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October - November 2016 Newsletter
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Open Community Meeting Update

November 9, 6 pm

6 RIVER TERRACE (ACROSS FROM THE IRISH HUNGER MEMORIAL)
The Battery Park City Authority will host its next Open Community Meeting to provide updates on Battery Park City initiatives and welcome feedback from the public.
BPC People - Reggie Thomas

Title: Advisor – Government & Regulatory Practice (Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP )

Favorite Battery Park City Spot: Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 (Movie Theatre)

 
Born in New York with a stop in northern New Jersey along the way, Reggie Thomas took his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Pace University.  His first job after graduation was with then-Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, where he served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Borough President & Senior Advisor. Reggie later became Director of Legislative & Budget Affairs in the Office of then-Council Member and Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie. As a result of his work in the City Council, Reggie was recognized by the Bloomberg Administration and asked to join the Mayor’s Office of City Legislative Affairs as Legislative Representative.

In March 2013, Reggie was promoted to Deputy Director & Senior Policy Advisor at City Legislative Affairs, where he shepherded various re-zoning projects such as Seward Park, Cornell-Technion, and the Staten Island Ferris Wheel through the approvals process. With the change of Mayoral administrations, Reggie’s insights and experience were so valued that he was asked to continue in Mayor de Blasio’s administration and was later promoted to First Deputy Director of City Legislative Affairs . In this role Reggie worked to build relationships with a largely new City Council and achieve early key administration goals such as a sweeping update to the Air Pollution Code to protect New York City’s air, water, and residents from harmful emissions.  

In the fall of 2015, after an exhilarating journey in city government, Reggie joined the team at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP to advocate for non-profits and groups that would like to succeed in New York. One of his clients at the firm is Asphalt Green, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting individuals of all ages and backgrounds achieve health through a lifetime of sports and fitness – and which has a facility located here in Battery Park City. His first day on the job brought another new surprise: He was honored to be asked by Council Member Chin & Manhattan Borough President’s Office to serve on Manhattan Community Board 1.  With his history of public service the choice was easy; it’s not only the diversity of the geographical areas of the board that Reggie finds fascinating, it’s simply that after focusing on citywide initiatives for the past seven years he’s eager to work with his neighbor’s to devote more attention on this area he calls home.

When he isn’t working or serving on the community board, Reggie is focusing on his two main hobbies: running and barbeque. In a few weeks, he’ll be participating in the 45th New York City Marathon and is currently training and fundraising for the Fortune Society, a non-profit that supports reentry from and alternatives to incarceration. And when he isn’t running the road, he’s running to the grill. An avid bbq enthusiast, Reggie is hoping to compete in the amateur division of the World BBQ Championships next May. Not only did he invest in a smoker, but he also enrolled in judging seminars so as to gain insight into what the judges look for during competitions. When he isn’t studying BBQ, he loves to go to one of his favorite spots in all of New York City: Pig Beach in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn.

Reggie views Battery Park City as a place of tremendous opportunity for recreation, and a treasure that should be enjoyed by New Yorkers from across the five boroughs.. And with that, he welcomes seniors to chair Yoga on Tuesdays at 10:30 AM and Strength, Stretch and Move on Fridays at 10:30 AM.

Upcoming Events

Battery Park City Parks



Battery Park City Movie Night: Beetlejuice

Friday, October 28
Rockefeller Park 
7:00 PM


Enjoy Tim Burton’s hilariously haunting classic on the big screen. Wear your best Halloween costume and enter our contest for great giveaways and prizes.

This event is free.
Click Here for additional information.
 


Stories For All Ages

Saturday, October 29
Teardrop Park 
11:00 AM

 
Listen as Perry Ground tells “The Great Bear and Why the Leaves Change Color,” and other Native American tales about autumn and preparing for winter. A “not-too-scary” story in celebration of Halloween will be included.
 
This event is free.
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BROOKFIELD

Brookfield Place Halloween Party

Saturday, October 29
Winter Garden, Brookfield Place - 230 Vesey
12:00 PM -3:00 PM


Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve in style as our family-friendly Halloween Party returns to Brookfield Place! Bring your costume-clad kids to a FANGtastic afternoon full of fun!

This event is free.
Click Here for additional information.
 
MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE

Screening, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

Sunday, November 13
36 Battery Place
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Marking the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympic, this film tells the story of 18 African Americans who boarded a ship to Germany to represent the US, defying Jim Crow laws and Adolf Hitler.


This event is free.
Click Here for additional information.
 

Film Screening, Munich '72, and Beyond

Wednesday, November 16
36 Battery Place
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


In this searing account of the kidnapping and murder of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Summer Olympics, new information about the events and its aftermath are revealed.

This event is free ( Advance Registration Recommended ).
Click Here for additional information.
 


Theater - And Then They Came for Me:
Remembering the World Of Anne Frank

Sunday, November 20 & Monday, November 21
36 Battery Place
2:00 PM / 7:00 PM


With a rare appearance by Anne Frank’s stepsister, Eva Schloss This poignant multimedia play, by award-winning playwright James Still and directed by Susan Kerner, weaves videotaped interviews of Holocaust survivors Ed Silverberg (boyfriend of Anne Frank) and Eva Schloss with live actors recreating scenes from their lives during WWII.

This event is $20, $15 for Members.
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SkYSCRAPER Museum


Lynne B. Sagalyn Book Talk


Tuesday, November 1

39 Battery Place 


6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


The destruction of the World Trade Center complex on 9/11 set in motion a chain of events that fundamentally transformed both the United States and the wider world. War has raged in the Middle East, and Americans have become accustomed to surveillance, enhanced security, and periodic terrorist attacks.

But the symbolic locus of the post-9/11 era has always been "Ground Zero" – the sixteen acres in Manhattan's financial district where the twin towers fell.

In ​Power at Ground Zero​, Lynne Sagalyn presents the definitive account of one of the greatest reconstruction projects in modern history.
The culmination of over a decade of research, her book is both epic in scope and granular in detail. While the emotional dimension of 9/11 shaped the rebuilding effort, supercharging its sanctity and complexity with truly unique politics, Sagalyn shows the process was also a classic New York story.

Lynne B. Sagalyn​, author of ​Times Square Roulette: Remaking the City Icon​, is the Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate and Director of the MBA Real Estate Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

This event is free.
Click Here for additional information.

 

Make Your Own Ten And Taller Story Book

Saturday, November 5
39 Battery Place
10:30 AM -11:45 AM


Children will be asked to think and imagine what it was like to be living at the end of the 19th century when the Ten and Taller Buildings were being constructed. They will then make their very own picture book of the lives within the tallest buildings in New York City in the 19th century. Ages 4+. RSVP required. All workshops are located at The Skyscraper Museum at 39 Battery Place. Registration is requested by Friday at 5 PM. To sign up for the Family Program newsletter, or for more information and to RSVP, email education@skyscraper.org or call 212-945-6324.

Cost is $5 Per Child; Members free.
Click Here for additional information.
 

Ten And Taller Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, November 19
39 Battery Place
10:30 AM -11:45 AM


After a tour of our current exhibit TEN AND TALLER, families will go on a scavenger hunt in the museum for fun facts about skyscrapers, examining photographs, videos, and text for clues. Kids will then create illustrations of their favorite discoveries. All Ages. RSVP required. All workshops are located at The Skyscraper Museum at 39 Battery Place. Registration is requested by Friday at 5 PM. To sign up for the Family Program newsletter, or for more information and to RSVP, email education@skyscraper.org or call 212-945-6324.

Cost is $5 Per Child; Members free.
Click Here for additional information.
 
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