Lower Manhattan Lacks Curb Appeal

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Lower Manhattan drivers who are chronically aggrieved by the local shortage of legal street parking should consider the bright side: They are contributing tens of millions of dollars per year in revenue to City coffers. A new analysis by SpotAngels, a smartphone app that aims to soothe parking headaches by offering users real-time data about […]

Q&A with BPCA

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The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) will host an “Open Community Meeting” tonight (Tuesday, November 14), from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Six River Terrace (opposite the Irish Hunger Memorial and next to Le Pain Quotidien restaurant). Residents are urged to attend, hear a presentation from Authority staff on their vision for the community, and […]

Duty, Honor, Country

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Jack Morrow is, in statistical terms, a member of Lower Manhattan’s tiniest minority. The Gateway Plaza resident is one of the very few Downtown dwellers who is also an active duty member of the United States armed forces. In this case, Major Morrow serves in the U.S. Army, in which capacity he is currently deployed […]

Chin Re-Elected

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City Council member Margaret Chin has won a third term representing Lower Manhattan. Preliminary (and unofficial) results from Tuesday’s election show her winning 11,468 votes, out of 23,027 ballots cast, which translates into a plurality of 49.80 percent. Her nearest competitor, Independence Party candidate Christopher Marte, garnered 8,502 votes, or 36.92 percent.
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Rewriting the Fine Print

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Among the questions voters will decide upon at the voting booth today (Tuesday, November 7) is an innocuous-sounding provision that reads as follows: “Ballot Proposal 1: Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same?” This measure, if enacted, may prove to be of keen interest for residents of Battery Park […]

Suspension Bridges

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A pair of pedestrian bridges under construction in Battery Park City and the Financial District appear to be slipping behind schedule. The first of these is the West Thames bridge, which will eventually connect Battery Park City to the Financial District, beside the entrance plaza to the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. In the most recent public review […]

Gill Remembered

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James Gill, who chaired the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) from 1996 through 2010, died last weekend, at age 86. He presided over the community during two booms and two busts. In the prosperous years of the late 1990s, he forged ahead with plans to develop still-vacant parcels of land throughout the neighborhood. At the […]

Cha-Ching!

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At the Monday meeting of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) board, staff members reviewed financial performance for the fiscal year that closes on October 31, and the upcoming 12-month period. For fiscal year 2017, BPCA acting president Benjamin Jones said, “overall revenues are $287.6 million, which is just over 17 million higher than projected. […]

Overlooking the Forest for the Trees

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The Municipal Art Society (MAS), a highly regarded non-profit urban planning group that advocates for a more livable city, is sounding the alarm about the increasing proliferation of “super-tall” skyscrapers. The MAS is concerned about a broad range of impacts such buildings will have in every community where they are proposed (chiefly Midtown, Downtown
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Setting the Pace

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A study that appeared this month in the Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Pace University, in Lower Manhattan, as first in the nation among private four-year institutions for moving students who come from households in the bottom 20 percent of income into the top 20 percent. The study compared the median parent household income for […]