The BroadsheetDAILY ~ 11/19/20 ~ Homeless for the Holidays Choose Will Rule Subsequent Monday on Whether or not to Enable FiDi Shelter Plans

The BroadsheetDAILY ~ 11/19/20 ~ Homeless for the Holidays Judge Will Rule Next Monday on Whether to Allow FiDi Shelter Plans

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Homeless for the holidays

The judge will decide next Monday whether FiDi protection plans should be approved

Radisson New York Wall Street is located at 52 William Street

The hearings before Supreme Court Justice Debra James on Monday and Tuesday left unsolved the question of whether the government of Mayor Bill de Blasio can implement a controversial plan to remove more than 200 homeless men from a hotel on the Upper West Side Another hotel to relocate in the financial district that wants to convert the city into permanent accommodation.

The two days of fighting centered on an injunction issued on October 19 by Justice James that prohibited the city's Department of Homeless Services (DHS) from proceeding with the plan based on the arguments of Attorney Michael S. Hiller on behalf of the homeless who were originally to be relocated from the Lucerne Hotel on West 79th Street to Radisson New York Wall Street (52 William Street) in early October. Mr Hiller argued that a planned move would "have a devastating impact on the life and well-being of Lucerne residents". This file cited the specific cases of three homeless men currently staying at the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side – Ramone Buford, Larry Thomas and Travis Trammell – as well as more than 200 other men who were expected to join them pull them.

These arguments stand against the background of considerable controversy on the Upper West Side, where some residents of that community organized, fundraised and hired lawyers to prevent the city from housing about 240 homeless men. After city officials agreed to evacuate Lucerne in September, they settled on Radisson New York Wall Street as a replacement facility.

But Mr. Hiller's letter claimed, “A significant section of the Upper West Side community has now embraced the men too, and a nonprofit neighborhood has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide them with employment, mental and other health programs. The men do not want to leave Lucerne and are making significant strides in their recovery. "

Mr. Hiller's motion on behalf of his clients was endorsed by the President of the City of Manhattan, Gale Brewer, who argued in a separate affidavit that “with the support of the community (the homeless men in Lucerne) have the opportunity to become normal improve beaten lives to get the support they deserve, to create stability and opportunity, and most importantly, to be part of a community that has come to embrace and support them. "

City lawyers introduced a new argument, claiming that the availability of 1,000 square feet of recreational space at the Radisson (which Lucerne does not have) will be a crucial amenity for the homeless men after cold weather arrives.

The de Blasio administration's lawyers were joined by lawyers from the West Side Community Organization (near the Lucerne hotel), who argued that the Radisson also offers a greater number of single rooms, as well as space for medical and therapeutic services, and support with professional training .

At the end of the clash on Tuesday, Justice James said she would make her decision by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23.

Matthew Fenton

Giving locally, acting globally

Eleemosynary advice for reaching and making a difference in the downtown area

As we start fundraising season, many Lower Manhattan residents are keen to find a way to give back. To connect prospective volunteers with organizations in need of help doing good, LMHQ, the Downtown Alliance's collaborative workspace for technology, advertising, media, and information companies, is now offering a free online storefront for local people Volunteer offers at (Wednesday, November 18) at noon.

Get into hot water

Court rules that buyers of FiDi condominiums can repair damage from developers for lousy construction work

More than a decade ago, real estate developers in Lower Manhattan performed a feat that resembled alchemy. These developers bought nondescript office buildings (abandoned by financial firms decamped for Midtown after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks) and converted them into high-priced apartment towers. They rode the wave that turned downtown into a posh residential area.

One example among many in this narrative was 90 William Street, a 17-story back office facility from 1967 that was renamed in 2008 to Be @ William, a 113-unit condominium.

But residents began to notice problems with the building within weeks of cutting a million dollars or more per apartment. To read more …

Matthew Fenton

The downtown calendar

Thursday November 19th

Today until November 27th

National Museum of the Indians

The National Museum of the Native American Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best local films. This year, for the 20th anniversary, the museum is presenting the entire program online and broadcasting new films, fans' favorite classics and conversations with filmmakers. The showcase provides a unique forum for engaging with local filmmakers and stories from indigenous communities across the Western Hemisphere and the Arctic. Free

4 p.m.

