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Asphalt Green Battery Park City

Asphalt Green Battery Park City Offers Special Charter Rates

Asphalt Green Battery Park City
Asphalt Green Battery Park City

Asphalt Green’s, the iconic Upper East Side community center is set to open the doors to its Lower West Side location – right here in Battery Park City. To prepare for its long awaited opening, the facility is offering neighborhood residents special charter membership rates in the brand new 52,000 square foot facility. Although the exact costs of charter membership are not well publicized, residents are encouraged to take advantage of the limited time only charter membership costs.

Membership includes:
•    Access to fitness center and member lap swim
•    Open recreation hours in pool and gymnasium
•    Preferred rates and priority registration on fee-based programs
•    Complimentary group and water exercise classes
•    Steam room
•    Full service locker rooms
•    Drop-in babysitting services

A far cry from our beloved and quickly shuttered New York Sports Club. Some other of the facility features include:
•    25-yard lap pool
•    Warm water teaching and exercise pool
•    Cardio and strength equipment
•    Gymnasium equipped for basketball, indoor soccer, and other sports
•    6 multi-purpose studios and classrooms
•    Culinary center
•    156-seat theater for lectures, film screenings and other activities

Yup, you read that second to last bullet right – the Asphalt Green facilities brings a Culinary Arts center in which family friendly classes will be offered to establish healthy eating habits along with all the healthy fitness activities the neighborhood will be partaking in. Cultural Arts will also be a core programming offering in collaboration with the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. Cultural Arts classes will be held which include art, music, dance, science, nature and other family friendly activities.

For more information call 212.586.8779 or email agbpc@asphaltgreen.org.

 

MANDATORY EVACUATION INFORMATION FOR BATTERY PARK CITY

MANDATORY EVACUATION: IMPORTANT INFO

MANDATORY EVACUATION INFORMATION FOR BATTERY PARK CITY
MANDATORY EVACUATION INFORMATION FOR BATTERY PARK CITY

The Mayor has called a mandatory evacuation of Battery Park City:

1. Evacuation of the neighborhood is mandatory by Saturday, August 27th by 5PM.

2. MTA Public Transportation will be suspended by Saturday, August 27th by Noon.

According to NYC.Gov

Evacuation Centers
In the event of an evacuation order, the City strongly recommends evacuees stay with friends or family outside evacuation zone boundaries. However, for those who have no alternative shelter, the City has identified hurricane shelters throughout the five boroughs.

To ensure the most efficient use of resources and to make necessary parking available, the City will ask all evacuees seeking public shelter to report to an evacuation center. These centers are located in all boroughs, are easily reached via public transportation. Some centers provide parking facilities.

Each evacuation center is associated with several hurricane shelters in what is known as its “solar system.” There are currently 65 such systems in the City, each of which can accommodate an average of 10,000 people.

Evacuation centers help ensure the number of people in each is roughly the same, eliminating potential overcrowding or underuse of particular facilities. At the evacuation center, evacuees will be assigned to a particular evacuation shelter and be transported by bus or van.

To find out the location of your nearest evacuation center, use OEM’s Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder to locate your evacuation zone, and the system will direct you to the proper facility. During an emergency, you can also obtain this information by calling 311.

Hurricane Shelters

Hurricane shelters provide basic needs for those with no other place to go. Shelters are selected based upon the safety of their location (outside of Category 4 hurricane inundation areas) and proximity to evacuation centers.

Certainly, service animals that assist people with disabilities are allowed in hurricane shelters. Ideally, you should arrange to shelter other pets at a kennel or with friends or relatives outside the evacuation area. Legal pets with proper identification will be admitted into shelters with their owners. Owners should bring cleaning and food supplies with them, as well as containers and leashes.
Learn more about emergency preparedness for pets

Officials will notify evacuees when and if it is safe to return to their homes. Since hurricanes are highly destructive, residents may not be able to return home for weeks.

River to River Festival

River to River 2011 Festival Line Up

River to River Festival
River to River Festival in Battery Park City

Since 2002, The River To River Festival has been bring music, film, dance, art, theatre and play to downtown Manhattan, and at a very attractice price; free! All the festivities are hosted at venues ranging from the Seaport to Battery Park to Governors Island. And with so many events, you’re bound to find something that’s worth putting on your calander a few weeks in advance!

 

On June 25th watch American Ballroom Theater, where local 5th and 8th grade students will compete in Rumba, Swing and Tango. Punk icon Patti Smith will be performing Castle Clinton on July 14th. The lovely Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond will be playing on July 7th, as well.

Scroll through the the full River to River 2011 listing below for all the events!

