News and events in Lower Manhattan
Volume 6, No. 47, Sept. 9, 2021

"New Yorkers sometimes forget they are surrounded by water and that there is a whole maritime industry working here."
— Craig Rising of McAllister Towing and Transportation
Letter from the Editor: We know
Labor Day Weekend's North River tugboat races remembered
Honoring the 9/11 Boatlift
Bits & Bytes: Tin Building construction nears completion; More sky-high dining
Bulletin Board: September 11 anniversary events; Get vaccinated
Calendar: Fall Arts Week on Governors Island

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MASTHEAD PHOTO: A photo taken on Sept. 10, 2007 in St. Paul's Chapel shows some of the photographs and offerings left in memory of people who died in the World Trade Center attack on Sept. 11, 2001. (Photo: ©Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2007)

The weather was lovely yesterday afternoon — sunny, not too hot. Greg Freitas, captain of Classic Harbor Line's yacht, Full Moon, and I were sitting on a bench overlooking North Cove Marina in Battery Park City. We were talking about what had happened there on Sept. 11, 2001 and in the days and weeks that followed.

"Do you hear people talking about 9/11?" I asked him. "What do you think they make of it?"
Greg Freitas, Captain of the Full Moon
(Photo © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
"I don’t see too many people realizing and understanding the significance of the 20th anniversary," he replied. "Oh, yeah. They go over there," (gesturing toward the World Trade Center) "and take their selfies at the memorial. People of our generation respect it."

"I remember the dust and the smoke and the stench!" I said. "You couldn’t breathe! And the people jumping out of the buildings. Did you see that?"
"Yeah," Greg said.
"Yes, you did? You’re not going to forget things like that," I said.

Greg said that he had a digital file on his computer of somebody jumping. "I have a couple of shots," he said. "And I have it locked. You need a password to get into that file and I’ll never open it. I’ll keep it with me forever. Once the file is locked — in my warped sense of ‘whatever’ — they’re still up there. They haven’t landed yet."

He said that for 10 years he had had "a mild case of PTSD" that haunted him until he managed to exorcise it.

"Being back here is kind of freaky," he said, "and I think it’s therapeutic at the same time. I have to face a lot of things that are still in my mind. I look up and I see a space and I do have a photograph, not mine but one I found on the Internet, of the North Tower being right in that space. And of course I have my own photographs that show the same thing but on its way down."

"I think that one of the things that was destroyed that day was a sense of predictability — of permanence," I replied. "Anything in a moment could be gone."

"I would sum it up in three words," Greg said. "Loss of innocence. We’re now aware that we’re under attack. We’re now aware that we could be under attack any day. We’re now aware that on the 20th anniversary, do you want to be in the city? Maybe something else is going to happen during that time — the heightened security."
Military helicopters flying over North Cove Marina
(Photo © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
As we talked, helicopters frequently flew overhead, including a couple of military helicopters. Greg said they were called "Huey's."

With the noise of the passing helicopters making conversation impossible, we sat in silence.

Then I said, "That was a beautiful morning."

"Oh, it was gorgeous," Greg said.
I reminded Greg that it had been primary election day. I told him that I had gotten up early that day to vote and as I waited for the elevator, I chatted with a young woman who lived on the same floor that I did. I had seen her often but we had never spoken. She said she was on her way to work. I asked her where she worked. "The World Trade Center," she said. I held the door open for her as we left the building. She didn’t come home that day.

Greg said that nearly 3,000 people didn't come home that day.

"I think that those of us who lived through what we did don’t need to see the photographs," I said. "I don’t need to see people’s videos or whatever. I’ve got it all up here still (gesturing toward my head) — and I have it still up here with the sensory memories — the smell, the fear, the paranoia that existed for me for months. I wouldn’t come down here because I didn’t want to see the absence of the buildings. We who were there in one way or another — we don’t need the photographs."

Greg disagreed. "I do understand that but as I’m getting older, I glance at my photographs because memory is softening and I’m surrounded by people who don’t even know of that day and I have to remind myself that yes — it happened," he said.

Greg gestured toward the far side of the marina from where we were sitting. "Where that tent is, I had a tent there that was a general store," he said. "Friday morning it started raining so we set up a tent. Supplies were being piled up there and we brought all the supplies into the tent and we became the main service area for the firemen on the pile. On the Friday, that was the start of putting up and stocking the tent, I worked for 62 hours straight. I went two-and-a-half days with no sleep. Sunday evening, someone took a photograph of me standing in a corner of the tent, sleeping. I was sleeping standing up, leaning against something. Then I worked another 55 hours before I left."