National Museum of the Indians

Indigenous food systems and agricultural practices have been disrupted by European settlement and the displacement of indigenous peoples from their lands. In the past century, new foods introduced by US federal policy were unhealthy and differed significantly from traditional diets. The introduction of unhealthy foods, combined with uneven quality and access to medical care, continues to lead many Indians to an uphill battle for their health. Today many young people are returning to traditional food sources and sustainable lifestyles through political action and sustainable practice. This November, Native American Heritage Month, attendees will be able to join a conversation with young Native American foodies who are working to decolonize their diets and restore balance to their bodies and communities. Free

6:00 p.m.

Quality of Life and Service Delivery Committee


1) DDC supervision – discussion

6:30 pm

Fraunhofer Tavern Museum

By now, almost everyone has heard the Broadway hit musical Hamilton: An American Story and has become a Hamilton fan.

In this talk, Robert Watson will explore some of the little-known, fascinating aspects of the founder's remarkable life, including his Jewish roots and harsh Scrabble upbringing. This talk also provides a fun review of the musical and a look at the backstory of some of the show's main scenes. This lecture takes place with zoom.


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The story of the ticker tape or how adversity and spontaneity hatched a New York tradition

What was planned as a big business turned into a comedy of mistakes

New York's first ticker tape parade spontaneously broke out of bad weather

and an overzealous stockbroker.

While the New York Harbor celebrations didn't go as planned that afternoon, the impromptu gesture of the brokerage houses on Broadway lives on more than a century later.

On October 28, 1886, Liberty Enlightening the World was due to be introduced to New York City and the world when it stood on its high base on Bedloe's Island. But the morning mist had turned to afternoon mist, blurring the view of the statue of revelers on the Manhattan bank and the long parade of three hundred ships on the Hudson River.

What was planned as a big business – with President Grover Cleveland as keynote speaker – turned into a comedy of mistakes. The fog prevented efficient communication between the dignitaries on the island and the ships waiting for orders to fire their greetings and to blow their horns at the signal given.

John Simko


November 19th

Lincoln supplies the Gettysburg address

1095 – At the Council of Clermont, Pope Urban II calls for a crusade to the Holy Land.

1493 – Christopher Columbus disembarks on an island called Borinquen, which he saw for the first time the day before. He calls it San Juan Bautista (later renamed Puerto Rico).

1863 – American Civil War: President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the dedication ceremony for the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Military Cemetery.


Gettysburg address

Four points and seven years ago, our fathers on this continent gave birth to a new nation that was freely conceived and committed to the proposal that all human beings are created equal.

Now we are in a great civil war and we are examining whether this nation, or a nation so conceived and committed, can last long. We meet on a great battlefield of this war. We have come to dedicate part of this field as the final resting place for those who gave their lives here, so that this nation may live. Overall, it is fair and appropriate for us to do this.

But in a broader sense we cannot dedicate this soil – we cannot consecrate it – we cannot sanctify it. The brave men, living and dead, who fought here have consecrated, well above our ill power, to add or divert anything. The world will remember little or long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. Rather, it is for us living here to dedicate ourselves to the unfinished work that those who fought here have so nobly pushed forward. Rather, it is our job here to be devoted to the great job that lies ahead of us – that we take from these honored dead an increased devotion to the cause for which they have given the last full measure of devotion – that we here in Resolve to a high degree that these dead should not do so have died in vain – that this nation will have a new birth of freedom under God – and that the government of the people by the people for the people will not perish from the earth.


1942 – World War II: Battle of Stalingrad: The armed forces of the Soviet Union under General Georgy Zhukov start the counter-attacks of Operation Uranus in Stalingrad and turn the tide of the battle in favor of the USSR.

1946 – Afghanistan, Iceland and Sweden join the United Nations.

1950 – US General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes Commander in Chief of NATO Europe.

1959 – Ford Motor Company announces the discontinuation of the unpopular Edsel.

1969 – Apollo Program: Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean land in Oceanus Procellarum (the "Ocean of Storms") and become the third and fourth humans to walk on the moon.

1979 – Iran hostage crisis: Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini orders the release of 13 female and black American hostages who are being held in the US embassy in Tehran.

1985 – Cold War: President Ronald Reagan and Secretary General of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, meet for the first time in Geneva.

1998 Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal: The Justice Committee of the United States House of Representatives opens hearings on the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

1998 – Vincent van Gogh's portrait of the bearded artist is auctioned for $ 71.5 million.

