2017 Halloween List

WE’RE PUMP(KIN)ED FOR TRICK-OR-TREAT 2017!

Thanks to everyone who signed up to welcome trick-or-treaters this year!

Click here to download the list of apartments accepting trick-or-treaters, and don’t forget to put the “Trick-or-Treat” sign on your apartment door, so the kids can find you easily.

If you did not sign up in time, but would like to welcome trick-or-treaters, put the sign on your door anyway, and you can be sure your bell will be ringing!

Thank you!

What’s the story behind the BPC Block Party?

blockparty_3139.jpgAfter post-9/11 recovery efforts ended in the spring of 2002, a group of Battery Park City residents got together to continue the neighborhood’s emotional recovery and encourage its rebirth. In September 2002, this informal group launched the first Battery Park City Block Party.

Ten years later, members of this same group are planning the Tenth Anniversary Block Party, slated for the same month as the opening of the National 9/11 Memorial Plaza.

“The sentiment behind the first block party was to say that we, the residents and businesses of Battery Park City, are back and want to celebrate the bond that grew out of 9/11, a shared experience and a difficult year, and forge our community into something stronger than before,” said Rosalie Joseph, a co-organizer of the block party. In addition to Ms. Joseph, the first block party committee included 24 residents: co-organizer Anthony Notaro, as well as Joan Cappellano, Martha Gallo, Tammy Meltzer, Tom Goodkind, Craig Hall, Jeff and Paula Galloway, Deborah DiIorio, Linda Velez, Marti Cohen Wolfe, Greer Griffiths, Sudhir Jane, Angela Benfield, Ken Ard, Bob Townley, Maria Leo, Susan McNamara, Jamie Monroe, Vicki Winters, Patricia White Watson, Patsy Polatchek, and Jane Abrams.

To start the first block party, the committee approached the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) and asked for their assistance in creating the event. “Without hesitation, they were on board along with the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy [BPCPC] and have been ever since,” recalled Ms. Joseph. “For the past 10 years they have been our partners along with the former Embassy Suites.”

The concept at the heart of each block party is that Battery Park City is a small town in the Big Apple, she said, adding that “our party is unlike other block parties in other neighborhoods. We don’t have outside vendors. We showcase local restaurants, local vendors and local talent. It’s all about our community.”

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Ms. Joseph expects to have back this year many of the key elements that have been part of the block party in the past: restaurant and vendor tents, a variety show, an apple pie contest, a seniors’ flea market, local artists’ booths, a dog parade, a bubble gum contest, and children’s rides and activities coordinated by Bob Townley of Manhattan Youth.

In addition, some new events are planned, such as a green area and activities, an Asphalt Green sports contest area, and a parade with local talent, such as the Tri-Battery Pops. To highlight the community feeling of this year’s party, the organizers are also providing a family/neighbors table area where families and groups of friends can congregate.

At the 2011 block party, as in past years, the organizing committee will hand out community service awards to Downtown residents who have contributed to the improvement of Battery Park City. Past winners have included the Broadsheet, the BPCA and BPCPC, Sid Baumgarten and the Battery Park City Community Emergency Response Team, and Linda Belfer, chair of the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1). Other award recipients have included CB1 members Jeff Galloway, Ruth Ohman, and Tom Goodkind, who is also the conductor

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of the Tri-Battery Pops. Additional winners have included Susan Duncan of Church Street School of Music and Art, Craig Hall of the World Trade Center Residents Coalition, Manhattan Youth executive director Bob Townley, and the Seniors Organization. Additionally, the organizing committee selects a Neighbor of the Year Award winner. Past years’ winners have included Joan Cappellano and Anthony Notaro.

Since this year’s party heralds a decade of recovery and the completion of Battery Park City’s master plan, organizers want to make a special effort to involve volunteers who have not had a chance to take part before this year, as well as welcoming back organizers and volunteers from earlier years, some of whom have moved away.

Guidance for Nor’easter Impacting NYC on 11/7 and 11/8

A significant storm is forecast to impact New York City today from approximately mid-day Wednesday through Thursday morning. Although only an inch of rain is forecast, sustained winds will reach 25 to 40 miles per hour, with gusts up from 55 to 65 miles per hour. The wind will cause a storm surge ranging from 3 to 5 feet at high tide Wednesday afternoon, with the highest surge levels forecast for the Western Long Island sound; surge levels are forecast to be slightly lower at high tide Wednesday night.