Greg said that his memories of that period of time were selective. "There are a lot of things I don’t remember," he said. I replied that that's what happens when we go through trauma. To protect us, our minds weed out the worst.
The afternoon sunlight glinted off the Hudson River, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and off the yachts docked in the marina. "This harbor is so placid today and so beautiful," I said. "Like nothing ever happened. And yet, we know it did."
"Yes," Greg said. "We know."

— Terese Loeb Kreuzer
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A photo from the 22nd annual Great North River Tugboat Race on Aug. 31, 2014. The Robert E. McAllister came in first in the Class A Division. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
There were no Labor Day Weekend tugboat races on the Great North River (aka the Hudson) this year and there weren't any last year, either. The Working Harbor Committee, which has organized the races for decades, said that this year's race was canceled "due to Covid restrictions." That was true last year as well.

In addition the Working Harbor Committee had to contend with the sad announcement that Meg Black, the WHC's director, had "taken ill" and was "stepping down."

"She has been the heart and soul of the Working Harbor," said Gordon Cooper, Chair of the Working Harbor Committee.

The primary activity of the Working Harbor Committee, a not-for-profit organization, has been the sponsorship of two-hour narrated boat tours of New York and New Jersey's working waterfront. The tours go to places that are normally hidden from most area residents and visitors. Known as "Hidden Harbor Tours," they emphasize the importance of the maritime industry and why it's critical to the economic health and quality of life in the New York and New Jersey area.

Although over the years the Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition has been a lot of sometimes raucous fun it, too, was established with an educational purpose. Usually more than 15 tugboats participated in the event, which drew thousands of spectators.

“New Yorkers sometimes forget they are surrounded by water and that there is a whole maritime industry working here. This tug competition is the one time a year people can really see what we do,” said Craig Rising of McAllister Towing and Transportation, one of the largest and oldest tug companies in the country.

On Sept. 3, 2012, I watched the Great North River Tugboat Race and wrote this about it:

Yesterday I watched the 20th Annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition and talked to some of the men who work on the tugboats, and their families. Many of the tugboat companies in New York harbor have been owned for generations by the same families, and the people who worked on the tugs did it generation to generation, "but not so much any more," one man told me, who has been with McAllister Towing for 24 years. — "Why not?" I asked. — "You're away too much," he said. — "I'd see him once a month," said his wife, who brought up the kids more or less by herself. "And it's dangerous work." — "You're out in all weathers," said the man. "Snow, sleet, rain, ice." — "And hurricanes," his wife added. — "Still," said a woman, a family friend who was sitting with them, "it's better than working in an office. I worked in an office for 37 years. Now I can't stand to be inside, even at home. I go out every day."

A young man named Chris joined the group. He was still in high school. — "Would you like to work on a tugboat?" the woman asked him. — "Yes," he said. After Chris left, the man said, "They come out of school and they don't know anything. It takes years to learn the business."

— Terese Loeb Kreuzer

The Working Harbor Committee asks that those who want to honor Meg Black and her service contribute to Working Harbor Committee programs either through PayPal or by sending a check C/O Cooper, 345 W. 70th St, #3B, New York, NY 10023.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Fireboat John J. Harvey docked just south of South Cove near the Museum of Jewish Heritage as the retired fireboat evacuated people from Lower Manhattan. Further south, New York Waterway ferries and tugboats loaded passengers from the sea wall in Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park. (Photo courtesy of the New York City Police Department)
The Boatlift of 9/11 was the largest water evacuation in history. After roads, tunnels, and railways out of New York City were closed following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, more than half a million people were stranded in Lower Manhattan.

Ships and boats of all sizes spontaneously converged on Lower Manhattan to transport survivors across the harbor to safety. The rescue effort involved more than 150 American maritime vessels, including passenger ferries, tugboats, merchant ships, private vessels, historic vessels and New York City Fire Department and Police Department boats. Over a nine-hour period, more than 500,000 people were saved. The rescue was larger than the evacuation of the 340,000 American-allied troops at Dunkirk in World War II.

In honor of 9/11 and in commemoration of the Great Boatlift, a flotilla and blessing of the fleet will take place on Friday, Sept. 10. The Classic Harbor Line Fleet is offering passage to anyone who wants to watch.

