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Volume 6, No. 73, July 2, 2023


July 2: The Last Day to Watch Tribeca Festival films

Bits & Bytes: Employers with businesses near Ground Zero on 9/11 must soon alert former workers to 9/11 toxin dangers

Bulletin Board: South Street Seaport Collection online; Battery Dance Festival news

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MASTHEAD PHOTO: Statue of Liberty. July 4, 2013 (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

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"Between the Rains" at the Tribeca Festival, is a documentary about the effect of persistent drought caused by climate change on the centuries'-old culture of a pastoral community in northern Kenya. The scarcity of needed resources leads to tribal conflicts and to wrenching personal decisions. "Between the Rains" won awards at the Festival as the "Best Documentary Feature" and for "Best Cinematography in a Documentary Feature."

The Tribeca Festival is all but over for this year, but it's still not too late to watch some of the films via Tribeca at Home. Today, July 2, is the last day that they will be available. They can be screened until 11:59 p.m.

To access Tribeca at Home, click here.

"Stan Lee," directed by David Gelb, can still be seen via Tribeca at Home, which will stream until 11:59 p.m. on July 2. For more information about Tribeca at Home, click here.

Stan Lee

Using personal film footage, recorded recollections, newsreels and clay models placed in situations that Stan Lee vividly remembered but that were not otherwise recorded, this documentary tells the story of the man who has been called "arguably the most influential comic publisher of all time." For two decades, Lee was Marvel's creative director. Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Panther and many others were his brainchildren.

— Terese Loeb Kreuzer

A scene from "The Saint of Second Chances."

The Saint of Second Chances

This documentary focuses on Mike Veeck, son of renowned Major League baseball owner, Bill Veeck. The film is only partially and not even primarily about baseball. It's also about marital and parental love. It's about coming to terms with mistakes and recovering from them in part, by trying again. It's about the tragic illness and eventual death of a beloved child and it's about priorities that should put time with loved ones above the endless demands of work.

A scene from "Rule of Two Walls"

Rule of Two Walls

As the war between Russia and Ukraine drags on with mounting devastation and casualties, this documentary describes the lives of artists who have chosen to stay in Ukraine. They awake to the sound of air raid sirens, they help to sweep up broken glass and rubble. Dead bodies are commonplace as they walk the streets. And yet they persevere with their art as a form of cultural and spiritual defiance. This film won a "Special Jury Mention" in the Documentary Competition.

A scene from "Je'Vida"


This narrative film takes place in Finland as an aunt and her niece, who have never met before, drive to Lapland to empty a house that they've inherited. The niece, Sanna, had no idea that her deceased mother once lived in such a humble house situated near a remote lake. The aunt, Lida, who is taciturn and sullen, remembers only too well. Her childhood there was clouded by financial hardship but brightened by her relationship with her beloved grandfather who died while she was still very young. Lida lights a fire and begins to throw objects and photographs into the fire. Sanna retrieves one of the photos. It's of a flaxen-haired, young girl and is labeled "Je'Vida." Who is Je'Vida? she asks her aunt, who doesn't reply. It turns out that she was that young girl. Some of the most wrenching episodes of the film take place when Je'Vida is required by the government to attend a boarding school, where she is brutally treated and where attempts are made to eradicate all vestiges of her native culture. The boarding school scenes are unforgettable. The film's closing credits state that "Most Sami children were forced into boarding schools in post-war Finland. This distanced two generations from their families and culture. The State of Finland has accepted no responsibility for the damage this caused to the Sami communities. The last boarding schools were closed down in the 1980's."

Siya Kolisi

Rise — The Siya Kolisi Story

This affecting and inspiring documentary revolves around the life of Siya Kolisi, now 32 years old, who overcame poverty, his mother's early death, his father's (and later his own alcoholism) and the limited opportunities for Blacks in South Africa to become the first Black captain of the Springboks, a South Africa national rugby union team. Kolisi led the team to victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final against England, carrying with them the hopes of South Africans and showing Black South Africans that despite adversity, anything is possible.

Raspberry Linzer From Té Company

Raspberries, now seasonally available, are the classic filling for linzer. To go with them, Té Company is bringing back a traditional Chinese Medicine tea for its summer edition. In addition to its classic green tea known for its cooling properties, Té Company has created an oolong tea blend with shiso, an Asian plant of the mint family.

The tea room at 163 West 10th St. is open Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information about Té Company, e-mail:

For more information and to order, click here.

Bits & Bytes


Ground Zero

New bill to require NYC employers near Ground Zero to alert workers about 9/11 toxin dangers: sources, Daily News, 7/2/2023. "Employers with businesses in lower Manhattan on 9/11 will soon be required to alert past and present workers that they may have been exposed to harmful toxins from the terror attacks and seek help," the Daily News reports. "Gov. Hochul is poised to sign the 9/11 Notice Act, which was passed by both chambers of the state Legislature in June, sources told the Daily News. If the governor approves the measure, businesses and institutions in lower Manhattan and north Brooklyn that had people working in the area on 9/11 and the months that followed would be required to notify their employees that they were exposed to cancer causing toxins and were eligibile to enroll in the federal Victim Compensation Fund and World Trade Center Health Program." For the complete article, click here.

Bulletin Board


The 42nd Annual Battery Dance Festival will take place from Aug. 12 to Aug.18 in Rockefeller Park and will feature 42 local, national and international companies. For more information, including the full list of performers, click here. To register for free, receive livestream links, reminders and bonus content for every day of the Festival, click here.

(Photo: Douglas Dunn + Dancers performed “Aidos” at the Battery Dance Festival. Aug. 13, 2018 © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

South Street Seaport Museum Collection online: The South Street Seaport Museum’s free Collections Online Portal now features over 3,500 pieces on virtual display, allowing audiences from around the globe to explore New York City’s past through the archives, artifacts and photographs of the South Street Seaport Museum. In addition to the newspaper clippings, the latest update, released this week, also includes 150 paintings covering a variety of historical subjects and themes relating to the growth of New York City as a world port. This searchable database features selected items from the Museum’s permanent and working collections of over 60,000 items, encapsulating the rich maritime heritage of New York City. Whether you’re a friend of the Museum browsing casually from home or a researcher investigating a topic, you can explore the ever-growing Collections Online Portal at your leisure. For more information, click here.

Battery Dance Festival seeks volunteers: Want to be a part of New York’s longest running outdoor public dance festival? The Battery Dance Festival is looking for volunteers to join its team from August 12 to August 18. Email with any questions or to sign up.

Fulton Stall Market farm shares: The Fulton Stall Market at 91 South St. in the South Street Seaport is offering fresh, local food sourced directly from farmers and local producers. This program of CSA shares (Community Supported Agriculture) helps farmers by giving them a guaranteed market for their work and it helps consumers by delivering high quality food at a reasonable price. The program runs from June 22 to Sept. 14 but it's possible to join at any time on a prorated basis. The products included in each food delivery may consist of summer vegetables, summer fruit, sprouts, eggs, mushrooms, farmstead cheese, charcuterie, bread, fresh pasta, seafood, chicken, beef and pork and more. When they sign up for the program, customers choose which products they want to purchase. Customers must come to the Fulton Stall Market to pick up their food. For information on the suppliers and on the cost of their products, click here. For answers to questions about the program contact the CSA manager, Zigi Lowenberg, who can be reached at

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To see the events and activities on the Battery Park City Authority's summer calendar, click here. Most events are free. For some, reservations are required.
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