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 ritualized dance that transposes the […]

To Dedicate the Viaduct

Robert Douglass (left), longtime chairman of the Downtown Alliance, and Charles Urstadt (right), former president and chairman of the Battery Park City Authority, at a January dinner honoring the twentieth anniversary of the Alliance, where Mr. Urstadt proposed naming the planned West Thames Bridge in honor of Mr. Douglass.

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 […]

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 […]

Help Redesign the Skyline

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When is the last time a developer asked the Downtown community what features should be included in a new Lower Manhattan skyscraper? Trinity Church, which is redeveloping its building at 74 Trinity Place (along with a smaller structure next door, at 68 Trinity Place), is inviting stakeholders (including local residents) to participate in a series […]

Theatre Verite

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“One Day,” a powerful new musical about the complicated lives of young people, will open Thursday at Lower Manhattan’s 3-Legged Dog (3LD) Art and Technology Center. “It’s about all the issues facing teenagers today, from bullying to drug abuse to sexual awakening,” says Michael Sottile, who wrote the score and book for “One Day,” as […]

There Will Be Joy in Millenniumville This Spring

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Millennium High School, a selective public secondary school in the Financial District that gives admissions preference to Lower Manhattan applicants, has succeeded in record time with an unprecedented campaign to raise funds in order to launch a girls’ softball team this spring. In less than three weeks, the school has collected almost $10,000 in contributions, […]

Letters Department – February 12th

Affordable Housing

To the editor: Every year I read about the vast sum for “affordable” housing that Battery Park City’s unique revenue sources provide, this year a record $167 million. But never has this sum ever been tracked to specific affordable housing projects by anyone. Scott Stringer promised this, as did other electeds. Certain projects have been […]

Pushing Back to Bounce Back

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Lower Manhattan may be in danger of becoming the poor stepchild of New York City disaster and resiliency planning. Out of $4.21 billion in federal Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) awarded to the City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, only some $10 million (or less than one-quarter of one percent) has […]