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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.

Read the full article from MediaPost.

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Giant Restaurant and Oyster Bar Coming to BPC’s Pier A


NY Eater
by Amanda Kludt

Harry and Peter Poulakakos, the owners of practically every restaurant and chain in FiDi and Battery Park City—including Financier Patisserie, Adrienne’s Pizzabar, Harry’s Italian, and Ulysses—have signed a deal with the city to open a giant restaurant and entertainment complex on the renovated and restored Pier A, located between Battery Park and Battery Park City. The complex will hold a casual restaurant, oyster bar, coffee shop, and visitors center on the first floor and a fine dining restaurant and event space on the second floor.

The city awarded the Battery Park City Authority $30 million back in 2008 to restore the crumbling 125 year-old Lower Manhattan landmark, and when completed, it will also include enhanced waterfront access, 30,000 square feet of public plaza space and a 12,500-square-foot public promenade.

Read about the new plans for BPC restaurant in the NY Eater blog.

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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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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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