Local Electoral Patterns Show Varying Levels of Enthusiasm for Presidential Contenders
Donald Trump’s flagship location in Lower Manhattan did little to win him votes in the election district within which 40 Wall Street is located — or anywhere else in the broader Downtown community.
The City’s Board of Elections (BOE) has released unofficial local results for last week’s presidential election, which offer some insights into voting patterns at the community level. The portion of the 65th Assembly District served by the Broadsheet (a jagged line running from west to east, roughly connecting Vesey Street, Fulton Street, Park Row, and the Brooklyn Bridge), is divided into 25 election districts, or neighborhood-level precincts.
The total for all of these polling places was 9,191 votes cast. The ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris (running on the Democratic Party and Working Family Party lines) took a total of 7,059 of these ballots (or approximately 76.8 percent). The incumbents—President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, running under the Republican Party and Conservative Party banners—tallied 1,939 votes (or roughly 21 percent).
In every precinct throughout Lower Manhattan, the Biden-Harris ticket won a strong majority of votes, but the victors did better in some areas than others. The precinct where the Democratic and Working Families Parties scored the most lopsided win was election district 10, a rectangular box between Church Street and Broadway, north of Rector Street and south of Fulton Street. In this precinct, 383 votes were cast, with 330 (or 86 percent) going for the Biden-Harris ticket, and 43 citizens (or 11 percent) pulling the lever for Trump-Pence.
The areas of Lower Manhattan in which the Trump-Pence ticket scored highest were a pair of adjoining precincts nestled on the south side of the Brooklyn Bridge: Election Districts 7 and 8 (roughly between Pearl and William Streets, north of Fulton Street), which are dominated by Southbridge Towers.
In Election District 7, 435 votes were cast: 279 (or 64 percent) for Biden-Harris and 152 or 34 percent) for Trump-Pence. The numbers were different, but the proportions nearly the same in Election District 8, where 540 ballots were recorded, with 340 people (or 63 percent) voting blue and 192 (or 35 percent) opting for red.
The presence of the Trump Building at 40 Wall Street doesn’t appear to have won the current occupant of the Oval Office many fans. This skyscraper (which is the focus of an investigation by the State Attorney General, over allegations that its value may have been fraudulently overstated when being used as collateral for loans, but illegally understated for tax purposes) lies within Election District 92 (enclosed by Wall Street, Broadway, Maiden Lane, and William Street). In this precinct, a total of 212 votes were cast. Among these, 158 (or 74 percent) were for Biden-Harris, while just 47 (or 22 percent) were for the man whose name is emblazoned in large gold letters over the building’s entrance.
Local Small Business Swims Against the Tide by Reopening
In Italian, the word “inatteso” means “unexpected”—which is an apt adjective to describe what a small business in Battery Park City is doing. At a time when large enterprises, from the Century 21 department store to the restaurant, bar, and catering facility at Pier A, are shuttering, a spunky upstart is voicing optimism by reopening.
Bandwidth for the Dispossessed
Downtown Advocacy Group Prepares Lawsuit Over Lack of Connectivity for Homeless Kids
A non-profit based in Lower Manhattan is threatening to sue the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio over the lack of Wi-Fi service in City-operated homeless shelters that house thousands of public school students living below the poverty line. To read more…
Votes Aren’t All That’s Still Being Counted…
Lower Manhattan Contributed Almost $20 Million to Political Campaigns
Individuals, businesses, and organizations domiciled in nine zip codes spread across Lower Manhattan contributed $18.7 million to various political campaigns this election cycle, data from the Federal Election Commission shows.
