News and events in Lower Manhattan
Volume 6, No. 40, March 30, 2021

"As a former board member and volunteer who spent many wonderful hours aboard Pegasus, I am deeply saddened by the loss of this venerable boat and important piece of maritime history. What a shame there is so little support for historic ship preservation in our city and our country."

    - Capt. Betsy Frawley Haggerty, responding to the news that the 104-year-old tugboat Pegasus had been scrapped

Letter from the Editor: A Perfect Man
104-year-old tugboat Pegasus goes to the scrapyard
Downtown Post Food: Dine Around Downtown at Home series resumes
Bulletin Board: NYC movie theaters reopen; NYS tax filing deadline moved to May
Letter to the Editor: Private lounge blocks Fulton Street in the Seaport
Calendar: Hudson River Park

COVID-19 CASES IN NEW YORK CITY: As of March 30, 2021 at 7:15 p.m.
828,074 confirmed cases * 31,142 deaths * 2,132,571 vaccinated in NYC

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MASTHEAD PHOTO: Witch hazel blooming in Hudson River Park on the first day of spring. (Photo: ©Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2021)

For the past year, I’ve spent more time with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo than with anyone else — family, friends, neighbors, work connections, anyone. I’ve watched almost all of his daily press briefings and participated in most of his conference calls for the press. I’ve listened to many of his TV interviews. Photographs of the governor during his press briefings fill my iPhone.

Although I’ve never met Cuomo, I believe that I know something about him. He is analytical, hard-working, strong, and committed to New York State and its people.
He is driven. He expects from the people who work with him what he expects from himself — that they give their all to the job at hand. He can be charming and funny. He can also be biting. (Sarcastic would be too harsh a word.) He can subtly make it clear when he thinks a question from a reporter is off the mark or uninformed. He teases. He banters. Sometimes I’ve thought that he needed an editor for his mouth. He can be inappropriate and intimidating but I have never thought that he was deliberately cruel. I believe that he cares about people — particularly people who have faced discrimination, poverty and tragic loss.
I watched him day after day confront the pandemic. The hospitalizations, intubations and death toll in New York State when the pandemic first became public knowledge frightened him. The experts told him that New York State might need 140,000 hospital beds but in the whole state, only 53,000 were available. No matter what he did to increase the bed count, there wouldn’t be enough. He knew what had happened in Italy when the hospitals were overwhelmed and patients were left to die in the hospital corridors. He saw what happened in Elmhurst, Queens when so many people were dying of Covid-19 that the morgues were full and refrigerator trucks had to be parked outside the hospital to receive the bodies.

He had to find a way out. With little meaningful help coming from the federal government, I watched Cuomo turn to well-regarded scientists and doctors for information that he used to forge plans for phased lockdowns and in time, phased reopening. He preached mask-wearing, social distancing and handwashing. He announced a statewide plan that, for the first time ever, called for public and private hospitals from across the state to agree that those hospitals that were beginning to reach or exceed capacity could transfer patients to other hospitals that were not as full. The hospital systems also agreed to share supplies, staff and other resources as needed.

Because of these and other measures, the upward curve of infections began to flatten. The tide began to turn. Over several months, New York went from the most Covid-infected state in the nation to one of the least infected.

And that was just the beginning.

That was almost a year ago. In recent months, Gov. Cuomo has gone from savior to pariah. He has been accused of obscuring the full extent of nursing home deaths early in the pandemic. Several women have said that he touched them inappropriately or made remarks to them that made them feel uncomfortable.

Almost gleefully, many New York State politicians have called for Cuomo to be impeached or resign. Many newspaper articles have fanned the flames. The words "toxic," "hostile," "scandal" and "bullying" have cropped up in headlines. An article in the Washington Post, for instance, was entitled "Cuomo's behavior created 'hostile, toxic' workplace culture for decades, former aides say" (March 6, 2021). An unidentified aide said that Gov. Cuomo had "groped her." ("Aide Says Cuomo Groped Her, as New Details of Account Emerge." New York Times, March 10, 2021). The woman never filed a complaint and the reporting on this incident was based on an anonymous source.