Trips range in length between 2 and 2.5 hours. The vessels will pass by the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center site and Manhattan’s Financial District.

Sandwiches, water and soda are included. In addition, guests may bring their own food, preferably simple, individually packed items.

Departure Schedule
▪ Yacht Full Moon | 12:00p - 2:15p (departing North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place). Max capacity: 23
▪ Yacht Manhattan | 12:15p - 2:15p (departing from Chelsea Piers). Max capacity: 40
▪ Schooner America | 11:45a - 2:30p (departing from Chelsea Piers). Max capacity: 70
▪ Schooner Adirondack | 12:00p - 2:30p (departing from Chelsea Piers). Max capacity: 40

One hundred percent of the revenue from ticket sales will go to support waterfront-related non-profits that are working to develop future mariners, support waterfront development, and protect and preserve maritime history.

These organizations include Rocking the Boat, Brooklyn Boat works, The John J Harvey, Save Our Ships, Portside NY, Billion Oyster Project (benefiting NY Harbor School Programs), Lilac Preservation Project, National Maritime Historical Society, Sea History, the Hudson River Maritime Museum and the Working Harbor Committee.

The minimum ticket donation is $50 per person. Patrons can also make an optional, additional donation during the reservation process.

To reserve a ticket, click here.

Disaster Loans & Grants
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Mandated additional sick pay and associated tax credit
Paycheck Protection Program; Extended tax loss carry-backs

It's still 'Iced Tea Season' at Té Company

The tea room is open Friday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
163 West 10th St.
Tea and snacks are offered to-go and outdoor seating is available.
For the tea and snack menu, click here.
Tea and snacks can be shipped. To order tea, click here.
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Bits & Bytes
In the aftermath of 9/11, Superstorm Sandy and the Covid-19 pandemic, is Lower Manhattan in trouble or doing just fine? It depends on whom you ask. On Sept. 4, 2021, The New York Times published an article entitled "Lower Manhattan Rebounded After 9/11, but the Pandemic Erased the Gains." It went on to say that "The triumphant comeback of Lower Manhattan after 2001 became a rallying cry for New York City. But its offices have emptied out, tourists are gone, and hundreds of retailers have shut down." For that article, click here. A few days later, on Sept. 7, Crain's New York Business opined that "fears that the tragic events of 9/11 would lead to a permanent exodus from the neighborhood did not come to fruition. Many observers now predict more residential projects and an eventual recovery for the neighborhood’s office towers." For a link to that article, see the listings below.
(Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Construction Wraps Up on Tin Building at 95 Marginal Street in Seaport District, Manhattan, New York YIMBY, 9/7/2021. "Exterior work is nearing completion on the Tin Building, a three-story commercial building at 95 Marginal Street on Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport District," says New York YIMBY. "Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by Howard Hughes Corporation with Plaza Construction as construction manager, the facility will open with a seafood-themed market by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the main tenant of the low-rise building. The 53,000-square-foot structure is located to the east of South Street and the elevated FDR Drive." For the complete article, click here.

Behind Lower Manhattan’s dramatic transformation, Crain's New York Business, 9/7/2021. Reviewing the changes in Lower Manhattan since 9/11, Crain's New York Business notes, "Some of the most recognizable names in New York real estate, including SL Green and Macklowe Properties, are taking part in making Lower Manhattan more of a mixed-use environment. It’s part of an astonishing transformation in the neighborhood in the past two decades that few would have predicted in the immediate aftermath of the attacks....The neighborhood still faces its fair share of challenges, including a lack of affordable housing and uncertainty surrounding its famed office towers, given the surge in remote work during the Covid-19 pandemic. But fears that the tragic events of 9/11 would lead to a permanent exodus from the neighborhood did not come to fruition. Many observers now predict more residential projects and an eventual recovery for the neighborhood’s office towers." For the complete article, click here.

New Rendering Spotted for 15 Beekman Street in the Financial District, Manhattan, New York YIMBY, 08/30/2021. "A new rendering has been posted for 15 Beekman Street, a 27-story academic center and dormitory for Pace University in the Financial District," says New York YIMBY. "Designed by Manish Chadha of Ismael Leyva Architects and developed by SL Green Realty, the 338-foot-tall structure will be alternatively addressed as 126-132 Nassau Street and yield 213,084 square feet of classrooms, dorms, a dining facility, a library, and a learning center. The building will also include a cellar, sub-cellar, and a 20-foot-long rear yard. New Line Structures & Development LLC is the general contractor for the project, which is being built on a plot at the corner of Beekman and Nassau Streets. For the complete article, click here.

