Volume 16, Number 28 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | December 9-16, 2003

Downtown Local

Bird countdown
Calling all urban birdwatchers: New York City Audubon needs your help for the 104th annual Christmas Bird Count. A Lower Manhattan contingent will hit the streets on Sun., Dec 14 to count and document Downtown-dwelling birds, from the lone female wild turkey who currently resides at the tip of Battery Park to the wide variety of ducks bobbing on the Hudson (including Bufflehead, Scaulp and Hooded Mergansers). This outing is part of a larger National Audubon project that runs through early January and attempts to monitor the status and distribution of bird populations all over the Western Hemisphere.

The count begins at 8 a.m., and usually lasts about four hours. If possible, bring binoculars; definitely wear comfortable shoes and bring something to drink.

To be a part of the count, and to find out where to gather, R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 12 by calling 212-691-7483 or emailing ny.cas@verizon.net. The event is free for participants 18 and under, and $5 (cash or check) for bird enthusiasts over the age of 18.

Lights and action
Starting this week, the lights on Wall St. won’t go off when the traders go home for the night. Wall Street Rising has begun “Corridor of Light,” a project to illuminate 14 buildings on Wall and Broad Sts. over the next year.

Wall St. Rising founder and president Julie Menin pitched the idea to a group of landlords, who agreed that lighting the impressive facades of their buildings would increase nighttime foot traffic and improve security. Each landlord will contribute $25,000 to $100,000 toward the project, which is expected to cost about $1 million.

The Manhattan firm Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design provided the conceptual lighting proposal, designed to bring a Parisian flair to the financial district.

“This is the architectural core of the city, and it’s fitting that it be lit magnificently,” Menin said.

The project will kick off this week with the Deutsche Bank building at 60 Wall St. The next buildings to be lit this month are 15 Broad St., 23 Wall St. and the Regent Hotel 55 Wall St. The hotel’s expected closing next month will not affect the lighting, the hotel’s general manager was quoted as saying.

Beginning in April of 2004, the following buildings will also be awash in ambient lighting: 55 Broad St., 60 Broad St., 5 Hanover Square, 7 Hanover Square, 44 Wall St., 10 Liberty St., 30 Wall St., 48 Wall St., 63 Wall St., and 90 Washington St.

Menin said that she plans to raise funds to expand the project. She hopes that the landlords will agree to participate for years to come: the continuing electricity costs will be relatively small compared with the initial start-up investment of fixtures and installation.

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

On Tues., Dec. 9, the Seaport/Civic Center Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. to discuss agency parking on sidewalks, traffic islands, and general disregard for traffic regulations, and the need for additional mail boxes.

On Wed., Dec. 10, the Executive Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. to pass resolutions on the following: the proposed City Planning amendment to modify height and setback regulations for scientific research and development facilities in C6 districts, the World Trade Center memorial designs, the need for revised legislation on Liberty Bonds, and the request of Community Board 6, Brooklyn, to take over jurisdiction of Governors Island.

On Thurs., Dec. 11, the Landmarks Committee, combined with the Financial District Committee, will meet at 6 p.m. to pass a resolution on the proposed John St./Maiden Lane historic district, and the application to relocate and reconstruct the canopy at 430 Greenwich St. (Landmarks only).

On Tues., Dec. 16 at 6 p.m., C.B. 1 will hold its monthly meeting at 132 Beekman St.




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