The City is taking significant precautions in advance of the storm, including halting all construction, closing all City parks, encouraging drivers to stay off the road after 5:00 PM, or to use extreme caution if they have to drive and employing door to door operations to urge people without heat to take shelter to stay warm.

While this storm is significant, under normal circumstances, it would likely result in minor coastal flooding in low-lying areas, and the normal risk of downed trees associated with these types of storms.

Because Hurricane Sandy weakened trees and caused extensive damage and debris, the predicted wind speeds present an increased risk of more downed trees and tree limbs, as well as windblown debris. All New Yorkers are urged to stay indoors during inclement conditions.

In light of the beach erosion and other damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, some of the lowest-lying areas in the city – particularly the areas flooded by last week’s storm – are vulnerable to storm surge today.

No general evacuations have been ordered, but if you experienced significant flooding during Hurricane Sandy, you should consider taking shelter with family and friends, who do not live in low-lying areas, or go to one of the City-run storm shelters.

In particular, based on analysis of the erosion caused by Hurricane Sandy, residents of Breezy Point, Hamilton Beach, and Gerristen Beach should consider taking shelter with family or friends, or at a City-run shelter. The Police Department is making announcements via loudspeakers in these neighborhoods and other areas that saw significant flooding.

A listing of shelters can be found here.

A listing of pickup locations for buses going to shelters is here.

Museum of Jewish Heritage Offers Temp Space for Residents/Businesses

Our friends at the Museum of Jewish Heritage have kindly opened up their doors for Lower Manhattan residents and business owners. It has heat, WiFi and a cafe. Please see the information below for more details.

You will have access to the Museum’s WiFi and café, and are welcome to tour the exhibitions as their guest.

Please note that entry to the building from 8 A.M. to 10 A.M. is through the staff entrance, located on the right side of the building. From 10 A.M. to closing, you can use the main entrance. The Museum of Jewish Heritage is located at 36 Battery Place.

Wednesday, November 7

8 A.M – 3:30 P.M. Resource Center on the ground floor (Capacity is 30)

Thursday, November 8

8 A.M. – 5:45 P.M. in the classrooms on the ground floor (Capacity is 125-150)

Friday, November 9

8 A.M. – 3 P.M. in the classrooms on the ground floor (Capacity is 125-150)

They will provide a schedule for the week of November 12 by November 9.

Blankets Needed + Co-Working Spaces

Julie Menin has sent out the following update with recovery info:

Many of you have been asking about ways you could continue to help the relief efforts and provide supplies. We have received urgent requests from many buildings in Lower Manhattan that house a significant senior population with no heat who need blankets by tonight. If you can donate blankets and  drop them off, please email us and we will provide you with a location that needs it today.

In addition, we have have arranged for temporary office space at the following locations to assist the many small businesses that have been displaced:

92Y Tribeca at 200 Hudson Street

Tribeca Film Institute at 32 6th Avenue

I want to extend my thanks to the 92YTribeca and the Tribeca Film Institute for doing this, and please email me if you are interested in using the space.

For additional information on ways to volunteer and donate, the Manhattan Borough President’s office has set up the following blog: http://scottmstringer.tumblr.com/post/34849936898/how-to-volunteer-and-donate-help-nyc-recover-from

You can also find information on co-working spaces at the Sandy Coworking Crowdmap.

Tonight at Gateway & Helping Others

Gateway Mgmt and Gateway Tenants Association is hosting a pizza party in the 600 lobby tonight for our 400 neighbors who are still without power or water. If you want to bring a salad, beverage or desert please email us.

In addition, now that 400 is close to being up and running, BPC Cares is turning our attention to our neighbors on the Lower East Side. Ninfa Segarra has reported to us that the greatest need is flashlights, batteries and water. Please bring tonight if possible, we will arrange to get them to the churches who are distributing goods.

If you have protein bars or easy food to carry over, that would be great too. Thank you all for the great food you brought last night and the strong sense of community you have been displaying!

BPC CERT, Gateway Tenants, BPC Cares, BPC Dogs, BPC Community Network.

CB1 Update – 11/2/12

Here are excerpts from this morning’s CB1 update:

Free packaged meals and drinking water:

Distribution Centers will be open

Friday from 1PM – 5PM

Saturday 1PM – 5PM

Bring your own bag to carry food and water. Free packaged meals and drinking water will be distributed every day until electricity is restored. Supplies are limited

Chelsea

Chelsea Park – West 27th St. between 9th and 10th Aves.

