267-9700 x348 for more information.

But no matter your age, the spring season is the perfect time to try something new. Borrow some rackets and birdies from the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School to play a bit of badminton every Thursday and Sunday.  Perhaps take on the ancient Chinese martial art, tai chi, also offered at the Community Center from April to June. Why not drop in for some Zumba fitness, a high energy dance class? These classes welcome adults, seniors and kids alike. For more information, call 646-210-4292.

For those who prefer taking a load off to soak in the sunrays, try the Sunset Singing Circle at Wagner Park on Fridays at 7 pm. Bring your favorite tunes to sing along with others while the summer sun sets over Manhattan.

New Stairs Installed;
Pedestrian Access Resumes
At Rector Street Bridge

April 26, 2013

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Battery Park City Authority’s infrastructure project to replace the rusting stairs of the Rector Street Bridge was completed Friday and full pedestrian access – by stairs and ramp – has resumed.

The application schedule of the anti-skid surface for the walkway is being determined and will be announced in the next few days.

Recovery from Sandy
Continues in B.P.C.
As New Trees Are Planted

April 25, 2013

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Almost half a year has passed since superstorm Sandy roared through a vast area, including New York’ s Battery Park City. Individuals were affected; business was interrupted and property was damaged. The BPC parks system sustained some scattered damage and nearly a dozen trees met an untimely end.

 The continuing comeback was evident Thursday as 10 young trees were delivered and planted. In the south neighborhood, there are several beyond the northern property line of Gateway Plaza, by the Esplanade near Albany Street, east of the ramp to the Rector Street Bridge and one in Rockefeller Park.

The Horticulture department of Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy said the timing of the delivery in the early part of spring bodes well for the trees’ long term growth and health.

Traffic Alert - Starting Monday, April 29th to Monday, May 20th
April 24, 2013

Traffic Alert

Starting Monday, April 29th to Monday, May 20th
The Northbound LEFT lane of the service road of the Battery Park Underpass between the Battery and Morris Street will be fully closed. The right lane will be remain open.

If you have any further or require additional information, please contact the Community Outreach Liaison, Julie Nadel, at 1-800-714-0454 or by e-mail at route9a@dot.state.ny.us

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B.P.C. Residents, Visitors,
Travel Lower Manhattan
With Ease, via ‘Connection’

April 22, 2013

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One of the benefits of living, working or visiting New York’s Battery Park City is the ability to travel from northern to southern points as well as the east side of Lower Manhattan by a transport service that is clean, safe, reliable and accessible to persons with mobility issues – at no cost.

The important ‘Downtown Connection’ service is available, seven days a week, and is sponsored in part by Battery Park City Authority’s association with the Downtown Alliance.

Daily service starts at 10 a.m. and the final run begins at 7:30 p.m. On weekdays, the buses run at about 10-minute intervals, 15 minutes on weekends. The entire route has 37 stops. At the north end of the route, buses cross West Street on Warren Street, proceed to Broadway, and returns to BPC on Murray Street. It heads south on North End Avenue to West Street where it turns right onto Liberty and follows South End Avenue to West Thames Street, turns left and goes along Battery Place until it exits BPC at West Street.

The bus continues along Battery Place and connects with the Bowling Green IRT station before proceeding along State Street and past the Staten Island Ferry terminal and the No. 1 and R stations.  The route then covers Water Street and heads north to the South Street Seaport area before reversing the route to and through BPC.

A much-appreciated service, the ‘Downtown Connection’ provided valuable assistance to many residents as superstorm Sandy bore in on Battery Park City last October. Flood Zone A, in which BPC is located, was ordered evacuated, and the buses brought people to the city’s local evacuation center.

Gov. Cuomo’s Earth Day Message
Highlights ‘Green’ Initiatives

April 22, 2013

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GOVERNOR CUOMO RELEASES EARTH DAY STATEMENT AND NEW ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES
Proposes Expanded NY-Sun Program to Help Combat Climate Change and Create Green Jobs across the State

Announces Partnership to Create Web-Based Repository of New York Climate Change Data

“Today is Earth Day – a day we stop to appreciate the great natural wonders around us and consider the world we will leave behind for future generations. At this time of year, we are often reminded of nature’s beauty in this great state, but this week we are also reminded of the fury and devastation Mother Nature can bring at a moment’s notice. Six months ago Hurricane Sandy made landfall, killing 60 New Yorkers, destroying over ten thousand homes and causing tens of billions of dollars in damage. While rebuilding efforts are well underway, we must not lose sight that extreme weather is now the new normal with two ‘once in a century’ storms occurring in the last two years alone. Climate change is very real and has had destructive and deadly consequences in New York. My administration has worked to implement policies that protect our environment and preserve the natural beauty of our state. That work continues today, and I encourage all New Yorkers, at this moment in our history, to join us in pursuing new ways each of us can help reverse the impacts of climate change and add to the narrative of Earth Day. Celebrating Earth Day and working to combat climate change should go hand in hand – it is the only way we can ensure that New York's natural resources and beauty will be protected and enjoyed for generations to come.”

KEY CUOMO ADMINISTRATION ENVIRONMENTAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Increasing the Environmental Protection Fund: The Governor’s 2013-2014 enacted budget increases the Environmental Protection Fund by $19 million to $153 million. In 2011 and 2012, after years of dramatic cuts, the Governor maintained EPF funding at $134 million. The EPF provides critical support for a many environmental and open space programs that generate revenue and create jobs in many sectors throughout the state.
  • Lowered the Regional Greenhouse Gas cap: In 2013, New York and nine other northeast states have agreed to lower the emissions cap under RGGI, the nation’s first market-based cap-and-invest program, which is reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector while creating jobs and reducing electricity bills.
  • Charting a Course for a Sustainable and Resilient New York: Following Superstorm Sandy, the Governor launched the 2100 Commission which boldly acknowledged the risks and realities of climate change and charted out a course for long term recovery which proposes, among many things, the restoration of the natural landscape, distributed and efficient energy, and a greener, resiliency-based building code. In addition, the Governor’s enacted 2013-2014 budget includes $4 million for flood resiliency projects across the state.
  • Green Bank: In his 2013 State of the State, the Governor created a cabinet-level position in his administration, the Chairman of Energy Policy and Finance, to which he appointed Richard Kauffman, former advisor to U.S. DOE Secretary Steven Chu. Mr. Kauffman is charged with a priority assignment to create a $1 billion Green Bank that will coordinate the State’s existing clean energy finance programs and expand them to transform the clean energy marketplace.
  • Efficiency Financing for Public Buildings: In 2012, NYPA invested more than $247 million in energy efficiency and clean energy projects at public facilities throughout New York State, setting a new record.
  • Charge NY Electric Vehicle Initiative: In 2013, the Governor announced the Charge NY Initiative to install 3,000 public charging stations for electric vehicles statewide over the next five years.
  • Cleaner Greener Communities: The Governor dedicated $100 million in RGGI proceeds for the new Cleaner Greener Communities Program that supports smart growth and sustainability planning and projects.
  • Energy Highway: Energy Highway was created to facilitate the upgrading and modernizing of energy infrastructure, to reduce transmission bottlenecks in New York, and help bring upstate wind resources to downstate markets.
  • · Land Acquisition: Largest acquisition of land in the Adirondacks in more than a century —the 69,000 Finch property; plus nearly 10,000 acres in The Great Swamp in Putnam County, Big Indian, Belleayre Mountain in Ulster County and Gene's Four Seasons in Suffolk County.
  • Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program: The Governor’s enacted 2013-14 budget supports all announced and approved BOA applications and provides an additional $10 million for existing applications for the highest quality projects that provide the most benefit. The Governor announced in April 2011 and March 2012, a total of 36 Brownfield Opportunity Areas grants for $10 million.
  • “New York Works” for the Environment Water Resources: More than $100 million to restore the state’s environmental infrastructure such as state-owned dams, flood control facilities, and coastal hazard and inlet navigation maintenance projects. The 2013-2014 enacted budget includes $40 million for DEC to invest in recreational infrastructure, e-Business and plugging of orphaned and abandoned oil and gas wells, to provide grants for municipal brownfield cleanups, including allowing DEC to undertake such projects on behalf of a municipality, and to provide grants to municipalities for water quality improvement projects.
  • Green Infrastructure Consent Order with NYC: DEC reached an innovative $3.8 billion enforcement settlement with New York City to comprehensively address large-scale discharges of sewage mixed with storm water during storms, known as "combined sewer overflows.” The settlement requires NYC to invest in trees, green roofs, and other natural controls to prevent stormwater runoff.
  • Sewage Right to Know Law: In 2012, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation that requires public notification of sewage discharges to waterways.
  • Increasing Bottle Bill Enforcement: The Governor’s 2013-2014 enacted budget strengthens bottle bill enforcement provisions. This will result in increased compliance and directly support the EPF.
  • “New York Works” for our Parks: From the outset of his administration, Governor Cuomo has been reversing this trend, most recently dedicating $90 million of capital in 2013-2014. This follows on last year’s New York Works initiative, which provided $89 million in new capital funds, and leveraged $54 million of additional funds, providing a total of $143 million for improvements in 48 state parks and historic sites across the state.
  • Creating “I Love My Park Day”: Volunteers play a key role in maintaining and welcoming the public to the State’s facilities, and the State is always looking for ways to enhance volunteer opportunities. This year, State Parks and the non-profit organization, Parks & Trails New York will organize the second annual “I Love My Park” Day on May 4th. On that day, thousands of volunteers will participate on clean-up teams and other special projects to spruce up 70+ state parks and historic sites across the state. This year’s event will feature a Bioblitz component and will count and identify plants and animals in two parks.
  • · Simplifying Hunting and Fishing Licensing: The Governor’s enacted 2013-2014 budget significantly simplifies the hunting and fishing license structure and dramatically reduces fees. This initiative will improve the sporting experience and encourage a new generation of New Yorkers and visitors to take advantage of the state’s rich outdoor heritage.

EXPANDING NY-SUN PROGRAM TO MAKE NEW YORK A LEADER IN SOLAR JOBS AND DEVELOPMENT

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today proposed expanding his successful NY-Sun initiative to provide a long-term stable funding stream to increase solar projects throughout the state in support of the growing clean energy industry. This announcement is in support of a commitment the Governor made in his State of the State address earlier this year and in celebration of Earth Day with initiatives tied to efforts to combat climate change.

“New York State is a leader in efforts to combat climate change, and the NY-Sun program is an important part of those efforts by supporting the expansion of clean energy projects to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Governor Cuomo. “A robust and wide-ranging strategy to protect against climate change will grow our economy, protect our communities and environment, and advance the goals of Earth Day.”

Just one year ago, Governor Cuomo launched the NY-Sun program to quadruple the amount of customer-sited solar power installed annually in New York by 2013.

Program certainty is critical to developers in attracting significant private sector investment in solar photovoltaic systems. Therefore, expanding the NY-Sun program will support the growth of the solar industry across the state by providing stable and dependable funding of $150 million per year for the next ten years. By funding NY-Sun for the next decade, the state is enabling the sustainable development of a robust solar power industry in New York, creating well-paying skilled jobs, improving the reliability of the electric grid and reducing air pollution.

The NY Sun Act will require the New York State Energy Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Public Service Commission (PSC) to design the most cost-effective programs and to respond to changing market conditions, but also will require that programs take into consideration a number of key features to maximize benefits to New York, including: attracting a diversity of project sizes; taking into account economic benefits to New York State (i.e. encouraging solar installers to support in-State suppliers); and focusing on areas of the electric grid that could benefit the most from distributed solar generation (e.g., areas where improvements to local transmission and distribution systems could be avoided or delayed by solar installations).

Since the Governor launched NY Sun in 2012, a total of 242 MW of solar PV has been installed or is under development, more than was installed in the entire prior decade. Approximately 120,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions will be avoided with the installation of the NY-Sun projects, which is the equivalent of removing 23,000 cars from the road. The NY Sun Act will ensure these gains continue for the next decade.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently issued a report that ranked New York 5th in the nation for the amount of installed renewable energy capacity providing electricity to the state. New York was the only state east of the Mississippi named in the top five, and the only Northeast state placing in the top 10. According to the Solar Foundation, New York State currently has approximately 3,300 solar jobs, placing it seventh in the nation. This same foundation concluded that, nationally, the solar industry has expanded by over 13 percent in just the last year alone.

Dave Gahl, Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York, said, “As a clean, renewable source of power, solar must be a major part of New York’s energy future. It is critical we modernize our infrastructure and move away from coal and other fossil fuels which contribute to the most devastating effects of climate change. Governor Cuomo’s legislation sends the message to developers that New York is ready to be a national leader in renewable energy. We applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership on this issue and look forward to working with his administration and the Legislature to get this plan passed before the end of this legislative session.”

Jackson Morris, Director of Strategic Engagement with the Pace Energy and Climate Center, said, “With today’s introduction of the ten-year, $1.5 billion NY-Sun bill, Governor Cuomo has once again demonstrated his commitment to make New York a national leader on solar energy. We look forward to working closely with the Governor and legislative leaders to enact legislation this session that will cement the Empire State’s position as a renewable energy trailblazer.”

Carrie Hitt, Senior Vice President of State Affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association, said, “The NY SUN initiative was part of Governor Cuomo's campaign and remained a top priority for his Administration; through his leadership, it has been an enormous success. The bill introduced today by the Governor is another significant step which builds on the strong foundation he has established by providing the long term certainty the industry needs. The bill will allow the solar industry to dramatically scale up solar installations throughout the state, making New York one of the leading solar states in the country.”

Peter Olmsted, East Coast Policy Director for Vote Solar, a national solar advocacy organization, said, “The Governor's ambitious NY-Sun Initiative is already delivering on its promise: leveraging millions in private capital to help New Yorkers harness the sun - a reliable, free, local fuel source that delivers power when and where it’s needed most. A 10-year extension of NY-Sun will build on that early success and keep delivering affordable solar energy and good jobs up and down the state. We thank Governor Cuomo for his continued leadership on solar.”

New York State Solar Energy Industry Association President Sail Van Nostrand said, “New York Solar Energy Industries Association congratulates Governor Cuomo on his commitment to deploying more solar in New York State. The Governor's State of the State address reinforced his commitment to a long term NY Sun program made last year, and this bill, when passed, will put New York on the fast track to clean solar energy. Solar energy is both clean and renewable and will aid in lowering carbon emissions in the State as well as lowering the long term cost of energy and the residual health care costs associated with carbon pollution. Stable energy costs, a cleaner environment and more jobs will foster the growth of commerce in New York, much the way hydroelectric power plants did at the beginning of the twentieth century. We applaud today's action and look forward to working with the Governor’s office and both houses to make this extension of NY Sun a reality.”

PARTNERSHIP TO HELP MAKE CLIMATE CHANGE DATA AVAILABLE TO POLICY MAKERS AND THE PUBLIC

Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management Teams Up with Cornell, SUNY-ESF and NOAA to Develop Online-Based New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a partnership of federal, state and air quality experts that will create an online-based New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse to make the state's climate science data and literature accessible and useful to the public, decision-makers in state and local government, scientists, universities, private business and non-governmental organizations.

“Over the past two years, New York State has experienced the first-hand effects of extreme weather. As we adjust to the reality of a changing climate, it is imperative that we understand the associated risks and challenges that greatly affect New York’s natural resources, communities, public health and economy,” said Governor Cuomo. “This database of resources on climate change will allow policy makers, academics, and members of the public to access troves of scientific information that will help guide decisions and future planning.”

The searchable, web-based repository of scientific data and literature about climate change in New York State will be accessible to the public and used as a tool to inform research and policy decisions. At the completion of this project, New York State will have the tools and information necessary to strengthen its role as a national leader in effectively planning for the impacts of climate change across all sectors of the economy. Areas of focus will include data on sea level rise, precipitation, temperature and extreme events, as well as impacts of climate change on infrastructure, transportation, energy, water resources, emergency response, agriculture and public health. The database is part of a multi-pronged strategy by the Governor to protect and prepare our communities from extreme weather events such as Superstorm Sandy.

The Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), a nonprofit association of air quality agencies in the Northeast, will develop the clearinghouse in partnership with Cornell University, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Funding for the clearinghouse is provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) fund.

“Governor Cuomo has made it a priority to prepare the state to adapt to the challenges of climate change, and the New York State Climate Change Science Clearinghouse will allow us to continue to build upon our current data as we take steps to add resiliency to our systems and infrastructure statewide,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA. “As Hurricane Sandy demonstrated so powerfully, climate change is an issue that cannot be ignored. By studying the effects brought upon by climate change, the state can explore mitigation efforts that will protect New Yorkers from extreme weather events.”

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is supporting the development of the Climate Change Science Clearinghouse.

“New York communities, businesses and individuals already are seeing economic and public health impacts from climate change. Access to the best available information, research and tools is vital to help anticipate changes, develop effective responses and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that trap excess heat,” said Joe Martens, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. “By facilitating coordination and data sharing across all sectors, the New York State Climate Change Science Clearinghouse will significantly improve the interface between climate change research and policy.”

NESCAUM and its partners were chosen through a competitive solicitation and Cornell will host the clearinghouse.

“NYSERDA’s investment in the New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse has the potential to substantially improve the quality and effectiveness of climate change planning not only in New York, but throughout the Northeast,” said Michelle Manion, Climate and Energy Program Manager, NESCAUM. “NESCAUM is very excited to bring to bear our expertise in state and regional policy and planning into a partnership with NYSERDA, Cornell, SUNY and NOAA on this landmark project.”

“I am looking forward to working with NYSERDA and our other partners at NESCAUM, SUNY ESF and NOAA on the Climate Change Science Clearinghouse,” said Art DeGaetano, Professor, Cornell University. “This project will provide the information necessary for policy-makers and decision-makers to reach scientifically sound decisions regarding climate change.”

“The clearinghouse website will provide the most authoritative, consistent and wide-ranging information available on climate change and its impacts on the economy, environment and communities of New York State,” said Dr. Colin Beier, Research Associate at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. “Thanks to NYSERDA’s funding, this site will contribute to climate change science and adaptation planning across New York State and the broader region.”

“NOAA’s Regional Climate Services program focuses on the delivery of climate products and services to decision-makers,” said Ellen Mecray, Eastern Region Climate Services Director, NOAA. “The NYSERDA funds will help us package and provide the climate information needed by the state of New York and other states in the region, as they plan for and adapt to a changing climate.”

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Improvement Project Begins
On Rector Street Bridge

April 22, 2013

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For about two weeks, pedestrians looking to cross West Street via the Rector Street Bridge have had to go a bit out of their way – to the ramp at Albany Street – as access to the stairs has been restricted. That inconvenience soon will end as a crew began work Monday on a project that will both replace the stairs and renew the anti-skid walking surface on the span.

Once the present stairs are removed, the new, galvanized stairs will be installed. That work will take about a week.  The crew’s attention then will focus on the anti-skid walking surface.

New York City Installs
Its First B.P.C.
Bike Share Station

April 18, 2013

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New York City’s Bike Share program is set to begin in May and the first sign of its arrival was visible on West Thames Street by the intersection with South End Avenue. The docking station which will have 49 spaces was installed by a Department of Transportation crews on Wednesday. Earlier today, a Bike Share program member said the orange safety cones soon will be replaced by more permanent “delineators,” which will surround the station with several safety and reflective devices.

Although they have not yet been installed, there will be three other Bike Share locations in Battery Park City: South End Avenue near Liberty Street by Gateway Plaza; along the Vesey Street curb by the Irish Hunger Memorial and 6 River Terrace where BPCA’s Parks Conservancy holds many popular programs and Stuyvesant Plaza by the Tribeca Bridge along West Street.

Check the links below for additional information and details.
http://a841-tfpweb.nyc.gov/bikeshare/
http://citibikenyc.com/

 

Wagner Park Lawn
Replacement Proceeds
Without a Hitch

April 17, 2013

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In a photo report last week, dedicated staff members of the Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy removed the sod from the great lawn in Wagner Park. On Wednesday, replacement sod was installed by the energetic Horticulture team including Robert Hansen, Evangelio Villalobos, Ned Greenberg, Charlette Mayfield and Adam Choper.

The sod will have to “knit” into the topsoil which explains why there will be a fence around the perimeter for as short a period of time as possible -- about four weeks.

In Rector Park, Conservancy Maintenance staff  Plumbers Jose Rosado and Kenn Toto were re-activating the system that operates the irrigation network. That operation is being replicated throughout the park system as New York’s Battery Park City moves full forward into spring.

And in another sign that the calendar is working in our favor, some of the last bundles of wood fencing in Rockefeller Park were awaiting transport to storage until the fall.

