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Volume 5, No. 16   Oct. 12, 2018  
IN THIS ISSUE

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
 
"Our bridges and tunnels are falling apart. We have to fix mass transit. We need to make major investments. Some of our infrastructure is 50 to 100 years old. We're living on borrowed time."
      -  Congressman Jerrold Nadler, speaking at a Town Hall meeting on Oct. 9, 2018

* Calendar: October - Archtober

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MASTHEAD PHOTO:The Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, replacing the Tappen Zee Bridge linking Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York State, was in the final stages of construction when the retired fireboat John J. Harvey passed under it on Sept. 6, 2018. (©Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2018)  


editorLETTER FROM THE EDITOR: REGISTER TO VOTE BY OCT. 12       
 
Terese Loeb Kreuzer, editor
In New York State, in order to vote in the Nov. 6 election, you must be registered to vote by Friday, Oct. 12.

If you are already registered to vote but have moved since you last registered, you must re-register.

You can register in person at a Board of Elections office, or online or by mail.

If you have a valid ID from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, you can register to vote online.

In Manhattan, the Board of Elections office is located at 200 Varick St. on the 10th floor. On Oct. 12, the office will be open until 9 p.m. It is usually open from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is (212) 886-2100.

For more information, click here.

Terese Loeb Kreuzer
Editor
 
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NadlerAT TOWN HALL, REP. JERROLD NADLER DISCUSSES HEALTHCARE, IMMIGRATION, THE JUDICIARY, AND THE 'CULTURE OF CORRUPTION'   

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who represents New York's 10th Congressional District in the House of Representatives at a Town Hall meeting on Oct. 9, 2018.
(Photos: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has represented the west side of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn in the House of Representatives for 26 years, and normally takes a pragmatic stance and the long view when discussing the state of affairs in Washington, D.C. But at a Town Hall meeting on Oct. 9 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, although Nadler was as cogent as usual, the anger in his voice was also unmistakable.

Among other things, he spoke about Donald Trump's using the federal government to enrich himself. (Nadler: "President Trump violates the emoluments clause every day.") He spoke about the "culture of corruption" in Washington, about Congress's failure to exercise the oversight mandated by the framers of the U.S. Constitution when they set up a system of checks and balances, about the attacks on the Affordable Care Act, which could, if successful, lead to around 100 million people losing their health insurance because they have pre-existing conditions, and about the children who were seized from their parents at U.S. borders and "held in cages."
 
"It may be that they will never be reunited with their families," Nadler said. "The administration had no interest in keeping track of these children."
 
He also spoke about the "systematic and concerted effort to chip away at voting rights," particularly those of people in African-American and Hispanic communities. The new restrictions such as the requirement for a photo ID in order to vote and fewer polling places, especially in low-income and minority neighborhoods, also disproportionately affect older people, Nadler said.
 
During the two-hour meeting, Nadler touched on a wide variety of topics and then answered questions from the audience. This is some of what he had to say:
 
The press: When did we ever hear in this country, someone call the media - the press - "the enemy of the people?" The last person prior to Donald Trump that I heard call the press "the enemy of the people" was Joseph Stalin and "the enemy of the people" didn't survive there.  

Abortion and the Supreme Court: The President was very clear before the election. He said that he would only appoint people to the Supreme Court who were on a list given to him by the Federalist Society. The Federalist Society is a judicial group that promotes very right-wing principles. And he has been as good as his word, not only with Supreme Court justices but with circuit court justices and district court justices.  
 
When it comes to abortion, they're very clear. They're opposed to it. And Susan Collins's willful ignorance notwithstanding, anyone who's looked at Justice Kavanaugh's record can predict absolutely, not that he will overturn Roe v. Wade, but that he will destroy it.

You don't have to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision to destroy it. In 1991, the Casey case [Planned Parenthood v. Casey] came down which said that pursuant to Roe, states can pass restrictions on abortion provided they are not an undue burden. And every case since then has had the same restriction, and the question before the court will be 'Is this restriction an undue burden?' So if you want to destroy abortion rights, you don't have to overturn Roe v. Wade. You simply have to never find that any restriction passed by a state is an undue burden.  

Immigration reform: if you claim asylum and you go before an asylum officer - assuming you pass a credible threat review - you then have to go before an immigration judge. Those immigration judges are employees of the Department of Justice. If you appeal a decision from an immigration judge, it goes to the Board of Immigration Appeals. That I knew. But what I didn't realize was that the Board of Immigration Appeals is NOT part of the federal courts. It reports to the Attorney General personally. The Attorney General runs the show. So the Attorney General can declare, for instance, that grounds for asylum do NOT include what we always thought they included, domestic violence or bias directed against you unless it was directed against you because you were of the wrong ethnic group or something like that.

