You Think You’ve Got It Bad?

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By at least one metric, Lower Manhattan ranks among the most affordable communities to live anywhere in New York City. This was the conclusion of a recent report by the RentHop web site and search engine, which analyzed both asking prices for two-bedroom rental apartments and median household income for 139 neighborhoods throughout the five […]

Who Will Speak for You When Can You Can No Longer Afford to Live Here?

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For the first time in four years, Community Board 1 (CB1) will tonight convene a panel devoted exclusively to housing issues. The Housing Subcommittee will be chaired by Tom Goodkind, and its work may continue the research and advocacy begun by CB1’s earlier Housing Committee (also chaired by Mr. Goodkind), which produced a series of […]

Removing the ‘Our’ from of ‘Arcade’

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Community Board 1 (CB1), along with a coalition of public-service organizations, is opposing a request by the owners of 200 Water Street to privatize more than 4,700 square feet of public amenity space. This space consists largely of arcades — the columned porticos that adorn the ground-floor facades of more than a dozen Water Street […]

Local Heroines

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The Chargers, the girls softball team field by I.S. 276 (also known as the Battery Park City School), took the City-wide championship in the spring of this year, but the title was decided so late in the school year that it wasn’t until this autumn that the squad could reunite on the steps of City […]

Changing of the Guard

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At the October 2 annual meeting of the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association (GPTA), more than 200 residents of Battery Park City’s largest rental complex gathered in St. Joseph’s Chapel, overlooking North Cover Marina, to discuss issues of common concern and elect leaders who will represent them at a crucial juncture in the development’s history. Three […]

Can Million-Dollar Condos Salve Urban Blight?

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Two Brooklyn-based affordable housing advocacy groups are pushing to revive a 2014 plan by City Comptroller Scott Stronger to earmark surplus funds from the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) for upgrades in the crumbling apartments blocks operated by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) for the poorest New Yorkers. At a Monday rally in […]

Needful Things

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At its Tuesday meeting, the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1) discussed a range of neighborhood priorities for possible inclusion in the Board’s annual “district needs statement.” This list of local goals, which every Community Board asks the City government to focus on each year, serves as a policy guide for the […]

The Campaign Continues…

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Christopher Marte, an erstwhile challenger to incumbent Margaret Chin for the Democratic Party nomination to represent Lower Manhattan in the City Council, has announced that he will continue to be a candidate for the office, running in the general election under the banner of the Independence Party. Mr. Marte was Ms. Chin’s closest rival in […]

Uncivil Service

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced the arrest on Tuesday of more than 30 suspects in a ring that prosecutors allege counterfeited and sold fraudulent City government parking placards, which were used chiefly in Lower Manhattan. According to a summary from the City’s Department of Investigation (DOI), the case begin in March of this […]

Pop-Up (and Down)

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A Danish urban-planning firm is proposing a radically innovative solution to a pair of problems that plague Lower Manhattan: vulnerability to extreme weather events, and a chronic shortage of parking. Copenhagen-based architects Tredje Natur (which translates as “Third Nature”) wants to create in St. John’s Park — the four-acre, circular green space
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