Daniel Out of the Lions’ Den

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State Senator Daniel Squadron, who has represented Lower Manhattan in Albany since being elected in 2008, suddenly and unexpectedly announced his resignation from the upper house of the State legislature on Wednesday, and stepped down two days later. In an email sent to constituents on the morning of August 9, Mr. Squadron said, “for years, […]

‘For the Mighty Wind Arises, Roaring Seaward, and I Go.’

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Best we can tell, Samuel Taylor Coleridge never visited Lower Manhattan. But if he had experienced this community — surrounded by rivers, but seemingly bereft of opportunities to come in contact with them — he might have recast his most famous lines as, “water, water, everywhere, but none on which to sail.” He would have […]

Comparing Tipping Points

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An analysis by the online real estate database company StreetEasy finds notable disparities among Lower Manhattan neighborhoods in the lengths of time that rental tenants would need to own the same apartment before breaking even. The report, by Grant Long, StreetEasy’s senior economist, defines this “tipping point” as, “the point in time in which
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That’s Entrée-Tainment

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Lower Manhattan’s tally of food halls has swollen by two in recent weeks, as the City Acres market opened at 70 Pine Street (near the corner of Pearl Street), in the Financial District, and Canal Street Market (at 256 Canal Street, between Lafayette Street and Cortland Alley) expanded from retail into prepared foods. Both outposts […]

Comparing Tipping Points

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An analysis by the online real estate database company StreetEasy finds notable disparities among Lower Manhattan neighborhoods in the lengths of time that rental tenants would need to own the same apartment before breaking even. The report, by Grant Long, StreetEasy’s senior economist, defines this “tipping point” as, “the point in time in which
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Out of Context

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A real estate developer wants to double the height of a historic Tribeca building, adding a several stories of glass-enclosed apartments to a brick structure dating from the 1920s. The building, at 50 Hudson Street (located on the corner of Thomas Street), is a legacy Tribeca’s industrial past: It was originally constructed as a headquarters, […]

Here’s a Jolly Good Velo…

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A new report from the online real estate database company StreetEasy ranks Battery Park City as the third bike-friendliest community anywhere in the five boroughs of New York, trailing only the Lenox Hill section of the Upper East Side, and Park Slope, Brooklyn. The report cites the availability of bike lanes, the number of Citi […]

Submit (Your Questions) to Authority

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The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) will host an “Open Community Meeting” tonight (Monday, July 24), 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, and […]

Artists-Not-In-Residence

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Lower Manhattan has a lot of artists, but they are leaving in greater numbers than in almost any community of New York City, according to a new report from the Center for an Urban Future (CUF), a public policy think tank based Downtown. The report, “A Creative Solution to New York’s Affordable Space Crunch,” notes […]

‘Morris Bridge Is Coming Down, Coming Down…’

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Earlier this year, the de Blasio administration said to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), in effect, “wanna buy a bridge?” They were referring to the Morris Street pedestrian overpass, a forlorn span that links Washington and Greenwich Street, by reaching across the entrance plaza to the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. The MTA’s offering price,
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