Excellence and Ambivalence

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Pupils at six Lower Manhattan public elementary schools are recording stellar scores on their fourth-grade English Language Arts (ELA) exams, putting each of their schools in the top ten percent of all public schools City-wide. According to an analysis by Tom Goodkind — a member of Community Board 1 (CB1), who has been compiling statistics […]

Chin: Affordable Housing, Quality of Life, and Storm Resiliency—Plus, a Seat at the Table for Lower Manhattan Residents

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Editor’s Note: On Tuesday (September 12), the Democratic primary will effectively decide who will represent Lower Manhattan in the City Council for the coming four years. (Although the general election is in November, the heavily “blue” landscape of Lower Manhattan usually makes the nomination of the Democratic party tantamount to winning the wider contest, and […]

Battery Park City Judged Best in Show

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Battery Park City is the best place to live anywhere in the five boroughs if you own a dog, according to the online real estate database company, StreetEasy. An analysis published on August 23 by StreetEasy’s Casey Roberts finds that 63 percent of the rental buildings within the community welcome tenants with dogs, while a […]

Restoration Comity

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The South Street Seaport Museum has been awarded $4.5 million in capital funds by the City, after Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Council member Margaret Chin lobbied on behalf of what is widely regarded as Lower Manhattan’s leading cultural institution. The funds will be used to stabilize and restore the historic lightship Ambrose, […]

The Sphere Returns to WTC Area

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The Sphere once graced the middle of Austin Tobin Plaza, nestled between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. On September 11th, as the Twin Towers fell in thunderous collapses, the Sphere emerged from the black dust and ashes, not intact but not destroyed. After being in Battery Park for many years, the Sphere, […]

Today, August 21, 2017, The Great American Eclipse

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At about 1:15pm, go outdoors to check for clear skies and to take a deep breath in recognition that today, Monday the 21st of August 2017, is a rare day under the Sun. We will see an unusual meeting of celestial bodies, which promises to feel like the “music of the spheres.” With eyes shielded […]

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 […]