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Rector Street Lift of Service

February 22nd, 2018

Rector Street Lift of Service until further notice.

Notice of Meetings – January 24, 2018

January 22nd, 2018

NOTICE OF MEETINGS

Notice is hereby given that the following meetings will take place on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, beginning at 2:30 p.m., at the offices of the Battery Park City Authority (the “Authority”), 200 Liberty Street, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10281:

  • Meeting of the Directors of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy (2:30 pm); and
  • Meeting of the Members of the Authority (2:45 pm).

Meetings are open to the public. The press is welcome to attend the Meetings.

Agendas will be made available at least 48 hours in advance of scheduled Meetings, and a public comment period will be scheduled during each Meeting of the Authority at a time on the agenda determined by the Chairman. Anyone wishing to speak during the public comment period should make a request via email to boardcomment@bpca.ny.gov by no later than 5:30 pm on the business day prior to the Meeting. Requests should include either the agenda item on which they wish to comment or a description of the matter(s) on which they wish to comment. Requests may also be sent by U.S. Mail to:

BPCA Board Comment
200 Liberty Street, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10281

Rector Street Lift

January 4th, 2018

Rector Street Lift has been closed due to the weather.

2018 Winter Events Calendar

December 21st, 2017

BATTERY PARK CITY AUTHORITY RELEASES WINTER EVENTS CALENDAR

More than 500 Programs and Events Open to All

Free Nutrition Sessions in Asphalt Green Kitchen

Reduced Pricing for Popular Classes

The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) today released its Winter Parks Programming Calendar, detailing more than 500 public programs and events taking place throughout Battery Park City from January to April 2018. The full schedule of mostly-free programs for all ages – including cultural and artistic workshops, talks, fitness programs, music, games, Battery Park City’s Annual Art Exhibition, and much more – has been sent to all mailing list subscribers and is arriving in mailboxes this week. It can also be accessed online.

“A new year in Battery Park City brings with it a new collection of unbeatable programming for our residents, friends, and visitors,” said Acting BPCA President & Chief Operating Officer B.J. Jones. “In 2017 our Parks Programming saw record attendance, with nearly 65,000 participants drawn to 1,200 classes, programs, and events. Now, with our most inclusive set of offerings yet, we invite you to come one, come all to experience all that Battery Park City has to offer!”

The Winter Events Calendar includes more than 20 pages of illustrated program offerings, organized by those of interest to guests of all ages, families, the very young, school-aged kids and teens, and adults. For the first time, it also includes details about expanded class offerings at the BPC Community Center at Stuyvesant High School, which at steeply-reduced membership rates features fitness classes, access to a weight room, dance studio, and heated half-Olympic sized pool, as well as two basketball courts and special event and party rental space. Also included is a map of key Battery Park City locations and contact information for reserving the BPC Ball Fields and community event space at 6 River Terrace.

Also featured as part of this winter’s programming is Meet Me in the Kitchen – Good Nutrition! a free, six-week series of classes at the Asphalt Green kitchen in Battery Park City and open to all adults. A BPCA community partnership with Asphalt Green and Battery Park City Seniors – a neighborhood group that organizes a range of programs for local residents – these classes will offer guidance on eating for increased energy and nutrients, reducing sugar, salt, and inflammation, and preparing easy, fresh meals. Topics include:

Week 1 (February 6) – Naturally Sweet

Week 2 (February 13) – Healthy Heart

Week 3 (February 20) – Too Much?

Week 4 (February 27) – Shopping for the Season

Week 5 (March 6) – Spice of Life

Week 6 (March 20) – Boost Your Immune System

“Asphalt Green is excited to partner with the BPCA and BPC Seniors to offer a free nutrition series beginning February 2018, said Maggy Siegel, Executive Director of Asphalt Green. “This series will be a great addition to the free programs and scholarships that we offer to BPC residents and the community. We’re excited to build upon our relationship with the BPCA and look forward to getting more people in the community involved at Asphalt Green.”

Said BPC Seniors: “We are delighted to partner with Asphalt Green and the Battery Park City Authority to offer this program – and look forward to continuing to work with these partners to develop more programs in the future!”

