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Sugarcane Cafeteria Trays Help Battery Park City School Go Green

P.S. 89 parents and students on the "Green Team" celebrated their awards from the Department of Sanitation on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Julie Shapiro & DNAinfo)


By Julie Shapiro
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

A Battery Park City elementary school won top honors this week for using cafeteria trays made out of sugarcane rather than Styrofoam.

P.S. 89 earned a citywide elementary Golden Apple award from the Department of Sanitation and a Golden Shovel from the department’s NYC Compost Project after cutting its lunchtime trash output by more than half in just the last few months.

“We could see how dedicated your school was to reduce, reuse, recycle and to composting,” Carey Pulverman, a manager for the NYC Compost Project, told the students at a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

“A lot of you changed your daily habits here in the lunchroom, and we’ve been very impressed by that.”

P.S. 89’s parent-led “Green Team” spearheaded the switch from Styrofoam trays to biodegradable trays made of sugarcane, starch and wood pulp earlier this year after becoming concerned about the school’s trash output, said Diana Biagioli, a P.S. 89 parent.

The PTA pays the extra two cents it costs to purchase each environmentally friendly tray and is working with Holton Farms in Vermont to compost them after they’re used. The school goes through about 350 to 400 trays per day, Biagioli said.

Rather than dumping everything, including the trays, into the trash after lunch, P.S. 89 students now carefully remove any leftover food from their trays and stack them on a table. They also pour out their extra milk and recycle the cardboard cartons.

Parent volunteers are on hand every day to supervise the process — but most students know the routine and say they didn’t mind the extra steps.

“If we don’t take care of our planet, it will become a big dump,” said 7-year-old Himani Sirsi, who lives in Battery Park City. “The Styrofoam trays release toxic gases, and they’re bad for the planet.”

Since switching to sugarcane trays in February, P.S. 89 has reduced its lunchtime trash output from eight to 12 bags of garbage a day to just four, parents said.

Michelle Lee, 7, a Battery Park City resident, said that after learning about the environment in school, she often reminds her parents to recycle at home, and now she hopes to spread the lesson to other schools as well.

“If every school in the universe does this, it’ll be happier [for] the planet,” she said.

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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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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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2011 River to River Festival in Battery Park City

The line-up for the 10th Annual River To River Festival has been announced, with free events being held at various locations along downtown New York City’s waterfront, including the World Financial Center, The Seaport, Battery Park City’s Rockefeller Park, Castle Clinton National Monument, The Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street, and more. The festival runs June 19-July 16.

On Wednesday June 22 at 7pm, Battery Park City Authority will present Bottom Line – NY On My Mind, starring Rosanne Cash, Marshall Crenshaw, Willie Nile, Martin Rivas, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche, Loudon Wainwright III, Dar Williams, and more. The event will be hosted by Meg Griffin, and also feature Christine Lavin and Vin Scelsa reading NYC stories.

Rufus Wainwright will join New York City Opera singers, and pianist Kevin Murphy to perform excerpts from his opera Prima Donna, which will premiere at New York City Opera in spring 2012, as well as his favorite arias. The event will be held at the World Financial Center Winter Garden on June 28.

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World Financial Center Dishes Up Three Lunchtime Food Events

A sandwich from Quality Burger, which reopened Thursday on the World Financial Center plaza.


By Julie Shapiro
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

The World Financial Center had three separate lunchtime culinary events on Thursday.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the EAT World Financial Center Restaurant showcased more than a dozen of the building’s eateries in the Winter Garden, each selling tastes of their signature dishes for $5 or less.

The Grill Room offered a shrimp and vegetable stir-fry for $5, SouthWest NY will dish out pulled-pork sliders, two for $5, and Devon & Blakely sold a blackened chicken sandwich for $4. For dessert, Financier Patisserie offered a black and white mousse cake for $3, while Godiva Chocolatier will sell two chocolate-dipped strawberries for $5.

Thursday also marked the return of Ed’s Lobster Bar and Quality Burger, the food kiosks by the North Cove Marina that drew long lines when they debuted last summer.

This year, Ed’s will bring back its $15 lobster roll, $6 grilled shrimp skewers and $2 grilled corn on the cob, while Quality Burger will offer freshly seared cheeseburgers for $5.25 and loaded-up chilidogs for $3.75.

Within the next couple of weeks, a third kiosk will open: Fatty ‘Cue, an outpost of the popular Williamsburg barbecue joint by the same name.

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Danny Meyer Unveils Details of Battery Park City Restaurant

Danny Meyer's new restaurant will anchor the former Embassy Suites building in Battery Park City, which is being converted to a luxury Conrad hotel. (Photo courtesy of DNAinfo/Julie Shapiro)


By Julie Shapiro
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

The North End Grill will open in late 2011 at North End Avenue and Murray Street.

Danny Meyer unveiled new details this week about his much-anticipated fine-dining restaurant in Battery Park City.

The North End Grill would serve new-American dishes with a focus on seafood when it opened at the end of this year in the former Embassy Suites building, Mayer’s Union Square Hospitality Group said.

Floyd Cardoz, founding chef at Tabla, will take the helm of the new restaurant, and Bentel & Bentel will design the interior.

Cardoz said in a statement that he planned to cook “simply prepared American food with ingredients that should remind you what day of the year it is.”

Meyer called Cardoz “one of the most gifted chefs with whom I have ever had the privilege to work.”

“North End Grill will be another shining chapter in Floyd’s career and I can’t wait to see and taste what’s next,” Meyer said in a statement.

The North End Grill, at the corner of North End Avenue and Murray Street, will join outposts of Meyer’s Shake Shack and Blue Smoke, also opening in the building later this year.

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E.E. Cummings’ Desk Goes On Display in Battery Park City


By Julie Shapiro
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

A massive wooden desk that once belonged to the poet e.e. cummings arrived in Battery Park City earlier this month.

The dark, gleaming desk is now on permanent display for the first time at Poets House, a library and literary center whose founder was a close friend of cummings.

“Two weeks ago, we got an email saying, ‘Would you like this desk?'” said Jane Preston, managing director of Poets House, still sounding astounded by the good fortune. “It was a total surprise. We responded and said, ‘We will receive this desk with joy!'”

The desk — which measures about 4 feet long, 3 feet tall and 2 feet deep and weighs about 50 pounds — is empty, save a small white envelope dated 1953, which contains two keys to the drawers.

“That it is cummings’ is thrilling,” Preston said, “because e.e. cummings is a poet who is beloved by the very young and very old alike.”

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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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Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Battery Park City

Rabbit Symbol

The Chinese New Year begins on February 3rd and according to the Chinese system, 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. Celebrate the New Year in Battery Park City at two Chinese restaurants, Liberty View & Au Mandarin. Liberty View restaurant is at 21 South End Avenue facing South Cove, and Au Mandarin is at 2 World Financial Center. You can also head out to Chinatown to celebrate, which isn’t too far from BPC.

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