Lower Manhattan’s Official Wish List

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Community Board 1 (CB1) has completed its annual statement of District Needs and Budget Priorities, which is submitted every 12 months to the City government, to help set the agenda for policy and spending in the coming fiscal year. “Reacting to problems is important,” reflects Board chair Anthony Notaro, “but CB1 has a heritage of […]

For Whom the Bell Tolls

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Plans by a developer to gut a landmarked clock that sits atop a historic Tribeca building were dealt a setback in State Supreme Court last week, when a ruling found that legal protections to both the inside and the outside of the structure cannot be waived by City regulators. The structure in question is the […]

Whose Roof Is It, Anyway?

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Community Board 1 (CB1) will host a Town Hall meeting tonight (Monday, December 4) to discuss the impact of plans to create an event and performance venue capable of hosting more than 4,000 people on the roof of Pier 17, in the South Street Seaport. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be […]

Spinal Tap

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On Thursday, for only the fourth time in its century-long existence, the Regional Plan Association (RPA) — an independent, not-for-profit confederation of urban visionaries — issued a call to action for guiding development over the next two decades in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The Fourth Regional Plan contains dozens of recommendations about
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In Memoriam: ‘The James Joyce of Jive’

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Jon Hendricks, the legendary jazz lyricist and singer and one of the earliest residents of Battery Park City, died on November 24. He was 96. Acknowleged as one of the originators of “vocalese,” which adds lyrics to instrumental tunes and replaces instruments with voices, he was also praised as one of the most accomplished practitioners […]

Lower Manhattan’s Version of the Second Avenue Subway

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What the long-promised proposed T train (which is slated someday to run from 125th Street, down Second Avenue, to Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan) is for the rest of New York, the similarly ambitious and wistful notion of a direct rail connection between the World Trade Center and Newark Airport is for Downtown residents. The […]

POPS Pap

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The City Council recently enacted a new law that strengthens enforcement over “privately owned public spaces” (POPS), in response to an April report from City Comptroller Scott Stringer, which found that of 51 POPS located in Lower Manhattan, only eight were meeting legally required standards for public access, hours, or the availability of amenities such […]

Evacuation Day

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Evacuation Day is New York City’s most famous celebration you’ve never heard of. While November 25, 1783, marks a significant moment in American history, Evacuation Day never reached national prominence. And while New York embraced it with great enthusiasm-parades, flotillas, fireworks-for more than seventy years, that’s not surprising since it was New
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Taking Down the Ritz

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The company that owns the hotel portion of the Ritz-Carlton building in southern Battery Park City has apparently decided to strip the luxury brand name from its hostelry, as part of its ongoing campaign to shut down the lodging facility and convert it to condominium apartments. The 38-story Ritz-Carlton building at the foot of Battery […]

Reflections on the Day

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Circa 1975, a elderly piano teacher on Long Island was trying to guide a not-very-talented pupil, on the cusp of adolescence, through the Largo of Dvorak’s New World Symphony. The teacher, who had been a displaced person and refugee during World War Two, had seen and endured unspeakable things before coming to America. Although she […]