"The transformation of lower Manhattan has been an enormous team effort– with the city, state and federal governments working together, investing together, and forming partnerships with the private sector."

MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG

CEO of Bloomberg LP & Former NYC Mayor
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NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 2018

BPC PEOPLE
 

B.J. Jones:
President & Chief Operating Officer

Favorite BPC Spot:
South Cove

 

Benjamin “B.J.” Jones recently began his new role at BPCA as President and Chief Operating Officer. He grew up in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a small town nestled in the middle of the National Military Park that commemorates the pivotal Civil War battle. He started serving the public early, when as a high schooler he worked at the Gettysburg Travel Council (now known as Destination Gettysburg), an information center that helped many of the million tourists that continue to visit the town each year.

After earning his degree in Management from Gettysburg College, he moved to the Washington D.C. area where he began in an entry-level position for KPMG’s State and Local Government consulting practice. Through his nine years at the firm, B.J. worked on a range of different engagements, including modernizing the Georgia Department of Revenue, conducting a statewide performance audit for South Carolina, streamlining motor vehicle services for the state of New Jersey, and analyzing the economic impacts of expanding Metrorail in Northern Virginia. While working for KPMG, B.J. also earned a Master of Public Administration degree from American University.

When B.J. first made his move to New York City, two decades ago, he planned to do it for only a year. The rest, as they say, is history. But while his new home was in the city, his work required constant travel. Although he learned a great deal, he was rarely able to see the full results of the work he and his colleagues put into the studies they conducted for clients – it was always onto the next engagement. So B.J. began working for the New York City government during the first term of the Bloomberg Administration, where he was able to see meaningful change through from start to finish. There he served in several roles, including Assistant Commissioner of Strategic Planning and Implementation at the Department of Buildings and, later, Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations. During his tenure, he was involved in a number of initiatives, including implementation of the City’s first online permitting system, the first overhaul of the New York City Building Code in nearly four decades, expansion of the City’s job application application portal, and providing temporary shelter and housing repairs for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

In 2014, B.J. joined the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) as Vice President of Administration, where he oversaw both internal operations as well as cultural and educational programming in Battery Park City Parks. During his time with the Authority, he has held several positions, including Chief Administrative Officer, Acting CFO, and Acting President. He has focused on expanding and diversifying community program offerings and modernizing processes and is now also looking to further resiliency efforts and strengthen community relations.  As he explains, “the Authority not only has fiduciary responsibilities, it’s also incumbent upon us to be an agent for the community’s well-being. I want us to have a relationship with the community where we not only listen to their concerns but also to their aspirations, and together make progress day by day.”

During his government career, B.J. became a certified Project Management Professional and eventually earned his Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has developed a keen interest in the factors that contribute to fulfilling and impactful work in the public sector.  “People are at their best when they try to lift each other up,” he says. “And science has shown it’s good for their mental and physical health, too.”

Despite the many different roles in which he has served, B.J. insists his greatest and favorite role is that of uncle. Of doting on his niece and nephew, B.J. smiles: “Doing what I can for the two of them, it just doesn’t get better than that.” In his spare time he indulges his creative side by drawing and playing piano – which he learned, along with how to play nearly every other wind instrument, from his public school music teacher parents – and, as any uber fan would, delving ever deeper into the Star Wars saga. The Empire Strikes Back remains his favorite. But perhaps most of all, he still enjoys strolls throughout the city. “I came to New York and haven’t ever been able to leave,” he reflects. “Twenty years later I’m still here – still in awe and still looking up.”

BPC: In The News
Battery Park City Installs Emergency Life Rings along BPC Esplanade 

Read the notice here

BPC Open Community Meeting-Monday March 5th

Read the notice here

2018 BPCA Board Meeting Schedule

The schedule of meetings for the Board of Battery Park City Authority has been established as follows:

Tuesday, March 13
Tuesday, April 10
Tuesday, May 15
Tuesday, June 12
Tuesday, July 10
Tuesday, August 14
Tuesday, September 18
Tuesday, October 16
Tuesday, November 13
Tuesday, December 11
Read the notice here

The New York State Mentoring Program
Change a Life. Become a Mentor.
The New York State Mentoring Program creates supportive Mentor relationships for students at risk of dropping out of school. This unique program takes place in a school-based setting, one-to-one between the mentor and mentee, with a school coordinator present who is selected by the principal. The program provides background checks and training for volunteer mentors and mentees.