Observe Earth Day, Thursday,
At Free Presentation

April 17, 2013

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Times Square was once a red-maple forested wetland like this image.
It is taken from Eric Sanderson's amazing research and beautiful book - MANAHATTA - A natural history of New York City.

The Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy honors Earth Day a bit sooner than April 22, with a free talk by the author himself at 6 River Terrace on Thursday April 18 at 1 p.m.

The Mannahatta Project - Free Lecture in celebration of Earth Day 2013
April 16, 2013

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Come celebrate Earth Day in Battery Park City with landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson, who studies the original natural landscape of Manhattan at the time of the first European colonization in 1609.

In this free lecture, Eric Sanderson will talk about Manhattan’s early history and how its ecology and geography has changed over 400 years. He will also discuss his recent work at the Wildlife Conservation Society, as well as how recent storms have impacted the Manhattan landscape.

Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 1 pm. Free Lecture!
6 River Terrace (across from the Irish Hunger Memorial)

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Prescription for Spring Fever:
Come One, Come All
To Budding B.P.C. Parks

April 15, 2013

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Today’s website photo report continues to look around New York’s Battery Park City where the Battery Park City Authority’s dedicated Parks Conservancy staff members continue to get the parks and open spaces ready for spring and the increasing numbers of people who enjoy the pleasant weather here.

Along the southern Esplanade, behind the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Senior Horticulturist Jean Schwartz was preparing the new “home” for a zelkova tree, which will take the place of one that fell victim to Superstorm Sandy’s wrath last October. Some piping is being installed below the soil which will carry water to nourish the tree once it is planted. The old one stood there about 17 years.

A little further north in Rector Park, Assistant Horticulturist Madeline Ruggiero was tending to some of the planting beds. The wooden fencing there and in most other parts of the park are coming down this week, signaling a welcome return of access to the famous lawns. There are two, short term exceptions, where grass roots still need to knit. The West Thames Park, near the Rector Bridge, had a drainage system improvement project last year, as chronicled on the website. Drainage has vastly improved and the grass needs a couple of more weeks to get stronger. In Wagner Park, new sod is going to be placed on the great lawn, which was the site of last winter’s Liberty View Ice Rink. It will be about a month before full access is restored.

With Weather Getting Better,
B.P.C.’s Dedicated Parks Team
Springs into Action

April 12, 2013

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The great lawn in Wagner Park is getting a makeover following the successful, crowd-pleasing, inaugural run of the Liberty View Ice Rink. Before the rains came, Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy Senior Horticulturist Evangelio Villalobos was seen with a sod slicing device while new seasonal horticulturist Ned Greenberg was rolling up the strips of old grass. Proving the adage that ‘Many hands make light work,’ other Conservancy staffers came over with a mobile wheel barrow to transport the old sod to a nearby container for removal. The rain has delayed the completion of that part of the project and will resume once dry conditions return next week.

Once cleared, new sod will be put down and some fencing will be installed around the perimeter in order for the sod to knit. That should take about a month. Another lawn, at West Thames Park will have its fencing removed in the latter part of April as the drainage improvement project last fall required substantial amounts of sod to be removed and replaced. Its knitting period is not quite complete. With those exceptions, people who enjoy the parks will see the wooden fencing come down starting next week.

Back at Wagner Park on Thursday, Parks Conservancy Maintenance staff members, Al Wright and supervisor Princess McNeill, were power-spraying the stone surfaces near the comfort stations.

See the next posting for more examples of the painstaking preparations being made for full public access to the parks system in New York’s Battery Park City.

South Cove Electrical, Lighting
Improvements Are Part
Of BPC Infrastructure Upgrade

April 10, 2013

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People who use the East Esplanade along the South Cove for their walks or jogs have noticed the slight detour that temporarily is required as an important project makes progress.

The major overhaul includes wiring for a new electrical system as well as a refurbishing of each of the “blue lights.” When the project is completed next month, the iconic lights will be back on and look brighter and bluer than before. As seen in today’s photo report, electricians from the Battery Park City Authority’s electrical contractor have been working on the individual lights as well as the conduit system that will run above the water.

As the South Cove is an art installation by the noted Mary Miss, BPCA is grateful for her cooperation in the design of this project.

NOTICE OF MEETINGS - April 16, 2013
April 9, 2013

Notice is hereby given that the following meetings will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m., at the offices of the Battery Park City Authority (the “Authority”), One World Financial Center, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10281:

  • a meeting of the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee (9:00 a.m.)
  • a meeting of the Board’s Governance Committee (9:30 a.m.)
  • a meeting of the Members of the Authority (10:00 a.m.)
  • a meeting of the Board’s Investment Committee (11:00 a.m.)

Meetings are open to the public for observation but not for direct participation.  The press is welcome to attend the meetings.

Expert B.P.C. Parks Team
Is Out in Full Force
As Spring Finally Arrives

April 9, 2013

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It is difficult to go very far in the parks and open spaces in New York’s Battery Park City without seeing  familiar people, hard at work getting the areas so many people enjoy looking their best.

In this photo report, you will see the Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy staff at work near the Lily Pool, just north of the ferry terminal.  Senior Horticulturist  James DePadua donned hip boots to wade into the Lily Pool, much to the aggravation of the koi fish, who retreated to the north end, while he used an underwater vacuum to remove the sediment and muck that accumulated over the winter. He also added fresh water to the pool, which no doubt was met with approval of the pool’s inhabitants.

While James was in the pool, Maintenance staff plumber Ken Toto and electrician Nelson Roger were below ground in the nearby vault, checking the water and electrical systems.

Close by, near the NYMEX building, Senior Horticulturist Manuel Rivera was not only tilling soil, he was adding top soil for new plantings.

 

Open Community Play
A Big Crowd Pleaser
As BPC Sports Fields Debut

April 5, 2013

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Within 75 minutes of the initial opening of the multi-sport fields in Battery Park City, 75 people of all ages were tossing footballs, kicking soccer balls, taking batting practice and otherwise marveling at the completed fields  that replaced those ruined by superstorm Sandy last October. 

Battery Park City Authority and Parks Conservancy President Demetrios Boutris said, “The team effort by the Authority, Parks and our contractors was nothing short of spectacular in recovering from superstorm Sandy’s complete destruction of the fields. It’s wonderful to see children and adults enjoy ‘free play’ days as our team delivered the fields ahead of schedule.”

Back on the field, two men wearing dark glasses were observed. While the public had their eyes on the ball, these two were focused on the turf, AstroTurf, and the 750,000 pounds of “infill,” the sand the virgin rubber granules that were painstaking spread over the 83,500 square feet of playing surface.

One of them, Philip Pirro, the vice president of the project’s general contracting firm, Applied Landscape Technologies noted his installation crew has already gone on to their next job in Chicago. “This was one of our most challenging projects,” he said. “One reason it was so successful was this was a total team project.”

The team concept was echoed by his colleague, Dave Wheaton, New England regional sales manager for AstroTurf. “Everyone knew their role,” he said. “It was made very clear to us that this project was on an aggressive schedule. It really was a very cooperative, team effort.”

Applied Landscape Technologies, based in New Jersey, was the winner of the open, competitive bidding process. Their long association with AstroTurf enabled more than 40 rolls of the BPC-specific product to be manufactured in Georgia and delivered in the midst of a snow storm several days before installation, so they were on site when needed.

Gwen Dawson, Senior Vice President for Real Property Development & Management, who was on the fields countless times with Senior Project Manager Angela Howard during construction, was among the opening day visitors.  “I’m very proud of everyone here who worked so hard on the project,” she said. “The entire team overcame many challenges and we were able to bring the project in several days before projections – despite March having some of the most severe weather conditions in memory.”

During a quick pick-up softball game, the first home run on the fields was logged by a BPCA staffer who legged out an inside-the-park four-bagger. On Friday, the fields drew the attention of NY1 News which featured a story including the invitation that “everyone from everywhere” is invited to the open, free play period.
http://www.ny1.com/content/179957/downtown-little-leaguers-excited-for-new-field--season

The Downtown Little League begins a new season of great sports and great sportsmanship on Saturday. On Sunday morning, their annual parade from City Hall and on-field assembly takes place.

Let the games begin!

A Scheduling Change at Sports Fields:
Open to All for Free Play Thursday, Friday;
Little League to Start Season Saturday

April 4, 2013

The newly completed AstroTurf fields that replaced those destroyed by superstorm Sandy, opened yesterday afternoon for people of all ages to have an enjoyable time. That also will be the case today and Friday  from 3 to 7 p.m.

The schedule has been modified in order for the Downtown Little League to begin its season with a full slate of games on Saturday, April 6th.

BPCA Delivers the Fields with Time Left on the Clock!
April 1, 2013

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Fields Open for Community Preview this Wednesday, April 3 - Saturday, April 6 - Downtown Little League Opening Day On April 7

BPCA is pleased to announce that the long awaited community fields will be open for a preseason preview starting Wednesday, April 3. While preparation for the operation of the community fields is winding down, BPCA felt opening the fields to everyone, even those not affiliated with a sports league, would be a great way for the entire community to celebrate the completion of the field replacement. Wednesday through Saturday are designated Free Play days at the fields. No organized sports programming or events will be permitted on those days. So for those looking to kick a soccer ball around, toss a Frisbee, practice rundowns and the like, the fields will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

At last week’s Board Members meeting, Chairman & CEO Dennis Mehiel was delighted to sign the first activities permit for the sports fields for Sunday, April 7: the annual post parade celebration marking the opening of the Downtown Little League’s season. Downtown Little Leaguers will Play Ball! starting on Sunday for the 2013 Little League season.

From the start of the project to replace the artificial turf destroyed by superstorm Sandy, the Battery Park City Authority used all means as its disposal to compress the schedule of the work – realizing that unpredictable weather conditions could have a major role determining the completion date. In numerous website postings the Authority projected completion in April. Team BPCA’s project management and construction staffs and top flight contractors and installers rallied and completed the work with a few days to spare, despite a few brush-back pitches hurled by Mother Nature.

There will be no reservations taken to schedule time slots or locations. People merely are asked to be considerate of others so that largest number of people can enjoy what has become a vital community amenity.

BPCA Chairman & CEO Mehiel
Says, ‘Play Ball’ on Fields, April 7;
Asphalt Green on Path for June Opening

March 26, 2013

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At today’s Board meeting of the Battery Park City Authority, Chairman & CEO Dennis Mehiel announced milestones on two major projects in the continued recovery from impacts of superstorm Sandy.

The total turf replacement of the multi-sport Ball Fields has been completed. Mr. Mehiel signed the first public use permit – the Opening Day ceremony for the Downtown Little League on Sunday, April 7. In addition, the Board approved an amendment to the agreement for Asphalt Green to operate the sports and fitness facility. Remediation work has reached a stage where BPCA is confident Asphalt Green can open its eagerly anticipated youth summer camp June 27 and welcome members to the facility by June 15.

The Ball Fields, along West Street, between Warren and Murray streets, are located at the lowest point in Battery Park City. The surge of foul water heading up West Street ripped the artificial turf beyond repair.  The AstroTurf replacement was completed yesterday. While the fields may appear ready for young athletes, it will take several more days of preparation before they are ready for play.  The bases must be delivered and the refurbishing of the backstops is nearing completion. The ‘punch list’ is being finalized of any items that need to be addressed by the contractor before a final inspection and “acceptance” by BPCA. A staff office must be established and the West Street bioswale natural drainage system must be maintained.

The Chairman noted the project to replace the turf was placed on an aggressive, compressed schedule and he expressed the Board’s appreciation to the team that made the project a success: BPCA staff; Applied Landscape Technologies who, with the cooperation of AstroTurf was able to complete the installation of the turf on Tuesday (March 26), despite severe weather conditions throughout March; and Stalco Construction and its subcontractor Landtek for their efficient removal of the damaged turf.

Mr. Mehiel extended appreciation to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for his commitment to the fields and his introduction to the New York Mets organization, “whose technical support was instrumental to our success.” He also thanked State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Councilmember Margaret Chin, Community Board 1 and its Battery Park City Committee for their advocacy throughout the process.

Another important announcement pertained to the remediation of the damage inflicted by the storm and the pathway to the opening of Asphalt Green.  “One of the hallmarks of the success of the Battery Park City Authority is the value it places on public/private sector partnerships. We certainly see evidence of that today,” Mr. Mehiel said. “”And in keeping with our commitment to ensuring the best use of public funds through investing in the community, I am delighted that we have finalized the amendment. BPCA looks forward to the opening of the center and a long and successful partnership with Asphalt Green that will benefit Lower Manhattan.”

“Asphalt Green thanks the Battery Park City Authority for its continued commitment to opening the community center and bringing quality programming to Battery Park City,” said Andrew Nussbaum, Chairman of the Board of Asphalt Green. “We are pleased to announce required repairs to the facility due to Hurricane Sandy are nearly complete. We look forward to opening the facility for members in mid-June and running a full summer session of our signature Summer Day Camp beginning June 27. We are thrilled and excited to join the Battery Park City community.”   

Carol Tweedy the Executive Director of Asphalt Green attended the Board Members meeting and echoed Mr. Nussbaum’s sentiment. “This speaks to a very positive future between the Battery Park City Authority and Asphalt Green.” 

 

Storm Recovery Continues
At Sports, Fitness Center
With New Chillers, Gym Floor

March 25, 2013

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The recent rain, winds and snow had no impact on the continuing progress inside the sports and fitness facility that will be run by Asphalt Green. In the last few days, 10 new chillers arrived by truck to replace the ones that were damaged when superstorm Sandy floodwaters got into the sub-cellar. Testing is scheduled for this week. Water pumped through the chillers and cooling elements make them essential to a properly functioning air conditioning system.

Upstairs, the uninterrupted operation of the heating and electrical systems permitted installation of the gymnasium’s pine flooring to proceed without difficulty. The work crew put down the sub-flooring and then the aptly named “hardwood.” After two coats of sealant have dried, basketball court lines and markings are painted before the final two top coats are applied.

Week of Contrasts at Ball Fields:
Snow Melts, Much Progress Made
And Much Work Left to Do

March 22, 2013

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The work week ended much more favorably than it began at the multi-sport Ball fields off West Street, between Warren and Murray streets in New York’s Battery Park City, where the AstroTurf installation to replace what was ruined by superstorm Sandy floodwaters shifted back into high gear.

Snow and slush removal gave way to more rolls of turf being rolled and meticulously stitched together. Foul lines, baselines and a batter’s box for the north field were stitched into the turf. Markings for soccer also got under way. Delivery was made for much of the 300 tons of “infill,” which is a combination of sand and granulated virgin rubber, which is spread on the fields much like a city salt spreader covers icy streets.   

Looking northward, the visual image is impressive, but it is work to the south which requires a concerted effort. That area, closer to Murray Street, became the collection and staging area for rolls of AstroTurf, mechanical equipment and scores of large bags containing more than 2,000 pounds each of sand and rubber granules. All of that had to be relocated along the completed areas along West Street, so the turf installation could be concentrated on the north zone, while the other work continues.

The spreader will make hundreds of trips over the entire 83,000 square-foot complex, including the north zone. Crew members will work with rakes and hand tools around the perimeters to make sure the infill is evenly distributed.  Odd size cuts of AstroTurf likewise will be made, installed and stitched wherever needed. The separate project to refurbish the backstops also is making steady progress.

As has been the case from the start, weather will be a major factor in the pace of completion of the total turf replacement project.

Sights of Spring
In Battery Park City

March 22, 2013

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It is no exaggeration to note the parks and open spaces in Battery Park City are the envy of Lower Manhattan, if not the entire city. A primary factor is the high standard of maintenance and operation that has been the hallmark of the Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy. Yet a standard means little if there are not dedicated people to meet it.

When not contending with the recent spate of snow and rain storms, members of the Conservancy’s team have been trimming, pruning, raking, sweeping and otherwise preparing the parks for the increasing numbers of residents, office workers and visitors who enjoy the area that has become uniquely New York.

In these photos, carpenters George McMurtry and Carlton Chotalal were working on new signage in the playground in Rockefeller Park, in New York’s Battery Park City north neighborhood. At the opposite end in the south, senior horticulturist Jean Schwartz and assistant horticulturist Alaina Tonello tended to a planting bed in Robert F. Wagner, Jr., Park.

Programs to Interest Babies, Toddlers
And Grown-Ups, Too, in BPC

March 22, 2013

Stories, Songs & Yoga

Share the joy of live music at Stories & Songs, where children age 6 months - 3.5 years and their caregivers can dance, learn songs, and enjoy stories together. Sessions are on Mondays (through April 22) or Wednesdays (through April 10) at 6 River Terrace (off North End Avenue). For more information, contact the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy at 212-267-9700 x363 or visit www.bpcparks.org.

All levels of yoga background are welcome, including beginners. Parents with newborns and pre-crawling babies can gain strength and flexibility, while relaxing and meeting other parents. Mats provided, also at 6 River Terrace. Two sessions: 1 to 2:15 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Pre-registration required via the Conservancy: 212-267-9700 x363 or www.bpcparks.org.

At the Battery Park City Community Center, located at Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street, beginners and all levels of yoga expertise are welcome from 7 to 8 p.m. through May 6. Register by calling 646-210-4292. More info at www.ccshs.org. Managed by Battery Park City Parks Conservancy on behalf of the Battery Park City Authority.

Notice of the Meeting - March 26, 2013
March 22, 2013

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Battery Park City Authority (the “Authority”) Board will take place on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 9:00 a.m., followed by a meeting of the Governance Committee.  A meeting of the members of the Authority will also take place at 10:00 a.m. at the offices of the Authority, One World Financial Center, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10281.

Meetings are open to the public for observation but not for direct participation.  The press is welcome to attend the meetings.

Gym Floor Installation Advances
At Sports, Fitness Center in BPC

March 20, 2013

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Progress to remediate the damage brought about by floodwaters from Superstorm Sandy continues this week in the sports and fitness center to be operated by Asphalt Green. As previously reported, the re-activation of the heating system after electrical service was restored by the new transformers enabled a shipment of wood to be brought inside the facility. That wood has acclimated to the heated gymnasium. Test readings showed no moisture in the wood and with the risk of warping eliminated, workers set upon the task of installing the floor.

First, a vapor barrier went across the entire concrete base of the gym. A plywood sub-floor covered it. The crew now is installing the individual strips of hardwood. Once all the wood is down, the first of four layers of sealant will be brushed on the floor. Painted lines and markings will complete the job.

Mother Nature Throws Curve;
Ball Fields Project Progress Slips

March 19, 2013

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Spring was not in the air Tuesday as work crews were sidelined by the combination of rain, sleet, wind and snow that brought progress to a virtual halt on the BPCA project to replace the Superstorm Sandy-damaged ball fields. The newly installed turf was covered by sloppy snow – too warm to freeze and too cold to melt. A solitary crew member was driving a mechanical sweeper, back and forth, back and forth. The spinning brush in front threw the slushy mixture forward, revealing broader and broader sections of AstroTurf and some of the baseball foul lines, home plate and batter’s area and soccer mid-field circle that had been stitched in just a few days ago.

Dozens of bags were stacked eight-feet high at the Murray Street end of the fields. They contain tons of silica sand and granules of rubber which, eventually, will be spread over the entire 83,000 square feet of playing surface. 

There was one bright spot. Work continued, uninterrupted, on the re-installation of the two back stops which are being refurbished and will be completed in a short time.

Rain Delays Turf Work;
Gym Floor Wood Arrives;
Spring Park Preparation

March 13, 2013

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Wind and heavy rain Tuesday set back progress on the project to install AstroTurf on the Superstorm Sandy-damaged Ballfields. Work resumed Wednesday.

A familiar sound, not heard for more than four months, emanated from the sub-basement level of the sports and fitness facility to be operated by Asphalt Green, where floodwater from the superstorm compromised the electrical transformers, boilers and heating system. That sound was the noise associated with operating boilers, pumps and equipment. Electrical power has been restored. Heat is being generated and some systems are back on line.

Now that heat has returned, the replacement of the gymnasium floor can proceed. A trailer with the wood arrived from Wisconsin Tuesday and was unloaded. The wood has been placed in the gym where any moisture can dissipate before it is installed.

While all this was taking place, dedicated members of the Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy horticulture team, Tom Birch and Yoshihiro Nishida, were going about the work of getting the park at North End Avenue and Murray Street ready to greet spring.

An Early Spring Breeze Sweeps
Good Witch-hazel Into Bloom

March 12, 2013

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Take a walk in Teardrop Park and behold the showy yellow flowered Witch-hazel Hamemelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’. The plant is usually treated as a deciduous shrub, however, if left unpruned can grow rather tall. The flowers are threadlike and lightly fragrant, blooming from late January into Mid-March. It’s particularly nice this time of year when one is ready for a splash of color. You will find them in the park growing close to the buildings.

