Defining ‘Screwed’

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At January 9 swearing-in ceremony for City Council member Margaret Chin, Borough President Gale Brewer pointedly predicted that, “when a real estate developer says that he wants something, and Margaret and I say he can’t have it, that developer is screwed, because we are not going to change our positions.” On Thursday, Ms. Brewer and […]

Waterfront Woes

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The Tuesday meeting of Waterfront, Parks, and Development Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1) was the venue for a spirited discussion about the City’s plan to demolish a South Street Seaport structure that many preservationist believe has significant historic value, along with the process that led to this decision. All of which has inspired calls […]

Seeking the Line Between Acknowledgement and Endorsement

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A commission appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to advise City Hall on what to do with historical monuments that raise complicated moral questions has recommended leaving in place a Lower Manhattan plaque that marks a parade honoring a figure later judged by history to be a villain, rather than protagonist. The same panel chose […]

All Our Yesterdays

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The Skyscraper Museum (39 Battery Place, near the corner of First Place) is opening its doors on Sunday (January 14) to invite residents of Lower Manhattan to view, free of charge, its current exhibit, “Millennium: Lower Manhattan in the 1990s.” Today, the southern tip of Manhattan is one of the fastest growing, and most economically […]

Disproving the Maxim That Everybody Talks about the Weather, But Nobody Does Anything About It

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Mayor Bill de Blasio, accompanied by a phalanx of elected officials and climate activists, came to Manhattan Youth’s Downtown Community Center in Tribeca on Wednesday afternoon to announce a pair of initiatives that aim to combat the effects of climate change. First, he announced that the City had filed suit in federal court on Tuesday […]

‘The Room Where It Happened’

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Battery Park City has lost its only house of worship. On Sunday, the final masses were said at the Saint Joseph Chapel, within the Gateway Plaza complex. This brings melancholy closure to a years-long struggle by parishioners and community leaders to save the church, which has been buffeted by rising rents and declining interest from […]

The ‘Mallification’ of Lower Manhattan

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Community Board 1 (CB1) is voicing reservations about a plan to convert the block of Thames Street between Broadway and Trinity Place into an outdoor shopping arcade, but is procedurally barred — at least for now — from giving official credence to these worries. The proposal comes from Capital Properties, the owner of 111 and […]

Lower Manhattan’s Original Skyscraper Needs Some Touching Up

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The structure that once dominated the skyline of Lower Manhattan — and remains a spiritual and cultural touchstone of the Downtown community to this day — is planning to have some work done. The Trinity Church that now stands at Broadway and Wall Street is actually the third incarnation of the same house of worship, […]

In Omnia Paratus

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Lower Manhattan has a new line of defense against tragedies and disasters, ranging from medical emergencies in an individual home to mass casualty events. On December 19, the Resident Manager Emergency Response Team (RMERT) program graduated its first class, consisting of more than 40 building staff, concerned residents, and community leaders. RMERT is, in some […]

Is Two Bridges Going Too Far?

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City Council member Margaret Chin is pushing back against a wave of super-tall residential development on the Lower East Side, while also working to close a loophole that help trigger the avalanche of development now engulfing the East River waterfront, between the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. In December, the City Council unanimously passed her legislation […]