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Death in Rector Park

Thursday, January 4, 7am: a Tragic Discovery 

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The scene at which the body was found in Rector Park on Thursday morning. Police say their investigation is ongoing. Photograph: Matthew Fenton

The body of an unidentified adult male was found in Rector Park, near the Esplanade, a few minutes before 7am on Thursday morning. “We received a 911 call about an unresponsive, unconscious male on a park bench,” an NYPD spokesman told the Broadsheet. “Officers responded and found the subject sitting upright, bleeding from the nose and mouth.”

The spokesman added, “the person, who appeared to be in his mid-30s, was hunched over, and the responding officers called for an ambulance. Emergency medical technicians pronounced him dead at the scene. The investigation remains ongoing, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death, as well as helping to make an identification.”

“Preliminary notes from the field investigation do not indicate foul play,” the spokeman said. The presence of blood does not necessarily imply violence, because some medical conditions (including drug overdoses) can cause bleeding from the nose and mouth prior to death.

A Battery Park City resident whose apartment overlooks the scene (and who asked not to be named), said, “there was a pile of purple blankets spread around the bench, which suggested to me that the person intended to spend the night there. Then the police and paramedics cordoned off the end of the park with yellow tape and took him away. It was very sad.”

Matthew Fenton

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‘I Need to Keep My Kids Safe’

FiDi School for Disabled Children Cites Danger from Scofflaws Who Are Above the Law 

The principal of a Lower Manhattan school that serves severely disabled children says the lives of his students are being endangered by lawlessness on the part of police officers and other government officials. Read more...

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Friday, January 5

Motion/Matter: Street Dance Festival

Perelman Performing Arts Center

International festival celebrating street dance movements emerging from New York City and beyond, featuring legendary DJs, epic battles, and concert dance premieres. Through January 14, 2024. Various prices.



6 River Terrace

Easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography. Free.


Augie Bello

Perelman Performing Arts Center lobby

In 2018, soon after starting college at The New School for Jazz, Bello began to post videos of his music to Instagram. In 2023, his debut EP received over 1 million streams. Free.

Saturday, January 6


Kids Breaking League

Perelman Performing Arts Center lobby

Part of Motion/Matter: Street Dance Festival. Kids Breaking League is a community of coaches and enthusiasts of breaking. Free.


Stéphane San Juan

Perelman Performing Arts Center lobby

Stéphane San Juan is a French drummer, singer, and composer who blends Samba, Jazz, and Afro-Brazilian styles. Free.

Sunday, January 7


Hybrid Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music

South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton Street

Join the lively chantey experience either in-person at the Seaport Museum’s introduction galleries or virtually via Zoom. Attendees are encouraged to sing along with the chorus or just sit back and enjoy their performance. Free.

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