NYC Culture Club Announces Solo Exhibition By Todd Stone In The Oculus At World Trade Center, NewYorkYIMBY, 8/19/2021. "The NYC Culture Club, a private gallery within the Oculus, selected artist Todd Stone to host a solo exhibition that began September 1," according to NewYorkYIMBY. "The exhibition features over 30 works in oil, watercolor, and digital media that document the 20-year story of the rebuilding of downtown, and the 12 years of Stone’s tenure as an artist in residence at the World Trade Center. Titled 'Renewal,' the exhibition is aligned with the 20th anniversary of September 11 and offers the public a moment to remember those who we lost, while highlighting the transformation, renewal, and rebuilding of the World Trade Center site." For the complete article, click here.

The Hitmakers Behind Crown Shy Launch Sky-High Fine Dining in the Financial District,, 8/17/2021. "Plenty of restaurants have opened their doors in NYC this summer, emboldened by the city’s vaccination-fueled revival, but Saga — the long-awaited, sky-high fine dining establishment from acclaimed Crown Shy duo James Kent and Jeff Katz — still feels like its stepping out on its own," says "The tasting menu restaurant, located on the 63rd floor of 70 Pine Street, a 970-foot-high skyscraper in the Financial District, is aiming to redraw the boundaries of what fine dining with a capital F looks like in NYC when it opens on August 25. Kent and Katz, both industry veterans who have spent over two decades combined building their careers in top Michelin-rated institutions like Eleven Madison Park and Del Posto, respectively, see Saga as their more forward-looking interpretation of fine dining. Their new direction starts with the establishment’s jaw-dropping location. The restaurant located in a former private apartment built for oil industry titan Henry Latham Doherty in the mid-1900s. The duo preserved the rarified space to still feel like an apartment, with the dining area’s 16 tables positioned across multiple rooms that open onto intimate outdoor terraces that diners are encouraged to explore during their meal." For the complete article, click here.
Bulletin Board
In December 2011 — the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attack — Julian Wachner conducted Part 1 of Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio in St. Paul's Chapel. At that time, some of the messages and mementos that had been sent to Trinity Parish from all over the world were still displayed in the chapel. This year the chapel will be open from 9 p.m. on Sept. 10 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 12 as a place to pray, reflect, mourn and remember. Clergy will be present to offer support and prayers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, with brief musical interludes and readings. Artifacts from the events of Sept. 11 will be on display in St. Paul's Chapel along with interactive digital exhibits at Place: St. Paul's Chapel, Broadway at Fulton Street.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Battery Park City 9/11 gathering: Join neighbors and friends for an informal
Community Sunset Gathering on Sept. 11 to mark the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center attack. It will be a time to chat, to unite, to reflect and to honor.
There will be light refreshments, music, and friendship. Sponsored by the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association with thanks to the Battery Park City Authority. Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Place: Esplanade Plaza (volleyball courts next to North Cove Marina).

9/11 Boatlift 20th Anniversary Tribute: On Sept. 10, the American Merchant Mariners' Monument in Battery Park will be the site of a shoreside ceremony, blessing of the fleet and vessel procession to honor those who participated in the 9/11 Boatlift. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Admiral Karl Schultz have been invited to speak. Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free but attendance is limited. Register here.

Knickerbocker Orchestra at the Museum of Jewish Heritage: On Sept. 11, the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra will open its 14th season with a special concert at the Museum of Jewish Heritage marking the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001. The program, “Remembrance, Reflection, Resilience: A 9/11 Tribute Concert,” will feature Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” the world premiere of Gary S. Fagin’s “9/11 In Memoriam,” Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington’s “Come Sunday” featuring the KCO’s Orlando Wells on violin, and other musical pieces interspersed with short readings. This performance will be held LIVE at 8 p.m. (ET) at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, for a hybrid audience. There are a limited number of tickets to attend in person and an unlimited number of tickets to view the livestream from home. All tickets are free, with a suggested donation of $20. For more information and to register or buy a ticket, click here.

Tribute in Light: The twin beams of the Tribute in Light will shine again this year beginning at sundown on Sept. 11. The powerful lights reach so far into the sky that they can be seen within a 60-mile radius of Lower Manhattan.