One thing that I want to do is to make the immigration courts really independent - make the Board of Immigration Appeals go to the federal courts and give the judges some security of tenure so that if they're too sympathetic to immigrants or whatever, they can't summarily be fired.

Tax reform: The tax bill was a $1.5 trillion reduction in revenues, not paid for. It was designed to give 83 percent of the benefits to the top 1 percent of the population and to large corporations.

In addition to that, it repeals SALT, which means State and Local Tax Deductions.

Since President Lincoln instituted a federal income tax to finance the Civil War, anytime you had federal income tax, you always deducted state and local taxation so you weren't being double taxed. They just got rid of this.

Now the total of deductible state and local taxes and property taxes is limited to $10,000.

That represents a 30 percent to 40 percent tax increase directed at 11 states, all of which happen to be Blue states.

Infrastructure: We have more than a $3 trillion backlog in infrastructure expenditures that we need to make - not only for new things but for old things as well. Our bridges and tunnels are falling apart. We have to fix mass transit. We need to make major investments. Some of our infrastructure is 50 to 100 years old. We're living on borrowed time.

The administration has proposed nothing. The Democratic minority has proposed a $1 trillion bill to be financed by higher gasoline taxes and other revenue. We have to maintain our infrastructure if we want to remain competitive.

The auditorium at the Borough of Manhattan Community College was only about one-third full for Nadler's Town Hall. The election, where Nadler will be on the ballot, was, as of that evening, 27 days away.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Go to the Downtown Post NYC website ( www.DowntownPostNYC.com) for a longer version of Rep. Nadler's remarks at the Oct. 9 Town Hall meeting.
 




 Bits & Bytes 
genius DOWNTOWN HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER WINS A 'GENIUS AWARD'; LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE MOVING TO THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT    
 
Becca Heller, photographed  in Battery Park City, was just awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her work defending the rights of refugees and helping to protect many of the world's most at-risk populations. Heller, a lawyer, is the director and co-founder of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), which provides legal services to individual refugees as they navigate complex application, appeal and resettlement processes under U.S. and international law. IRAP is part of the Urban Justice Center with offices at 40 Rector St. in Lower Manhattan. Each year, MacArthur Fellowships are awarded to 20 to 30 people and come with a grant of $625,000 for each of them to use in any way they wish. (Photo: Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.)

"London Stock Exchange relocating to the Financial District," therealdeal.com, 10/1/2018. "The London Stock Exchange Group - headquartered across the pond in London's version of Wall Street, Paternoster Square - is moving its New York City offices from Midtown to the Financial District," according to The Real Deal. "The stock exchange is taking roughly 70,000 square feet on the 57th and 58th floors of Fosun Property's 60-story skyscraper at 28 Liberty Street, a few short blocks from Wall Street." For the complete article, click here.  
 
"Chef Masa Is Bringing More Sushi to His Tribeca Restaurant," eater.com, 10/3/18. "Chef Masa Takayama is re-tooling the basement portion of his Tribeca restaurant Tetsu, replacing what was once an upscale, meat-centric kaiseki menu with a raw seafood bar," says eater.com. "The space previously called Basement will get a new name and menu on Tuesday, October 9: Masa's Raw Bar will focus on a la carte sushi and seafood cocktail platters, essentially reverting back to the cuisine that made Masa famous. The 39-seat venue underneath Tetsu will offer shareable seafood platters priced at $45 per person, several nigiri options, and of course, a pricey tasting menu that goes for $350, the same price as the previous one." For the complete article, click here.

"Sheldon Silver gets to stay out of prison for a few more months," New York Post, 10/3/18. "Convicted ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will remain a free man until at least December - thanks to a panel of appeals court judges who said he deserves a second shot at an appeal of his bribery conviction while remaining free on bail," says the New York Post. "Silver had been scheduled to surrender to prison Friday after he was convicted at his corruption retrial of pocketing $4 million in bribes as one of Albany's most powerful politicians, on a par with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and ex-head of the state Senate Dean Skelos. Thanks to Wednesday's appeals court ruling, Silver could avoid starting his seven-year sentence until the end of the year, if not longer, based on the 'expedited' appeals schedule outlined by the judges." For the complete article, click here.   
 
