News and events in Lower Manhattan
Volume 6, No. 49, Nov. 18, 2021
Letter from the Editor: Looking up
Downtown Post Travel: Little Island takes root
Bits & Bytes: 1 Wall St. conversion nears completion; Tribeca art scene
Bulletin Board: Covid vaccination questions answered; Help for small businesses
Calendar: Native Cinema Showcase

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COVID-19 CASES IN NEW YORK CITY: As of Nov. 17, 2021 at 5:35 p.m.
1,115,071 confirmed cases * 34,715 deaths * 6,222,509 vaccinated in NYC

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MASTHEAD PHOTO: Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City. (Photo: ©Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2021)

I confess. Some things have gotten me down. They include the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2020 with the apparent collusion of some members of the U.S. Congress (RollingStone, 10/24/2021), the recently enacted laws in 19 states that will make it harder for Americans to vote (this statistic comes from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School) and the failure of the U.S. Senate (at least so far) to pass urgently needed voting rights acts, or even to discuss them.

And then there's Covid. Gothamist reported on Nov. 17 that "New York City is now seeing an average of more than 1,100 cases a day, up from around 830 daily cases at the end of October." New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging all New Yorkers, regardless of vaccination status, to get COVID-19 tests in advance of holiday gatherings and travel and to get tested again before they return home from travel to reduce the chance of seeding outbreaks in the city. (Gothamist, 11/17/21)
Eclipse of the moon over Manhattan,
Jan. 20, 2019. (Photo © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
However as a cosmic antidote to this, we can look up. In the wee hours of Friday, Nov. 19 there will be a partial lunar eclipse that will be visible in New York City — and I mean the very wee hours. It will begin at 1:02 a.m. when the Earth's penumbra starts touching the moon's face. By 2:18 a.m., the moon will start to get red. The maximum extent of the eclipse will occur at 4:02 a.m.
The partial eclipse will have ended by 5:47 a.m. This will have been the longest partial lunar eclipse of the 21st century. However (and there's always a "however" these days) here's the weather forecast for New York City. At 2 a.m. there will be a 52% chance of rain. At 3 a.m., there will be a 39% chance of rain. At 4 a.m. (hallelujah!) it will be partly cloudy with only a 2% chance of rain. By 5 a.m. it will be clear.

The good news is that you can watch as much of this as you want while remaining cozy and avoiding frostbite via a livestream.

And that's all the good news that I have for you at the moment. I'm still waiting for some good news about voting rights and Covid containment.

Terese Loeb Kreuzer
Editor, Downtown Post NYC
A lunar eclipse over Jersey City as seen from Tribeca in Lower Manhattan. Jan. 31, 2018 (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
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Downtown Post NYC Travel

Little Island's support structures have been arranged to suggest a hilly landscape.
(Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Little Island, a man-made island in the Hudson River near 14th Street where Pier 55 used to be, opened to the public on May 21, 2021 after almost seven years of controversy. There were lawsuits, stops and starts, billionaire head butts, cost overruns and enough verbal fireworks for the Fourth of July. But things seem to have settled down and on a not-too-hot or too-cold day toward the end of October, a lot of people on Little Island were basking in the sun, admiring the river views, walking along the island's serpentine paths and lunching on food and beverages in the island's central plaza. There was plenty of room for everyone. Although the 2.4 acre island was busy, it didn't feel crowded.
Marine grasses have been planted on the windswept summit of Little Island. The spire of 1 World Trade Center rises behind them along with the blue expanse of the Hudson River. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Little Island is undoubtedly a tourist attraction. There's nothing quite like it in New York City or most likely anywhere else. It has been constructed atop concrete pilings that serve as distinctive, tulip-shaped receptacles for earth and plants. Visitors can admire beautiful river views framed by trees, flowers and marine grasses. During the summer, there are music, dance and theatrical performances that take place in its 687-seat amphitheater.
Perhaps of equal fascination to out-of-town visitors is that the island exists because a New York mogul named Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC and Expedia Group and founder of the Fox Broadcasting Company and USA Broadcasting, thought it up and then funded most of it along with his wife, fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg. The couple originally earmarked $130 million toward building the island but as the years dragged by and costs escalated, they ended up kicking in around $380 million, part of which was designated for the island's upkeep.

New York City does have an impressive assortment of millionaires and billionaires who could upstage the glitterati of most U.S. cities.

