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Elected officials serving Lower Manhattan:

For a list of elected officials serving Lower Manhattan, including their addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, click HERE.

Questions and Complaints:

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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For updates about the WTC construction, Fulton Street Transportation Hub, and more, 

click HERE.

Lower Manhattan Transit and Traffic Updates: HERE

Department Of Transportation (DOT) Traffic Advisories: HERE 

Weekend Traffic Advisories: HERE


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Eyes to the Sky, July 21 - 25, 2014 

Summer Sun, Green Earth, Dawn Sky

Hold on! Hold on to the sun! In the month since the summer solstice the northeast has been transformed. A great, leafy uprising has spread over the land, drawn to seemingly ever-present sunlight. The green swell has been lifting for months, first in measured increments, now cresting. We are feeding ourselves from our gardens and regional farms. Spring asparagus, lettuces, snow peas, green onions, radishes have given way to voluptuous kale and early tastes of sweet corn, tomatoes, squash and garlic. The airplane is no longer intermediary between sunlit, productive, fertile fields and our food.

Garlic field with flower bud stalks, known as "scapes."

The scapes were harvested weeks ago. 

The bulbs, planted in autumn, are being 

harvested now, or soon, in the northeast.

There's no holding on! Earth's North Pole -- and northern hemisphere -- has begun to tilt away from its maximum position in relation to the sun. After a relative pause (solstice = sun stand still) momentum is behind the sun's southerly movement. From May 30 - July 13, three weeks before and three weeks after the summer solstice, there were over 14 hours 50 minutes between sunrise and sunset. Beginning Saturday, there will be a consistent loss of 2 minutes of sunlight everyday, then 2 - 3 minutes during the months of August and September.

Savor the fullness of the long days. Day length at the beginning of the month was 14 hours 53 minutes. At month's end, 31 minutes will have been added to nighttime. Feel the difference fully as darkness falls earlier each evening and lasts later into the morning.

Could it be that reflection on the wonder of seasonal change is stirred in us by the intensity of this phenomenal summer moment and the sense that a shift is underway? In our mind's eye, a window is opened on the colorful hills of autumn, snow and naked trees of winter, life's tender beginnings in springtime.

This week, wake up to birdsong, close to 5 a.m., and be enchanted by a crescent moon in the east with brilliant Venus and bright Mercury (below) in the east-northeast.

Judy Isacoff

top photo by Robert Simko