Lower East Side

Vladic Playground – East 10th St. betweens C & D Aves.

Al Smith Playground – Catherine St. bn Cherry and Monroe Streets

Hamilton Fish – Pitt Street and East Houston Street

Grand Street Settlement – Corner of Stanton and Pitt Sts. (water only)

Chinatown

Confucious Plaza – Central Plaza on Division Street

Each person will be allowed three meals and five bottles of water per day, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday. Food will also be delivered directly to home-bound residents, the mayor said.

Water:

 Tap water is safe to drink

For those in Manhattan who do not have water, the Department of Environmental Protection has water-on-the-go drinking water stations at six locations and will keep them open from 9am-5pm daily until power is restored:

West 23rd Street and 8th Avenue

East 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue

West 14th Street and 8th Avenue

Houston Street and 6th Avenue

Canal Street and Centre Street

Monroe Street

Transit:

Subway service remains limited. No subway service in Manhattan below 34th Street. No subway service between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Click here for transit tracker: http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2012/oct/28/transit-tracker/

Building Inspections

The Department of Buildings is inspecting buildings in hard-hit Zone A areas to assess their structural integrity. There are three areas where these inspections are happening: Staten Island, the Rockaways, and Lower Manhattan.

Buildings will be tagged with one of three color placards to indicate their safety:

·         Green: the building is safe to enter

·         Red: the building is not safe and may not be entered

·         Yellow: it can be occupied conditionally (i.e. one floor may be safe while another is not.) These conditions would be explained on the placard.

Building owners can also self-certify with the Department of Buildings.

Con Edison Restores 320,000 Customers:

Customers served by underground networks in Mid- to Lower Manhattan who lost power during the storm will have service by this Saturday. Con Ed is hoping to push that up earlier.

The utility said although it has restored power to some areas of Manhattan, more than 100 buildings may still be without electricity due to basement flooding or damage to local equipment.

Con Edison will be distributing dry ice at seven locations until supplies run out.  Personnel will also be available to answer questions.

  • Brooklyn: Walgreen’s, 532 Neptune Ave. (between W. 5th & 6th Streets)
  • Bronx: 1840 Bogart Avenue
  • Queens: 121-10 Rockaway Blvd.
  • Staten Island: Entrance to Great Kills Park on Buffalo Street
  • Manhattan: 14th Street and Union Square West (South Side)
  • Westchester County: IBM Complex/Town Park at Business Park Dr. parking lot

FEDERAL AID PROGRAMS

Home Disaster Loans: Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replaced disaster-damaged real estate or personal property owned by the victim. Renters are eligible for their personal property losses, including automobiles.

Business Physical Disaster Loans: Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs): Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period. EIDL assistance is available only to entities and their owners who cannot provide for their own recovery from non-government sources, as determined by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Federal Aid Programs for State of New York Disaster Recovery Loans are available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance, and for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster.

More information can be found at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Information from the Federal Small Business Administration on disaster recovery assistance is also available at www.sba.gov.

Health Care

Bellevue, New York Downtown, Manhattan VA, NYU Langone, and Coney Island Hospitals have all been evacuated.

Downtown Soccer League

Downtown Soccer League is closed till further notice. Please see website:http://www.downtownsoccer.org/

Downtown Community Center

Manhattan Youth will open after school programs and all school based programs the same day school begins.  For now the downtown community center is closed.

For more information www.manhattanyouth.org

400 Gateway Update – 11/2/12

Earlier, we were told by a building worker that all apts. and hallways have power — however, we just found out from residents that this is not true.

Most apts. have power — last report is that there are 30 or so random apts. without (not a particular floor or line), and apparently hallways do not yet have lights.

The earlier report that there is still no water is correct; latest word is that they are hoping to get the remainder of power and water working today.

