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Great Hudson River Swim

Four swimmers relaxed at Battery Park City’s North Cove Marina, the finish line of the 1.6-mile Great Hudson River Race on Sat., May 28. (Photos courtesy of Downtown Express & Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

by Downtown Express

Last Saturday, 362 swimmers from as far west as California and Hawaii and from Ireland, England, Australia, Serbia, India, Canada and a few other places on the map jumped into the Hudson River at Christopher Street in Greenwich Village and swam to North Cove Marina in Battery Park City, 1.6 miles away. NYC Swim, which stages 17 races a year in New York harbor, sponsored the May 28 event. The winning time of 00:25:55:00 was posted by Jon Wilkinson, a 39-year-old attorney from Portsmouth, N.H.

The participants ranged in age from 13 to 80. Ken Thompson, 57, an accountant who lives in Greenwich Village, said he had swum in Hudson River races more than 20 times.

“To swim more than a mile when you’re 57 takes a lot of stamina,” he said. He also noted, “In open water, an older swimmer has an opportunity to beat a younger swimmer.” Unlike swimming pools, said Thompson, in open water there are a lot of “surprises.”

The fastest female swimmer in the race was Janet Harris, 45, of New York City with a time of 00:28:39:00. She arrived at the finish line simultaneously with Nathaniel Dean, 34, who trains with the BearCats Masters at Baruch College.

“When I get in the water, I’m a different person,” said Dean. “Everything else about the world absolutely disappears. It’s like Zen.”

Both Harris and Dean will be swimming in the next NYC Swim event, a 28.5-mile race around the island of Manhattan on June 18. The race will start and end at South Cove in Battery Park City. There will be 35 solo swimmers whose credentials include swimming the Catalina and English Channels, the Chesapeake Bay and the Strait of Gibraltar and several two-, four- and six-person relay teams. The participants will come from 10 countries and 13 states.

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Downtown Reviving: N.Y.C. Launches Global Push

New York City is launching a global campaign to promote Lower Manhattan, an area comprising the financial district, Battery Park City, and the waterfront harbor.

The effort — “Get More NYC: Lower Manhattan,” which begins June 1 — extols the virtues of Lower Manhattan hotels, restaurants, shops, history, museums, and other attractions, including the 9/11 Memorial, which the city says will open on Sept. 12.

In addition to outdoor ads in the five boroughs, a taxicab monitor spot promoting Lower Manhattan, and an initiative to promote Lower Manhattan to meeting planners, the effort includes a media program at JFK International Airport’s Terminal 4 starting this summer. Posters, wall clings and column wraps showing imagery of the City with a particular emphasis on Lower Manhattan will festoon the terminal.

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Audience Directs Battery Park City Actors With Texts

The two actors wear corporate black suits and respond to text messages from the audience.

By Julie Shapiro
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

“The Attendants,” allows viewers to text instructions to actors and runs Thursday to Saturday in the Winter Garden.

An interactive performance that conveys the frustration of being trapped in a cubicle is opening this week in the World Financial Center
Called “The Attendants,” the installation features two people stuck in an 8-foot, plexiglass cube, acting out their responses to text messages from the audience. The two actors will wear corporate-looking black suits and will respond only physically, not with words.

“It speaks to the way we live now,” said Chance Muehleck, co-founder of The Nerve Tank, which is producing the show. “The way we’re connected, and yet the distance that exists with all the technology.”
From Thursday through Saturday, the clear cube — which has an open top to allow the actors to breathe — will sit in the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden, in the middle of one of the largest office complexes in the city.

“I think people will be intrigued by it,” said Debra Simon, artistic director of Arts World Financial Center. “I think they will be puzzled [at first] and then they will be intrigued.

Muehleck hopes the installation will attract tourists and residents in addition to the thousands of office workers who pass through the Winter Garden each day, because the more people interact with the cube, the more interesting it will be.

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This Weekend’s BPC Events

The coming weekend will be a busy one in B.P.C. On Fri., May 6 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the first of the year’s Sunset Singing Circles will take place in Wagner Park. Accompanied by guitars, people sit on the grass and sing folk songs and standards (song sheets provided) as the sun sets over the harbor. The event is free.

On Sat., May 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. will be the first of the season’s family dances on the Esplanade Plaza by North Cove Marina. The theme is “Bluegrass” and the Ebony Hillbillies, a band consisting of fiddle, banjo, mountain dulcimer, guitar and washboard, will provide the music. Don Coy, from Louisville, Ky., will teach square dancing steps and call the dances — no partners or experience needed.

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Residents Not Happy with Plans to Bring Half Marathon Back to BPC

Runners in last year's NYC Half-Marathon race down the final stretch along the West Side Highway. The race ends in Battery Park City, where residents say it is too disruptive. (Photo Courtesy of New York Road Runners & DNAinfo.com)


The plans for a half marathon that is scheduled to bring 10,000 runners plus spectators and support personnel into Battery Park City on March 20 met a chilly reception from Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee at its monthly meeting on February 1. The event, now in its sixth year, is sponsored by New York Road Runners.

“While I think the Half Marathon is wonderful and the Road Runners do a great job, this is not something I would support,” said committee member Anthony Notaro. “I would recommend that this committee turn this down.” This view was echoed by others on the committee.

As it did last year, the course for the race will start in Central Park and then go through Times Square and 42nd Street, where the runners will head to West Street and a finish line just north of Chambers Street. Then the runners are slated to head west on Chambers Street into Battery Park City. They would be directed to River Terrace, and from there to North Cove, where there would be post-race ceremonies and refreshments.

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“Green Valentine’s Day” Workshop

via Downtown Express

After the success of its wreath-making workshop just before Christmas, the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy is offering a “Green Valentine Workshop” on Saturday, February 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Conservancy will supply recycled materials such as salvaged paper samples, old maps and postcards, cancelled postage stamps, dried flowers and bits of fabric and ribbons.

Participants are urged to bring something of their own to make their valentines more personal. The Conservancy suggests ticket stubs, matchbook covers, photographs and fabric remnants — or anything that is resonant and meaningful.

The holiday wreath-making workshop was striking for several reasons. For one thing, there were people of all ages from toddlers to grannies. Also, unlike store-bought wreaths, the wreaths were expressive and personal. They were adorned with elements that spoke to those who made them and to those who would receive them. The valentine workshop is likely to be equally satisfying.

The workshop, which will be held at 75 Battery Place, is free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Call (212) 267-9700, ext. 348 or 366 to register.

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Where’d You Get That: Battery Park City

Good Day’s Christal Young went in search of style in our neighborhood. She found some pretty unique styles while she was here, including a fitted dress from a boutique in Nolita for about $100. Crystal met a man with a standout tie who got it at a real bargain paying only $9 at a department store sale. She also came across Trompe L’oeil sneakers purchased in France for about 100 Euros, made by Puma. You can read more about Crystal’s fashion finds from MyFoxNY here.

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