Among the riveting stories in the Little Island saga was when Diller locked horns with real estate developer Douglas Durst who was financing a lawsuit against Diller's proposed island. The lawsuit brought by the venerable City Club of New York asserted that construction should be stopped because it had not undergone required environmental reviews. Diller did not take this interference well and remarked that he wished that Durst had been killed by his brother, Robert Durst, who had been accused of killing acquaintances. (Robert Durst was recently indicted for killing his first wife, who disappeared 39 years ago.) Diller later apologized to Durst for his remark.

At any rate, eventually the park was built, at least in part because Governor Andrew Cuomo stepped in to soothe ruffled feathers and to promise that the construction of Little Island would not adversely affect the ecology of the Hudson River. Cuomo also allocated $50 million of New York State funds toward building the park on the condition that New York City contribute an equal amount.

In this time of Covid when any opportunity to be outdoors in a beautiful environment is welcome, Little Island shines. Though tourists may marvel at it, those of us who live in New York City can hop on over to the island whenever we want. And we should. We can watch it transition among the seasons and from day to night when the sun sets in dazzling splendor over the Hudson River and the lights of Lower Manhattan come on like stars that dropped from the sky.

— Terese Loeb Kreuzer
Little Island, which is free to visit, is open daily. During the winter, it's open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Timed entry reservations are available for all visits on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from noon for the remainder of the day. Tickets are required for the amphitheater performances. For more information, click here.
Performing on Little Island: Little Island has issued an open call for artists of all disciplines whose skills can engage outdoor audiences. Performers will be paid. To be eligible, they must be 18+ (or legally permitted to employ child performers) and living or working in the Greater New York area in the summer of 2022. Applications are due by Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. For more information and to apply, click here.

Little Island was built in the Hudson River on concrete pilings topped with distinctive, tulip-shaped receptacles for earth and plants. Signe Nielsen of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects was the landscape architect for Little Island. She has recorded an audio tour of the landscaping. To listen to it, click here.
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Bits & Bytes
Hudson River oysters: For several months now, work barges and cranes of various sizes and configurations have been parked in the Tribeca section of the Hudson River next to what was once Pier 32. The broken pilings of that old pier were long ago taken over by double-crested cormorants and by a variety of gulls who rested on them in between foraging expeditions. But these days, most of the birds have fled. The barges and cranes, hired by the Hudson River Park Trust, have prevailed. A spokesperson for the HRPT explained that the "Tribeca Habitat Enhancements work includes installing gabions seeded with oysters and textured concreted piles in the Pier 32 pile field. The goal here is to install a variety of features in the river and river bottom to create improved habitat for oysters and fish. The work is currently still under way." Repeated requests for additional information have gone unanswered. A "gabion," by the way, is a wirework container filled with rock, broken concrete, or other material used in the construction of such structures as dams and retaining walls. (Photos: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
"One Wall Street’s Residential Conversion And Retail Addition Wraps Up In Financial District, Manhattan,", 11/16/2021. "Work is wrapping up on One Wall Street, the largest office-to-residential conversion project in New York City’s history," says New York YIMBY. "Developed by Macklowe Properties, the 90-year-old, 564-foot-tall Art Deco building is undergoing a 21st century restoration and overhaul that will yield 566 new residential units, a 44,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market, and a four-floor 75,000-square-foot Life Time fitness center on the lower levels of the Financial District property. At the top of the mid-century annex is a multi-story addition that was designed by SLCE Architects. Compass Development Marketing Group is handling sales and marketing for the homes with the help of a sales gallery located within the Red Room on the ground floor. One Wall Street is bound by Broadway and Trinity Church to the west, Wall Street to the north, Exchange Place to the south, and New Street to the east." For the complete article, click here.

"Eagles, Beavers, Sea Turtles: Why N.Y.C. Is Humming With Wildlife," New York Times, 10/28/2021. "Adrian Benepe has spent much of his life promoting the outdoors in New York City, from serving as a park ranger in the 1970s to becoming the parks commissioner some 30 years later. Still, he is stunned at what he has seen around town lately," The New York Times reports. Benepe is now the president of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The Times quotes him as saying that he grew up in the parks. “There were never red-tailed hawks or Peregrine falcons or bald eagles. You didn’t even see raccoons; there were pigeons and rats and squirrels, that was it. Now there are bald eagles all over the city. This winter they were in places you haven’t seen them in generations, and they were hunting in Prospect Park.” According to The Times, "Raptors are the tip of the iceberg. There have been bats and endangered butterflies, wild and rare native bees; a coyote in Central Park; beavers, salamanders and leopard frogs in Staten Island; a bobcat, mink and several foxes in the Bronx, along with endangered alewife herring and American eels traversing fish ladders in the Bronx River while hungry osprey and egrets lurk nearby; large wild oysters and tiny sea horses at piers along the Hudson River; baby damselflies, the world’s most endangered sea turtles and a baby seal in Queens; and exotic insects not seen in decades in Brooklyn." For the complete article, click here.