Gov Cuomo’s ‘Charge NY’ Initiative
Comes to BPC as First Electric Car
Charging Stations Dedicated at The Solaire

March 11, 2013

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to convince more people to consider driving electric-powered vehicles instead of those using gasoline took an important step forward today when a charging station was officially dedicated in the residential building in Battery Park City’s north neighborhood that has been at the forefront of sustainable design and operation. 

Francis J. Murray, Jr., President and EO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); Pat Romano, President and CEO of ChargePoint, the largest online network of independently owned Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations and Russell Albanese, Chairman of the Albanese Organization, who more than a decade ago embraced BPCA’s “Green Guidelines” by building The Solaire, cut a ceremonial green ribbon at the first two charging stations located at its garage on Murray Street near River Terrace.

“Through Governor Cuomo’s Charge New York program, the State is taking a proactive approach to investing in an EV infrastructure that will encourage New Yorkers to transition from less efficient vehicles to electric vehicles,” Murray said. “Given the amount of emissions produced by the transportation sector, the statewide EV infrastructure will allow the State to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.”

Last year, Governor Cuomo announced $4.4 million being awarded to 10 EV companies, municipalities and other entities, including ChargePoint, to bring 325 charging stations to New York. Earlier this year, he announced Charge New York, an initiative to promote EVCs through investing $50 million over five years. The program calls for investment in 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018, plus other steps to encourage growth of electric vehicle ownership.

“New York is laying the foundation to become a leader in the United States for EVs, said Romano. “The majority of residents in New York City live in apartments and without this kind of public infrastructure investment, residents would not be able to buy electric vehicles.” He added that a pattern develops. Motorists tend to buy EVs near vehicle charging stations. That, in turn, creates demand for additional charging stations which encourage more EV purchases, and so on.

Electric Vehicle Charging stations is completely consistent with the values of The Albanese Organization. It pioneered green development with the completion of The Solaire, the nation’s first LEED Gold-certified residential building. That was followed by the development, on North End Avenue and Murray Street, of The Verdesdian, the first residential building to receive LEED Platinum certification in the United States. The Visionaire, on Little West Street between Second and Third places, is the greenest condominium in the nation.

“Upgrading the city’s EV infrastructure to new, universal ChargePoint chargers is imperative to the future success of a sustainable society,” Albanese said.  “The partnership with ChargePoint and NYSERDA has been an excellent example of the public and private sectors working together to make a great contribution.” 

Snow Stops Ballfields Work
But Special Delivery Arrives

March 8, 2013

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A passer-by glancing at the ballfields this morning would have seen an expanse of white covering the entire length of the fields from Warren to Murray Streets. It was a combination of the padding that went over the mesh filter fabric and snow on the rest of the fields. Progress stopped Wednesday as plans at the site changed from installation of filter fabric and padding, to securing what had been installed from being damaged by strong winds.

The severe weather and accumulated snow on Friday prevented the continuation of work. However, since the storm passed Friday afternoon, work crews will be back at the field Saturday – should the snow cover clear in ample time.

In what may well be a positive sign, more than 40 rolls of AstroTurf which originally had been scheduled to arrive next week, came in this morning. BPCA President and Chief Operating Officer Demetri Boutris and Gwen Dawson, Senior Vice President for Real Property Development and Management, surveyed the snowy scene. They reviewed the logistical plan for completing coverage of the fields with filter fabric and padding with AstroTurf already on site. The overriding benefit is no time will be lost in installing the turf layer as the large rolls already are on site.

Short-Term Playground Closures
For Tree Pruning Next Week
In Rockefeller Park

March 7, 2013

Battery Park City Authority’s skilled Parks Conservancy staff will be conducting its ongoing tree pruning next week in Rockefeller Park. Work will concentrate in the playground area on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12 and 13, weather permitting. It will require that access to the playground be restricted between 7:30 a.m. and noon.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this essential work may cause.

Weather Conditions Curtail
Progress at BPC Ballfields

March 6, 2013

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As whipping winds preceded today's predicted storm, work on the Ballfields had to be suspended. Black mesh filter fabric was placed over drainage stones and white padding was installed over the fabric on about one-sixth of the facility before the weather had the last word.

Work crews used wood sheets and boards and orange sand bags to secure the work already done and weigh down the stacks of padding yet to be installed. Work will continue when favorable weather conditions return.

Delivery of AstroTurf is projected for next week, weather permitting. Once approximately 83,000 square feet of turf is installed and various field boundary and marking lines are completed, several tons of infill material will be spread over the entire surface, per product specifications.

Level Grading Complete at Ballfields;
Drainage Filter, Padding, Installation to Begin

March 5, 2013

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Work continued today on the project to replace the Ballfields in New York's Battery Park City that were damaged beyond repair by superstorm Sandy. This morning, surveyors using a laser-guided grading instrument measured the fields to be certain that the slope for drainage was both correct and consistent. Another team was on the field, both finding and filling low spots. They used an effective, but low-tech method of running taut, bright string on the ground where ruts became obvious.

A tractor pulling three rollers then made continual circuits around and across the fields smoothing the surface and compacting the small stones that are part of the drainage system. This prep work is essential as rolls of black mesh filter must be rolled evenly across the stones in order for the fields to drain properly. White squares of padding, most of which have been cleaned from the original field, will then cover the mesh. After the shipment is delivered, the AstroTurf layer will be installed.

A weather event of heavy rain, sleet or snow is expected Wednesday and Thursday which may affect the pace of work on the fields.

Leveling the Playing Fields
March 1, 2013

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Although spring was nowhere to be found on the first day of March, there was activity at the Battery Park City ballfields as they were prepared for the next phase of progress.

Site plans for the installation of 83,000 square feet of synthetic turf were reviewed this morning. Small wooden stakes with flags that marked the drain caps that are not to be covered by the turf were put in place. Then, two pieces of machinery - a tractor and heavy roller - made passes around the fields to first remove ruts and bumps and then compact the surface layer of small stones. Below those stones is a layer of larger stones which cover the drainage system. That system held up well in the storm caused-flood.

Once leveling is complete, the fields will be ready for installation of the mesh, filter fabric which will be sandwiched over the stones and under the "Brock pads" which were cleaned from the original fields and will be re-used. Barring unforeseen conditions or severe weather, that is expected to start next week. To follow at a time soon to be determined, will be the installation of the new AstroTurf surface. The project however, will not conclude with turf installation. "Infill," which mimics soil and serves as the surface on which athletes will run, must then be delivered and evenly spread over the fields.

Battery Park City Wood Chips
Travel to Governor's Island

February 28, 2013

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Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy chipped almost 2000 Christmas trees this year. Charlette Mayfield and Robert Hansen of the Conservancy delivered via truck 20 cubic yards of those coarse wood chips to Earth Matter for a static pile compost demonstration project on Governor's Island. Earth Matter has a new endeavor which entails aerating the static pile compost with food scraps and coarse wood chips. Earth Matter would welcome volunteers to help mix the compost on Monday and Tuesday March 11th and 12th.

If you would like to volunteer contact marisa@earthmatter.org Your name must be on her list in order to board the ferry to Governor's Island.

 

Early Spring Children's Gardening
February 27, 2013

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Celebrate the coming of spring by working in the soil, digging, planting, and more. Learn about green practices and composting firsthand. For children who enjoy nature and like to get dirty!

Tuesdays, 3:45 - 5pm
March 19 - April 30, 2013
Children's Garden, Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
For ages 6 - 10. Pre-registration required, $130.
Call 212.267.9700 x348, or x366 to register.

Gardening Flyer (PDF Version)

 

 

New Transformers Provide Electricity
To Community Center, Clearing Path
To Test, Assess Other Systems

February 26, 2013

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Another step to return the Community Center to its pre-Superstorm Sandy construction completion status was reached yesterday, when the primary switch gear lever was moved to the ON position, energizing the two new transformers. They provided electricity to the facility, which will be operated by Asphalt Green, for the first time in more than three months. The temporary emergency system that produced minimal electricity was de-activated.

The return of full electrical power now enables work crews to check the condition of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems that have been non-operational since the storm. For example, on Monday, steamfitter Steve Bryan (pictured) replaced three solenoids which regulate the flow of natural gas to the heating chambers of the boilers of the closed loop heating system. Water, raised to a temperature of about 180 degrees, is transferred to the pumps and then conveyed throughout the building - or will be once the machinery and piping that has been ordered is delivered.

When the heating system eventually returns to operation, other aspects of the remediation work such as the curing and subsequent installation of the wood for the gymnasium can take place. From there, a projected timeline for completion of the rest of the necessary work will be finalized and posted here.

Traffic Alert Starting Monday, March 4, 2013
February 22, 2013

Traffic Alert

Starting Monday, March 4, 2013 for approximately 4 months:

The South Tube (Route 9A to FDR Drive) of the Battery Park Underpass will be fully closed by the New York State DOT for construction purpose.

Click here to read more. (pdf)

BPCA Contract Award Marks Official Start
Of Project to Replace Turf on Ball Fields;
Progress Hinges on Weather Conditions

February 21, 2013

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Battery Park City Authority Chairman and CEO Dennis Mehiel today announced the selection of the winning proposer in the competitive public procurement process to provide artificial turf replacement services at the ball fields damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The highest rated proposer, Applied Landscape Technologies (ALT) has been awarded the artificial turf replacement contract. ALT will begin a site survey; grade the 85,000 square-foot field to uniform level; order material and mobilize installation crews and equipment.

Locally, the company which is an authorized installer of AstroTurf systems, has done more than 100 AstroTurf fields at New York City parks and educational facilities including Long Island University and Kingsborough Community College, both in Brooklyn. In addition, their AstroTurf fields have been installed for the Tampa Bay Rays and at the Baltimore Orioles training complex, Boston College, Rutgers University and Olympic Park in Chicago.

"The Battery Park City Ball Fields are a vital resource that become more important every year as the downtown community continues to grow. It is essential that they are in playing condition at the first possible opportunity," Mr. Mehiel said, adding that barring unforeseen field conditions or major weather events, installation could be completed in April.

After the storm-damage assessment Mr. Mehiel directed BPCA staff to compress schedules wherever possible while the legal process associated with public Request for Proposals (RFP) process was completed. BPCA detached the removal of the damaged turf from the RFP's scope of work in order to have that phase completed prior to the contract award. As a practical matter, that reduces the duration of the project.

"I applaud Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for his strong concern and proactive advocacy for the fields," Mr. Mehiel said. "We appreciate his introducing us to the New York Mets organization whose synthetic turf experts generously offered technical insights to our project team."

"I also wish to thank State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Council Member Margaret Chin, Community Board 1 and its Battery Park City Committee as well as everyone who supports the young soccer, football, summer camp and Little League athletes who play here," he said.

The turf will be ordered shortly and preparatory activity will become apparent. Winter weather conditions, such as last week's snow storm, could have an impact on the pace of the work. "It was a great sage who famously said, 'It ain't over till it's over,' but we are off to a strong start," Mr. Mehiel said.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo Takes Actions
Regarding Gas Price-Gouging and to Ensure
Access to Product in Event of Natural Disaster

February 21, 2013

New Yorkers are noticing a continued increase in the price of gasoline each time they fill their tanks. Governor Cuomo has announced the combined efforts of two departments of the State to protect consumers against potentially unfair pricing practices.

In addition, he proposed new legislation to protect New Yorkers from experiencing severe gas shortages after natural disasters, most recently associated with superstorm Sandy.

Members and Board of Directors Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
February 20, 2013

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy will take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a meeting of the Members of the Battery Park City Authority (the "Authority") at the offices of the Authority, One World Financial Center, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10281.

Meetings of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy and the Battery Park City Park Authority are open to the public for observation but not for direct participation. The press is welcome to attend the meetings.

Tennis Anyone? Perhaps Tai Chi, Yoga or Zumba
February 19, 2013

Winter 2013. Go out and be active at the Community Center located in Stuyvesant High School

YOGA-Mondays
ZUMBA-Wednesdays
TAI CHI-Thursdays
TENNIS-Fridays/Saturdays

For Fees and Registration Information call 646-210-4292 or www.ccshs.org

The Community Center at Stuyvesant High School is managed by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy on behalf of the Battery Park City Authority

HAVE YOU SEEN A BIRDIE

BADMINTON - rackets and birdies are available to borrow
Thursdays 7:15pm-9:30pm Sundays 1:15pm-5:30pm
An added value to gym membership is free badminton
For more information call 646-210-4292 or www.ccshs.org

Post Storm Damage Comeback
Reaches Next Level at Community Center
As Electrical Transformers Are Delivered

February 15, 2013

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The ongoing remediation of Hurricane Sandy-inflicted damage at the Community Center, to be operated by Asphalt Green, entered a new phase Friday with the arrival of some of the first long lead-time items: the electrical transformers to replace the pair submerged by storm water.

The two, with a combined weight of more than 3,000 pounds were taken off pallets and gingerly rolled down a concrete ramp to the basement. Once installed and connections of several wires and cables are made, current will flow to the switch panels which will distribute electricity through the community center. As the ruined transformers were prepared for removal yellow high water marks and corrosion were starkly visible.

Return of electricity will allow other systems to be re-activated. A functioning boiler will enable the building to be heated so further progress to be made on temperature-sensitive work. For example, heat to the gymnasium will allow the new wood flooring to be delivered and cured so it will not warp after installation. Sealants and pain then can be applied. Sheetrock that has been replaced can then get its finishing layers of spackle at the seams, and so on.

Further progress will be noted on this website.

Weathering the Storm in B.P.C.:
Results Achieved via Planning and Prep

February 11, 2013

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The Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy was in storm mode long before the rain that turned to snow started on Friday. As noted last week, equipment was readied; sand and salt were mixed and teams were given their assignments and schedules. The first team started Saturday at about 4 a.m. and the second one wrapped up about 7 p.m. As you will see in the photos, even the Liberty View Ice Rink had to have a foot of snow removed before patrons could return.

Director of Maintenance Bruno Pomponio pronounced himself very satisfied. "It was business as usual around here," he said. "We prepared; executed the plan and achieved the desired results. Everyone worked hard. The bridges, paths, walkways and the Esplanade were cleared for the public's use."

It is unfortunate but it appears some people are not heeding the warnings about staying off what looks like solid ice in the lily pond, near the ferry terminal. Moderating temperatures will soften the ice and pose a hazard. Although the pond is 24 inches at its deepest point, getting submerged in such cold weather is not a risk worth taking.

The rain, snow and melting are providing a welcomed but unexpected test of the drainage system at the ball fields between Warren and Murray streets. The top layer of synthetic turf, the middle layer of padding and third layer of mesh, filter fabric were taken up, leaving a level of small stones exposed to the wintry elements.

Battery Park City Readies for Snow
February 8, 2013

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Although the forecasts vary, the one thing on which all the meteorologists agree is that the New York City area should brace for a major weather event. As they have done on numerous occasions, the dedicated staff of the Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy prepared a duty roster and equipment that includes nine snow blowers, two large mechanical brooms, two plows, two snow throwers and many shovels.

President and Chief Operating Officer Demetri Boutris co-chaired a special Snow Emergency Meeting with about 45 Conservancy staff members this morning. Director of Maintenance Bruno Pomponio and Maintenance Department Foreman Rob Maggi went through a comprehensive checklist of agency assets and assignment schedules so the 1.2- mile Esplanade and paths and plazas are cleared as soon as possible. Executive Director Tessa Huxley said the large mixer at the Conservancy's headquarters at 75 Battery Place worked at full capacity yesterday blending the sand and salt mix used to melt snow and ice. "We have a very well seasoned staff who know exactly what to do," she said.

Mr. Boutris pronounced his staff ready for the challenge. "The fantastic BPCA/Parks team has experience dealing with crisis situations; hurricanes and blizzards. For more than 48 hours we have been preparing and pre-positioning equipment so we will handle whatever nature sends our way."

Following the meeting at the Conservancy, Mr. Boutris held a tactical meeting with the PEP commanding officer, Captain Edwin Falcon. He was briefed that PEP will be fully staffed for the storm and their direct line 212-417-3100 which is connected to their headquarters at The Regatta is open for any parks-related calls for assistance or unusual conditions.

New York's Battery Park City also relies on the City of New York for services of the Sanitation Department, which had salt spreaders positioned in various locations ready to be deployed.

For primary information, the City's website, www.nyc.gov and the local cable news channel New York 1, www.ny1.com provide comprehensive updates on changing weather conditions and various municipal services.

Confirmed
Home Grown Valentines will take place on Saturday, February 09, 2013

February 8, 2013

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Saturday
February 9. 2013
10:30 AM - Noon
6 River Terrace

Make your own heirloom valentines with salvaged paper, dried flowers, lace and ribbon. If you wish, bring something to personalize your valentine.

Recommended for 4 years old through adult. For more information, call 212.267.9700 x342

[PDF Version]

Avoid Danger
Stay off Lily Pond Ice

February 6, 2013

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Recent sub-freezing temperatures have partially frozen the top layer of the Lily Pond. The pond can have up to 24 inches of water. Although the ducks have relocated for the winter, the fish are still in the water below the ice. Appearances are deceiving. The larger footprints on the crusty top layer of ice today suggest the ice held firm, but it may well mask a dangerous condition.

For safety's sake, do not attempt to walk on the ice. Four People had to be saved from Central Park Pond when Ice Broke according to the New York Post February 6.

http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/hr.asp?fpvname=ny_nyp&ref_pge=lst

Post-Storm Pier A Restoration on 2 Tracks:
Proceed on Upper Floors, Repair Lower Level

February 4, 2013

The Pier A core and shell restoration was approximately 60 days from completion when Superstorm Sandy struck. In response to early storm forecasts, sandbags were employed to safeguard the 36 door openings on the first floor of the Pier building. However, as the forecasts worsened over the weekend in advance of the storm, it became clear that the sandbags would likely be overwhelmed and the doors would not prevent the projected storm surge from entering the building.

As a result, the storm preparation strategy changed in the 24 hours leading up to the storm's arrival. Based on the recommendation of the project's structural engineers and design team that the building would fare better if the doors were simply opened to let the flood water flow through rather attempt to resist them - thus avoiding the possibility of potentially destructive hydrostatic pressure within the building - BPCA asked the project's general contractor, Stalco Construction, Inc. to make a rapid change of plans.

Stalco sent an intrepid crew into the building during the hours preceding the storm to remove the sandbags, open (and in some cases, remove) the exterior doors, and transfer as much material and equipment as possible from the first floor level to the upper floors. As a result of these efforts and the extensive structural improvements which have been performed over the course of the restoration project, Pier A withstood the storm in relatively sound structural condition, despite 3 - 5 feet of flood waters flowing through the building. Not surprisingly there was extensive damage to the exterior doors and certain mechanical and electrical systems and equipment located on the first floor. In assessing the impact of the storm, it became quite clear that the decision to change course saved a substantial amount of both time and money that would have been additionally needed to return the Pier to its pre-storm condition. There was no damage to the upper floors of the building other than breakage of several window panes.

Orders for mechanical and critical and long-lead time equipment and material have been made and work continues on restoration of permanent electrical power. A projected completion of the Pier A project will come into clearer focus once necessary equipment and material are on site. Meanwhile, work proceeds on the base core and shell restoration on the upper floors.

The Value of Recycling
February 4, 2013

The Battery Park City Authority's Parks Conservancy has long been in the forefront of the recycling movement. The dedicated staff of the Conservancy recently completed chipping over 2000 trees which created mulch to replace the ground cover washed away by Super Storm Sandy. An additional benefit is the pine scent.

In a similar vein the Long Island town of Long Beach is finding valuable new use for 3000 trees in a dune enrichment program

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/nyregion/on-decimated-shore-a-second-life-for-christmas-trees.html?_r=0

We have the perfect space for your party
February 4, 2013

There may be occasions where the guest list is too large for an apartment. Consider a spacious, 2,000 square foot ground level event space near Rockefeller Park and the Irish Hunger Memorial in the north neighborhood. It is managed by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy for the Battery Park City Authority. The space is ideal for meetings, presentations and gatherings of up to 200 people. It is wheelchair accessible and tables and chairs are included in any rental. To reserve the space or schedule a tour, please contact the events coordinator at 212-267-9700, ext. 363 or email mdart@bpcparks.org

Valentine's Day is almost here
February 4, 2013

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Saturday
February 9. 2013
10:30 AM - Noon
6 River Terrace

Make your own heirloom valentines with salvaged paper, dried flowers, lace and ribbon. If you wish, bring something to personalize your valentine.