Get involved by filling out the Mentoring Application or calling (844) 337-6304.

For more information: The New York State Mentoring Program

See it: State’s Former First Lady Matilda Cuomo Returns to her Alma mater to Launch Mentoring Program

BPC PARKS
BATTERY PARK CITY AUTHORITY WINTER EVENTS CALENDAR
Meet Me In The Kitchen – Good Nutrition!

Tuesdays
February 6 – March 20
2pm– 3:30pm,
Asphalt Green at 212 North End Avenue

Free
Week 1, 2/6 – Naturally Sweet
Week 2, 2/13 – Healthy Heart
Week 3, 2/20 – Too Much?
Week 4, 2/27 – Shopping for the Season
Week 5, 3/6 – Spice of Life
Week 6, 3/20 – Boost Your Immune System

Learn to eat for increased energy and nutrients, reduce sugar, salt, and inflammation and prepare easy, fresh meals. Each week, Registered Dietician Lauren C. Kelly will share research findings and home remedies, portion planning, and shopping tips. Registration required, please email ckelly.lauren@gmail.com by the Friday before each session.

Made possible through a community partnership with Asphalt Green, Battery Park City Seniors, and the Battery Park City Authority. To learn more, click here.

 

PRESCHOOL PLAY & ART 

New reduced fees 
Thursdays, January 4 to April 5 
Session 1: 10-11:30am
Session 2: 3:30-5pm

6 River Terrace
Encourage imagination and discovery through child-directed free play. Take delight in story time, dress-up and wielding blocks and vehicles. Engage in art projects with your walking toddler that include painting, clay and more!
Fee: 14 sessions $200
To register, please email: registration@bpcparks.org

PARENT & BABY YOGA

New reduced fees 
Mondays, January 8 to April 23
(except 2/19)
6 River Terrace
Enjoy yoga in a safe, supportive environment while learning postures and exercises specifically suited for new parents and babies.
Cycle1: January 8 – February 26
Fee: 6 sessions $90 or $20 drop-in
Cycle 2: March 5 – April 23
Session 1: 1 – 2:15PM
Session 2: 2:30 – 3:45PM

Fee: 8 sessions $120 or $20 drop-in
To register, please email: registration@bpcparks.org

FTO: Get Your Game On!
Fridays, January 5 – March 23 
(except 2/16)
4pm – 7pm, 6 River Terrace
Free
This season BPC Parks is proud to present our new and improved For Teens Only series: Get Your Game On! Join us for some friendly Friday night competition featuring games like Settlers of Catan, ping pong, foosball and DJ workshops! Want to chill? Come hang with your friends, play some Wii or nom on some snacks. See ya there!. To learn more, click here.
Grades 7-12
Chess For Children
Tuesdays, January 9 – April 3
Beginners: (5-7 YRS) 3:30-4:25pm
Intermediate: (7 YRS & UP) 4:30-5:30pm

6 River Terrace
Learn the language of chess through thoughtfully designed stories, brain-challenging activities and fun competition. Find out why this ancient game still captures the heart and imagination of young and old. To learn more, click here. Fee: 13 sessions $195
2018 Annual Art Exhibition 

Art on view weekdays,
January 29 – March 30

2-4pm, 75 Battery Place
Free

View pieces made by participants of all ages from the BPC Parks art programs and see the creative expressions of the community firsthand. To learn more, click here.

Celebrating Puerto Rico!
Featuring Legacy Women 
March 3
Saturday 4-6pm
6 River Terrace

Explore the music of Puerto Rico with an interactive drum and dance performance by Legacy Women: an all-women musical group rooted in Afro- Dominican and Afro-Puerto Rican traditions. Come listen, dance, and participate with us and make your very own mask inspired by the Puerto Rican tradition of the Vejigante. Free
Register required  Click here to register
BROOKFIELD PLACE
The Rink at Brookfield Place

Monday – Sunday through April 1
(weather permitting)
Three World Financial Center, 230 Vesey St,
New York, NY 10281

PUBLIC SKATING HOURS
Monday – Friday
1:00pm – 2:30pm
3:00pm – 4:30pm
5:00pm – 6:30pm
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Saturday – Sunday & Holidays
10:15am -11:45am
12:00pm -1:30pm
2:00pm – 3:30pm
4:00pm – 5:30pm
6:00pm – 7:30pm
8:00pm – 9:30pm

PUBLIC SKATING PRICES
$15 single public session (90 minutes)
$5 skate rental
For more information click here.