November 4: Morning fog over New York Harbor and Governors Island (video clip)
Monday November 9
Community Board Meetings This Week
Land Use, Zoning & Economic Development Committee
1) Governors Island Rezoning, zoning map and zoning text amendments
(ULURP applications 210126 ZRM and 210127 ZMM) – Presentation & public hearing
Tuesday November 10
Youth & Education Committee
1) DOE updates on Fall 2020 blended learning: parent engagement, core standards, lack of equity across public schools – Discussion & Possible Resolution
2) Status of NYC Gifted & Talented programs – Discussion & Possible Resolution (PLACE NYC invited)
3) Expansion of New York Harbor School’s facilities and programming – Discussion with Nan Richardson, Co-President, New York Harbor School PTA (SCA and DOE invited)
4) Construction of NYPL’s Amsterdam and BPC branch – Update
November 11 Office Closed – Veterans Day
Landmarks & Preservation Committee
1) 13 Harrison Street, application for rooftop addition to existing townhouse – Resolution
2) Trinity Church Wall Street, application for installation of two digital “poster box” signs located on the Broadway fence of the property – Resolution
3) 271 Church Street, application to replace historic window with new storefront and relocate previously approved bracket sign – Resolution
4) 250 Water Street, application to construct (a) a new building on the 250 Water Street parking lot and (b) a new building at 173-69 John Street for the South Street Seaport Museum and alterations to the existing Museum Buildings on Block 74 – Resolution
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The Tale of the Ticker Tape, or How Adversity and Spontaneity Hatched a New York Tradition
What was Planned as a Grand Affair became a Comedy of Errors
New York’s first ticker-tape parade erupted spontaneously from bad weather
and an over-zealous stockbroker.
While the festivities in New York Harbor didn’t go as scripted that afternoon, the spontaneous gesture it generated from the brokerage houses lining Broadway famously lives on more than a century later.
On October 28, 1886, Liberty Enlightening the World was to be unveiled to New York City and the world as it stood atop its tall base on Bedloe’s Island. But the morning mist had turned to afternoon fog, blurring the view of the statue from revelers on the Manhattan shore and the long parade of three hundred ships on the Hudson River.
What was planned as a grand affair-with President Grover Cleveland as the main speaker-became a comedy of errors. The fog prevented efficient communication between the dignitaries on the island and the ships awaiting orders to fire their salutes and blast their horns at the given signal.
TODAY IN HISTORY
The Great Boston Fire of 1872
1620 – Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
1851 – Kentucky marshals abduct abolitionist minister Calvin Fairbank from Jeffersonville, Indiana, and take him to Kentucky to stand trial for helping a slave escape.
1857 – The Atlantic is founded in Boston, Massachusetts.
1867 – Tokugawa shogunate hands power back to the Emperor of Japan, starting the Meiji Restoration.
1872 – The Great Boston Fire of 1872.
The Great Boston fire of 1872 was Boston’s largest urban fire. The conflagration began at 7:20 p.m. on November 9, 1872, in the basement of a commercial warehouse at 83-87 Summer Street. Finally contained 12 hours later, it had consumed about 65 acres of Boston’s downtown including 776 buildings and caused $73.5 million in damage.Miraculously, only thirteen people died in the inferno
1906 – Theodore Roosevelt is the first sitting President of the United States to make an official trip outside the country. He did so to inspect progress on the Panama Canal.
1918 – Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany abdicates after the German Revolution,and Germany is proclaimed a Republic.
1921 – The Italian National Fascist Party comes into existence.
1938 – The Nazi German diplomat Ernst vom Rath dies from gunshot wounds by Herschel Grynszpan, an act which the Nazis used as an excuse to instigate the 1938 national pogrom, also known as Kristallnacht.
1960 – Robert McNamara is named president of Ford Motor Company, the first non-Ford to serve in that post. A month later, he resigned to join the administration of newly elected John F. Kennedy.
1967 – Apollo program: NASA launches the unmanned Apollo 4 test spacecraft atop the first Saturn V rocket from Cape Kennedy, Florida.
1967 – The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine is published.
1979 – Nuclear false alarm: The NORAD computers and the Alternate National Military Command Center in Fort Ritchie, Maryland detected purported massive Soviet nuclear strike. After reviewing the raw data from satellites and checking the early-warning radars, the alert is cancelled.
1985 – Garry Kasparov, 22, of the Soviet Union becomes the youngest World Chess Champion by beating fellow Soviet Anatoly Karpov.
1989 – Fall of the Berlin Wall. East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin.
1994 – The chemical element darmstadtium is discovered.
2005 – Suicide bombers attacked three hotels in Amman, Jordan, killing at least 60 people.