While a large portion of events are free year-round, as part of its Winter Parks Programming BPCA has also reduced the prices for a number of its most-popular pay programs. These include:

Program Name 2017 Rate 2018 Rate
Stories & Songs 14 sessions – $335 14 sessions – FREE
Indoor Preschool Play & Art 14 sessions – $350 14 Sessions – $200
Parent & Baby Yoga 8 sessions – $182 8 sessions – $120 (all) / $20 (per drop-in)
Chess for Children 13 sessions – $308 13 sessions – $195
Chess Tournament $30 $20
Early Spring Children’s 6 sessions – $120 6 sessions – $90

Additional free highlights of the Winter Events Calendar include:

 

  • Saturday Afternoon Cultural Workshops for Families: Celebrating the Caribbean! 4-6PM @ 6 River Terrace.
    • January 27 // Celebrating Haiti featuring Claudia Eliaza – Revered Haitian-American singer Claudia Eliaza will take you on a musical journey that celebrates the strength, resiliency and empowerment of her culture. We will also be making paper silhouettes inspired by Haitian artist Georges Liautaud’s recycled-steel flat sculptures.
    • March 3 // Celebrating Puerto Rico featuring Legacy Women – Explore the music of Puerto Rico with an interactive drum and dance performance by Legacy Women: an all-women musical group rooted in Afro- Dominican and Afro-Puerto Rican traditions. Come listen, dance, and participate with us and make your very own mask inspired by the Puerto Rican tradition of the Vejigante.
    • March 24 // Celebrating Mexico featuring Mano a Mano – In Veracruz, Mexico, a Fandango is a community-based celebration where people gather to dance, play, and sing to the beat of Son Jarocho. Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders will join us for the fun and will showcase their moves with zapateado. Also, jewelry making with beads inspired by traditional Mexican folk art!

 

  • Tuesday Talks: Select Tuesdays, 1PM @ 6 River Terrace.
    • January 30 // History of the Hudson River Valley – Join historian Vernon Benjamin as he illuminates the multifaceted history of New York’s great river with stories both familiar and revealing.
    • February 13 // Markets as Community – The former General Manager of Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, David K. O’Neil has been creating and reviving public markets for years. Join us as he speaks on the subject that has guided his work, and learn about the history of Tribeca’s own Washington Market.
    • March 13 // Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico Years – During the 1930s, Georgia O’Keeffe transitioned from New York to New Mexico, a land she called “the far away.” Artist Marla Lipkin will focus on how O’Keeffe made her life in the Southwest and the paintings that resulted.
    • March 27 // A Year on Broadway – Artist Elise Engler will discuss A Year on Broadway, her year-long project of drawing on-site every block of Broadway in Manhattan from Broadway Bridge at 221st Street to Bowling Green. The final work is 109 feet by 6 inches and can be accordion-folded, allowing the viewer to follow the drawing as if walking the length of Broadway in accelerated time.

 

  • 2018 Annual BPC Art Exhibition: Sunday, January 28, 1-3PM @ 75 Battery Place (Art on view on weekdays from January 29-March 30, 2-4PM). View pieces made by participants of all ages from BPCA’s various art programs.

 

  • Kids Classical Concert – The Red Violin: February 7, 5PM @ 6 River Terrace. In this interactive performance for children, in partnership with Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra, see violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn perform Saint-Saëns’ Rondo Capriccioso and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending on the legendary 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius, inspiration for the 1999 Academy Award-winning film The Red Violin. Ages 8 and up.

 

  • Song of the Lodz Ghetto: April 19, 7PM @ Museum of Jewish Heritage. In partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, this multimedia musical program features Brave Old World’s arrangements of rare Jewish music created between 1940-45 in the Nazi ghetto of Lodz, Poland. The life-affirming songs, satirical to celebratory, were collected in Israel among survivors of the Lodz Ghetto.

 

“The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is delighted to be part of the robust and diverse roster of programs offered by the Battery Park City Authority, and we look forward to welcoming residents and visitors,” said Museum President & CEO Michael S. Glickman.

“Every year, Battery Park City Authority fills a winter calendar with diverse programming for individuals of all ages,” said Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick. “These events include fitness programs, historic talks, artistic endeavors and events for children that entertain and enrich the lives of members of the Battery Park City community, and surrounding neighborhood, in a remarkable way.”