CB1 Update (Excerpts)

The info below has been excerpted from CB1’s latest email update:

Food and Water Distribution (starting at 3pm):

  • 10th Street between Avenues C and D
  • Catherine Street between Monroe and Cherry Streets (Smith Houses)
  • Pitt and Houston Streets
  • Grand and Clinton Streets – water only
  • Bowery and Division Street (Confucius Plaza)

Dry Ice Distribution:

Con Ed is distributing dry ice at Union Square Park – 14th Street and Union Square West (South Side)

Utilities Update:

Southbridge Towers Buildings 1-5 have power and running water, but no heat or hot water. Buildings 6-9 are without power, elevators and running water (this is a correction from the previous email). Battery Park City has power excluding 400 Gateway Plaza and the Ritz. Power has been restored to most of the Financial District west of Broadway, east of Broadway in the Financial District still has no power. Con Ed has said that power should be back to all of Lower Manhattan by Saturday.

MTA update:

Click here for updated MTA subway map: <http://www.mta.info/sites/default/files/pdf/HurricaneRecoveryMapOct312012.pdf

Water:

Tap water is safe to drink, reports the Mayor.

Department of Environmental Protection update: “Due to flooding and power related shutdowns caused by Hurricane Sandy, wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations have discharged untreated wastewater into New York City waterways. The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene advises that direct contact with the Hudson River, East River, New York Harbor, Jamaica Bay and the Kill Van Kull for recreational activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, or any other water activity that would entail possible direct contact with the water should be avoided until further notice.”

Downtown Community Center

Manhattan Youth will open after school programs and all school based programs the same day school begins.  For now the downtown community center is closed.

For more information www.manhattanyouth.org

Downtown Alliance Update:

http://www.downtownny.com/node/13580?origin=2012-10-29&mini=calendar%2F2012-10

State Senator Daniel Squadron has set up a useful blog with helpful information:

http://www.nysenate.gov/blogs/2012/oct/30/sandys-aftermath-what-expect

Resources to Help NYC’s Businesses Recover from Hurricane Sandy 

Here are some key sources of assistance that are coordinated by the New York City Department of Small Business Services and the New York City Economic Development Corporation:

  1. For small to mid-sized businesses that are facing business interruption, NYC Business Emergency Loans will be available, with loans capped at $10,000. For information, click on this link or call 311.
  2. For businesses facing displacement, the City is making short-term “swing” office space available at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, free of charge for 30 days. EDC has about 40,000 square feet of space at the Terminal that is now available for this use. Learn more.
  3. For businesses requiring other emergency assistance the SBS Business Outreach Team and Emergency Response Unit is available to help impacted small businesses. Learn more.
  4. For mid-to-large-sized businesses that need to undertake rebuilding, an emergency sales tax letter from New York City Industrial Development Authority (IDA) is available to allow businesses to avoid payment of New York City and New York State sales taxes on materials purchased for rebuilding. Please contact Shin Mitsugi atsmitsugi@nycedc.com for information.

In addition, the following Federal Aid Programs for State of New York Disaster Recovery are available:

  1. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides loans for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance, and for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster. To learn more contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling (800) 621-3362.
  2. In addition, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides loans to individuals, families and businesses in an area whose property has been damaged or destroyed following a Presidential-declared disaster (such as Hurricane Sandy), and whose losses are not covered by insurance. To learn more, contact the SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955. 

NYC Service

There will be various ways to volunteer to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – Want to Volunteer? Please email nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov with your name, email address and borough. There will be ways to volunteer today and over the next week as opportunities arise.

The NY Tech Meetup and New Work City are organizing volunteers with technology skills to help with relief efforts and help New York-area businesses and organizations get their technology back up and running after Hurricane Sandy. Here is the signup form.

CB1 Update:

The office does not have power and we continue to work remotely. Please direct inquiries to man01@cb.nyc.gov or to Evan Lacher, Community Liaison, at elacher@cb.nyc.gov.

All CB1 meetings and events have been postponed for the week.

Call for Volunteers by JCP Downtown

Dear JCP Friends,

We remain so touched by our community spirit and outpouring of help. We still have significant need for help in downtown Manhattan areas.

Today, we will combine efforts with Chabad and former Community Board Chair Julie Menin at 11 AM. Please see below for location and needs:

Village View Housing Complex
175 East 4th Street between 1st and Avenue A
Starting at 11:00 AM

If you are able, please bring a backpack filled with water, batteries – AAA, AA, C & D, flashlights and any non perishable food – ready to eat.

Tomorrow, Friday, we will work with the United Jewish Council for the elderly on the lower East Side. We need abled bodies to climb high flights to reach the elderly.

Please email us with any questions or any assistance you need at info@jcpdowntown.org.

Be well, be safe.

The JCP Team