June 19: No One Is an Island, Bang on a Can Marathon, The Commons, Sundays at St Paul’s

June 20: No One Is an Island, Bang on a Can Marathon, After Sol LeWitt, Desperately Seeking Susan

June 21: No One Is an Island, Ivan & Alyosha (Acoustic), GROUP, Hoketus

June 22: No One Is an Island, Rebecca Jordan, New York on my Mind

June 23: No One Is an Island, The Poetry of Food: Elaine Equi, Ivan & Alyosha, Vijay Iyer Sextet

June 24: No One Is an Island, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger

June 25: No One Is an Island, American Ballroom Theater: Dancing Classrooms Colors of the Rainbow Team Match, Dancing Classrooms Colors of the Rainbow Team Match, Cowgirl Cowhunt, Future Quest & Fula Flute

June 26: No One Is an Island, Sound Bites Series with My Teenage Stride, Sundays at St. Paul’s – Harvestworks NYEAF

June 27: No One Is an Island, The Godfather Part II

June 28: No One Is an Island, Emmet Cohen Trio, The New York Gypsy All-Stars, New York City Opera: Rufus Wainwright Goes To The Opera!

June 29: No One Is an Island, Eric Walton: Esoterica, Chrisette Michele

June 30: No One Is an Island, Emmet Cohen Trio, Laurie Anderson and Bill Laswell

July 1: No One Is an Island, Lower Dens/Dirty Beaches

July 2: No One Is an Island, El Encierro de Acciones, TriBattery Pops: Independence Day Weekend Celebration

July 3: No One Is an Island, Sound Bites Series with The Hairs, Sundays at St. Paul’s – Harvestworks NYEAF

July 4: No One Is an Island

July 5: Sarlin Levine Ganz, The Holmes Brothers, Terry Riley with George Brooks and Ronu Majumdar

July 6: Michael Pemberton, Poets House Annual Celebration featuring Musical Guests Jose James and Bobbi Humphrey, Henry V

July 7: Henry V, Elio Villafranca: Cuban Roots Cuban Soul, My Brightest Diamond with yMusic

July 8: Henry V, The Wake with Weekend

July 9: Henry V, Extraordinary Moves:THE DANCER FILMS Directed by Judy Dennis, Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, Shadowplay, HOUNDED

July 10: Henry V, Extraordinary Moves:THE DANCER FILMS Directed by Judy Dennis, Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, Sound Bites Series with Pow Wow!, Extraordinary Moves: Express Your Inner Feiffer Dancer, Sundays at St. Paul’s – New Music Now

July 11: Henry V, Extraordinary Moves:THE DANCER FILMS Directed by Judy Dennis, Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Brother from Another Planet

July 12:   Henry V, Extraordinary Moves:THE DANCER FILMS Directed by Judy Dennis, Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, Extraordinary Moves: Third Rail Projects, Looking Glass, Brooklyn Rider and Kojiro Umezaki

July 13:  Henry V, Extraordinary Moves:THE DANCER FILMS Directed by Judy Dennis, Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, Extraordinary Moves: Third Rail Projects, Looking Glass, All in Good Time: A Celebration for Jonathan Schwartz Hosted by and starring John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey

July 14: Henry V, Extraordinary Moves:THE DANCER FILMS Directed by Judy Dennis, Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, Extraordinary Moves: Third Rail Projects, Looking Glass, Extraordinary Moves: Michael Moschen Triangle, Extraordinary Moves:STREB Human Fountain, Extraordinary Moves: Australia’s Strange Fruit The Three Belles, Patti Smith and Her Band

July 15: Henry V, Extraordinary Moves:THE DANCER FILMS Directed by Judy Dennis, Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, Extraordinary Moves: Michael Moschen Triangle, Extraordinary Moves:STREB Human Fountain, Extraordinary Moves: Australia’s Strange Fruit The Three Belles, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House, The Radio Dept. with Asobi Seksu

July 16: Extraordinary Moves:THE DANCER FILMS Directed by Judy Dennis, Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, Extraordinary Moves:STREB Human Fountain, Extraordinary Moves: Michael Moschen Triangle, Extraordinary Moves: Australia’s Strange Fruit The Three Belles, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House, Open Studio Weekend, Come Out & Play Field Day, MP3 Experiment

July 17:  Extraordinary Moves:THE DANCER FILMS Directed by Judy Dennis, Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House, Open Studio Weekend, Sound Bites Series with Hospitality

July 18: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

July 19: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

July 20: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

July 21: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

July 22: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

July 23: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

July 24: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

July 25: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

July 26: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

July 27: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

July 28: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

July 29: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

July 30: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

August 1: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

August 2: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

August 3: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

August 4: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

August 5: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

August 6: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

August 7: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

August 8: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

August 9: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

August 10: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

August 11: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

August 12: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

August 13: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

August 14: Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer, The Investigation, Constitution, and Formation of Flock House