The governor denied the woman's account as he has denied all of the accounts of the women who have accused him of sexual harassment. On Feb. 28, 2021, the governor issued a statement in which he said "I never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm...I never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody...I have asked for an outside, independent review that looks at these allegations."

Also on Feb. 28, 2021, Beth Garvey, special counsel and senior advisor to the governor said that Letitia James, Attorney General of New York State, would conduct an independent investigation into the sexual harassment allegations made against Gov. Cuomo and that "all New York State employees have been directed to cooperate fully with this review."

On March 11, 2021, The New York Times published an article entitled "Cuomo Faces New Threat: Impeachment Inquiry Led by Democrats." The article stated that "After a three-hour emergency meeting, the State Assembly announced that it would give its judiciary committee broad jurisdiction to investigate allegations of misconduct against Mr. Cuomo, including the sexual harassment claims and his administration's handling of virus-related deaths of nursing home patients."

"A lot of people allege a lot of things for a lot of reasons," Cuomo was quoted as saying in a New York Times article entitled "The Imperious Rise and Accelerating Fall of Andrew Cuomo" that was published on March 13, 2021. The article was so critical of Cuomo that I wondered at first if it were an Op-Ed. But it wasn't. It was a news article that included statements such as this: "The problem with Cuomo is no one has ever liked him," said Richard Ravitch, a former Democratic lieutenant governor. "He's not a nice person and he doesn't have any real friends." The article went on to say that "New York's two Democratic senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, have now abandoned him, along with most of the state's congressional delegation."

On the day that The Times published that article, it also published an editorial called "Can Andrew Cuomo Continue to Lead?" (March 13, 2021). "There is a lot Mr. Cuomo can be proud of," the editorial said. "The governor used his considerable political talents to great effect. He persuaded the State Legislature to legalize same-sex marriage, pass strong gun-control legislation and raise the minimum wage, and he saw New York through several crises, from Superstorm Sandy in 2012 to the coronavirus pandemic. Few people understand how to make government work as Mr. Cuomo does. But those same traits translated into a ruthlessness and power that Mr. Cuomo failed to control."

The editorial ended by saying, "At this point, it is hard to see how Mr. Cuomo can continue to do the public's important business without political allies or public confidence."

You might never know it from the way that reputable newspapers are pouring boiling oil on Cuomo, but polls continue to show that most of the public in New York State still does have confidence in the governor. For instance, a New York Times article entitled "A Governor in Isolation: How Andrew Cuomo Lost His Grip on New York" (March 6, 2021) mentions four pages into the article that "A Quinnipiac University poll out on Thursday showed that Democrats overwhelmingly did not believe he should resign, and half of those Democrats surveyed supported his running for re-election next year."

A Siena Research Institute poll released on March 15, 2021 opens by saying "Voters say 50-35 percent that Governor Andrew Cuomo should not immediately resign. By 48-34 percent, they say he can continue to effectively do his job as governor....Voters approve of Cuomo's handling of the pandemic, 60-33 percent."

As I’ve been writing this today, I received six emails from Gov. Cuomo. The first one stated that “This morning we received word from the Biden Administration that the U.S. Department of Transportation will allow New York State to proceed with the federally required Environmental Assessment and public outreach for the nation's first congestion pricing program in New York City….Congestion pricing is an internationally proven method to reduce traffic congestion, enhance the availability and reliability of public transportation, and improve our air quality, and it will play a critical role as New York and the nation begin to recover from the pandemic and build back stronger and better than before."

The next email said, "The reports of a brutal assault on an Asian American woman in Midtown are absolutely horrifying and repugnant. We are all New Yorkers - no matter how we look or what language we speak - and we must always look out for one another and help those who need it. I am directing the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to offer assistance to the NYPD in its investigation of this incident so the individual responsible for this despicable act can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Then came an email from the governor announcing three major Port Authority of New York and New Jersey initiatives to re-energize New York Stewart International Airport and the surrounding region "as air travel returns from unprecedented lows resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

As he does every day, Cuomo also sent an email updating New Yorkers on the state's vaccination program. He wrote that “172,128 doses have been administered across the state's vast distribution network in the last 24 hours, and more than 1.3 million doses have been administered over the past seven days. Beginning today, all New Yorkers 30 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine."

