“From coastal resiliency and sustainable green practices to the preservation of affordable housing, world-class public art, and vibrant, year-round programming in award-winning public spaces, Battery Park City leads the way in many of the measures that makes cities livable."

Raju Mann

President & CEO
  • 03/10
  • Community

Newsletter – March 2016


April 13, 6 pm

The Battery Park City Authority will host its next Open Community Meeting to provide updates on Battery Park City initiatives and welcome feedback from the public. All are encouraged to attend. Future meetings are currently scheduled for July 20 and November 16, 2016.



Nidia Blake-Reeder
Title: Director of Event Coordination & Management
Favorite BPC Spot: Esplanade

Nidia Reeder was born and raised in Limón, Costa Rica, where from an early age she had a passion for learning. As a young student she would attend public school in the morning, and spend her afternoons studying English taught by the elders in her community. In the sixth grade she moved to New York where after high school she continued her education at Kingsborough Community College and MTI Business School.

Nidia joined the BPCA in August of 1990, working for the Vice President of Affirmative Action, Mario Torres, who played an important role in developing BPCA’s Minority and Women Owned Enterprise program. In her additional role as field monitor, Nidia was tasked with reporting and monitoring various quality of life issues within the community. In 2011, Nidia continued her role as an assistant and began managing the permit process for BPCA events. In 2015, she was promoted to Director of Event Coordination and Management, where she oversees all permits issued within Battery Park City.

Each year, Nidia typically coordinates and oversees more than 200 events including birthday parties, wedding ceremonies, film shoots, and various memorial walks & runs. Some prominent events she and her team are currently working on include an Irish Centenary celebration organized in coordination with the Consulate General of Ireland in New York to be held on April 24th in Wagner Park and Pier A Plaza, as well as the return of the America’s Cup sailing to New York with a World Series regatta taking place May 6-8 out of the North Cove Marina.

Throughout the years, Nidia has become one of the greatest advocates for Battery Park City as she welcomes people from across the world that cannot help but fall in love with the neighborhood’s remarkable landscape. When she’s not busy processing permit applications and organizing events, Nidia enjoys listening to her favorite tunes, such as gospel, salsa, jazz, and R&B or taking a walk along the Esplanade.

If you would like to apply for a permit, please visit: https://bpca.ny.gov/ Or call 212-417-2000 for more information.

Upcoming Events


Winter Talks


Pier A: Revival and Restoration
March 15, 1 pm, Free!
Pier A, 22 Battery Place

Pier A, with its iconic 70-foot clock tower, was built in 1886 and housed the NYC Police Harbor Patrol until it went out of use in the 1960s. BPCA’s Gwen Dawson, who managed the restoration, will share the story of Pier A’s revitalization. Call 212-267-9700 for more information, or visit www.bpcparks.org.

Winter Talks


BPC’s World Renowned Public Art Collection
March 31, 1 pm, Free!
6 River Terrace

The planners of Battery Park City integrated public artwork into the neighborhood’s design. Park entrances and observation points are marked with art commissioned by influential late 20th century artists. Presented by art historian Dorothea Basile. Call 212-267-9700 for more information, or visitwww.bpcparks.org.


Art Around the World


Wednesday, March 9, 4 pm
175 North End Ave

CMOM educators journey around the world with students exploring unique artistic styles and mediums from different countries and cultures such as Islamic architecture and West African Adinkra cloths. Presented by Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Recommended for children ages 4 and older. First come first served to the first 25 school age children with caregivers. Click here for additional information.

Battery Park Book Club

Tuesday, March 15, 6 pm
175 North End Ave

Join our club for good books and great discussion!  We alternate between fiction, non-fiction, and memoir.  March’s book is The Wright Brothers, by David Mccullough. Clickhere for additional information.

Tween Book Discussion

Wednesday, March 16, 4 pm
175 North End Ave

We will talk about any books we have read, enjoy snacks, and play games!

Please read a book from the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2015! Pick up a copy at the library. All readers in grades 3-6 are welcome. A parent or caregiver must be present. Click here for additional information.

Eggs-travaganza! Egg Dying

Wednesday, March 23, 4 pm
175 North End Ave

Join us for egg dying and decorating! This program is best for ages 5-12. Parents or caregivers must be with children of all ages. Limited to the first 20 kids with caregivers. Click here for additional information.

Musical Learning Time!

Wednesday, March 30, 4pm
175 North End Ave

Sing along with songs that help you remember letters, numbers, shapes, and more! For preschool-age children and younger. Click here for additional information.


Seventeenth Annual Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Conference for Educators


March 29th, 2016, 4 pm-8 pm
36 Battery Place

Join us as we examine the effects of the Holocaust’s trauma on the lives of survivors and their descendants. The conference is free, and will conclude the dinner(dietary laws observed) however, pre-registration is required by March 22, 2016. Click here for additional information.


Art & Craft with Robin Coste Lewis


March 11, 7 pm
10 River Terrace

Robin Coste Lewis takes us on the incredible journey behind The Voyage of the Sable Venus, winner of the 2015 National Book Award Winner for Poetry. A triptych of poems, The Voyage of the Sable Venusinvestigates historical portrayals of the black female body along with lived experience and the lyric. Learn firsthand what choices and inspirations went into the creation of this remarkable debut.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House members. Click here for additional information

Gold Morning, Sweet Prince: Shakespeare and Modern Poetry with Robert Pinsky

March 21, 7 pm
10 River Terrace

Former Poet Laureate of the United States Robert Pinsky examines the influence of Shakespeare on important poets of the 20th and 21st centuries—from Yeats and Eliot to Langston Hughes and Allen Ginsberg. With the aid of some Shakespearean actors, Robert Pinsky will also perform newly-composed poetic collages that combine Shakespeare’s sonnets with modern poems.

$35. Poets House Members must call (212) 967-6802 for special discount. Click here for additional information


My Story & Advice, A Night with Karen Tack

Institute for Culinary Education
225 Liberty Street
Monday, March 7, 6 pm

How does someone sell over 2 million cookbooks? Join the Alliance for their annual “My Story & Advice: A Night with…” as Karen Tack shares stories and advice about her exciting career as a best-selling cookbook author, baker, food stylist, and media guest speaker. Before her inspiring and educational interview led by award-winning food business consultant Terry Frishman, optionally try your hand at making some of Karen’s most popular cupcake designs, while networking and indulging in member-prepared cupcakes paired with craft spirits.

Tickets range from $15-$30. Click here for additional information.

Tuesday Night Trivia

Hudson Eats
200 Vesey Street
Every Tuesday in March from 6 pm-8 pm

Join us for Trivia on Tuesday Nights in Hudson Eats with special prizes from our partners every round. Winning team receives a growler from Mighty Quinn’s BBQ! Trivia starts at 6:00PM but participants can jump in any round. Put together a team with your friends and colleagues, brainstorm an incredible name, and we’ll SEE YOU THERE! 

Free To Attend
As always trivia is located in the southwest corner of Hudson Eats overlooking the Hudson River Waterfront.

The Saturday Morning Show

Hudson Eats
200 Vesey Street
Every Saturday in March from 11 am-1 pm
Age: School-Aged Kids
Free to Attend

March 12

11 AM: Elena Moon Park and Friends – Rabbit Days and Dumplings
12 PM: Sing Along Amy.
Click here for additional informatio

March 19

11 AM: Music for Aardvarks 
12 PM: Yo Re Mi
Click here for additional information

March 26

11AM: Sonia De Los Santos
12PM: Mario the Magician
Click here for additional information

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