A Powwow With a Little Bit of ‘Pow’ and a Lot of ‘Wow’

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Tomorrow and Sunday (May 19 and 20), from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, the opening celebration of the new imagiNATIONS Activity Center at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian — New York (One Bowling Green, near the intersection of Broadway and Battery Place) will offer a weekend of activities showcasing the ingenuity of […]

Wage Against the Machine

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Two Lower Manhattan hotels have been become entangled in an indictment from New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance, alleging that a construction contractor stole more than $1.7 million in wages from laborers hired to help build the structures, along with another $7.8 million in unpaid insurance premiums, which Mr. Vance’s office says the company […]

‘Would It Spoil Some Vast Eternal Plan?’

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Broadway-caliber theater is coming to Lower Manhattan in July, with a groundbreaking Yiddish-language production of “Fiddler on the Roof,”which will be directed by Oscar- and Tony-winner Joel Grey. Steven Skybell will play Tevye in the upcoming production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Casting for the eight-week run was completed in the first week of
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Destabilization with Extreme Prejudice

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A 72-year-old Tribeca artist is facing eviction from the rent-stabilized apartment she has occupied for more than 40 years, after a judge ruled that she illegally rented her home out via Airbnb. Eileen Hickey allegedly posted notices on the website that brokers short-term rentals starting in 2012, which her landlord, Robert Moskowitz detected two years […]

The Silent Minority

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The September 11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) announced in its most recent update that is has awarded upwards of $3.6 billion to more than 19,000 claimants who suffered personal injury as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath. The vast majority of these injuries take the form of illness […]

The Home Teem

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If Downtown seems jammed by day, but sparsely peopled after the sun goes down, you’re not imagining things. A new data visualization tool shows that Lower Manhattan experiences the second biggest differential between day and night populations of any neighborhood in Manhattan — and, by extension, of any location in America. “Manhattan Population
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Could Anybody Use a Quarter of a Billion Dollars Worth of Infrastructure?

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An eight-month study by Community Board 1 (CB1) indicates that New York’s failure to implement development impact fees — levies based on the policy that new building projects should directly pay at least a portion of the cost of providing additional public services, the need for which would not arise without the development — has […]

Unfair Share

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Residents of Lower Manhattan who lease (rather than own) their apartments are collectively paying more than $49 million per year in extra rent as a result of price pressures caused by Airbnb, the online “homesharing” marketplace and hospitality service that brokers short-term lodging in exchange for a percentage of the fee charged to the guest […]

Advice and Consent

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State Senator Brian Kavanagh will host his first annual District Community Convention on Sunday (May 6), at Stuyvesant High School (345 Chambers Street, at the corner of North End Avenue), from 2:00 through 5:00 pm. Constituents are invited to hear informational presentations about issues of local concern, ask the Senator questions, and participate in working […]

Getting to the Route of the Problem

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Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1) was devoted entirely to a presentation about plans to reconfigure the streetscapes on South End Avenue and West Thames Street to enhance pedestrian safety, traffic flow, and aesthetic appeal. The presentation was led by two staff members from the Battery Park […]