Conversion Animadversion

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State Assembly member Deborah Glick has secured passage of a bill in her house of the Albany legislature that would provide for sanctions against mental healthcare providers who practice “conversion therapy” on patients younger than 18 years old. The measure seeks to ban a pseudoscientific practice that aims to modify an individual’s sexual orientation
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Tribeca Dog Run Unleashed

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The City’s Department of Parks and Recreation has taken control over a Tribeca dog park, after more than a decade during which the agency appears to have been unaware of the facility’s existence, or the fact that it bore responsibility for it. The 4,000-square-foot dog park, located on Warren Street, between West and Greenwich Streets, […]

Arterial Concerns

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Tomorrow (Tuesday, May 1) evening, the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1) will host a review and update about plans for improving pedestrian safety and traffic flow on South End Avenue. Because these plans have under development for several years, and some versions of the proposed design have been controversial, community leaders […]

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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The board of the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association (GPTA) has been almost entirely reconstituted since residents stood for election last October, with a new slate of community leaders and activists taking the helm. The Association’s new president is Karlene Wiese, who is backed up by first vice president Rosalie Joseph and second vice president Honey […]

Battery Park City Wayfinding Signage Survey

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The Battery Park City Authorityis in the process of developing new wayfinding signage, intended to guide motorists, bicyclists, transit users, and pedestrians along and through streets (in concert and coordination with existing New York City street signage), sidewalks, public spaces, and transition points across Battery Park City’s 92-acres.    This process will
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9/11 Advocacy That Makes All the Difference

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Turley, Hansen & Rosasco, LLP is a law firm that focuses exclusively on representing Downtown residents and workers impacted by exposure to toxins in the air after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As they seek financial compensation and medical care for their clients, the firm is emerging as one of the leading advocates […]

Where Landmarks Are Plentiful, But Development Enroaches

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One of the more obvious ways in which Lower Manhattan is being radically transformed before the eyes of people who live here is the proliferation of new buildings. A less apparent, but still significant, driver of the ongoing local metamorphosis is the rate at which older buildings — in some cases, historic — are being […]

Opinion & Analysis: We Got What We Wished For — Now What?

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Meenakshi Srinivasan, the chair of the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) since 2014, announced her resignation on Thursday. For many, it is a “Ding, Dong, the Wicked Witch is Gone” kind of moment. Critics, including this author, rejoice because they see Ms. Srinivasan’s reign at the LPC in the same way that worried Democrats see […]

Who Knows Wrong from Right and Is Red All Over?

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The Downtown Alliance continued a decades-long tradition on Tuesday by honoring members of its Public Safety Officer program who have rendered meritorious service in the last year. In a ceremony held at Bobby Van’s Grill & Steakhouse on Broad Street, Alliance president Jessica Lappin observed, “this is one of my favorite days of the year, […]

The Battery’s Up and Tribeca’s Down

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Tribeca remains the most expensive neighborhood in which to buy a home anywhere in New York, even after dwellings there have lost almost one-third of their value in the last year, according to a new report from PropertyShark, a real estate web site and search engine that tracks sales and price data. The analysis finds […]