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Merchants River House Now Open in BPC

Photo courtesty of Downtown Express & Terese Loeb Kreuzer

This past Monday, a new restaurant came to Battery Park City. Owner Abraham Merchant, and his wife Lyn, opened the doors to the Merchants River House restaurant (formerly known as Steamers Landing) with an opening event for the public.

Merchants River House will be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Friday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. For more information call (212) 432-1451.

Read more about the Merchants River House restaurant and the grand opening from Downtown Express.

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Best Blacktops – Battery Park City

Downtown Express photo by John Bayles

West Thames Park was picked by Downtown Express as one of the best blacktops in the city siting, “this recently opened Battery Park City facility offers courts that are both beautiful and strangely designed.” The two half court basketball facilities with the uncommon multicolor paint choices seem only to attract youngsters in the area. The two courts have different height nets encouraging the shorter-net court to fill up with elementary age children by early afternoon and overflowing to the surrounding jungle gym. We are excited that our blacktop was picked as one of the best in the city. You can read about the other wining blacktops here.

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Fifth Annual Mayor’s Cup Kayak Championships

Photo Credit: Jeff Chen/Mayor's Cup

On Saturday if it seemed like there was a flurry of kayaks in the Hudson, you weren’t the only one to notice. Saturday was the fifth annual Mayor’s Cup Kayak Championships which takes racers, including veterans and disabled athletes, on a 28-mile course around Manhattan. We loved watching them compete and battle against each other and the flow of water. By the time they were in view from Battery Park City they had less than 6 miles left and were undoubtedly tired but still looked so graceful on the water that is usually filled with large-boat traffic. You can read more about the race here.

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Battery Dance Company Downtown Dance Festival

This is the last week to catch Battery Dance Company’s free performances. At 2 p.m. daily on the corner of Water and Whitehall Streets the company performs featuring local and international company members. Call (212) 219-3910 or visit batterydanceco.com for more information.

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Liberty Luxe & Liberty Green Complete Vibrant Neighborhood

Photo Credit: Buck Ennis

Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green are under construction and scheduled to be done next year, but that means more than just being open and finishing construction. We are going to welcome new neighbors to our neighborhood. In this story by Amanda Fung (Crains New York) she agrees that Battery Park City is a place that people want to work and live.

“Early next year, two luxury condominium towers—Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green—will open in Battery Park City. The buildings, which will be 33 and 23 stories, respectively, and will feature similar brick-and-glass facades, are being developed by Milstein Properties.

More important, the two towers will bring to a close one of the largest and most remarkable development projects in New York City’s history: the transformation of 92 acres of landfill across the West Side Highway from the World Trade Center into a vibrant neighborhood…”

You can find out more about Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green and you can read the full story by Amanda Fung here.

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World Trade Center site excavation uncovers 32-foot ship hull from 18th century

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Associated Press — NEW YORK — Workers at the World Trade Center site are excavating a 32-foot-long ship hull that apparently was used in the 18th century as part of the fill that extended lower Manhattan into the Hudson River.

It’s hoped the artifact can be retrieved by the end of today, said archaeologist Molly McDonald. A boat specialist was going to the site to take a look at it.

McDonald said she wanted to at least salvage some timbers; it was unclear if any large portions could be lifted intact.

“We’re mostly clearing it by hand because it’s kind of fragile,” she said, but construction equipment could be used later in the process.

McDonald and archaeologist A. Michael Pappalardo were at the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the discovery was made Tuesday morning.

“We noticed curved timbers that a back hoe brought up,” McDonald said Wednesday. “We quickly found the rib of a vessel and continued to clear it away and expose the hull over the last two days.”

The two archeologists work for AKRF, a firm hired to document artifacts discovered at the site. They called the find significant but said more study was needed to determine the age of the ship.

“We’re going to send timber samples to a laboratory to do dendrochronology that will help us to get a sense of when the boat was constructed,” said McDonald. Dendrochronology is the science that uses tree rings to determine dates and chronological order.

A 100-pound anchor was found a few yards from the ship hull on Wednesday, but they’re not sure if it belongs to the ship. It’s 3 to 4 feet across, McDonald said.

The archaeologists are racing to record and analyze the vessel before the delicate wood, now exposed to air, begins to deteriorate.

“I kept thinking of how closely it came to being destroyed,” Pappalardo said.

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10 Spots Every Kid Should See

Battery Park made it on MSNBC’s (written by ShermansTravel) list of 10 Spots Every Kid Should See. While the destination on the list was our neighbor, Lady Liberty, Battery Park City was included as a great view point and something the youngsters would enjoy. Among other things in the area MSNBC mentioned that every kid is fascinated watching the giant cruise ships dock and sail out. You can view the whole list with photos here.

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BPC’s Greenmarket Is Off To A Strong Start

Photo credit: Downtown Express

Thursday (July 8th) was the first day of the new Battery Park City greenmarket in World Financial Center plaza. The market attracted over 500 people and was seen as a success by many of the sellers. The market is host to 10 produce, wine and flower booths and the only complaint by customers is that it closes at 6 p.m.

We are excited for the new market in the area and hopefully in time they will have enough growth to stay open a little longer for those of us who get home a bit later. The downtown express has more on the story here.

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Plans For New Battery Park City Fields Selected

Photo credit: tribecatrib.com

Architects for the Battery Park City Authority presented the Downtown Soccer League and the Downtown Little League with options for the new fields and the final layout (pictured) was selected this month. The fields will have two baseball diamonds and the full-size south diamond will be complete with 200-foot outfield fence, meeting Little League regulations. The Downtown Soccer League is also excited because the new fields, made of artificial turf, will allow for weekly practice as the grass will not need scheduled rest time. Read here for more information.

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River to River Festival

There will be a series of three performances over next two weeks in Battery Park area parks as part of the the River to River Festival.

Thursday, July 8 (Castle Clinton, Battery Park) – Madeleine Peyroux

Wednesday, July 14 (Rockefeller Park, Battery Park) – Jimmy Webb with Martin Rivas

Thursday, July 15 (Castle Clinton, Battery Park) – Duncan Sheik

For more information and a full summer schedule click here.

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