Recommended for 4 years old through adult. For more information, call 212.267.9700 x342

[PDF Version]

Artistic Talent on Exhibit and Developed in BPC
February 4, 2013

As part of the Battery Park City Authority's and Battery Park City Parks Conservancy's broad array of programming and events, the annual Art Exhibit of works created by the talented artists of all ages who participated in last year's art programs has been set. It will run weekdays from January 28 through March 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Conservancy's headquarters located at 75 Battery Place (corner of 2nd Place). An opening reception will be held Sunday, the 27th from 1 to 3 p.m.

A figure drawing class, led by Enid Braun, one of the artists whose work will be exhibited, will be conducted on seven Tuesdays, beginning March 5th from 1 to 3 p.m. It will be held at Conservancy space, 6 River Terrace. Space is limited and registration is required. People can learn figure drawing techniques with a clothed model. The fee of $250 includes art materials. For information, call 212-267-9700, ext. 363.

BADMINTON FUN can be had by people of all ages
February 4, 2013

BADMINTON FUN can be had by people of all ages on Thursdays from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1:15 to 5:30 p.m., also at the Community Center at Stuyvesant. For fee and registration information, call 646-210-4292.

The Community Center at Stuyvesant High School is managed by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy on behalf of the Battery Park City Authority.

BALL FIELDS UPDATE: First Phase to Compress
Schedule Concludes; Turf, Padding, Filter Removed

January 31, 2013

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The first element of the turf replacement project at the Battery Park City Ball Fields is complete. The top layer of turf, second layer of padding and filter fabric have been removed. Visible at the surface are small grading stones that originally were installed over larger stones for the drainage system. These smaller stones fill the voids between the larger stones and enable machines to grade the field to the required level before the filter fabric, padding and turf are installed.

This completed phase will enable the contractor, who remains to be selected, to focus all energies on the procurement and installation of the new turf. The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) issued a Request for Proposals and the deadline is February 4. Following that will be an expedited review of the proposals of the most responsive and responsible bidders. A recommendation will be made to the Members of the BPCA Board for their approval. An award of the contract will follow. When that occurs, a project timeline will emerge as to the estimated duration of the turf replacement which will take place outdoors during the winter. That projection, however, will be contingent on weather conditions.

In the photos seen today, about 75 pallets containing about 80 pieces of interlocking padding await removal and an expected power washing before being re-installed. The last of the rolls of turf also await removal. The filter fabric which covered the small grading stones filled two containers. Once the surface materials are cleared, only the small stones will be visible until the project gets under way. The field will remain closed.

BALL FIELDS UPDATE: Much Progress Made
On First Day of Turf and Padding Removal

January 29, 2013

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Favorable weather Tuesday enabled work crews at the Ball Fields to make substantial progress on the plan to remove the upper layers of turf, padding and filter fabric as a way to shorten the overall time frame of the as-yet-to-start project to replace the hurricane-damaged turf.

In a systematic, methodical process starting from the northern, or Warren Street side of the fields, a machine sliced the top, turf layer, into 13-foot-wide strips that were then rolled and hauled over to the southern or Murray Street side of the fields. Then, squares of white, interlocked, padding were removed and stacked on pallets to be taken to the southern side. Clearly visible was the black mesh filter fabric that originally was installed over the stones atop the drainage system. The filter fabric also will be removed so an assessment of the extent of the impact of the surge of water that traveled up West Street can be made. This is being done prior to the award of the larger turf replacement contract whose scope of work has been decreased by this preparatory work.

The reduced scope of contract work is a result of a directive from Battery Park City Authority Chairman and CEO Dennis Mehiel who previously stated the Ball Fields are an important community resource and are to be brought back to full operation on an expedited basis. His order was to get as much essential work done prior to contract award as possible, as well as have the remainder of the turf work placed on an expedited schedule. At a meeting of the Members of the Board of BPCA today, he expressed gratitude to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who arranged for a meeting between BPCA and turf experts from the New York Mets organization, who have offered technical advice and assistance with the BPCA turf project, along with appreciation to State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, City Council Member Margaret Chin and leadership of Community Board 1 who all have been working with the Authority on behalf of the young athletes in Lower Manhattan.

A Request for Proposals for replacement of the turf was issued by BPCA and published in the official New York State Contract Reporter earlier this month. Its due date is February 4. Following a review of the most responsive and responsible bidders, a recommendation for contact award will be made to the BPCA Members. A project timeline will be announced as soon as it has been established. As the entire project will be done outdoors, winter weather conditions may be a factor.

FEMA's New Flood Zone Maps
Double the Number of Structures Affected

January 29, 2013

The initial FEMA maps include the hardest-hit areas of Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. The new flood assessments for the rest of New York City which would cover the area including Battery Park City are expected next month.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/29/nyregion/homes-in-flood-zone-doubles-in-new-fema-map.html?_r=0

 

Mobilization Begins to Remove
Turf from BPC Ball Fields

January 28, 2013

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An equipment trailer was delivered to the Ball Fields at Battery Park City today, setting in motion the project to remove the turf layer and padding (filter fabric) prior to the awarding of the contract to inspect and assess the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the drainage system before the entire padding and turf surface are replaced.

A localized test patch will be cut in order to determine whether or how badly winter temperatures have affected the turf and padding -- that is, are they easily separated or have they adhered to each other, as a way to prepare the most effective method of removal. As this is all outdoor work and can be impacted by the weather, the duration of this first testing and removal phase is not yet known. BPCA is working to compress the schedule in advance of the contract award in order to reduce the number of days of the overall project.

Avoid Danger
Stay Off Lily Pond Ice

January 28, 2013

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The sub-freezing temperatures last week that provided a blast of winter also froze the top layer of the Lily Pond. The pond can have up to 24 inches of water. Although the ducks have relocated for the winter, the fish are still in the water below the ice.

Appearances are deceiving. The numerous small footprints on the crusty top layer of ice today suggest the ice held firm, but the snow, rain and moderating temperatures forecast for this week make for a risk not worth taking.

For safety's sake, do not attempt to walk on the ice.

 

Board Meeting - Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
January 28, 2013

Board Meeting - Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

Upcoming Meeting Webcasts

Board Meeting Materials:
Member Meeting - January 29, 2013
Directors Meeting - January 29, 2013

No Worry about Ice Melting
At Liberty View Skating Rink

January 24, 2013

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The sub-freezing temperatures make for ideal skating weather and growing numbers of adults and children are discovering at the new Liberty View Ice Rink in Wagner Park in New York's Battery Park City.

The rink is open seven days a week: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For direct phone contact at the rink, call 718-704-3867 or check their website at www.libertyviewicerink.com for additional information. Wagner Park is at one of the southernmost points of Battery Park City. It's located on Battery Place, just west of where West Street reaches its terminus.

Many of Those Impacted by Storm Still Suffer from its Effects
January 24, 2013

While New York's Battery Park City, which is in coastal flood Zone A, rebounded rather quickly from the inconveniences of super storm Sandy many others in the region are still without heat and are coping with difficult conditions.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/24/nyregion/residents-in-storm-damaged-homes-struggle-to-keep-out-of-the-cold.html

Notice of Meetings - Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 9:00 a.m
January 23, 2013

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Members of the Battery Park City Authority will take place on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 9:00 a.m., followed by a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy at the offices of the Authority, One World Financial Center, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10281.

Meetings and committee meetings of the Battery Park City Authority and the Battery Park City Park Conservancy are open to the public for observation but not for direct participation. The press is welcome to attend the meetings.

BPCA in Full Post-Storm Remediation Mode
At Asphalt Green Community Center

January 23, 2013

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The temporary power flowing to the community center enables lights to shine and portable heaters to keep the interior from getting cold. The following photos illustrate some of the most severely affected areas in the wake of Hurricane Sandy that the Battery Park City Authority is focused on restoring in order for the facility to be turned over to Asphalt Green for operation as a community center.

As noted earlier this month, flood waters got into the sub-cellar and submerged the essential transformers of the electrical system. The yellow-colored rust lines of the top two photos show the water line. Both transformers must first be replaced to restore full, permanent power to the facility. Heating, cooling and ventilation equipment housed there will be repaired or replaced as necessary.

The center has two swimming pools. Unsanitary storm water entered both of them as well as their equipment room. The larger pool, shown here, had 184,000 gallons of water drained. The smaller one was drained as well and both have been cleaned and disinfected. Their circulation pumps and motors must be replaced.

Water covered the wood flooring of the gymnasium and rubber flooring in two exercise rooms, ruining them all. Noticeable along the perimeter of the gym is about 24 inches of wall that was cut away after water was absorbed. Partial wall replacement is necessary. New gym flooring will be installed and sealed, but only after the heating system becomes operable as the wood must be cured or dried inside the gym to prevent warping before installation. Rubber flooring in the exercise rooms must be installed.

Not only was the essential elevator damaged beyond repair, a considerable amount of the storm water collected in the shaft's pit which required environmentally approved pumping and removal. The elevator cab must be replaced as well.

Flood water overwhelmed and broke through the overhead door at the ball field maintenance facility. Water pressure damage to the lower slats clearly is visible. They will be removed and contrary to an earlier report, will be replaced by the same gauge of metal.

Additional damage, not shown here, will be remedied, but at this posting, the total duration of the remediation work has not been determined. Once the work is completed and the systems are in full operating order, Asphalt Green will assume occupancy and make preparations to open the center.

No New Taxes or Fees in Gov. Cuomo's
Executive Budget Presented Tuesday

January 22, 2013

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GOVERNOR CUOMO OUTLINES 2013-2014 EXECUTIVE BUDGET TO MAINTAIN FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND CONTINUE TO INVEST IN ECONOMIC GROWTH

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the proposed 2013-14 Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

"By making difficult decisions over the past two years we have brought stability, predictability, and common sense to the state's budget process," Governor Cuomo said. "For the third consecutive year we are closing the deficit with no new taxes or fees and putting forward a budget that holds spending growth under two percent. Two consecutive fiscally responsible budgets have drastically reduced the deficit we face in this fiscal year and those we will face in years to come. As a result, we are able to make critical investments to build a world-class education system, support job creating projects in all corners of the state, provide assistance to local governments, and rebuild communities that were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy."

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

  • Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.
  • Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.
  • Increases education aid by $889 million, or 4.4 percent, driving an average increase of more than $300/student per year.
  • Targets economic development spending to accelerate the commercialization of new technology, launches a third round of the Regional Economic Development Councils, and markets the state's tourism assets to bolster economic growth, especially Upstate.
  • Reforms the Workers' Compensation system to save employers, local governments, and school districts more than $900 million.
  • Includes nearly $974 million in savings from government redesign and cost control efforts
  • Builds on the significant mandate relief enacted in 2012-13 by providing a Stable Rate Pension
  • Contribution Option to allow local governments and school districts to immediately realize Tier VI savings.
  • Raises the minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $8.75/hour.

The Executive Budget includes:

  • All Funds spending of $136.5 billion in the fiscal year that begins April 1, 2013, an increase of $2.5 billion or 1.9% from 2012-13. All Funds include federal funds.
  • State Operating Funds spending of $90.8 billion, an increase of $1.4 billion, or 1.6 percent. State Operating Funds exclude federal funds and long-term capital spending.

A Continued Commitment to Fiscal Responsibility

Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget eliminates a budget gap of $1.3 billion in 2013-14 and further lowers the budget gaps projected in future years.

  • State Spending Growth Held Under 2% For Third Consecutive Year: The Executive Budget holds annual spending growth in State Operating Funds to 1.6 percent. All Funds spending increases by 1.9 percent from the level estimated for 2012-13.
  • No New Taxes or Fees: For the third consecutive year, the Executive Budget closes the budget gap with no new taxes or fees.
  • $974 Million in Savings from Government Redesigns and Cost Control Efforts: As a result of initiatives spearheaded by the Governor since he took office to streamline state agency operations, government is doing more with less. The state's 2013-14 fiscal plan takes into account $974 million in savings from state agency redesign and cost-control efforts.

Economic Development

With state finances steadied, New York has the means to target new spending to grow the economy and create jobs and train students for the demands of the 21st Century workforce. The 2013-14 Executive Budget continues to invest in rebuilding New York's economy by funding new initiatives and targeting spending to focus on accelerating the commercialization of new technology to create new businesses, providing additional resources for regional economic strategies guided by the Regional Economic Development Councils, and marketing the state's tourism assets to bolster economic growth, especially Upstate. Major initiatives include:

  • Innovation Hotspots and Tech Transfer: The Executive Budget provides funding for a multi-faceted plan - outlined by the Governor in the 2013 State of the State Address - to foster the commercialization of innovative ideas from our academic institutions. The Budget provides the initial funding to launch: the Innovation Hot Spots program that will create or designate ten high-tech innovation incubators at locations affiliated with higher education institutions to encourage private-sector growth; a new $50 Million Innovation Venture Capital Fund that will provide critical seed and early-stage funding to incentivize new business formation and growth in New York State and facilitate the transition from ideas and research to marketable products; and the Innovation NY Network that will build collaboration among academics, venture capitalists, business leaders, patent lawyers and other professionals to facilitate and enhance the commercialization process.
  • Next Generation Job Linkage Program: The Budget includes $5 million in performance grants to incentivize community colleges to place students in high demand jobs.
  • Regional Councils: Since their launch in 2011, the Regional Economic Development Councils have leveraged close to $5 billion in total project investment, spurred by $1.5 billion in state funding. To build on this success, the Executive Budget includes $150 million for a third round of the Regional Council process.
  • NY Works Economic Development Fund Program: The Executive Budget includes $165 million for capital grants that support job creation and retention and fund investments that facilitate business expansion and the attraction of new businesses.
  • Market NY: To bolster Upstate economic growth, the Governor laid out in his State of the State address a multi-faceted marketing plan. The Executive Budget provides the funding needed to launch the Market NY program which includes the Taste-NY initiative and a new competitive grant program for regional tourism marketing.
  • Commitment to Western New York: The Executive Budget provides $100 million in funding and Excelsior tax credits as part of the Governor's ten-year $1 billion commitment to revitalize Buffalo's regional economy, and $60 million as part of the state's contribution to keep the Bills in Buffalo.
  • NYSUNY 2020 and NYCUNY 2020: The Executive Budget includes $55 million for a third round of NYSUNY 2020 and $55 million for a new NYCUNY 2020 program. The competitive funding will support projects that link the knowledge and innovation of higher education to regional economic revitalization.
  • House NY: To finance the creation and preservation of more than 14,300 affordable housing units, the Executive Budget initiates a five year, $1 billion investment, including the transfer of the Mitchell-Lama affordable housing asset portfolio from Empire State Development to Homes and Community Renewal.
  • Minimum Wage Increase: As called for in the Governor's State of the State address, the Executive Budget increases the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 an hour, bringing it more in line with the cost of living. The change would take effect July 1, 2013. Over 705,000 workers would be affected and total wages would increase by an estimated $1.01 billion per year.
  • Major Reform of Workers' Compensation System: The Executive Budget includes a sweeping reform of the state's complex and inefficient Worker's Comp system that will provide $900 million in savings to employers, local governments, and school districts without affecting the rights of workers. The reform plan will allow the State Insurance Fund to release reserves no longer needed to fund future liabilities, which will be used to fund job-creating capital projects and help reduce the state's debt.
  • Unemployment Insurance Reform: The Executive Budget proposes substantial reforms that will decrease costs to employers and modernize the Unemployment Insurance system. For UI claimants, reforms will increase both minimum and maximum weekly benefit rates. For employers, reforms will lower total costs, with a savings of $400 million over ten years.
  • Enhance New York Film Production Tax Credit: The Executive Budget extends the Empire State film production tax credit of $420 million a year for an additional five years. Restrictions on claiming the post-production portion of the credit will be reduced and additional reporting will be required to document the effectiveness of the credit in creating jobs.
  • Extend Historic Commercial Properties Rehabilitation Credit: To provide assurance to developers who are rehabilitating historic commercial property, or are considering doing so, the Budget extends the existing $5 million per project tax credit for five years (2015-2019) and makes the credit refundable beginning in tax year 2015.

Reimagining Government

The 2013-14 Executive Budget allows New York to take the next steps in reimagining state government, allow for even greater transparency and efficiencies, and improve citizen engagement. A new website - www.OpenBudget.NY.gov - has been launched to provide New Yorkers with unprecedented access to information and resources regarding the state budget.

  • Implement the Justice Center: The Executive Budget implements the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs by transferring Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities operations to the new Justice Center.
  • Improve DMV Customer Service. The Executive Budget proposes a comprehensive customer service improvement initiative at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that is designed to reduce office wait times to 30 minutes or less by early 2014, increase the number of transactions serviced via technology outside of DMV offices by 50 percent, and put in place Saturday hours in certain offices.
  • Continue Right-Sizing Prison Capacity: To realign the prison system's capacity with continuing declines in the offender population and to achieve recurring savings for taxpayers, the Executive Budget recommends the closure of two prisons - Bayview in Manhattan and Beacon in Dutchess County. The closures are expected to reduce bed capacity by more than 432, and will save $18.7 million in 2013-14 and $62.1 million in 2014-15. Closure of the facilities will impact 273 employment positions, all of which can be absorbed in the current system.
  • Improve the Workforce Development System: The state's current workforce development system fails to train individuals to fill existing job openings, and is not equipped to prepare New Yorkers for the jobs that will be in demand over the next five to ten years. State agencies will adopt consistent and high performance standards for workforce training and development, in conjunction with and certified by the State Department of Labor.
  • Improve Services to Veterans: The Executive Budget enables the New York Employment Services System to be expanded to serve as a centralized statewide case management system for services to veterans, funded through a federal grant.
  • Government Consolidation and Mergers: The Executive Budget provides for a series of consolidations and mergers to make government more efficient and save taxpayer dollars:

o Consolidate all of the state's Medicaid administration activities into the Department of Health
o Transfer the Homeless Housing Assistance Program - which finances construction of housing units for homeless individuals - from the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to Homes and Community Renewal to give affordable housing developers a single point of contact and oversight
o Merge the Office of the Welfare Inspector General into the Office of the Inspector General.
o Merge the Governor's Office of Employee Relations with the Department of Civil Service to create a single State Employee Workforce Development Center
o Coordinate and consolidate public health and environmental labs functions which are currently operated by five agencies.
o The Department of Health and the Department of Civil Service will adopt a common strategy for purchasing health insurance and medical services that could save taxpayers $50 million annually.
o Consolidate disparate state agency print facilities into designated anchor facilities, based on proximity and common printing capability. This will reduce the number of print shops by 63 percent (from 24 to 9), and improve services and consistency while saving taxpayer dollars.
o Consolidate warehouse functions, beginning with new policies to ensure a sound and reliable inventory system.

Mandate Relief and Local Government Aid

Building on the significant mandate relief enacted in 2012-13, the Executive Budget provides local government officials with additional tools to manage their finances in a responsible manner. The 2013-14 Budget contains several new proposals to continue to assist localities during this difficult economic period.

  • Stable Rate Pension Contribution Option: With Tier VI in place, there is now an opportunity to adopt an alternate pension funding mechanism - a Stable Rate Pension Contribution Option to allow local governments and school districts to lock in long-term, stable rate pension contributions for a period of years that would dramatically reduce near-term payments but still achieve full funding in each system over the long-term. These immediate and significant savings will provide immediate access to the savings of Tier VI and offer local governments and school districts needed relief, improving their ability to maintain necessary services to their residents and students. Local governments who opt in would avoid significant volatility in contribution rates and be better able to plan for the future. The option is voluntary and requires approval from the Comptroller's office.
  • Local Sales Tax Rate Renewals: The Executive Budget allows counties to renew their existing sales tax authority without action by the State Legislature. The current process creates unpredictability that makes it difficult for local officials to manage their budgets. Any proposed rate increase would continue to require State Legislative approval.
  • Unnecessary Reporting Requirements: All local government and school district reporting requirements would be eliminated on April 1, 2014 unless the Mandate Relief Council approves continuing them. This will place the burden of proof on state agencies and authorities to justify continuing a report.
  • Reform Early Intervention Program: The Executive Budget recommends a series of modifications to the Early Intervention Program that will expand insurance coverage and streamline eligibility determinations, without impacting services, to provide significant fiscal and administrative mandate relief to counties and generate savings totaling more than $60 million over five years.
  • Enhance General Public Health Work Program: The General Public Health Workprogram provides state aid reimbursement to Local Health Departments for a core set of public health services. Reforms associated with the first major overhaul of this program since its enactment will promote state health priorities, incentivize performance, and provide administrative relief to counties. The Budget will achieve $3.5 million in savings in 2014-15 and provide mandate relief for local governments of more than $16 million over five years.
  • Reforms to Preschool Special Education: To increase the incentive for local governments to find and recover fraudulent and inappropriate spending by providers, counties and New York City would be allowed to keep 75 percent of all recoveries from local audits, nearly double the 40.5 percent that they are currently allowed to retain. In addition, New York City will be given the authority to establish rates with approved Preschool Special Education providers.
  • School District Mandate Relief: As recommended by the Mandate Relief Council, the Executive Budget will create a new waiver process which will allow school districts to petition the State Education Department for flexibility in special education requirements. In addition, the burdensome requirement of maintaining an internal auditor for school districts with fewer than 1,000 students will be eliminated. Parental input will be included as part of the waiver process.
  • Local Government Assistance: Consistent with 2012-13, the Executive Budget would maintain $715 million in unrestricted aid (AIM) to cities, towns and villages. In addition, funding for a series of local government efficiency and citizen empowerment programs will be extended.

