Downtown Alliance Tells Security Personnel to Take a Hike

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The Downtown Alliance, a nonprofit organization that strives to improve quality of life in Lower Manhattan, is boosting the pay for its uniformed security officers (and other employees) to a minimum of $15 per hour. This comes at a moment when another Lower Manhattan institution, the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) has effectively slashed compensation […]

Contractual Obligations

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The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) has doubled the dollar value of contracts that requires approval from its directors, but the board rejected a request by the Authority’s management team to increase this threshold, in some cases, to more than three times its original amount. At the January 27 meeting of the Authority’s board, BPCA […]

Vocation and Visitation

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The Downtown Alliance’s annual real estate review indicates that the year just ended was remarkable in two respects: more people now work in the square mile at the bottom of Manhattan than at any time since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and more people visited here than ever before. The jobs numbers show […]

Cuomo Commits to $15 Minimum Wage, Except in Battery Park City

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Governor Andrew Cuomo spent much of the last week making public appearances and delivering speeches to build support for his avowed goal of enacting a mandatory minimum wage of $15 per hour for every employee, public or private, in the State of New York. But an agency that he directly controls, the Battery Park City […]

Truth, Justice, and the Occasional Refund

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Three hundred years ago, when New Yorkers were still British subjects, there were redcoats patrolling the streets of Lower Manhattan. Today, they’re still here — but much friendlier. The lobsterbacks of the 21st Century are the Downtown Alliance’s Public Safety Officers, who handle everything from medical emergencies to interventions on behalf of
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A Shore Thing

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The February 16 meeting of the Seaport/Civic Center Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1) considered whether Lower Manhattan deserves a beach of its own. Graeme Birchall, president of the Downtown Boathouse, a local non-profit organization that promotes public access to the water, spoke in support of creating one. He also responded to “Brooklyn Bridge Beach:
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Emotionally Disturbed Man Menaces Residents

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Three female Battery Park City residents were accosted by an agitated homeless man on Monday afternoon near South Cove. “We were sitting on the wooden deck, overlooking the water, recalls Frances Misciangna, a 15-year resident of Battery Park City, “when we saw a man, who was lurching and incoherent, stagger toward us. He may have […]

‘A Little Bit of a Cloud Hanging Over Us’

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Two members of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) board think the agency needs to improve its relationship with the community it governs, and the elected officials who represent residents. At the January 27 meeting of the BPCA board, during a review of financial and legal filings that the Authority is required to submit to […]

Three Businesses Forced Out of Gateway Plaza

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Three small businesses that have served Battery Park City for decades are being forced out, because the landlord wants to rent to a more upscale tenant, according to multiple sources directly familiar with the situation. The three business, which occupy adjoining spaces on the ground floor of the 395 South Avenue building within Gateway Plaza (at the corner of Liberty
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Decisions Are Made By Those Who Show Up

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Legendary newspaper editor John B. Bogart (who ruled over the New York Sun from 1873 to 1890) summed up journalism this way: “When man bites dog, that’s news.” Steps away from Bogart’s former headquarters at Chambers and Broadway, an even rarer — and more consequential — reversal of accustomed roles will take place tomorrow (Saturday,
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