BPCA Approves Field Time for Little Leagues

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Community leaders, directors of youth athletic leagues, and elected officials are voicing criticism about the process under which the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) is allocating time on the community’s ball fields. In a March 2 letter to BPCA chair Dennis Mehiel, U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Assembly member
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Fewer Transients, More Residents

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Two Lower Manhattan Hotels are facing headwinds. At the March 3 meeting of the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1, committee member Tammy Meltzer said, “I’ve heard from one of the people on the board at the Ritz-Carlton that they are actively seeking votes to boot the hotel, and to turn the entire […]

Narcs Need to Park, Too

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Battery Park City’s already notoriously difficult parking situation may be on the verge of much getting worse. A specialized law enforcement unit, HIDTA (which stands for High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) recently moved into a 56,000 square foot space in the Brookfield Place office complex, occupying the entire 19th floor of 250 Vesey Street. The […]

Paper Prophets

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The Art on Paper fair, an exhibition featuring work by artists who look to paper as a major influence in their sculpture, drawing, painting, and photography, kicks off tomorrow (Thursday, March 5) at Pier 36, located on the East River waterfront, between Montgomery and Clinton Streets. The fair runs through Monday (March 8) and will […]

Idealism Has a New Address in Lower Manhattan

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A renowned non-profit that provides legal services and advocacy for New York’s most vulnerable populations has moved into a new office in the Financial District. The Urban Justice Center (UJC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday in its new offices at 40 Rector Street, where the organization has taken all 32,000 square feet of the building’s […]

Foul Ball

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More than $60,0000 is missing from the cash reserve fund maintained by Downtown Little League (DLL), apparently as a result of unauthorized disbursements by a former league official. “We recently discovered a deficit in the DLL cash reserve,” a statement, which was circulated by the league to parents of players, acknowledged in early February. “The […]

Big Gambol

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Gibney Dance is launching its inaugural spring season in Lower Manhattan with “Making Space,” a 14-week series featuring dance, theater and multimedia artists. The program begins Thursday (February 26) with “El Regreso (The Return),” by Mariangela López. In this piece, the Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born choreographer explores the solo form in a
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To Dedicate the Viaduct

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The founder of Battery Park City has proposed naming its last major piece of infrastructure in honor of a longtime civic champion of Lower Manhattan. Charles Urstadt, the founding president and chairman of the Battery Park City Authority, in a speech delivered at a January 28 dinner celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Downtown Alliance, […]

This Joint Is Jumpin’

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The equivalent of 1 out of every 26 Americans visited Lower Manhattan in 2014. These 12.4 million tourists, a 30 percent surge from 2013 levels, are just one indication of the ongoing real estate renaissance documented by a new report from the Downtown Alliance. “Lower Manhattan Real Estate Year in Review: 2014” illustrates that the […]