Remembering Rockefeller: A Personal Appreciation

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(Editor’s Note: The passing of David Rockefeller earlier this week struck a personal chord for one person who helped create Lower Manhattan in its modern form — Charles J. Urstadt, who, as State Commissioner of Housing and County Renewal in the 1960s and 70s, founded and built Battery Park City, along with several other government-sponsored […]

Holding Back the Tide

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At its Wednesday board meeting, the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) shared the preliminary findings of its two-year resiliency study, conducted by consulting firm Parsons Transportation, as part of an effort to formulate plans that will make the community more resistant to future extreme weather events, such as 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, which flooded much of […]

Barrage of Criticism

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One focus of the “Open Community Meeting” that the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) will host tonight (Wednesday, March 22), from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Six River Terrace (opposite the Irish Hunger Memorial and next to Le Pain Quotidien restaurant) will be the BPCA’s ongoing analysis of local resiliency, in preparation for measures to […]

Whose Authority Is It, Anyway?

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The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) will host an “Open Community Meeting” tomorrow night (Wednesday, March 22), from 6:00 to 8:00 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, […]

Statue Without Limitations

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State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou led a coalition of elected officials representing Lower Manhattan in a rally on Friday afternoon to push for “Fearless Girl” — a bronze statue of a young female striking a jaunty, audacious pose that was recently installed in front of the “Charging Bull” sculpture at Bowling Green — to remain […]

Home Rule, But By Whom?

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The Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1) has passed a resolution giving a qualified endorsement to a law proposed by State Senator Daniel Squadron, which (if enacted) would require that Lower Manhattan residents be appointed to the board of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), while also rigorously questioning the Senator’s representative […]

The Art of the Matter

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The social commentator Cleveland Amory once posited a corollary to Gresham’s Law (the economics axiom that debased coinage drives sound money out of circulation, because folks horde the latter while continuing to offer the funny money for payment), but his version was about fashionable addresses. It went something like this: artists come first, setting up […]

Reshuffling the Deck

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Community Board 1 (CB1), the body that serves as the official voice of Lower Manhattan in dealing with elected officials and government agencies, is undergoing a major reorganization. Anthony Notaro, who took over as chair last summer, announced at CB1’s February meeting that he planned to eliminate three of the Board’s four geographic committees, which […]

Snow Day!

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We are perhaps about to be reminded that, as E.E. Cummings wrote, “the snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.” Whatever accumulation of powder Tuesday brings, everybody knows that New York just doesn’t have blizzards like we used to. Since the federal government began keeping records in 1869, the deepest accumulation of […]

Impacted Wisdom Truth

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State Assembly member Deborah Glick is sponsoring a proposed law that will (if enacted) impose a tax on residential development in New York City, to create a new, dedicated funding stream to build public schools. In a related development, two Lower Manhattan Community Boards and the Community Education Council for District 2 (which covers Lower […]