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Quality of Life Issues:

For municipal attention, call: 311

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Community Board 1:

There is a Quality of Life Committee and Committees for each Lower Manhattan district

(Battery Park City, Financial District, Tribeca, and the Seaport). 

Contact Information:

49-51 Chambers Street, Room 715, New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-442-5050

Noah Pfefferblit, District Manager

Evan Lacher, Community Liaison

Lucy Acevedo, Community Coordinator

Diana Switaj, Land Use and Planning Consultant

Battery Park City Authority:

Dedicated email for community concerns:

phone: (212) 417-2000

One World Financial Center, 24 Floor, New York, NY 10280

Park Enforcement Patrol in Battery Park City:

For expedited attention, call: 212-417-3100

For police, fire, or medical emergencies, call: 911 

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EYES TO THE SKY September 1 - 5, 2014 

Ares, Antares, Altair, Arcturus 


Mars, commonly known as the "red planet," named after the Roman god of war, was Ares to the Greeks. Currently, Mars is in the southwest approaching Antares, the red, heart star of the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. Antares translates to "simulating Mars" (in color) and is widely referred to as "rival of Mars." As twilight fades to darkness the lights of Antares, Mars and Saturn -- in that order from left to right -- appear low in the southwest. To Saturn's right and above, in the west, red giant star Arcturus shines. Look up to the top of the sky and left, southeasterly, to find the other first lights: Altair, Vega and Deneb, bright corners of the Summer Triangle.

The moon will be close to the red star Antares

after sunset tonight


Scorpius is recognized by an arc of stars to the left of Mars, with red supergiant sun Antares further left. A robust crescent moon will be positioned close to this arc tonight and half moon above Antares tomorrow. In the presence of city lights the stars of the arc may not be visible, although Antares and the planets will prevail.

Antares and M4,

a globular cluster of stars

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Compared to the red heart of Scorpius, Mars has appeared golden rather than red or ruddy recently, a function of its relative nearness to Earth. It was closest for the year in April. According to Stephen James O'Meara, writing in the current issue of Astronomy magazine, "When Mars lies far from Earth, the planet's shrunken disk concentrates the warmth of its light." That is, it appears red.

Arcturus, the brightest star in the summer sky, was harbinger of spring planting when it first climbed above the east-northeast horizon flashing red-orange at nightfall in late March. Observing Arcturus in the west in evening twilight as cornucopias fill with all manner of harvests reawakens our awareness of seasonal rhythms on Earth reflected in the turn of the cosmos above.

Judy Isacoff

top photo by Robert Simko