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VOLUME 24, NUMBER 27 THE NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN NOVEMBER 23 - 29, 2011
20 YEARS OF STOCKINGS
WITH CARE, PG. 15
Photo courtesy of James Pinto
Hizzoner former NYC Mayor David Dinkins (center) helped dole out a Thanksgiving feast to homeless men, women and children at the NYC Rescue Mission on Monday, Nov.21.
BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER
Few people showed up last week for the fi rst of what Battery Park City Authority president Gayle Horwitz said would be quarterly Town Hall meetings to discuss neighborhood issues.
On Nov. 17, fewer than 100 people were in the audi-torium of P.S. 276 to hear Horwitz and other B.P.C.A. offi cials accompanied by Michael H. Dockett, Assistant Commissioner, Urban Park Service, fi eld written ques-tions from the audience. William C. Thompson, Jr., chairman of the Battery Park City Authority, was not at the meeting.
Horwitz opened the meeting by reading from notes describing some of the Battery Park City Authoritys activities and accomplish-ments over the past year.
She was particularly effu-sive on the subject of the ball fi elds, which are now covered with state-of-the-art artifi cial turf. She ended her remarks with a mention of the recent layoffs at the Authority, during which 19 people were terminated.
The Authority is at a crossroads in our history and our mission is chang-ing, she said. Were clos-ing our chapter as a real estate developer and open-ing a new chapter as an owner/manager. In an effort to meet our ongoing mission of ensuring a community of quality residential, com-mercial and park space, the Authority has restructured its operations including the consolidation of certain departments and functions. This restructuring will bet-ter position the Authority to meet its operational chal-
Myriad questions at B.P.C.A. town hall
BY HELAINA N. HOVITZFor most people, Thanksgiving din-
ner likely does not take place at 11:30 a.m.; but when you have over 1,000 cold and hungry mouths to feed in a single day, every minute counts.
Thanksgiving came early on Monday for many of the citys homeless men, women and children living in shelters and on the streets, courtesy of the New York City Rescue Missions 11th
Annual Great Thanksgiving Banquet. The meal was served in fi ve shifts, to a little more that 200 people at a time throughout the day. Those in atten-dance, representing the citys forgotten population, were excited to be dining at an elegant table setting, listening to live music and being waited on by celebrities and politicians.
Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins,
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb of the Today Show, Senator Daniel Squadron, New York 1 anchor Cheryl Wills, Mr. G from Pix11, and City Councilmember Margaret Chin joined 75 other volunteers to serve up a tra-ditional turkey dinner for the adults, macaroni and cheese for the kids, and pie and ice cream for all.
Feeding NYCs most vulnerable provides a lesson in gratitude
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Continued on page 17 O.W.S. in pictures. See page 12-13.
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New York Downtown Hospitals new ICU on wheelsNew York Downtown Hospital is now
the proud owner of a new ambulance and has also been awarded the opportunity to expand runs for its other life-saving vehi-cles. The news comes after negotiations between the hospital and the FDNYs Emergency Medical Service.
A brand new Critical Care Transport Unit, often called an ICU on wheels, was officially unveiled last Friday. Not only was it unveiled it was also blessed by local clergy members, a tradition at the hospital.
The deal was, in part, brokered by NY State Senator Daniel Squadron.
Squadron said the hospital, which is the only full service hospital south of 14th Street, raised an issue about their ability to take more patients in their Emergency Room and told the senator that having additional ambulances would go a long way toward allowing the hospital to better serve the community.
Certainly the hospitals E.R. has been a critical part in caring for Lower Manhattan for a long time, and even more since St. Vincents has closed, said Squadron.
The senator decided to bring in the major players, including the city and the FDNY, to raise the issue on behalf of the
hospital.Im glad we were able to be effective
in convincing FDNY to give a fair hear-ing [on the issue], said Squadron, who described his role in the negotiations as small part match maker, small part nudge.
Its just part of the job of representing the community, he added.
I really have to credit Senator Squadron, bringing all of the parties together, said Jeff Menkes, the hospitals president.
The combination of utilizing founda-tion support and the support of local elected officials is a model that New York Downtown [Hospital] has used successfully over the last few years. The hospitals state-of-the-art MRI unit that opened a year and half ago was made possible due to funding by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation at the urging of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
This [recent] experience with [Sen. Squadron], has been a really great model for how to make sure all the communities Downtown have access to a first-class hospital, added Menkes.
John BaylesNY State Senator gets an up-close-and-personal look at the new Critical Care Transport Unit he helped secure for New York Downtown Hospital.
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SHOWCASING DOWNTOWNOn Monday, Nov. 21, Alliance for Downtown New York
President Elizabeth H. Berger, Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz and J & R Chief Executive Offi cer Rachelle Friedman offi cially kicked off the 2011 Holiday Shopping season in Lower Manhattan. The Downtown Alliance launched an extensive print and outdoor advertising, direct mail, and promotional campaign showcas-ing Lower Manhattan this season.
Lower Manhattan is one of the most dynamic and suc-cessful live-work communities in the world, offering people who live, work or visit everything from great bargains to seasonal indulgences and all in less than one square mile, Downtown Alliance President Berger said. With more than 1,300 places to shop, dine and explore in Lower Manhattan, its time for everyone to discover this secret: Lower Manhattan is the place to shop and celebrate the holiday season.
You can learn more about the campaign at www.DowntownNY.com/holiday
COALITION FORMEDOrganizations representing journalists in New York City
have announced the formation of the Coalition for the First Amendment to monitor relations between the NYPD and the press.
In a joint statement, the groups declared:
When New York City police evicted Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park in the early hours of Tuesday, November 15th, more than 20 journalists were arrested and several were injured. In what appeared to be a planned maneuver, police offi cers forced reporters and pho-tographers so far away from Zuccotti Park that they could not see what was happening. They roughed up people who were trying to fulfi ll their duty to report the news.
We have formed this coalition to monitor police actions. What the police did on November 15th to suppress coverage of their activities was intolerable. We are determined to use any means needed to fi ght such censorship in the future. In the city in which John Peter Zenger fought for and helped establish freedom of the press, we can do no less.
POLS SECURE FUNDS FOR PIER 42United States Senator Charles E. Schumer and New York
State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that they have secured funding commitments to use a portion of the remain-ing Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) federal dollars to begin the completion of the East River Waterfront Park, redevelopment of Pier 42, and completion the continuous green ribbon park around Lower Manhattan, connecting the Hudson River Park to the East River Park and beyond. Schumer and Squadron urged the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) in November of last year to fund the development of Pier 42 and complete
the park, using a portion of the $20.4 billion in funding Schumer secured for lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. Agreement between the LMDC, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the City of New York to make an initial investment of $14 million will begin the process of redeveloping Pier 42 into parkland and could include the demolishing of the existing shed.
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EDITORIAL PAGES . . . . . . . . . . 10-11
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ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 - 26
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C.B. 1MEETINGSA schedule of this weeks upcoming Community
Board 1 committee meetings is below. Unless other-wise noted, all committee meetings are held at the board offi ce, located at 49-51 Chambers St., room 709 at 6 p.m.
ON MON., NOV. 28: The Houseing Committee will meet.
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Sleepy cat burglarThe owner of a third-fl oor dance studio at
55 Chrystie St. between Canal and Hester Sts. found a stranger sleeping at her desk around 5:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12 and woke him up, police said. The stranger tried to fl ee with a tee shirt and an empty camera case, both belong-ing to the studio, according to the complaint fi led with the Manhattan District Attorney. When police apprehen