Volume 23, Number 3 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | May 28 - June 3, 2010
Hurry! Openings available
Manhattan Youth’s Lower Manhattan Family Fund has openings for three summer programs - Tuition assistance is available on a limited basis.
The Performing Arts camp, Sports Camp and Belleayre Mountain Camp have slots available for children who live or work in Community Planning Board One – South of Canal Street – The campers must be going into 5th through 7th grade.
For information go to downtowndaycamp.com - If the programs and dates work for your family contact Joanne Morgenthal for The Performing Arts Camp and the Sports Camp at 212-766-1104 x 245 and Bob Townley at 212-766-1104 x 229 at Belleayre Mountain Camp. Please review the dates of the camps before calling.
Lower Manhattan Family Fund summer tuition assistance is made possible by our annual Downtown Community Awards and generous gifts from the good people of Downtown.
Park Row might re-open?
Lower Manhattan elected officials are using their pull to pressure the federal government to help reopen Park Row.
Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan/Brooklyn), Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, State Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan/Brooklyn) and City Councilmember Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan), sent a letter to LaHood asking him to follow up on the offer he made last week, during a meeting of the Chinatown Working Group, to get the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a risk assessment to determine whether the street can be reopened.
LaHood promised to contact DHS after hearing numerous concerns from local residents and elected officials about the continued closure of the street, which was shut down because of its proximity to Police Plaza.
Corky Lee, among others, honored
The Chinatown Health Clinic Foundation sponsored its annual benefit
dinner on Wednesday, May 26 at Jing Fong Restaurant. The dinner honored the J. T. Tai & Co. Foundation, the Ping Y. Tai Foundation, and Mr. Corky Lee for their contributions to the community. The J. T. Tai & Co Foundation and the Ping Y. Tai Foundation have supported many health-related causes such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, and American Red Cross. Over the years the two foundations have awarded grants to the Chinatown Health Clinic Foundation and the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center for programs such as hepatitis B screening and treatment, intensivesocial work case management, health education, and mental health services that have benefited many Asian Americans. Corky Lee has devoted much of his career to documenting the lives and contributions of Asian Americans. His photographs have challenged the perception of Asian Americans in mainstream media and illustrated the diversity of the Asian American population. He first became involved with the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center at the 1971 health fair that led to the founding of the health center.
Hudson Yards finalized
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced today that it has entered into a contract with a joint venture of Related Companies and new partner Oxford Properties Group for the development of the MTA’s Hudson Yards into a mixed-use community that will include 12 million square feet of commercial and residential development. The deal calls for the MTA to lease the site to the joint venture for 99 years, with purchase options, and will provide $1 billion for vital MTA capital projects.
“This is a tremendously exciting development project that together with the extension of the 7 line will turn this area into a vibrant residential and commercial neighborhood,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder.
“We were also able to maximize value for the MTA and provide a new revenue stream to support many of our vital capital projects.”
Jay Cross, President of Related Hudson Yards, said, “Related and its new partner Oxford Properties Group look forward to continuing the progress to create New York’s next great neighborhood. The West Side Yards is not only a transformative development opportunity, but represents the future growth of New York City.”