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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

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Eyes to the Sky, September 29 - October 3, 2014

Culmination: Mars, Antares, Crescent Moon Line-Up


Months of being captivated by the movement of celestial bodies in the southwest culminate as the red planet, Mars, rendezvouses with red star Antares. The two have been in close alignment for two days. An exquisite addition to the conjunction arrives today when Antares, Mars and the crescent moon stack up. Antares is first to set, at 9:14. Mars sets at 9:33 and moonset will be at 10:12. In tomorrow's sky, the moon is off to meet Sagittarius, leaving the red star and red planet to swing dance the rest of the week.

Note that the viewing window between when the objects become visible and before they set is short: sunset will be close to 6:40, twilight begins about half an hour later and nightfall around 8 o'clock. With rarely a clear view to the southwest horizon due to building density and light pollution, especially along the horizon, plan to find a vantage point that is relatively clear of obstruction and aim for close to 7:20 - 8:30 as an optimum timeframe.

Comparison between the red supergiant Antares and the Sun, shown as the tiny dot toward the upper right. The black circle is the size of the orbit of Mars. Arcturus is also included in the picture 

for size comparison.


Before Antares disappears until next spring, let's gaze at this, a "red supergiant" sun, with awareness of its astronomical nature and the wonder of its light reaching our naked eye from unimaginable distances. Antares is 500-600 light-years from Earth. One light-year is equal to 6 trillion miles. The red star, by some accounts, is 700 times our sun's diameter, visualized as larger than the orbit of Mars in our solar system. Compare the 365 days of a year on Earth, which is one orbit around the sun, to Mars' 687 days. To fill the breadth of either orbit with a great sun: what a meditation!

Judy Isacoff

photo by Robert Simko