“Battery Park City’s programs are one reason that this neighborhood has become such a thriving community,” said State Senator Brian Kavanagh. “I’d like to thank the Battery Park City Authority for putting together this great series. I look forward to joining New Yorkers from across the district at BPCA events.”

“From art to fitness, this year’s BPCA winter events calendar includes a diverse array of programs that allow New Yorkers to pursue their passions while experiencing the beauty of Battery Park City for themselves,” said Council Member Margaret Chin. “I am so thrilled that this season, residents now have access to classes at neighborhood gems like the Asphalt Green Kitchen and expanded programming at BPC Community Center at Stuyvesant High School. Thank you to Acting BPCA President Jones for your commitment to increase access to high-quality programming to New Yorkers of all communities and generations.”

Interested individuals can subscribe to the BPC Parks mailing list by visiting bpcparks.org, by phone at (212) 267-9700, or at any BPC Parks program or special event.

For more info visit: bpca.ny.gov.

Click here to explore the many programs and events. 

 

Notice of Meeting – October 23, 2017

October 20th, 2017

Notice is hereby given that the following meetings will take place on Monday, October 23, 2017, beginning at 2:30 p.m., at the offices of the Battery Park City Authority (the “Authority”), 200 Liberty Street, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10281:

  • Meeting of the Members of the Authority (2:30 pm); and
  • Meeting of the Directors of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy (the “Conservancy”) (3:30 pm).

Meetings are open to the public. The press is welcome to attend the Meetings.

Agendas will be made available at least 48 hours in advance of scheduled Meetings, and a public comment period will be scheduled during each Meeting of the Authority at a time on the agenda determined by the Chairman. Anyone wishing to speak during the public comment period should make a request via email to boardcomment@bpca.ny.gov by no later than 5:30 pm on the business day prior to the Meeting. Requests should include either the agenda item on which they wish to comment, or a description of the matter(s) on which they wish to comment.

Requests may also be sent by U.S. Mail to:

BPCA Board Comment
200 Liberty Street, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10281

Notice of Meeting – September 27, 2017

September 22nd, 2017

NOTICE OF MEETING

Notice is hereby given that the following meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, beginning at 3:00 p.m., at the offices of the Battery Park City Authority (the “Authority”), 200 Liberty Street, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10281:

  • Meeting of the Members of the Authority (3:00 pm)

The Meeting is open to the public. The press is welcome to attend the Meeting.

BPCA Board Meeting agendas will be made available at least 48 hours in advance of scheduled meetings, and a public comment period will be scheduled during each Board Meeting at a time on the agenda determined by the Chairman. Anyone wishing to speak during the public comment period should make a request via email to boardcomment@bpca.ny.gov by no later than 5:30 p.m. on the business day prior to the Meeting. Requests should include either the agenda item on which they wish to comment, or a description of the matter(s) on which they wish to comment.

Requests may also be sent by U.S. Mail to:

BPCA Board Comment
200 Liberty Street, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10281

BATTERY PARK CITY AUTHORITY RELEASES FALL 2017 EVENTS CALENDAR

August 30th, 2017

BATTERY PARK CITY AUTHORITY RELEASES FALL 2017 EVENTS CALENDAR

More than 400 Programs and Events Open to All

Fresh off a summer season that saw more than 30,000 visitors to hundreds of community events, the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) today released its Fall 2017 Parks Programming Calendar. The calendar details more than 400 public programs and events taking place throughout Battery Park City from September to December. The full schedule of mostly-free programs – including concerts, movie nights, storytelling, exercise, art and nature tours, and more – has been mailed to all Battery Park City Parks mailing list subscribers and should start arriving in mailboxes next week. It can also be accessed online.

“As the air turns crisp, Battery Park City’s programming is just heating up, said BPCA President and Chief Operating Officer Shari C. Hyman. From movies, music and art, to workshops, tours and more, our 2017 Fall Events Calendar has hundreds of free offerings for kids from one to ninety-two. So come join us for free flicks in Rockefeller Park or Go Fish! at Wagner Park. Enjoy the sounds of Dockappella to start your October and seasonal music and sweets at our traditional Holiday Lights celebration. There’s something for everyone here in Battery Park city, and I look forward to seeing you in the neighborhood!”

