Had a dream last night that I was at an environmental activist camp and while on a hike by a stream we were attacked by crew-cutted Tea Party types with spears. I took one in the leg, fell in the water and nearly drowned until I was dragged to safety by Laura of Superchunk. What do you dream about?
DId you miss our end of summer event last week at Bryant Park? (photos here). Too bad, there were some fireworks between former City Council candidate Pete Gleason and everyone’s favorite Village Voice writer Wayne Barrett:
Former City Council candidate Pete Gleason caused a stir at the NY Civic soiree at Bryant Park last week, when he showed up and accused Village Voice writer Wayne Barrett of being a hypocrite for not denouncing the newspaper for running sex ads.
So there Gleason was last week, brandishing a flier with the headline “Is Wayne Barrett on the level?” with a photocopy of “Nailah” — “a wet Indian & Ebony 21yr old freaky nasty GFE” — on all fours from the back pages of the Voice.
Looks like the Village Voice really is “back.”
Don’t forget, this September 7th! New York Civic’s End of Summer Networking Event at the southwest porch of Bryant Park, featuring our special guest, noted muckraker Wayne Barrett (Senior Editor for The Village Voice and Adjunct Professor, Columbia Journalism School). More info here.
Did you know the New York Sun is online? They are! And today they’ve published a letter from Henry Stern: City Is Shamed by Commission On the Revision of Its Charter.
Zulch said that he and members of the Pelham Parkway Preservation Alliance, newly formed in the wake of this news, want written, legal safeguards in place that will guarantee that the city work carefully, and in many cases “use hand and shovel” as opposed to heavy equipment.
“The big focus and concern now is root damage during construction of the roadway, and damage to the trees in a delayed effect,” he said. “They’re digging up the whole parkway, and that will mean many, many trees dying. It’s going to be deceptive to the public, because they’ll look and see all the trees still there, but then in a couple years the trees damaged by the construction will die, and it will be too late.”
We recently solicited questions from our friends on Twitter and Facebook, to be answered by Henry Stern in a column on the Starblog. Below, we’ve posted one of the questions and answers. You can read all of them here.
Question: Where did Gracie Mansion gets its name and what is its history? - Ken Stewart
Answer: Gracie Mansion is named for the Scottish-born shipping magnate Archibald Gracie, who was a business partner of Alexander Hamilton and a friend of John Jay. In 1798, Gracie bought a large tract of land on Hoorn’s Hook near the East River, and the following year he built the two-story wooden Federalist mansion on the crest of a hill. Gracie primarily used the house as his country residence, entertaining guests there such as future President John Quincy Adams and future French king Louis Phillippe, until he was forced to sell it in 1823 to pay off debts. At one point, the city took the house for back taxes.
Various occupants resided in the house, until 1896, when the City of New York acquired the property and made it part of what is now Carl Schurz Park. As part of the park, the house served in numerous capacities, including an ice-cream stand, classroom space, and even public restrooms. From 1924 until 1936, it served as the Museum of the City of New York, and from 1936 until 1942 it was shown as a historical house.
In 1942, Robert Moses convinced Fiorello La Guardia to turn the house into the official mayoral residence. It is where he lived during his entire third term.
"I believe that an essential injustice is being done, that you are wrongly deceiving the people of New York," said Henry Stern of the group "New York Civic."
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New York Civic President Henry Stern was interviewed on CBS News for their segment on the Pelham Parkway trees. “Trees can’t speak for themselves – they can only whisper – so we have to come to their defense,” Stern said.
NEW YORK (CBS 2) — One of the most beautiful landscapes in New York City is being threatened by a road project, and residents fear it will forever change the character of their neighborhood.
Whether looking at the Pelham Parkway from the sky or the ground, many are struck by the grandeur of its majestic green canopy.
Now, though, the unique urban landscape is being threatened, reports CBS 2′s John Metaxas.
Yesterday morning on Live with Regis and Kelly, Bronx-native Regis Philbin read New York Civic’s article about saving the Pelham Parkway trees live on air, and announced that he supported our fight. Thanks, Regis!
The Pelham Parkway Preservation Alliance, founded by Dr. George Zulch, Joseph Menta and David Varenne, is the ad hoc neighborhood group that has led the effort to preserve the trees. You can support the Alliance by joining their Facebook fan page. You could also email the Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (914) 419-9552 for more information.