Next the governor announced that collegiate sports can bring fans back to the stands under strict state guidelines, beginning April 2. Intercollegiate sports at large-scale venues that hold more than 1,500 attendees indoors or 2,500 attendees outdoors can host up to 10 percent indoor or 20 percent outdoor capacity.

Finally, the governor turned his attention to the New York Power Authority's Board of Trustees which has approved economic development awards to 23 entities that will support 2,292 jobs across the state—with 870 jobs being newly created—and spur more than $580 million in private capital investments. Eighteen entities are receiving awards through ReCharge NY energy allocations, while the remaining five are receiving Niagara hydropower allocations and funding awards to enterprises in Western New York. "These economic development awards will help us secure a promising and robust clean energy future for our state," Governor Cuomo said."

In addition to the above, the governor undoubtedly also spent a good part of the day working on the State's 2022 budget, which is due on April 1.

Apparently his ability to govern has not been impeded.

I don't think that Gov. Cuomo is a perfect man. Like most human beings (myself included), I think he is deeply imperfect. But I think he has done and is doing a great deal of good. Based on anything that has yet emerged about him, I'm not ready to see him go.

Terese Loeb Kreuzer
On March 17, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo went to the Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem to open a pop-up Covid-19 vaccination site and to be vaccinated himself. Cuomo said that members of Black communities were dying of Covid-19 at twice the rate of whites and that Hispanics were dying at one-and-a-half times the rate. Cuomo attributed these statistics to lack of access to medical care in these communities. To address this problem, New York State is opening 140 pop-up vaccination centers in predominantly Black and Hispanic neighborhoods. "Everything rises and falls on leadership," said Mount Neboh's senior pastor, Reverend Dr. Johnnie Green. "And we can truthfully say today that we've had the best of leadership under Governor Cuomo during this time of pandemic crisis."
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(Above) Tugboat Pegasus on her way to the scrapyard on March 24, 2021. (Photo from the Tug Pegasus Preservation Project Facebook page) (Below) Tugboat Pegasus docked at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park on June 21, 2014. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

By the time you read this, the 104-year-old tugboat Pegasus will have been reduced to scrap in the Garpo Marine Services shipyard on Staten Island.

Capt. Pamela Hepburn, who once owned the Pegasus, bought her in Norfolk, Va. in 1987 and brought her back to New York City where the tug had spent the first part of her working career. For the next 10 years, Pegasus was hired out as a general purpose harbor tug, towing oil barges, contractors' rigs and barges and railroad car floats.

Pegasus had been built in Baltimore, Md. in 1907 as S. O. Co. No. 16, for the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. For 90 years, she was a working vessel. Her longevity earned her recognition on the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places. After her retirement as a towing vessel, she continued to work with Capt. Hepburn at the helm, giving harbor tours and serving as a museum ship.

Capt. Hepburn set up a website to tell people about her. "Her service of 90 years and survival reflects the largest technological change in this century, the shift from steam to diesel," the website said. "Oil companies characteristically built strong, well-built tugs, as evidenced by their survival. Standard Oil Company was no exception. Although diesel propulsion was in use well before World War II, steam was still widely used. The economy and the demand of the war effort, typically, stimulated technological advances."

Pamela Hepburn was as unusual as the boat she once captained. She got her commercial tugboat captain's and master's license in 1985, empowering her to steer an uninspected tug of up to 300 tons. "There were a few other women who had captain and master's positions on tugs," she recalled, "but nobody seemed to stick around. They went into other aspects of the business."

She said she was attracted to tugboats because she was "boat crazy" and felt "totally comfortable with the work."

Hepburn first saw Pegasus in 1987. "I went looking for a boat to buy and this was the third one that I seriously considered," she said. "It was owned by a guy and his son in Chesapeake, Va. who bought and sold equipment. They wanted to sell Pegasus because it was pretty old. I wanted an old-style boat because I just love old boats and it was pretty cheap."

She said that she had no doubts about what she was doing. "I did it with complete composure and enthusiasm. The machinery on Pegasus was pretty good. We had it inspected. It worked for Mobil Oil when we first started and they sent their engineer over to inspect it. The engine had been worked on pretty comprehensively before we got the boat, so the engine was probably the best part. The rest of the boat was probably pretty bad. I just chose to ignore it."