2013 – A suicide attack in the Iranian embassy in Beirut kills 23 people and injures 160 others.

1797-1828 – Franz Schubert, Austrian pianist and composer


1600 – Charles I of England (died 1649)

1831 – James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States (died 1881)

1895 – Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American photographer (died 1989)

1905 – Tommy Dorsey, American trombonist, composer and band leader (died 1956)

1921 – Roy Campanella, American baseball player and coach (d. 1993)

1926 – Jeanne Kirkpatrick, American academic and diplomat, 16th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 2006)

1936 – Dick Cavett, American actor and talk show host

1938 – Ted Turner, businessman and philanthropist. Turner Broadcasting System

1939 – Emil Constantinescu, 3rd President of Romania

1942 – Calvin Klein, American fashion designer, founds Calvin Klein Inc.


1577 – Matsunaga Hisahide, Japanese daimyo (born 1510)

1581 – Tsarevich Ivan Ivanovich of Russia (born 1554)

1828 – Franz Schubert, Austrian pianist and composer (born 1797)

1850 – Richard Mentor Johnson, American colonel, lawyer, and politician, 9th Vice President of the United States (born 1780)

1883 – Carl Wilhelm Siemens, German-English engineer (born 1823)

1887 – Emma Lazarus, American poet (born 1849)

1915 – Joe Hill, Swedish-born American labor activist (born 1879)

1975 – Francisco Franco, Spanish general and dictator, Spanish Prime Minister (born 1892)

2014 – Mike Nichols, German-American actor, director, producer and screenwriter (born 1931)

2017 – Charles Manson, American cult leader and mass murderer (born 1934)

Unexpected development

Local small businesses are swimming against the tide by reopening

In Italian, the word "inatteso" means "unexpected" – a fitting adjective to describe what a small business does in Battery Park City. At a time when major corporations, from the Century 21 department store to the restaurant, bar, and catering facility on Pier A, are closing their shutters, a spunky upstart takes an optimistic view by reopening.

A victim's revenge

New sculpture on Center Street reverses the myth to send a feminist message

In a caustic counterpoint to the Fearless Girl statue, which attracted worldwide attention after its unveiling on Bowling Green in 2017, a new feminist icon names the streetscape of Lower Manhattan.

“Medusa with the head of Perseus” is in the center of Collect Pond Park (bounded by Center, Lafayette and White Street) and makes a clear statement about violence against women. The bronze shows the Medusa of the Greek myth holding up the head of the hero who is said to have killed her. To read more …

Matthew Fenton

Decryption of the decree

CB1 assists Stringer in lifting the mayor's emergency agency

Community Board 1 takes the unusual step of calling for Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration to change policies that are city-wide in breadth and not specific to Lower Manhattan.

The policy in question is Emergency Executive Order 101, which was promulgated by the Mayor in March this year when the pandemic coronavirus began to threaten New York. The original reason for this order was to temporarily suspend the cumbersome regulations that typically apply to the city government's purchase of goods and services. The mayor argued that this discretion was necessary to facilitate the rapid procurement of medical supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators. To read more …

Revision of the excise duty

Traffic in the city center can be made easier with the shared Verrazzano toll

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) stands ready to implement federal laws (passed in 2019) that will change the tolling system on a bridge barely visible on the horizon from Lower Manhattan. However, this can reduce the traffic jams in the city center. To read more …

Contract one, station one

The jewel in

the crown

Just below the surface of City Hall Park is one of New York's architectural gems. The design, built during the City Beautiful movement, was designed to lift the mood of New Yorkers on their daily commute.

City Hall Loop Station – Contract One, Station One – was the flagship of New York's first subway and the focus of international press on October 27, 1904 when Mayor George McClellan connected the Tiffany-designed Motorman handle to create the first Train north to travel its terminating point on 145th Street and Broadway.

The design of the other 27 stations that stopped that afternoon was dictated by the practical requirements of underground efficiency. The architect's only job was to select the tile work that would cover the structural columns and walls. The station below City Hall Park is different, however. Design and structure are one and the same here.

John Simko

The City Hall underground station was designed as a showpiece of the new underground system with an elegant platform and mezzanine with Guastavino tiles, skylights, colored glass tiles and brass chandeliers.

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