Get vaccinated: All New Yorkers 12+ are eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. Only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for 12-17-year-olds, and they need a parent or guardian present during the vaccination. City-run sites now accept walk-ins for anyone (12+ or 18+ depending on the vaccine). City-run sites will also give second doses to anyone who got their first shot elsewhere; bring your CDC vaccination card for the second dose. In-home vaccination is now available for all New Yorkers 12 and older. Go to or call 877-829-4692 to request an in-home appointment. Immunocompromised New Yorkers who got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine can now get a third dose at most vaccine sites (City-run sites, doctor’s offices, community health centers, hospitals, pharmacies). Immunocompromised people vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson can’t yet get a second shot.

On Thursday, Sept. 9 and Friday, Sept. 10 from noon to 5 p.m. there will be a walk-in vaccine pop-up site at Tweed Courthouse (52 Chambers St.) for people 12+. Get vaccinated there and get a $100 debit card.

Wetlab look-ins: The River Project's flow-through aquarium on Pier 40 in Hudson River Park houses dozens of species of fish and invertebrates caught within the Park as part of an ongoing ecological survey. The Wetlab is a rotating live exhibit as animals are released throughout the season to ensure that their behaviors are minimally impacted. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, join River Project staff for a tour of the Wetlab and get answers to your questions about local wildlife. Tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays take place between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. and on Sundays, at 11 a.m. All guests to the Wetlab must wear masks and observe social distancing. For more information, click here.

Governors Island ferry access: Access to Governors Island is by ferry, with timed ticket reservations required. Governors Island's Brooklyn ferries serve two locations on weekends: Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Atlantic Basin in Red Hook. (Enter near the corner of Pioneer and Conover Streets and enjoy PortSide NY's Pandemic Pop-Up Park near the landing.) Ferries run daily from Lower Manhattan. The ferries are always free for kids 12 and under, for seniors 65 and up, for residents of NYCHA housing, for military servicemembers, Governors Island members, and for everyone on weekends before noon. Learn more about Governors Island ferries and book tickets by clicking here.

Lower Manhattan Greenmarkets: There are Lower Manhattan Greenmarkets in Tribeca (at Chambers and Greenwich Streets) and at Bowling Green, City Hall, the Oculus and the Staten Island ferry. GrowNYC asks that shoppers wear a face covering inside the market space and maintain a six-foot distance between themselves, Greenmarket staff, farm stand employees and other customers. Dogs and bicycles should be left at home.

Click here for a list of the fruits and vegetables now in season.
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Spotlight: Fall Arts Week on Governors Island
Snow Yunxue Fu in her workspace at the LMCC Arts Center on Governors Island.
(Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

From Sept. 8 to Sept. 13 many of the numerous arts and cultural organizations on Governors Island are presenting exhibitions, open studios, events and activities spanning several days in September as a part of the inaugural Fall Arts Week on Governors Island.

Works from more than 50 different artists will be on display, concentrated in the historic houses of Nolan Park and Colonels Row. Visitors will be able to move from house to house and interact directly with both art and artists, drawing from a compelling mix of visual art pieces, new media, soundscapes, sculpture, conceptual art, outsider art and more.

This interdisciplinary work explores identity, memory, family, gender equity, colonialism, environmental interactions and crises, the U.S. prison system, the intersection of arts and technology, double-consciousness and more. Participating organizations will also hold free community building activities, performances, meet-the-artist events and workshops throughout the week.

Some of the participating organizations will be opening on weekdays for the first time this season. In addition, some of the organizations that have been providing residency space for artists during the 2021 season will open their studios to the public during this time.

Organizations participating in Fall Arts Week, all of whom have a seasonal or full-time presence on the Island, include ArtCrawl Harlem, BronxArtSpace, Escaping Time: Art from U.S. Prisons, Flux Factory, Harvestworks, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NARS Foundation, NYU Gallatin, Swale, Triangle Arts, West Harlem Art Fund, Works on Water and more to be announced.

Click here for the full schedule.

In accordance with the Key to NYC Executive Order, indoor public programs and galleries on Governors Island require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Proof of vaccination includes a photo or hard copy of a CDC vaccination card, the NYC COVID Safe app, the Excelsior Pass or another official vaccine record for approved vaccines. Children younger than 12 years old (not currently eligible for vaccination) must be accompanied by a vaccinated person. Face coverings continue to be required in all indoor spaces on Governors Island.
Onyedika Chuke standing next to part of his installation entitled "The Forever Museum Archive — Circa 6000 BCE" at the LMCC Arts Center on Governors Island.
(Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
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