In 2000, Hepburn started raising money to rehabilitate Pegasus. She donated the boat to a non-profit museum that she started with several other people. But financing was only one of the problems that confronted her. "There are so few piers available to historic ships," she said. In the winter, she kept the boat on the Morris Canal in Jersey City. For three years, she had a summer berth for Pegasus at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park but that contract was not renewed.

"The ridiculous thing is that after many years of campaigning by many people, Manhattan's waterfront is still not friendly to vessels — either ones like ours, a local museum vessel, or visiting vessels!" she said in an email that she sent to Downtown Post NYC on Feb. 5, 2015. "The challenge of looking for a new place is daunting."

Nevertheless, for years Hepburn continued to try. Finally, she gave up. On March 25, 2021 she said on the Tug Pegasus Preservation Project Facebook page that she was sad to see her tugboat headed for the scrapyard but that she also felt "some relief from the liability of the boat and the constant frustration of not being able to make it all work.”

People who knew Capt. Hepburn and who had worked with her, sent their condolences. "As a former board member and volunteer who spent many wonderful hours aboard Pegasus, I am deeply saddened by the loss of this venerable boat and important piece of maritime history," said Betsy Frawley Haggerty. "What a shame there is so little support for historic ship preservation in our city and our country."

Tara Quinn thanked "Captain Pam" for her "vision, hard work, and inspiration." Charles Smith said that he had first heard Capt. Hepburn speak at a symposium at Drew University. "Your passion for maritime history and preservation was so impressive," he said. "I’m so sorry that the boat will be gone. However, the memories will last. Thank you for everything you did for Pegasus. You gave the old boat the best years of its existence."

Jeffrey L. Jonap sent his condolences. "Sorry, Pam, to see your dream wind up like this. As you know I know first hand how hard it is to make maritime history work in NYC, even when it's part of the city you're trying to save. Stay safe and well my friend!"

 -Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Capt. Pamela Hepburn, who brought Pegasus back to New York harbor from Norfolk, Va., and who rehabilitated her and was her owner for many years before donating her to the non-profit Tugboat Pegasus Restoration Project. On Pegasus' last trip as a museum ship and harbor excursion vessel, Hepburn was at the helm, as usual. June 20, 2015.
 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Gifts and Snacks from Té Company

It's never too late to give someone (or yourself?) a gift. Té Company's tearoom at 163 West 10th St. is open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for tea and snacks to go. In addition, you can order tea and cookies (plus other gifts) online, For more information on Té Company, click here.
Downtown Post Food
Chef Matthew Dahlkemper of Temple Court presiding over a coal-burning grill set up on the restaurant's rooftop where he made Rohan Duck Breast with Fig and Fennel during an episode of the Dine Around Downtown: At Home edition sponsored by the Alliance for Downtown New York.
If you've been tuning into the "At Home" edition of Dine Around Downtown, launched last year by the Downtown Alliance, you've seen what goes on behind the scenes in some much-admired Lower Manhattan restaurants. Among others, Regional Executive Chef Matt Hoyle of Nobu Downtown showed viewers how to make Nobu's signature Wagyu Shabu Shabu, Executive Chef Rob Eggleston of Seamore’s tossed off the restaurant's signature Holiday Salmon Roast and Chef Matthew Dahlkemper of Temple Court presided over a coal-burning grill set up on the restaurant's rooftop where he made Rohan Duck Breast with Fig and Fennel.

Although viewers are encouraged to try to replicate the featured dishes in their own kitchens (and are even provided with recipes) it's interesting just to watch these master chefs and to appreciate the skill that goes into each carefully plated dish.

This spring, Dine Around Downtown: Cooking At Home Edition hosted by award-winning chef and New York Times-bestselling author Rocco DiSpirito, will present three new episodes featuring Harry's, Kesté Wall Street and The Fulton.

Participants can register for the upcoming episodes at

The series, broadcast via Zoom, raises money for food-security charities and provides viewers with exciting recipes. All the events are free to join, but participants are encouraged to donate to a fund of the restaurant's choice.

