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NEWSLETTER MARCH/2019

BPC PEOPLE

Fred J. Bivetto
Title: 
Historian
 
Favorite BPC Spot:
North Cove Marina

History is a passion for Battery Park City’s Fred Bivetto. Formerly a denizen of Tudor City, it was on a walk down the west side with his wife Elaine in 2016, when Battery Park City called him downtown; he now makes Gateway Plaza his home. But as often is the case when relaying history, it’s best to start at the beginning.
 
A native New Yorker hailing from East New York, Brooklyn, Fred was drafted into the Army and served as a combat engineer in Vietnam. After returning home, his first job was on Wall Street working in what was then known as computer programming or information management. As that industry burgeoned into what we now call Information Technology, Fred grew with it, taking his enthusiasm and skill to the field of advertising sales in the mid 1970s.

Gaining experience first as an employee of a major broadcaster and then as an independent consultant for other broadcast and cable networks, he became a managing partner in a startup company in the early 1990s providing software solutions to the media Industry.
 
What began with a modest total of three employees blossomed into a firm of 130 by the time Fred retired, gaining in that time clients such as ABC, NBC, Warner Bros., Turner Broadcasting, Sony, and more. Throughout his career, his fondest memories are of being impressed with the young people with whom he’s worked, and the skills and perspectives they bring to bear. He enjoyed learning from and being challenged by them – and being able to offer some help of his own along the way.
 
Aside from doting on his granddaughter (of course), retirement has afforded Fred the opportunity to indulge his many hobbies, including his love of history. His interest began with ancient empires and civilizations and has only grown over a lifetime of informal study.

When not reading history, you’ll find Fred chronicling the beauty all around us on Instagram and volunteering – at the National September 11th Memorial & Museum, or Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel, with its brown bag lunch program that helps feed the needy. Above all, he is most proud to be a husband, father, and grandfather, noting with wonder how lucky he’s been: “No matter how much or how little you have, you have to appreciate it and all that’s around you.”
 
Join Fred at BPCA’s upcoming Tuesday Talks as follows:

EVENTS IN BATTERY PARK CITY PARKS
ONGOING PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Parent & Baby Yoga
Mondays
thru April 29
SESSION 1: 1:00 – 2:15 PM
SESSION 2: 2:30 – 3:45 PM

6 River Terrace
Enjoy yoga in a safe, supportive environment while learning postures and exercises specifically suited for new parents and babies – newborn through crawling.
Registration Required. Space is Limited: email registration@bpca.ny.gov

Preschool Play & Art
Thursdays thru April 04

SESSION 1: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
SESSION 2: 3:30 – 5:00 PM

6 River Terrace 
13 SESSIONS, $195
Encourage imagination, and discovery through child–directed play. Take delight in story time, and wielding blocks and vehicles. Engage in art projects with your walking toddler that include painting sculpting clay and more!
Registration Required. Space is Limited: email registration@bpca.ny.gov

Stories & Songs
Wednesdays thru April 3

SESSION 1: 9:40 – 10:20 AM
SESSION 2: 10:30 – 11:10 AM
SESSION 3: 11:20 – 12:00 PM

6 River Terrace 
Share the experience of live musical performance and creative storytelling with your little one. Professional musicians will illuminate and brighten up the spirit through song, movement, and dance. Rhythm instruments provided. For ages 6 months to 3.5 years.
Free Program: 
Registration Required. Space is Limited: email registration@bpca.ny.gov

Morning Meditation
Mondays thru April 29
9:45 – 10:15 AM

6 River Terrace

Start your morning with a peaceful mind. Primordial Sound Meditation can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and strengthen the immune system. To learn more, click here.
Senior Group Exercise
Mondays thru April 29
10:30 – 11:45 AM

6 River Terrace

Strengthen the whole body from warm-up to cool-down with various fun exercises. The instructor will lead you in rhythmic movement and aerobics, balance and coordination exercises, as well as strength training. Come join the group and workout to great music!  To learn more, click here.
Zumba Jumpstart
Tuesdays thru April 8
10:30 – 11:45 AM

6 River Terrace

Join a fitness dance party with upbeat Latin music of salsa, merengue, hip hop, and more! Enthusiastic instruction creates a fun community of dancers who learn new steps each week. Bring your friends! To learn more, click here.
Senior Drop in
Tuesdays thru April 30
1:00 – 5:00 PM

200 Rector Street
Drop by the new Community Room and Join seniors from the greater BPC area for conversations, local news, informal card and board games. Make new friends and catch up with neighbors.
For more information email: 200rector@bpca.ny.gov

 
Events at Brookfield Place
Saturday Morning Show
Saturdays
thru April 27
Brookfield Place, Hudson Eats
Join us Saturday mornings for performances by magicians, musicians, storytellers and more that are perfect for a pint-sized audience! From 10 AM-12 PM every week, kids can wiggle, dance and singalong with our dynamic children's performers.
Saturday Morning Show is always free to attend. Food and beverage options at Hudson Eats are available for purchase. 
For more information click here.
Bettissima: Treasures from the Elizabeth Kray Archive
Mondays thru April 15 

6:30 PM
Poet's House, 10 River Terrace

Betty Kray—dubbed Bettissima by E. E. Cummings—was a great unsung American cultural worker. A visionary arts administrator, Elizabeth Kray (1916–1987) co-founded Poets House with poet Stanley Kunitz and was an ardent advocate for poetry and American poets. This exhibition includes over 100 letters to and from acclaimed poets such as Elizabeth Bishop, E. E. Cummings, Michael Harper, June Jordan, Denise Levertov, Clarence Major, George Oppen, Adrienne Rich, and many others, documenting trajectories of 20th-century poetry in the United States.
Admission Free and open to the public
BPCA In partnership with Poets House.
For more information click here.
EVENTS AT THE SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM
SILHOUETTES: Why do buildings have different shapes?
Saturday, March 30

10:30 – 11:45 AM
39 Battery Place
Skyscrapers can take their shapes based on wind power, cultural symbols, or pure imagination. Kids will learn about why tall buildings are shaped differently and what factors affect a building's silhouette. Taking inspiration from our SUPERTALL WALL, children will design creative forms and collage them together.
 
Cost is $5 per child; members free.
Ages 4 - 7. RSVP required. RSVP to
programs@skyscraper.org or call 212-945-6324.
For more information
click here.

 
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