Remote controlled sailboats sail in the harbor

North Cove Marina Hosts Radio-Controlled Sailboats

Remote controlled sailboats sail in the harbor

Just because the warm boating weather is gone and the yachts have migrated South for the cold season doesn’t mean that North Cove Marina has to languish as an unused dead zone in winter! On Saturdays and Sundays, the marina is transformed into a mini race course for 10 radio-controlled Laser sailboats. The marina is open to the public at a cost of $5 per hour, which pays for batteries. A $20 security deposit is required, but then refunded at day’s end. Sessions are determined by demand.

Interested “boaters” are urged to make an advance reservation in order to confirm a boat. If you do not make a reservation, boats will be available to you on standby.

Details are as follows: Upon arrival at North Cove, people should check in at the Dock Master booth, located on Dock H and access an RC Laser from the Laser Guru after filling out a form and submitting a deposit. There is also a Race Guru in charge of competitive boating. Race results will be recorded.

Do you plan to visit the North Cove Marina to operate a radio-controlled boat?

New building for P.S./I.S. 276 Students at 55 Battery Place

Back to a New School For P.S./I.S. 276 Students

New building for P.S./I.S. 276 Students at 55 Battery Place
New building for P.S./I.S. 276 Students at 55 Battery Place (Credit: Flickr PS/IS276)

Summers over for millions of kids, but some students in our neighborhood can’t wait to go back to school tomorrow.

P.S./I.S. 276 officially opens their doors today for summer registration but will welcome the first class of students tomorrow into their new school at 55 Battery Place. The school hails as New York City’s greenest school in the five boroughs. Last year, the school housed it’s Kindergarten class in a temporary space at the Tweed Courthouse.

Today summer registration is open and tomorrow marks the first day of classes for all grades, with shorter days for the Kindergarten and Pre-K classes.

P.S./I.S. 276 is located behind the Millenium Tower residences and will have the same green technologies for the school that power the building, including the use of solar panels and filtered air ducts. The building was designed by Dattner Architects.

The school is zoned for students who live south of Albany Street, Liberty and Maiden Lane. The zone initially caused controversy for Gateway Plaza families who wanted to be included in the school zone because of it’s close proximity.

The school year academic calendar for parents is as follows:

September 8 – First day of school/Half day for Kindergarten/Shortened session for Pre-K.
September 9-10 – Rosh Hashanah (No School)
September 13- Half Day for Kindergarten/Shortened Session for Pre-K
September 14- First Fully day for Kindergarten/Shortened Session for Pre-K
September 15- First Full Session for Pre-K
October 1- Pre-K non attendance day
October 11- Columbus Day (No School)
November 2- Election Day (No School)
November 25-26- Thanksgiving Recess
December 24-31- Winter Recess
January 3, 2011- School Resumes
January 17- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 21-25- Midwinter Recess
March 7 – Pre-K Non Attendance Day
April 18-26- Spring Recess
April 27- School Resumes
May 30- Memorial Day Observed (No School)
June 9- Chancellor’s Conference Day (No School)
June 28- Last Day of School (Half Day)

Tom Jones paddles into Battery Park City (Credit: New York Daily News)

Man Paddleboards from Florida to Battery Park City!

Tom Jones paddles into Battery Park City (Credit: New York Daily News)

Tom Jones wanted to do something to raise ocean awareness.
(No, not sing “She’s a Lady,” that’s a whole other Tom Jones)

Tom Jones of Huntington, California wanted to take a 1,500 mile trip along the Atlantic Ocean from Key West, Florida to Battery Park City, New York to raise ocean pollution awareness.

“Going out in the ocean and doing this campaign was a way for me to see how bad the situation was out there, Every day I was in the ocean I would see plastic bottles, food wrappers, all type of trash. It’s incredible given the volume of the ocean,” said Jones to the New York Daily News.

During his journey, Jones encountered sharks, horse flies and an unfortunate circumstance with an alligator after hitting the animal’s leg with his paddleboard.

A crew drove along the coast with Jones, and another colleague floated along with him to pass him food and water.

Jones traveled in 15 miles stretches a day and finally landed in Battery Park City after 90 days of paddleboard travel.

According to his approach to the narrow waterways of New York City, “Coming into New York City, where the waterways are tighter, the plastic is so dense,” he said. “There’s plastic forks, 5-gallon plastic buckets, bags, cups, all of that.”

Welcome to New York buddy!