The Fall 2017 Events Calendar includes nearly 20 pages of illustrated program offerings, organized by those of interest to guests of all ages, teens and adults, school-aged kids, and pre-schoolers. It also includes a map of key Battery Park City locations, contact information for reserving the BPC Ball Fields and community event space at 6 River Terrace, as well as details about the BPC Community Center at Stuyvesant High School, which features fitness classes, access to a weight room, dance studio, and heated half-Olympic-sized pool, as well as two basketball courts and special event and party rental space.

Highlights of the Fall 2017 Events Calendar include:

  • Special Teen Night: DJ Workshop – Friday, September 8, 4-7PM, 6 River Terrace. Check out the skills of a master DJ and try your own hand at this free performance and workshop. DJ provided by Rock and Soul DJ Equipment and Records.
  • Go Fish! – Select Saturdays (9/9, 9/23, 10/14), 10am-2PM, Wagner Park. Join experienced anglers for catch-and release fishing and learn about life in the Hudson River with the following educational tours for all ages:
  • September 9 & October 14 @ 11am // Birdwatching – New York City is a fantastic place to observe birds, especially during the fall migration season. The gardens of Wagner Park create a unique niche for these fascinating creatures. Join our naturalist / horticulturist team as we look for birds and learn about the plantings and flowers.
  • September 23, 11am-noon // Birds of Prey – Blue Moon Raptors is dedicated to rehabilitating injured and orphaned birds of prey in order to return them back to the wild as well as educating the public about the important roles these animals play in local ecosystems. Come to this informative talk and get an opportunity to meet some of their taloned friends.
  • September 23, 11am // Garden Tour – Wagner Park’s Cool and Hot Gardens provide a contemplative space with unsurpassed views and hundreds of types of plants in Listen to a horticulturist explain the innovative and sustainable methods used throughout the parks of Battery Park City.

Then at noon, special music guests include:

  • September 9 // Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes & Friends perform traditional acoustic folk music with a modern twist. Featuring songs from his latest release Lead Belly, Baby!, Dan and Friends provide a fresh vision of the American icon’s music for a new generation.
  • September 23 // Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke have released four highly-acclaimed recordings celebrating a variety of styles ranging from surf to bluegrass with an emphasis on guitars and vocal harmonies. Their original, upbeat, humorous songs delight both kids and the older folks who tag along with them.
  • October 14 // The Crusty Gentlemen – Born under the Brooklyn Bridge in 2010 and embodying the “crustiness” that comes from years of experience, this local bluegrass favorite plays tunes to keep your feet tapping and bait wiggling.
  • Friday Movie Nights at Rockefeller Park. Join us under the stars for free screenings of these great feature films:
  • September 15, 7:30PM  // Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Set 70 years before the famous Harry Potter began his education at Hogwarts, this tale follows the adventures of another wizard and his remarkable collection of spectacular creatures. Don’t forget your wand!
  • October 13, 7:00PM // Ghostbusters – Enjoy this spooky classic on Friday the 13th and get ready to be slimed! Join your favorite, quirky band of parapsychologists as they rid the Big Apple of ghosts, ghouls, and other paranormal phenomena. When there’s something strange, you know who to call…
  • Young Artists’ Workshop: Bookmaking – Saturday, September 30, 11am, Rockefeller Park. Children are invited to make their own illustrated books with artist/educator Elise Engler, who will introduce the children to a variety of simple book making formats and techniques including accordion and pop-up books. Everyone will leave with their own story, told through drawn or painted pictures bound in a wonderful hand-made book. All materials provided.
  • Dockappella – Sunday, October 1, 1-4PM, Wagner Park. Join us for our annual autumn celebration of intricately-woven harmonies along the Hudson River. Many of the finest college acappella groups in New York and beyond will showcase their pitch-perfect vocal renditions from a diverse variety of musical genres. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch as you enjoy the music with New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty as backdrop!
  • Public Art Tour: Irish Hunger Memorial – Saturday, October 28, 2PM. Join Brian Tolle, designer of the Irish Hunger Memorial, on a special tour of this newly-reopened Battery Park City landmark. Brian will discuss the history of the memorial, as well as the recent renovation of the work. A staff horticulturalist will be on hand to discuss the Memorial’s native Irish plantings.
  • Stories for all Ages – Saturday, October 29, 11am, Rockefeller Park. Celebrate Halloween by listening to some “not-too-scary” tales, vividly told by the delightful and engaging storyteller Luann Adams. Wear your Halloween costume!
  •   Holiday Lights – Thursday, December 7, 5:45PM, South Cove. An annual Battery Park City tradition! Join us for this annual a cozy evening in South Cove with caroling, warm beverages, cookies, and the local community. Donate a gift to Stockings with Care by bringing a new, unwrapped gift to the event. You may also drop off gift donations through December 15, at BPC Parks Headquarters (75 Battery Place).