Lunar New Year

Saturday, February 17
2– 3:15 PM

Brookfield Place Mall – Winter Garden
Ring in the Lunar New Year with a family-friendly performance featuring traditional Chinese dance and music, a martial arts demonstration, and the lion dance! Presented in part with the New York Chinese Cultural Center.
Free
For more information click here.

MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE
Modern Jewish Baker
Wednesday, February 21
7PM
36 Battery Pl

Jewish baked goods have brought families together around the table for centuries. In her new cookbook, author Shannon Sarna pays homage to those traditions while reinvigorating them with modern flavors and new ideas. One kosher dough at a time, she offers the basics for challah, babka, bagels, hamantaschen, rugelach, pita, and matzah.
Free to attend with Museum admission.
For more information click here.
A Playful Purim

Sunday, February 25
10:30 AM – 12 PM
36 Battery Pl

Get ready for Purim with mask-making, music, a costume parade, hammentaschen, and a performance of an original play based on the PJ Library book Purim Play by Roni Schotter. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.Tickets start at $25.
$8 admission, free for Children & Grandchildren of Members. Tickets will be available at the door. To purchase tickets online click here.
For more information click here.

New Families, New Traditions

Sunday, February 25
10:30 AM
36 Battery Pl

Playful programs for parents and children ages 0 to 4.
Join the musical group Yellow Sneaker and their puppet pals for entertaining programs that nurture family bonds and bridge connections to Jewish life and traditions.
We’ll bring families on an out-of-this-world experience where we teach new vocabulary related to different modes of transportation, spring colors, and a big celebration of Myla Birdie’s birthday!

All Mandarin teachers play guitar, percussion, and use puppets to teach in the most engaging way! Families get to bond through an intergenerational bubble dance party extravaganza at the end of each class. And it is so much more than just a language program!!! Bilingual Birdies celebrates Chinese culture in a time that is very important to embrace diversity.
Audience: For all ages.
Free to attend
Upcoming dates:
Thursday, February 15 at 4:00 PM
Thursday, February 22 at 4:00 PM

For more information click here.

POSTS HOUSE
Writing & Teaching in a Time of Crisis: Lessons from June Jordan 

Saturday, February 24
3 PM
10 River Terrace, Elizabeth Kray Hall

During her life, poet and essayist June Jordan (1936 – 2002) energetically responded to the crises of the disenfranchised with activism, writing and teaching. To continue her legacy of speaking truth to power, poets Joshua Bennett, Suzanne Gardinier, Donna Masini and Aja Monet talk about their own experiences with writing and teaching in our current time of crisis.
$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House members
For more information click here.

SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM 
Millennium: Lower Manhattan in the 1990s

Wednesday – Sunday ongoing exhibit
12pm – 6pm
39 Battery Place

Multimedia exhibition, running from November 8, 2017 through April 2018, vividly recaptures this strange and formative time in the history of New York’s historic commercial hub, through a striking combination of architectural drawings and models, archival and contemporary photographs, original posters, maps, sketches, renderings, and other documents of the era. MILLENNIUM revisits this recent history of lower Manhattan in the years just before Downtown’s identity was cataclysmically recast as Ground Zero, and a new era truly began.
Admission: $5; $2.50 for students and seniors
Children under 12: Free
For more information click here.

Steven Cohen Book Talk: The Sustainable City

Wednesday – Sunday ongoing exhibit
12 – 6 PM
39 Battery Place

Steven Cohen provides a broad and engaging overview of the urban systems of the 21st century, surveying policies and projects already under way in cities around the world and pointing to ways that the urban infrastructure of the future–renewable energy, energy efficiency, mass and personal transit, and advanced waste management–can be improved.
Reservations are required, and priority is given to Members and Corporate Member firms and their employees. All guests MUST RSVP to programs@skyscraper.org to assure admittance to the event.
Free to attend with Museum admission.
For more information click here.

ORIGAMI ARCHITECTURE

February 17
10:30-11:45 AM
39 Battery Place

Folding is a common concept used in architecture, helping designers come up with interesting shapes and structural systems. Learn and design with a folding activity to make your very own origami architecture!
Ages 7+.
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

POPSICLE STICK TOWER CHALLENGE

March 3
10:30-11:45 AM
39 Battery Place

Come learn about structure with a building activity! Children will build a skyscraper using popsicle sticks, tape, and glue and will compete to see who can build the tallest stable structure using only these materials. Ages 5+. 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

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