"New York Feels Alive at Danny Meyer's Manhatta, Even If the Food Doesn't," eater.com, 9/26/18.  "New York feels bigger, grander, and more alive at Manhatta, with the surrounding buildings in conversation rather than in competition with one another," says eater.com. "It's a welcome contrast to our increasingly sterile billionaire's metropolis, where eight-figure dwellings and exorbitant observation decks rise so high that everything below appears tinier and flatter, more like a Google Earth satellite image than the richly textured city we know. The price is right here too. In the smattering of Manhattan bars and restaurants with serious views, admission comes with an elevation upcharge; one thinks of the $25 cocktails at the Aviary, or the upper floors at One World Trade, where the entrance fees can top out at $130 for two - before food. Meyer, by contrast, keeps things a bit more reasonable; he asks $78, service included, for three courses. Gourmands could easily spend more on a ground-level meal in Midtown." For the complete article, click here.





BMCCBOROUGH OF MANHATTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE RESEARCHERS GIVE BATTERY PARK CITY PARKS HIGH MARKS AFTER YEAR-LONG STUDY 

At the quarterly Open Community Meeting conducted by the Battery Park City Authority on Oct. 2,  Dr. Robin Isserles, professor of sociology at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, held up a copy of the executive summary of a study performed by BMCC exploring how Battery Park City parks are used. Dr. Ilir Disha, assistant professor of criminal justice at BMCC, was a consultant for the study. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


Around 690,000 people use Battery Park City's parks every year prompting the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) to wonder exactly who they are, what brings them to Battery Park City and what they think of their experience in BPC's parks.

To answer these and other questions, the BPCA engaged researchers and students from the Borough of Manhattan Community College to conduct a formal, scientific study of Battery Park City's 36 acres of parks and public spaces. The research took place between July 2017 and June 2018 and included statistical counts, surveys of a random sampling of park users and focus groups.

The data that emerged, which came from local residents and office workers, visitors from elsewhere in New York City and tourists, indicated that around a quarter of the people surveyed said that they were in Battery Park City for the first time. Others had been coming to Battery Park City for many years.

BPCA President & Chief Executive Officer B.J. Jones said that the report would help the BPCA build on its strengths "when it comes to maintenance, programming and horticulture." He went on to say that it would "help us focus efforts in addressing matters like resiliency, safety, and making our spaces more engaging and welcoming to everyone. This data will help us all in asking better questions and making better decisions."

This should not imply that most residents and visitors are complaining about what's there now. The study found that the Battery Park City esplanade and its views of the Hudson River are the big draw. Lounging on Battery Park City's well-manicured lawns was another big attraction. Around a third of the study respondents reported that they came to BPC parks to sightsee, 19% said that they came to walk, and 10% reported that they were there to walk their dogs.

When asked what they liked least about BPC parks, the largest number of respondents could either think of nothing or said they liked everything about BPC parks. Of course, there was some grumbling. Some BPC residents groused about dog waste, hazards caused by bicycles on walkways and the perception that this place that they called home was overflowing with too many people at certain times of the day. Non-residents were more likely to point to insufficient restrooms and poor wireless connectivity.

But overall, Battery Park City parks earned an A, the researchers reported. This must have been satisfying to people at the BPCA who have devoted many years to making the parks what they are. Abby Ehrlich, BPCA Director of Community Partnerships and Engagement, is one of them. "As park planners and stewards we are constantly observing and assessing," she said. "Is this the best we can do? Can we provide more, for more people? This study answers many of our questions with scientific clarity and neutrality thanks to the expertise of BMCC professors and students."

The full BPC Parks User Count & Study is available on the BPCA website for download and review. To access it, click here.

For a video about the BPCA User Count and Survey, click here.
 



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pumpkins ST. PAUL'S CHAPEL CHOIR AUDITIONS; PICK PUMPKINS ON GOVERNORS ISLAND; JACK PUTNAM MEMORIAL SERVICE SCHEDULED 
     

Governors Island will close for the season at the end of October, but in the meantime, there's Pumpkin Point from Oct. 20 to Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with thousands of ripe pumpkins. Pumpkin Point is free to visit, and small and medium-sized pumpkins can be handpicked and purchased for a small donation that benefits the Friends of Governors Island. This will be the second year for Pumpkin Point. This year, it will be held in Nolan Park with live music and pumpkin painting organized by the Children's Museum of the Arts. For more information, click here. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 
     
Community Center at Stuyvesant High School: The Community Center at Stuyvesant High School (CCSHS) located at 345 Chambers St. in Battery Park City, offers a half-Olympic-sized swimming pool, basketball courts, a gym, fitness equipment and other amenities . In addition, there are a variety of classes including swimming lessons for children and adults, Tai Chi, Hatha Yoga, tennis for kids and total body boxing. CCSHS is open daily with hours that vary. Since the facilities are shared with the high school, the hours from September to June differ from those in July and August. An annual membership includes free programs and classes. The rates are $199 (adults, 18+) and $79 (seniors, military and youth). Battery Park City residents get a $20 a year discount on those rates. Walk-in passes are available for $15 (adults 18+) and $10 (seniors, military and youth). For more information, call (212) 267-9700, email communitycenter@bpcparks.org or click here.