Sandy Relief

The Executive Budget provides support for Superstorm Sandy recovery and rebuilding projects, programs, and other initiatives. Specifically, the Budget includes appropriations of $21 billion for disaster-related recovery, rebuilding and mitigation. An estimated $30 billion of Federal aid will flow through these appropriations or be directly administered by the Federal government, local governments and other entities.

  • Community Reconstruction and Mitigation Plans: Communities that were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, Superstorm Irene and Tropical Storm Lee will be eligible for rebuilding and mitigation grants.
  • The Recreate NY Smart Home and Recreate NY Home Buy-Out Programs: The programs will ensure that New York rebuilds to modern building standards and, in locations where rebuilding is impractical, provide a voluntary home buyout alternative.
  • Rebuilding and Hardening of Critical Infrastructure: Investments will be made in the areas of transportation, fuel supply, water supply, wastewater treatment systems, and electric distribution and flood protection systems.
  • Repair and Build Natural Infrastructure to Protect Coastal Communities: Address the need to restore damaged beaches, dunes, and berms, and build new natural infrastructure including wetlands, reefs, dunes, and berms to reduce the impact of wave action, storm surges, and sea level rise.
  • Restore Healthcare Facilities: Improvements will be made at hospitals, nursing homes and clinics to ensure these critical facilities are more resilient to future storms.
  • Universal Protocols for Emergency Response: To improve coordination among state and local emergency response professionals, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will collaborate with SUNY to develop a training program which covers incident command, response, recovery, and state emergency protocols.
  • A New Resilient Information System: Existing mobile messaging and social networking technologies will be leveraged to integrate disaster planning, preparedness and response. This will include "NY-TEXT", a program to allow mass text messages to be sent to all wireless phones in a chosen area.
  • Specialized Training for National Guard Members: Training will be provided in key emergency response categories such as power restoration, search and rescue, heavy equipment operation, and crowd management. During Sandy, more than 4,500 Guard members provided relief and accelerated the recovery. With additional training and skills, these Guard members can have an even greater impact when responding to disasters.
  • Pre-positioned Stockpiles of Essential Equipment: Critical equipment such as generators, water tankers, chainsaws, piping, light towers, and pumps will be purchased and pre-positioned in anticipation of the next emergency.
  • A Statewide Volunteer Network: Establishment of a network if individuals, non-profit organizations and corporations will help the state meet critical needs in disaster relief efforts by matching volunteers with opportunities to assist.
  • A Citizen Education Campaign: This program will better prepare New Yorkers by providing information, resources and supplies, reducing the number of families in need during a disaster and allowing first responders to focus greater attention on those who are most vulnerable.
  • Establishment of Vulnerable Population Databases: First responders, outreach workers, and healthcare and human services personnel will have access to information to help find and serve those who may need assistance.
  • Energy Sector Worker Training: This new program will ensure availability of skilled professionals to quickly diagnose and replace damaged components and maintain a state of good repair.
  • Design-Build for Sandy Relief: The Executive Budget also authorizes Design-Build - a proven way to reduce costs and speed completion - for agencies that will implement disaster recovery projects.
  • Strengthening the Public Service Commission: The Budget implements the Moreland Act Commission recommendations to strengthen the oversight and enforcement mechanisms of the Public Service Commission to ensure public utility companies are held accountable and responsive to regulators and customers.
  • Implement Community Focused Plans: Counties affected by Sandy, Irene and Lee eligible

Education

The 2013-14 Executive Budget reflects a continued commitment to supporting improved student outcomes, sustainable cost growth, and equitable distribution of aid. It builds on the foundational work of prior years, and begins the implementation of key recommendations of the New NY Education Reform Commission. The total year-to-year increase in aid for education is $889 million, or 4.4 percent.

  • Full-Day Pre-kindergarten Program: The Executive Budget provides $25 million to support a full-day pre-kindergarten program targeted toward higher need students in lower wealth school districts via a competitive process.
  • Extended Learning Time: In order to provide increased learning opportunities, $20 million will be prioritized to support high-quality extended school day or extended school year programs, with academically enriched programming. Schools that apply to participate in the program must agree to expand learning time by 25 percent. The grant will cover the full cost of expanding learning time for students.
  • Community Schools: The Executive Budget supports an innovative program designed to transform schools into community hubs that integrate social, health and other services, as well as after-school programming to support students and their families.
  • Reward High-Performing Teachers: The Executive Budget provides $11 million to offer $15,000 in annual stipends for four years to the most effective teachers, beginning with math and science teachers.
  • Early College High School Programs: The Executive Budget provides $4 million in new state funding, bringing the state's total investment in Early College High School programs to $6 million, to improve college access and success.
  • Bar Exam for Teachers: To ensure the best and brightest are teaching our children, the State Education Department will increase the standards for teacher certification to require passage of a "bar exam," in addition to longer, more intensive and high-quality student-teaching experience in a school setting.
  • Target School Aid Increases to High-Need School Districts: The Executive Budget provides a $611 million increase in School Aid. High-need school districts will receive 75 percent of the 2013-14 allocated increase and 69 percent of total School Aid. The aid includes $272 million for general support, $289 million for increased reimbursement in expense-based aid programs, and $50 million for a new round of competitive grants.
  • Provide Fiscal Stabilization Funding for School Districts in the 2013-14 School Year: In recognition of extraordinary increases in fixed costs, including pension contributions, the Executive Budget provides $203 million in one-time financial relief to school districts.
  • Maintain the Commitment to Teacher Evaluation Reform: The Executive Budget will continue to link increases in State Aid to compliance with the teacher evaluation system to ensure implementation and accountability for improving student performance. School districts will not be eligible for aid increases unless they have fully implemented the teacher evaluation process for the 2013-14 school year by September 1, 2013.

Program Overview

Environment and Energy: The Executive Budget increases support for critical environmental protection and energy programs. The Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) will be increased by $19 million to $153 million. The Cleaner, Greener Communities program, administered by NYSERDA to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, will be supplemented by a net $10 million in new state funding. To address a backlog of environmental capital needs, the Budget includes $135 million of new funding for DEC, OPRHP, the Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the Olympic Regional Development Authority under the NY Works program. In addition, the Budget provides the financial platform to implement the Moreland Commission recommendations that will strengthen the oversight and enforcement mechanisms of the Public Service Commission.

Health Care: The Executive Budget maintains the Medicaid spending cap enacted in 2011-12 and recommends funding consistent with its provisions. The Budget achieves $125.3 million in savings from public health and aging programs through program reforms, enterprise-wide efficiency measures, and general cost-control efforts in public health and aging programs. In addition, the Executive Budget continues the state's implementation of the New York Health Benefit Exchange that will serve as a centralized marketplace for the purchase and sale of health insurance, in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.

Higher Education: To ensure New York's students are prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow, the Executive Budget changes the approach to funding community college workforce and vocational programs. Instead of funding based solely on enrollment, in order to receive State support for these programs, community colleges will be expected to partner with local employers and the Regional Economic Development Councils to identify job training needs. In addition, the Budget provides new funding to community colleges based on performance in measures of student success, including job placement.

Human Services: The Executive Budget provides core supportive services for needy populations and expands upon the 2012-13 Close to Home initiative for youth from outside of New York City to be placed in facilities closer to their home communities. The Executive Budget authorizes the state to undertake up to $100 million over the next five years for "Pay for Success" initiatives, also known as Social Impact Bonds. The program will attract private funding for preventative programming with repayment to investors made only if performance standards are achieved and savings exceed program costs.

Mental Hygiene: Proposed actions for the Mental Hygiene agencies include reforming and restructuring state and local programs and administrative practices, establishing regional centers of excellence for state-operated inpatient psychiatric facilities, enhancing community mental health services, utilizing less costly and more effective in-state community residences, placing aggressive cost controls on agency operations, and maximizing payments from third-party payers. The Executive Budget invests $10 million to ensure that individuals receiving court-ordered services and those being discharged from State psychiatric hospitals have access to services in the community to ensure continuity of care.

Public Safety: The Executive Budget helps to implement the NY SAFE Act, including creating a database for gun permits to allow the state to identify those with a firearms license who no longer legally qualify to possess a firearm. The Budget proposes that an existing $11.4 million in funding for Alternatives to Incarceration be restructured as a competitive grant program targeting the highest risk offenders. The Budget includes legislation to reform the traffic adjudication process will help improve public safety and help reduce the loss of $58 million annually in state revenue that is caused by the existing process.

Revenue Action and Tax Reform: There are no new taxes or fees in the Executive Budget. The Budget proposes to strengthen the state's already robust tax enforcement efforts to ensure all individuals pay their fair share. These provisions, as well as the extension of existing revenue sources, would generate an additional $403 million in collections on an All Funds basis.

Transportation: The Executive Budget includes $300 million of new transportation capital funding under the NY Works program. In addition, the Budget provides operating support totaling $4.7 billion to mass transit systems. The MTA will receive over $4.2 billion, an increase of more than $358 million from 2012-13, and other transit systems will receive over $454 million, which reflects an increase of $23.5 million. The Budget includes $307 million in General Fund support for the MTA to fully offset the revenue impact of the reform of the MTA payroll tax that the Governor signed into law in 2011. The Executive Budget includes approximately $85 million in funding assistance for the Thruway Authority, including the state takeover of costs of the Division of State Police Troop T, that helped eliminate the need for a substantial commercial toll increase.

BPCA Issues Request for Proposals (RFP) to Replace
Artificial Turf on Ball Fields Damaged by Hurricane

January 18, 2013

As noted Friday, the official RFP for removal and replacement of the synthetic turf on the BPC Ball Fields, that was damaged beyond repair by Hurricane Sandy, has officially been issued through the New York State Contract Reporter and appears today. It can be viewed here under the 2013 RFP's.

BPCA Takes Two Measures to Expedite
Replacement Work at Ball Fields

January 18, 2013

To shorten the time to replace the turf that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, Battery Park City Authority Chairman and CEO Dennis Mehiel announced two measures that will expedite the project. "These fields are an essential component of community life and our number one priority. We will initiate both the removal of the turf surface and inspection and assessment of the drainage system before the contract work starts as a way to compress the timeline of the overall project," he said.

The fields are located on West Street between Warren and Murray streets which happen to be the lowest points of Battery Park City and were flooded by a surge of water moving along West Street. The turf was torn and stretched away from its anchor points. BPCA agreed with turf experts who concluded the best way for a safe, durable and long-lasting playing surface was to undertake complete replacement rather than repair.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) for the replacement of the turf appeared in The New York State Contract Reporter on January 14. A copy is on the BPCA website.

Drainage System Upgrade
At West Thames Park

January 17, 2013

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People who have enjoyed the grassy lawn at West Thames Park noticed drainage was not up to par after steady or heavy rains. That should change once the lawn, located between the community garden and playground near Rector Place reopens this spring. Dedicated staff members of BPCA's Battery Park City Parks Conservancy recently completed installation of new drainage pipes about 12 inches below the surface. The rain on Wednesday and Thursday proved to be an excellent test for the grass which drained as expected.

Taking a New Look at Lower Manhattan
January 14, 2013

The number of children in Lower Manhattan has doubled from 2000 to 2012 which has resulted in the need to re-fashion existing space to accommodate students.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324581504578235801305956628.html?KEYWORDS=Education+Bump

Although New York's Battery Park City did not lose power during Sandy, people nearby are examining a variety of ways to prepare for the next severe storm. Options range from floodgates, natural-gas powered generators, submarine style doors and practical ideas such as not locating major electrical and mechanical systems in sub-basement levels which often has been the case.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/realestate/post-sandy-the-generator-is-machine-of-the-moment.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Gov. Cuomo Declares Health Emergency Due to Flu;
Urges New Yorkers to Schedule Vaccinations Immediately

January 14, 2013

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GOVERNOR CUOMO DECLARES STATE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY IN RESPONSE TO SEVERE FLU SEASON

Executive Order Issued to Permit Pharmacists to Administer Flu Vaccinations to Patients Between Six Months and 18 Years of Age

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today declared a Public Health Emergency for all of New York State in response to this year's increasingly severe flu season. The Governor issued an Executive Order which allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccinations to patients between six months and 18 years of age. This Order suspends for the next 30 days the section of State Education Law that limits the authority of pharmacists to administer immunizing agents only to individuals 18 years of age or older.

Already 19,128 cases of influenza have been reported in New York this season, far more than the total of 4,404 positive laboratory tests that were reported all of last season (2011-2012). Additionally, as of January 5, 2013, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) received reports of 2,884 patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza, compared to 1,169 total hospitalizations in 2011. To date, two children in New York State and eighteen children across the United States and have died as a result of this year's seasonal influenza.

"We are experiencing the worst flu season since at least 2009, and influenza activity in New York State is widespread, with cases reported in all 57 counties and all five boroughs of New York City," Governor Cuomo said. "Therefore, I have directed my Administration, the State Health Department and others to marshal all needed resources to address this public health emergency and remove all barriers to ensure that all New Yorkers - children and adults alike - have access to critically needed flu vaccines."

The Governor strongly urges New Yorkers who have yet to receive a flu shot to schedule one immediately, as influenza cases continue to rise sharply across the State. To ensure all New Yorkers know the importance of - and have easy access to - flu shots, the Governor announced that the State Health Department (DOH), working closely with county, regional and private health care partners as well as local health departments, will launch a broad promotion of flu immunization. As part of the promotional effort, ongoing flu-related information and resources will be continuously updated and disseminated via press advisories and media events, dedicated websites and social media sites such as Facebook and twitter.

The State Health Department will also continue to issue health advisories to healthcare providers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, local health departments and pharmacies to strongly advise all New Yorkers who have not already received their influenza vaccine to do so immediately, and to encourage all providers to continue to administer the influenza vaccine to their patients. DOH provides to health care facilities a web-based tool kit for influenza vaccination programs: www.health.ny.gov/prevention/immunization/toolkits/.

New Yorkers can find a local vaccine provider by visiting http://flushot.healthmap.org/ and entering their zip code. New Yorkers without internet access can call 1-800-522-5006 or through TTY access at 1-800-655-1789 to find a nearby provider.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been testing this year's known influenza viruses and matching them to the three viruses included in the 2012-2013 flu vaccine. To date, all of the influenza A (H1N1) and influenza A (H3N2) viruses that have been tested match the vaccine and approximately 69 percent of the known influenza B viruses match the vaccine.

The Governor reminds New Yorkers who have not been vaccinated for influenza that it is NOT too late to get a vaccination. Flu vaccine can be obtained at health care providers' offices, local health departments, and pharmacies across the state. Since flu often continues into late winter or early spring, vaccinations at this time of year offer important protection. DOH recommends that everyone six months of age or older receive a flu vaccination. Those under six months of age cannot get a flu vaccination.

Since the flu virus can spread through coughing or sneezing, it is important that family members and people who regularly come in contact with young children or individuals at high risk get a flu shot. In addition, all health care workers should be vaccinated against influenza and other communicable diseases to protect their health and the health of their patients.

Symptoms of influenza resemble those of a cold, but come on swiftly and are more pronounced. A person who has the flu usually has a fever, chills, a severe headache, and muscle aches, as well as a cough or sore throat. Although most people will usually recover from flu without complications, the virus poses a more serious risk for individuals younger than age two, those over 50, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems or chronic medical conditions.

Individuals who have flu-like symptoms like a fever, cough, or sore throat, should call their doctor first before heading to the hospital. Many New Yorkers are going to the emergency room with mild symptoms; there's no need to go to the hospital unless your doctor advises you to.

For additional information about influenza, including statewide surveillance, visit the State Health Department website at: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/

Request for Proposals for Turf Replacement
Has Been Submitted for Official Publication

January 11, 2013

The Battery Park City Authority has submitted, for publication, a detailed Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide artificial turf replacement services for the Ball Fields. Its first appearance must be in The New York State Contract Reporter. That is scheduled for Monday morning, January 14th. It then will be posted on the BPCA website.

Governor Cuomo Delivers State of the State Message
Outlining a Bold, Comprehensive Agenda for New York

January 9, 2013

In his third State of the State address, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo presented his vision for New York.

Click here to read more (pdf)

Hurricane Damage Remediation in Progress
At Community Center to be Run by Asphalt Green

January 8, 2013

The long-anticipated opening of the community center which will be operated by Asphalt Green was dealt a setback in the flooding aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Construction was virtually completed and the necessary permits and certifications were obtained. Following is a summary of major aspects of damage.

Flood waters flowed through the lower level of the community center and into both swimming pools and the pool equipment room. The pools must be drained and disinfected and two pool circulation pumps and motors must be replaced.

Water also covered the wood flooring in the gymnasium and two other exercise rooms. The wood warped making it unusable and the entire floor needs to be replaced and treated. It also covered rubber flooring in the fitness/exercise area, ruining it beyond repair.

About 20 inches of flood water washed up against the eastern lower level wall of the center. Some of that water got into the interior space causing some staining to walls and stairs. Plaster must be repaired, stains removed and a new "skim coat" applied to walls.

Flood water overwhelmed and broke through the overhead door at the ball field maintenance facility. Damaged slats are being replaced by heavier gauge material than originally used. The electrical switchgear room is located in the cellar level of the ball field maintenance facility. This area took on about 30 inches of salty water as a result of one of the hurricane's surges. Transformers located in the electrical room were submerged in water and require replacement.

The sub-cellar took on 16 inches of water, affecting the boiler/chiller room. Various equipment for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems were either submerged or exposed to water. Material and equipment needed to be drained, cleaned, repaired or replaced. Damaged insulation, wiring and conduit must be replaced. Restoration of hot water heat exchanges to pre-storm condition is necessary. The center's laundry facility also is in the sub-cellar. Two washing machines and three dryers are being replaced.

Some work is in progress while BPCA awaits delivery of some material and equipment that had to be ordered. At this time, total duration of the remediation work is not known. Once completed, however, various inspections must be scheduled and passed before required permits and certifications can be obtained.

Signs of Renewal-Post Sandy;
Assessing One Financial Toll

January 7, 2013

While the part of Coastal Flood Zone A where New York's Battery Park City is located did not escape the impact of the super storm, nearby Long Beach continues its renewal by bidding farewell to a century-old fixture.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/nyregion/long-beach-new-york-says-goodbye-to-its-boardwalk.html?_r=0

The cost in human terms can never be measured. In addition to material and equipment, some of the expenditures New York City have been calculated.
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/04/hurricane-sandy-cost-the-city-154-million-in-overtime/

Notice of Audit and Finance Committee Meeting
January 7, 2013

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Battery Park City Authority's Audit and Finance Committee will take place on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., at the offices of the Battery Park City Authority, One World Financial Center, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10281.

The Battery Park City Authority is a public benefit corporation. Members' meetings and Members' committee meetings are open to the public for observation, but not for direct participation. The press is welcome to attend the meeting.

BPCA Finalizes Plans to Remove, Replace Storm-Damaged Turf on Ball Fields;
Will Make Park Lawn Available to League for Younger Players

January 3, 2013

The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) will be issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the removal and replacement of the turf on the ball fields. This process will also include the cleaning of the storm water retention tank; testing of the soil and irrigation system, and repair of any additional damage revealed by the subsurface testing.

The ball fields along West Street, between Warren and Murray streets, are located at the lowest point, topographically, of Battery Park City. The water surge from Hurricane Sandy covered the fields with approximately three feet of water. It contained combined harbor and river water, sewer back flow and what was mixed in the water emerging from the flooded Hugh L. Carey Tunnel.

The turf and its backing layer (padding) sustained damage in several ways: from the horizontal water surges; the lifting or "floating" of both turf and padding and the bubbling up of water after the flood drained or percolated down. Such actions tore both the turf and its padding and dislodged both from their base, thus shifting them several inches from where they originally were placed and causing them to stretch. In addition, some infill material beneath the padding was washed away.