"TriBeCa Gallery Guide: New York’s Most Vibrant Art Scene," New York Times, 10/28/2021. "Galleries have been moving to TriBeCa for a good five years, but the migration has finally hit critical mass," says The New York Times. "As everyone from tiny new project spaces to the blue-chip titan David Zwirner floods in, this cast-iron and cobblestone neighborhood in Manhattan — south of Canal, north of Vesey and west of Broadway — is no longer just one option of many. For any New York-area gallery that needs to move or is opening another branch, TriBeCa is now the most exciting place to show contemporary art — the destination that has to be considered. There are now at least 41 galleries in TriBeCa," says The Times, "compared with fewer than 20 galleries two years, and still more are set to move in. It’s not just because a savvy real estate broker found a cache of dormant retail spaces, either. Rather, the neighborhood’s layout and architecture — an endearing mix of sudden broad vistas, quiet nooks and river views — offer the perfect compromise between the art world’s romantic 1960s conception of itself and its current professionalized reality." For the complete article, click here.
Bulletin Board
BPCA's outdoor Adult Art programs end this week. Saturday's Drawing in the Park on Nov. 20 will wrap-up the outdoor season. This is also the last week to submit artwork for the BPCA 2022 Annual Art Exhibition. Bring art work to the class, where an art instructor will explain the submission process. For more information about future art classes and about the annual art exhibition, go to (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Vaccination for children?: At the present time, only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for children, aged 5 to 11 years old. Children can get vaccinated at their doctor’s office, pharmacies and at vaccine sites across the city.

Booster shots are now available for all New Yorkers, 18 years old and older who received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago. The booster shot can be any of the three authorized or approved vaccines. To find a booster vaccination site, go to and choose your preferred brand from the "Any Vaccine" drop-down menu.

Are booster shots free? Yes. Booster shots are free to anyone who is eligible to receive one. People with insurance may be billed but will not be charged an administration fee or any other fee.

In-home vaccination is now available to any New Yorker who requests one. Vaccine brand preference can be requested. Go to or call 877-829-4692 to request an in-home appointment.

Free transportation to and from a vaccination site is available to City residents who are 65 and older. To schedule free transportation by either ambulette or taxi (including wheelchair accessible vehicles) call 877-829-4692. Those younger than 18 must have their parent or guardian call to book the trip on their behalf.

Immunocompromised New Yorkers who are 12 years old or older and who received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine can now get a third dose as part of their initial vaccination series 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. The third dose should be administered at least 28 days after the second dose. It should be of the same vaccine brand as the first two doses, if possible.

People with disabilities can get help making a vaccination appointment at an accessible site, traveling to and from their appointment and getting their shot. To make these arrangements, call 855-491-2667 or do it through the City's online appointment scheduler. Recognized disabilities may include seeing or hearing; thinking or concentrating; speaking; use of arms; taking care of daily chores; coping with feelings of sadness or anxiety; getting around; and climbing stairs. Email for more information.

Lower Manhattan Jump Start program: The Alliance for Downtown New York in partnership with the consultancy Streetsense has created a free program to help new retailers and restaurants get started in Lower Manhattan. Businesses accepted into the program will receive four interactive sessions with Streetsense tailored to the needs of each business but broadly dealing with physical operations, digital marketing, public relations and e-commerce. The package of consultancy services has an estimated value of $10,000 per award. To be eligible for the program a business must have a signed lease or letter of intent dated on or after July 1, 2021 for a storefront commercial lease in Lower Manhattan. The lease must be for at least one year. The location can't be open at the time of application and must be an independent business with no more than five locations in New York City, including the new one. For more information about the program and to apply, click here.

