In the News: More Space Promised for Seniors

••• “Maryanne P. Braverman, one of the volunteers with the Battery Park City Seniors group, reviewed the contract between the BPCA and Asphalt Green [….] She found that this agreement contains clauses requiring Asphalt Green to offer space in classrooms and its auditorium up to 35 hours per week, at little or no cost.  […] Asphalt Green currently offers four hours per week of such time (as free fitness classes for seniors), [but] it also covers the cost of instructors, and holds these classes is spaces better than the ones that its contract requires.” Above: An Asphalt Green hallway. —Broadsheet

••• “A play street for the Peck Slip School, long sought and much needed to relieve the building’s increasingly limited space for outdoor recess, is finally getting its rollout. But ever so cautiously. […] Recent episodes of terror-bent drivers careening into crowds have given some of those parents pause, and raised questions about how to guard their children against the unthinkable.” —Tribeca Trib

••• Louis Vuitton is opening a pop-up at Brookfield Place in the space between Omega and Hermès. —New York Post

••• “Birdbath, the environmentally-minded sibling to City Bakery, has closed its 45 Spring Street location.” That’s the one at Mulberry, which makes it Nolita, not Soho. —Eater



  1. It’s just shocking how rampant helicopter parenting is and to the ridiculous extent it has re-shaped our society at al levels.

    Now kids can’t plan in a closed-off street that has adult supervision because some wacko terrorist MIGHT, JUST MIGHT careen into the street. Why go outside at all? Why not wrap all kids in bubble wrap and lock them in an airtight room with non-cornered toys? No paper, though! They might get a paper cut.

    Toughen up, my fellow Peck Slip parents! It’ll make your kids tough too. Life is full of risk and you’re not helping them deal with it. Sheesh!

  2. to “I’m a Peck Slip Parent”,
    how long are you living downtown? Yes, children should be outside playing and carefree. But that isn’t the way it is in today’s world especially downtown Manhattan. We are always “on guard” after 911 our lives have changed. Even though 17 years have past still seems like yesterday to me. There are evil people lurking all over that want to harm innocent people all in the name of their god. Terrorism is real and its terrible but children need to be safe. Sorry coming from a life long resident downtown I disagree with you.

    • I have lived in Lower Manhattan (Tribeca, FiDi) since 1999. My kids were born at New York Downtown Hospital (back when it was called that.)

      If you’re trying to imply that I don’t have any idea what happened here in 2001, you’re wrong because I was here, lived through it and was part of the rebuilding so please refrain from using 9/11 against me.

      If you’re afraid of letting kids play on a street that has double layer barricades and has adult supervision, maybe you should move to the suburbs and stay home with locked doors. Real New Yorkers aren’t afraid to go outside and aren’t afraid to walk on the streets. A careening car can happen anywhere, anytime. If you can’t manage that risk, it’s time to move away and sit in a dark room.

      The next generation of kids should be aware of risks, learn how to manage those risks and deal with any event that arises from it. Keeping them inside and in a bubble is only going to make them naive and vulnerable.

  3. We all should live our lives and be “Tough” but safe too!

  4. Re: solution

    The wooden police barriers are obviously quite useless if someone is trying to hurt people

    I like how Citibank kept their new Plaza quite wide open and accessible to the walking public yet protected it from (I assume) potential car/truck bombs by surrounding it with metal posts that prevent them from gaining access.

    Perhaps there might be a similar solution to be found for this Play Street?

  5. @I’m a Peck Slip Parent


    The kids are more likely to get struck by lightening than any terrorist incident.

    Peanuts in the classroom are more deadly.