Celebrating Our Urban Archipelago

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Tomorrow (Saturday, July 14), City of Water Day will offer Lower Manhattan residents a dozen-plus ways to get close to, out on, and in the waters that surround Downtown. Organized by the Waterfront Alliance, in partnership with a coalition of community groups and non-profit organizations, City of Water Day will also feature events in all […]

A Lot of Potential

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In June, the Howard Hughes Corporation, which already owns or leases large tracts of land in the South Street Seaport District, announced that it was buying an additional full block, consisting of a one-acre parking lot — bounded by Pearl, Beekman, and Water Street, as well as Peck Slip — from Milstein Properties. The northern […]

So Long, Solaire

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At the June 18 meeting of the Housing Subcommittee of Community Board 1(CB1), chairman Tom Goodkind announced that, “there’s another condominium conversion happening in Battery Park City. The Solaire building, which is rent-stabilized, has filed with the Attorney General’s office.” This was a reference to the apartment tower located at 20 River
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Alluvial March of Days

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The River Project, a highly regarded, Lower Manhattan-based non-profit that aims to protect and restore the ecosystem of the Hudson River Estuarythrough scientific research and education programs, will hold a Summer Cruise fundraiser this evening aboard the Hornblower Hybrid, a floating events venue and excursion yacht that is based at Pier 40. The event comes […]

‘Once in a While, Can’t You Choose Someone Else?’

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A new, groundbreaking Yiddish-language production of “Fiddler on the Roof” premieres tomorrow (Wednesday, July 4), presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) at the Museum of Jewish Heritage,in Battery Park City. The show is directed by Joel Grey, best known to audiences as an actor — and one of only eight people ever to have […]

An Undercoat for the Overpass

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The Battery Park City Authority is repainting the Tribeca Bridge, which crosses West Street near Chambers Street, at a cost of $2.2 million. At the agency’s June 19 board meeting, BPCA vice president for real property Gwen Dawson explained, “the bridge was built in 1992 and has not been repainted since then. It’s now over […]

Call It ‘Decongestion Pricing’

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Seen from Lower Manhattan, the Verrazano Bridge is a necklace of lights twinkling on the horizon, eight miles away. But a new analysis of traffic patterns concludes that charging tolls in both directions on that span — instead of levying motorists only as they enter Staten Island, but not as they leave — would divert […]

Duty Is In the Eye of the Beholden

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A new analysis of the highest property taxes in America finds that five buildings in Lower Manhattan are among the 100 highest levied in the nation, and contribute a combined total of more than $100 million in tax revenue. The report, by real estate blog CommercialCafe.com, finds that Downtown property with the greatest tax burden is […]

Two Steps Forward

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Elected officials and community leaders are reacting to the appointment of two community residents to the board of the Battery Park City Authority(BPCA) by Governor Andrew Cuomo in the last 48 hours of the Albany legislative session that has now ended. In the final days of the session, Mr. Cuomo designated Martha Gallo, an insurance […]

Give Peace a Chance

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More than 500 students at the Battery Park City School fanned out in front of their building on Battery Place on Tuesday to cover the sidewalk with messages of peace. The event, called Care Squares for Peace, is part a three-year old tradition at the school, which began in response to the 2016 mass shooting […]