Both Stantec, the original designer of the fields, and BBS Architects, a third-party expert in artificial turf fields which was retained by BPCA to perform an independent assessment, recommended that the turf and padding layer be replaced in keeping with the original installation specifications. Efforts to repair tears and damaged seams of both layers would likely compromise the integrity and longevity of the surface.

BPCA believes replacement of the turf in keeping with the original specifications is the most sound and prudent approach which will assure the durability of the fields which are used by athletes for several sports, for years to come.

Such a deliberate course of action, and the more moderate temperatures necessary for the proper adhesion of the layers, make the duration of the project unknown at this time. As such, BPCA has informed the Downtown Little League that in no way can it assure the organization that the fields will be ready for a full season of play and that it would be wise to examine alternate field locations.

BPCA reached out to the Downtown Little League as early as the start of December to inform them that the fields will not be ready in time for the Little League season. In an effort to accommodate some members of the League, BPCA is welcoming the 5-year-old division to Rockefeller Park on Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m.

People Recycling Christmas Trees
In Popular Parks Conservancy Program

January 3, 2013

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Residents of New York's Battery Park City increasingly realize that rather than merely discarding old Christmas trees to be collected and hauled away by the NYC Sanitation Department, they are getting a new purpose via the Battery Park City Authority and Battery Park City Parks Conservancy.

As seen in the nearby photos, after people remove decorations from the trees and leave them at the curb of their buildings, dedicated Conservancy staff collect the trees and bring them to a staging area just south of Pier A. From there, trees will be chipped for mulch to be used in the parks of Battery Park City where for weeks the aroma of fresh pine will be in the air. More than 1,200 trees had a valuable, second use last year.

The program will continue until January 25th.

B.P.C. Trees Lost to Sandy Provide New Use
December 31, 2012

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The direct impact of Hurricane Sandy on New York's Battery Park City was minor compared to nearby and more distant parts of Coastal Flood Zone A. Several trees were lost, but rather than merely discard them, however, members of the dedicated staff of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy gathered the fallen trees and limbs near Kowsky Plaza, just before the weather turned colder. Using a chipping machine the wood was cut into smaller pieces and then transported by truck to a storage area in the north end of Rockefeller Park, near Stuyvesant High School. From there it was sent to provide ground cover around the Battery Park City parks system and to Historic Battery Park which had so many of its wood chips washed away by the storm.

January a Busy Month of Activities in B.P.C.
December 27, 2012

CHRISTMAS TREES that have served their purpose indoors, get another chance to serve a useful purpose outdoors. The Battery Park City Authority and Battery Park City Parks Conservancy are running their tree recycling program through January 25th. Simply remove decorations and place the trees at your building's curb. Parks Conservancy staff will collect the trees. They then will be chipped and used for mulch to help keep the parks in New York's Battery Park City looking beautiful.

TEN CLASSES in the ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi will be held on Thursdays, beginning January 3rd at the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street (at North End Avenue). Alex Hing, who has practiced martial arts for over 25 years in San Francisco and New York City - including 10 years with Tai Chi grand master William C.C. Chen - will instruct the class. To register, call 646-210-4292. The fee is $140 for members of the center; $150 for non-members.

TENNIS ANYONE? Learn the fundamentals or improve your game at lessons offered at the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street. People aged 17 and older can participate in Intermediate Level 2, Instructional League Play which includes one-on-one competition. Those classes will run Friday evenings from January 11 through February 15. On Saturdays, from January 12 through February 16, beginners aged 6-12 and 10-16 will participate in separate, afternoon sessions. For fee and registration information, call 646-210-4292.

BADMINTON FUN can be had by people of all ages on Thursdays from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1:15 to 5:30 p.m., also at the Community Center at Stuyvesant. For fee and registration information, call 646-210-4292.

The Community Center at Stuyvesant High School is managed by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy on behalf of the Battery Park City Authority.

Crane and Divers Lift and Lower Frames for Cooling System at Pier A Project Site
December 26, 2012

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There was a temporary addition to the Lower Manhattan skyline a few days ago when a large crane was assembled at Pier A, the southernmost point in New York's Battery Park City. The accompanying photos show a precise choreography of skilled people whose task was to transport four large frames of an "array system" that were individually lifted from flatbed trucks; hooked to straps on a long cable; raised and swiveled around to an underwater frame some 15 feet below the water's surface and then painstaking attached by divers.

Pumps for the cooling system on the third floor, will circulate coolant that will go through the small underwater pipes and return to the building. There will be no contact or mixing of the coolant and river water.

News Update
December 24, 2012

During a time of helping others, some, sadly, are looking out for themselves.

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News Update
December 24, 2012

A seemingly unlikely link between a Manhattanite and the Island brings difficulties to a business.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/23/upper-west-side-store-is-hurt-by-staten-island-flooding/

News Update
December 24, 2012

Although Sandy whipped through New York's Battery Park City, recovery from the inconveniences it brought took a relatively short time.

Unfortunately, that is not the case for many nearby on Staten Island.

http://nyti.ms/RCG6u4

 

News Update
December 23, 2012

Progress was made for financial assistance from the federal government regarding the severe impact of super storm Sandy. Progress, however, does not mean final approval at this time.

Http://nyti.ms/Ue5LaL

News Update
December 23, 2012

On Ravaged Coastline, It's Rebuild Deliberately vs. Rebuild Now - NYTimes.com
New York's Battery Park City is located in coastal flood Zone A. While it fared well during and after the super storm, other areas in the zone did not. Damage assessments are complete, or still in progress, and the focus becomes whether to rebuild or not in the same location, and when to start.

http://nyti.ms/TcYs37

Storm Causes Short Ice Skating Interruption
December 21, 2012

The weather system that lashed the area with heavy rain and strong winds earlier today clipped the Liberty View Ice Rink in Wagner Park. The electrical system and the chiller used to keep the ice frozen were not damaged. The rink's manager expects skating to resume this evening. Enhancements to the site will continue.

The rink's hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and WILL be open Christmas Day for those looking for affordable holiday fun.

Loch Ness Monster? Whale?
No, Just Large Tree Remnant

December 20, 2012

IMG_1508 The buoyancy of wood was on full display Thursday. Spotted by the South Cove was one very long object that one theory goes, was standing tall until a recent super storm passed through the region.

Early, Welcome Arrival of Snow Drops
December 20, 2012

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They usually begin blooming in January and February, but the first of this year's Snow Drops were seen Thursday in the northern part of the South Cove.

Artistic Talent on Exhibit and Developed in BPC
December 20, 2012

As part of the Battery Park City Authority's and Battery Park City Parks Conservancy's broad array of programming and events, the annual Art Exhibit of works created by the talented artists of all ages who participated in last year's art programs has been set. It will run weekdays from January 28 through March 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Conservancy's headquarters located at 75 Battery Place (corner of 2nd Place). An opening reception will be held Sunday, the 27th from 1 to 3 p.m.

A figure drawing class, led by Enid Braun, one of the artists whose work will be exhibited, will be conducted on seven Tuesdays, beginning March 5th from 1 to 3 p.m. It will be held at Conservancy space, 6 River Terrace. Space is limited and registration is required. People can learn figure drawing techniques with a clothed model. The fee of $250 includes art materials. For information, call 212-267-9700, ext. 363.

Ball Fields Damage Assessment:
Total Replacement Required

December 19, 2012

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, assessments of the damage inflicted by the storm and floodwaters that covered the surface were undertaken. Independent licensed contractors as well the original turf contractor separately concluded that to assure the health and safety of the young athletes and provide viable playing fields, total replacement and not repair of the fields is warranted. The Battery Park City Authority agrees; accepts the recommendation and has begun the procurement process for a contractor.

After the turf and subsurface are removed, a full inspection of the stone, base drainage system will be done, as well as of the storm water management and irrigation systems. Underground repairs, if necessary, will be done prior to the installation of new subsurface and turf. As such, a determination as to duration of the project is not known.

A future update will include the expected start of the project.

Major Infrastructure Project Will Strengthen
Region's Economy; Ease Roadway Travel

December 18, 2012

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the aging Tappan Zee Bridge spanning the Hudson River is on track to be replaced, following the York State Thruway Authority's selection of a design and construction proposal. Groundbreaking for the new bridge is expected in 2013.

www.governor.ny.gov

Mountains of Debris from Hurricane Sandy
Will Take Considerable Time to Remove

December 18, 2012

The storm is long gone, but New York City and other municipalities still have a long way to go before completing the removal of the collected debris.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/13/sandy-debris-cleanup-trash/1761375

Parks Seen as Natural Places to Enhance Health
December 18, 2012

Physical fitness and outdoor parks are a natural combination.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/08/fitness-parks-cities/1755249

Where Sandy Hit, Recovery Measured in Dollars and Time
December 17, 2012

In the aftermath of super storm Sandy individuals, businesses and organizations still work to get back to normal routines and patterns. That is proving more challenging for some than others.

Hudson River Park, just north of New York's Battery Park City, is contending with repairing and replacing damaged electrical equipment.
http://nyti.ms/WcEtB3

Hoboken, New Jersey, is so near, yet so far from Manhattan due to transit problems. Businesses and homes are not back to pre-storm conditions.
http://nyti.ms/V24rsn

Aside from the question as to whether or not it is advisable to rebuild where the storm caused great damage, is the decision people who own a business have to make as to whether to use the imposed interruption to consider enhancing or upgrading their space.
http://nyti.ms/UeG8oa

People who work for the Battery Park City Authority and BPC Parks Conservancy were not immune to the storm's wrath. Several experienced severe property damage and loss of their homes. Concerned colleagues assisted in both material and intangible ways. People from other parts of coastal floor Zone A have done the same in their communities.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/15/opinion/charity-surges-after-hurricane-sandy.html?_r=0

2 U.S. Cabinet Members Outline Nation's Post-Sandy
Plans at Conference Held in Battery Park City

December 14, 2012

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar were in Battery Park City yesterday at special symposium sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of New York and the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University, held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Experts in engineering, architecture and urban design spoke about innovative, resilient infrastructure.

Secretary Donovan, who was designated by President Obama as the point-person for the region's recovery from Hurricane Sandy, gave the keynote address.

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/speeches_remarks_statements/2012/Speech_121312

Secretary Salazar closed the program after taking a tour of Liberty Island. The Statue was not damaged, but the island will remain closed for several additional weeks while damage is repaired.

High School Athletes Affected
By Storm Damage to Facilities

December 14, 2012

Battery Park City is located in coastal Flood Zone A. This side of Lower Manhattan fared far better than the East River side. Not far away, the Rockaway Peninsula was heavily impacted. One high school remains closed; its students dispersed to other schools, and their gym was damaged as well.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/high-school/dolphins-season-washed-article-1.1218111

Early Reminder to Recycle Christmas Trees
December 13, 2012

A special note to those who decorate real trees for the Christmas holiday in New York's Battery Park City: Recycle rather than trash the tree. From December 28 through January 25, the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy will collect, from building curbsides, the old trees. Please remove the decorations. Dedicated, experienced, staff will place the trees in wood chipping machines and the resulting mulch will be used in Battery Park City parks. For additional information, call 212-267-9700.

 

Hopes for Liberty, Ellis Islands Repair
December 13, 2012

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar was in New York City today and a newspaper editorializes its hope a date for the re-opening of Liberty and Ellis islands is in the offing, as both have been closed since severe damage was inflicted by Hurricane Sandy.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/lady-waits-article-1.1218840

 

Devoted Staff Members Work to Open Closed Buildings
December 13, 2012

While there likely are similar situations in heavily storm-impacted buildings, there is an upbeat column about how people at a Pine Street office building have been working to get it fully operational.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/maintenance-supervisor-fought-sandy-article-1.1219182

Popular Stories & Songs Program
Sets Monday, Wednesday Sessions

December 12, 2012

One of the most popular and enduring programs presented by the Battery Park City Authority's highly regarded Parks Conservancy -- "Stories & Songs" -- will begin a new round starting the second week in January. The program introduces live music to young children. Professional musicians teach and entertain through sing-alongs, action songs, movement and dancing. Groups that meet Monday begin on January 7; on Wednesday, January 9. There are 14 sessions in all for children in specific age groups:

6-12 months 9:30 to 10:10 a.m.
13 months - 3.5 years 10:20 to 11 a.m.
13 months - 3.5 years 11:10 to 11:50 a.m.
Mixed ages 6 months - 3.5 yrs Noon to 12:40 p.m.

All sessions are held at 6 River Terrace, just across the street from the Irish Hunger Memorial.

A free, trial session will be held at that location at 10 a.m. Friday, January 4.

Seating is limited. To reserve a space at the free trial session and learn more information about fees and other details about Stories & Songs, call 212-267-9700, ext. 363.

Seaport Museum Re-Opens
December 11, 2012

While New York's Battery Park City fared well from the hurricane, our neighbors along the East River did not. One of the city's major cultural attractions, The South Street Seaport Museum was hit hard and is working to get back to full strength. They are pleased to announce they now are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information about exhibitions on view, field trips and programs for children and ticket information, call 917-492-3480 or email seaport@mcny.org

Have the Menu. Need a Venue?
December 11, 2012

With the holiday entertaining season in full swing, there may be occasions where the guest list is too large for an apartment. Consider a spacious, 2,000 square foot ground level event space near Rockefeller Park and the Irish Hunger Memorial in the north neighborhood. It is managed by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy for the Battery Park City Authority. The space is ideal for meetings, presentations and gatherings of up to 200 people. It is wheelchair accessible and tables and chairs are included in any rental. To reserve the space or schedule a tour, please contact the events coordinator at 212-267-9700, ext. 363 or email mdart@bpcparks.org

Capturing the Imagination of New Yorkers
December 10, 2012

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While the 'official' opening has not yet occurred, the Liberty View Ice Rink is attracting skaters who are enjoying the fully functional rink. Everyone from anywhere is welcome to New York's Battery Park City to enjoy what already is becoming an iconic community amenity. The rink is about the same size as one located in midtown with the beautifully lighted Christmas tree. Here, skaters and those just looking to relax, will have an unparalleled view of the State of Liberty, with lighted torch, and passing Hudson River and harbor traffic. A report Sunday on New York 1 provides an overview.

http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/173660/new-ice-rink-opening-in-battery-park-city

For additional information, contact the rink directly at: www.libertyviewicerink.com

Lower Manhattan Contrasts;
Bike Share Delayed

December 10, 2012

While New York's Battery Park City has, for the most part, gotten past the inconveniences brought about by Hurricane Sandy, the sound of electrical generators are still common not far from here. Many others are experiencing difficulty getting their residences and places of business habitable. http://nyti.ms/RRStlY

In Washington, progress has been made in getting federal assistance to people hit the hardest.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/08/nyregion/obama-proposes-hurricane-recovery-bill.html

The hurricane is having an effect on the city's Bike Share program which include a few pick-up/return stations in Battery Park City.
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/newly-delayed-bike-share-program-is-now-to-begin-in-may/

Return to Full Tunnel Operation;
NY, NJ Together; Some Challenges Remain

December 7, 2012

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a major milestone that will gladden motorists who rely on the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel to travel between the Battery and Brooklyn starting Monday morning. The Governor also released a statement with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie outlining the progress of their joint efforts to bring federal assistance to their states as they rebuild from Hurricane Sandy. www.governor.ny.gov

New York's Battery Park City emerged relatively unscathed from the ravages of the hurricane, but many very nearby did not. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/nyregion/empty-offices-seem-poised-to-remain-so-in-lower-manhattan.html?_r=0

The city's transit system, with its aging infrastructure, continues its repairs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/nyregion/new-york-area-transit-systems-ask-for-billions-in-repairs.html

Many improvements have been made in the various methods of communication among emergency responders, but some gaps remain.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/technology/national-network-for-first-responders-wont-happen-for-years-if-at-all.html

As a follow-up to yesterday's story about Mayor Michael Bloomberg's speech regarding ways the city will look at its coastlines comes this article.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/nyregion/bloomberg-announces-plans-to-protect-new-york-from-natural-disasters.html

Hundreds Gather to Ring in
Holiday Season in B.P.C.

December 7, 2012


About 200 people of all ages gathered at the South Cove of New York's Battery Park City last evening to take part in the annual tree lighting celebration. The a cappella group, The Accidentals livened up the event with an old-fashioned community sing along. Everyone joined the countdown to the tree lighting led by Tessa Huxley, executive director of Battery Park City Parks, and a man who resembled Santa Claus. Youngsters and their parents were delighted by the jolly man's presence and the hot apple cider and cocoa provided just the right beverage to accompany some of the best cookies in New York. There are many children and teens living in shelters whose holidays will be brighter thanks to the gifts people brought to the event. The well-known organization, Stockings with Care, will gift wrap and distribute the presents on behalf of every donor.

B.P.C. Plan Lauded;
Hurricane - Vision, Assessment

December 6, 2012

New York's Battery Park City was cited in a front page USA Today article that cites an urban trend for growing families: rather than move out of town for quality education, they stay and thrive. Battery Park City was mentioned prominently among such cities, with a twist -- that has been the case here for more than a decade. One reason was the BPCA Master Plan had vision while remaining flexible.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/03/american-cities-to-millennials-dont-leave-us/1744357/

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg gave a major address today in which he outlined a plan for the city's future mindful of its considerable coastal exposure.

http://www.nyc.gov/portal/site/nycgov/menuitem.c0935b9a57bb4ef3daf2f1c701c789a0/index.jsp?pageID=mayor_press_release&catID=1194&doc_name=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nyc.gov%2Fhtml%2Fom%2Fhtml%2F2012b%2Fpr459-12.html&cc=unused1978&rc=1194&ndi=1

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20121206/new-york-city/fema-redrawing-citys-flood-zone-after-superstorm-sandy

A New York Times columnist looks at uneasy relationship between development, tunnels and floods.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/nyregion/despite-flooding-risk-development-at-citys-edges-continues.html?n=Top%2fReference%2fTimes%20Topics%2fPeople%2fD%2fDwyer%2c%20Jim

North of Battery Park City on the Hudson River, the State of New York is considering several designs for a successor to replace the outdated Tappan Zee Bridge.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323501404578161783240925880.html

All Invited to Holiday Lighting
Tonight @ 5:45, South Cove

December 6, 2012

The annual tree lighting event, when New York's Battery Park City is like every town in America, takes place tonight at 5:45 p.m. Presented by Battery Park City Authority-BPCA Parks, people will gather for the event at the southern end of South End Avenue. There will be lights, caroling, hot cocoa, a cappella group The Accidentals, and quite possibly, a jolly person with a beard who favors red clothing.

Not only is it a festive time for the community to get together, it is an opportunity to extend holiday cheer to those less fortunate. Please bring a new, unwrapped gift or article of clothing for children and teens who live in city shelters. The organization, Stockings with Care, will later wrap the presents and distribute them. Thank you in advance.

Effects of Hurricane, Nature Felt; Lessons for Now, Future
December 5, 2012

A survey taken among New York State voters, relating to Hurricane Sandy, has a majority of respondents connecting the weather event to global climate change rather that it being an isolated incident. http://nyti.ms/11s12Fz

Thousands of miles from Coastal Flood Zone A, where New York's Battery Park City is located, hundreds of people have been reported dead and missing following a typhoon in the Philippines. http://nyti.ms/Unlr90

People with health and medical conditions and related concerns have had to make major adjustments in where they go for treatment. Weeks after the hurricane tore through the region. http://nyti.ms/WFpHkU

The New York region was severely hit by the hurricane, but other nearby parts of the country are dealing with other effects of violent weather. http://nyti.ms/TBR6Xq

Given its location just across the street from Battery Park City, an article about a book of the World Trade Center, written in 1987, long before its destruction makes for compelling reading. http://nyti.ms/SBnSHA

While more than a month has passed since the hurricane went through the area, many people have been able to "move on," from the effects. For many, getting back to any semblance of normal is a long time away.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/nyregion/on-a-staten-island-avenue-coming-home-to-sift-through-the-wreckage.html

On Thick Ice
December 5, 2012

Chillier temperatures and the work of the chiller are having the desired effect on the aptly named Liberty View Ice Rink in Battery Park City. (Miss Liberty is seen in the background, right.) General manager George "Mr. Ice" Haviland was testing the strength of the ice this morning and liked what he saw. During the afternoon, installation crew activity attracted curious onlookers. The first layer of water covering the plastic tubing of corn-based liquid refrigerant has frozen. Painting the base coat will follow before last of the water is poured on to freeze. Once that work is done, the ice will be four inches think (not 2.5 inches as previously noted).

When it begins operation, the rink will be open seven days from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Skating sessions will be two hours long, after which, the Zamboni will smooth the surface for the next session. Skate rental will be available. Skating rates will be $7 for people ages 12 and under. Those 13 and older will be charged $10 Monday through Thursday and $15 Friday through Sunday. A rink website will go live as the official opening approaches.