Governors Island ferry access: Access to Governors Island is by ferry, with timed ticket reservations required. Ferries run daily from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South St. in 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. Starting later this year, NYC Ferry will serve Governors Island daily via the South Brooklyn route. A launch date for this expanded service will be announced soon. NYC Ferry's shuttle from Wall Street/Pier 11 to Yankee Pier on Governors Island will continue on weekends until the launch of 7-day/week service along the South Brooklyn route. NYC Ferry riders on any line that makes stops at Wall Street/Pier 11 may transfer to a shuttle service to Governors Island on Saturdays and Sundays. Governors Island weekend ferry service from Brooklyn (Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Atlantic Basin in Red Hook) is currently not in service and will return in Spring, 2022. The first ferry to Governors Island from 10 South St. leaves at 7 a.m. The last ferry from Governors Island leaves at 6 p.m. 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.
Many of the Downtown Post NYC bulletin board listings are now on the Downtown Post NYC website. To see the bulletin board listings, click here.
To see the events and activities on the Battery Park City Authority's fall calendar, click here. Most events are free. For some, reservations are required.
Spotlight: Native Cinema Showcase
"Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective" is among the films being screened by the National Museum of the American Indian's online Native Cinema Showcase.
The National Museum of the American Indian brings its annual Native Cinema Showcase to online audiences through Nov. 18. The program includes 47 films (seven features and 40 shorts) representing 39 Native nations in 13 countries: United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Peru, Brazil, Sweden, Greenland and the Solomon Islands.

Filmmaker panels, all 40 shorts and three of the feature films, What Happened to the Bees? (¿Qué les pasó a las abejas?), Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective, and Rez Metal, are available for online streaming worldwide.

The feature films include:

Run Woman Run
Available on demand from 1:01 AM ET, Nov. 17, 2021, to 11:59 PM ET, Nov. 18, 2021
(Canada, 2021, 100 min.)
Director: Zoe Hopkins (Heiltsuk/Mohawk)

Beck (Dakota Ray Hebert), a bereaved single mom, loses her path with the suicide of her mother. Feeding her grief with junk food and alienating everyone around her, she finally hits rock bottom when her young daughter leaves her and her father kicks her out. She inadvertently summons the ghost of her ancestor, Onondaga marathon runner Tom Longboat (Asivak Koostachin). Spurred and guided by her ancestor, she begins training for a marathon. Through running she learns how to reclaim her dreams and her family and to honor her life and those that she loves.

Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective
Available on demand through 11:59 PM ET, Nov. 18, 2021
(USA, 2020, 76 min.)
Directors: Costa Boutsikaris and Anna Palmer
Producer: Ben-Alex Dupris (Colville)

For millennia Native American communities have successfully stewarded and shaped their landscapes, but centuries of colonization have disrupted their ability to maintain their traditional land management practices. Inhabitants follows five tribal nations across the United States who are adapting to today’s climate crisis as they restore these practices and their relationships with the land. As the climate crisis escalates, these time-tested practices of North America's Native peoples are becoming increasingly essential in a rapidly changing world.

Rez Metal
Available on demand through 11:59 PM ET, Nov. 18, 2021
(USA/Denmark, 2021, 76 min.)
Director: Ashkan Soltani Stone
Assistant Director: Veronica Quam (Zuni)
Associate Producer: Pamela J. Peters (Navajo)

I Don’t Konform, a heavy metal band from the Navajo Nation of Arizona, performs regularly in their community and in local clubs. After the band catches the ear of acclaimed Metallica producer Flemming Rasmussen, they find themselves a few months later rehearsing with him in their hometown and then recording their debut album in Denmark. Rez Metal is a remarkable journey of one band and of the vibrant heavy metal scene in Navajo Nation, where music is a universal call for inspiring hope and unity.

To view the full schedule of feature films, shorts and filmmaker panels, click here.
An exhibition entitled "Stretching the Canvas: Eight Decades of Native Painting" that opened in New York at the National Museum of the American Indian in November 2019 will close on Jan. 2, 2022. Since 1940, many Native artists have pushed, pressed, and expanded beyond narrow, market-driven definitions of American Indian art. On view are nearly 40 paintings from the museum's permanent collection that transcend, represent, or subvert conventional ideas of authenticity. This painting by Dick West (Southern Cheyenne, 1912–1996), is among those in the exhibition and is called “Spatial Whorl." For more information about this exhibition, click here.

The National Museum of the American Indian is located at 1 Bowling Green and is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Timed-entry passes are not required. For more information about visiting the museum, click here.

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