Friday, February 28, 2014


At last night's 1st Precinct Community Council meeting, Captain Brendan Timoney (pictured)
spoke about the dangers of texting and walking.
Indeed TD2 Officer Jimmy Rudolph spoke about a woman who was run over in the subway( miraculously not killed) who was texing and walking, and fell on to the subway tracks and run over by a train.
From the NY Post story:
Dye had been texting in the Broadway-Lafayette Station in Soho at about 10 a.m. Thursday when she slipped on the wet platform and fell onto the tracks — just as a southbound B train was rolling into the station.
Workers cut power to the track and freed Dye, who was under the train but not hit by its wheels.
The 25-year-old South Carolina native, who now lives in Bed-Stuy, had been scheduled to perform Friday night at a Valentine’s Day show at The Stand in Gramercy Park.
Captain Brendan Timoney
So Please don't Drink and Drive
Don't Text and Walk 
for more info on the 1st Precinct Community Council see the website

Our next meeting is March 27th.6:30pm at the 1st Precinct

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Downtown Post NYC archive JESSICA LAPPIN Downtown Alliance President

Jessica Lappin, former council member who ran for Manhattan Boro President, has been 
appointed to be the new president of the Alliance for Downtown New York. The Downtown 
Alliance is the largest BID( business improvement district) in the country.  
During her campaign Lappin made a point of understanding the important issues downtown 
she had a command of the issues including: land use, planning, parks and 
infrastructure.  She was also the only public school parent in the boro president race.  

Jessica Lappin at Meet and Greet in the Financial District June 2013 

"The transformation unfolding in Lower Manhattan is inspiring,” Lappin said in the statement. “Few places anywhere can boast of the constellation of game-changing projects underway and nearing fruition. Lower Manhattan is an extraordinary place. Working on behalf of the area’s businesses, residents, workers and visitors will be an honor and a privilege. "

Jessica Lappin will be a big asset to the downtown community. 

See the Downtown Post for news article:   Downtown Post NYC archive

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

HAPPY NEWS YEAR 2014! New *Downtown Post* Blog and Newsfeed

New downtown news feed by
Downtown Post NYC.
Some key stories 
Plaza honoring Elizabeth H. Berger;
West Street pedestrian managers; 
Lawsuit tries to block Probation Dept. move to 66 John St.
Downtown Post NYC archive

City Hall Park Fountain
Mayoral Inauguration City Hall Plaza today, January 1st.
Police Commissioner Inauguration tomorrow, January 2nd

       Downtown Post lists street closures and parking restrictions.
To get that up to date info 
Downtown Post NYC is emailed Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 
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Congrats Terese Loeb for creating!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Typically this blog is for downtown items, but for the holidays the focus is the famous Wollman Rink 
with a typical NYC winter image; skaters practicing on the open air rink. The team is Central Park Ice and they are a synchronized skating team. The team is relatively new and growing in size and stature; collecting more medals every year. To see the team in action, click on this link.
Something relatively unique for NYC. 
Just another little interesting  piece of the city. 
Happy Holidays!!


Central Park Ice at Wollman Rink

News and video links

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Battery Park has many things, its own conservancy,  a  restaurant, the ferry boat launch to the Statue of Liberty, a number of memorials, Castle Clinton ( that was once a military fort, beer garden, exhibition hall, theater, public aquarium, and finally today a national monument) and a turkey named Zelda. She is a somewhat famous character in Lower Manhattan with her own Wikipedia page:

She has lived almost 10 years in Battery Park. 
During her stay she has taken several day trips as far as Tribeca and Greenwich Village. 
Just another special aspect of Lower Manhattan. 
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sunday, September 29, 2013


At the 12th annual Battery Park City  Block Party this weekend, Anthony Notaro who is  President of the Battery Park City Neighbors Assn, Vice Chair of Community Board 1, Chair of the CB1 Battery Park City Committee, Head of the Battery Park CERT Team and President of the 1st Precinct Community Council, was given the BPC Community Service Award. The block party began in the wake of 9/11 as a way to bring community together after the upheaval of 9/11, and the originators were Anthony Notaro and Rosalie Joseph. Today the fair is a vibrant part of the downtown community with numerous participants and sponsors from Manhattan Youth to various restaurants and stores.
Anthony Notaro receiving awards and proclamations from electeds Chin and Silver, with Catherine McVay Hughes making the introductions. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

911 Never Forget.....

Today marks 12 years since the attack; it is a time for remembrance.
My colleague Aggie Kenny drew this poignant portrait of the cross,
that was created in the destruction of that day.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Gus, the Central Park Zoo Polar Bear, Is Dead - Lenox Hill - New York

Gus, the Central Park Zoo Polar Bear, Is Dead - Lenox Hill - New York
Normally I do not post things about "uptown" news on this blog but due to today's news that Gus, the beloved Polar Bear from the Central Park Zoo died, I made an exception.
25 years ago I was hired by the New York Times to do a series of drawings about New York City for the Metropolitan Diary section. During the assignment I wandered about the city looking for key scenes; scenes that were quintessentially New York, and Gus the Polar Bear fit that bill.
Here he is sunning himself on the rocks at the Central Park Zoo.  I spent several days at the zoo and the bear always had a crowd of fans, pointing, photographing, oohing and aahing over him. He was quite the popular bear,
it is sad to see him go.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

New York Times Endorsements, Squadron and Brewer

Once in a while I get a nice shot of a few politicians who support and represent downtown, and here are several who were endorsed by the New York Times.
New York Times endorsement link
 The Gail Brewer watercolor was done during a Robin Forst fundraiser. Robin is running for district leader of Lower Manhattan. It was nice to see an elected official from uptown show interest in our downtown area, the race for our district leader and Robin Forst.  Gail Brewer seeks the Manhattan Boro President office.  The Squadron/Stringer/Maloney illustration was drawn during Squadron's swearing-in ceremony on January 25th 2009, in the depths of our economic nadir. Thankfully things have improved and Senator Squadron has had success during  his first term in Albany representing Lower Manhattan. He has been a vocal advocate for downtown and now seeks the Public Advocate office.

Council member Gail Brewer endorsed by the
NY Times for Manhattan Boro President
State Senator Daniel Squadron and Scott Stringer
both endorsed by the NY Times