Seasonable Weather to Return
Ice Rink Completion Gets Closer

December 4, 2012

The chiller that moves some 950 gallons of corn-based liquid refrigerant has been working overtime to convert water to ice and enable the Liberty View Ice Rink in Battery Park City to open for its intended purpose: the recreation and enjoyment of anyone who wishes to come over. The 550 pairs of ice skates for rental have been laced and are ready. The Zamboni is ready.
The rink will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Once it opens. Soon.

Amid Continuing Recovery, Extensive Work to Both Repair and Plan
December 3, 2012

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced good news for subway riders who rely on the R line under Broadway who have been without service south of 34th Street since super storm Sandy struck the New York City region. Starting today, service now extends from the Whitehall Street station to 34th Street. (Service to Brooklyn via the Montague Street tunnel remains suspended while repairs continue.) he also is cautioning New Yorkers to protect themselves from home repair scam artists who seek to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners who suffered property damage. See additional details at www.governor.ny.gov

The nation's symbol of freedom - the Statue of Liberty - remains closed while Liberty Island, its 12-acre home undergoes major repairs after being heavily damaged by the storm. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/post-sandy-statue-liberty-remain-closed-article-1.1211092

In the aftermath of the storm, various agencies, officials, architectural and engineering professionals are asking if major efforts are needed to prevent the extent of damage from future events.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/interest-grows-major-seascape-projects-protect-new-york-harbors-article-1.1211607

New York's Battery Park City is located in Coastal Flood Zone A. So is the Rockaway Peninsula and an article outlines progress that is being made by the MTA in returning train service to some semblance of normal.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/03/nyregion/shuttle-train-points-to-progress-in-the-rockaways.html?ref=nyregion&_r=0

Infrastructure is often unseen or unnoticed - until there is a system failure.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/nyregion/sewage-flows-after-hurricane-sandy-exposing-flaws-in-system.html?_r=0

 

Liberty View Ice Rink Nears Completion; Zamboni Arrives
December 3, 2012



The balmy temperatures at the start of the week are welcome, but slightly less so when trying to flood a 60x120-foot rink with water to make ice for skating. That process is progressing. Corn-based liquid refrigerant is pumped from the chiller through the tubing. Water above it freezes. After the base layer becomes ice, a coat of paint will be applied and then more water will be frozen until the full 2.5-inch thickness is achieved. The skate rental tent has been erected and the Liberty View Ice Rink in Battery Park City signs have been installed. The opening date has not yet been set, but it will not be long. The clearest sign that it will soon be operational is the presence of The Zamboni. It is ready to do its job of keeping the rink's ice smooth.

Soon, There Will Be Skating
November 30, 2012




In the span of less than one business week, observers have seen space in Wagner Park go from lawn to a soon-to-be regional icon. The form of the 60-by-120-foot Liberty View Ice Rink in Battery Park City has been completed. The tubing that will carry the corn-based liquid refrigerant will be circulating from a discreetly placed chiller. That will freeze water which will become the 2.5-inch ice surface for recreational skaters to enjoy a popular past-time.

When they are not looking at the ice, they will see the breath-taking backdrop of New York Harbor with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis seemingly within reach. In announcing the start of installation a few days ago, Battery Park City Authority, and Battery Park City Parks Conservancy Chairman & CEO Dennis Mehiel said, "The buildings of steel, glass, brick and mortar provide the economic engine for New York's Battery Park City. But people are its heart and soul. This rink will be an iconic amenity for enjoyment of New Yorkers of all ages, much anticipated in Lower Manhattan...This source of much-needed recreation comes at the right time after the difficulties experienced by so many in our region resulting from super storm Sandy."

Once open, it will operate seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Skate rentals and lessons will be available. Admission charges will be $7 for children all week. For adults, and those age 13 and older, the fee will be $10, Monday through Thursday and $15, Friday through Sunday.

Drive Concluding to Assist BPCA's Parks Staff That Endures Hardship from Hurricane
November 29, 2012

Friday is the conclusion of a drive to assist staff members of Battery Park City Authority's Parks who sustained terrible property losses. The need is for men's and women's clothing and coats in large and medium sizes;towels, blankets and sets of sheets and laundry and household cleaning items. Material is being collected at BPCA's offices at the 24th floor of 1 World Financial Center (200 Liberty Street). For additional information, call 212-417-2276.

Moody's Investors Service Post-Hurricane Special Comment Makes Positive BPCA Assessment
November 29, 2012

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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like.....an Ice Rink
November 29, 2012


Installation crews worked busily Thursday as the Liberty View Ice Rink in Battery Park City takes shape. The coiled rolls of tubing were completely laid out and those familiar dasher boards that give the rink its shape were installed around the perimeter.

Mothers of students at PS/IS 276 happened by during their regular workout "boot camp" at Wagner Park and learned that barring unforeseen events, the rink should be open for skating by this time next week, if not sooner.

The next phase is the delivery of the corn-based liquid refrigerant. It will be pumped through the chiller and continually circulate through the tubing. Water will be poured into the form above the tubing and after systems testing, the 2.5 inches of ice will be made and kept solid. The Zamboni will arrive soon.

Damage to Icons in Harbor Dim Area's Mood;A Glimmer in Battery Park City;Region Rebuilding Together
November 28, 2012

The temporary closure of the sturdy national icons of the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island itself and Ellis Island while damage from Hurricane Sandy is repaired is a psychological slap to many area residents and tourists as well as those employees there who have received layoff notices. http://nyti.ms/Uav2AB If history is any guide, the New York City region is in the early stages of one of its great comebacks. Each day in Lower Manhattan, more offices and homes are getting re-occupied. Perhaps coincidentally, the Liberty View Ice Rink in Battery Park City soon will open for everyone, in time to be a focal point for brightness, holiday fun, positive experiences and happy memories as New York recovers.

Earlier today, Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie of New Jersey issued a joint statement regarding our common rebuilding effort. www.governor.ny.gov It concludes: "It is our shared commitment to the people of our states to work in partnership so that our needs are met and we receive as much federal support as possible."

Liberty View Ice Rink Progressing Each Day
November 28, 2012


The view of Wagner Park has changed considerably since Monday, when the first trucks containing the equipment and material for what will be the Liberty View Ice Rink in Battery Park City started to arrive. This morning, crew members began unrolling coils of plastic piping, as seen in the photos. Connected to a chiller placed discreetly nearby, the piping will be filled with an environmentally sensitive corn-based liquid refrigerant which will circulate under the eventual surface layer of ice. Barring the unforeseen, the installation of the rink is expected to take only a few more days. Details to follow.

Full Phone Service Restored to PEP Command Center
November 28, 2012

Telephone outages that have plagued so many people in Lower Manhattan affected the Park Enforcement Patrol in New York's Battery Park City as well. That is now in the past. To report unusual activity or conditions, call the command desk at 212-417-3100. For NYPD, Fire Department or Emergency Medical Service call 911. Use 311 to contact agencies of New York City such as Sanitation, Buildings, Environmental Protection and Transportation.

Progress from Unified Efforts
November 27, 2012

As noted yesterday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo conducted a comprehensive meeting of elected officials and the State's congressional delegation to prepare for the federal government a wide-ranging request for aid. http://nyti.msThwNuR

The State's Department of Financial Services offers information and assistance to homeowners, renters and business owners with insurance-related issues stemming from damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. The telephone hotline is 800-339-1759 and website address is www.dfs.ny.gov

The reopening of P.S./M.S. 114, in the Queens community of Belle Harbor, has reduced the number of public school students in temporary locations to about 5,400. http://nyti.ms/ThAKjg

The indomitable spirit of residents amid devastation is seen in Breezy Point. http://usat.ly/Tn0le1

As unusual as it may sound to New Yorkers, there are a couple of enclaves that essentially are gated communities that have long considered themselves "outside" the city. That feeling is being reassessed as post-storm recovery is straining scarce resources and there is a look to the city. http://nyti.ms/ThybxC

As noted in previous postings, several of the dedicated staff of Battery Park City Authority/Battery Park City Parks suffered severe losses of property and possessions in the hurricane. New large and medium sized coats and clothing for men and women; blankets, towels and sheets as well as household and laundry cleaning items are being collected at the offices of the Battery Park City Authority, 1 World Financial Center (200 Liberty Street), 24th floor, for anyone wishing to help those who make Battery Park City such a special place. For additional information, call 212-417-2276.

THINK RINK!!
November 27, 2012

 

This gray, gloomy, day is not dampening the spirits of the energetic crew of installers who are converting the lawn in Wagner Park to what soon will be the Liberty View Ice Rink at Battery Park City.

 

Seeking to fill a longstanding community desire, the Battery Park City Authority issued a request for proposals last summer, seeking an experienced ice rink operator to develop, operate and manage a seasonal ice rink facility. Liberty View Ice, LLC, was selected. Initial options were for Wagner Park, Rockefeller Park and the ball fields. Had they proposed the ball fields, the plan would have become moot as damage from Hurricane Sandy has indefinitely closed them.

 

Details regarding the opening are being finalized, but it will not be long. The general manager of the rink is George Haviland, who has been skating since the age of six. Owner of two rinks and manager of seven more, he has been working closely with BPCA and BPCA Parks.

 

"The buildings of steel, glass, brick and mortar provide the economic engine for New York's Battery Park City. But people are its heart and soul," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Mehiel. "This rink will be an iconic amenity for the enjoyment of New Yorkers of all ages - much anticipated in Lower Manhattan since last year when the community called for it. This source of much needed recreation comes at the right time after the difficulties experienced by so many in our region resulting from Hurricane Sandy. I am happy to announce there will be skating in Battery Park City and I invite everyone to come to B.P.C. and enjoy!"

Moving Forward in a Post-Sandy World
November 26, 2012

Initial response has been heartening from those who read about difficult circumstances being addressed by staff members dedicated to public service, of Battery Park City Authority and BPCA Parks who sustained terrible property losses. A drive until November 30 is being conducted to assist those in need of men's and women's clothing and coats in large and medium sizes; towels, blankets and sets of sheets and laundry and household cleaning items. Material is being collected at BPCA's offices at the 24th floor of 1 World Financial Center (200 Liberty Street). For additional information, call 212-417-2276.

Commuters who have been without PATH rail service to the World Trade Center station began their week with smiles as train service returned for the first time since the storm. A story appeared in The New York Times showing how important public libraries are in the life of a community, especially where effects of the storm were severe. http://nyti.ms/Qk3xGA Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will soon discuss his request for federal assistance with the state's U.S. Representatives and Senators. http://nyti.ms/V739hn

Governor Cuomo announced the state has secured a $27 million federal grant that will help put more than 5,000 unemployed New Yorkers to work helping clean-up communities still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. The Department of Labor has additional information for those interested in applying for a job in the most heavily impacted areas. People can call 1-888-469-7365 or visit www.labor.ny.gov/sandyjobs.

Entire Community Invited to BPC Holiday Lighting
November 26, 2012

Gathering for the tree lighting event will be at 5:45 p.m., on Thursday, December 6. Caroling will be led by The Accidentals, an a capella group that has developed quite a following. The name of the special guest who is expected to stop by cannot be revealed. But he is known for being jolly.

The event is free and open to the public. It also is an excellent opportunity for people brighten the lives of children or teens who live in shelters. Please bring a new, unwrapped, gift or article of clothing. They will be collected and Stockings with Care will then wrap and distribute them to young persons before the holidays. It is an ideal way for people in New York's Battery Park City to share the holiday spirit with others.

Lighting of the menorah will take place on the evening of Saturday, December 8, also at the South Cove.

Helping Hands, Here and Near
November 23, 2012

The Thanksgiving holiday period is time many people reflect both on what they have and how they can assist others in need. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's website, www.governor.ny.gov includes lists of ways people can offer assistance to those coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy ranging from volunteering time to donating blood.

In New York's Battery Park City there are several people from the staff of the Battery Park City Authority and BPCA Parks dedicated to public service who sustained terrible property losses. A drive until November 30 is being conducted to assist those in need of men's and women's clothing and coats in large and medium sizes; towels, blankets and sets of sheets; laundry and household cleaning items as well. Material is being collected at the 24th floor offices of BPCA at 1 World Financial Center (200 Liberty Street). Call 212-417-2276 for any additional information.

As part of his civic involvement, BPCA Board Member and Parks Director Fernando Mateo enabled nearly 300 older persons enjoy a holiday dinner at his Inwood restaurant. Thanksgiving

Post Hurricane: Much Progress, Much to be Done
November 21, 2012

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today is helping distribute some of the nearly 3,100 traditional Thanksgiving dinners to communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. He coordinated thousands of food items donated by Costco, Delta, ShopRite and Walmart to be packed and delivered by the dedicated National Guard members in New York City, Long Island and Lower Hudson Valley. Yesterday, he announced that Lowe's will be distributing more than 22,000 traditional, family-style, Thanksgiving meals from Boston Market. Thirteen of the 35 Lowe's locations are in the New York City area. For more news about the State's recovery from the hurricane, visit www.governor.ny.gov

The pace of recovery has increased demand for special expertise in several disciplines. Electricians have a key role. http://nyti.ms/WvrgXj

While inconveniences resulting from the storm's aftermath fade in New York's Battery Park City, there are difficulties to be overcome, nearby. The Wall Street Journal had a report.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324712504578131411893660892.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Due to flood damage at NYPD storage centers, many pieces of evidence may have been affected. http://nydn.us/TfvrmR

New York's Path to Recovery from Hurricane Sandy
November 20, 2012

The office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo provides continual updates regarding New York's path to recovery from Hurricane Sandy, including news; ways people can help storm victims; apply for FEMA assistance and how to avoid storm recovery scams. Visit http://www.governor.ny.gov

In Zone A, in which New York's Battery Park City is located, health problems are becoming apparent in some people who live in parts of the region that were most severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Mold, skin punctures from rusty nails, raw sewage, oil spills are among issues being faced. http://nyti.ms/XYxwHy

Operations at the 9/11 Memorial are almost fully restored. The 9/11 Memorial Visitor Center and security screening operation at 90 West Street have reopened. Hours to visit have been extended. See www.911memorial.org for additional information.

The Alliance for Downtown New York launched a program to provide free Square Mobile Card Readers to assist Lower Manhattan businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy to ring up sales this holiday season using mobile devices. It also has started a "Lower Manhattan: Back to Business Small Business Grant Program" to support retailers, restaurants and service providers. For a list of criteria and other details, visit http://www.downtownny.com

Protective Lawn Fencing Sprouts in Parks
November 20, 2012


People walking in New York's Battery Park City this week will see fencing around BPCA Parks. Seen here in Wagner and Rector parks, the rationale behind this annual installation is to enable the grass to recover from all of the welcomed use they undergo in the warm weather. During these cooler months, grass plants build their root systems which make for healthier lawns next year. The fencing will come down, and lawns will be open for full use, in the second half of April. While people are restricted from using the lawns, some parks fans have run a-fowl of the rules.

The Talk of Belleville: How B.P.C. rode out Hurricane Sandy
November 19, 2012

While the recent cover photo of New York magazine was a gripping illustration of the power outage that plagued so much of Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy, the glow in the left, foreground, showed Battery Park City largely spared much of the inconvenience. Across the country in southwestern Illinois, a reader of the Belleville News-Democrat newspaper wondered about the community and wrote to that paper's "Answer Man." Attached is the reply. http://www.bnd.com/2012/11/16/2397719/answer-man-how-did-battery-park.html

Traffic Light Signals Progress in Lower Manhattan Recovery
November 19, 2012


A single, yet significant, milestone was reached in New York's Battery Park City this morning when the traffic signal at the foot of West Street at Battery Place returned to operation after its electrical service was knocked out by Hurricane Sandy. Not only does it gives motorists and pedestrians a safer way to move about, the signal makes it clear West Street ends and a turn must be made, decreasing the chances an errant motorist would proceed straight ahead and strike the construction gate at BPCA's Pier A project.

More recovery news comes from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo who announced that two-way traffic is resuming on a 24-hour basis at the Hugh M. Carey Tunnel, formerly known as the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, as of this morning. Trucks, however remain barred until further notice. Additional news and further updates about recovery from the storm is available at www.governor.ny.gov. Further information is available regarding insurance-related issues since the storm for homeowners, renters and business owners from the State's Department of Financial Services at their 24/7 hotline (800) 339-1759 or their website, www.dfs.ny.gov.

Not far up the Hudson River on the Jersey side, commuters in Hoboken are coping as best as possible with new and sometimes difficult commuting patterns as they make their way to work in New York. http://nyti.ms/Q46gnu. What lingering inconvenience may still exist for commuters in BPC is being minimized by the free-of-charge "Connection" bus that makes the horse-shoe trip from the north neighborhood to the South Street Seaport area, and back, that comes as part of BPCA's membership in the Downtown Alliance. The year-round service makes many stops with links to mass transit.

Other sobering news brings the report that in New York City alone, more than 258,000 tons of debris from the storm impact zone have already been collected. And for the sake of public safety, hundreds of homes that were damaged, might well have to be demolished. http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/staten_island_is_dealing_with.html

Many Who Live, Work, in Lower Manhattan Still Suffer in Storm's Aftermath
November 16, 2012

People in New York's Battery Park City have, for the most part, returned to their normal activities. BPCA Parks staff keeps parks operational while repairing damage and getting lawns ready for winter dormancy. Homes are occupied and businesses, with certain exceptions, are open. Some of the latter experienced an uptick in patronage as people who went without electricity came here to eat and shop. Others in the rest of Lower Manhattan have not been as fortunate. Their work places are not up and running and they cannot yet return to their homes. An article in The New York Times illustrates those hardships. http://nyti.ms/TQj27z

In other news, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a boost to the region's commercial recovery by the Queens Midtown Tunnel reopening to truck traffic starting today. Now full vehicular traffic has returned to that essential facility.

Governor Cuomo also announced the State is working with car rental companies to meet consumer demands and ensure New Yorkers are not left without travel options. The Department of State has facilitated the relocation of more than 12,000 cars to the metropolitan area with an additional 5,000 to come. http://www.governor.ny.gov

Consumers experiencing difficulties dealing with rental car companies can file a consumer complaint with the Division of Consumer Protection by calling 1-800-697-1220 or via internet at http://www.dos.ny.gov/consumer protection/

Winter Root Restoration
November 16, 2012


Another sign of changing seasons and return to normal activity after the hurricane will be visible to New York's Battery Park City community as lawn areas are being closed until spring. By remaining uncovered grass can absorb sun's rays and get moisture from rain and snow. It also enables the root systems to strengthen so the grass will be off to a healthy start once spring arrives. Accompanying photos of fence posts taken today is of the lawn area north of West Thames Park, between Rector Place and the Community Garden.

 

Students Here Return to Routine; Not So, Elsewhere
November 15, 2012

 

Battery Park City residents experienced inconvenience as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Schools, such as PS/IS 286 here, were up and running in good order and safety after the storm. Unfortunately, that is not the case in other nearby parts of the City and region, as a sizable number of families and teachers are struggling to overcome significant hurdles, as this article in the New York Times reveals. http://nyti.ms/TKafnm

Tending to the Trees
November 15, 2012


It is all part of the ongoing attention to the parks system and open space in Battery Park City. Here, team members replaced mulch that was washed away by the recent hurricane.

Assisting Hurricane's Victims; (Re)considering Flood Insurance; Small Business Loans
November 14, 2012

The impact of Hurricane Sandy on our fellow New Yorkers is considerable. True to form, people are seeking ways to help. An article: Charity's Role in America, and Its Limits appears in The New York Times today. http://nyti.ms/T2s1DF

Following are websites individuals can consult if they are looking for ways to assist those in need. http://www.governor.ny.gov is the site of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. See the heading Hurricane Sandy: New York's Path to Recovery. The New York City's website, http://www.nyc.gov has several options under the heading Hurricane Sandy Relief.

The damaging effect of storm water was the subject of a Times' article last Sunday, http://nyti.ms/PIbMw1 and provides food for thought for people who own or rent their homes and whether flood insurance is something to consider. Battery Park City is located in Zone A, the coastal zone most heavily impacted.

Governor Cuomo today announced the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) have agreed to establish a $10 million small business emergency loan fund to provide immediate financial assistance for businesses impacted by the storm. Under the fund, businesses will be able to apply for immediate loans of up to $25,000. Contact 1-855-NYS-SANDY or on the web, www.esd.ny.gov.

Commuters Find Ferry to B.P.C. Their Port after Storm
November 14, 2012

As the region regroups in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Battery Park City, in New York City, has become an essential corridor for commuters displaced from their normal PATH rail travel to and from work.

