Delayed Deliverance

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A student from Stuyvesant High School, whose name has not been released, fell from the Esplanade into the Hudson River on Wednesday, around 1:00 pm, and was not aided by emergency responders for almost 20 minutes, according to witnesses. One bystander, a Battery Park City resident who has asked that her name be withheld, recalls, […]

A Report Card for Rental Buildings

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A website that aims to, “bring trust back to the Manhattan rental market,” by using government data to foster transparency on the part of landlords and reward those who adhere to best practices, has created a search engine that assigns a letter grade to every apartment in New York based on public records. Rentlogic.com, founded […]

Reading, Writing, and Statistics

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Data from the City’s Department of Education (DOE) indicates that there may be a correlation between the amount an elementary school spends on each student, and how many applications it receives for each available seat. A further connection may be observed between per-student spending and achievement, as measured by standardized test scores. These parallels can […]

The Real Scandal Is What’s Legal

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A member of the State Assembly who sits on a legislative committee that oversees public agencies such as the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) is also a partner in a firm that earns millions of dollars per year giving financial advice to those same agencies. Robert Rodriguez, a Democratic member of the Assembly who represents […]

Bazaar Career Move

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Shari Hyman, the president and chief operating officer of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) since 2014, is resigning to take a senior post with the Westfield retail complex, at the World Trade Center. BPCA chair Dennis Mehiel recounted Ms. Hyman’s tenure at the Authority by citing, “record amounts of new, free, high-quality community programming; […]

The Mural of the Story

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Tribeca, which was put on the map by its allure for artists, has a new public art piece. “XOLA,” a gigantic street mural by artist Imani Shanklin Roberts, was painted last weekend over a 2,000 square-foot patch of Franklin Street that is closed to vehicular traffic, and formally unveiled on Wednesday. Ms. Shanklin-Roberts’s mural is […]

Thin Win for Chin

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City Council member Margaret Chin appears to have won her bid for a third term, but just barely. Unofficial, overnight results from the City’s Board of Elections (BOE) showed Ms. Chin clinging to a razor-thin margin of 200 votes over her nearest challenger, Christoper Marte. As of midnight, with the BOE reporting that 98.84 percent […]

Foldenauer: Close Loopholes, Make Real-Estate Carpetbaggers Pay Their Fair Share, and Link Development to New Schools

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Editor’s Note: On Tuesday (September 12), the Democratic primary will effectively decide who will represent Lower Manhattan in the City Council for the coming four years. (Although the general election is in November, the heavily “blue” landscape of Lower Manhattan usually makes the nomination of the Democratic party tantamount to winning the wider contest, and […]

Marte: Participatory Budgeting, Historic Preservation, Support for Small Businesses, and a City Takeover of Battery Park City

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Editor’s Note: On Tuesday (September 12), the Democratic primary will effectively decide who will represent Lower Manhattan in the City Council for the coming four years. (Although the general election is in November, the heavily “blue” landscape of Lower Manhattan usually makes the nomination of the Democratic party tantamount to winning the wider contest, and […]

Excellence and Ambivalence

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Pupils at six Lower Manhattan public elementary schools are recording stellar scores on their fourth-grade English Language Arts (ELA) exams, putting each of their schools in the top ten percent of all public schools City-wide. According to an analysis by Tom Goodkind — a member of Community Board 1 (CB1), who has been compiling statistics […]