Greek Tragedy

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Construction work has ground to a halt at the edifice widely anticipated for years as Lower Manhattan’s newest landmark: the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, within the World Trade Center complex. In mid-December, Skanska USA, the prime contractor leading the effort to rebuild the Church — the only house of worship that was entirely destroyed […]

Two Seats at the Table

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A decade-long campaign by elected officials, community leaders, and grassroots activists to bring democratic governance to Battery Park City took a giant step forward on Monday, when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new law that will require two seats on the board of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) to be set aside for people […]

There Goes the Portico…

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The City Planning Commission (CPC) has overruled Community Board 1 (CB1) and ignored a phalanx of local elected officials by approving a controversial proposal to fill in arcades at 200 Water Street, to create new retail space and market-rate apartments. On December 13, the CPC voted to authorize the project, with eight commissioners on the […]

Toy Story

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Karen Barwick remembers as if it were the most recent Black Friday her inspiration for starting Boomerang Toys, Lower Manhattan’s go-to destination for eclectic playthings, 15 years ago. “My oldest son was a toddler in 2002,” she recalls, “and was invited to a birthday party. So we had to buy a gift, and I realized […]

Onward and Upward with the Arts

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Church Street School for Music and Art, which has operated highly regarded creative enrichment programs for Lower Manhattan kids for the last 27 years has found a new home. This represents a reprieve for the school, which has been buffeted by series of rent increases over the last decade, as its Tribeca neighborhood gentrified, that […]

Pressing for Home Rule

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Three Lower Manhattan elected officials have co-signed a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, calling upon him to sign a bill now on his desk, that would set aside two seats on the board of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) to people who live in the community. The letter was sent on December 8, two […]

Arcades or Their ‘Cades?

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Today, the City Planning Commission (CPC) will vote on whether to approve a controversial plan to privatize almost 5,000 square feet of public space at 200 Water Street, where the building owner wants to enclose arcades — the columned porticos that adorn the ground-floor facades of more than a dozen Water Street buildings — to […]

High, Wide, and Handsome

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After 134 years, the Brooklyn Bridge may need some surgical enhancement. A report released Friday by the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) notes that the span’s pedestrian and cycling deck is the No. 1 tourist attraction in Brooklyn and one of the top five in Manhattan. The report also documents that between 2008 and 2015, […]

Affordable Housing, Open Space, or Both?

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The clashing visions and competing priorities that were at the center of the recent race for the City Council seat representing Lower Manhattan have begun to crystallize into a bricks-and-mortar policy decision. The plan to use a City-owned lot to create permanently affordable housing for low-income seniors on the site of a public garden in […]

Statute of Self-Determination

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A proposed State law that would set aside two seats on the board of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) for residents of the community is now on the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo, awaiting his signature or veto. (Editor’s Note: Readers who wish to contact Governor Cuomo to voice an opinion about this bill […]