Jack Putnam memorial service: A memorial service for Jack Putnam, the unofficial historian of the South Street Seaport, who died on Sept. 9 at the age of 82 will be held on Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Chapel (Broadway at Fulton Street). After the service, there will be a reception at the South Street Seaport's Melville Gallery, 213 Water St.

Audition for the St. Paul's Chapel Choir: The St. Paul's Chapel Choir welcomes volunteer singers from the parish, neighborhood and greater New York area to audition for this new ensemble launching in January 2019. Auditions will be held between September and December. Rehearsals will take place on Thursdays between 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. starting in January.The Chapel Choir, directed by associate organist Janet Yieh, will sing for morning services on the first Sunday of each month at St. Paul's Chapel and lead a congregational hymn-sing each season . For more information or to schedule an audition, click here.

NYC Ferry fall schedule: The NYC Ferry fall schedule went into effect on Monday, Sept. 17. The new schedule includes changes to midday and weekend frequency for the Rockaway, East River, Astoria, and South Brooklyn routes. There were slight adjustments to the Lower East Side PM weekday schedule, but frequency for the LES and Soundview routes will remain the same until the winter schedule takes effect. For details on the scheduling changes, click here.

New Lower East Side ferry service: On Aug. 29, NYC Ferry added a Lower East Side route to its roster of ferries connecting New York City neighborhoods previously underserved by transit. The Lower East Side Route runs from Wall Street/Pier 11, to Corlears Hook, to Stuyvesant Cove, East 34th Street, and ends at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, Queens. The trip takes about 32 minutes from start to finish and costs $2.75 for a one-way ticket. This is the sixth NYC Ferry route. For more information, click here.


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Renuka Pinto, an Australian trained physical therapist with over 18 years experience, is now offering "quality care at an affordable price" at her new location, 915 Broadway, Suite 1106. She is a sports and spine specialist using technology, intensive hands-on therapy and custom-based exercise to help patients meet their needs.
A mother of three, she offers specialized services to pregnant and post-partum women to help them achieve their individual goals.




calendar CALENDAR: October 2018  
Spotlight: Archtober

  
A display of tools in the South Street Seaport Museum. As part of the many events on the Archtober calendar, the Seaport Museum is offering the "Architecture of Trade: Schermerhorn Row and the Seaport" on Oct. 20 at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Oct. 1- Oct. 31: Archtober: Archtober in New York City features hundreds of events, tours and exhibitions related to the city's built environment. Many of these are in Lower Manhattan. At the South Street Seaport Museum, for instance, you can explore the "Hidden History of the South Street Seaport's Architecture" (Oct. 19 and Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m.); the "Architecture of Trade: Schermerhorn Row and the Seaport (Oct. 20 at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.) and "Typography and Job Printing in the 19th-Century Seaport" (Oct. 14, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28). Classic Harbor Line is offering several harbor tours that focus on architecture, with a member of the AIA on board to act as a guide (Oct. 18, Oct. 23 and Oct. 25 at various times). A VIP tour of the Woolworth Building led by the great-granddaughter of its architect, Cass Gilbert, is scheduled for Oct. 27. "The Future of Governors Island" is the title of an event on Oct. 19 led by the Trust for Governors Island. This is just a sample. Although the month of October is half over, there are still dozens of events on the Archtober schedule. For more information, click here.

Oct. 13-Oct. 14: Open House New York Weekend takes place on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14 with 250 sites in the five boroughs that will be open to the public. Go to the Open House New York Weekend website to browse the lineup and create your itinerary. Some of the sites require reservations. Others are open access. Web listings include full site descriptions and information about dates, open hours and tour times.
Here's a link to the website: https://ohny.org/weekend
    
Fall in Battery Park City: The Battery Park City Authority has released its Fall 2018 Parks Programming Calendar with more than 450 public programs and events between September and December. The full calendar of mostly free programs includes movie nights, concerts, tours, tournaments and games, art and nature events, fitness and exercise classes, and much more.  
 
For the complete calendar of Battery Park City events between September and December, click here.


 
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