Rowing Across the Atlantic

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Dr. Stein Hoff began his attempt rowing FOXll across the Atlantic on Sunday morning May 15th, 120 years after George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen. Here’s his facebook link to track his voyage.
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Call Center Acknowledges Falsely Using City Council Member’s Name in Water Street Outreach

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A consulting company hired to help build public support for a controversial zoning measure currently being considered by the City Council has admitted to placing calls to Lower Manhattan residents using technology that made the calls appear to come from the office of City Council member Margaret Chin. The proposal, known as the Water Street […]

Skippers of Vintage Sailing Vessels Question Their Future at North Cove

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Community Board 1 (CB1) has passed a resolution calling upon the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) to live up to promises about keeping in North Cove Marina historic boats that provide affordable public sailing. The resolution is based on a discussion at the May 3 meeting of CB1’s Battery Park City Committee, in which the […]

In Memoriam: Bill Bernstein

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Lower Manhattan lost a tireless civic champion on Tuesday when Bill Bernstein, a senior executive at the Downtown Alliance, died at age 64. “He was one of the people who came back to Lower Manhattan on September 12, 2001,” said Community Board 1 chair Catherine McVay Hughes, recalling how Mr. Bernstein talked his way past […]

How a Nazi Sympathizer’s Tribeca Garage Will Become a Luxe Mansion

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A building with a tangled pedigree will soon become Lower Manhattan’s newest palatial townhouse, if plans recently approved by Community Board 1 (CB1) are carried out. The building in question is located at 11 Hubert Street, roughly between the Citigroup tower and the Holland Tunnel plaza. The structure was built in 1946 by Dietrich Wortman, […]

Special Cay

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Lower Manhattan’s equivalent of Central Park will open for the season tomorrow (Saturday, May 28) when the first ferry to Governors Island departs from the Battery Maritime Building (10 South Street, between Whitehall and Broad Streets) at 10:00 am. “It’s going to be a year of grills, thrills, and hills,” predicted Leslie Koch, president of […]

Are Downtown Residents Being Punked by Phone Bank Bunk?

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City Council member Margaret Chin is concerned that her office telephone number may have been hijacked by a phone bank seeking to mobilize support for a controversial zoning measure currently under consideration. At Tuesday night’s meeting of Community Board 1 (CB1), Paul Leonard, Ms. Chin’s communications director, said, “we got a heads up from a […]

Veterans Group Plans Pig Roast in Front of Lower Manhattan Mosque

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The embattled veterans group, the Wounded Warriors Project, is planning to roast a pig over an open fire on a Lower Manhattan street, directly in front of a mosque. This could arguably constitute a grave offense to Muslim sensibilities, in which pigs are viewed are profoundly unclean. The Iron Horse, a bar located at 32 […]

Schilling Opens on Washington Street

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The lower sections of Washington Street and Greenwich Street below the World Trade Center have long been ignored. On these streets was once a neighborhood of immigrants finding the American dream, but a generation or two later were displaced by the construction of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. And on September 11th, these streets were where […]

Joining the Assembly Line

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Just weeks after the April special election that brought Alice Cancel to the New York State Assembly, the ranks of candidates vying for the Democratic nomination replace her have grown by one. Paul Newell, a Lower Eastside resident with a long history of local activism, declared his candidacy on Sunday afternoon at rally in Straus […]