The countdown to preparing for winter and the holidays has begun. We are all connected to the rhythms of nature, the rhythms of the sun, moon and planets, the rhythms of the tides and climate, the rhythms of daily meals, the rhythms of sleeping and waking, the rhythms of our breathing and our beating heart. This months Full Beaver Moon reaches peak fullness the morning of Tuesday, November 12 at 8:34 AM Eastern Standard Time.
We are now of an era that recognizes how our minds and bodies are connected to the rhythms of nature and are essential to good and happy living. Our city planners, designers and other experts are now designing our homes, offices, schools, and hospitals with these natural environmental principals in mind. Biophilic design a concept within the building industry strives to connect our everyday living to the natural environment. Terrapin Bright Green believes Biophilic design “can reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve our well-being and expedite healing; as the world population continues to urbanize, these qualities are ever more important. Theorists, research scientists, and design practitioners have been working for decades to define aspects of nature that most impact our satisfaction with the built environment.” “14 Patterns of Biophilic Design” articulates the relationships between nature, human biology and the design of the built environment. Biophilia design provides the sanctury from the hustle and bustle of everyday living within our cityscape. This is why we gravitate towards and put a premium on spaces near the water, parks and other green spaces.
This months Culturally Inclined focuses on the Lower East Side steeped with rich immigration history and heart of cultural influence within the City. You may be surprised to learn that the Lower East Side is going through a massive transformation. Located in the heart of New York’s creative junction, Essex Crossing, a mixed-use development strategically connects residents with fantastic food, art galleries and green space that make the Lower East Side the cultural epicenter of the city. Part of this existing area known as the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) under the auspices of the New York City’s Economic Development Corporation and Office of Housing Preservation & Development, with guidance by Community Board 3 is revitalizing forgotten land into into affordable housing, retail space, offices, and community and green spaces for the Lower East Side community. The Market Line an expansive, bazaar-like marketplace running three city blocks along Broome Street as a pivotal part of the Essex Crossing project in the Lower East Side. The Market Line merges an eclectic mix of more than 100 locally-sourced food, art, music and fashion vendors reflecting the unique character and culture of the L.E.S. Upon completion, The Market Line will be the largest market in New York City and one of the largest in the world with 150,000 square feet of culinary treasures.
Last month we learned that Lower East Side prices have doubled, so its not surprising that the neighborhood, according to the report, has crossed the million-dollar threshold this year. There are 99 Active Listings on the Lower East Side and several new developments have joined the landscape including: One Manhattan Square a 800ft tall residential skyscraper project developed by Extell Development Company in Two Bridges on the edge of the New York Harbor on the Lower East Side. With epic river and skyline views; 150 Rivington a seven story condominium building by Cogswell Lee Development, 287LES twenty-seven condominium residents developed by Vinci Partners and Hogg Holdings, 242 Broome Street 15 story mixed-use condominiums designed by the renowned SHoP Architects and developed by Taconic,part of Delancey Street Associates, 196 Orchard Street 94 residence condominium collaboration between Adam Rolston at INC (who developed the interior design) and Ben Shaoul, founder of Magnum Real Estate Group.
Did you know? If you go for a walk along the water on the Lower East Side of Manhattan that Pier 35. an eco-park /urban beach is in place of a vacant storage space that housed snow plows. The pier has been transformed into a park that hovers over the East River and has a rather unusual amenity: A habitat designed for mussels. Additionally, New York City has been aggressively working on cleaning-up our waterfront with The Billion Oyster Project. A citizen science project coordinated by the New York Harbor School with the goal of restoring one billion live oysters to New York Harbor by 2035. The project aims to engage hundreds of thousands of school children during its lifetime in marine restoration-based STEM education programs. Good news, “By 2035, one billion live oysters will be distributed around 100 acres of reefs, making the Harbor once again the most productive waterbody in the North Atlantic and reclaiming its title as the oyster capital of the world”. One adult oyster filtersup to 5 liters or 1.3 gallons of water an hour. That’s equal to 30 gallons per day, for just one oyster!
LES Ecology Center (Ecology Center) has pioneered community-based models in urban sustainability since 1987. Providing unique e-waste and composting services, environmental stewardship opportunities, and educational programming to all New Yorkers who want to learn about environmental issues and take responsibility for creating solutions through action.
Travel to the Lower East Side and taste the amazing cuisine, enjoy live music at one of the amazing event space, discover the treasures at the galleries and museums including: Tenement, New Museum, and Eldridge Street, and pop into the cool, trendy shops along the way. This months Culturally Inclined and my website are a treasure trove of ideas to explore the area.
New York City is at the forefront of so many exciting Green initiatives that enhances our global presence. OneNYC 2050 “a strategy to secure our city’s future against the challenges of today and tomorrow. With bold actions to confront our climate crisis, achieve equity, and strengthen our democracy, we are building a strong and fair city”. And, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability “works to secure our city’s future by confronting our crises of climate change and inequity. These programs work across city sectors to lead a just transition to carbon neutrality and create a cleaner, fairer, healthier city. The Office of Sustainability takes a sector-by-sector approach, with programs focusing on building efficiency, clean energy, accessible low-carbon transportation, and reduced waste. These programs pair with robust policy development and advocacy to guide New York City towards its goals of zero carbon and zero waste.
The upcoming NYC Veterans Day Parade is to honor our veterans, raise awareness of those who serve them, and to salute members of our currently serving military. This year’s NYC Veterans Parade commemorates the centennial of the Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day; 1919-2019). The parade rain or shine will begin at Noon. The parade goes north on Fifth Avenue, from 26th to 46th Street. The route is 1.2 miles, and takes approximately 30 ~ 35 minutes.The parade is preceded by our traditional Opening Ceremony inside Madison Square Park (24th Street & Fifth Avenue). Take a moment to Thank a Veteran for keeping us safe.
New York City affords us all an exciting and vibrant lifestyle. So, this Thanksgiving let us rejoice and be thankful of the dreams that are made each and everyday. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!
The Holiday Shops at Winter Village at Bryant Park | 175 Boutiques
Grand Central Holiday Fair
Union Square Holiday Market
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
South Street Seaport’s Fulton Deck the Stalls Holiday Market — Fulton Stall Market
Upper WestSide Grand Holiday Bazaar
Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg Winter Market
TurnStyle Holiday Market | Underground Columbus Circle
Astoria Holiday Market
Fort Hamilton Holiday Market
Holiday Handmade Cavalcade–Brooklyn
Holiday Handmade Cavalcade–Manhattan
Bliss Plaza Holiday Market | Sunny Side Queens
P.S. Check out NYTimes article by Michael Kimmelman entitled: “Essex Crossing Is the Anti-Hudson Yard”
“Everybody ought to have a Lower East Side in their life.” —Irving Berlin
“If you want to become a real New Yorker, there’s only one rule: You have to believe New York is, has been, and always will be the greatest city on earth. The center of the universe.” —Ellen R. Shapiro