On April 8, Harry's Executive Chef Joseph Mallol will kick off Season 4 when he shows viewers how to make the restaurant's signature Beef Wellington with Truffle Sauce and Roasted Baby Carrots. The series will continue on April 22 with Executive Chef Roberto Caporuscio of Kesté Wall Street and on May 6 with Executive Chef Noah Poses of Jean-George Vongerichten’s The Fulton. All of the programs begin at 4 p.m.

Registration is required and limited.

All registrants will receive digital copies of the recipes prior to the event. Viewers who make the dishes themselves can post photos of their plates on Instagram, tagging #DineAroundAtHome and @downtownnyc for a chance to win a personal 30-minute cooking class with the featured chef.

The series launched in June 2020 as a temporary replacement for the Alliance's annual lunchtime food festival and has so far spotlighted 10 local restaurants and directed donations to nine different food charities, engaging over 2,500 registrants. All past episodes of Dine Around Downtown: Cooking At Home Edition can be viewed on the Downtown Alliance YouTube Channel.

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.
Disaster Loans & Grants
Unemployment Assistance - available for W2 and Schedule C clients
Mandated additional sick pay and associated tax credit
Paycheck Protection Program; Extended tax loss carry-backs
Bulletin Board
Movie theaters in New York City are now permitted to reopen with limited seating capacity. Some Lower Manhattan movie theaters are still closed with no reopening plans announced, but the Film Forum, which has been streaming films during the past year, will reopen its venue at 209 West Houston St. on April 2.
Movie theaters, billiard halls and wedding venues have reopened: With New York's hospitalization and COVID-19 infection rates declining, billiard halls statewide and movie theaters in New York City have been permitted to re-open. New York City movie theaters are allowed to seat customers at 25 percent capacity with no more than 50 people per screen at a time. Assigned seating is required. Billiard and pool halls in New York City are restricted to 35 percent capacity. As of March 15, weddings and catered events are permitted, restricted to 50 percent capacity with no more than 150 people per event. All in attendance must be tested prior to the event.

Indoor dining in New York City expanded: As of March 19, 2021, restaurants in New York City are permitted to offer indoor dining at 50 percent capacity. Previously, New York City and New Jersey restaurants were operating at 35 percent capacity. This decision is made concurrently with neighboring New Jersey also expanding indoor dining to 50 percent. Restaurants outsides of New York City expanded to 75 percent capacity on March 19. Other health guidelines remain in place.

New York State income tax filing deadline extended: The Department of Tax and Finance extended the New York State income tax deadline to May 17. This aligns with the federal decision to do the same and provides New Yorkers still coping with the complications of the COVID-19 pandemic ample time to file.

Domestic travel quarantine lifted: Beginning April 1, domestic travelers to New York State will no longer be required to quarantine. However, anyone entering New York State from abroad will still have to quarantine or test out of quarantine.

Indoor fitness classes resume: As of March 22, indoor fitness classes in New York City are allowed to resume at 33% capacity. Participants are required to wear masks and to sign in with contact information. An article in The New York Times published on March 22 outlined some of the Covid-infection hazards of indoor fitness classes and what facilities and class participants should be doing to minimize them. "Ideally, a group class should be held in a room with open windows and doors on opposite sides of the room to allow for cross ventilation," the article observed. "A classroom with only one entrance and no windows — a common situation in many gyms — probably does not have adequate ventilation to keep you safe. Adding several portable air cleaners to a space that lacks more doors or windows could help." To read the article, click here.

Open enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers extended: Through May 15, 2021, New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York's Official Health Plan Marketplace, or directly through insurers.

Extending the Open Enrollment Period will help to align New York with the federal Public Health Emergency which was recently extended. This extension allows anyone eligible for Qualified Health Plan insurance additional time to enroll for coverage in 2021 and means that enrollment remains open for all NY State of Health programs, which is especially important during the ongoing public health emergency. Coverage start dates will vary: Enroll by March 31: Coverage starts May 1. Enroll by May 15: the coverage starts June 1.

Anyone eligible for other NY State of Health programs such as Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus can enroll year-round. As always, New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health online at, by phone at (855) 355-5777, and by connecting with free enrollment assistance.