While the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is making every effort to restore service, it became apparent that as businesses were re-opening there was an increasing need for people to get to work in Manhattan. In a textbook case of multi-agency cooperation, New York Waterway needed to transport the growing number of commuters to the Port Authority-owned ferry terminal which is attached to the Battery Park City Authority's seawall. In short order, all parties combined efforts and with the assistance of uniformed PAPD and Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) officers to keep lines moving smoothly, nearly 15,000 commuters went through the ferry terminal last week, compared to about 6,500 during an average weekday prior to the storm. This arrangement will continue for the immediate short term, until passenger volume returns to normal. BPCA appreciates the patience of nearby residents regarding increased ferry activity as we work together to help the region get back on its feet.

All the while, the dedicated staff of BPCA Parks has been assessing and repairing damage, accommodating the increasing number of commuters passing through the park system and keeping public space as accessible as possible.

In other positive transportation news, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the Gov. Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, formerly known as the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel has r-opened for cars and buses traveling to Manhattan from 6 to 10 a.m. and to Brooklyn from 3 to 7 p.m. as the tunnel undergoes extensive repairs.

New York City announced the re-opening of the Battery Park Underpass connecting the West Side Highway and South Street Viaduct/FDR Drive. One lane is open for vehicles heading eastbound 24 hours and the westbound direction is open to buses only 3 to 7 p.m.

For rail commuters, apart from the closure of the World Trade Center PATH station, rail service has resumed at the Newark Penn and Harrison stations in New Jersey to Manhattan until 10 p.m.

PEP Remains Open 24/7; New Temporary Phone Contact
November 13, 2012

The Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) continues full service patrols and operations in Battery Park City Parks. Until its regular phone service is restored, please call: 212-417-3114 to contact the command desk to report unusual conditions or activity. Its office in The Regatta, 21 West Thames Street, at the cul-de-sac, remains open 24/7.

Storm Impact on Ball Fields Being Assessed; Closed Until Further Notice
November 8, 2012

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Battery Park City Authority and the BPC Parks Conservancy have been assessing conditions of park property, projects and public facilities. The Ball Fields (between Murray and Warren streets), have sustained damage. Once the full scope of impact is determined, remediation plans will be made. For the safety of the public, the fields will be closed until further notice.

 

Anticipating Storm, BPC Parks to Close
November 7, 2012

The City of New York is closing its Parks at noon today, Wednesday, in anticipation of the storm. Battery Park City parks system will close as well. The expectation is they will reopen at noon Thursday, conditions permitting.

Nor'easter Seen Affecting Area; Link to Real Time Information
November 6, 2012

Still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the weather forecasts see New York City bearing the effects of a nor'easter storm starting Wednesday. Battery Park City Authority and the Parks Conservancy are providing several links so Battery Park City residents can stay informed in real time as to the severity of the storm and possible effects on municipal services.

Call 911 for Police, Fire, Medical, dangerous conditions and public safety emergencies

Call 311 to report situations needing NYC's attention or action

New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services http:///dhses.ny.gov

City of New York http://www.nyc.gov has links to all City agencies

New York City Office of Emergency Management http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem

Downtown Alliance http://downtownny.com

24-hour cable news http://www.ny1.com

** For Park-related issues and concerns, the 24/7 PEP Command Desk: 212-417-3100

Battery Park City Part Of Region's Recovery
November 5, 2012

Although geographically defined as 92 acres, Battery Park City is deeply woven into the fabric of New York City and State and region. The efforts to recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy are one more example.

Battery Park City Authority and Parks Conservancy are working closely with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the PAPD, NYPD and PEP to assist the influx of displaced commuters who are using New York Waterway to get to and from their jobs.

People disembarking the additional ferries at the Port Authority's terminal will pass through with ease. The afternoon commute likely will have people waiting for their vessels for some period of time. The various uniformed services will provide a visible presence and instructions as to boarding in the most effective manner.

Everyone's patience and cooperation is appreciated as we work together to bring our community back to its normal routines.

Traffic Alert
October 18, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012 to Saturday, November 17, 2012

BEGINNING MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 TO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 WEEKNIGHTS ONLY

THE SOUTH TUBE (ROUTE 9A to FDR DRIVE) OF THE BATTERY PARK UNDERPASS WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE INSTALLATION OF GRANITE FACED PRECAST CONCRETE WALL PANELS DURING THE FOLLOWING HOURS:

MONDAY EVENING to FRIDAY MORNING: 10:00 P.M. to 5 A.M.
SATURDAY MORNING:  1:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M.

If you plan to travel southbound through the Battery Park Underpass during these hours, please follow the posted detour.

If you have any further questions or require additional information, please contact the Community Outreach Liaison, Julie Nadel, by telephone at 1-800-714-0454 or by e-mail at route9a@dot.state.ny.us.

Notice of Meeting
October 18, 2012

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Members of the Battery Park City Authority will take place on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, at the offices of the Authority, One World Financial Center, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10281.

Battery Park City Authority is a public benefit corporation. Member meetings and committee meetings are open to the public for observation but not for direct participation. The press is welcome to attend the meeting.

Traffic Alert
October 15, 2012

TRAFFIC ALERT

Monday, October 29, 2012
to
Saturday, November 17, 2012

BEGINNING MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 TO
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17,
WEEKNIGHTS ONLY

THE WEST TUBE (ROUTE 9A/WEST STREET TO FDR DRIVE)
OF THE BROOKLYN BATTERY TUNNEL

WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE INSTALLATION OF PRECAST CONCRETE WALL PANELS DURING THE FOLLOWING HOURS:

MONDAY—THURSDAY: 10:00 P.M. to 5 A.M.
FRIDAY—SATURDAY: 11:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M.

If you have any further questions or require additional information, please contact the Community Outreach Liaison, Julie Nadel, by telephone at 1-800-714-0454 or by e-mail at route9a@dot.state.ny.us.

FREE language services are available
October 4, 2012

Gov's Language Interpretation Program

Concrete Pumped and Placed on Ground Floor of Pier A
October 3, 2012

A milestone week of progress continued at BPCA's Pier A project as six concrete-mixer trucks rolled up to the site at synchronized arrival times on October 3, to have their contents transferred to a pump truck and sent through a network of pipes and hoses to fill three long rows inside the ground floor, or "pier shed." The concrete was placed over radiant heating elements before numerous "finishers" wearing boots and hard hats smoothed the concrete to remove air bubbles and aid in its settling. The initial curing takes about a week with more than eight weeks needed for the concrete to cure to its required pressure/weight strength. Visible near the mixers were several cylinders which collected concrete from the mixers. The cylinders will be used for controlled inspections to ensure compression strength of the concrete is what was ordered for the job.

Pier A Construction Progresses with Ingenuity, Crane
October 2, 2012

With so much of the renovation and reconstruction occurring deep within Pier A and under water, progress has not always been visible to the observer. As the BPCA portion of project enters its final months, it seems the appearance of Pier A changes on a continual basis. The recently installed copper roof shows signs of oxidation and has less shine. Essential elements of the heating and air conditioning system required installation. Because space was tight, the elements could not be delivered and taken to the top of the building from the inside. On Monday, October 1, air exchangers and blowers were lined up at daybreak and systematically lifted by a hydraulic crane and deposited in an open skylight. Each load weighed no more than 1,000 pounds and the skilled crane operator made precision work seem effortless.

Notice of Meeting - Tuesday, September 25, 2012
September 19, 2012

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Members of the Battery Park City Authority will take place on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., at the offices of the Authority, One World Financial Center, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10281.

Battery Park City Authority is a public benefit corporation. Member meetings and committee meetings are open to the public for observation but not for direct participation. The press is welcome to attend the meeting.

New York State MWBE Forum
September 7, 2012

Join the office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the MWBE Team in Albany on October 25-27 for New York's largest forum on business opportunities.

(Downloadable PDF)

BPCA Project Concludes: Murray Street Crosswalk, Traffic Signals Operational
September 6, 2012

The last element of the project that completely reconstructed Murray Street from West Street to North End Avenue was completed September 6th with the electrification of the crosswalk signs and traffic signals on Murray Street in the middle of the block between the ball fields and North End Way. It comes in time for the start of the school year and beginning of the soccer season which attracts hundreds of young athletes to the fields.

 

NYC Announces local impacts Of September 11th Events
September 6, 2012

The Mayor's Community Affairs Unit issued the attached letter which outlines street closures; traffic, parking and pedestrian impacts related to upcoming commemorations of the September 11th attacks.

For details, please check the attached PDF file

Murray Street Reconstruction Nears Completion
August 20, 2012

On August 16th, many people ended their work day at 6 p.m., but on Murray Street, work was just beginning. The BPCA project to completely reconstruct the busy roadway between West Street and North End Avenue reached a major milestone when tons of asphalt at atemperature of 320 degrees were delivered, placed and smoothed on the rebuilt roadbed. Work crews began by removing the temporary asphalt placed around manholes, sweeping debris from the previously poured concrete road base and spreading an adhesive to help the asphalt bind to the concrete. Steaming asphalt was emptied from trucks into a rolling mechanical device which released the precise amount to be smoothed by a steamroller. The next morning, lane marking and crosswalk striping crews went to work. Over the next few days, the signal poles and crosswalk devices will be delivered and connected to the newly installed electrical cables to provide safer pedestrian crossing between the new ballfields and the short cut to Vesey Street dubbed "North End Way."

Murray Street Reconstruction Begins
June 14, 2012On June 13, contractors work crews started to prepare Murray Street for its total reconstruction between West Street and North End Avenue. In addition to a totally new concrete roadway base, asphalt surface and curbs, the project features installation of a traffic and pedestrian crossing signal from the ballfields to the shops and restaurants across Murray Street. Barring unforeseen conditions, the work is expected to take 12 weeks.

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BPCA President & CEO Gayle M. Horwitz Updates City Council of Pier A Progress
May 24, 2012The City Council Committee on Waterfronts and the Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment conducted a joint hearing May 21 regarding pier redevelopment in Lower Manhattan. BPCA President and CEO Gayle M. Horwitz was invited to provide an update on one the Authority's most visible projects - the redevelopment of Pier A, at the southernmost point of Battery Park City.

She noted Pier A was originally constructed in 1886 and comprises a three-story building of about 38,725 gross square feet and an adjacent promenade. It was designated a New York City landmark and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1970s. It has been vacant since 1992 and its physical condition severely deteriorated above and under water. Phase 1 of the restoration comprised non-structural interior demolition which was completed in December 2009. The second phase, replacement of the exiting pier deck was substantially completed in October 2010. The last phase, which began in August 2010, consists of core and shell restoration. As work proceeded, the vast nature of rot and deterioration came into fuller focus, as did the need for more extensive remediation. Barring further unforeseen conditions, the core and shell work is projected for completion by the end of this year, Ms. Horwitz said.

Following the restoration, Pier A Battery Park Associates LLC, a joint venture between the Poulakakos family and the Dermot Company will fit out the structure. A beer garden and casual dining concept is planned for the first floor; a restaurant and event space for the second and a live entertainment and bar venue for the third. Promenade access, open and free to the public, is integral to the plan.

To see the progress on Pier A, click here to view our gallery.

City DOT Successfully Completes Battery Place Roadway Project
May 14, 2012

The curb-to-curb resurfacing of Battery Place from Pier A to the south to West Thames Street was completed earlier this week with the installation of lane marking and crosswalks. Seen previously on the BPCA website, crews milled the top layer of the old, deteriorating, asphalt along the entire length of the project, before crews with trucks of asphalt and steamrollers put down a new driving and walking surface.

Gone are the days of painting lines with brushes and rollers. Now these more durable and visible "thermoplastic markings" are installed in a matter of minutes, by crews such as this one from Denville Line Painting, Inc. Here bags of compound are mixed and heated and then dispensed from a hand-pushed machine. The markings harden almost instantly and can be driven upon with no effect on vehicles or the lines themselves.

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"Go Fish" Returns Saturday
May 10, 2012

Anglers of all ages are invited to come to Robert F. Wagner, Jr., Park this Saturday, May 12, for another popular "Go Fish" event, presented by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. Experience the thrill of catch-and-release fishing and discover the variety of marine life in the Hudson River. Master Anglers will be on hand to assist novices. Rods and bait are provided, but if you have your own, bring them with you.

Fishing runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An art project will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with bird watching starting at 11 a.m. A bluegrass and rock melodies concert will take place at 12:30. It's fun and it's free!

Earth Celebrations Hudson River Pageant Saturday Afternoon, May 12
May 10, 2012

The fourth annual Hudson River Pageant has an array of activities from 1 to 5 p.m., with the first two taking place in the north neighborhood. At 1 p.m., a parade will begin to honor the Lenape Indians and stewards of the river at the Irish Hunger Memorial on Vesey Street and North End Avenue. AT 1:30, activities move to Rockefeller Park for a Hudson River Poem and Movement of the Estuary program. For additional information, contact Earth Celebrations at www.earthcelebrations.com or call 212-777-7969.

Wagner Park Garden Tour, May 16
May 10, 2012

People can escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a relaxing and informative tour of the gardens in Wagner Park on Wednesday, May 16. Take the free tour that starts at 11 a.m. conducted by trained horticulturists. In addition, you'll earn about the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy's innovations in organic gardening. Another one will be held June 16.

A Delightful Day for Ducks (and People) in Battery Park City
May 8, 2012

While thousands of people call Battery Park City home, the Lily Pond has become a temporary residence for about eight mallard ducks and an equal number of ducklings, at the southern end of Rockefeller Park, across from the Irish Hunger Memorial art installation. It was overcast, Monday, with a threat of rain showers, but it was ideal for the ducks and the dozens of locals residents, children and passersby who stopped to enjoy the scene. When not honing their swimming skills, the ducklings found places to rest in the numerous aquatic planting "boxes."

The ducklings were protected by ducks who swam nearby and quacked when it seemed well-meaning humans tried to get too close to the pond's perimeter. Constructed by people, the pond is not a natural habitat for ducks and the water does not flow to the nearby river. That is one reason the New York States Department of Environmental Conservation advises people are asked not to feed the ducks with scraps of bread, popcorn and the like.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7001.html

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Views of Battery Park City from 1 World Trade Center as it Becomes NYC's Tallest Building
May 4, 2012

During the week 1 World Trade Center became the tallest structure in New York City, BPCA was represented in a small group given a first-hand look of the project's progress. From the ground, the top of the building was shrouded in fog, providing a solemn backdrop to a soaring new structure on a site of re-development, bustling only because of the national tragedy of untold magnitude on September 11, 2001.

The American flag is displayed with honor at the base. The well-ventilated elevator made two stops during the May 3rd visit - on the 39th floor which was enclosed and the 89th which was not. At one point, through the cab's perforated door, West Street, the north neighborhood and Tribeca Bridge were clearly visible. The view of Battery Park City to the south, though familiar, was from an entirely new vantage point. A look straight down, provided a gripping portrait of the two memorial pools in the precise location the Twin Towers stood with visitors paying their respects, while a few hundred feet away, construction workers went about the work of building.

Through a small opening in the mesh screening on the 89th floor, the Irish Hunger Memorial and the brand new BPC ballfields stood out even at that height, their green color providing a sense of growth and renewal. A look straight ahead afforded a view of a crane that extended hundreds of additional feet straight up. After the return on the noisy, narrow, elevator with a glance to the west, towers of the World Financial Center were dwarfed by New York's newest icon.

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President of Ireland Visits Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City During Weeklong Stay in U.S.
May 1, 2012

At 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 1st, precisely on schedule, the convoy of cars, led by one with flashing red and blue lights, turned left from River Terrace onto Vesey Street and stopped. Security team in place, the doors opened and the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife, Sabina, emerged. Between visits to the 911 Memorial and City Hall, President Higgins and numerous Irish officials spent 30 minutes at the Irish Hunger Memorial. Greeted and escorted by BPCA Chairman William C. Thompson, Jr., and President & CEO Gayle M. Horwitz, the President and his group made their way through the entrance tunnel reading the quotations and historical facts and then along the winding pathways to the highest point.

After taking in the sweeping view, the group headed back, but not before stopping and being lost in thought at the stone marked "Galway," where he once taught and been Lord Mayor on two occasions.

This was President Higgins first official visit to New York since his inauguration as the ninth president of Ireland last November. Later this week he will visit United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon and deliver an address at the American Ireland Fund gala at Lincoln Center before making stops and speeches in Boston.

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What's Cooking in Battery Park City?
April 30, 2012

People taking the morning walks or runs on Monday, April 30, had a preview of a segment one of the most popular programs on television. The Rachael Ray Show discovered the great visual vistas afforded visitors at the southern tip of Wagner Park. The segment, whose details cannot be divulged before airtime, was taped with less than minimal impact on the public. Mindful of the Battery Park City Authority and Parks Conservancy rules to maintain open access, the production company kept their work space to as concentrated an area possible. They also fully complied with FDNY regulations about safety precautions.

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Thousands See Shuttle from Battery Park City
April 26, 2012

Battery Park City was a key location to view the NASA Shuttle prototype Enterprise, April 27. Thousands of people went to the parks in Battery Park City, the Esplanade and their home and office windows to see history fly past. The Enterprise eventually will be carried by barge to its permanent home at the Intrepid Museum. These photos were taken from the vantage point of the 24th floor offices of the Battery Park City Authority.

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Ballfields Event
April 26, 2012

Battery Park City Authority's new ballfields, between Murray and Warren streets, were put to good use April 21 as the Downtown Little League held its annual parade from City Hall to the fields for a fun-filled morning that included a block party. Hundreds of players, BPCA Chairman William C. Thompson, Jr. and President & CEO Gayle Horwitz, league leaders, former Yankee star and Mets manager Willie Randolph and local elected officials enjoyed the festivities.

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NYC DOT Road Work Completed
April 25, 2012

The New York City Department of Transportation completed the second phase of its milling and paving project on April 25th. The upgrade covered the blocks on Battery Place from West to West Thames streets. Lane painting and cross walk marking will follow.

Pavement-Completed

NYC DOT Roadwork Continues
April 24, 2012

The second phase of the City Department of Transportation's milling and paving of Battery Place from West Street to West Thames Street will continue, weather permitting, this week. The removal of the top three inches of asphalt has been completed and fresh asphalt will be unloaded and then compacted by steamrollers to provide a smooth surface. As noted on the signs along the route, the work will take place between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Please refer to the posted signs and observe the temporary parking restrictions.

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Board Meeting Cancelled
December 12, 2011The Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 13th at 10:00 AM has been cancelled.

To All One World Financial Center Tenants
November 16, 2011As of 5:30am today, November 16 2011, Controlled Access to One WFC has been lifted. We will operate under normal security conditions today. Should there be any changes you will be notified. The sender provided the following contact information. Sender's Email: anna.messineo@brookfield.com Sender's Contact Phone: (212) 945-3388

Audit Committee Meeting
November 10, 2011There will be an Audit Committee Meeting on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 12:30

To Whom it May Concern
October 28, 2011Please be advised that on 12-13 & 19-20 November 2011, from 8am to 6pm Saturday and 9am to 6pm Sunday, Rector Place between South End Avenue and the bend will be closed to vehicular traffic due to a crane operation at 225 Rector Place in Manhattan. This closing has been approved by the N.Y.C. Department of Transportation. This notice is for your information only and no reply is necessary. If you have any questions please contact me at the above number. Thank you.

Patty Kuras
Authorized Representative

GALASSO TRUCKING & RIGGING INC.
2 Galasso Place
Maspeth, NY 11378
(917) 689-7459

Please click here for detailed map (Downloadable PDF)

Adopt-A-Geranium
September 29, 2011Saturday, October 12, 2011 | 10 AM-Noon | Rain or Shine | Bowling Green Park
The Downtown Alliance is giving away 4,000 geraniums as part of its Green Around Lower Manhattan program. Come adopt a geranium and enjoy a potted plant in your office or home!

Fall Community Planning
September 29, 2011Saturday, October 22, 2011 | 10 AM-Noon | Rain or Shine | Bowling Green Park
The Downtown Alliance is greening lower Manhattan! You bring your family and friends, and we'll bring the plants and gardening tools.
Complimentary refreshments and activities for kids.

Concert to be Indoors
June 22, 2011Due to inclement weather, today's concert "The Bottom Line NY On My Mind" will be held indoors at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center

World Trade Center Emergency Test
May 17, 2011World Trade Center Mass Emergency Notification System Test May 04, 2011, 3PM - 9 PM To All One World Financial Center Tenants, The World Trade Center Mass Emergency Notification System will be tested today between 3PM and 9PM. Alarms may be audible in the Area. There will be no evacuations. Please Alert your employees. Thank you, Anna Messineo