“We are excited to transition from our successful summer season into the colorful fall months full of live performances, the opportunity for artistic expression for all ages, celebration of our natural world, and the spirit of giving as we head into the holiday season,” said Craig Hudon, Director of Parks Programming.

“With unbeatable views of the waterfront and abundant green space, Battery Park City is widely regarded as a refreshing oasis in our urban jungle,” said Council Member Margaret S. Chin. “I thank BPCA President Hyman and staff for all their efforts in organizing yet another highly anticipated, jam-packed season of free diverse programming that New Yorkers of all ages and interests can enjoy. I am so excited that this fall, New Yorkers will have even more opportunities to witness the beauty of Battery Park City for themselves.”

Interested individuals can subscribe to the BPC Parks mailing list by visiting bpcparks.org, by phone at (212) 267-9700, or at any BPC Parks program or special event.

About BPCA: Established in 1968, The Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority is a New York State Public Benefit Corporation charged with developing and maintaining a well-balanced community on the Lower West Side of Manhattan. Battery Park City’s 92-acre site has achieved worldwide acclaim as a model for community renewal in planning, creating, and maintaining a balance of commercial, residential, retail and park space. By pioneering development through ground leases and bonding authority with public/private partnerships between the BPCA and private developers, this planned community has become a blueprint for successful urban development.

 

For more info visit: bpca.ny.gov.

Notice of Meeting – August 15, 2017

August 11th, 2017

Notice is hereby given that the following meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, beginning at 2:00 p.m., at the offices of the Battery Park City Authority (the “Authority”), 200 Liberty Street, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10281:

  • Meeting of the Members of the Authority (2:00 pm)

The Meeting is open to the public. The press is welcome to attend the Meeting.

BPCA Board Meeting agendas will be made available at least 48 hours in advance of scheduled meetings, and a public comment period will be scheduled during each Board Meeting at a time on the agenda determined by the Chairman.

Anyone wishing to speak during the public comment period should make a request via email to boardcomment@bpca.ny.gov by no later than 5:30pm on the business day prior to the Meeting. Requests should include either the agenda item on which they wish to comment, or a description of the matter(s) on which they wish to comment.

Requests may also be sent by U.S. Mail to:
BPCA Board Comment
200 Liberty Street, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10281

Service Notice – Tear Drop Park Slide

August 8th, 2017

Please be advised the Tear Drop Park slide will need to undergo routine repairs. The slide will be removed on Monday, August 14th and reinstalled on Friday,  August 18th.

Notice of Meeting – May 22, 2017

May 19th, 2017

Notice is hereby given that the following meetings will take place on Monday, May 22, 2017, beginning at 1:30 p.m., at the offices of the Battery Park City Authority (the “Authority”), 200 Liberty Street, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10281:

• Meeting of the Members of the Authority (1:30 pm); and
• Meeting of the Directors of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy (the “Conservancy”) (directly following Authority meeting).

The Meeting of the Members of the Authority will be convened at 1:30 pm and the first order of business will be to conduct executive session. The remainder of the meeting, beginning at approximately 2:00 pm will be open to the public, as previously provided in the Notice of Meeting dated Friday, May 19, 2017.

Meetings are open to the public. The press is welcome to attend the Meetings.

Agendas will be made available at least 48 hours in advance of scheduled Meetings, and a public comment period will be scheduled during each Meeting of the Authority at a time on the agenda determined by the Chairman.

Anyone wishing to speak during the public comment period should make a request via email to boardcomment@bpca.ny.gov by no later than 5:30 pm on the business day prior to the Meeting. Requests should include either the agenda item on which they wish to comment, or a description of the matter(s) on which they wish to comment. Requests may also be sent by U.S. Mail to:

BPCA Board Comment
200 Liberty Street
24th Floor New York, NY 10281