For additional information on NY State of Health insurance options during the COVID-19 emergency click here.

For NY Department of Financial Services information and resources during the COVID-19 emergency, click here.

Interim Covid-19 guidelines from the CDC: Now that more than 32 million Americans have been completely vaccinated, on Monday, March 8 the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) issued new, interim guidelines. If you are fully vaccinated (defined as two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of the J&J vaccine) you may:
   •   Hang out indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
   •   Gather indoors with UNvaccinated people from one other household without masks, unless someone in that household is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness.
   •   If you are vaccinated and come into contact with someone who has COVID, you no longer need to quarantine or get tested unless you have COVID symptoms.

The CDC urges that even the vaccinated continue to wear masks, practice physical distancing and continue with hand-sanitizing measures. It also recommends the vaccinated avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings. Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (don’t forget that there’s still a chance you can catch COVID even if you’re vaccinated; it’s likely to be a less severe case, but still best to be careful).
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Letter to the editor
The Chase Sapphire Lounge, a private facility for Chase customers, was installed two years ago on Fulton Street in front of Schermerhorn Row. (Photo: © Joanne Gorman)
To the editor:

I'm writing to protest the continuing presence since the spring of 2019 of two bulky structures in the dead center of the South Street Seaport’s cobblestoned Fulton Street, immediately in front of historic Schermerhorn Row.

These are Chase Sapphire Lounges — private spaces for Chase customers only. My understanding is that they were permitted by the City as "temporary" structures.
Two years is not temporary.

These structures cut off public, open pedestrian space on a cobblestoned street that was refurbished at considerable taxpayer expense.

Since the lounges were installed by The Howard Hughes Corporation, they've been winterized, summerized, and left to the elements during Covid. Most recently, they have acquired concrete planters all around (effectively cannibalizing even more open space).

So where's the public outcry?

I suspect that the battle over 250 Water Street has distracted many. After all, how many fights with The Howard Hughes Corporation can you have at once?

Yet, the issue of the lounges is not disconnected from 250 Water Street. On the contrary. It's another example of Hughes privatizing and monetizing every square inch of the Seaport.

Schermerhorn Row is the jewel of this district. The expanse of the open cobblestone street has never been off-limits to the public until now.

This is OUR space, the taxpaying citizens of New York. I want it back!!

Rona Kluger
South Street Seaport resident

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Spotlight: Hudson River Park
The first day of spring on Pier 26 in Hudson River Park. Pier 26, which juts far out into the Hudson River, opened last year with lawns, swings, a netted ballplaying space, benches and plantings that reflect the ecology of the Hudson River as it was before Henry Hudson sailed up it in 1609. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
March 21 marked the start of a season of constant transformation along Hudson River Park's four miles. The park's southern border is on Chambers Street. The northern border is in midtown Manhattan. The park's 2021 Bloom Guide shows some of what's in bloom and where in the park to find it.

A seasonal explosion in plankton population jumpstarts the Hudson River ecosystem. One of the biggest changes that takes place in HRPK each spring happens below the surface of the Hudson River. As conditions become just right, drifting plants, animals and other organisms, collectively called plankton, begin to reproduce and multiply — rapidly! This annual bloom starts with phytoplankton, the plant plankton that provide 50 percent of the world’s oxygen. Click here for more about this annual phenomenon as described by the park's staff scientists.

The arrival of spring means the beginning of the volunteer season in HRPK. Volunteers work with the park's horticultural staff to help keep the park clean, green and beautiful. All green thumbs are welcome to sign up (no experience necessary), enjoy the outdoors and give back to our shared backyard. Capacity is capped to ensure safe social distancing. Hudson River Park's Saturday Green Team dates start April 10. Click here to see the full calendar, and learn about other volunteer opportunities.

Members of Hudson River Park's Friends with Benefits program enjoy VIP opportunities, discounts at local businesses and more ways to enjoy the Park while helping it thrive. Hudson River Park is not part of NYC Parks — programming, maintenance and operations rely on private support. Join today! For more information, click here.
The historic fireboat John J Harvey moored at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park.
(Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
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