A Perfect Day for “Raining Poetry”

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The Battery Park City Authority and Poets House are partnering with Lower Manhattan schools to put odes on the roads. And today is the perfect day for it! The “Raining Poetry” program inscribes evocative excerpts from poets such as Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and U.S. Poet Laureate (also Pulitzer Prize winner) Tracy K. Smith on […]

‘It’ll Be a Great Park If They Ever Finish It…’

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In the new State budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo has pledged $50 million to complete the Hudson River Park, which was originally slated for completion in 2006. But this offer comes with a large string attached: his political sparring partner, Mayor Bill de Blasio, must match this with $50 million in City funding. This total of […]

The Dispossessed

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The suffering continues for tenants of 85 Bowery, who were driven from their homes on January 18, after inspectors from the City’s Department of Buildings (DOB) determined that an interior staircase in the building was unstable, and in danger of collapsing. More than 75 residents of the building — including 17 young children and dozens […]

Lapse in the Apse

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Law enforcement sources confirm that both Federal and State prosecutors have begun probes into the financial irregularities that brought construction of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, within the World Trade Center complex, to a halt in December. As first reported in a story that appeared in the National Herald, a newspaper that focuses on […]

Splitting the Difference

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Two City agencies that have separate jurisdiction over adjacent halves of the same plot of land in Tribeca have allowed a potentially unsafe condition to fester for several years, according to a recent discussion at Community Board 1 (CB1). “The Parks Department called me back after a year,” Bob Townley said at the March 20 […]

The Courage to Remember

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Throughout the remainder of this month, the Museum of Jewish Heritage (36 Battery Place, near First Place) will host a multi-week remembrance of the Holocaust, which will continue through April 26. During this period, admission to the Museum is free, and operating hours are extended to 8:00 pm on Mondays through Thursdays. Programs for the […]

Prescription: A Dose of Loss

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The Battery Park City community lost its oldest business and a cherished local institution on Wednesday, when the Battery Park Pharmacy closed down after 35 years of dispensing medicine and comfort to residents. “We have served three generations of people who live here,” recalled a tearful Yon Kwack, the store’s owner. “We now have grandchildren
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Jail House Shock

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If Lower Manhattan seems jammed with tens of thousands of people who live here, hundreds of thousands who work here, and more than an million who visit here as tourists each year, get ready for another population that may soon join their ranks: several thousand people accused or convicted of criminal offenses. Anthony Notaro At […]

We Stand Corrected

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The first quarter of 2018 was a good time to buy a condominium or co-op in Lower Manhattan, and a grim moment to be selling one. This is the consensus view of a slew of market research reports that were issued on Monday by leading real estate firms. Analyses by the Corcoran Group, Stripling, and […]

Blue Sky Proposal

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The City’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has hired engineering firm AECOM to take a fresh look at the idea for a gondola to connect Governors Island to both Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, according to a report first published in Crain’s New York Business. This project may breathe fresh life into a 2006 proposal by architect […]