Stage Fright

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Downtown will get to keep a cultural mainstay that was slated to lose, thanks to the personal intervention of Julie Menin, the City’s commissioner of the Mayor’s Office and Media and Entertainment, who is also a former chair of Community Board 1. Soho Repertory Theatre (also knows as Soho Rep.) is a leading theater company […]

Bullets Fly on Battery Place

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Gunfire erupted near the corner of Battery Place and Washington Street shortly after local schools had let out on Monday afternoon. At least one innocent bystander, a woman in her 30s whose name has not been released, was wounded when a stray bullet struck her in the ankle. A second man sustained a gunshot wound […]

The Larceny of the Commons

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A new report from City Comptroller Scott Stringer finds that of 51 “privately owned public spaces” (POPS) located in Lower Manhattan, only eight are meeting legally required standards for public access, hours, or the availability of amenities such as artwork, lighting, furniture, plantings, drinking fountains, and bike racks. This represents a significant loss
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Where Every Swing Is a Home Run

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Among many signs of Lower Manhattan’s triumphant emergence as a thriving residential community, one is perhaps more compelling than any other: the Downtown Little League (DLL), which will celebrate its 25th Opening Day tomorrow (Saturday, April 22), is now the nation’s largest. With more than 1,000 kids organized into 80 teams, led by 250 coaches […]

How Bazaar

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Lower Manhattan, with its historic streetscape, sweeping views, and robust access to transportation infrastructure, has long drawn more than its share of walks, runs, festivals, and fairs — all of which share one defining trait in common: They require the temporary closure of local streets. As Downtown has become ever more popular, more developed, and […]

Farewell to a Feisty Friend

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At what would turn out to be the midpoint of her life, a woman in her late 30s was seeking a new direction. Still grieving from the loss of the father with whom she shared a bond that she would never replicate, recently graduated from St. John’s Law School, and in the process of setting […]

Wanna Buy a Vacant Lot?

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An empty lot at the southeast corner of Washington and Carlisle Streets, behind the W Hotel, is being shopped for sale at $260 million. The owners, father-and-son team Fred and Richard Ohebshalom, bought the 11,000-square-foot site of a former parking garage during foreclosure in 2011, for $57.5 million. They subsequently spent millions more assembling air […]

Flip This Affordable Housing Unit

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A new report by the City’s Independent Budget Office (IBO) indicates that Battery Park City and the Financial District have the highest turnover of tenants in rent-stabilized apartment units of any community in the five boroughs, when tallying buildings built after 1974. The IBO, a publicly funded agency that provides nonpartisan information about the government […]

Roll Reversal

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The City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) wants to change the direction of traffic on a one-way street in Tribeca. Jay Street, which runs for one block between Greenwich and Hudson Streets (two blocks, if you count the intersection with Staple Street, an alley that seems to function mainly as a location for film and television […]

Remix Gets Nixed

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Tribeca’s nightlife is a tad less tawdry after a series of recent enforcement actions directed at Remix, a Park Place bar that billed itself as a dance club, but was actually, according to police, operating as an adult entertainment venue. Although Remix has a years-long history of close brushes with the law, and calls by […]