Downtown Local

Downtown Express photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio

Children celebrated French independence last week as they raced down John St. scarfing down French Fries on Bastille Day. It was part of an evening of events organized by Brasserie Les Halles restaurant. It was the first year the restaurant staged the event in the Financial District.

Waterfall idea almost as tall as Niagara
In last week’s issue we incorrectly reported that the proposed waterfall in the World Trade Center design by architect Daniel Libeskind would be 250 feet tall. The waterfall would be 150 feet and almost as tall, not taller, than Niagara Falls, which is 184 feet.

The miscalculation was based on a misleading Lower Manhattan Development Corporation diagram that included a bar scale. However, the waterfall was one of the figures in the diagram that was not drawn to scale.

The proposed waterfall, which would be adjacent to the W.T.C. memorial, would be about the size of a 15-story building.

Governors I. tours
This summer New Yorkers will have a chance to see a rarely visited part of the city when the National Park Service begins a series of free guided walking tours of Governors Island.

National Park Service Rangers will lead the 1.5-mile walks around the forts, landmark buildings and shoreline of the historic island in New York Harbor from July 24 to Sept. 27. The tours for the general public are Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., leaving from the Battery Maritime Building Slip 7, at the foot of Whitehall and South Sts. just east of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Thursdays are reserved for groups of 25 or more.

Space is limited and 48 hours advanced registration is required. To register, visit or phone 212:514-8296. Groups of 25 or more should register by phone. The Park Service advises visitors that there are limited restroom or medical facilities on the island and people with special needs should identify themselves when they register.

Heavy rain may cancel a tour and visitors should phone before 8 a.m. on the day of the tour for the latest information. The tours are sponsored by the National Park Service, the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corp., The Governors Island Alliance and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance.

C.B. 1 meetings
The upcoming week’s schedule for Community Board 1 meetings is as follows. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in room 709 of 49-51 Chambers St.

On Tuesday, July 22, the youth and education committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. to discuss Millennium High School, the citywide reading scores for P.S. 150 and P.S. 89, the reorganization of the Department of Education, over-enrollment at P.S. 234, and the Site 5C development.

On Wednesday, July 23, the Waterfront Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. to hear an update by Connie Fishman of the Hudson Park River Trust on the interim park improvements, the dislocation of existing programs during the proposed construction of Piers 25 and 26, and the proposed mini golf design and program.

On Tuesday, July 29, at 6 p.m., C.B. 1 will hold its monthly full board meeting in the auditorium of P.S. 234, at 292 Greenwich St. (at Chambers St.).


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