Overlooking the Forest for the Trees

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The Municipal Art Society (MAS), a highly regarded non-profit urban planning group that advocates for a more livable city, is sounding the alarm about the increasing proliferation of “super-tall” skyscrapers. The MAS is concerned about a broad range of impacts such buildings will have in every community where they are proposed (chiefly Midtown, Downtown
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Setting the Pace

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A study that appeared this month in the Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Pace University, in Lower Manhattan, as first in the nation among private four-year institutions for moving students who come from households in the bottom 20 percent of income into the top 20 percent. The study compared the median parent household income for […]

Local Heroine

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The terrorist attack that struck Lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon was witnessed at close range by a female employee of Manhattan Youth who has asked that her name not be published. This woman was walking from Pier 25, along the Hudson River (near Harrison Street) toward the Downtown Community Center, on Warren Street (near West […]

The Fine Print

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Research by a community leader has discovered that the agreement between the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) and Asphalt Green requires the operator of the athletic facility on North End Avenue to provide services to the neighborhood that have not been forthcoming. Maryanne P. Braverman, one of the volunteers with the Battery Park City Seniors […]

Cloister Shuck

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Elected officials are voicing opposition to the plan by a real estate developer to privatize more than 4,700 square feet of public amenity space at 200 Water Street. In an October 20 letter to the City Planning Commission, City Council member Margaret Chin and Manhattan Borough president Gale Brewer wrote that they, “have serious concerns […]

Mart May Depart

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Residents of Battery Park City’s south neighborhood may soon have to walk farther for bargains like the Tuesday senior discount offered by the Gristedes supermarket. The grocery story has been a fixture for decades on South End Avenue, with locations at West Thames Street and another in the Gateway Plaza complex. But a marketing presentation […]

Should Downtown Be the New Amazon Basin?

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On Thursday afternoon, the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio submitted to Amazon.com its initial proposal for the giant online retailer and technology firm to locate its so-called HQ2 (a second corporate headquarters) in New York City. Working through the City’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) — the agency that negotiates strategic partnerships
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Calling All Survivors

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The World Trade Center Health Program will host a forum on Saturday (October 21), where Lower Manhattan residents with questions about how their health may have been — or may yet be — impacted by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (If you are unable to attend the Research to Care 9/11 Community Event […]

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

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The Chamber Orchestra of New York (CONY) will perform a program titled “Postcards from Italy” at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on Saturday, October 28th at 7:30 pm, in celebration of its tenth anniversary. Led by music director and composer Salvatore di Vittorio, the Orchestra is the City’s premier ensemble for young professionals, and showcases a
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Moran M Logos Go Pink in October

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Astute river watchers may have noticed a slight change in the color field of the harbor recently. Of the many tugboats that ply the waters of New York harbor, the most familiar ones might be the Moran and McAllister company tugs, both red in color but identifiable by two distinct features.  While they both sport […]