July 2016 Newsletter
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Cpt. Pat Harris
Title: Captain of The Ventura
Favorite BPC spot: Irish Hunger Memorial


Sailor, surfer, and writer Pat Harris is the captain of his beloved boat, the Ventura, sailing daily around New York City Harbor giving tours and sharing stories. The Ventura itself was rescued by Pat from a Staten Island wrecked ship yard in 1987; he then tracked down missing parts to get it into pristine condition – after all, one of Pat’s hobbies is repurposing items. The Ventura is now 100 years old and currently getting a brand new sail. Congrats to this grand old vessel!

Pat has been sailing since he was five years old. He grew up attending a mother-run, land-based sailing school because that was “what you did” in his Sayville, Long Island hometown. You were trained to do everything you would do in a boat on land so you were prepared to go on the water confidently. Once you reached age 12 you were ready to sail competitively. While Pat initially wanted to be a pro surfer his career path led him to where he is today – living and loving sailing people around the harbor, leaving them with precious memories and making a positive impact on their lives.

It was at the start of his career on the sea when Pat experienced a life-changing event: Winning a 21-day sailing competition from Cape Town, South Africa to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The pressure of the race was only heightened by the fact that among the crew of nine was the ship’s terminally-ill owner, whose last wish was a successful finish. Pat and the team did just that, winning one for the Skipper with flying colors.   
It was surviving this and many other ordeals at sea that gained Captain Pat tremendous perspective and convinced him why giving back to others is so important. Sailing is thrilling and unbelievable, but when you’ve survived all the storms the sea can offer, explained Pat, it gives you a precious perspective on life and the qualities with which to live your own.

Today, Captain Pat splits his time between giving others the experience of their lives and by giving himself some self-reflecting time. After the sailing season in New York City ends in November, Pat sails down to the Bahamas, a 10-day trip to what he considers to be his “Zen” place. Nor did Pat’s dream of being a pro surfer vanish; he continues to surf while relaxing in the Bahamas, spearing his own lobsters for dinner.

Pat originally came to New York City because growing up on Long Island he felt the city beckoning him. He still does. When time comes to return home each year it’s not just the income that drives Captain Pat as he sets sail north. It’s also the challenge and excitement of running a business that he lives for – especially a business in New York City with so many responsibilities, and possibilities, on both land and sea.


He moved into Manhattan on his late 20s, and over that time has become widely familiar with the city, and the harbor and Hudson River waters of course. In Battery Park City, Pat's favorite spot is under the trees in the Irish Hunger Memorial, where you might find him sitting in the shade, taking in the moments on land.





Upcoming Events

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Sunset Yoga at Wagner Park

Wagner Park, 20 Battery Place
Wednesdays through September 28
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM  

Open space, fresh sea air, and the floral scent of the gardens will help you stretch away the stress of the workday and allow you to let go of the hectic buzz of city life. Whether you’re still learning Child’s Pose or have mastered the Twisted Half Moon, our expert yoga instructor will guide you through a routine that works for you. Please bring your own mat.

This event is Free.
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BPC Running Club

Community Center at Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chamber St.
Thursdays, July 7 - August 25 
7:00 PM-7:45 PM

Running is good for you, doesn’t require expensive equipment and you can do it anywhere, even in a city of over 8 million! Come on a run with the BPC Running Club on Thursday evenings this fall! Lace up and jog along the waterfront parks of Battery Park City with other active members of the community.  Join in group warm up and cool down exercises led by programming leaders.

This event is Free.

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 Sunset Jam on the Hudson

 Wagner Park, 20 Battery Place
 Fridays, July 8 - August 26
 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

 Join a drumming circle led by master drummers. Instruments provided or bring your
 own. This event occurs every Friday.
 This event is Free.
 Click here for additional information.



Ultimate Frisbee

BPC Ball Fields, West street between Murray and Warren Streets
Saturdays, July 9 - August 27
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The “Spirit of the Game” lives on in Battery Park City! Enjoy drop-in, organized games of Ultimate Frisbee at the BPC Ball Fields and learn why this is becoming a fast-growing sport all around the world. All levels welcome. Discs provided.

This event is Free.
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River & Blues

Wagner Park, 20 Battery Place
Thursdays in July 
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Summertime is back and that means so is the annual River & Blues music festival. Enjoy a great atmosphere while listening to amazing music by artists such as Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Daddy Long Legs and more. Enjoy summer evenings listening to the blues and American roots music while the sun sets over the Hudson River. This year's series includes performances by Amy Helm, John Hammond, Henry Butler, Robert Randolph and more. Bring a picnic and friends.

This event is Free.
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West African Dance

Esplanade Plaza, On the Esplanade, South of North Cove
Saturday, July 16 
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Through the use of traditional West African instruments, Mane Kadang dance company’s infectious dance, drum, and spirit transport audiences to the troupe’s beloved Africa. Dances are led by Founding Director, Maguette Camara.

This event is Free.
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Silent Summer Dance Party

Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Saturday, August 6
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Get out in the sun and dance! Join us for our Silent Summer Dance Party with the help of QuietEvents.  Put your headphones on and the sounds of the party pulse to life as you groove to your choice of live DJs or a set playlist.  Food trucks on-site with festive fare. Headphones are free.   Deposit is required.
This event is Free.
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Lowdown Hudson Music Festival

Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey
Tuesday, July 12
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM

The Lowdown Hudson Music Fest returns to the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza on
the Hudson River July 12 & July 13 headlined by the legendary hip-hop band The Roots and Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers.
Free to attend, no tickets required.
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Summer Sessions

Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey St.
Tuesday, July 19 - Wednesday, July 27

Celebrate summertime on the Hudson River with some of New York’s most exciting young bands! From pop to electro to roots and more, the Waterfront Plaza comes alive with great music and a bar overlooking the Hudson River.

Bar and DJ: 5 PM
Live music: 6:30 PM

Free to Attend.
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City & State Of New York

Still Serving: Reception Honoring Veterans
Improving New York

Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place
Wednesday, July 13 
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

City & State is proud to give special thanks to our veterans at an award ceremony honoring 10 of New York’s Veterans. A special print publication covering policy issues affecting New York veterans and service members, higher education opportunities, and programs for veterans will be featured at this cocktail reception. Come fete the honorees and thank them for their service!
Featuring keynote speaker: Loree Sutton, MD, Commissioner, NYC Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs. 

Tickets: $10 per person, Free for Veterans
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Rally Health Fest

Comedian Kevin Hart hosting 2016 Health Fest

Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Saturday, July 30
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Join comedian, actor and Rally Health Ambassador Kevin Hart in Rockefeller Park on Saturday, July 30 at the Rally HealthFest, a lively outdoor festival designed to inspire you to move more, eat healthier, and take better care of your health, all while having fun.
Free and open to the public, the Rally HealthFest will include fitness activities such as rock climbing, spin and yoga classes. There will be healthy eats and a kid's zone, and you can earn cool prizes just for participating in activities. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a group workout with Ron "Boss" Everline, Kevin Hart’s personal trainer.

To register for the Rally Health Fest, Click here for additional information.

Skyscraper Museum

The Bowery Boys Book Talk

Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place
Tuesday, August 16
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

If you are a fan of the Bowery Boys podcasts, you’ll be excited at the opportunity to see the engaging pair in person, with pictures, in a talk about their new book, Adventures in Old New York. Greg Young and Tom Meyers, co-founders of the popular podcasts, have for the first time published on paper their most engaging stories, covering historic neighborhoods of Manhattan, exploring well known destinations and hidden gems that will surprise and thrall even lifetime New Yorkers who consider themselves history buffs.

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