1989 – Fall of the Berlin Wall. East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin.
1731 – Benjamin Banneker, American farmer, surveyor, and author (d. 1806)
1853 – Stanford White, American architect and partner, co-founded McKim, Mead & White (d. 1906)Stanford White was an American architect and partner in the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, the frontrunner among Beaux-Arts firms
1915 – André François, Romanian-French illustrator, painter, and sculptor (d. 2005)
1915 – Sargent Shriver, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 21st United States Ambassador to France (d. 2011)
1918 – Spiro Agnew, 39th Vice President of the United States (d. 1996)
1924 – Robert Frank, Swiss-American photographer was a photographer and documentary filmmaker. His most notable work, the 1958 book titled The Americans, earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his fresh and nuanced outsider’s view of American society
1928 – Anne Sexton, American poet and academic (d. 1974)
1936 – Mary Travers was an American singer-songwriter and member of the folk music group Peter, Paul and Mary, along with Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey.
959 – Constantine VII, Byzantine emperor (b. 905)
1911 – Howard Pyle, American author and illustrator (b. 1853)
1924 – Henry Cabot Lodge, American historian and politician (b. 1850)
1940 – Neville Chamberlain, English businessman and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1869)
1953 – Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet and author (b. 1914)
1970 – Charles de Gaulle, French general and politician, 18th President of France (b. 1890)
1988 – John N. Mitchell, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 67th United States Attorney General (b. 1913)
2003 – Art Carney, American actor and comedian (b. 1918)
Downtown Dowager Gets Her Due
First Lady of Lower Manhattan Recognized, Half a Century On
If you live in Lower Manhattan, and are even remotely fond of the community, you owe a debt of gratitude to the woman who saved it from slum clearance and multiple highway schemes. The late Jane Jacobs (she died in 2006) was recognized last week with a plaque outside her longtime home at 555 Hudson Street, in the West Village. To read more…
Validating the Vision
CB1 Offers Qualified Endorsement to Plans for Brooklyn Bridge Revamp
The August designation of two winners in the Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge design competition has spurred Community Board 1 (CB1) to weigh in about the pragmatic implications of the vision contained in the proposals. To read more…
Eyes to the Sky
November 2 – 15, 2020
Big sky, long night
Night is fast overtaking day. During the course of November, day length will shrink from 10 hours 26 minutes to 9 hours 30 minutes, when there will be only 15 minutes left to lose in December. Earth-centered celebrations of the harvest and fellowship in November quickly lead into preparations for winter solstice holidays, when light is foremost in our cultural festivals.
For our ancestors, oil lamps, candles and open fires lit the darkness. To make light was a triumph. Natural materials, gathered from the wild and farmed, were the hard-earned fuel for creating light. Living by the radiance of the Sun, moon and stars was optimized, both physically and spiritually. To read more…
Howard Hughes Corporation Proposes Scaled-Back Towers for Seaport Site, Along with Package of Amenities
The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) has unveiled its plans for 250 Water Street (a 1.1-acre parking lot in the Seaport District), including high-rise towers, more than 100 units of affordable housing, and a plan to build a new headquarters for the South Street Seaport Museum. This announcement has inspired both enthusiastic support and fierce criticism. To read more…
Contract One, Station One
The Jewel in
Just below the surface of City Hall Park sits one of New York’s architectural gems. Built during the City Beautiful movement, its design sought to uplift the spirits of New Yorkers on their daily commute.
City Hall Loop station—Contract One, Station One—was the flagship of New York’s first subway and the focus of the international press on October 27, 1904, when Mayor George McClellan connected the Tiffany-designed motorman’s handle to propel the first train north to its endpoint on 145th Street and Broadway.
The design of the other twenty-seven stations it stopped at that afternoon was dictated by the practical needs of subway efficiency—the architect’s only role was to choose the tile work that would cover the structural columns and walls. But the station below City Hall Park is different. Here, design and structure are one in the same.
City Hall subway station, was designed to be the showpiece of the new subway system with its elegant platform and mezzanine featured Guastavino tile, skylights, colored glass tilework and brass chandeliers.